The Year of the Goat. Or Sheep. Take Your Pick

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Goat Mountain

Goat Mountain in the Bellagio Conservatory

Chinese New Year (the Lunar New Year) falls on February 19 this year. According to the Bellagio Conservatory, this is The Year of the Goat. If you go online, however, you might also see it referenced as the Year of the Sheep. For some reason, these animals are being used interchangeably, which is very confusing to me, because I grew up in an agricultural state, and I can assure you, sheep and goats are very different animals with very different personalities. Apparently, I’m not the only one who is confused. But we’ll let that slide.

When I realized my January Vegas trip would fall during Chinese New Year, I was glad. I’ve never seen the Bellagio Conservatory’s Chinese New Year display before. Then I found out the Palazzo’s Atrium was also all dolled up for Chinese New Year, so I had to check that out. And another little birdy (“VegasBrolo,” my brother, who was in town the week before me) told me to look for the LED Dragon at Caesars Forum Shops, too. I certainly wouldn’t go out of my way to visit this time of year for any of those things, but since I was there already, it was cool to see something new.

The LED Dragon at Ceasars is pretty impressive. Look at how big this thing is!

Caesars Dragon

Caesars Dragon

According to the Review-Journal, it’s 22 feet long, weighs 950 lbs and is covered in 30,000 LED Lights. You can find it out in front of the Palm restaurant in the Forum Shops. It’s a popular photo opp, I can tell you. It took me forever to get a shot without other people in it. It’s on display through February 19th.

Both the Bellagio and Palazzo’s displays feature mountain goats as their centerpieces–but at least the Palazzo also has some sheep on display, to acknowledge the fact that, to some people, it is the Year of the Sheep.


See? Look – fake sheep

They even threw in some horses for good measure. Here are a few shots from the Palazzo’s display:

Palazzo Atrium

The Palazzo Atrium


This year is also known as the Year of the Ram (for you city slickers, rams are male sheep)

Chinese coins

Chinese good luck coins.

The Palazzo’s display will be up through March 8.

While the Palazzo’s display is nice, it doesn’t remotely compare to the Bellagio’s. Making entire panoramas out of flowers is at a whole other skill level, you know? I had a blast taking photos in the Conservatory this year. It’s really gorgeous.

Here are some of my favorite photos for your viewing pleasure:

Bellagio Conservatory

Bellagio Conservatory, stage entrance

Lantern Tree

Chinese Lantern Tree (made from manzanita wood)


There are dancing children throughout the display; their clothes are made from carnations and chrysanthemums.


….The heads are not.


The use of bamboo is a nice touch.

Ding pot

This is a ding-pot, used for worshiping in a Chinese temple.


I really loved the colors of the flowers in this display.

Orange flowers

See what I mean?


Nice use of a water feature, too.

Bellagio Conservatory

As a “lucky” color, red dominates this display.

Bellagio Conservatory

…and a close up

Bellagio Conservatory

…or two…

Bellagio Conservatory

…or three.

For all the incredible talent on display here in the Bellagio Conservatory, there’s one thing that just doesn’t cut it. The fake goats aren’t anywhere near as cute as the real thing. See?


The real deal.

I suppose there could be health issues if they brought real goats in for the duration. I’d love to see them try, though. The Bellagio’s Chinese New Year display will be up until March 14.

Happy Lunar New Year, everybody!

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