Las Vegas Lowdown: China Lights Festival, Winter Bridal Spectacular, and Pitbull


If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, our Jillian Lopez has some ideas for you with this week’s Las Vegas Lowdown. With this week’s Lowdown, we’re talking about a lot of fun events and also incorporating something new into the concept.

World-Class China Lights Festival Coming to Craig Ranch Regional Park

The Sichuan Tianyu Culture Communication Co. Ltd., in cooperation with Zigong City and the Sichuan Provincial Department of Commerce, announces that world-class China Lights lantern festival will debut at Craig Ranch Regional Park in North Las Vegas as part of a cultural trade mission.

From Jan. 19 through Feb. 25, Craig Ranch Regional Park will be illuminated with 40 larger-than-life lantern displays, comprised of more than 1,000 components using state-of-the-art LEDs and animation. The festival will also include cultural demonstrations and displays, traditional Asian and western dining options, and nightly live stage entertainment.

“We are honored to bring the China Lights lantern festival to the Las Vegas Valley, especially as it overlaps with Chinese New Year,” said Huiyuan Liu, Sichuan Tianyu Culture Communication Co., Ltd. event manager. “This festival is a spectacular celebration of the Chinese culture that we hope evolves into a yearly tradition for the Southern Nevada community.”

A press conference will be held at Craig Ranch Regional Park (628 W Craig Rd, North Las Vegas, NV 89032) on Monday, Dec. 4 at 10:08 a.m. to announce the five-year partnership between the City of North Las Vegas, Sichuan Tianyu Culture Communication Co., Ltd, Zigong City, and the Sichuan Provincial Department of Commerce. For the inaugural year, Boyd Gaming will be the exclusive gaming sponsor, with opportunities for other local businesses to sponsor the lanterns throughout the exhibit. The press event time alludes to the number eight’s association with good fortune in Chinese culture. Tickets for the festival will be available starting on Dec. 4 and can be purchased at

As part of China’s five-year economic plan, the Sichuan Provincial Department of Commerce developed a campaign with the goal of holding 100 light shows in 100 cities worldwide to spread Chinese traditional culture and promote cultural exchange. The traditional custom of lighting lanterns has occurred for thousands of years, and Zigong City now boasts 380 lantern-making companies with 80,000 lantern artisans.

The 2018 Winter Bridal Spectacular Show returns this weekend on January 20 & 21.

It’s a new year and that means wedding planning season is in full gear! Whether you are planning an extravagant wedding or an intimate celebration, you won’t want to miss the Winter Bridal Spectacular Show returning this weekend on January 20 and 21.

With the New Year, we brought exciting new changes to the show — including a brand new location at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. Our two-day event will be bigger and better than ever with two gorgeous ballrooms chockfull of Las Vegas’ finest wedding pros!

Get Your Tickets in Advance

There is still time to purchase your tickets before the show begins, and you’ll receive $5 off admission if you do so online! Just click here and enter promo code BLOG2018 to receive the discounted price. Also with our new location, attendees will enjoy FREE parking!

If you would like to receive the true VIP treatment, VIB Bride & Guest Tickets are also available for $25.99, which include:

  • Two-day admission
  • Bride, Groom or bridal party t-shirt
  • Reserved VIB fashion show seating for those wearing their t-shirts (Must arrive 15 minutes before the fashion show begins)
  • Great door Prizes for first 25 VIB tickets each day

What to See During the Show

In the Brasilia Ballroom, VIB couples and their guests will be treated to early entry and can start shopping with Las Vegas’ top wedding pros. Be sure to swing by our renowned Trend Central to see all of the latest wedding trends and themes. Then, brides and grooms can take a quick break in the LED Unplugged Lounge before watching our award-winning Fashion Show featuring 2018’s hottest wedding styles!

Then, in the Amazon Ballroom, you can meet an additional 120 top wedding vendors to find everything you need to plan your big day, including wedding apparel, invitations, catering, venues, photography, florists, favors and much more. While you are there, be sure to stop by the bar and grab a cocktail and view the beautiful wedding gowns in the Gown Gallery.

Also, be sure to research the wedding pros beforehand so you can create your game plan ahead of time. View the complete list of vendors here: 2018 Winter Show Floor Plan.

Pitbull “Time of Our Lives”

Following the tremendous success of his show over the past three years, international music sensation Pitbull will return to The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in 2018 for 13 performances of his hit show, “Time of Our Lives.” The show is being presented jointly by Caesars Entertainment and Live Nation. Mr. Worldwide, known around the globe as Pitbull, is an internationally successful musician, performer, business entrepreneur, fashion icon and actor. Selling over five million albums and 60 million singles worldwide, Mr. 305 has proved to be an international legend. With #1 hits in over 15 countries, Pitbull’s videos have over seven billion views, and his world tours have sold out concerts in North and South America, Europe and the Far East.

Location: The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino

Showtimes: Jan. 17, 19, 20, 24 & 27; April 27 & 28; May 2, 4, 5, 9, 11 & 12, 2018; 9 p.m.

Tickets: Tickets and packages may be purchased online at or in-person at the Planet Hollywood box office. For groups of 10 or more call 1-866-574-3851 or email

Pricing: Tickets range in price from $39 to $169, plus fees.