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MGM National Harbor Welcomes Lunar New Year With LED Lion Dance, Vibrant Conservatory Design, Lucky Pig Chocolate Truffles, and More


Feb 12, 2019

SOURCE: Extract press release from MGM National Harbor

Year of the Pig Conservatory Design on Display now through March

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD. (February 11, 2019) – MGM National Harbor celebrated its third Lunar New Year by hosting their annual Lion Dance and showcasing their vibrant, new Conservatory display, on Sunday, February 10.

The visually stunning Year of the Pig Conservatory display was created by renowned event designer Ed Libby and features larger-than-life sculptures of giant envelopes, coins, and lanterns in brilliant red and gold to signify luck and good fortune, while the pig and money tree symbolize wealth and prosperity for the new year.

In honor of the Year of the Pig, the Bellagio Patisserie at MGM National Harbor also created a specially hand-made giant chocolate pig sculpture that stands five and a half feet tall and weighs 75 pounds for display, as well as smaller chocolate truffle pigs available for purchase and just in time for Valentine’s Day.

This year, MGM National Harbor welcomed back the amazing Imperial Lion Dance Team, a four-time New England Lion Dance Competition champion, who performed gravity-defying routines over high poles combined with Kung Fu martial arts agility. Emcees Linh Hoang and Linda Qin hosted the ceremony in English, Vietnamese, and Chinese, kicking off the evening’s program. MGM National Harbor executives were invited to awaken the lions by participating in the eye-dotting ceremony before the dance and then passed out red envelopes to their guests to feed the lions in order to receive luck and good fortune. The performance ended with a lettuce feeding ceremony at the Potomac Plaza with many children receiving a special stuffed toy pig that was handed out by the MGM staff.

When asked what makes MGM National Harbor stand out from other resort casinos in terms of catering to Asian guests, Cynthia So, Vice President of International Marketing explains “MGM National Harbor prioritizes the Asian gaming experience by incorporating significant cultural principles throughout the entirety of our resort programming. Whether it’s dining at Ginger or specific spa treatments that are curated to the spiritual desires of our guests, we ensure that their experiences are authentic and fulfilling.”

Guests can continue to celebrate with MGM National Harbor on Sunday, February 17 by participating in the Money Tree event. M life members can win a chance to pull an envelope off the Money Tree and win up to $8,888. Additionally, new members who sign up will also have a chance to win $10,000 in FREEPLAY.

The chocolate truffle pigs are available for purchase at Bellagio Patisserie while supplies last.

The Conservatory is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and complimentary to the public. The Lunar New Year design is on display now until March.

For additional information and high-resolution images of MGM National Harbor, visit the
MGM National Harbor Online Newsroom.

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Located in an unrivaled setting, MGM National Harbor offers stunning panoramic views of the eastern shore of the Potomac River in Maryland. The $1.4 billion LEED® Gold Certified resort sits a short distance from Washington, D.C. to the north and historic sites, including George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate across the river in Virginia. The 24-story, 308-room resort features premier amenities and experiences for locals as well as visitors from around the world including a dynamic two-level casino with over 160,000 square feet of space that includes slots, table games and poker; a world-class spa and salon; an entertainment theater with flexible seating for up to 3,000; high-end branded retail; 50,000 square feet of meeting space; and restaurants from renowned local, national and international chefs. MGM National Harbor is owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information, visit mgmnationalharbor.com or follow on Facebook and Twitter.