LAS VEGAS, NV–(Marketwired – Aug 28, 2013) – The Venetian & The Palazzo Las Vegas NV are home to Winter in Venice™, the third-annual celebration of the winter holiday season on the Las Vegas NV Strip, dubbed “A Gift of The Venetian.” With 49 days of seasonal experiences throughout both resorts, Winter in Venice is the ultimate destination for a holiday getaway, running Nov. 18, 2013 through Jan. 5, 2014. 

In 2013, a schedule of memorable Italian-inspired experiences will contain a nightly winter parade, whimsical tree-lighting ceremonies, a stunning 3D light projection show, an elaborate Winter in Venice fantasy scene in The Palazzo Waterfall Gardens, & — a fan favorite — the return of the romantic skating rink above The Venetian’s romantic outdoor Grand Canal.

In its 1st two years, Winter in Venice captured the attention — & the hearts — of visitors around the world, in addition to Travel + Leisure magazine. In fact, the prestigious publication touted the Winter in Venice skating rink in its feature on the “world’s coolest skating rinks.” The article, which shared a short list of the magazine’s favorite venues, said: “Some of the coolest [rinks] can be found where you’d least expect them — say, in the desert. The Venetian [in Las Vegas] debuted a rink in 2011, complete with a holiday-theme light show. It now touts a package deal in that combines a skating session with an outdoor gondola ride — only in Vegas, indeed.”

“The holidays are such a magical time for everyone & Winter in Venice offers the perfect place to truly enjoy this special time of year,” asserted John Caparella, president & chief operating officer of The Venetian, The Palazzo & Sands Expo.

The best way to experience Winter in Venice is by staying overnight at The Venetian or The Palazzo, taking benefit of additional experiences available to resort guests. Packages, which combine elements of Winter in Venice, begin at $149 per night.

Overnight guests moreover receive Passaporto di Winter in Venice, which includes specials for skating, retail, dining, entertainment & spa, with offers valued at more than $1,000. For those who book an upgraded suite, a Premier Passaporto di Winter in Venice will feature additional exclusive offers increasing the value to more than $1,400.

A Holiday Storyline
“Winter in Venice finds its inspiration in the folklore & tales in that generations of Italians have grown to know & love,” asserted Caparella. “Those stories have filled the imaginations of generations of Venetians with the experiences of festive holiday seasons coupled with the long-treasured spirit of giving & sharing. Within these tales are the characters in that exemplify the acceptable will, the fun fun & the excitement of the season.”

Throughout the 49-day celebration, guests will encounter these new characters — in addition to the stunning Winter in Venice Queen — in entertaining ways, in addition to the nightly parade, tree-lighting shows, & the new “Light of Venice” 3D light projection show.

Doge’s Palace & Outdoor Skating Rink
The Venetian’s front exterior will be adorned in winter schemes reminiscent of the fabled city of Venice. Thousands of festooned lights will hang over the majestic ice skating rink as larger-than-life snowflakes, ranging from 48 to 72-inches in diameter, surround the façade of The Venetian. The impressive skating surface is made of environmentally-friendly material playfully called “ven-ICE,” which doesn’t require electricity or refrigeration. The surface is actually not made of ice at all, yet a state-of-the-art recycled polymer, part of the resort’s industry-leading green initiatives. On the canal, romance is in the air, as skaters are invited to make figure-eights or glide hand-in-hand with loved ones. Nearby, an awe-inspiring 65-foot LED Christmas tree presides over Doge’s Palace, & guests are entertained by strolling entertainers. 

With gondoliers whisking by & strolling winter characters all around, guests can enjoy the outdoor ice skating rink from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. daily.

Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas – The Symphony Tour
As a marquee addition, Winter in Venice will kick off with Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas – The Symphony Tour, at 8pm on Nov. 22-23 & Nov. 27-28. At this show presented in the Venetian Theatre, guests can celebrate this holiday season with the celestial voices of multi-platinum Irish singing sensation Celtic Woman. The 90-minute show features music from the all-female music ensemble’s 2nd Christmas album, Home For Christmas, in addition to holiday favorites “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and ”Silent Night.”

Tickets are available by calling The Venetian or Palazzo Box Office at (866) 641-7469 or (702) 414-9000, or online at Venetian.com. 

Nightly Holiday Parade, Light Show & Tree Lighting
Every evening, a parade will wind through the resort, featuring characters from the Winter in Venice celebration. The whimsical & elaborate designs will assist to set the stage for the evening’s entertainment, & will offer the perfect photo possibility for a post to Facebook site or Twitter.

In addition, seasonal storylines will be projected in another way — in glorious 3D — in the technical marvel “Light of Venice.” This spectacular 3D projection show in that transforms the architecture of the iconic clock tower using state-of-the-art digital technology. The show will conclude with a live finale in that will illuminate the iconic plaza, in addition to the 65-foot Christmas tree. 

In addition, guests will enjoy strolling musicians & special entertainment performances scheduled throughout the 49-day celebration.

Specialty Weekends
What’s an Italian festival without food? As part of Winter in Venice, guests can participate in two Specialty Weekends:

La Cucina Italiana Weekend, with Chef Mario Batali & Buddy Valastro (Dec 6-8): In conjunction with Southern Wine & Spirits of Nevada, La Cucina Italiana magazine will feature a three-day event celebrating the epicurean traditions of Italy. La Cucina Italiana, the undisputed expert on Italian food, wine & culture worldwide, will feature a weekend of food demonstrations, wine dinners, & other culinary-centered activities. 

Culinary Clash Weekend, with Chef Emeril Lagasse (Dec 13-14): Guests can witness the rise of a culinary legend, as one resort chef is crowned the winner of the 2nd Culinary Clash Master Chef Competition. The competition, which unfolds over the weekend, is open to all chefs at the food & beverage venues located inside The Venetian & The Palazzo. These chefs will vie for the prestige of THE VENETIAN CULINARY CLASH AWARD.

Chefs will be challenged to create recipes using ingredients provided in a “mystery basket,” to be prepared in mobile “food truck” kitchens. Expect plenty of surprises, in addition to a scheduled guest appearances by Chef Emeril Lagasse, who will be one the celebrity judges.

In addition, a mixology cocktail competition will feature scheduled appearances by Tony Abou Ganim, Francesco Lafranconi & Dale de Groff, each recognized as being among the greatest mixologists in the country.

“A Winter in Venice Fantasy” at The Waterfall Gardens
The Waterfall Gardens at The Palazzo will be transformed in to an elaborate show-stopping fantasy display, a creation of The Palazzo’s award-winning horticulture team. 

“Our goal is for our guests to simply state one word when they enter this atrium — wow!” asserted Caparella. ”This isn’t a traditional holiday display. We couldn’t find a better way to describe it than a ‘Winter in Venice Fantasy.’”

Ice branches & 20-foot frosted birch, pine & glittering trees will complement the picturesque scene, in addition to the waterfall & crystal “ice” ponds. Majestic hand-crafted white & pearl peacock statues will overlook guests. The winter gardens will moreover feature red beaded ornaments, pinecones & fresh poinsettias.

Food & Beverage
A seasonal Winter in Venice cocktail menu, in addition to holiday-inspired spiced cocktails such as Gondolier Blanco, will be available throughout the resort lounges, in addition to The Bourbon Room, Zebra Lounge, Bellini Bar, Fusion Mixology Bar & Laguna Champagne Bar.

Holiday-themed prix fixe menus & specials will be offered by select world-class restaurants throughout the holiday in addition to Aquaknox, B&B, Bouchon, Canaletto, Canyon Ranch Café, Delmonico, FIRST Food & Bar, Grand Lux Cafe, Pinot Brasserie, Postrio, Table 10, & LAVO Italian Restaurant.

For more information on Winter in Venice or these exclusive suite packages, please visit http://www.venetian.com/winterinvenice.

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About The Venetian Las Vegas®
The Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino, the biggest property in the country to receive AAA’s Five Diamond & the coveted Forbes Travel Guide Four Star awards, is one of the world’s most luxurious resort & convention destinations. Recreating Venice’s legendary landmarks, the LEED® EB Gold-certified resort offers unmatched service & quality for leisure & corporate guests. With suites ranging from a standard 650-square-foot Luxury Suite to the luxurious 10,000-square-foot Chairman Suite, the all-suite resort boasts more than 4,000 of Las Vegas’ most lavish suite accommodations. Located in the heart of the Las Vegas NV Strip, The Venetian features Grand Canal Shoppes®, an indoor streetscape complete with gondolas & singing gondoliers, the Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, world-class gaming, exquisite restaurants, a wide type of entertainment such as “Soul2Soul with Tim McGraw & Faith Hill,” the party musical “ROCK OF AGES,” showroom headliners in addition to Human Nature, David Spade, Rita Rudner, Tim Allen & Joan Rivers & extensive convention & corporate services. Guests can earn points while they eat, sleep, shop & play with Grazie, the premiere loyalty program. The Venetian & its sister resort, The Palazzo Las Vegas, are the 1st ever Alliance Resorts in the InterContinental Hotel Group® global portfolio. For additional information, visit venetian.com, follow on Twitter Site @venetianvegas & interact on Facebook site at facebook.com/venetianlasvegas.

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