LAS VEGAS, NV -- (Marketwired) -- 08/28/13 -- The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas are home to Winter in Venice, the third-annual celebration of the winter holiday season on the Las Vegas 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 include 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, and -- a fan favorite -- the return of the romantic skating rink above The Venetian's romantic outdoor Grand Canal.
In its first two years, Winter in Venice captured the attention -- and the hearts -- of visitors around the world, including 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 that combines a skating session with an outdoor gondola ride -- only in Vegas, indeed."
"The holidays are such a magical time for everyone and Winter in Venice offers the perfect place to truly enjoy this special time of year," said John Caparella, president and chief operating officer of The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo.
The best way to experience Winter in Venice is by staying overnight at The Venetian or The Palazzo, taking advantage of additional experiences available to resort guests. Packages, which combine elements of Winter in Venice, begin at $149 per night.
Overnight guests also receive Passaporto di Winter in Venice, which includes specials for skating, retail, dining, entertainment and 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 and tales that generations of Italians have grown to know and love," said 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 and sharing. Within these tales are the characters that exemplify the good will, the fun and the excitement of the season."
Throughout the 49-day celebration, guests will encounter these new characters -- including the stunning Winter in Venice Queen -- in entertaining ways, including the nightly parade, tree-lighting shows, and the new "Light of Venice" 3D light projection show.
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