Doge's Palace and 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, but 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, and guests are entertained by strolling entertainers.
With gondoliers whisking by and 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 and 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 second Christmas album, Home For Christmas, including 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 and Tree Lighting
Every evening, a parade will wind through the resort, featuring characters from the Winter in Venice celebration. The whimsical and elaborate designs will help to set the stage for the evening's entertainment, and will offer the perfect photo opportunity for a post to Facebook 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 that transforms the architecture of the iconic clock tower using state-of-the-art digital technology. The show will conclude with a live finale that will illuminate the iconic plaza, including the 65-foot Christmas tree.
In addition, guests will enjoy strolling musicians and special entertainment performances scheduled throughout the 49-day celebration.
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 and Buddy Valastro (Dec 6-8): In conjunction with Southern Wine and 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 and culture worldwide, will feature a weekend of food demonstrations, wine dinners, and 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 second Culinary Clash Master Chef Competition. The competition, which unfolds over the weekend, is open to all chefs at the food and beverage venues located inside The Venetian and 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, including 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 and Dale de Groff, each recognized as being among the greatest mixologists in the country.
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