By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Venetian Resort)
Las Vegas has many Christmas and holiday events but only one Winter in Venice. The Venetian and Palazzo Resorts offer “Winter in Venice”, the most elaborate holiday celebration in Las Vegas.
This is a festive way to welcome the winter Italian-style.
The nights are filled with excitement as guests walk around the two resorts.
In keeping with the traditions of early times, strolling entertainers surprise guests with puppet shows, magic acts, musicians and jugglers throughout the evening. Look up at the candy cane stilt walkers and watch how they dance.
A “Light of Venice” spectacular 3D projection show has a finale that lights up the iconic plaza and 65-foot Christmas tree.
The holiday parade is a fantasy, a major production with a body-painted cast wearing beautiful costumes adorned with feathers. These unique parades appear at 6:05, 8:05 and 10:05 pm. They begin around the casino and wind their way to the outside patio.
The gondola rides are always available along the Venetian’s Grand Canal but for the Winter in Venice celebration the gondoliers sing holiday classics.
The outdoor ice-skating rink is next to the outdoor gondola. The synthetic ice-skating rink is composed of recyclable polymer which does not need refrigeration or electricity. This is part of the resort’s green initiatives. Skating sessions cost $14.95 including skate rentals.
Winter in Vegas adds other events to their entertainment menu.
The Culinary Clash Master Chef Competition is not like the other chef’s competitions. It is a test of skill and imagination. Guests can watch the sous chefs and chefs de cuisine from the Venetian and Palazzo Resort’s restaurants in their almost impossible tasks. The chefs must create recipes using ingredients from a “Mystery Basket.”
They must prepare their recipes in a mobile “food truck” kitchen at the Venetian’s Doge’s Palace plaza. Guests will be able to taste the original dishes each chef creates. These culinary surprises will be judged by celebrity chefs Emeril Lagasse, Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich and Sammy DeMarco. The contests will run November 29, December 7, 14 and December 21 from 10 pm to 2 am at the Venetian’s Doge’s Palace.
With so much entertainment, try not to miss anything. Spend the evening or keep coming back to see the celebrations and bring the kids. Winter in Venice runs 50 days from November 18 to January 5.
For information, call (702)-414-1000. The Venetian Las Vegas Resort is at 2255 Las Vegas Boulevard South, next to the Palazzo Resort.
Award winning Sandy Zimmerman has been involved in producing television programs, television commercials and travel specials for 28 years.
Sandy is a syndicated Show Reviewer, Dining Reviewer, travel writer, professional photographer and talk show host of the Las Vegas Today Show and Discover the Ultimate Vacation travel specials. For information or questions about any of Sandy’s columns, contact Sandy Zimmerman at: (702)-735-5974. firstname.lastname@example.org.