The Venetian Resort Las Vegas offers guests a variety of ways to celebrate Chinese New Year, including an Instagram-worthy art installation, exciting entertainment, and special culinary offerings.
BRUSHED IN GOLD
Transforming the waterfall atrium at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas for Chinese New Year began in early January. To celebrate the Year of the Rat, the 2020 Lunar New Year display features a 2,000-pound golden rodent.
The rat is the first of the 12 Chinese zodiac animals, which has existed since the Qin dynasty, more than 2,000 years ago. “The Chinese zodiac is very deep and very traditional,” said Dana Beatty, executive director of floral operations. “We take the sensitivities of this cultural event very seriously. For example, I consult with a feng shui master in designing each art installation, to make sure we have considered all of the culture’s beliefs and requirements for such a display.”
Conception to completion of the featured rodent in the waterfall atrium took nearly one year. A group of artisans from California handcrafted the 18-foot-tall steel and gold painted rat. In addition, nine playful rats have been installed throughout the resort, including one at The Palazzo tower front desk that sits eight feet tall, as well as an ox, the secret friend of the rat.
A LION DANCE AND FIRECRACKERS TO RING IN THE NEW YEAR
At 3:00 p.m., on Jan. 25, the resort will officially kick off Lunar New Year with the ceremonial lion dance and eye ceremony. The auspicious dance begins at The Venetian’s porte cochere and winds its way through The Venetian lobby and casino, stopping in the waterfall atrium before continuing through The Palazzo casino and lobby, and ending at The Palazzo porte cochere. This exciting and joyful event features firecrackers, and a parade of dancers and drummers in authentic costumes.
TRADITIONAL FAN DANCE AND HOLIDAY PROMOTIONS AT GRAND CANAL SHOPPES
Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort will celebrate the Year of the Rat in true fashion with the 9th Annual Chinese New Year in the Desertä on Jan. 25. In honor of Lunar New Year, the shopping, dining and entertainment destination invites guests to ring in the new year with four days of live entertainment and activations, available January 23 – 26.
Visit GrandCanalShoppes.com for more information.
A BOUNTY OF CULINARY OPTIONS
The award-winning Mott 32, is offering a selection of eight special dishes to celebrate Lunar New Year. The a la carte menu features whole Maine lobster salad with Australian abalone, Crabmeat E-Fu noodles, Superior soup and other traditional Chinese delicacies. The menu is available through Feb. 2.
The signature CrazyShake milkshakes from Black Tap Craft Burger & Beer are always a showstopper and the Chinese New Year Shake is no different. Sold Jan. 25 through Feb. 8, the Chinese New Year Shake is an almond cookie shake with a vanilla frosted rim with gold and red Sixlets, topped with a Chinese New Year almond ice cream cookie sandwich, red and gold sprinkles, whipped cream, caramel drizzle and a cherry.
Hong Kong Café at The Palazzo has created a special limited-time menu in honor of Chinese New Year. Authentic dishes including Chef Simon’s crispy chicken, firecracker Manila clams, and roasted pork belly are on the menu, served Jan. 23 – 31. For reservations, call 702.607.2220.
Mercato della Pescheria is celebrating Chinese New Year with the Fortune Margarita. Served from Jan. 24 through Feb. 8, this cocktail is crafted with blanco tequila, mandarin juice, simple syrup, lime juice, orange bitters, absinthe, and triple sec.
IN CONCERT: JOEY YUNG
Joey Yung, also known as the diva of Chinese music, has been delighting audiences since 1999. Throughout her impressive career, she has amassed countless awards, appeared in a number of movies, and performed to sold out crowds. Joey will bring two unforgettable nights of performances on Jan. 25 and 26, in The Palazzo Ballroom. Tickets can be purchased online, at any box office at The Venetian Resort, or by calling 866.641.7469.
REJUVENATE AND SET THE TONE FOR GOOD FORTUNE AT CANYON RANCH SPA + FITNESS
Canyon Ranch Spa + Fitness is offering guests a few ways to celebrate the Year of the Rat:*
- $80 off of any two spa services 80 minutes or longer,
- 18% off salon services 50 minutes or longer,
*Dates and restrictions apply.