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The Venetian, The Palazzo celebrate the Year of the Dog

4 January 2018

(PRESS RELEASE) -- The Venetian Las Vegas and The Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino will celebrate Chinese New Year with extravagant décor, entertainment, retail and food and beverage offerings beginning 12 January, with special festivities scheduled for 16 February.

To commemorate the Year of the Dog, the eleventh position in the Chinese zodiac, The Venetian and The Palazzo's floral and horticulture team worked with a team of artisans and consulted a feng shui master to create an installation that features a Chinese Shar-Pei named Vincenzo Li that sits 16 feet tall.

"Throughout the last 10 months, 86 artisans worked to create this installation," said Dana Beatty, executive director of floral and horticulture at The Venetian and The Palazzo. "The Chinese New Year holiday is an important one for our guests, and we aim to create something that is not only memorable, but culturally accurate."

The Shar-Pei has existed in China since ancient times and was chosen as the featured canine for the display because it symbolizes good fortune and protection. The feature Shar-Pei was hand-sculpted and covered in artificial fur to achieve his robust appearance. There are nine additional Shar-Peis positioned throughout the resort, as well as a three-foot hare, the secret friend of the dog.

A highlight of Chinese New Year celebrations, the lion dance, is said to bring good luck and prosperity, with which The Venetian and The Palazzo will officially kick off Lunar New Year at 3 p.m. on 16 February. The ceremonial lion dance will begin with an eye ceremony at The Venetian porte cochere. The dance will wind its way through The Venetian lobby and casino before stopping in The Palazzo Waterfall Atrium, then continuing through The Palazzo casino and lobby, ending at The Palazzo porte cochere. This exciting event features firecrackers and a parade of dancers and drummers in authentic clothing.

Hacken Lee is an award-winning singer from Hong Kong. Lee has received multiple awards across four decades and has maintained his popularity, releasing albums on a regular basis. On 17 and 18 February, Lee, along with special guests, celebrate Chinese New Year and commemorate the 30th anniversary of his debut album.

Tickets can be purchased at any box office at The Venetian or The Palazzo, or by calling 866-641-7469.

Hong Kong Café at The Palazzo will celebrate the Lunar New Year beginning in early January with a specialty bar and curated menu.

Guests are invited to celebrate the holiday with a variety crafted cocktails including the Pink Lotus or the Blood Moon Daisy and snack on salt and pepper beef skewers, crab meat wontons and spiced cucumber, among other options.

For reservations, call 702-607-2220.

The Atrium at The Palazzo Las Vegas, a new retail emporium located on the casino floor, is celebrating Chinese New Year with tastings in their Liquor Library on 16 February. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., guests will be able to taste spirits from two Japanese distilleries - Fukano and Ohishi.

Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas will kick off the Lunar New Year festivities on 16 February with the signature fan dance above the waterfall at 4 p.m. During and after the fan dance, more than 250 red envelopes will be distributed to guests. The envelopes will be filled with prizes from gift cards to chocolate gold coins. Each red envelope will also be bundled with signature store incentives available at participating Grand Canal Shoppes stores and restaurants.

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