The Venetian Resort Las Vegas will celebrate Lunar New Year in traditional style with extravagant décor, entertainment, and food and beverage offerings
THE WATERFALL ATRIUM AND GARDENS TRANSFORM FOR CHINESE NEW YEAR
To commemorate the Year of the Rabbit, The Venetian Resort’s floral and horticulture team worked with a team of artisans and consulted a feng shui master to create the massive Chinese New Year display.
“Planning for this extravagant Chinese New Year display began more than a year ago,” said Dana Beatty, executive director of floral and horticulture at The Venetian Resort. “Our guests cherish the Chinese New Year holiday, so we strive to create a display that is both visually stunning and culturally accurate.”
The feature of the installation is a colossal rabbit that stands 16 feet tall and weighs 700 pounds. To create this stunning rabbit, the team used a steel frame to build the body before sculpting the shape with foam and faux fur, then added facial features, ears, and belly to create a healthy and friendly look.
Surrounding the rabbit is lush greenery, as well as gold coins that represent prosperity. The rabbit, the fourth in the Chinese zodiac, is a symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity.
EYE CEREMONY AND LION DANCE CELEBRATION ON JAN. 23
An important tradition in Chinese culture, and a favorite among guests, is the lion dance and eye painting ceremony which symbolizes luck and prosperity. The celebration will take place Jan. 23, at 3 p.m. in The Venetian porte cochere, starting with the eye painting ceremony followed by a parade of dancers and drummers winding their way through The Venetian lobby and casino before stopping in The Palazzo Waterfall Atrium, then continuing through The Palazzo casino, lobby, and ending at The Palazzo porte cochere.
CULINARY AND COCKTAILS
Direct from Hong Kong, the award-winning Chinese restaurant, Mott 32, is ringing in Lunar New Year with a special menu available from Jan. 21 – 28. Chef Alan Ji and his team are serving a la carte dishes like lobster and abalone salad, steamed sea bass with chopped red chili, pan-fried golden oysters with honey glaze and brown sugar sticky rice cakes.
HONG KONG CAFÉ
Hong Kong Café has created a special limited-time Chinese New Year menu available Jan. 21 – 25 featuring authentic dishes like sun-dried golden oysters with sea moss, braised sliced abalone with mushrooms, buddha feast creation and Chef Simon’s golden crispy chicken.
THE COCKTAIL COLLECTIVE
Make The Cocktail Collective part of your Lunar New Year celebration Jan. 22 – Feb. 5, with special cognac cocktails served three different ways at the trio of bars:
- THE DORSEY COCKTAIL BAR
The Lunar Lantern is a riff on an old fashioned with an explosion of flavor that takes over the palette. Made with Rémy Martin VSOP cognac, Bénédictine, and dash of Angostura bitters, this drink is worth a second round.
- ELECTRA COCKTAIL CLUB
Enjoy a sweet, but not too sweet fruit blast with Lucky Red Rabbit made with muddled strawberries, Rémy Martin VSOP cognac, simple syrup and lemon juice.
- ROSINA COCKTAIL LOUNGE
Rosina’s take on the Moscow Mule will definitely add some spice to your life. Spicy Longevity packs a fiery punch with all Rémy Martin VSOP cognac, spice dram, lime juice and fresh ginger.
GRAND CANAL SHOPPES LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS
Chinese New Year celebrations at Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas have begun with live complimentary entertainment, the renowned illuminated smoke-breathing Golden Dragon art installation, and various other promotions throughout the 160-store retail destination.