Since moving to California, I shamefully admit I do miss the seasons, especially during Fall when my home in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada is synonymous with the changing of the leaves and winter becomes a magical paradise filled with holiday cheer, skating, fluffy snowflakes, decorations and huge Christmas trees, caroling and singing, and warm apple cider or hot chocolate by the fire place. What I don’t miss is the extreme cold weather, the frigid, damp winds that chill to the bone, and shoveling massive amounts of snow only to drive on treacherous roads. The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas just introduced Winter in Venice. With 49 days, Nov. 21 – Jan. 8, of holiday festivities, Winter in Venice will be the ultimate vacation for an unforgettable holiday experience and it will be taking place during my Las Vegas trip in November. With all the perks of winter and none of the disadvantages, I will celebrate the winter season on the Las Vegas Strip with The Venetian and The Palazzo.
The whimsical festivities will include an enchanting ice skating rink above The Venetian’s picturesque outdoor Grand Canal. Surrounded by snowflakes, strung overhead holiday lights, and an awe-inspiring 65-foot LED holiday tree, my husband and I will take in the holiday magic that fills my heart with joy.
Creating a winter mood requires the stimulation of all of the senses; sights and activities only will not suffice. Strolling carolers and gondoliers singing holiday classics will set the mood and add to the winter décor; the skating rink, the holiday and light show, and the cider, eggnog and hot chocolate will delight the senses and complete the scene.
For $249 a night, we will enjoy a luxurious suite on The The Palazzo’s exclusive Prestige floor, seasonal holiday lounge offerings, personal concierge service, an Elf Tuck-in with traditional milk and cookie delivery (I’m pregnant; I’m allowed to request the milk and cookies;), one specialized Winter in Venice bath drawn by a bath butler, two complimentary 30-minute ice skating sessions (including ice skate rental), and two seasonal Winter in Venice hot chocolates at The Venetian’s Café Presse among other festive amenities. We’ll also be treated to the non-gaming lounge with nightly showings of favorite holiday classics.
The winter holidays were always a special time of year for me. I loved the magic of it all; I loved the family connections and the sense of wonder; and I loved the warmth in my heart when surrounded by the magic of the holiday season. Winter in Venice can bring me back to my childhood as The Venetian and The Palazzo magically transform into the most majestic winter wonderland Las Vegas has ever seen. Vegas is no longer only a place for sinful adults who stumble the strip. Through Winter in Venice, maybe we can create our own winter tradition for years to come.