Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian® Resort Las Vegas will celebrate the Year of the Rat in true fashion with the 9th Annual Chinese New Year in the Desert™ on Saturday, January 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 through January 26.

Guests will be able to revel in the holiday spirit at the 9th Annual Chinese New Year in the Desert™ on Saturday (January 25). The celebration will kick off with a special ribbon cutting ceremony at the North Canal Turnaround ‪at 6 p.m. Guests will also be able to experience a traditional lion blessing and dance, cultural performances the Shirley Chen Dance Troupe, and a special appearance by the Shoppes’ Love Vespa couple Vespacho and Vespalina. The lion will wish good fortune to the Grand Canal Shoppes’ newest venues including KAMU Ultra Karaoke, The X Pot, Atomic Saloon Show, and Smith & Wollensky, to name a few. 

Grand Canal Shoppes will kick off the new year festivities at its all-new Wishing Tree installation located in the heart of the Shoppes in the Palazzo tower, with a special red envelope distribution for its guests. Over 100 envelopes will be filled with a special prize from gift cards to chocolate gold coins and more, available daily. In addition, the Shoppes will up the ante with additional activations available throughout the four-day affair (January 23-26) including a traditional Chinese drummer parade, a spectacular lion dance performance, and a Chinese fan dance that has been a part of China’s heritage for over two thousand years, each available on select days.

The full schedule of live entertainment activations at the Grand Canal Shoppes includes:

Thursday, January 23 and Friday, January 24The Wishing Tree Red Envelope Activation (2:00, 3:00, and 5:00 p.m.)Lion Dance at The Sky Garden (6:00 p.m.)

Saturday, January 25 and Sunday, January 26Traditional Fan Dancers (Saturday only, noon/12:00 p.m.)The Wishing Tree Red Envelope Activation (2 p.m. and 3 p.m.)Traditional Chinese Drummers (5:00 p.m.)Lion Dance at The Sky Garden (6:00 p.m.)

Grand Canal Shoppes will offer a special gift with purchase, January 17 through February 1 from noon to 6 p.m. Guests who spend $350 at stores and restaurants may receive a $50 dining gift card at select restaurants by visiting the pop-up Grand Canal Shoppes concierge location. 
For more information, visit www.grandcanalshoppes.com.

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