The Venetian and The Palazzo (click link to book) Las Vegas are thrilled to announce Grammy-nominated and platinum recording artist, Jordin Sparks, will perform live during the kick-off ceremony for Winter in Venice, the first true celebration of the holiday season on the Las Vegas Strip. The evening also will feature the inaugural showing of the Winter in Venice ”Nightly Holiday Spectacular,” a stunning holiday and light show unlike anything ever seen on the Las Vegas Strip that includes a majestic angel, tenor statues, dancing violinists and the lighting of a 65-foot LED holiday tree.

Winter in Venice

The complimentary festive event will take place on Monday, Nov. 21 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the front exterior of The Venetian and open to the public. ”I’m so excited to be a part of The Venetian and Palazzo’s first-ever Winter in Venice kick-off ceremony,” said Sparks.  ”I love the holidays and can’t wait to perform on the Las Vegas Strip!”

Since winning ”American Idol” in 2007, Sparks has released two albums making Billboard’s Top 40 list and her self-titled debut platinum album sold more than two million copies worldwide. The multi-award winning singer has toured with Alicia Keys, The Jonas Brothers, and Britney Spears and performed for President Obama and former President Bush.  In 2012, Sparks will make her acting debut in the upcoming feature film, ”Sparkle.”

This performance will officially put Winter in Venice into motion, launching the 49-day holiday celebration.  The first of many special events scheduled throughout November and December, it will take place near the resort’s outdoor ice skating rink, situated above The Venetian’s picturesque Grand Canal.  Surrounded by snowflakes, strung overhead holiday lights and an awe-inspiring 65-foot LED holiday tree, guests will be entertained by strolling candy cane stilt walkers, puppets, jugglers and magicians.

”As we launch the many festivities and holiday experiences of Winter in Venice, we are delighted to have the multi-talented singer, songwriter, model and actress Jordin Sparks perform and kick-off the inaugural event,” said John Caparella, president and chief operating officer of The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo. “The holidays are based upon wonderful traditions that become lasting memories and we hope that this 49-day celebration brings joy, fun and good cheer to everyone.  Buone Feste!”

Following the kick-off event, guests will be able to enjoy daily activities including the outdoor ice skating rink at The Venetian’s front exterior from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily and the stunning holiday light show, ”Nightly Holiday Spectacular,” at The Venetian’s Doge’s palace nightly at 6:30, 7:30, 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30 p.m.

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