The Venetian and The Palazzo welcomed the Year of the Snake on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 with a traditional dragon dance. Sheldon Adelson, our chairman and CEO, was in attendance to paint the eyes of the dragon and bring it to life, kicking off the Chinese New Year.

Dancers from the Yau Kung Mon Kung Fu School of U.S.A. from Los Angeles and San Francisco paraded through both properties, offering blessings to bring our guests good luck throughout the year. Crowds gathered to watch the dragon dance and take photos of the 98-ft blue water snake coiled in the 38-ft peach blossom tree.

The main feature of The Venetian and The Palazzo’s Chinese New Year 2013 art installation was, of course, Sophie Chow, the snake tangled in her home, a giant peach blossom tree. To commemorate the Year of the Snake, the resort’s floral and horticulture team worked with 77 artists and artisans from around the world, and also consulted a Feng Sui master. For a behind-the-scenes look at the installation process, check out this video:

Make note: On Feb. 23, The Venetian and The Palazzo will host a Lantern Festival from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Guests can revel in the tradition and romance of the festive celebration. The event will feature Chinese music, Asian-style cocktails, dim sum, and desserts. Tickets are $48.88 and can be purchased here

Zine Noodles Dim Sum at The Palazzo is offering a Chinese New Year inspired menu through Feb. 16, and Fusion Mixology Bar will offer the Jaina cocktail, which was created for Chinese New Year. You can find out more about all of the Chinese New Year events offered at The Venetian and The Palazzo here.