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Jordin Sparks Kicks Off “Winter in Venice” at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas

November 23, 2011 by  



Jordin Sparks joins The Venetian’s president and COO, John Caparella, to officially open the ice skating rink
Grammy-nominated and platinum recording artist and season six American Idol winner Jordin Sparks helped kick off the inaugural celebration of Winter in Venice at The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas on Nov. 21 with a complimentary performance on the Las Vegas Strip’s only outdoor ice skating rink (Pictured above: Jordin Sparks joins The Venetian’s president and COO, John Caparella, to officially open the ice skating rink – Photo credit: ImagesOfVegas.com/ IS Photography)

The star of the upcoming feature film Sparkle entertained the massive crowd with a song selection that included her hits “Tattoo” and “No Air” and the holiday classics “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” and “The Christmas Song.”

Jordin and John Caparella pose with professional skaters

Jordin and John Caparella pose with professional skaters

Photo credit: ImagesOfVegas.com/ IS Photography.

Surrounded by candy cane stilt walkers, snow angels, jesters and toy soldiers, the front plaza and the outdoor gondolas of The Venetian were transformed into a winter palace while guests sipped on holiday-inspired drinks including the peppermint Gondolier Blanco and the amaretto-infused Godfather.

The 65-foot LED tree in front of The Venetian

The 65-foot LED tree in front of The Venetian

Photo credit: ImagesOfVegas.com/ IS Photography.

The debut of the “Nightly Holiday Spectacular” drew gasps and applause from the overflowing audience as the entire front of the building lit up in flashing lights, lasers and larger-than-life snowflakes. As their attention was drawn to the Rialto Bridge, three tenors and a hip hop violin duo performed holiday hits and classics before a majestic angel lit the 65-foot LED holiday tree in an awe-inspiring moment.

Crowds gather to enjoy a performance from “American Idol” winner, Jordin Sparks

Crowds gather to enjoy a performance from “American Idol” winner, Jordin Sparks

Photo credit: ImagesOfVegas.com/ IS Photography.

Jordin sparkled in Simon G Jewelry, a body-hugging Fluxus dress that showed off her svelte body and nude Christian Louboutins, which she purchased at The Shoppes at The Palazzo. She raved about The Venetian and The Palazzo, saying she loved her beautiful suite and the delicious food at LAVO, also adding, “I love spa services and being able to indulge and turn off my phone. I had an amazing, amazing time at Canyon Ranch.”

When asked about her holiday health tips, Jordin joked, “I am the worst person to ask. I eat the food, I sleep on the couch, I watch football, have a good time with my family and worry about it later. Just enjoy the holidays.”

Crowds fill the front plaza of The Venetian for Winter in Venice

Crowds fill the front plaza of The Venetian for Winter in Venice

Photo credit: ImagesOfVegas.com/ IS Photography.

After posing for photos with lucky meet and greet winners, Jordin officially welcomed the holiday season and the opening of the skating rink with a ribbon cutting ceremony with John Caparella, president and COO of The Venetian, The Palazzo & Sands Expo. Guests were treated to a spectacular performance from professional skaters before lacing up their own skates to take a spin on the ice.

The first true celebration of the winter season on the Las Vegas Strip, Winter in Venice runs through Jan. 8, 2012 as the ultimate destination for an unforgettable holiday experience. Caparella said, “Winter in Venice is going to be an annual event and this is just the beginning. We’re going to build on it and make it better next year.”

Champagne dress being filled at The Venetian’s Winter in Venice celebration

Champagne dress being filled at The Venetian’s Winter in Venice celebration

Photo credit: ImagesOfVegas.com/ IS Photography.

A juggler balances on a ball at The Venetian’s Winter in Venice celebration

A juggler balances on a ball at The Venetian’s Winter in Venice celebration

Photo credit: ImagesOfVegas.com/ IS Photography.

Performer dancing to holiday music in front of the 65-foot holiday tree

Performer dancing to holiday music in front of the 65-foot holiday tree

Photo credit: ImagesOfVegas.com/ IS Photography.

Gondolier appears under the Doge’s Bridge as guests look on

Gondolier appears under the Doge’s Bridge as guests look on

Photo credit: ImagesOfVegas.com/ IS Photography.

Jordin Sparks performs on The Venetian’s first-ever ice skating rink

Jordin Sparks performs on The Venetian’s first-ever ice skating rink

Photo credit: ImagesOfVegas.com/ IS Photography.

Guests look on as a majestic stilted angel entertains the crowd

Guests look on as a majestic stilted angel entertains the crowd

Photo credit: ImagesOfVegas.com/ IS Photography.

 A gondola glides by the Winter in Venice celebration

A gondola glides by the Winter in Venice celebration

Photo credit: ImagesOfVegas.com/ IS Photography.

The Venetian and The Palazzo launch the first-ever Winter in Venice

The Venetian and The Palazzo launch the first-ever Winter in Venice

Photo credit: ImagesOfVegas.com/ IS Photography.

 Jordin Sparks poses with silted candy can and wizards

Jordin Sparks poses with silted candy can and wizards

Photo credit: ImagesOfVegas.com/ IS Photography.

The upcoming “Sparkle” actress graces the Winter in Venice white carpet

The upcoming “Sparkle” actress graces the Winter in Venice white carpet

Photo credit: ImagesOfVegas.com/ IS Photography.

Jordin Sparks poses with holiday characters during the inaugural Winter in Venice celebration

Jordin Sparks poses with holiday characters during the inaugural Winter in Venice celebration

Photo credit: ImagesOfVegas.com/ IS Photography.

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