The weather outside may be frightful, but the holiday display at Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is certainly delightful.
On view through January 3, 2015, guests can discover a breathtaking winter wonderland complemented by seasonal favorites, thousands of twinkling lights, 28,000 poinsettias and a 42-foot tall holiday tree.
Bellagio Las Vegas Tree Lighting Event
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“Bellagio’s winter display is a must-see in Las Vegas during the holiday season.” said Randy Morton, president and COO of Bellagio. “We look forward to sharing this one-of-a-kind Las Vegas experience with guests from around the world and are excited to spread holiday cheer within this spectacular setting.”
The majestic holiday tree, decorated with 7,000 warm white LED lights and 2,500 ornaments, stands as the Conservatory’s focal point. Below, a model locomotive runs past four chocolate houses and through two chocolate stations, both created by Bellagio’s pastry team. Two 12-foot-tall animated snow globes placed on each side of the tree, showcase classic winter scenes. In one globe, ice skaters glide across an ice pond while carolers sing at the base of a spinning holiday tree in the other.
At the Conservatory’s entrance, oversized ornaments and four 18-foot-tall LED white holiday trees covered in faux snow create a sparkling path toward a walk-through snow globe – a perfect opportunity for guests to share special holiday moments and capture lifelong memories.
Nearby, a mother polar bear adorned with 12,000 white carnations keeps a watchful eye on her three cubs as they slip and slide across icebergs floating in a winter pond. Like mother bear, the cubs are each adorned with 5,000 white carnations. Coca-Cola and Bellagio encourage guests to share their favorite photo of the Coca-Cola polar bear at the Conservatory on social media using #BellagioHoliday and #MakeSomeoneHappy; Coca-Cola will donate $1 to Toys for Tots for every picture uploaded throughout the season, up to $50,000.
Across the Conservatory, animated penguins can be found building igloos and frolicking with one another near a stage for live holiday performances, 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. nightly. Glimmering millennium stars ranging from 12 to 18 feet hang from above, illuminating the garden with a soft glow.
The Conservatory is complimentary to the public and open 24 hours a day.
Located adjacent to the Conservatory, Jean Philippe Pâtisserie continues its sweet holiday traditions. An impressive five-foot-tall chocolate Santa Claus, hand-carved from 230 pounds of dark chocolate and 50 pounds of fondant, sits in his favorite chair.
A winter wonderland would not be complete without the seasonal sounds of Las Vegas’ most iconic attraction. The Fountains of Bellagio feature special performances of classic holiday tunes such asHallelujah Chorus, O Holy Night and Santa Baby throughout the season. The Fountains are complimentary with performances beginning at 3 p.m. Monday – Friday; noon on Saturdays and holidays; and 11 a.m. on Sundays.
2014 Holiday Show Fast Facts:
Display Dates: Through Jan. 3, 2015
Total flowers on display for duration of the exhibit: 34,000
Total shrubs on display: 750
Total trees on display: 25
Main Holiday Tree
Height: 42 feet
Diameter: 18 feet
Weight: 6,800 pounds
Number of lights: 7,000
Number of ornaments: 2,500
Height: 12 feet
Diameter: 8 feet
Walkthrough Snow Globe
Height: 13 feet
Width: 12 feet
White LED Holiday Trees
Height: 18 feet
Diameter: 12 feet