Holiday Winter Wonderland Unveiled At Bellagio Conservatory & Gardens

Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens astounds the senses and captivates the imagination this holiday season with floral creations adorned in winter décor, rich in nostalgia and tradition. Available through January 5, 2013, the winter display evokes the holiday spirit with lively decorations and classic seasonal sounds.


Winter Display

Bellagio Christmas Tree
Bellagio Conservatory & Gardens Winter Display 2012

The stunning centerpiece of this exhibit is a stately 45-foot tall Shasta Fir, the largest holiday tree ever displayed at Bellagio. The majestic tree is decorated with more than 2,500 assorted ornaments and glows with 10,000 white energy-saving LED lights. Hung overhead are silver and gold bells while four grand toy soldiers revolve around the outskirts of the holiday tree.

Bellagio Christmas Tree
45 Foot Christmas Tree

New to the display this year and created by Bellagio’s renowned pastry chefs is a charming chocolate village, where no detail has been overlooked including the LED lights shimmering through their shutters. Nearby, a seven-foot-tall, custom-sculpted rocking horse stands in the midst of the village. Whirling throughout the display are two motorized toy trains equipped with live cameras where guests can view what the train sees on its travels on four nearby television monitors.

Bellagio Rocking Horse
Rocking Horse and Gingerbread Homes

“This year’s winter display at Bellagio’s Conservatory is truly magnificent,” said Randy Morton, president and COO of Bellagio. “Our horticulture and pastry teams have outdone themselves with remarkable creativity and visitors from around the world will marvel at what has been created for this magical holiday experience.”

Bellagio Gingerbread Home and Toy Train
Gingerbread Homes and Toy Train

In the North Garden, a waddle of 11 faux baby penguins frolic in the snow and skate around an arctic ice pond. Next to the penguin pond stands an embellished gazebo where vibraphone and marimba performers fill the Conservatory with the sounds of the season from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. nightly.

From December 17 until December 25, the Conservatory will be filled with the voices of carolers from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., another first for the holiday display.

Greeting guests in the South Garden is a family of topiary polar bears made of more than 35,000 hand-applied white carnations. Papa bear stands tall smiling at those who pass by as momma bear watches over her cub floating on a swiveling block of ice.

Bellagio Floral Polar Bear
Bellagio Conservatory & Gardens Las Vegas Floral Polar Bear

Bellagio’s Conservatory is complimentary to the public and open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Photo credit: Courtesy
Winter Exhibit Fast Facts:
Display dates:
Through Jan. 5, 2013
Total flowers on display for duration of the exhibit: 50,000
Total types of flowers on display: 14
Total plants and shrubs on display for duration of the exhibit: 350

Holiday Tree:
Origin: Mount Shasta, Calif.
Height: 45 feet
Lights: Approx. 10,000
Ornaments: More than 2,500

Penguins: 11

Polar bears Covered with hand-applied white carnations
Father bear: 18,000 flowers
Mother bear: 12,000 flowers
Baby bear: 5,000 flowers

Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens’ 2013 Calendar
Chinese New Year: Year of the Snake Exhibit: January 12 – March 3
Spring Celebration: March 9 – May 11
Summer Garden Party: May 19 – September 8
Autumn Display: September 14 – November 30
Winter Display: December 6 – January 5, 2014

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