All is merry and bright in the Bellagio Conservatory Christmas Display, “Hopeful Holidays.” The 14,000 square foot Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens is a winter wonderland unveiling the return of Queen Bellissima and the Coca-Cola polar bears.
One of the best free things to do in Las Vegas for all ages, the Bellagio Conservatory is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Bellagio hotel was designed around the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
Under the creative guidance of Ed Libby, a team of 120 horticulturalists create five displays throughout the year: Chinese New Year, spring, summer, fall or autumn, and winter.
January to mid-March features a Chinese New year theme with the current Chinese zodiac animal.
Celebrating spring from Mid-March to May tropical flowers, cherry blossoms, and a butterfly house adorn the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
Memorial Day weekend through late September highlights a summer display of red, white, and blue complete with American Flags.
From late September through Thanksgiving weekend the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens fall or Autumn display features fall colors, pumpkins, and chrysanthemums.
After Thanksgiving, the winter and Christmas theme includes Queen Bellissima, Coca-Cola polar bears, a Christmas Tree, poinsettias, white stallions, and elves.
The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens Christmas display features the return of Queen Bellissima.
The showpiece of the holiday display is a 42-foot tall Christmas tree complete with a Swarovski crystal tree topper, 7,000 sparkling LED lights, and 2,500 red and gold ornaments.
Pro-tip: Wait to see the toy-train as it completes its journey around the base of the tree.
The Christmas tree and twenty-five lighted firs that surround the Conservatory come from Northern California’s Mount Shasta.
The statuesque 20-foot Queen Bellissima is dressed in a couture 14-foot gown created from roses and crystal.
The Queen is lead from the Into the Woods enchanted forest from the autumn display to Bellagio by the Coca-Cola polar bears.
Papa bear waves hello or goodbye (depending on your point of view) while the two Brother bears frolic on their backs among the wrapped presents. Mama bear and Sister bear wear Swarovski crystal tiaras.
Fresh carnations,70,000 in total during the length of the Christmas display, keep the female polar bears looking bright and beautiful.
In the North Garden, giant pinecones, ornaments, and Poinsettias flank a Faberge egg holding two red cardinals representing hope and health.
The East Garden features two troubadours announcing arrival into the enchanted winter wonderland through Queen Bellissima’s majestic jeweled walk-through carriage.
Pulled by four white stallions the velvet lined carriage offers the perfect picture taking opportunity.
The four elves in Queen Bellissima’s living room in the South Garden represent all the Bellagio employees from the horticulture team, engineers, and gardeners.
The Queen’s puppy plays with ribbons from a present next to a roaring fire in the fireplace.
The Bellagio Conservatory Christmas Display is open 24 hour a day, 7 days a week and free to the public. The display is available for viewing through January 9th next year.
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