Merry Christmas! Since we won’t be in Atlanta tomorrow, we’re spending the morning having lunch with our families, minus my mom (shout out to my mom who has to work on Christmas Eve and Christmas day because people in healthcare can never get days off. Gotta keep people alive!).
It was nice getting to catch up with friends. It’s baby-central, and everyone we know has at least one additional baby. We don’t know where we stand on babies other than knowing we’re terrified of having them.
We’re getting on a plane and heading back to Vegas later this evening (*crossing our fingers* for no delays), and we just wanted to leave you with some photos from the Bellagio Botanical Gardens. We think they know how to do Christmas best in Las Vegas.
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Last Updated: December 7, 2022
Christmas at Bellagio Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Gardens at the Bellagio is one of our favorite spots on the Strip. We try to visit to see all the seasonal decor throughout the year and are always impressed with their displays. Christmas is one of the most magical times to visit, and we can’t wait to go again this year.
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What You Need to Know About the Bellagio Botanical Gardens
The Bellagio Botanical Gardens are hard to miss. It’s just beyond the front desk lobbies, and you can usually find a crowd of people there. The 14,000-square-foot space completely transforms five times a year.
- Spring (March to June)
- Summer (June to September)
- Fall (September to November)
- Winter (December to January)
- Lunar New Year (January to March)
The gardens are closed between each season for 5-6 days to redecorate. Otherwise, it’s open 24/7, and it’s free to enter.
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Christmas at The Bellagio 2022
The 2022 winter display is called ‘Gingerbread Dreams, A Holiday Confeation.’ It features a 42-foot-tall fir tree with 10,000 lights and 8,700 ornaments and a life-sized gingerbread-style cottage.
By the numbers:
- 140,000: Number of Poinsettias throughout the display
- 110,000: Total number of energy-efficient light bulbs on all trees
- 15,000: Total number of gingerbread men throughout the display
- 13,250: Number of white carnations
- 10,000: Number of energy-efficient lights on the 42′ holiday tree
- 8,700: Number of ornaments on the holiday tree
- 4,800: Total hand-applied preserved roses on all four giant Poinsettias
- 2,000: Number of peppermints used throughout the display
- 800: Pounds of faux white frosting used on the gingerbread cottage
- 500: Number of chocolate hearts on the East Bed gingerbread cottage
- 80: Number of team members who bring the display to life
- 41: Number of fresh-cut white fir trees in the display
- 25 Feet: Height of the gingerbread cottage in the East Bed
- 18: Number of giant gingerbread and mirror snowflakes
- 14 Feet: Height of Nutcracker soldiers rotating on drums
- 6: Number of days to complete the change out
- 6: Number of Bellagio elves
- 5: Number of Coca-Cola Bears
- 4: Number of nutcracker soldiers
- 3: Number of pastry treats on display in the South Bed: Present, Bear, Tiered Cake
- 1: Gingerbread cottage made by the Bellagio Pastry team with real gingerbread & treats in the North Bed
See the reel.
Note: The holidays are a hectic time of year on the Strip, so expect larger crowds for this display than in other seasons.
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Previous CHRISTMAS Displays at the Bellagio
2021-2022 Winter – Holiday Time
2020-2021 Winter / Christmas
2014-2015 Winter / Christmas
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- The gardens get crowded, making it hard to take photos. The best time to visit is early morning when most people are still sleeping.
- The exhibits are big, so bring a wide lens to capture the scale of everything.
- The Giardini Garden Store is just around the corner and sells unique garden-themed gifts and home decor.
- While you’re there, be sure to check out the giant chocolate fountain at the Bellagio Patisserie too!
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