Visiting Vegas during the holidays? Don’t miss the Bellagio Botanical Gardens.
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 6, 2023
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.
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.
Christmas at The Bellagio 2023
The 2023 winter display, ‘The Nutcracker’ got delayed because of F1, but it’s finally up! It features a 30-foot-tall Mouse King, a beautiful Christmas tree, 110,000 energy-efficient light bulbs, a giant nutcracker, and more. Newly added this year is the Peppermint Express by Bellagio Patisseries, where you can get pastries and drinks in front of the conservatory, open from 9 AM to 10 PM.
By the numbers:
- 110,000: Energy-efficient lightbulbs on all trees
- 20,000: Poinsettias throughout the display
- 10,000: Preserved roses in the Mouse King’s cape
- 8,700: Ornaments on the holiday tree
- 500: Ostrich Plumes on the ballerina’s tutu
- 80: Bellagio team members who brought the display to life
- 41: Fresh-cut white fir trees in the display
- 24: Beautifully wrapped gift boxes
- 9: Crystal chandeliers throughout the display
- 6: Days to complete the changeout of the display
- 4: Toy soldiers in the North Bed
- 1: Swarovski Crystal star topping the holiday tree
Note: The holidays are a hectic time of year on the Strip, so expect larger crowds for this display.
Previous CHRISTMAS Displays at the Bellagio
2022-2023 Winter – Gingerbread Dreams
2021-2022 Winter – Holiday Time
2020-2021 Winter / Christmas
2014-2015 Winter / Christmas
- 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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Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in Las Vegas.