Wander through the wonders of winter at Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Garden’s holiday installation, on display now through January 6, 2018.
Centered around a stunning 42-foot White Fir tree, guests will marvel at the elegant ice princess who reigns over the snow-kissed gardens. Radiant ornaments hang throughout the space as the spectacle comes to life with festive cheer.
Envisioned by designer Ed Libby and the Bellagio Horticulture team, the display astounds the senses and captivates the imagination this holiday season with festive winter floral creations. Adding a bit of glamour and sparkle to Bellagio’s most anticipated installation, Libby drew inspiration from classic children’s books and holiday lore, including “The Chronicles of Narnia” by C.S. Lewis.
Guarded by four 14-foot toy soldiers, guests will enter the Conservatory via a walk-through train station, the perfect setting to share a special holiday moment and capture memories. Draped in white garland and surrounded by lit trees and vibrant Poinsettias, the entrance serves as a glimpse of what’s to come.
At the heart of the West Garden, the majestic holiday tree leaves bystanders in awe. Decorated by two elves, the 42-foot White Fir shimmers with 7,000 lights and 2,500 ornaments. Making her debut in the holiday installation this year, an 18-foot-tall ice princess welcomes visitors. Escorted by two polar bears, the princess is dressed in timeless elegance with preserved red roses, silver palmetto leaves, fresh hydrangeas and Phalaenopsis orchids. On the other side of the tree, a group of silver wrapped boxes overflow with ornaments ready to be placed on the tree by the cheerful elves.
Nearby, a polar bear family, embellished with “fur” made of thousands of white carnations, delight visitors young and old as two baby bears play among the icebergs. Another baby pops out of a box as papa bear watches with affection. Across the Conservatory in the North Garden, two 10-foot trains depart for the North Pole through brick tunnels textured with crushed walnuts and lined with snow and candy canes. To complete the seasonal theme, intricate snowflakes, glistening ornaments and an illuminated moon are suspended high above the gardens, visible from every vantage point.
Bellagio’s Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is complimentary to the public and open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Holiday Display By the Numbers
- 34,000: Total number of flowers on display for the duration of the exhibit
- 28,000: Number of Poinsettias
- 7,000: Number of LED lights found on the holiday tree
- 7,000: Number of carnations used to create the mama polar bear
- 2,500: Number of ornaments found on the holiday tree
- 2,500: Number of white carnations and hydrangeas to create each baby polar bear
- 1,200: Number of red and white roses to make each train
- 125: Team members who participate in the display’s assembly
- 42 feet: Height of the White Fir holiday tree
- 25: Number of Silver Tip Fir trees
- 10: Number of hanging ornaments
- 6: Number of polar bears
- 3: Number of hanging snowflakes
- 4: Number of toy soldiers
- 3: Number of trains
- 2: Number of elves decorating the tree