How Vegas does Christmas? Over the top, naturally. We tend not to have seasons that support snow here, so the beautiful Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens works their magic in providing the illusion of winter for us desert dwellers (sigh).
This is the reality of a Vegas Christmas, as seen from inside the atrium of the Four Seasons Hotel at Mandalay Bay. I did hear yesterday that this may be the warmest Christmas on record for LOTS of folks across the United States.
They do give it their best shot - the beautiful snow photo above the Four Seasons check-in desk is our Red Rocks Canyon, blanketed in a dusting of snow...probably from about 6 years ago, when we actually got some for a minute.
There's no better place in town to be transported to Christmasland than the grand Bellagio Conservatory - Christmas overload at its finest! And, ALWAYS, my beautiful American flag prominently displayed, no matter the season (which is usually the HOT season). Thank you, Bellagio, for keeping it in place.
A 42-foot White Fir, resplendent with 2,500 ornaments, and 7,000 lights...flanked by a 12 foot Jack-in-the-Box (and you thought creepy clowns were just for the circus?!), 10-ft. stockings, huge packages amid ribbon curls, and 14-ft. wooden soldiers.
The three bears on display are covered with 22,000 white carnations, while the penguins are decked out in Vegas finery.
The large guy at the bottom pops up from the igloo above, and looks around (for victims, probably - yeah, I really don't dig penguins since the Batman movie!).
I'm fairly certain Clark Griswold would LOVE Vegas Christmas.
Poinsettias (28,000) as far as the eye can see - cyclamen, azaleas, mums...and roses, too. 35 THOUSAND flowers in all!
Lunch at the beautiful Cafe Bellagio - take a friend and let her buy you lunch (thanks, friend!). The open wall provides a view of the Atrium. Out the other side? The pool and "actual" Vegas December.
A 12 foot snowglobe, and a "rockin'" horse...
Cheers abound! The moon? 10-ft. tall and 5-ft. wide.
It all spills out into the rest of the hotel, as well...the gift shop off the side is always full of twinkling, shiny things and Led Zeppelins - the Chocolatier around the corner is always good for added calories. The Chihuly glass ceiling in the lobby adds to more grandiose decorations, and the area behind the registration desk, I could live in - seriously!
The display is in place now through January 3rd...always free...always spectacular...always a magical illusion that masks the casino hustle and bustle.
Two of my best presents this year arrive tomorrow! My wish for you and yours, is a SAFE and lovely Christmas and New Year, spent in the company of those you treasure the most. Merry Christmas! XOXO