Bellagio kicking off vacation season with tree lighting ceremony

Las Vegas, NV — Bellagio’s Conservatory &amp Botanical Gardens will kick off the holiday season with its annual tree lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. Dec. 4.

Far more than 7,000 warm white LED lights illuminate this year’s 42-foot-tall vacation tree decorated with much more than two,500 ornaments. A 40-member choir from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church will carry out a medley of vacation favorites at the lighting ceremony, including “Deck the Halls” and “Carol of the Bells” to celebrate the joyous season.

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New to this year’s show will be two 12-foot-tall snow globes, representing classic winter scenes.  4 chocolate homes produced by Bellagio’s pastry group sit at the base of the tree as a locomotive circles around them. Nearby, a mother polar bear adorned with 12,000 white carnations keeps a watchful eye as her 3 cubs play atop icebergs in a winter pond. Added favorites will return to the show including animated penguins, oversized ornaments and a stage for live performances of vacation tunes, four:30 p.m. – six p.m. nightly.

The holiday display will be on view till Jan. 3. Admission is cost-free and the conservatory and gardens are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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