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Bellagio Conservatory: Out with autumn, in with winter display

Bellagio conservatory transitions to winter

Sam Morris

White carnations wait to be applied to polar bears as part of the holiday display at the Bellagio Conservatory Dec. 2, 2009.

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The Bellagio Conservatory will begin its transformation from a Northeastern autumn into a winter wonderland during the early morning hours Sunday.

Workers will shut down the Bellagio’s fall display at 2 a.m. Sunday to bring in thousands of flowers, lights and ornaments for the annual showcase. The conservatory will reopen Friday, Dec. 3, with the holiday display.

During the five-day closure, visitors will see more than 70 workers bringing Santa’s sleigh and reindeer to life at the conservatory. This year’s display will include a family of 28 penguins, a mother and baby polar bear made of 16,000 white carnations and four 15-foot-tall toy soldiers.

A 42-foot Shasta Fir with 7,000 lights and 1,800 ornaments will be the centerpiece of the holiday display.

The winter wonderland display will run through Jan. 2 before the resort prepares for the Chinese New Year exhibit.

The resort’s 140 horticulturists transform the Bellagio Conservatory five times each year — from spring to summer to fall to winter to a Chinese New Year celebration.

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