Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015 | 11:59 p.m.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year — in fact, ’tis the season to deck the halls — and that means Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens has unveiled its annual Christmas display.
Contributing photographer Tom Donoghue was on the Strip this Christmas Eve morning for his colorful, festive and bright photo gallery of the exhibit.
This holiday season’s spectacular includes a 42-foot Christmas tree, 7,000 lights, 2,500 ornaments, 12,000-carnation mother polar bear, 14-by-12-foot snow tunnel, 14-foot toy soldiers, 28,000 poinsettias, 2,000 azaleas, 2,000 cyclamen and more.
Donoghue said, “It was a little different shooting the Christmas display at Bellagio early this Christmas Eve morning.
“All sorts of Christmas pasts zoomed through me, and I could see the twinkle in the eyes of the children and reach out and touch the feelings and emotions. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.”
The winter wonderland is free and open 24/7 through Jan. 3. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
Don Chareunsy is the Las Vegas Sun’s entertainment and luxury senior editor and has been a journalist for nearly two decades.
Robin Leach of “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” fame has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past 15 years giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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Inspired by the beautiful villages of Europe, the AAA Five Diamond Bellagio overlooks a Mediterranean-blue, 8 ½-acre lake, where fountains perform a magnificent aquatic ballet choreographed to music and lights.
Within Bellagio are award-winning dining experiences including two AAA Five Diamond restaurants, Julian Serrano's Picasso and Le Cirque from the renowned Maccioni family.
Bellagio is home to an impressive collection of luxury retailers including Louis Vuitton, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Tiffany & Co., Breguet, Prada, Fred Leighton, Chanel, Dior, Fendi, Bottega Veneta, Hermès and OMEGA.
A world-class art gallery, the exquisite Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, the stunning “O” by Cirque du Soleil, a luxurious spa and salon, dynamic nightlife at The Bank, Hyde Bellagio and Lily Bar & Lounge and an elegant casino all add to the extraordinary Bellagio experience.