Vegas Has Two Winter Wonderlands
Sunday, December 9, 2012
No one can patent the words “Winter Wonderland”, right? That’s why two casino/hotels in Las Vegas are using those words to describe their holiday attractions. The Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is the big holiday player in town with yet another popular “Winter Wonderland” exhibit.
From the moment one arrives at the Bellagio, holidays are the focus. Wreaths are hung above the doorways. The lobby is decorated with lighted trees and massive holiday bouquets. Visitors who aren’t checking in to the Bellagio then head for the conservatory’s Winter Wonderland display, again this year appearing to be very popular with tourists and locals (and their cameras).
This year’s Winter Wonderland display features a whole chocolate village with two model trains making the rounds. One of the trains actually videos its route. Returning favorites to the display are a large decorated tree, frolicking movable penguins and carnation-encrusted bears. The Bellagio display is free to the public and is open 24/7 through January 5. The attached video gives a brief view of the Bellagio’s Winter Wonderland, and then features something special at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas.
That “something special” at the city’s newest hotel is a skating rink overlooking the Las Vegas Strip. The Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool has disappeared under a temporary platform built to hold skaters, their friends and even folks roasting marshmallows over fire pits.
The Cosmopolitan Las Vegas does not shout “holiday” as one walks through the casino, but those in the know will find the ice rink on the 4th floor of the east side of the building. The ice rink (and yes, it is real ice) is not the only attraction, however. Visitors can enjoy special wintertime drinks, be warmed by the fire pits, play foosball, watch football or even enjoy a dip in the jacuzzi. Holiday movies are shown on Monday nights on the big video screen overlooking the ice rink. (Upcoming movies are Elf, December 10, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation December 17 and White Christmas December 24.) Wednesday evenings are a club evening with a DJ. Thursdays feature songs from the 70s, 80s and 90s. A ticket to skate costs $15; skate rental is $5. The nice thing about the Cosmopolitan Winter Wonderland is that one can enjoy winter activities without….the cold. Yes, evening temperatures can maybe hit the 50s, but searing cold temperatures have been sent north and east. The ice rink is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. through January 4.