Bellagio Showcases “Hopeful Holidays”

Some old friends and some new are part of the 2020 Bellagio Conservatory display.
Photo by Diane Taylor

Armed with my video camera and a voice only slightly marred by a cold, I headed to the Bellagio Hotel and Casino last Wednesday to continue a holiday tradition, seeing the Bellagio Conservatory’s holiday decorations.

Parking was free and easy, and when I arrived at the Conservatory I saw a line — not long — but a line nonetheless. I went to the end of the line and saw another entrance with no line. Seems as if this entrance led to a couple restaurants and stores. I ventured in, took a few photos and videos (the video sound was marred by background holiday music so I relied on photos) and then I got in the “real” line. The wait was short.

Everyone in line wore a mask except for a few youngsters. People more or less kept their distances, and once inside the conservatory, the cameras came out.

A visit to the Bellagio Conservatory at the holidays in “normal” times is so crowded one can hardly move without getting in someone’s way or becoming a stranger in one of the visitor’s pictures. However, 2020 is different: attendance is limited by security guards, visitors follow a prescribed route AND the opportunity exists to see and photograph everything.

The Bellagio tells us that the Conservatory is a 14,000-square-foot playground and that a staff of 20 horticulturists maintains the gardens. On my way out, I thanked a security guard for the wonderful display. He agreed the conservatory looks lovely and said he and his wife visited at 2 a.m. one morning when no one was around. “I used the panorama setting on my camera and turned around and around, and the picture turned out great!” (A tip for other late night/early morning visitors. Yes, the conservatory is open 24 hours.)

Below are some of my pictures taken during Wednesday’s visit to the 2020 display called, “Hopeful Holidays”.

A mask-wearing youngster gives a wave to Living-Las-Vegas readers.
Photo by Diane Taylor
A familiar tableau on the way to the restaurants.
Photo by Diane Taylorr
Note the almost empty path to the restaurants.
Photo by Diane Taylor
This is Her Majesty Queen Bellissima, and she is very tall.
Photo by Diane Taylor
My bows look just like this one…
Photo by (liar) Diane Taylor
A familiar sight, the Santa Fe electric train.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Taking selfies with a baby in your arms is not easy.
Photo by Diane Taylorr
The large white horses make a big impression on visitors.
Photo by Diane Taylorr
Looking past the horses’ south ends, visitors see the traditional 42-foot-tall silver tip fir tree sparkling with thousands of lights.
Photo by Diane Taylorr
There are pine cones and then there are Bellagio pine cones.
Photo by Diane Taylor
From the outside looking in.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Even a waterfall made it into this year’s display.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Several giant poinsettias greet 2020 visitors to the Bellagio Conservatory.
Photo by Diane Taylor
As a child in St. Louis (and a St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan) red cardinals at the holidays were a must. The birds are a symbol of good luck. Have a great holiday everybody!
Photo by Diane Taylor


4 responses on “Bellagio Showcases “Hopeful Holidays”

  1. Diane,
    Once again you’ve swept us away to a beautiful tradition that we wouldn’t have seen this year!
    Gorgeous pics and the Bellagio always delivers this wonderful Holiday fantasy. It truly Lifted out spirit’s !
    Thank you,
    Kelly & Clint

  2. Thank you for the wonderful, beautiful tour! We are so lucky to have you visiting, sharing pictures and talking about the great places many of us can’t get to this year! Very uplifting! Hope to see you next year and enjoy some of these gorgeous Vegas views myself! Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Happy Holidays to all!

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