Bellagio rolls out the holiday decorations, tree and chocolate

The Bellagio welcomes the holiday season with a 42-foot-tall Christmas tree, frolicking polar bears, mischevious penguins and a lot of chocolate.

Towering over tourists in the Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the resort’s Christmas tree is bedecked with 2,500 ornaments and 7,000 LED lights. A few feet away, a family of polar bears created out of thousands of white carnations cavorts on the ice. On the other side of the Conservatory penguins pop out of and help build igloos. Plus every night, musicians will perform from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on a stage near the Arctic birds.

The Conservatory isn’t the only spot boasting holiday cheer in the hotel. A giant rocking horse is centered in the Bellagio lobby and towering displays of flowers and ornaments are behind the check-in desk.

If you have a sweet tooth, check out Jean Philippe Patisserie where a giant 200-pound chocolate Santa sits high above the crêpe station. While Santa won’t fit in your carry-on luggage, there are plenty of smaller chocolate Santas who will.

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