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Only Bellagio Can Bring Polar Bears, Chocolate And Penguins To Vegas For The Holidays

December 3, 2012 at 1:36 PM | by | ()

Bellagio's Conservatory & Botanical Gardens has officially unveiled its winter exhibit, full of polar bears, penguins, trains and a chocolate village. A real chocolate village. It took one thousand pounds of dark chocolate and fifty boxes of Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats to help you drift into the holiday spirit. A 45-foot tall Shasta Fir helps, too. We were there to snap a photo at the exact second they turned on the 10,000 LED lights. All the better to see the 2,500 ornaments.

Familiar design favorites like the skating penguins return this year. Model trains zip by with live video cameras mounted so you can track its journey through the candy village. Or, as they zip by your friends or family. Say cheese!

This frolicking baby bear, floating on an ice cap, is made of 6,000 carnations and is already the star attraction. Mama Bear was created from an additional 10,000 flowers, which need to be tended and watered daily.

We happened upon Andres Garcia, Bellagio's Executive Director of Horticulture, who told us he's already started on next year's display. For now, the exhibit is open 24 hours a day, every day. From December 17-25, carolers will entertain from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and then stick around because vibraphone and marimba performers will provide a unique mood from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. nightly. You have until January 5th to experience one of the Vegas Strip's best-loved traditions.

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