Christmas Day at Bellagio

After an incredible return to our church in Las Vegas for Christmas morning liturgy, we decided it was time to revisit another Christmas tradition from living here before — visiting Bellagio.

Bellagio has always been one of our favorite Strip hotels since it was built in 1998. As we pulled into self parking, the attendant told us that we would have to park on the top floor of the garage (4th floor, the roof). We found a parking place there and headed into Bellagio.

And, wow, was it crowded. We’ve been here at holiday time before, but I’m not sure we’ve ever seen it like this. It was hard to move. We managed to enter the conservatory that was lavishly decorated for Christmas. This is always fun to see. Kathy was able to dodge the crowds and get some pictures of the decorations.

We had toyed with the idea of eating at Cafe Bellagio first, but then we saw the line waiting to get in there. No way. So we decided to head directly to our favorite destination — the Petrossian Bar.

The hostess seated us at table for two near the bar. We couldn’t see the piano, but we heard the lovely music playing. We looked over the menus and saw that they had expanded their food offerings. The one change is now that they serve more food here, smoking is not allowed. So I had to forego my traditional Christmas cigar. And I am fine with that. Time to put cigars to rest.

Kathy: French 75 (gin, Champagne, lemon juice, and sugar)
Rich: The Macallan single malt Scotch, 12-year, neat

Food (shared)
Smoked Salmon Rillette with Toast Points and Caviar
Chips with Creamy Caviar Dip

Notice the caviar theme. Of course, with a name like Petrossian Bar, what else would you expect. The drinks, food, and conversation were exceptional — and the live piano music — as we toasted our first Christmas back home in our town, Las Vegas. A perfect way to celebrate a perfect day.

BellagiotreeChristmas Tree, Bellagio Conservatory

BellagiobearChristmas Bear, Bellagio Conservatory

ReindeerReindeer, Bellagio Conservatory

ScotchCigarPetrossian Bar:
Scotch and Cigar (unwrapped)

FMcocktailPetrossian Bar:
French 75

BellagiochipsPetrossian Bar:
Chips with Creamy Caviar Dip

PetrossianCaviarPetrossian Bar:
Smoked Salmon Rillette with Toast Points and Caviar

About Rich Eckardt

Byzantine Catholic Convert. Knight of Columbus. Celebrant of the Divine Office.