Vegas casinos draw tourists with holiday exhibits

Vegas casinos draw tourists with holiday exhibits

The conservatory at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 23 at 10:04 PM

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas has mostly shelved its attempt to rebrand itself as a family-friendly wonderland. But there's one exception: the holiday season, when visitor numbers crater and room vacancies soar.

In an attempt to lure tourists, Las Vegas casinos are staging increasingly elaborate holiday events.

The Bellagio has again transformed its conservatory into a faux winter wonderland featuring a 42-foot-tall Christmas tree, a life-sized candy house, and a walk-through snow globe, all a few paces from the gambling floor.

The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is sending divers in elf-style wet suits to feed an aquarium of tropical fish during daily shows.

Perhaps the most elaborate exhibit is "Winter in Venice," which the Venetian casino advertises as a public gift in banners strung outside its ersatz Italian facade.

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