**Contest Closed. Congratulations to NOVA!
You’ve won a family 4-pack of tickets to KaLightoscope Christmas in Louisville!**
A few weeks ago I had the chance to travel to Louisville to attend the opening party for a new family-friendly holiday attraction called KaLightoscope Christmas. Before I even get going about the event, if you only read this first paragraph…. It was so cool. Really. I was so impressed. It would make a great over-night trip and addition to your family’s holiday traditions.
Produced and hosted at the Galt House Hotel, KaLightoscope Christmas is a new larger-than-life holiday attraction that includes a HUGE walk-through holiday light display, a dinner show, an mazing gingerbread villiage (you’re kids will not believe their eyes), Santa & tons of elves, plus a lot more.
From the moment you arrive at The Galt House you can feel the spirit of KaLightoscope Christmas. The hotel looks magical. From the Christmas decorations on the outside of the building and the ‘Elfed’ shuttle busses, to the gorgeous trees and wreaths throughout the building. The Galt House is like a Christmas wonderland and the staff is in the spirit too!
KaLightoscope Christmas is made up of seven main events (From the Galt House):
This 16,000 square foot attraction showcases a spectacular walk-through Christmas luminary experience never before seen in the United States. Composed of larger-than-life luminaries handcrafted by more than 30 Chinese artisans from Zigong, China, the unique sensory experience will magnify the sights, sounds and colors of the Christmas season. KaLightoscope will feature 12 holiday-themed sections including “Toyland”, the “Christmas Tree Maze,” “The Lighted Forest,” and “The Nativity,” among others. More than six miles of colored and patterned fabrics, along with four miles of rope and internal lighting, will adorn the individual luminary sculptures, ranging in size from 15’-17’ tall and 9’-20’ wide. The attraction will be available November 18, 2010-January 3, 2011. Individual ticket prices range from $14.95-$17.95 based on group size.
“Colors of the Season” Dinner Show
This one-of-a-kind dinner show, “Colors of the Season,” was designed specifically for KaLightoscope Christmas by famed show creator, Gary Musick. Audiences will be whisked away to Christmas’ past, as the cast and student choirs from across the country share their holiday memories through dialogue and song. The interactive show will feature a gourmet three-course meal designed by a team of Galt House executive chefs. Lunch and dinner shows are available November 18-December 24, and individual ticket prices range from $17-$25 for children and $45-$60 for adults. Children under the age of four are free.
The Galt House Gingerbread Village is the world’s largest, life-size, hand-crafted village created entirely from edible ingredients. Guests can walk along a gingerbread path to Santa’s walk-thru Workshop, view enormous candy trees and enjoy holiday refreshments near the Gingerbread Snow Fairy Castle. While enjoying the scenery, guests can also participate in a variety events occurring in Gingerbread Village.
Breakfast with Santa and the Christmas Fairy
Children are invited to join Santa and the Christmas Fairy for a Christmas-themed breakfast buffet and some special time with these beloved Christmas characters. Breakfast for children 12-years old or younger is $30. Adult chaperones are $13.
Santa’s Story time and Christmas Carols
Santa will be on hand throughout the holiday season reading Christmas stories and singing lively carols, while children munch on milk and gingerbread cookies. Tickets for children 12-years old or younger are $12.
Just outside of the Gingerbread Village Santa will be hosting a special party for children that will include refreshments, cookie decorating, dancing with Santa’s elves, karaoke, face painting and games. Children will get to mingle with special guests including Santa, the Christmas Fairy, Santa’s elves and other Christmas characters. Admission to Santa’s PartyPalooza is $30 for children 4-12 and free for parents and children under the age of 3.
Looking for that special holiday keepsake? Louisville artisans and regional vendors will be offering a wide variety of specialty holiday items for purchase at the Mistletoe Marketplace. From one-of-a-kind ornaments to holiday crafts, this is one stop you’ll want to add to your Christmas to-do list.
Here’s a quick video I shot inside of KaLightoscope. I think it will give you a good idea of how MASSIVE the display is.
Overall, I would say that visiting KaLightoscope Christmas would be a good addition to your Christmas “to-do” list this year. To help one lucky family make that happen, The Galt House has given us a 4-pack of passes to KalIghtoscope Christmas to giveaway here on Family Friendly Cincinnati! That’s Right!
How to win them? Entering is easy, and we’ve got a few options for you. Giveaway will close at noon on Tuesday, December 7th. We’ll use Random.org to draw a winner. Make sure you include your email address so we can contact you. Winners will have 24 hours to respond. Good luck!
1) Leave a comment sharing one of your family’s favorite holiday traditions. (Required)
2) Subscribe to the Family Friendly Cincinnati eNewsletter (Green link at end of post) and leave a comment saying you did so (or that you are already a subscriber)
3) Visit the KaLightoscope website and tell us which event at Kalightoscope Christmas you’re most excited to check out.
4) On Twitter? Tweet about our giveaway for an extra entry. Be sure to include @famfriendlycin & @kalightoscope in your Tweet. Leave a comment here with your Twitter name.
That’s it folks. It’s that easy. For those of you who decide to stay the night, there’s also a lot more going on in Louisville for the holidays. You can find a pretty comprehensive list of things to do on the Louisville.com website as well as here on About.com. Everything from Lights Under Louisville to Louisville Slugger’s A Charlie Brown Christmas exhibit to Stage One’s production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!
Disclosure: At her last job, Shannan worked with The Galt House on KaLightoscope Christmas when it was still in it’s early planning stages. We greatly appreciate them reaching out to us and offering tickets to giveaway to FFC readers.
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Amanda Igo says
I’m a new subscriber! Our family tradition is to go to our Grandma’s house and help her decorate. She has a Christmas birthday and loves the look and feel but is getting older and is unable to keep up on all the decorations and displays she likes to have out. It is nice to lend a hand. We want to see the whole Kalediscope display but maybe Mistletoe Marketplace would be a favorite.
I am now a subscriber! I love your FB page, I check it every weekend for things to do with my kids ages 7,6,5,3.Our favorite family christmas tradition is baking cookies and taking them to a nearby nursing home! We personally deliver them to each resident and spend some time visiting with them! The kids learn that it is important to visit with the elderly and that they get lonely and a smile and a cookie brings them lots of joy! I will never forget the tear my son at age 3(now 7) gave this old man a cookie and the man broke down in tears! so grateful that someone cared about him! It has been our tradition for 5 years and this year we are inviting friends to come with us to share in the blessing! I would love to check out the dinner show,we were planning a trip but something came up and I had to use the money for something else 🙁 I hope we win!!!! Thanks!
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Our family tradition is going to the tree farm to cut down our Christmas tree. We then come home, put on the Christmas music and decorate it together.
My son is three and would LOVE to see this. This year Christmas is such an exciting time for him.
Playing in the first snow with my kids, seeing the lights at the zoo, singing carols, elf on the shelf (Rudy) and just spending time together!
We love to cut down our own Christmas tree every year, and head to the Festival of Lights at the zoo.
Our favorite holiday tradition is going to see the trains at the Museum Center. My kids love them, and they have a great Santa!
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Well I personally would love to wonder the Mistletoe Marketplace. And that might work out perfectly while DH takes the kids running through their probable fav – Gingerbread Village.
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A new favorite tradition is our christmas pajama party with friends!
Rebecca Baldwin says
My favorite Entertainment when I was a child was driving around with my family in the car, singing Christmas Carols while driving through neighborhoods with beautiful light displays. The car was packed with 6 kids & 2 parents, but our lives were packed with good memories!
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Rose Stalter says
A favorite tradition is being w/our girls & letting them help decorate the tree with the ornaments that they have been given since they were born, each one has a story behind it & for each year they coordinate. When they are old er & have their own families they will be able to carry on that tradition & have their own ornaments to do the same.
I want to see the whole Kalightoscope exhibit, it looks amazing, w/it indoors we won’t freeze either.
I can’t wait to check out the gingerbread village
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my favorite tradition is eating all the goodies everyone else makes:)
Carole Hanbury says
Favorite family tradition…making a birthday cake for Jesus, singing happy birthday and blowing out the candles!
Melissa McGowan says
My favorite Christmas tradition is taking the kids outside in their pj’s and coats on Christmas Eve and letting them spread the reindeer food for Santa’s reindeer.
Baking cookies and wrapping presents with my little guys are the best part of the year.
The gingerbread house looks awesome but so does the entire display.
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my family would love to see the gingerbread village: i collect gingerbread men and houses, so that would be perfect!
One of our favorite holiday traditions is to the Christmas parade in a neighboring town on the 1st Friday of December. We go rain, snow, or very cold temperatures. It is a small parade, with displays and floats from the local businesses and groups. As soon as the parade is over, everyone gathers in front of the community center and waits for the lighting of the tree. There are various groups and Church organizations who set up booths selling hot chocolate and other small things to raise money. As soon as the mayor does the countdown, the tree is lit, and the fireworks begin. It is a great way to start the holiday spirit and it doesn’t cost a thing to attend! (have subscribed to the newsletter!)
My favorite family holiday traditions are the Christmas cookies, and hiding the pickle ornament in the tree – our oldest is just now old enough to start finding it!
Also, can’t wait to check out the Gingerbread Village – we were in Louisville this summer and stayed at the Galt (fantastic hotel, by the way) and saw a preview of KaLightoscope then, and the whole thing looks amazing!
(Already a Family Friendly Cincy newsletter subscriber!)