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Kentucky – Christmas at the Galt House – A Christmas Carol

Giant Scrooge

Last year I visited Christmas at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky, for the first time. I was so impressed that I wrote an epic post about it. This year they made a significant update to the KaLightoscope exhibit, so when they invited me back for a media preview, I jumped at the chance to see the changes. They invested over $2 million to completely redo the luminaries with a new theme. Now KaLightoscope tells the story of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

 

An interesting point to note here is that Charles Dickens once stayed at the […]

Indiana – Santa Claus

Santa Claus, Indiana Town Hall

Perhaps you remember our visit to the charming town of North Pole, Alaska. I am fascinated by towns that get to celebrate Christmas all year long. We recently had a chance to visit another: Santa Claus, Indiana. One summer during my college years, I lived in Evansville, Indiana, and when I would drive home for a weekend, I’d always see the sign for Santa Claus. It took 25 years, but I finally got to visit this cute town that has streets named after reindeer, carols, and everything Christmas.

My kids wanted to know how a town came to be named […]

Kentucky – Christmas at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville

KaLightoscope Elf

When I was invited to attend a Media Preview weekend for Christmas at the Galt House, I was thrilled, especially because kids were invited. As a family travel writer, it’s hard to do research without kids, and it’s not often that media invitations include them. As it turned out, only one of my kids didn’t have other activities scheduled, so instead I invited my co-author and one of her daughters to join us. I had stayed at the Galt House before, but not at Christmastime and I’d heard that it was terrific. The holiday cheer starts before you even check […]

Louisiana – Christmas in New Orleans

Christmas Carriages New Orleans

Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays… And that’s where I would have spent Christmas last year if my in-laws hadn’t called one day and said they’d like to take the entire family on a Caribbean cruise for Christmas. The cruise they selected left from New Orleans, Louisiana, on Christmas Eve and returned on New Year’s Eve. We all flew down to New Orleans a day early and had the opportunity to do a little sightseeing in New Orleans before boarding the ship. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to see this already festive city all decked […]