Christmas at the Galt House

Christmas at the Galt House

The Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky is known for their over the top Christmas decorations. They have even been featured on the Travel Channel and Christmas at the Galt House has become an annual tradition for many families.

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Holiday in Lights at Sharon Woods

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Our family recently went to the Holiday in Lights Display at Sharon Woods. The light display has been a Tri State tradition for the past 20 years. What’s nice is that you don’t have to leave the comfort of your warm vehicle to enjoy the lights.

Holiday in Lights Sharon Woods Ohio

 

 

During the drive, you can set your radio dial to WARM 98 to listen to Christmas music to get you in the holiday spirit.

I would advise trying to go on a week night if possible. We went on a Saturday night and waited in line for about 40 minutes before actually getting inside the park.  If you do have a little wait time, you can always work on perfecting your Christmas carols.

The Holiday in Lights Display has lots of lights with symbols that are associated with Christmas and there are also a few others that were fun additions.

 

 

There are also several themes during your drive ranging from “A Christmas Carol,” to Toy land to greetings around the world in different languages.

 

Holiday in Lights Sharon Woods Ohio

 

 

Holiday in Lights Sharon Woods Ohio

 

There is something to see on both sides of the road for the whole entire display. We noticed a hippopotamus light display that reminded us of one of our favorite fun Christmas songs. “I want a hippopotamus for Christmas”  is a song that we love to sing in the car.

 

Holiday in Lights Sharon Woods Ohio

 

 

The light display has several sections where lights are above and where you drive through a tunnel of lights at the road dips down.

 

 

Holiday in Lights Sharon Woods Ohio

 

Holiday in Lights Sharon Woods Ohio

 

 

Driving around and looking at lights is one of our family traditions each year.  You’ve still got time to check out Holiday in Lights too.

 

Holiday in Lights Sharon Woods Ohio

 

Holiday in Lights Sharon Woods Ohio

 

 

Holiday in Lights  runs through Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.

 

Hours are Sunday-Thursday 6-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

 

 

 

Holiday in Lights Sharon Woods Ohio

 

Cost: $13 per vehicle, $45 for buses or 15 passenger vans

You can also get a $2 off coupon from their website.

Holiday in Lights is located at  11450 Lebanon Road, Route 42 Sharonville, OH 45241

 

Disclosure: I was given complimentary admission. All opinions are my own. 

A Christmas Story House & Museum in Cleveland

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One of the places that I was SO EXCITED about visiting during my media trip with Positively Cleveland was the house from the movie “A Christmas Story.” It was actually even on my adventure list.

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The movie is such a fun tradition to watch every year around the holidays. So many of the scenes from the movie are classics.

A Christmas Story House Cleveland Ohio

A Christmas Story Bloggers

Here are all of us bloggers together- Nick from “Breakfast with Nick” from Columbus,  Heidi from “The Steel Trap” (Pittsburgh), me, Melinda from “30 Something Therapy” (Pittsburgh) and Heather from “The Food Hussy.” (Cincinnati)

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The home still displays the leg lamp in the window for visitors to view.

Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough time to take the tour but we did take time to peak in the windows and check out the gift shop.

A Christmas Story House Cleveland Ohio

A Christmas Story House Gift Shop is just across the street from the house where you can purchase just about any kind of novelty item that is themed around the movie.

A Christmas Story Gift Shop Cleveland Ohio

A Christmas Story Gift Shop Cleveland Ohio

I had to fight the temptation to bring home a leg lamp Halloween costume and of course my very own leg lamp.

A Christmas Story Gift Shop Cleveland Ohio

Check out this adorable mini village scene that is A Christmas Story themed.

A Christmas Story Gift Shop Cleveland Ohio

There is a gift to purchase that represents pretty much every aspect of the movie.

A Christmas Story House Gift Shop Cleveland Ohio

A Christmas Story Museum showcases memorabilia that has to do with the movie.

A Christmas Story House Cleveland Ohio

A Christmas Story House Cleveland Ohio

 

Tickets and Admission

Adults: $10.00
Children 7 to 12: $6.00
(Children 6 & under: FREE)
Seniors: $8.00

 

A Christmas Story & Museum is open year round.

 

Monday-Saturday: 10am-5pm
Sundays: 12pm-5pm

(Open until 7pm on Fridays and Saturdays in December)

(Early close on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve at 2pm)

A Christmas Story House, Museum and Gift shop are closed, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day, and all other Major Holidays.

Tours run every half hour starting at 10:15 (12:15 on Sundays)
The last tour is at 4:30pm.

Admissions information: (216) 298-4919 or info@achristmasstoryhouse.com

***Tickets include access to both A Christmas Story House and the accompanying museum.

Tickets can be purchased at the museum gift shop or in advance through our online gift shop.

 

A Christmas Story House Museum is located at 3159 W 11th St, Cleveland, OH 44109.

 

 

A Christmas Story House Cleveland Ohio

 

 

Disclosure: Positively Cleveland provided my accommodation, meals and admissions for my participation in their social media driven trip. All opinions are my own. 

Spirit of Christmas Tour in Over the Rhine

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I recently joined some other bloggers for a “Spirit of Christmas” tour in historic Over the Rhine in Cincinnati. The tour begins at the Cincy Haus on Vine street in OTR.

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Christmas and Holiday Traditions Around The World ~ Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

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During a recent trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan, I visited Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Several people had told me that it was a beautiful place to visit around the holidays and a tradition that a lot of families look forward to each year.

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Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains

It’s that time of year again.

 

There are some Cincinnati traditions that families look forward to each year. The Holiday Trains are one of those special traditions that mean a lot to audiences of all ages.  I have fond memories of seeing the trains downtown as a child and now visitors can see the trains at their permanent location at the Cincinnati Museum Center.  You know that Christmas is just around the corner when the trains are on display.

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Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill

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Clifton Mill is a great historic destination if you are looking for something new to try for the holiday season.  I had first found out about Clifton Mill from a friend’s facebook post that said it was worth the drive, and that was demonstrated by their incredible pictures.  We had to find out for ourselves.

Clifton Mill did not disappoint.

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Places to visit in Santa Claus, Indiana

Places to visit in Santa Claus, Indiana

Santa Claus,Indiana is a great destination if you are looking for a city that LOVES Christmas.  They love it so much that they named their town after Santa.  The town was forced to come up with a new name after they were declined by the USPS for choosing a name that was already established.  The town’s new name was inspired by a boy at a Christmas Eve service who thought he heard Santa’s bells and shouted, Santa Claus.  An elder declared that the new name of the town would be “Santa Claus” and all of the residents agreed.  In 1933 the town began the process of adding unique attractions.

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Bringing Back Shillito’s Elves

Bringing Back Shillito's Elves

The Shillito elves are back and they are at Newport on the Levee for a new generation to enjoy.  The elves were part of the Shillito’s Department store display that was a Cincinnati holiday favorite from 1955 to the early 1980’s. The display originally started in the windows and then was moved inside to get more traffic inside the store.

The Santa’s workshop offers three different areas for visitors to view. We started in the area with the lego train display.

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Finding Unexpected Holiday Cheer at Broadway Bar and Grill in Grand Rapids, MI

Unexpected Holiday Cheer Broadway Bar and Grill in Grand Rapids, MI

Recently, my family and I ate at a small corner restaurant and bar entirely covered in Christmas decor.  I found out about this little “Griswold delight” in an article from our local paper.  It immediately piqued my curiosity and I wanted to see for myself this creation of a collector whose accumulation started at the age of 4.  This labor of love begins after Halloween and stays up close to Valentine’s Day. The article shared that the owner was 4 years old when his parents got divorced and how he felt Christmas wasn’t as special as it should have been after that.  This was his way of trying to get back lost Christmases.

Broadway Bar and Grill

This is a place we normally would not have stopped at. It didn’t have the comfort or familiarity of a typical chain restaurant or popular tourist destination. It also wasn’t in an area of town that I’ve eaten at a lot.

Upon arrival we waited to be seated. The place was small and packed. Santa was taking pictures with kids and giving each of them a gift.

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My husband and I had stopped in earlier that week to make sure it would be a family friendly visit. We then found out about the visit with Santa prepared just for the kids.

The workers had been prepping the kid’s gift bags earlier that week. There was a lot of thought and expense that went into each kids gift bag and I really appreciated that personal touch. Each child was also given a free kid’s meal of chicken nuggets, fries and a drink.

While waiting for our food we played “I spy” as we took in all of the detailed decor around us. There was soooo much to see and discover in every direction.

Broadway Bar and Grill

What was so impressive about this experience was the generous spirit of the owners and the workers.  You could tell this was not a place that was “in it for the money”.  The prices on the menu were low. There were no frills.  My husband and I enjoyed an olive burger with onion rings.

Broadway Bar and Grill

If you go to Broadway Bar and Grill you must get the appetizer of fried apple slices with carmel dip for dessert. It’s like eating an apple pie. It was soooooo good!


The atmosphere had a sense of community.  Most of the workers seemed to know or be connected to many of the customers who were there.  That’s what was so humbling that day.  As we left we had been blessed by people who didn’t have a ton but demonstrated loving their community with what they had, in a way that worked for them.  As we were paying our bill another worker brought out a huge bag of new hats and gloves to have the kids choose from.  I’m glad our family found some Christmas cheer in an unexpected location.  I encourage you to seek to find a small gem in your community.  I would love to hear stories of where you have found local holiday cheer near you.

If you live in Grand Rapids check out Broadway Bar and Grill.

Bring your kids on Sunday, December 18th for a gift, picture with Santa and free kids meals from 2-4.