Looking for a unique experience around the holidays? Kentucky has several holiday adventures throughout the state that are perfect for making memories with friends and family.
There are so many great holiday events around Cincinnati that I look forward to each year. As your calendar fills up, you will want to make sure that you save these dates so that you don’t miss out! [Read more…]
I invited travelers to share some of their favorite unique holiday themed adventures and destinations. I think their recommendations will inspire you to add a lot of these places to your list.
The Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky offers a lot for families to do around the holidays. Each year, Christmas at the Galt continues to grow with additional activities offered for families. Let’s start with the Dancing Bellman. Each evening at 5pm the bellman show off their dancing skills in the SUITE lobby. These are bellman by trade, who go through an intensive training with a choreographer 2 months prior that also helped several of the dancers shred some pounds as a result.
BRICKmas is an exhibit for anyone who enjoys creativity and fun. The OKILUG (Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana Lego User’s Group) have put together another incredible display that will amaze audiences young and old.
Last year was the revival of a Cincinnati tradition that began in 1849. My interest in the Saengerfest Choir festival first began after taking the Spirit of Christmas Tour that highlighted beautiful historic churches in Over The Rhine.
The tour shares stories about how each of the churches were central to community. The tour also lets you hear from various ministers and priests and parishioners who are still dedicated to serving the community. (you can read more about it here)
I LOVED the Spirit of Christmas Tour and my husband and I LOVED Saengerfest last year!!!! The experience was absolutely beautiful in every way. The choirs, music, venues and atmosphere create an incredible memory to share with loved ones.
Here is a little more about how Saengerfest started. As someone who grew up in the Cincinnati area, I had no idea that our city had such an incredible tradition for so many years.
Cincinnati is known as the birthplace of Saengerfest, a German tradition that celebrated choir singing groups, or “Saengerbunds.” The North American Saengerbund was developed by German immigrants, and originally only consisted of choirs from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Indiana. The newly formed Saengerbund decided to carry on the German tradition of Saengerfests in the United States, and held the first-ever Saengerfest in Cincinnati in 1849.Saengerfest grew quickly, and in merely three years the size of the group more than doubled. By 1870, Saengerfest consisted of almost two thousand singers and over 60 choirs. Cincinnati was bringing thousands of people into the area to witness these celebrations and even attracting national attention.
A 1879 article in the New York Times detailed the event in Over-the-Rhine and described it as “worthy of comparison with the Mardisgras of Southern cities.”Saengerfest not only involved the German immigrants and constituents of the area, but it attracted thousands of people from across the U.S. The event continued to grow and return to Cincinnati regularly, eventually becoming a huge tradition of the area. However, this began to change with the introduction of the May Festival in 1873. A lot of people dismissed the festival and were resistant to embracing it for fear of taking attention away from Saengerfest. Eventually, the May Festival gained a great amount of attention and detracted support from Saengerfest. Despite the resistance efforts, many talented singers and supporters broke away from Saengerfest to perform in the May Festival. The popularity of the May Festival continued to grow, and the attention surrounding the traditional Saengerfests slowly died down. Though Saengerfests are still a part of the North American Sangerbund tradition, Cincinnati has not hosted Saengerfest since 1952 and the support has greatly dwindled. It is time to bring this Festival Back.
I love the heart behind the organizers of Saengerfest.
Two years ago, during the Spirit of Christmas Tour American Legacy Tours came across two revelations. First, that people love the churches and sacred spaces of Over-The-Rhine. Second, that these places need exposure. With the current renaissance in the community everyone from business owners, community non-profits, and developers have received assistance. The religious community has not, and we wanted to help generate exposure for the work these groups do. In some cases churches have membership of just 20 people, but serve the needs of over 300 people from GED training to soup kitchens.
During Saengerfest there are multiple choirs performing at multiple churches each hour. This gives attendees the option to chose their own adventure and experience the diverse beauty and talent offered. There are 9 choirs and 5 venues that will host the event.
*Washington Park has a parking garage that is central to all of the churches.
I’ve been given tickets (6) pairs to giveaway to Saengerfest for Friday or Saturday night!!
There are some holiday classics that are a tradition to watch over and over again. Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas is a favorite among every generation. Now you can add watching the Broadway Musical version to your holiday list because it’s coming to the Cincinnati Aronoff!!!!
I can’t wait to bring my boys and watch their reactions as they recognize songs and characters. This is a great way to kick off the Christmas season.
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Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical features the hit songs “You’re A Mean One Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas” (written by Albert Hague and Dr. Seuss) from the original animated special. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is “two sizes too small,” decides to steal Christmas away from the Holiday loving Whos. Magnificent sets (John Lee Beatty) and costumes (Robert Morgan) inspired by Dr. Seuss’ original illustrations help transport audiences to the whimsical world of Whoville, while the music and book of Mel Marvin and Timothy Mason breathe new life into this timeless story of the true meaning of Christmas. The 2013 production is directed by Matt August and choreographed by Bob Richard based on the original choreography by John DeLuca and originally created by 3-time Tony Award® winning director, Jack O’Brien.
Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
will play the Aronoff Center from November 27 – December 1, 2013
Wednesday at 7:30PM,
***Kids Activity Night at THE GRINCH on Weds, 11/27 from 5pm-7pm – free pre-show activities in the lobby for kids and families, including crafts, storytime, cast autographs and more.
Friday at 1:00PM, 4:00PM and 7:00PM,
Saturday at 11:00AM, 2:00PM, 5:00PM and 8:00PM,
and Sunday at 2:00PM and 5:00PM.
Tickets for The Grinch start at $28.
Tickets may be purchased from an authorized ticket agent in person at the Aronoff Center Box Office downtown at 650 Walnut Street, online at CincinnatiArts.org or by phone at 513.621.ARTS. For more information on the show, please visit BroadwayInCincinnati.com.
I’ve been given 4 tickets to giveaway to the performance at 1pm on Friday, November 29th!!!!!
Disclosure: I was given tickets for giveaway and review purposes and Broadway across America is an advertiser.