I travel a lot. Sometimes it’s for special occasions, such as my recent trip to Munich for Oktoberfest. Sometimes it’s just to appease my insatiable wanderlust. One of the great advantages to living in Louisville is there’s always something major going on that can cure me, at least temporarily, of my need to go somewhere and do something.
This year for the first time I took my family to check out Christmas at The Galt House. Even though they haven’t been doing it my entire life, I can’t believe I still hadn’t been yet. Every year events are added and expanded. Events on the agenda include the popular Kalightoscope light experience, the Snow Fairy Princess Tea, Breakfast with Santa, and the Pam Tillis Dinner Show. The Christmas Village features multiple activities for kids, including a green screen sleigh ride video, letters to Santa, crafts, and building snowmen. There are too many activities to list here.
The Galt House has planned carefully to ensure the admission price is a good value for families. There are many activities included in the regular admission price, and the wrist bands allow you to come and go for the entire day. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for kids 3-12-$40 for a family of 4, more or less. My family spent 3 action-packed hours doing only the things that were included and we even skipped a few things (my kids were not happy when they heard they missed coloring on the walls). There are also plenty of add-ons and special ticketed events to turn Christmas at The Galt House into a weekend getaway or staycation.
Our favorite part was Kalightoscope, which featured the story of Ebenezer Scrooge. Even this exhibit has grown this year with the addition of 140 luminaries, so there was a nice mix of both Scrooge’s transformation from naughty to nice as well as more traditional Christmas scenes.
Overall, Christmas at The Galt House reminds me a lot of Opryland’s A Country Christmas. In a few years with a few more shows, The Galt House will be giving Opryland a run for its money. For now it’s going to be a permanent addition to our yearly Christmas traditions.
Photos Courtesy of Maggie Kimberl