Friday, November 21, 2014

50 Days of Lights; a French Lick Resort Tradition

 
French Lick Resort is getting ready for the 2014 holiday season with an array of activities that will suit guests both young and old. From November 21-January 10, the resort celebrates 50 Days of Lights  there’s an activity that each member of the family can enjoy – live music, story time with Mrs. Claus, holiday movie favorites and, of course, plenty of opportunities to tell Santa what you’d like for Christmas. It all begins with Santa and Mrs. Claus kicking off the holiday season with the resort’s annual tree-lighting ceremonies.  

Every year, people come from far and wide to see the turn-of-the-century hotels and their grounds aglow with holiday magic of their own using over half a million twinkling lights inside and out. Planning the layout for all the decorations begins months in advance and doesn’t stop until every light strand and ornament has found its rightful place. By November, more than 30 Christmas trees, countless wreaths of all sizes, miles of garland, dozens of poinsettias and plenty of bows will be on display throughout the resort.

A holiday favorite, the gingerbread house has grown a foot from last year’s and gained three new additions. A front porch made of pretzel rods and Fruit Roll-Ups, a doghouse with Hershey’s chocolate bar siding and an adorable puppy named Lulu made of rice crispy treats and toasted coconut shavings add to this year’s Gingerbread Land. This year’s design features gingerbread and granola bar siding, poured sugar windows with gingerbread window boxes, spiral lollipop and fruit slices flowers, Oreo cookie crumb dirt and Airhead shutters. The edible candy creation is located in the Gingerbread Land display in the Events Center at French Lick Springs Hotel, or you can see how this year’s house was made with our web series Inside the Gingerbread House.

With a range of holiday activities offered and the elaborately decorated hotels, French Lick Resort makes a great family holiday destination. Guests can visit between November 21 and January 11 to experience how French Lick Resort celebrates Christmas with our 50 Days of Lights celebration. A complete schedule is listed below.

Tree Lighting Weekend
November 21 - 23
Friday
7pm – 7:45pm • Springs Valley Elementary Choir
French Lick Springs Hotel • Front Lawn
7pm -7:45pm • Tree Lighting Ceremony
French Lick Springs Hotel • Front Lawn
8pm – 9pm • Meet & Greet with Santa & Mrs. Claus
Event Center • 2nd Level
8pm – 10pm • Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair
Event Center • Windsor Ballroom

Saturday
11am – 8pm • Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair
Event Center • Windsor Ballroom
5:30pm – 6pm • Sing-a-Long with Sarah Stivers
West Baden Springs Hotel • Atrium
6pm – 7pm • Sisters of St. Benedict
West Baden Springs Hotel • Atrium
7pm • Tree Lighting Ceremony
West Baden Springs Hotel • Atrium
7pm – 9pm • Brass Quintet
West Baden Springs Hotel • Atrium

Sunday
10am – 2pm • Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair
Event Center • Windsor Ballroom

Thanksgiving Weekend
November 27-29

Thursday
10:30am – 2pm • Thanksgiving Brunch
$55 Adults • $24.95 Children 5 – 10 • FREE 4 and younger
French Lick Springs Hotel • 1875: The Steakhouse
Reservations Required 812-936-9300
11am – 5pm • Thanksgiving Buffet
$35 Adults • $16 Children 5 – 12 • FREE 4 and younger
French Lick Springs Hotel • Windsor Ballroom
Reservations Required 812-936-9300
12pm – 5pm • Thanksgiving Activities
Event Center • Clifton Ballroom
Holiday movies, puzzles, books, table football,
ping pong, putt-putt, bocce ball, football, basketball,
trivia, Name that Song, scavenger hunt and Pop Noggins

1pm – 4pm • Family Photos
Event Center • Clifton Foyer

1pm – 7pm • Thanksgiving Dinner
$58 Adults, $16 Children 5 - 12 • FREE 4 and younger
West Baden Springs Hotel • Atrium
Reservations Required 812-936-5579

Friday
12pm – 9pm • Great Family Time
Event Center • Windsor Ballroom
Bounce houses, Pop Noggins, movies, ping pong and trivia

12pm • Guided Hike
French Lick Springs Hotel • Meet at KidsFest Lodge

2pm • Geocache
French Lick Springs Hotel • Meet on Veranda

4pm – 4:30pm • Pet Parade
French Lick Springs Hotel • Lobby
Bring your four-legged family member and march through the hotel and Event Center

5pm – 6pm • Holiday Sing-A-Long
French Lick Springs Hotel • Lobby

Saturday
9am – 9pm • Great Family Time
Event Center • Windsor Ballroom
Bounce houses, Pop Noggins, movies, ping pong and trivia

4pm – 5pm • Kickball for All
French Lick Springs Hotel Front Lawn

Holiday Activities
November 22 – December 21

Fridays
 

7:30pm – 7:45pm • Mrs. Claus Meet and Greet
French Lick Springs Hotel • Lobby

8pm – 9pm • Story Time & Cookie Decorating with Mrs. Claus
Event Center • Habig Room
Location on December 5 is the Murdock Room

9pm – 11pm • Holiday Movie
Event Center • Habig Room
Location on December 5 is the Murdock Room
Schedule:
November 21 • Frozen
December 5 • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
December 12 • Polar Express
December 19 • I’ll Be Home for Christmas

Saturdays
11am – 12pm • Holiday Choir
West Baden Springs Hotel • Atrium (Not available December 13)

1:30pm – 2:30pm • Holiday Choir
French Lick Springs Hotel • Lobby
Schedule:
November 22 • Orleans Jr./Sr. High School Choir

November 29 • Springs Valley Jr./Sr. High School Choir

December 6 • Orange County Players

December 13 • Kentucky Youth Chorale
11am – 12pm and 1:30pm – 2:30pm • French Lick Springs Hotel

December 20 • Washington High School Choir

Special Performance • December 20
1pm – 2pm • Sandy Flick & Rex Hinkle

West Baden Springs Hotel • Atrium
3pm – 4pm • Sandy Flick & Rex Hinkle
French Lick Springs Hotel • Lobby

2pm – 5pm • Dickens’ Carolers
West Baden Springs Hotel • Atrium
*Not available December 13

2pm – 5pm • Photos with Santa
$5 per photo • Event Center • 2nd Level

8pm – 9pm • Story Time & Cookie Decorating with Mrs. Claus
Event Center • Habig Room

9pm – 11pm • Holiday Movie
Event Center • Habig Room
Schedule:
November 22 • The Santa Clause
November 29 • Elf
December 6 • Frozen
December 13 • Christmas with the Kranks
December 20 • The Santa Clause

Sundays
8am – 11am • Hot Chocolate with Santa
French Lick Springs Hotel • Grand Colonnade Restaurant
Christmas Dinners
6pm - 9pm • December 19 - 26
West Baden Springs Hotel • Sinclair’s
$75 • Reservations Required 812-936-5579

6pm – 9pm • December 24 - 26
French Lick Springs Hotel • 1875: The Steakhouse
Seasonal Menu • Reservations Required 812-936-9300

Family WinterFest

December 26 – December 31
Valley Links & Golf Learning Center

Friday • 10am – 9pm
Saturday • 10am – 9pm
Sunday • 10am – 7pm
Monday • 10am – 7pm
Tuesday • 10am – 7pm
Wednesday • 10am – 5pm

New Year’s Eve
December 31
6pm – 1am • Time for a Change New Year’s Eve Celebration
Packages starting at $489
French Lick Springs Hotel • Event Center
Reservations Required 888-936-9360
6pm – 1am • New Year’s Eve Party for Kids
$25 per child (ages 6-12 years old)
Valley Links & Golf Learning Center
Resort guests only • Reservations Required 888-936-9360
Holiday games, crafts, movies, pizza and bounce houses
7:30pm – 1am • All That Jazz New Year’s Eve Gala
Packages starting at $599
West Baden Springs Hotel • Atrium
Reservations Required 888-936-9360