Kokomo’s Christmas Tree House Opens This Weekend

During most of the year, the residence at 1501 East Sycamore Street in Kokomo is just like any other house.  That all changes each November when the owners magically transform their home into the We Care Christmas Tree House, which has become one of Kokomo’s annual holiday attractions. 

The Christmas Tree House beautifully decorated for the holidays

Hours upon hours are spent hanging Christmas lights, carefully displaying dozens of holiday wreaths, snowmen, Santas, and decorating approximately 140 Christmas trees.  Yes, you read that right.  Over 140 themed Christmas trees are on display throughout the home! 

140 Christmas trees are displayed throughout the home!

I was completely in awe last year during my tour, and I am looking forward to going again this year to see all the new additions!  Truly a Christmas wonderland, there is no better place to get in the holiday spirit!  The inside of the home is beautifully decorated from top to bottom, with no nook or cranny left untouched.  

Where: 1501 East Sycamore Street, Kokomo 
When: Open November 28 – December 31 (closed December 24 & 25)
Tours will be available in January by appointment only
Hours: Monday – Friday 5:00-9:00 p.m. & Saturday – Sunday Noon-9:00 p.m.
Admission: Free (Donations are accepted for We Care)

Don’t miss the chance to visit this magnificent home during this holiday season.  You may even get inspired for your own holiday decorating this year!  For more information or to set up a group tour, call 765-457-5155.

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“Light Up Your Holiday” in Kokomo!

Join us in Downtown Kokomo on Saturday, December 5, 2009, for “Light Up Your Holiday.”   The fun-filled evening will kick-off with the arrival of Santa at 5:00 p.m.  From 5:00 – 9:00 p.m., holiday vendors will be set up in the former L Shop  location on Main Street on the Courthouse Square selling candies, hot chocolate, coffee, gifts, handmade items & more.  Christmas trees and wreaths will also be for sale.  Kids will enjoy visiting with Santa (and maybe one of his reindeer!) 

The lighting ceremony on the Courthouse lawn will take place at 8:00 p.m., and carolers will perform throughout the evening to “make the spirits bright!”  Visitors to downtown will also enjoy all the holiday window decorations put up by local businesses.  Admission is free.  Bring the entire family on December 5th to enjoy an old-fashion Christmas on the Square in Downtown Kokomo!

“Christmas at the Seiberling” is Coming!

Christmas exterior

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and one of Kokomo’s top holiday attractions will soon be open!  The Seiberling Mansion will undergo its annual transformation (inside and out) in preparation for “Christmas at the Seiberling.”  Thousands of Christmas lights will be hung and dozens of Christmas trees, wreaths, and decorations will be magnificently displayed.

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The Seiberling Mansion is beautifully dressed for the holidays!

The Lighting Ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 28, starting at 6:00 p.m. to kick-off the opening night celebration.  Tours of the beautifully decorated Seiberling Mansion, visits & photos with Santa, special holiday entertainment, cookies and wassail, and carriage rides will be offered from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  In addition, a special gingerbread house exhibit will be on display and you can vote for your favorite handmade creation!  Admission is $4 for adults and $1 for children under age 12. 

“Christmas at the Seiberling” tours will continue through December 30, 2009.  The Seiberling Mansion, located at 1200 West Sycamore Street in Kokomo, is open Tuesday – Sunday from 1:00-4:00 p.m.  Don’t miss this great holiday tradition!  In addition to its regular hours, the Seiberling Mansion can open during special times for group tours or holiday parties.  For more information, call 765-452-4314 or visit their website.

2009 Trim-A-Tree Festival Going On Now

2009 We Care Christmas Trees

2009 Trim-A-Tree Festival

The 2009 We Care Trim-A-Tree Festival is currently going on at the Kokomo Mall with a total of 81 beautiful trees and wreaths on display.  Every year local organizations, school groups, businesses, and individuals vie for the opportunity to decorate a tree or wreath of their choice in November.  Every one is uniquely themed and thoughtfully designed.  

2009 We Care Trees Firefighters Tree

I visited the Kokomo Mall today to take a look at the trees and wreaths on display this year.  Believe me, if you want to get in the holiday spirit, there is no better place!  The trees are simply breathtaking.  Each with a special theme, I saw trees covered with toys, cooking utensils, antiques, and even teddy bears.  Other trees are inspiring and decorated to support specific causes or in memory of loved ones.     

2009 We Care Trees Wreath

Each tree and wreath will be sold at the We Care Christmas Tree Auction on November 15 at 5:00 p.m. at the Kokomo Mall.  They will continue to be on display until the auction.  Hours to view the trees are Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. & Sunday Noon – 6 p.m.  You can vote for your favorite by dropping coins or dollars in each tree’s respective bucket.  The one with the most money will be given the People’s Choice Award.  All money collected will be given to support We Care

2009 We Care Trees Teddy Bear Tree

I collected teddy bears when I was younger, so I really enjoyed this tree!

The busy holiday season is soon approaching, so take time now to visit the Trim-A-Tree Festival.  It may even inspire ideas for your own holiday decorating.  Don’t miss this great annual event!  Visit their website for more information.   

2009 We Care Trees