Think Local for Holiday Parties & Family Gatherings!

The holiday season is here and all those holiday gatherings will be in full swing.  Kokomo has several local establishments that will allow you to celebrate the season in “Kokomo Style”!  When planning that holiday office party or family Christmas gathering, think local.

 

The Quarry


The Quarry
, located at 2130 W. Sycamore Street, is accepting holiday group reservations.  Experience inspired cuisine along with fully stocked bar and seasoned mixologists to handcraft your favorite holiday cocktail.  The Quarry only serves prime meats and the freshest of seafood.  The Quarry also has a private dining area that can accommodate up to 40 people. Larger groups, no problem.  Just call (765) 250-5650 for special reservations.  Visit www.thequarrykokomo.com to see upcoming events and to view the holiday menu.

Pepperwhistle Bakery and Cafe is the perfect spot for the office holiday lunch.  Located at 106 N. Main in Downtown Kokomo, this downtown eatery specializes in gourmet sandwiches and homemade desserts.  Go to www.pepperwhistle.com or call (765) 398-1851 for daily specials and holiday hours.

Drakes Bar & Grill will be celebrating its first holiday season in Downtown Kokomo.  Reserve the private dining space for that special holiday occasion.  Drake’s has a full menu and a secret family recipe for slow smoked barbeque.  Call (765) 457-1611 or visit www.drakesbarandgrill.com for reservations, specials and hours of operation.

 

Cook McDoogal’s Irish Pub


Cook McDoogal’s Irish Pub
is the place to be for any holiday occasion.  Whether you are sharing that celebratory cocktail, an intimate dinner for two or the holiday office party, Cook McDoogal’s provides exceptional atmosphere with attention to every detail of quality service.  They’re located on the square in Downtown Kokomo at 100 N. Main Street. Call (765) 450-6134 or visit www.cookmcdoogals.com for reservations or to book your holiday gathering.

For more information on local restaurants and unique dining in Kokomo, visit our website at www.VisitKokomo.org.

Your Guide to Fun Holiday Events & Spectacular Light Displays in Kokomo!

Light Up Your Holiday will feature Santa’s arrival on the train in Downtown Kokomo among many other fun activities for kids of all ages!

Visit Kokomo Indiana for great tours and family-friendly events that will make your family’s holiday season merry and bright!  Christmas at the Seiberling is an annual holiday tradition in Kokomo held at the Seiberling Mansion, beautifully decorated both inside and out!  The Opening Night Ceremony will be held November 24, 2012 from 6-9 pm with Santa visits, carriage rides (by reservation), entertainment, and museum tours.  Christmas at the Seiberling tours will continue throughout the season Tuesday-Sunday from 1-4 pm through December 30th (closed December 24-25.)  Don’t miss this chance to experience the Seiberling Mansion in its full holiday splendor!  This is also a great tour idea for groups of all sizes or a women’s holiday outing.  Admission is $4 for adults & $1 for kids.  Visit website or call (765) 452-4314 for information or to schedule a group tour.

Christmas at the Seiberling tours are sure to put you in the holiday spirit!

If you have kids, make plans now to attend Light Up Your Holiday!  Downtown Kokomo will be bustling with holiday cheer on Saturday, December 1, 2012 from 4-7 pm with the arrival of Santa on the train, live reindeer, Christmas stories & crafts, letters to Santa, holiday treats, downtown lights & much more.  Admission is free.  Downtown art galleries and boutiques will also be open for holiday shopping.  Kids of all ages will have a blast at this event!  My son especially enjoyed the live reindeer last year …

Kids can pet a real reindeer during Light Up Your Holiday in Downtown Kokomo!

Enjoy a drive or stroll through several spectacular light displays in the Kokomo area.  These include We Care Park (Kokomo’s largest holiday light display with over 1,000,000 lights and dozens of animated displays), Highland Park and Pioneer Village at the Howard County Fairgrounds.  Most light displays will be open nightly starting Thanksgiving weekend.
Take a step back in time and enjoy A Country Christmas at Easy Acre Farm. Visit Santa, see his sleigh, and meet live reindeer from 1-4 pm on December 15-16 & 22-23, 2012.  Located at 3347 East 50 North (less than 2 miles east of Kokomo), Easy Acre Farm has several fun family-friendly events throughout the year and boasts their farm attraction as agri-tainment!  This is a great opportunity to visit a local farm and learn about history and old-fashioned values.  Visit their website for more details.

All ages will enjoy the annual light display at We Care Park!

Enjoy theater and music?  Here are a few more ideas to enjoy the holiday season!  Kokomo Civic Theatre will present the heart-warming musical “The Gifts of the Magi” on November 30 – December 2, 2012 at IU Kokomo Havens Auditorium.  Performances will be held Fri. & Sat. 8 pm and Sun. 2 pm.  Visit their website for ticket information.  The  We Care Christmas Concert will be held on November 16, 2012 at IU Kokomo Havens Auditorium at 7 pm.  Concert will feature several local musicians and performers, and admission is $2.  Also, don’t miss the Kokomo Symphony Orchestra Youth Winter Concert.  KSO Youth will perform at Grace United Methodist Church in Kokomo at 7:30 pm on December 14, 2012.
In between holiday baking, shopping, decorating, and gift wrapping, we hope you take some time to enjoy this holiday season with your family and friends!  For more information on special events, tours, shopping & dining in Kokomo, visit our website at www.VisitKokomo.org or download the Visit Kokomo Mobile App, available on both Apple & Android phones and devices.  Happy Holidays from the Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau!

Kokomo Visitors Bureau Receives NSA Meritorious Award

Jim Kimmel, Director of NSA Indiana North, presents the 2012 Meritorious Award to Kim Morgan

At the 2nd Annual National Softball Association Northern Indiana Hall of Fame Banquet, held November 10, 2012 in Warsaw, Indiana, the Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau received the Meritorious Award.  The Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau has partnered with NSA Indiana North for many years to bring adult softball and quality tournaments to the Kokomo community.

Jim Kimmel, Director of NSA Indiana North presented Kim Morgan of the Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau with the award during the Hall of Fame Banquet.  He stated, “The Kokomo Visitors Bureau’s partnership with the NSA has been a driving force for additional tournament play in the Kokomo community.”  The NSA hosted 8 tournaments in Kokomo during the 2012 season.  Those tournaments produced more than $250,000 in visitor spending.

Other Kokomo award winners were the Kokomo Parks Department which received the 110% award and Mike Hagy who was inducted into the Hall of Fame under the Coaches Division.

Kim Morgan thanks Northern Indiana NSA for presenting the Kokomo Visitors Bureau with the Meritorious Award at the 2012 Awards Banquet

Congratulations Lowell Teagle – 2012 FIRSTS Award Winner!

2012 FIRSTS Award winner Lowell Teagle with Kokomo Visitors Bureau staff members Kim Morgan & Sherry Matlock

The Kokomo Visitors Bureau presented the 2012 FIRSTS Award to Lowell Teagle during the 98th Annual Greater Kokomo Chamber Dinner on November 8, 2012.  The FIRSTS Award stands for Fantastic Individual Recognized for Superior Tourism Service.

Awarded annually since 1997, this award is given to an individual who has gone the extra mile in contributing to the tourism efforts of the Kokomo Visitors Bureau, has given over-the-top hospitality through a single act or through on-going efforts over a period of time, has given assistance to a visitor or has sponsored an event in the community that makes a significance difference to the hospitality industry in Howard County.

Mr. Teagle is the Secretary of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #255 in Kokomo.  He and his organization have been great partners with the Kokomo Visitors Bureau for more than a decade, giving superior service to visitors each and every year.  He has organized state or regional meetings for the Eagles every year, hosted state bowling tournaments, golf tournaments, and even hosted the Eagles National Tournament in Kokomo.  His efforts have produced more than 5,000 secured hotel rooms in the past ten years, which translates into $875,000 in visitor spending in our community.

We would like to thank Mr. Teagle for his support of local tourism in Kokomo/Howard County and congratulate him on being this year’s award recipient!  For more information about the Kokomo Visitors Bureau, visit www.VisitKokomo.org.

20th Annual We Care Trim-A-Tree Festival Going On Now!

20th Annual We Care Trim-A-Tree Festival

The 20th Annual We Care Trim-A-Tree Festival is going on now in Kokomo.  This event marks the start of the holiday season for many (and starts the holiday spirit stirring in me!)  This year, 80 beautifully decorated Christmas trees and wreaths are on display inside the Kokomo Town Center Mall (enter at back entrance on west side of mall.)  I went to visit this week and always stand amazed looking at the detail of each one!

Each tree and wreath has been carefully decorated with a specific theme by local businesses and organizations in Kokomo & Howard County.  You can visit the tree display now through November 11, 2012 and vote for your favorite by tossing coins in the buckets.  Hours are: Monday-Thursday 10 am-7 pm, Friday-Saturday 10 am-9 pm & Sunday 12-6 pm.  The tree auction will be held on Sunday, November 11 at 3 pm.  Hundreds will gather to watch and bid as all of the trees and wreaths are auctioned off with proceeds benefiting We Care.  For more information, visit www.WeCareOnline.com.

Here are some of the photos I took this week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Also, don’t forget about the We Care Store.  Located next to the Trim-A-Tree Festival, there are many holiday items for sale including Kokomo and We Care sweatshirts, coffee mugs, cookbooks, puzzles, tote bags, cheese balls and sweet treats!