Angels are coming … to the Seiberling Mansion!

Christmas at the Seiberling MansionThe Seiberling Mansion is about to be home to one of the largest gatherings of angels ever seen in Howard County – big angels, tiny angels, glass angels, and paper angels are appearing in every room of the Mansion!  They’re part of the traditional Christmas at the Seiberling celebration in Kokomo.

Lighting Ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2013 from 6-9 p.m.  Come witness the official arrival of Santa and countdown to 6 p.m., when the glorious display of outdoor lights is illuminated.  After the lighting, visit the Elliott House (located next door) to warm up with cookies & wassail and give the kids and grandkids the chance to see Santa.  For the first time this year, take your own picture with Santa for free.  Be sure to bring your camera!

In the Seiberling Mansion, tour a true vision of holiday beauty, created by dozens of volunteers.  Twenty rooms on all three floors are decorated, and the third floor ballroom features ornaments from the former Blasius Christmas Tree House in Kokomo.  Vote for your favorite room!

Christmas at the Seiberling stairs

There will be musical entertainment and a contest for kids 12 & under: “How Many Angels Are in the Mansion?” Opening night tickets are available in advance for $7 or at the door for $10.  Kids 12 & under are $3 and Howard County Historical Society members are free. Advance tickets are available online.

Christmas at the Seiberling holiday tours will continue through December 22, 2013.  Hours are Tuesday through Sunday 1-4 p.m.  Daytime tour admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors, and $2 for kids 12 & under.

The Seiberling will also be open on December 6th from 6-9 p.m. during First Friday.  Enjoy an evening of holiday fun with Mansion tours, along with many family-friendly activities in Downtown!

Carriage rides will be available on both November 30th and December 6th from 6-9 p.m.  The cost is $50 and includes up to six people. Advance reservations are required.

The Seiberling Mansion is located at 1200 West Sycamore Street in Kokomo.  For more information on tours and special events, call (765) 452-4314 or visit  See a sneak preview of the angels at!


Comfort Inn Kokomo Offers Special 2013 Holiday Rates

Comfort Inn Kokmo 2013 Holiday Special

Visiting Kokomo for the holidays?  Comfort Inn Kokomo is offering special rates for the holidays from November 23 – December 31, 2013.  Mention the “Home for the Holidays Special” to receive their $55 + tax per night room rate (based on availability.)

In addition, they are offering a special rate for those staying during the We Care Telethon weekend (December 6-8, 2013) at $55 + tax per night for standard king or double queen rooms (including a late 6 p.m. check out on Sunday to watch the entire telethon.)  Comfort Inn Kokomo will also offer special “SNOW” rates to the local business community during inclement weather this winter.  Contact the hotel directly and ask for their “SNOW” rate.

For more information on any of these special rates or to book a room, call (765) 452-5050.

Kokomo Visitors Bureau recognizes Dean Hockney with the 2013 FIRSTS Award

Dean Hockney, recipient of the 2013 FIRSTS Award

Dean Hockney, recipient of the 2013 FIRSTS Award

The Kokomo Visitors Bureau presented Dean Hockney with the 2013 FIRSTS Award, which stands for FANTASTIC INDIVIDUAL  RECOGNIZED  for  SUPERIOR  TOURISM  SERVICE, on November 7, 2013.

Dean has led the Kokomo Visitors Bureau’s sports initiatives through the leadership role of the Greater Kokomo Sports Authority committee for 2 years, which has brought awareness of sports tourism to our community.  Under Dean’s leadership, more than 10,000 hotel rooms have been occupied in Howard County because of sports.  This translates into 1.5 million dollars of visitor spending!

Along with his other community service efforts, such as coaching, mentoring youth, immediate Past President of the Kiwanis Club, Vice President of the Howard County Sports Hall of Fame, Advisory Board member of Prevent Child Abuse of Howard County, just to name a few, Dean is also an award winning journalist and owner and editor of the Sports Journal of Central Indiana.

Awarded since 1997, the FIRSTS 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 significant difference to the hospitality industry in Howard County.

For more information about the Kokomo Visitors Bureau, visit

Get in the holiday spirit at the 2013 We Care Trim-A-Tree Festival!

Where can you see 80 beautifully decorated Christmas trees and wreaths in one place?  The We Care Trim-A-Tree Festival!  Originally started in 1993, this event has become an annual tradition in Kokomo for many families, businesses, and organizations.

The display is located at the Kokomo Town Center (1700 East Boulevard Street) and is open now through November 17, 2013.  Hours are Monday – Thursday 10am-7pm, Friday & Saturday 10am-9pm, and Sunday 12-6pm.  Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holidays, and vote for your favorite!  Admission is free.

All trees and wreaths will be auctioned off at 3pm on November 17th.  Proceeds will benefit We Care.  Below are a few of my favorites from this year’s festival!

2013 We Care Trim A Tree Festival

2013 We Care Trim A Tree Festival 2

2013 We Care Trim A Tree Festival 3