Kokomo’s Holiday Light Displays

WeCarePark

There are a number of locations in the Kokomo area to see beautiful light displays, most open nightly starting at dusk through Christmas.

See over one million lights and dozens of animated displays at We Care Park, located on the northside of Kokomo near the corner of Lafountain & Gano Streets.  Also enjoy light displays in Highland Park (entrance located off Defenbaugh Street) and throughout Downtown Kokomo.  Nearby, visit the Twelve Days of Christmas Lights at the Pioneer Village at the Howard County Fairgrounds in Greentown, and don’t miss the computerized Sharpsville Lights Christmas display show set to music.

Kids of all ages (no matter if you are 5 or 95) are sure to enjoy a drive to see the lights this holiday season!  For more information about Kokomo, go to www.VisitKokomo.org.

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August Trip Ideas in Kokomo

Kids are starting to go back to school, but there are still plenty of warm summer days left this month.  Check out these Kokomo trip ideas!

1.  Attend the Taste of Kokomo and see David Cook in concert!  Enjoy local cuisine, fun food competitions, kid’s activities, and great live music all evening including  American Idol winner, David Cook.  Admission is FREE!

2. Get a double dip ice cream cone or fro-yo and indulge in one of the simple pleasures of summer!  Check out our website or mobile app to find ice cream shops in Kokomo.

3. Check out a live comedy show at the Laugh House.  Visit www.laughkokomo.com for a list of upcoming shows and ticket prices.

4. Enjoy a picnic in Highland Park or take a walk or bike ride on the trails in Kokomo.  Have kids?  Make it fun by creating a scavenger hunt!  See who can find the most items on your list.

5. Shop for fresh produce and baked goods at the Kokomo Downtown Farmers’ Market.  Weekly activities also include live music, demonstrations, and kid’s activities.

6. Experience local racing action at the Kokomo Speedway or Kokomo Quarter Midget Racing Club.  (Kokomo Speedway will have fireworks after the race on Sunday, August 31, 2014!)

For more ideas of things to do and great upcoming events, check out our website at www.VisitKokomo.org.  Connect with us on Twitter @VisitKokomo and share your Kokomo summer fun ideas and photos!

 

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!

Enjoy the Walking Paths & Biking Trails in Kokomo

With the warm weather and bright sunshine the last several days, I have seen more people out and about in Kokomo taking advantage of the great walking and biking paths.  The Wildcat Creek Walk of Excellence is  a top pick.  It winds through some of the local parks, near Downtown Kokomo, and runs along the scenic Wildcat Creek (see photos below.)  I have included some photos and links to find out more!

 

 

 


Check out the City of Kokomo’s website (Parks & Recreation Department link) to see details on all city trails and paths.  They also have a trail map you can download.  Spring is here and summer is soon approaching.  From Highland Park, Jackson Morrow Park, the Walk of Excellence, and Kokomo Reservoir Park, enjoy some outdoor recreation in Kokomo during your next visit!

For more information about things to do in Kokomo, call 800-837-0971 or visit our website at www.VisitKokomo.org.

Jackson Morrow Park Trail

Kokomo Christmas Light Displays

Visit these locations in Kokomo to see beautiful displays of Christmas lights and decorations this holiday season! 

We Care Park
Location: Corner of Gano & Lafountain Streets on the Northside of Kokomo
Open daily from 6-10 p.m. through December 27, 2010

Highland Park
Location: 1402 West Defenbaugh Street, Kokomo
Open daily from 6-9 p.m. through December 24, 2010

Downtown Kokomo
Location: Courthouse Square
Open daily in the evening through December 31, 2010

Grace United Methodist Church Light Show Display
Location: 219 West Mulberry Street, Kokomo
Open daily from 6-10 p.m. through December 30, 2010

Kokomo Parks Offer Free Family Fun

Summer is a great time to load up the family, grab a picnic lunch, and head outdoors!  Kokomo has a great selection of community and neighborhood parks.  Here are three suggestions for family outdoor recreation in Kokomo. 

Highland Park

Highland Park – 1402 W. Defenbaugh
The sights of this scenic, 80-acre park include “Old Ben” (World’s Largest Steer), the giant Sycamore Stump, Vermont Covered Bridge, and Kokomo Creek.  Plenty of playground and picnic areas make this a great place to spend the day! The park offers tons of shade and is perfect for biking, hiking, and running.  In addition, Kokomo Park Band concerts are held every Wednesday night at 8 pm in Highland Park now through July 28. Admission is always free!  

Foster Park – Located at the corner of Washington & Superior St.
Foster Park is located near downtown Kokomo and is a short walk from Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center.  The Wildcat Creek Walk of Excellence also winds through the park and is great for walking, biking, and running.  A variety of free, family concerts are held throughout the summer and fall at the Kokomo Arts Pavilion located in Foster Park.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy an evening in the park!   

Kirkendall Interpretive Nature Center in Jackson Morrow Park

Jackson Morrow Park – 4200 S. Park Rd.
The Kirkendall Interpretive Nature Center and Kokomo Pipeline Skate Park (fun for skateboards, bikes, and blades) are both located in Jackson Morrow Park. The Nature Center offers a variety of programs throughout the summer for kids and is a great place to learn about native Indiana wildlife.  This park also has a 1.3 mile paved walking trail that winds through several wooded areas in the park.  As Kokomo’s largest park, Jackson Morrow offers lots of space for kids to play and run outdoors.

Enjoy a visit to one of Kokomo’s great parks this summer for outdoor recreation and family fun! For more information on all the parks located in Kokomo, call 765-456-7275 or visit the Kokomo Parks & Recreation Department website.

What Is Your 2010 Resolution?

Here we are at the start of a new year again.  As I rang in the start of 2010 last week, I began to think of all the resolutions that I have made over the years and how many of those I have actually kept (not many!)  I would like to suggest a new resolution to think about this year . . . plan to travel more in 2010. 

No matter if you go somewhere across the country, within your state, or just visit attractions in your own community, traveling inspires new experiences, an opportunity to try new cuisine, and the chance to learn about new places and people.  It can also give you a much needed break from the regular busyness of life to relax and take time for yourself.   

I encourage everyone to take the time and effort to plan a getaway this year.  Whether you plan a trip to Kokomo, to Indiana, or even down the road from where you live, don’t miss the chance to discover something new in 2010.  Here are some great (and budget-friendly) ideas to start.  Happy travels!

  • Take a fascinating tour at the Kokomo Opalescent Glass Factory to see the production of art glass and watch a glass blowing demonstration.
  • Learn about the inventor of America’s First Car at the Elwood Haynes Museum.
  • Visit the stunning Seiberling Mansion, filled with late-Victorian architecture, hand-carved woodwork, and local history exhibits.
  • Take a stroll through the past at the Kokomo Automotive Museum, containing over 100 antique automobiles and memorabilia. 
  • Visit Old Ben, the World’s Largest Steer, in Kokomo’s Highland Park. 
  • For more Kokomo area attractions, check out our website and download our visitors guide at www.VisitKokomo.org.