Christmas at the Seiberling: A Kokomo Holiday Tradition

Christmas at the Seiberling outdoor photo

There is a “TREEmendous Christmas” coming to the Seiberling Mansion, and the holiday celebration begins on November 28th.

The Victorian elegance of the Seiberling Mansion is a perfect setting for a stunning collection of holiday trees, wreaths and garlands, and more.

The Seiberling will be closed from November 14-28, 2015 to let the decorators do their magic. In the meantime, you can purchase advance tickets and make plans to start the holidays with your family at the Seiberling Lighting Ceremony on November 28th, sponsored by The Wyman Group.

Witness the official arrival of Santa and join the countdown to 6:00 pm, when the glorious display of outdoor lights is illuminated. After the lighting, enjoy live music from the Kokomo Men of Note and the Kokomo Brass.

Christmas at the Seiberling fireplace

Inside the Seiberling, you’ll tour a vision of holiday beauty. Get some ideas for your tree, and marvel at the dozens of trees in twenty rooms on all three floors of the mansion. Vote for your favorite tree and help pick the People’s Choice. Visit the Elliott House to warm up with cookies and wassail and give the kids and grandkids a chance to chat with Santa. Take a picture with Santa and make some memories – but be sure to bring your camera!

Opening night tickets are available in advance for $7.00 or at the door for $10.00. Kids 12 and under are $3.00 and Howard County Historical Society members are free. Purchase advance tickets online at

Christmas at the Seiberling staircase

Along with your tour, you can schedule a carriage ride through the Old Silk Stocking District. Reservations are required by calling 765.452.4314. The price is $50 and includes up to six people. Make it a romantic trip for two – or a great memory for the kids and grandkids. Schedule your ride for November 28th between 6:00 and 9:00 pm, following the lighting ceremony.

Christmas at the Seiberling tours will continue through December 31, 2015 from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday (closed Dec. 24-26.) Group tours can be scheduled by appointment.

Thanks to local sponsors, the Seiberling will also be open for special evening hours (and FREE admission) from 4-8 p.m. only on the following dates: December 3-4, 10-11, and 17-18, 2015.

The Seiberling Mansion and Elliott House are located in the 1200 block of West Sycamore Street in Kokomo. Parking lots are accessible via Walnut Street, behind the mansion. For more information, call 765.452.4314 or visit their website and Facebook page.

Annual We Care Trim-A-Tree Festival now open at Markland Mall

2015 Trim A Tree Festival

The holiday season is quickly approaching! What a better way to get in the holiday spirit than a visit to the 23rd Annual We Care Trim-A-Tree Festival, currently underway now through November 15, 2015 at Markland Mall.

Dozens of beautifully decorated Christmas trees and wreaths are lined throughout the mall and can be seen Monday -Saturday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday 12-6 p.m. The tree auction will be held November 15 at 5:00 p.m., with all proceeds going to We Care. Markland Mall is located at the corner of SR 931 and Markland Avenue in Kokomo.

Fun Holiday Events in Kokomo

Santa will arrive in Downtown Kokomo during First Friday's Hometown Holiday

Santa will arrive in Downtown Kokomo during First Friday’s Hometown Holiday

Enjoy a variety of fun, family events this holiday season in Kokomo!  Here are some highlights:

“Scrooge – The Musical” presented by Kokomo Civic Theatre  will be held on November 21-23, 2014 at IU Kokomo Havens Auditorium.  Don’t miss one of the best musical adaptations of Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol.”  Visit for ticket information.

Shop local!  Find locally-made gifts and delicious baked goods at the Kokomo Winter Market, located inside the Historic Train Depot on Buckeye Street.  The Winter Market is open 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. every Saturday through December 20, 2014, and a perfect place to find unique holiday gifts!

Make plans to visit Christmas at the Seiberling – a local holiday tradition.  Explore the Seiberling Mansion, adorned with Christmas trees, wreaths, angels, and thousands of lights – elaborately decorated both inside and out (including 20 rooms on all three floors!)  Opening Night Lighting Ceremony will be Saturday, November 29, 2014 starting at 6 p.m.  Enjoy tours, cookies and wassail, visits with Santa, and carriage rides (reservations required for all carriage rides.)

Experience both day & evening tours during Christmas at the Seiberling

Experience both day & evening tours during Christmas at the Seiberling

Christmas at the Seiberling tours will continue through December 21, 2014.  Hours:  Tuesday – Sunday 1-4 p.m.  In addition, the Mansion will be open several weekends for special evening tours!  These dates include December 4-5, 11-12, and 18-19.  Thanks to local sponsors, free admission will be given on December 4, 18, and 19.  Check out for more details.

Join us on December 5, 2014 for Kokomo’s Hometown Holiday during First Friday from 5:30-9:00 p.m.  See the lighting of Downtown Kokomo with caroling, holiday window displays, and a holiday parade to the Historic Train Depot where Santa will be waiting!  For more information, visit

Holiday light display in Downtown Kokomo

Holiday light display in Downtown Kokomo

In addition to Downtown Kokomo, check out fantastic light displays at Highland Park and We Care Park (Kokomo’s largest holiday light display with over one million lights and dozens of animated displays, opening on Thanksgiving night!)

Looking for a way to stay active this holiday season?  Participate in the Rudolph Family Fun Run on December 6th in Downtown (starting at Kokomo/Howard County Public Library) or the Jolly Jingle 5K Run/Walk on December 13th in Kokomo’s Highland Park.

For a list of all events going on in Kokomo, go to or download the free Visit Kokomo mobile app.  Happy Holidays!




Kokomo Automotive Museum Offers Free Admission December 27 & 28, 2012

Shake the winter blues at the Kokomo Automotive Museum!  On Thursday, December 27 and Friday, December 28, 2012, the Museum will be open to the public from 10 am – 4 pm, FREE of CHARGE.  Bring the whole family, see all the changes and new exhibits, and buy a late Christmas gift for yourself or a loved one.  The Kokomo Automotive Museum is located at 1500 North Reed Road (US 31) on the north side of Kokomo.  See a replica of America’s First Car, developed in Kokomo by Elwood Haynes, and view over 100 vintage automobiles and memorabilia.  Visit their website at


Auto Museum Haynes Car Exhibit



AHM Yellow Car



Kokomo Automotive Museum

See over 100 vintage cars at the Kokomo Automotive Museum!




Get Tickets Now for the Holiday Spirits Wine & Beer Tasting at the Seiberling Mansion on Dec. 7th

holiday spirits wine tasting
Holiday Spirits returns to the Seiberling Mansion on December 7, 2012.  You won’t find spirits of the ghostly kind that evening, though.  Instead, it’s the biennial wine and beer tasting benefit in support of the Howard County Historical Society – sponsored by Soupley’s Wine and Spirits and Rozzi’s Catering.

Visitors will sample outstanding wines, beers and hors d’oeuvres and enjoy live music, while visiting with friends and touring the festive Seiberling Mansion.  Silent auction items will also be available for bidding and purchase.  A special feature, the new Civil War exhibit, featuring artifacts and photographs from the Craig Dunn collection, will be open on the first floor.

Tickets for Holiday Spirits are available from the Howard County Historical Society at 1200 W. Sycamore in Kokomo, from society board members, or online at or  Admission is $20 for HCHS members and $25 for non-members.  For more information, call 765-452-4314.

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 or download the Visit Kokomo Mobile App, available on both Apple & Android phones and devices.  Happy Holidays from the Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau!

2011 Holiday Tours in Kokomo

Seiberling Mansion

Don’t miss a visit to the Seiberling Mansion during the holidays, an annual tradition in Kokomo!  The Seiberling Mansion, built in 1891 by Monroe Seiberling, is beautifully decorated both inside and out. 

Christmas at the Seiberling Opening Night will be held on Saturday, November 26, 2011 from 6:00-9:00 p.m with the Lighting Ceremony on the lawn at 6 p.m.  Activities throughout opening night include visits and pictures with Santa, carriage rides (advance reservations required), cookies & wassail, museum tours, special entertainment & more.  Admission is $4 for adults and $1 for children 12 & under.  

Seiberling Mansion holiday tours will continue Tuesday through Sunday from 1:00-4:00 p.m. through December 30th (closed on Dec. 24 & 25.)  
A special Candlelight Tour will be held on Saturday, December 10, 2011 from 6-9 p.m. (reservations are required.)  The Seiberling Mansion is located at 1200 West Sycamore Street in Kokomo.  For more information, call 765-452-4314 or visit   


We Care Christmas Tree House

The We Care Christmas Tree House will be open for its 15th (and final year) this holiday season.  Located at 1501 East Sycamore Street, the owners of this private residence transform their Kokomo home each year and offer public tours.  Tours will be given daily 5:00-9:00 p.m. from November 26-December 23, 2011.  The home will be open special hours on December 3 & 4 from 12:00-9:00 p.m.  Free will donations will be accepted for We Care.

For more information on holiday events or tours in Kokomo, call 800-837-0971 or visit our Calendar of Events.