Review of Christmas at the Galt House 2014
I was hosted at the Galt House for purpose of review.
Each year, we explore Christmas at the Galt House to see how they have changed their holiday offerings. I love that The Galt House hotel has taken a hold the holiday season and created a downtown festive destination.
If you are looking to experience something special with your family without the added expense of travel, we really enjoy staying at The Galt House. The suite style rooms are great for families because of the living area and large amount of space. They are equipped with a small refrigerator to store snacks and drinks you can bring from home and there are two TVs for no disputes over what to watch! Also, the hotel is decorated throughout for Christmas and the bellmen dance at 5pm for free evening entertainment. The kids love the views!
You can plan an entire weekend with KaLightoscope, dinner show, Louisville’s 40 Nights of Lights along 4th Street, Breakfast with Santa etc. It will add up in terms of cost but they have some packages to make it a slightly better deal or you can experience just some of the options to keep the expense lower choosing just what you want to get in the holiday spirit. And, there are ample restaurants throughout the hotel to serve up just about anything your family would want.
The English Village area has a new flow and added features. The kids enjoyed the village area much more than the lanterns. They have a new small Elf show area for short musical shows almost every hour, letters to Santa, a mouse game (ask about that because there was no information given to alert me to it, I asked if there were games like previous years), lots of new miniature buildings to look at that were adorable, a snow flake craft, build-a-snowman area, an interactive green-screen sleigh ride (see our video here), digital photo opportunities, a train for small children (no more cute displays surrounding the area), gingerbread houses and visits with the Snow Fairy princess. You can spend at least an hour in English Village area. And, this year, the ticket is all-access for a day so you can come and go if the kids need a break but want to go back to ride the train one more time. Kids’ tickets are just $5 (age 3 & under, free).
In the hallways, they have shops and cafes set up to grab delicious smelling treats. You can visit Santa on the way out (or just on your own, it’s free for anyone) and get a photo emailed to you or snap one with your own camera.
Pam Tillis is a big name county music artist and it is awesome that the Galt House has upped their game with this entertainment option. The Pam Tillis & Friends: A Kentucky Christmas Show is in one of the large ballrooms and features holiday classics mixed with familiar songs of Pam’s career. You dine at tables of 10 on salad, beef with gravy, potatoes and green veggies and a pumpkin roll dessert. There are vegetarian and kids meal options. The cost of attending for a family of four (kids 12 and under) to attend this 2 hour show ranges from $168 to $216 depending on matinee vs. dinner show selection. This is quite costly for most families so if you want to go – consider a matinee. It is not as late for tiring children and a lower price point. I think the dinner show would be a better option for a ladies night out or perhaps something I would take my mother to and enjoy together. The music was entertaining and it was great to hear some of Pam Tillis’ classic hits.