Celebrate Christmas with ‘Seiberling Snowman Spectacular’11/24/2018
“With this year’s theme of ‘Seiberling Snowman Spectacular,’ our designers are hard at work, planning for a another memorable Seiberling Christmas,” said Peggy Hobson, chair of the historical society’s Events Committee and lead for the annual month-long holiday event. “Every year, they work to make the event bigger and better than ever before.”
Hobson noted that the HCHS is happy to announce the traditional horse-drawn carriage rides will return to the opening night celebration on Nov. 24. And, she said, children up to the age of 12 will be encouraged to “count the snowmen” and enter their guess in the annual Christmas at the Seiberling contest. The one whose entry comes closest to the number of snowmen filling the mansion indoors and outdoors will win the prize package of toys, games and books.
The museum will be closed to the public from Nov. 10 until opening night as the volunteers deck the Seiberling halls for the month-long holiday celebration.
Admission during Christmas at the Seiberling will be $10 for adults and $5 for children (free admission is a benefit of HCHS membership) during regular museum hours of 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays Nov. 25 to Dec. 30 (closed Christmas Day) and for a special “candlelight” tour set for Saturday, Dec. 8. Local businesses and organizations are sponsoring six special evenings during December when the museum will be open to the public without charge.
Here’s a look at special activities planned for Christmas at the Seiberling 2018:
- Saturday, Nov. 24: Opening night, sponsored by The Wyman Group. The traditional lighting ceremony and Santa’s arrival is set for 6 p.m. and the museum will be open until 9:00pm. Santa will be greeting his fans in the Elliott House, with cookie treats for the young one. Live music from the Kokomo Brass, Kokomo Men of Note, and the Harmony Magic women's chorus. Reservations are necessary for the carriage rides and usually fill up early. Anyone interested in making a reservation should contact the HCHS office at 452-4314.
- Thursdays, Dec. 6 and 13, and Fridays, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7 and 14: Museum is open to the public from 4 to 8 p.m. without charge, thanks to the generosity of six sponsoring businesses and organizations. Local musicians will provide live performances during the evening open houses. The community supporters include:
- Nov. 29 – members-only night at the mansion, open to members of the Howard County Historical Society
- Nov. 30 – Financial Builders Credit Union
- Dec. 6 – CEO Night, sponsored by Duke Energy, featuring music by the IUK Flute Choir from 4:00-5:00 p.m.
- Dec. 7 – Community First Bank
- Dec. 13 – Ivy Tech Community College
- Dec. 14 – Haynes International
- Saturday, Dec. 8 – From 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., guests will enjoy a special “candlelight” evening at the Seiberling, sponsored by Duke Energy, with the opportunity to explore the museum in the softer light of a bygone era. The holiday admission -- $10 for adults and $5 for children will be charged. HCHS members are admitted without charge.
The celebration wraps up when the museum closes for the season at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 30.