(FRENCH LICK) - French Lick Resort is getting ready for the 2011 Holiday.
Decorations are being placed - some traditional favorites and some new - like years past, a half a million twinkling lights will illuminate the turn-of-the-century hotels and grounds.
More than 30 Christmas trees, including the 40-foot show piece in the West Baden Springs Hotel atrium and the vintage toy-themed tree located in front of the French Lick Springs Hotel, will be on display.
The resort has added Victorian scenes this year. The scenes have been crafted by in-house by carpenters Dan Ping and John Conrad.
For the last four years, a gingerbread house the size of a large dollhouse has been erected as part of the vast holiday decor at French Lick Resort. A team of bakers and decorators lead by Chef Robbie Bellew begins creating the concept of the structure in early November and the actual house takes three weeks to complete.
Guests can view the finished product in the Events Center at the French Lick Springs Hotel.
The French Lick Springs Hotel Tree Lighting Ceremony will be Friday Nov. 18th at 7 p.m. with caroling and fireworks as the tree on the front law is lit for the season. West Baden Springs Hotel Tree Lighting Ceremony will be Saturday Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. when the Christmas tree in the atrium is set a glow. There will be carolers and refreshments.
The Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair is Saturday, Nov. 19th from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.;
Sunday, November 20 from 12pm - 5pm and Monday, November 21 - Wednesday, November 23 from 6pm - 9pm Holiday shoppers can browse an array of seasonal ornaments, wreaths, candles, one-of-a-kind collectibles and many other assorted handmade arts and crafts, perfect for gift giving or for decorating homes and offices.
Sisters of Saint Benedict Holiday Concert is Sunday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m. Join the Sisters of Saint Benedict for their annual concert in the West Baden Springs Hotel atrium.
Story Time with Mrs. Claus is Fridays and Saturdays (November 25 - December 17) from 7 - 7:30 p.m. Grab a cookie and grab a seat near Mrs. Claus as she reads classic holiday stories in the French Lick Springs Hotel Mezzanine.
Photos with Santa Claus Saturdays (November 26 - December 17) from 2 - 5p.m. Every child dreams of meeting Santa in person. Bring the kids to Santa's Village (2nd level of the French Lick Resort Events Center) and remember the moment for years to come with a keepsake photo.
Classic Dickens Carolers Saturdays (November 26 - December 17) from 2 - 5 p.m. Hear all Christmas favorites sung by a professional Victorian caroling group. Dressed in period costumes, these acappella songsters will transport guests to Christmas in another time.
Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus Sundays (November 27 - December 18) from 8 - 11a.m. What says the holidays more than breakfast with Santa? The young and young-at-heart will enjoy this holiday tradition offered every Sunday in the Grand Colonnade Family Restaurant.
Holiday Choirs Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, December 2 through December 18 (except 12/16) Listen to the sounds of the season every weekend at West Baden Springs Hotel. Area choirs will perform to set the holiday mood.
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