I love reading blogger’s weekend recaps, but I don’t do a ton of them because I don’t always have much to share – or if I did do something, I just make an individual post for it. However, this past Saturday, I did a couple Christmas related activities an I figured I’d share it all in one post for you!My Christmas Weekend of Fun at King's Island's WinterFest #kingsisland #ontheblog Click To Tweet
First up, Regal Cinemas is showing a Christmas movie every Saturday this month for only $5. I was going to go with a friend, but she got sick so my mom and I went instead. The movie was National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. I’d never seen the movie, but I heard it was really funny, so I figured this would be a fun way to see it. While I liked it better than the first movie – and hey, little Johnny Galecki – I didn’t really love it.
It had funny moments but some of the things that bugged me about the other National Lampoon movie still bugged me in this one. There’s the whole killing off animals, in what is supposed to be comedy I guess? I don’t know, but I don’t like it. Also, the character of Clark is always ogling women and pretending he doesn’t actually have a wife…and again, not cool. At any rate, I think the whole premise of a Christmas movie every Saturday in an actual theater is really fun.
If you remember, I said I wanted to go to King’s Island WinterFest on my Fall Bucket List (it’s on my Winter Bucket List too) and I was able to do just that Saturday evening. King’s Island is an amusement park in Mason, Ohio, and my family and I have season passes. WinterFest used to exist at KI, but it hasn’t been around for 12 years, so I was so excited to learn that it was finally back. My mom, sister, and I went this weekend and we all had a great time.
The park was open from 4-10 and we got there around 4.30 and ended up staying until right around 10. We hadn’t planned on staying all night, but were having a great time and there is plenty to see and do (and eat!)
We randomly walked around, checking out the lights and taking pictures until 5.30 when they had the lighting ceremony. There was singing and then the Eiffel Tower’s lights turned on, which were really cool looking. They turned different colors – and had some fun patterns- staying on all night.
There was a whole area called Candy Cane lane with all sorts of fun places to take pictures, like a Gingerbread house and chair, a couple gingerbread families, and some life-size lollipops.
After exploring and the opening ceremony, we went and grabbed food in the main food hall (if you’ve been to King’s Island, you know what I mean). They had normal offerings like pizza and Panda Express, but where you get the pizza, they were also selling turkey, ham, green beans, mashed potatoes, and pie. We all went with the ham and it was pretty good. There was a show going on here too, happening every hour I believe. It seemed cute – especially for the kids – but we came in at the end.
We spent a lot of time exploring the park and checking out what they had Christmas-fied. My sister and I did the Snowglobe photo op (it’s free), and we were thinking of doing “sledding” (they were right by each other) but the line was so long, we opted out of that. There was a food truck that was selling caramel hot apple cider, and my mom and sister both got one. Other food was S’mores Donuts from Tom and Chee, a local restaurant. They have some amazing grilled cheese donuts too, by the way. The s’mores were yummy though! If you’re going, you can find Tom and Chee located in the kid’s area.
After this, we finally found the Cinnamon Pull Apart Bread that the website had mentioned. Most of the shops/restaurants had new names for WinterFest, which was fun, but they didn’t tell us where to find everything, except on a map that was a bit hard to read and only found online. At any rate, if you’re going, it’s right next to the Yogurt shop (to the left of it). Omg, this pull apart bread was amazing and so worth the money. It was essentially a loaf of what tastes like a cinnamon roll. We all shared this, and highly enjoyed it!
The only other thing I “ate” was a Blue Hot Chocolate. Now, if you know me, I don’t really like warm drinks but I’d heard that KI’s famous blue ice cream was being turned into hot chocolate and I had to try it. You can find it at Graeter’s (and you can get other types of hot chocolate there too), and once it had cooled a bit, I really enjoyed it. It wasn’t my most favorite thing in the world, but not too bad!
While most of the shows and sing-alongs were somewhere outside, there was one in the King’s Island Theater and I had to see this one since I love the Peanuts gang so much. Charlie Brown’s Christmas Spectacular is a fun show and definitely good for kids, or kids at heart like me!
After the Charlie Brown show, the final thing that I did was go to Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen (near the Eiffel Tower) where for $14, you get 4 large sugar cookies that you can decorate with icing and fun sprinkles. I did this by myself, but I did end up sharing my table with two teens later on so that was fun. It wasn’t just families with little kids, so have fun if you go! It doesn’t matter what age you are. Plus, the cookies are amazing! Seriously!!
While I decorated my cookies, my mom and sister went to the Artisan Village (where little “houses” were set up for people to sell homemade goods- it’s around the Eiffel Tower) and they got some dip mixes they had been tasting earlier in the evening. My sister had also gotten a hat around the time we got there and it’s super cute! Definitely some fun items for sale, and I like the idea of letting local people come in and share their goods!
And that’s about it! Whew, I know it was a bit of a long recap, but hopefully you enjoyed it. I don’t know if I’ll have time to do WinterFest again this year, but if you live nearby, it’s worth it! Find the activities here, food here, and shows here.
A very Christmas-y weekend indeed! What did you get up to this past weekend?