More than 300,000 guests visited KaLightoscope Christmas and other Galt House events over the course of it’s 47-day run.
The historic hotel met its goal of increasing traditionally slower occupancy during the winter months of November and December. The Galt House saw a double digit increase in occupancy during December and management attributes the rise to KaLightoscope Christmas.
“We were so pleased with the outpouring of interest from families in Louisville and nearby communities who welcomed KaLightoscope Christmas as a new holiday tradition,” said Mary Moseley, president and CEO ofThe Al J. Schneider Co., parent company of the Galt House.
“The first year of an event of this magnitude is always interesting, and we’re on the right track for making KaLightoscope Christmas a time-honored tradition in Louisville.”
The display of larger than life sculptures drew 40,000 visitors in its first year taking place in the United States.
“KaLightoscope gave us the opportunity to introduce something brand new to the world,” said Rita Reedy, corporate marketing director forThe Al J. Schneider Co. “We were tasked with explaining these beautiful, handcrafted, holiday sculptures based on centuries-old Chinese artisan traditions, and we saw an enthusiastic response from the public.”
The event created 300 seasonal employment opportunities within the hotel and generated work from dozens of local and regional companies.
According to a recent press release from The Galt House, In addition to the event, the attraction was able to secure sponsorships from well-known local companies including Bridgeman Foods, L&N Federal Credit Union, Norton Healthcare and Central Bank.
KaLightoscope Christmas also partnered with Blessings in a Backpack, a local charity. Overall, $7,700 was donated to the nonprofit organization.
Hotel representatives claim it will be back next year and the Al J. Schneider board of directors will vote to make it official this February,