Christmas In July!

It’s Christmas In July all over the place – including Monday night at the Tennessee Smokies baseball  game, where Santa & Mrs. Claus were invited to come out to the game and help the Smokies fans celebrate!

The Singing Santa & Mrs. Claus

 After a late afternoon storm blew through, the temperature dropped, the Smokies staff squeegeed the field, and The Singing Santa entertained the crowd before game time with a sentimental performance of “Tender Tennessee Christmas” – what else??  Later, he sang the National Anthem to start the game – fantastic as always.


Lots of young people stopped by to meet and talk with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and to show off their elf tatoos (check the backs of their hands).  Don’t you like Santa’s new summer shirt?  We think it’s pretty spiffy.




It's never too early to remind Santa how good you've been so far this year!

Here they sit, waiting for the gates to open – no doubt Santa is thinking about all the wonderful toys he’ll be bringing to girls and boys this year – and whether the elves are on schedule to have everything ready by Christmas Eve.


 Even the Smokies’ mascot, Slugger, wanted to get a photo with the Big Guy!

If you get a chance, take in a Smokies baseball game this summer – on Monday night, they beat the Southern League North’s leader, the Chattanooga Lookouts.  There’s a lot of fun to be had at the game, for a very affordable price.  And you never know, you just may spot Santa at the game…

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

P.S. Check out our end-of-July special at The Inn at Christmas Place – there is still plenty of time to join our daily celebration at the hotel before the end of the month.  Ask for the “Christmas in July Special” that starts on July 15th.

P.P.S. Also, don’t forget to enter our Christmas In July Getaway Giveaway – for a Christmas vacation in July 2013!

Around here ..

There’s some Christmas stuff happening .. and we’re having fun with it!

First up, a new Smoky Mountain mural is being painted in the breezeway, and we can’t wait to see the completed work.

Our artist, Andrea, also painted the ceiling surrounding Santa & his sleigh in the main store – so you know it’s really going to be special.

These car magnets are so cute!  What a fun way to share your love of the holidays with everyone on the road while trying to avoid those unfortunate parking space wars at the mall.  If a cheerful “Peace, Love, & Peppermint” doesn’t win you the right-of-way, maybe you need to “Raise Cane”.  I have mad love for the googly-eyed Rudolph, myself.

Now let’s really get personal.  It’s your year to celebrate the holidays at even your most private moments of the day.  Yes, we really mean it.  Even in the throne room, you can rejoice in the spirit of Christmas with .. Toilet Tattoos!  As the label says, this is “the only way to crown your throne.”  And you can buy these through our website – check out the selection of toilet seat decals. (Their pictures are a lot better than mine.)

But wait, you don’t think the Throne Room Celebration stops there, do you?  Au contraire, mes amis, it does not.  Coming soon to a room near you .. holiday toilet paper.  How festive!  How cheerful!  How unforgettable!  How convenient in case you run out of wrapping paper in the middle of the night!

But seriously, your open house guests will not soon forget the absolute commitment which you have demonstrated in making yours the most festive house on the holiday circuit this year.  Frolicking reindeer, Merry Christmas greetings – even Santa’s tush would appreciate a few spare squares of this holiday treat.  (Coming soon to our website.)  And remember, you don’t have to spend quite as much time pre-party cleaning if you slightly unscrew the light bulb and light a few candles instead.  Just a little tip from me to you.

Just a little fun for a hot holiday afternoon – in celebration of Christmas in July!  If you’re in town, bring the kids down for some fun – every Thursday through Sunday in July, we’ll have an inflated bounce slide for the kids to ride, an airplane game with free prizes, and t-shirt painting.  We’ve got a sidewalk toy sale going on, so you can get a little jump on Christmas shopping already.  Uncle Sam is visiting the store through this weekend, too.

Happy 4th of July to everyone from the elves at Christmas Place!

~Janet @ The Christmas Place

P.S. Don’t forget to enter our Christmas In July Getaway Giveaway – the prize package (for July 2013) is valued at $1,200 – 3 nights at the hotel for up to 4 people, dining at the restaurant, and shopping cards both for our website and while you’re in the store – and a whole lot more.  You can increase your chances of winning by entering once a day through July 31st, or come to one of our businesses and fill out an entry form.