Won’t you take me to…Christmastown!

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Things are swell here in Chi-town! We made a long travel day out of yesterday and I got to go downtown for the first time! We ate at the Signature room in the John Hancock building which was fabulous. I got in a quick post-walk strength workout before heading to the casino next door and getting lucky! I know when to walk away! 😉

Hello Chicago!

Day 3 of the #Holidayaday challenge yesterday: Work it. After the Chicaco walk-fest I scoped out the hotel gym.

Pure luck. $7 in…I walked away!

Oh! I didn’t get to share our Friday night with ya! When Yelp invited me to celebrate the start of the Christmas season at Busch Gardens I was all in for sure!
Ready to go
We honestly live only 30 minutes from Busch Gardens and haven’t been in years…scratch that, we went for Howl o’ Scream last year and I wussed out of all of the haunted houses 😉 When Yelp invited me to attend their BG’s Christmastown event I was pretty sure there’d be no scaring involved and was all in!
Hubs and I arrived at Busch Gardens Friday night and were immediately struck by the plethora of lights and Christmas cheer entering the Welcome area! Friendly Yelp elves greeted us and explained how our VIP worked: front of the line access?! SANTA?! Winter Wonderland?! All of the animals in rhe dark?! I should have been on a kiddie leash, but since I wasn’t I stormed into the park leaving by hubby in the dust!
There was a fun Twitter contest going on, but I happened to forget about it because there was SO much to look at…I felt like s giddy little kid! We met up the Yelp group at the Crown Colony and were given a lovely gifts such as a Busch Gardens Christmastown cup with candy and a handy Coca Cola hat! Why are you not Yelping?? Have you seen the awesome shindigs I’ve gotten to go to?!
After a quick bite, I had pizza and hubs enjoyed his pot pie, we ventured into Christmastown!

The attention to detail that Busch Gardens put into this new event was awesome: blue and white lights adorned the park…penguins swam for our amusement….with 3D glasses all of the lights looked like snowflakes!
We kind of got lost….our own fault for winging it….but it didn’t matter..we got to see it all! We walked by Santas house, lighted animals, elves greeting guests, and Mrs. Clause welcoming folks into her home. We were welcomed by Christmas Carolers and all sorts of employees dressed in Christmas fabulousness. To see kids so happy and filled with womder as they asked Mrs. Claus to pass on messages to Santa made me smile big. We made it to Stanleyville to take the train back to where we started since we were on the hunt for sweet goodness! We had tickets to get candied nuts and a Belgium waffle!
Elf life.
We met up with Beks and her bf and were ready to explore!
Once we made it back to Christmastown, we saw the shining light that was filled with snow and sweet goodness! Cottage after cottage with s’mores and chocolates…and then the Belgium Waffle House…I stared at the attendant for a moment, eyes beaming with wonder…before he took my order. I snapped back into reality and ordered my waffle with apples, strawberries, and whipped cream! Even though I only finished a quarter of it, it was magical. There was even a section called Snoworld where one could play in real snow and go for a sled ride!
Wait! Front of the line access! Rides! My tummy was full but I wanted to see which ride we were up for: Cheetah hunt! No lines?! Holy fun! It was not rickety like most roller coasters can be, and went super fast…spinning and twisting and turning…we got on twice!
Cheetah Hunt violated me…which made ma laugh so hard I could cry. On an upside down turn, one of the ‘girls’ popped up and then back into my shirt. I do not lie. Beks and I couldn’t stop laughing and are still doing so. Hubs said if the coaster camera caught that on film I’d win some kind of award. But it wasn’t…horray for me!
All in all, I loved Christmastown! The pictures don’t do the park justice with all of the wonderment we saw walking around. Many more rides and special editions await you through the end of December on select nights. Busch Gardens did a great job putting on the ritz with Holiday Cheer…I am definitely recommending this event and coming back!
How are you ringing in the holidays?
Are you a gambler!
Do you dig hotel workouts or just tolerate them like me?

HI! I'M KAT - I am a pug-mom, wife, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, & Fitness Coach focusing on living the fit life while tackling work, coaching others - doing it all! My blog is to hold me accountable for all the goals I plan on accomplishing and also a way for me to try to inspire others through my own experiences - if I can do it ANYONE can! Fitness is a huge part of my life as well as travel and seeing all that life has to be lived! PAY IT FORWARD!

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    December 4, 2012, 11:39 am

    Im so so so a gambler.
    nickel slots, Baby.
    vegas :0)

    (and I LOOOVE ME SOME CHICAGO, too.)

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    December 4, 2012, 11:59 am

    #violated!! LOL Mike surprised me the next morning because he couldn’t wait any longer after hearing me talk about how much I love Busch Gardens, with year passes for next year so you will be going, I’m dragging you guys out! 🙂 great pics and lucky duck at the casino!!

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    December 4, 2012, 12:34 pm

    Now I want to go to Busch Gardens for the Christmastown! That looks like so much fun. I didn’t realize that it was new. I’m going to get Tim to go with me so that can be one of our traditions. Thanks for sharing! And congrats on winning so much money!! That’s awesome that you knew to walk away. I always press my luck and lose it all! Ha. Have fun the rest of your time in Chicago!

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    December 4, 2012, 12:49 pm

    fun! I want to go there!

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    December 4, 2012, 12:56 pm

    Awww, looks like such a fun outing! I need to look into this Yelp stuff; everyone seems to love it. When I travel, I try to squeeze in workouts, but I definitely “tolerate” these sweat sessions. I know you get out of it what you put into it, but it’s difficult to truly get after it when you’re using an unfamiliar fitness facility (that might not even have all the tools/machines necessary).

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      December 4, 2012, 12:58 pm

      You should especially in the city!! I agree girl…that’s my problem…even today I go there…and it’s tiny and there’s so many people that I can’t breathe much less run for that matter…

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    December 4, 2012, 12:57 pm

    I don’t dig hotel gym work outs, but I do them sometimes. Have fun in Chicago! It was great to see you at Busch Gardens. Thanks for babysitting 🙂

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      December 4, 2012, 12:58 pm

      I’m like Carrie, I tolerate them 😉 lol babysitting was fun, your boys are the best kids!

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    December 4, 2012, 1:05 pm

    Christmas town looks so fun!! I have enjoyed stalking the journey through IG thus far!! I am not a gambler at all, but I think casinos are so cool! Have a fantastic day!! Xoxo

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    December 4, 2012, 1:49 pm

    Oh how fun! I have the Yelp app on my iPhone but never use it. Love all those awesome pictures! And with those winnings I would have walked away too girl!

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    December 4, 2012, 2:22 pm

    What a fun Yelp event! I’m jealous!

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    December 4, 2012, 3:16 pm

    You’re so social.. I love it! 🙂
    I do enjoy the gambling once in awhile.. but never have such luck like you!! And one time I did a hotel treadmill workout but that was about it.. kudos for getting the workout on while on a trip!

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    December 4, 2012, 3:31 pm

    I gotta get on Yelp! Not a gambler but love when I win. Maybe I need to gamble more to win?? Enjoy Chicago! I’m jealous!

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    December 4, 2012, 4:25 pm

    Aw I miss Chicago so much! Hope you are having a blast. Try to eat at Billy Goat Tavern best Burger ever!

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      December 5, 2012, 1:31 am

      We have to come back when hubs is with me and I have more time!

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    December 4, 2012, 5:14 pm

    This looks like a lot of fun! I’m not a gambler but my dad loves poker so I guess that makes him a gambler. Chicago rocks, doesn’t it 😉

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    December 4, 2012, 5:46 pm

    You have to help me get into this Yelp! stuff. I am on it, but I do not do a lot. Christmastown looks like a must this year. You have made me want to go and check it out. You are in my hometown right now, and you are making me homesick. Enjoy the city and all it has to offer. I love to gamble when I am winning, not so much when I am losing. Hotel workouts, well depending on what I am training for depends on how I feel. A workout is a workout and I just find a way to enjoy it no matter where I am . Have a great time Kat!

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      December 5, 2012, 1:31 am

      I want to make a trip back when I can see more!

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    December 4, 2012, 6:45 pm

    I prefer doing my workouts at my gym (obvee) but I do love when a hotel has exactly what I need to get my workouts done…the way I like to get ’em done!

    Looks like Chicago is a blast! Have fun!

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    December 4, 2012, 7:22 pm

    Chicago is so wonderful at this time of year. Cold as heck, but wonderful…

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      December 5, 2012, 1:32 am

      Crazy yesterday was like 65 and tomorrow will be 40, time to come home!

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    December 4, 2012, 11:13 pm

    Ha you had me cracking up about the being needing a kiddy leash for leaving your husband in the dust! That was me too. If it wasn’t for him taking my pics I probably would have left him in the dust. I’m glad you had a good time. This event was so neat.

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    December 5, 2012, 12:53 am

    Great pics Kat!
    As always, it looks like you are having a blast!
    I just joined #holidayaday on Facebook! I hope it’s not too late!!!
    Cheers! Tara

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      December 5, 2012, 1:32 am

      Never too late girl, thanks for joining in!!

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    December 5, 2012, 2:16 am

    Your Yelp stuff looks freakin’ amazing.
    You are such a baller:)
    Have fun in Chicago.

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    December 5, 2012, 2:28 am

    Ummmmmmmm hello my new, luckiest bff!! Christmastown looks like a blast and I can’t believe the angel is a real person. I’m too ADD to stand still that long. I hope you’re having a blast in Chicago!!

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    December 5, 2012, 2:40 am

    i LOVE chi-town!! and i totally plan on running over the holidays since i have 2 weeks off. as for gambling i only hit the slots when i go to vegas, which has only been twice so i guess i am not much of a gambler lol

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    December 5, 2012, 2:42 am

    We have a Festival of Lights that we usually drive through every year. Plus they have skating and yummy Mini Donuts!!
    And if I gamble I’m just like you. When I win I cash out right away! LOL Run with it baby! (and spend it on new running gear)

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    December 5, 2012, 7:52 pm

    Wow! Christmastown looks awesome. I hope to take the wife and my little girl to it soon. For the holidays, I’m doing a boat parade (kids stuff) and a Santa Pub crawl (adult stuff) this season. I’d like to get involved with Yelp as well. Looks really cool!

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    December 8, 2012, 2:19 am

    Seems like you had a lot of fun and a bit of everything. I’m not a gambler but I’d have a dabble for fun. As for hotel gyms, I feel it’s better than trying to get a workout done in your hotel room. Enjoy your break.

    Connecting from the Fitness Friday blog hop.

    Fitnessbuster Supporting you in getting your fitness and nutrition back on track

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