But, donors raised money in an online campaign to bring the display back to life at Newport on the Levee, across the river from Cincinnati. And this year, the magic returned!
My family was excited to visit the elves. I didn't grow up in the Cincinnati area, but recall the days of visiting Lazarus in downtown Columbus, Ohio, to see the holiday windows. It was an exciting time! I was eager for my girls to experience a similar kind of awe and amazement.
I didn't really know what to expect when we went. I wasn't sure if this was going to be an indoor or outdoor display. The display is indoors, which is wonderful in case there is cold weather.
The first part of the display is actually a Lego train display of a complete city during the holidays. This was very cute and the girls enjoyed watching the train run through the town. There are also blow up Christmas characters which are good spots for snapping photos. Then there is an area where children can write a letter to Santa, to be mailed in the next section.
The next section is across the hall. Upon entering, the children can mail their letters in the mail room. From there, you walk through the animated display.
The display is magical and amazing! You view the North Pole mail room, Santa's workshops, the weather center, his sleigh and more. You can even track where Santa is in the night sky from the weather room. The displays are animated and quite fun to watch. You can see the reflection of my daughters faces in the window in some of the photos below--it is priceless! The only thing that was missing is Santa, which I am told, used to be at the end of the original display.
Unfortunately, years ago, this show was free for all. Now, ticket prices are $7 per person. Early on, sites like Groupon and 1/2 price Cincinnati had deals for 50% off, but they are all over now. But, although not free, it is still a nice holiday tradition. My entire family enjoyed it.