Meet Rick Goldschmidt, Rankin Bass Historian at Christmas Expo

  Who doesn’t love watching Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and other throwback era shows every year at the holidays?       These (and more) are all by Rankin/Bass Productions. Christmas Expo is proud to announce that Rankin-Bass official Historian/Biographer, Rick Goldschmidt, is joining us for a Q&A session on Thursday, July 14, 2016 and will be available to chat all 3 days in the Vendor Mall. Rick’s history with Rankin/Bass is pretty amazing. Learn more about Rick at http://miserbros.com/about-us/. Come prepared with questions!        

2016 Christmas Expo Ads for you to use

Interested in promoting Christmas Expo on your website, blog, emails or social media pages? Right click on any of these ads and save to your computer, then use them to tell everyone you’ll be at Christmas Expo! Please make sure to link them back to http://www.ChristmasExpo.com      

Santa’s Hotel Choice for 2016 Christmas Expo

We have investigated lodging in the Chicago area for the 2016 Christmas Expo and Santa’s hotel choice is the SpringHill Suites by Marriott Elmhurst/Oakbrook, 410 West Lake Street, Elmhurst, IL 60126. The SpringHill Suites has great reviews, offers free wireless internet, free daily hot breakfast buffet, free parking, an on-site fitness center and a free shuttle between the hotel and the Midwest Conference Center.   Update 5/6/16 Our room block at the SpringHill Suites has completely sold out. Our overflow hotel is: Marriott Courtyard Chicago Elmhurst/Oakbrook 370 N IL Route 83, Elmhurst, IL 60126 $119/night from 7/13/16 – 7/16/16 Last day to book is 6/22/16 Free breakfast and free shuttle is not available at this property.

Venue chosen for 2016 Christmas Expo

The 2016 Christmas Expo will be held at the Midwest Conference Center, 401 West Lake St., Northlake, IL 60164. The Midwest Conference Center is located just 20 minutes West of downtown Chicago and only 10 minutes from O’Hare International Airport (35 minutes from Midway International). The Center is conveniently located just off of I294 and offers free parking and on-site concessions. Map and Directions

Location of Christmas Expo 2016

We are excited to announce the location of the 2016 Christmas Expo – Chicago! Like Fort Worth last year, Chicago offers easy access to the city via 2 airports with many non-stop and 1-stop flights as well as comparable rates from all corners of the country – and Canada too! We can’t reveal the exact facility location yet (still have some details to iron out with them) but we’ll be bringing Christmas to the Windy City on July 14-16, 2016. As soon as we can, we’ll let you know the exact facility we’ll be using. Hope to see you in Chicago! Photos by Adam Alexander

ABC’s The Great Christmas Light Fight 2016

ABC’s The Great Christmas Light Fight is casting now for 2016. If you’ve been watching the show, you’ve seen many of our Christmas Expo family compete and a few have even won the $50,000! The producers of The Great Christmas Light Fight are looking right now for over the top displays for their 4th annual televised competition – 24 homes will be chosen to compete for a 1 in 4 chance to win $50,000 and the coveted trophy. If you think you have what it takes, don’t take down your Christmas decorations this year until you’ve taken a video of your display. • Videos should not exceed 10 minutes • Introduce your team on camera and then walk with the camera through your display • Make sure everything can be seen and heard clearly – hold the camera steady and move it slowly • Include wide shots of your entire display and close ups of the details that make it special • State the names, ages of all your teammates and name your hometown in your video Once you have your video, go to www.lightfightcasting.com to submit the video and apply to be on the show. You only have a few weeks before the first round of casting ends so don’t delay, apply now!

Roundtable Discussions – 2015

This year’s Roundtable Discussions will be on the following topics: The Art of Sequencing General Discussion Christmas Lights Business Future of RGB Over the Top Displays Future of the Industry Roundtable discussions are informal meetups where the table topic remains the same and you simply wander from table to table to either listen to or join in the discussion.

Christmas Expo dates

Planning ahead? As we announced at the 2013 Expo, Christmas Expo will always be held the third week of July from Thursday to Saturday of that week. While locations may change, the dates will allow you to put Expo on your schedule. We know we’ll be there – we ho-ho-hope you will be too! July 14-16, 2016 July 13-15, 2017 July 19-21, 2018 July 18-20, 2019 July 16-18, 2020

Field trip to Biloxi for Christmas Expo

Field trip to Biloxi! It’s always difficult to choose a location for an event because we know we’re never going to be able to be in just the right place for everyone. However, for Christmas Expo, Biloxi had many checks in the “positive” column and we couldn’t wait to see the city in person. We just returned from a Biloxi field trip and both agree that it’s a great place to be! Getting there…. The Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport is small but modern and was very easy to navigate. I did experience a flight delay with Delta and ended up in a hotel in Atlanta the first night, sans suitcase. So note to self is, from now on, always have a few essentials in a carry on. And speaking of carry-ons, the Delta Connections flight to Biloxi was on a smaller jet which meant smaller overhead space so keep that in mind if you’re just planning a carry-on bag. Airport Transportation There were several rental car choices (Avis, Budget, Hertz, National, Dollar) on site and the lot was directly across from the entrance – no waiting for a shuttle bus to go pick up your car. Note that Enterprise – if that’s your choice of rental car – is off-site. There were also taxi’s available and we’re told the cost from the airport to the Convention Center area is around $20 and travel time is about 20 minutes. We are checking to see if any of the hotels near the Convention Center offer shuttle services and will post an update once we get an answer. Directions from the Airport Leaving the airport,  turn left onto Airport Rd (1.4 mi.) Turn right onto US-49 N (0.6 mi.) Take ramp right for I-10 East toward Mobile / Biloxi (12.2 mi.) At exit 46A, […]