Holiday Inn brings an igloo to town | New


Friday, the first day of Owensboro’s new “12 Days of Christmas” festival, looks pretty cool.

The National Weather Service says Black Friday will start with a temperature in the low 20s and gradually climb into the low 40s before dropping back into the 20s overnight.

A perfect moment for an igloo.

And the Holiday Inn Owensboro Riverfront has just what you need.

The hotel has a new inflatable dome-shaped igloo that it will unveil Friday at 5 p.m. on the lawn between the hotel and the river.

General Manager Andrea Woolsey said the hotel wanted to do something special for “12 days of Christmas” and decided to invest in an igloo.

It is 13 feet tall and can hold 50 people standing or 30 seated, she said.

Woolsey said the igloo changes color to make it more attractive at night.

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The hotel is partnering with Friday After 5 the next four Friday nights to offer hot chocolate and coffee inside the igloo from 5pm to 7pm and Christmas music inside the hotel from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The igloo, which will have tables and chairs inside, won’t be inflated until Friday night, Woolsey said.

It takes about 30 minutes to inflate properly, she said.

Woolsey said the hotel “is still evaluating the future use” of the igloo.

Friday night’s celebration also includes “Energy on Ice,” a portable ice rink on the Kentucky Legend Pier behind the Owensboro Convention Center from 6 to 10 p.m.

The rink will be open Friday through Sunday each of the next four weeks and every day – except Christmas Eve and Christmas – from December 17 to January 3.

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