Road Journal: Night of a Thousand Candles and LEGO KidsFest Hartford

  • By Christie Stapf | Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Our team is always on the move! Last weekend, we took a stroll through the fluorescent landscapes of Brookgreen Gardens for their Night of a Thousand Candles holiday experience, and partnered with some very young architects to build our own creations at LEGO KidsFest.

Read on to hear more about our experiences at these two awesome events!

Brookgreen Gardens’ Night of a Thousand Candles – Aaron Crothers

This was our first year on-site for Night of a Thousand Candles (NOTC) at Brookgreen Gardens in Murell’s Inlet, SC. NOTC is a Christmas Lights walking tour of the gardens and, according to the event website, “Brookgreen Gardens comes to life amid the soft glow of more than 5,500 hand-lit candles and countless sparkling lights.”

Night of a Thousand CandlesThat’s all I really went in knowing, and I was amazed at what the team at Brookgreen puts together.  No wonder so many come from all over to attend. If you’ve never seen 500,000 rope lights hanging in the Spanish moss of twenty-five 300 year old trees, let me tell you, it’s a sight to behold. I had a chance to step away from the admissions plaza, where the Brookgreen guest services team was doing an expert job using our scanners to move thousands of cars into the grounds at a fast pace, and walk through the event. Tons of food, tons of lights, and tons of people enjoying a lot of Christmas warmth. A really fun time and I hope they decide they need me back there next year!

If you’re looking for a great time with the family or a fun night out with friends, then you should check out Night of a Thousand Candles for yourself!

LEGO KidsFest Hartford – Brandon Lehman

Inspiring the young builders of tomorrow through play, I traveled to the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford for LEGO KidsFest. This 3-day festival was sold out in 4 out of the 5 sessions, making this one of the most well-attended LEGO KidsFest events ever. Families traveled from as far as New Haven, New York City, Providence, Boston and Philadelphia to attend.

LEGO KidsFest HartfordWhat I thought was really cool is that BuzzEngine, the fest’s producer, employed all Connecticut Convention Center staff for security, ticket scanning, box office, and customer service. Since the Convention Center also uses ShowClix for their events, this made for a super seamless experience for customers and the staff’s processes alike. The event ran like clockwork. Congratulations to BuzzEngine, the Connecticut Convention Center, and LEGO for another successful event.

Keep an eye out for more events produced by BuzzEngine by visiting their website