A Coca-Cola Christmas Now Open
Coca-Cola and Christmas go together like Louisville Slugger and baseball. Louisville Slugger made its first bat in 1884, and just two years later in 1886 Coca-Cola was created. Both American companies have become global and cultural icons.
Working with Coca-Cola, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory has created a new exhibition celebrating the holiday season. A Coca-Cola Christmas opens Saturday, November 16th and runs through Monday, January 6th. The special interactive holiday exhibit showcases more than 75 years of enchanting art and rare artifacts direct from Coca-Cola’s exclusive collection.
Visitors can explore and discover original Coca-Cola artwork, memorabilia, artifacts, advertising and hands-on fun. The exhibition features two beloved holiday icons – Santa Claus and the Coca-Cola Polar Bears.
The exhibit features original oil paintings from one of the greatest illustrators of the 20th century, Haddon Sundblom. Painting Santa portraits for Coca-Cola advertising from 1931 to 1964, he is credited with helping shape the modern image of Santa that is known around the world. Before “The Coca-Cola Santa,” there was no single interpretation of Santa Claus that was globally recognized as Sundblom’s portraits are today.
Also on display is a rare Coca-Cola polar bear advertisement from 1922. This original artwork from France was the first time the polar bear appeared in Coca-Cola advertising. A Coca-Cola Christmas will also include special guest appearances by the official Coca-Cola Polar Bear mascot. The fun and furry mascot will make regular appearances at the exhibit beginning on Saturday, December 14th.
A Coca-Cola Christmas is included in the cost of museum admission. A Coca-Cola Christmas is in the first year of a two-year run at Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory during the holiday season.
Admission to the museum includes interactive exhibits, a short feature film, historic memorabilia, the World’s Biggest Baseball Bat and an award-winning factory tour. As an added bonus, all guests receive a free souvenir mini-bat at the end of their factory tour. Tours are given seven days a week and guests are guaranteed to view bat production on each tour.