Gazing at giant ornaments, reading cheerful holiday
letters, and tasting seasonal flavored
The entrance to the World of Coke
For anyone who has not been to the World of Coke,
it’s a pretty remarkable place. Tour guides tell you about the history of the
most beloved beverage in the world, you meet the
Ornaments, Movies and [Polar] Bears – Oh My!
When I first walked out of the parking deck I was immediately greeted by life-size ornaments. 11 uniquely decorated holiday bulbs dazzled throughout Pemberton Place, (the area outside of the World of Coke entrance). From snowflakes, to doves, to polar bears and candy cane stripes, each ornament rocked a distinctive holiday persona. After my initial awestruck moment, I strolled around for a bit trying to decide which one was my favorite. Then my eyes struck Santa.
There she was! An ornament adorned with
Just hanging out inside an ornament
After snapping photos of every last ornament,
including taking a picture inside of one, it was time to thaw off my frozen
fingers. I headed inside just in time to catch the next showing of the feature
flick, Polar Bears. The mini movie was adorable. The
After the 7-minute flick, it was time to meet the
“Say cheese!” Mr. Polar Bear’s mouth formed a smile as we posed in front of the North Pole back drop. To this day it blows my mind how he smiles but like the Coca-Cola formula, some things are best kept secret.
"My Coke Story": wall of letters to
Next stop—the “My Coke Story” station. Year in and
year out, World of
During the holidays one special letter is featured.
Mounted in a shadow box apart from the rest, this particular letter takes you
on a trip down one lady’s memory lane. Lucy, as she signs, reminisces about a
Christmas tradition dear to her—drinking
A Cup of Christmas Cheer
My wish was granted! As I made way towards the
exit I enjoyed a final taste of the holidays—literally. The grand finale of the World of
I was there to sample two special flavors—Gingerbread Coca-Cola (Recipe) and Chocolate Cherry Coke (Recipe). These drinks were actually the inspiration for my visit. Once I caught word of the two exclusive holiday beverages it was game on, I had to try them!
Sure enough, they were worth the wait. The Chocolate Cherry Coke was as scrumptious as it sounds. I mean really—how can you go wrong with adding chocolate to any recipe? But even as a self-proclaimed choca-holic, the Gingerbread Coke was hands down my favorite. It had just the right amount of ginger to give it the perfect Christmas bite. The best part is you can even make them at home (Cheers!).
It’s safe to say my holiday assignment was a festive one, indeed.