Hear ye! Hear ye! Winter is finally among us. Looking for a fun way to spend time with family during holiday break? Come be treated like royalty at a Medieval castle.
My family and I were invited to an event for bloggers at the Medieval Times Schaumburg Chicago castle. Gabriel (almost 5) and Rafael (3 years old) were so excited to see the castle when we pulled into the parking lot. The boys have been here prior to this trip so they knew what to expect walking into the castle. Even so, it’s still fun to hear my oldest ask, “Are we going to meet a knight, and will he have a sword?” Tip: seating is first come, first serve so make sure to get to the castle with ample time to secure closer seating.
Once you have purchased your tickets, get sorted into your house color and take pictures with the princess you’ll walk into a great hall. Here is where the guests wait prior to the show. While you wait you can check out gift shops, cash bars, pictures opportunities and bathrooms. It was really neat to see the inside decorated for the holidays. We were seated in the Red Knight’s section. Go, Red Knight!
The knighting ceremonies are always fun to see. The Lord Chancellor makes way for the King so that he can knight people from the audience (after arrangements are made at the Knighthood booth).
Really, you just can’t beat a three course meal with live entertainment. Yes, they are infamous for having their guests eat with their hands. Don’t worry; there’s plenty of napkins and wet naps available to clean your hands. During the show you are served tomato soup (dragon’s blood) with garlic bread, half a whole chicken (baby dragon), half a potato (medieval french fry), corn and an apple turnover for dessert. Vegetarian meals are also available upon request.
The boys loved our server. She brought the boosters seat to help them sit closer to the table and she would tell them “medieval” jokes. The serves were some of the hardest workers bringing out the food quick and efficiently to go along with the story all while staying in character. Without giving away any of the plot, the show is very entertaining. There’s love, drama, dancing horses, sword play and jousting just to name a few. Cheering for your section color adds to the suspense of your knight winning.
P.S.: The Red Knight won!
There are add-ons and upgrades available for a birthday or celebration. My husband took me for my birthday one year while we were still dating. We upgraded to the celebration package that includes cake, a personalized announcement during the show, knight’s cheering banner, group photo for each member of the party, commemorative program, “Behind the Scenes” DVD (one per party) and VIP seating. All package levels are available on the Medieval Times website
Disclosure: I was provided with tickets to Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament in exchange for sharing this information. All opinions are my own.