Top Holiday & Christmas Events in Kentucky

It’s time to get into the holiday spirit here in Central Kentucky! Since I’m still pretty new to the area, I wasn’t sure where to find the best holiday activities, so I dedicated a couple of weeks to trying a variety of options. Here’s a look at what I’ve narrowed down as my “Top Holiday and Christmas Activities in Kentucky.” Did I miss your favorite? Let me know 🙂

Southern Lights at the Kentucky Horse Park

I heard mixed reviews about the Southern Lights, but after going to see them for myself I’d say they live up to the hype. The best part is you can enjoy 3 miles of lights from the warmth of your car!  I heard a lot of people complaining about the traffic and crowds, but I didn’t find that when I went on a weekday. There were plenty of people there, but no lines or chaotic traffic.  People also said it was too expensive.  I thought it was well worth the money for a weekday.  It’s $15 per car during the week, and $25 per car on the weekend.  The entry fee includes the model train exhibit, the exotic petting zoo and much more.

Dickens’: A Christmas Carol at Waveland

Try this out for a new twist on the Dickens’ classic. This was certainly the most unique Christmas events in Kentucky I’ve ever seen. The cast at Waveland performs in front of a live audience, moving room to room, through the historic home.  Waveland State Historic site is a former plantation home that was built in 1843, the same time period Charles Dickens’ published A Christmas Carol.

“Illuminated Evenings” at Shaker Village

“Illuminated Evenings” are well worth the drive to Harrodsburg. As soon as you drive onto the property you’ll feel like you took a step back in time.  From the architecture, to the ornate décor, you’ll feel a sense of simplicity you see in movies.  Every Friday and Saturday through December 23rd, you can visit the site for just $5 after 5PM. “Illuminated Evenings” include lantern tours, crafts, Christmas carols and more. There’s also hot chocolate for kids and option for spiced of SPIKED 🙂 cider for adults.

Buffalo Trace Distillery

Here’s an idea that’s fun for kids AND parents! (and it’s free!) Think about taking a trip to Frankfort to enjoy the holidays at Buffalo Trace Distillery.  Kids can visit with Santa, and you won’t want to miss driving through the distillery to see their holiday lights displays.  Visits with Santa happen through Dec. 16th. The holidays lights displays stay up through January 2nd.

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