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Kentucky Shows Authentic Holiday Spirit this Season



Kentucky Shows Authentic Holiday Spirit this Season

This winter, Kentucky is extending a warm season’s greetings with a bright line-up of holiday attractions. While the Bluegrass might be best known for its bourbon, this winter season Kentucky invites visitors and locals alike to discover the state’s spirit beyond the glass.

With a touch of chilly winter weather, but the warmth of true southern charm, visitors can enjoy a range of festive experiences and light displays across the state. From Louisville to Ashland, Lexington to Grand Rivers, Owensboro to Bowling Green and more – see below for where to enjoy the best holiday experiences around the Bluegrass.


Festival of Lights at Patti’s 1880s Settlement, Grand Rivers: Nov. 6- Jan. 16                                                 

Patti’s 1880s Settlement is a staple restaurant for all Kentucky travelers. Each year, the cozy log-cabin restaurant lights up the town of Grand Rivers with over 750,000 Christmas lights. Reservations are strongly encouraged for the month of December. Following dinner, the Badgett Playhouse in the nearby downtown invites visitors to continue their celebration with several entertaining variety shows. For more information on Patti’s or to make a reservation, please visit        To view the Badgett Playhouse show schedule and ticket information, please visit


Lights Under Louisville at Louisville Mega Cavern, Louisville: Nov. 15- Jan. 4                                                

This season, visitors can remain in the comfort of their vehicles and drive through a self-guided tour of the only underground light show in the world. Made up of over 17 miles of underground passageways, this show features over 850 characters with more than 3 million lights. Visitors also have the option to enjoy the cavern during the day onboard the Christmas Express, an open-top trailer tour. For more information, please visit


Winter Wonderland of Lights Festival, Ashland: Nov. 16- Jan. 1                                                                                       

Every holiday season since 1988, the Winter Wonderland of Lights Festival has decorated Ashland’s very own Central Park. Ashland transforms into a real-life Christmas town, where visitors can journey through the drive-through light show in Central Park that features over 60 displays and 800,000 lights. Children can enjoy riding the Winter Wonderland express train and visiting Santa Claus at Ashland’s oldest home.        For more information, please visit


Winter Illuminations Trail Walk, Louisville: Nov. 20- Jan. 3

New this year, visitors can enjoy a premier holiday experience at Beckley Creek Park. Winter Illuminations takes guests on a 1-mile walking tour through the illuminated forest which features 10 artistic light installations complimented by festive music. The attraction is open-air and touch free to ensure the safety of all guests. Tickets must be purchased online, and timeslots are reserved ahead of time. For more information, please visit


Southern Lights Holiday Festival at the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington: Nov. 22- Dec. 31                     This stunning driving tour of holiday lights is one of the top 20 holiday events in the Southeast. Lexington showcases the best of Kentucky’s famed horse country with a holiday influence in this elaborate seasonal display. After the tour, guests can enjoy a free petting zoo, train ride and meet-and-greet with Santa. For more information, please visit


Christmas in the Park, Paducah Nov. 25- Dec. 31:

The charming town of Paducah always makes the holidays special. This year they will start the season with a holiday light display at Noble Park. Visitors can make a reservation for a horse-drawn carriage ride to experience the light spectacular in a magical way. The first Saturday of the festival is Small Business Saturday, when Paducah Main Street encourages guests and residents to shop local. The local businesses celebrate the holidays with sales and specials throughout the cheery, historic downtown.

For more information, please visit


Christmas in the Park, Elizabethtown: Nov. 25- Jan. 1    

This vibrant city invites visitors to the 30th annual Christmas in the Park, at Freeman Lake Park. Travel along an illuminated roadway to enjoy more than 100 brilliant displays. Freeman Lake acts as a stunning backdrop as the lights glimmer off the water. Elizabethtown also opens an artificial Ice Rink for guests and residents to skate around. For more information, please visit          


Christmas at Panther Creek Festival, Owensboro: Nov. 27- Dec. 31                                                                                

Charming Owensboro continues their holiday tradition to raise money for local non-profits. This annual holiday festival offers a drive-through light display with over 400,000 lights through Owensboro’s Panther Creek Park. The display is $5 per vehicle, and all proceeds go to support various Daviess County non-profit organizations. The city also holds an annual Christmas parade with a parade float contest.

For more information, please visit


Twinkle at the Track, Bowling Green Nov. 27- Jan. 1:

This one-of-a-kind drive-through light extraordinaire takes visitors on a thrilling adventure around the west track of the NCM Motorsports Park. The two mile stretch of racetrack leads visitors through 25 holiday scenes with more than 1 million lights.

For more information, please visit


Winter Woods Spectacular, Louisville: Nov. 28- Dec. 31                                                                                         

This drive-through light spectacular takes visitors on a half-mile drive through the enchanting Iroquois Park, designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, who also designed New York City’s Central Park. This family-friendly event takes visitors into an ethereal winter wonderland as they travel through the illuminated forest. The display comes to life through millions of twinkling lights and accompanying sounds.    For more information, please visit


Holiday Lights at Buffalo Trace Distillery, Frankfort: Dec. 3- Jan. 1                                                                                    

This award-winning distillery combines the best of Kentucky’s bourbon country with holiday festivities. Welcoming guests from all over the world to learn about its history, Buffalo Trace Distillery features complimentary tours and tastings year-round. For the holidays, Buffalo Trace Distillery decorates its grounds with a festive display of more than 145,000 lights. Guests can drive through the kaleidoscopic light display all season long. For more information, please visit


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