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Holiday Lights Will Shine Brightly in Kentucky



  • Patti's 1880s Settlement in Grand Rivers
    Patti's 1880s Settlement in Grand Rivers

Kentucky offers a variety of dazzling light displays to celebrate the holiday season.   Whether enjoying the beautiful sights from the warmth of your car or participating in festive themed activities, the many light shows across our state offer something for everyone.  Here are five festive light shows you shouldn’t miss! 

Southern Lights Kentucky Horse Park

The Southern Lights Festival at the Kentucky Horse Park features a driving tour of over four miles of lighted displays and has become a holiday tradition for young and old.   Lighted displays illuminate the driving experience with themes authentically Kentucky, such as the twin spires of Churchill Downs, Keeneland steeplechase and also a Christmas Village and the Twelve Days of Christmas. 

After the driving tour guests can enjoy attractions inside the park including local crafts, model trains and mini train rides, petting zoo and a chance to visit with Santa.  The driving route is open 5- 10 p.m. November 21 – December 31, the holiday festival attractions are closed on Thanksgiving and after December 23.    

On the evening of November 19, you can get a closer look at the lights during the Southern Lights Stroll when a 5K race and fun walk offers your only opportunity to view the lights on foot. For more information, including admission prices for Southern Lights or registration for the Stroll, visit, or call (800) 678-8813.

Mega Cavern 

Lights under Louisville Each year Louisville MEGA Caverns host the only underground light show of its kind on the planet.   The 17 mile man-made cavern located under the city of Louisville is decorated with 850 lit characters and 2 million points of light. You can drive your own vehicle inside the cavern for this one of a kind holiday event.  The Lights Under Louisville experience is open Monday through Friday 6pm-10pm (November 20, 2015 – January 3, 2016); Saturday and Sunday 5pm-10pm (November 20,2015 – January 3, 2016).  For admission prices, reservations or more information, visit or call (877) 614-6342.

Grand Rivers Festival of Lights

The Grand Rivers Festival of Lights in Western Kentucky features over 700,000 lights throughout downtown and nearby Patti’s Settlement.   Shop downtown for that one of a kind holiday gift and dine at the renowned Patti’s Settlement restaurant, home of the famous two inch thick pork chop and other delicious fare.    The festival runs November through the first weekend in January with special event each weekend.  For a complete event schedule, visit or call (888) 736-2515. 

Winter Wonderland of Lights – Ashland

Meanwhile, eastern Kentucky has its own celebration that lights up Central Park in downtown Ashland for five weeks beginning November 16.  The 52 acre park will be ablaze with over 50 magical holiday displays and more than 800,000 lights. Take the kids for a train ride on the Winter Wonderland Express and visit with Santa at Ashland’s oldest home, located in the park.  For more information, visit  or call (606) 324-5111.

Light Up the Levee – Newport

In Newport, Light up the Levee’s 1.2 million lights transform the Newport on the Levee shopping and entertainment complex into a festive holiday attraction. Synchronized with holiday music, the lights are complemented by a 30-foot Christmas tree with a six-foot topper of the Star of Bethlehem, 10- and 20-foot spiral trees, five-foot snowflakes, wreaths and more. Light Up the Levee runs November 24, 2015 through January 3, 2016. Shows begin every evening at 6:10 p.m. and last until 11:50 p.m. with lights dancing every 20 minutes.   Other hoiday events include Dickens carolers, ice sculptors and a holiday Jazz trio.  For specific times and more information visit or call (859) 891-2550.