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Kentucky Christmas and Holiday Events

Escape to one of America’s favorite fun holiday destinations

What makes Kentucky one of the most fun holiday destinations in America? A big part of it is the huge number of seasonal events and attractions going on every week here in Kentucky. Christmas and holiday festivals, concerts, parties and other events bring joy to all and make for a more memorable holiday season and a fun destination for festive family Christmas getaways. 

If you’re planning an unforgettable Kentucky Christmas, add a few of these fun winter events and great ideas to your travel agenda and make your visit to one of America’s most fun holiday destinations a memorable family vacation.

Looking for dinner and a show, a tour of holiday lights, toy trains and train rides for children and adults? Find these and more at the holiday events, attractions and activities listed below.


November 4 - January 6, 2017
Patti's Settlement Festival of Lights

November - December 16
Christmas in the Valley at Renfro Valley Entertainment Center

November 18- December 31
Lights Under Louisville

November 12 - January 15, 2017
24th Annual Holiday Toy Trains @ Beringer-Crawford Museum

November 17 - December 24
Christmas at the Galt House Hotel

November 18 - December 31
Southern Lights 2016

November 25 - December 31
Newport Aquarium, Scuba Santa’s Winter Waterland 

November 15 -18
My Old Kentucky Home Christmas Candlelight Tours

December 1-4 and 8-11
Dreaming of a White Christmas Play, The Shelby County Community Theatre 

December 3-4
50th Pioneer Christmas in Washington, Mason County

Fridays and Saturdays December 2 & 3, December 9 & 10, December 16 & 17
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill Illuminated Evenings  & Jingle Bell Shuttle Rides

December 16 - 30
Christmas Town at the Creation Museum 

December 3-4
Maysville Annual Frontier Christmas

December 10-11, and 17-18
Santa's Safari, Louisville Zoo

Venture out of your ordinary routine to experience these and other unique Kentucky attractions and you’re sure to get a rewarding dose of holiday spirit. Check out additional unique events then be sure to book your lodging for the winter holidays today!

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Hike-A-Thon 2017
Mar 25, 2017
Pineville, KY
Just over 31 miles will be covered on guided hikes taking place once a month, March through September, on both Kentucky State Park, Kentucky State Nature Preserve, EKU researc...
First Day Hike: Monthly Hiking Series
Apr 01, 2017
Dawson Springs, KY
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park will host a guided hike the 1st Saturday of each month in 2017 beginning in February! The January hike will be held on New Year's ...
2nd Saturday Hike - Spring Wildflowers
Apr 08, 2017
Cadiz, KY
Join a naturalist at Lake Barkley State Resort Park on April 8 for the next hike in our monthly hiking series. The focus of April's hike will be spring wildflowers. This hike ...
Pick Up The Park
Apr 08, 2017
Harrodsburg, KY
Volunteers are needed to get the grounds ready for the big Easter Egg Hunt next Saturday.  This annual clean up day is always a lot of fun and a great way to pitch in and...
Wildflower Extravaganza
Apr 08, 2017
Henderson, KY
As the winter forest awakens, spring wildflowers emerge and create a blanket of beauty within John James Audubon State Park.  Join our naturalist as we search the forest ...
Cherry Blossom Art Festival
Apr 15, 2017
Franklin, KY
The Cherry Blossom Art Festival - hosted by the Downtown Merchants Association and sponsored by Franklin-Simpson Renaissance, Franklin Simpson Community Arts Council and the G...
Community Easter Egg and Candy Hunt
Apr 15, 2017
Harrodsburg, KY
Everyone is invited out to attend this celebration on the front lawn!  Sponsored by the Harrodsburg Kiwanis Club this event brings out hundreds of youngsters of all ages....
Wildflower Walk
Apr 15, 2017
Mammoth Cave, KY
Join the Friends of Nolin Lake for the annual Nolin Lake Wildflower Walk at Nolin Lake State Park. Spring ephemerals like Spring Beauty, Bluets or Quaker Ladies, Jack-in-...
Apr 15, 2017
Carrollton, KY
Main Street in downtown Carrollton. Event includes visits with the Easter bunny, crafts and entertainment. 
Apr 15, 2017
Falls Of Rough, KY
   The largest Easter Egg Hunt in the area is brought to you by the Friends of Rough River and happens the day before Easter Sunday at Rough River Dam State ...
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