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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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Elk Viewing Tour
Jan 21, 2017
Prestonsburg, KY
Elk were reintroduced to Kentucky in 1997 as a restoration project by the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife.  From 1997 - 2003 approximately 1513 elk were transp...
Elk Viewing Tour
Feb 04, 2017
Prestonsburg, KY
Elk were reintroduced to Kentucky in 1997 as a restoration project by the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife.  From 1997 - 2003 approximately 1513 elk were transp...
Elk Viewing Tour
Feb 04, 2017
Prestonsburg, KY
Elk were reintroduced to Kentucky in 1997 as a restoration project by the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife.  From 1997 - 2003 approximately 1513 elk were transp...
First Day Hike: Monthly Hiking Series
Feb 04, 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 ...
The Buffalo & The General Winter Photo Workshop
Feb 3 - Feb 5, 2017
Carrollton, KY
"Oh, give me a home where the Buffalo roam..."  Well, we can't send you to the historic American west, but we'll do the next best thing.  Come with Mountaineer Photo...
A Visit with the Eagles Weekend Event
Feb 3 - Feb 5, 2017
Hardin, KY
Kenlake State Resort Park Eagle Cruises are sure to beat your winter blues! The CQ Princess allows observation through windows while you are inside, comfortable and warm, o...
2nd Saturday Hike - Winter Tree ID
Feb 11, 2017
Cadiz, KY
Join a naturalist at Lake Barkley State Resort Park on Feb. 11 for the second hike in our monthly hiking series. The focus of February’s hike will be winter tree ID. The...
Sweethearts Weekend
Feb 10 - Feb 12, 2017
Falls Of Rough, KY
Sweethearts Weekend February 10, 2017 through February 12, 2017       Get away for a romantic weekend at Rough River Dam State Resort Park.  The weeke...
Feb 10 - Feb 12, 2017
Lucas, KY
Barren River Lake State Resort Park invites you to celebrate Valentine's Day with us!  Bring your special someone for a fun, romantic weekend getaway.  Friday night ...
A Sweetheart of an Evening
Feb 11 - Feb 12, 2017
Hardin, KY
Come have A Sweetheart of an Evening at Kenlake Resort Park! Bring you sweetheart and enjoy an overnight stay with a candlelit dinner for two. Live Entertainment and Danci...
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