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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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Keeneland April Race Meet
Apr 7 - Apr 28, 2017
Lexington, KY
Friday, April 7, 2017 (All day) Saturday, April 8, 2017 (All day) Sunday, April 9, 2017 (All day) Wednesday, April 12, 2017 (All day) Thursday, April 13, 2017 (All d...
Apr 29, 2017
Madisonville, KY
Sponsored by Pennyroyal Master Gardeners, the Spring Lawn & Garden Fair features lawn and garden vendors, food vendor, informational talks, demonstrations, door prizes eve...
KNPS Wildflower Weekend
Apr 28 - Apr 29, 2017
Slade, KY
Natural Bridge is proud to host the Kentucky Native Plant Society's Wildflower Weekend. Come discover the amazing floral diversity of Natural Bridge and the surrounding area d...
27th annual Mountain Mushroom Festival
Apr 29 - Apr 30, 2017
Irvine, KY
Mountain mushrooms are the regional name for the delicate morel mushroom which can be found in the densely forested mountains of eastern Kentucky in early spring. They are pri...
Tygart Creek Paddle Excursions
May 03, 2017
Olive Hill, KY
This is a 6-mile canoe or kayak trip that navigates you down Tygart Creek which cuts Kentucky's most scenic limestone gorge.  You will be on the creek for about 3.5 hours...
Wildflower Digital Photography Workshop
May 5 - May 6, 2017
Pineville, KY
Join us May 5th and 6th for our Wildflower Photo Workshop.  There will be guided hikes, digital photo workshops, and amazing people.  
May 06, 2017
Leitchfield, KY
Saturday, May 6th, 2017, 8 am-2 pm.  Yes, it is Derby Day!   Free educational sessions, plants of all types, vendor booths and for children -  an...
First Day Hike: Monthly Hiking Series
May 06, 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 ...
Photography Weekend
May 5 - May 7, 2017
Dawson Springs, KY
We strive to not only put on a good contest, but also to present information that will help participants become photographers.  Photographs may be taken anywhere within t...
Knott County Spring Trail Ride
May 4 - May 7, 2017
Leburn, KY
Miles of beautiful horse riding trails, and camping at one of the largest trail riding events in the nation. Vendors will be on site for food, tack and souvenir items. &nb...
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