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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
Aug 26, 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...
Natural Bridge Hoedown
Aug 26, 2017
Slade, KY
The famous Natural Bridge Hoedowns have been a popular tradition at Natural Bridge for over 45 years!  Natural Bridge State Resort Park and square dance caller, Jane Boli...
Kayak Kentucky
Aug 26, 2017
Pineville, KY
Join park staff, Union College, Yak Nation Kayak Fishing, and Freedom Angler Ministries for an awesome day of fishing and kayaking education.  Visitors will learn th...
Kentucky State Fair
Aug 17 - Aug 27, 2017
Louisville, KY
Kentucky State Fair
First Day Hike: Monthly Hiking Series
Sep 02, 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 ...
Natural Bridge Hoedown
Sep 02, 2017
Slade, KY
The famous Natural Bridge Hoedowns have been a popular tradition at Natural Bridge for over 45 years!  Natural Bridge State Resort Park and square dance caller, Jane Boli...
Natural Bridge Hoedown
Sep 09, 2017
Slade, KY
The famous Natural Bridge Hoedowns have been a popular tradition at Natural Bridge for over 45 years!  Natural Bridge State Resort Park and square dance caller, Jane Boli...
Country Pumpkins Fall Festival
Sep 09, 2017
Dry Ridge, KY
Bring your family, school, or church group to visit Country Pumpkins this fall! Country Pumpkins is hosted by the Colson Family at their 250 acre working dairy farm....
Sep 09, 2017
Falls Of Rough, KY
   Annual event and the original purpose of the Friends of Rough River - Clean Up The Lake.  Watch for more details.
Monarch Butterfly Migration Mysteries
Sep 09, 2017
Henderson, KY
Learn of the incredible journey Monarch Butterflies take as they migrate south for the winter! Meet at the Audubon Theater for an indoor presentation about these beautiful cre...
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