6 Ways to Ring in the Holidays in Kentucky

Family, music, stories, and tradition – all are words that come to mind when thinking about the holidays. From bluegrass to chorus, classical to country and pop to rock - Kentucky has it all. Choose one (or more!) of these musical performances to help your family ring in the holidays and get you in the holiday spirit.


1. “Down Home” in Paducah


Country music fans, get ready! The Oak Ridge Boys are bringing their Christmas tour to the Carson Center in Paducah. On December 14, they will perform a “Down Home Christmas” to help celebrate the holidays. Don’t miss this country Christmas performance – more information and ticket details here.



2. Santa's Symphony Spectacular in Louisville


The Louisville Orchestra is offering a special holiday performance, “Santa's Symphony Spectacular,” at The Kentucky Center on November 25. Celebrate the joy of the holiday season with a magical morning concert that will warm your hearts and leave you in awe. From Mack Wilberg’s exquisitely crafted carols like “The First Nowell” and “Joy to the World!” to the mesmerizing jazz-infused Nutcracker Mini Suite, this performance promises an enchanting musical experience. Joined by the mesmerizing vocals of Shayna Steele and a heartwarming narration of “The Night Before Christmas,” this delightful program will immerse you in the spirit of Christmas, creating cherished memories for all.  For ticket information visit www.louisvilleorchestra.org/concert/family-santas-symphony-spectacular/.


3. Chorus at the Carnegie in Covington


The historic Carnegie in Covington will be alive with the Christmas spirit on December 16. The largest and only multidisciplinary arts venue in northern Kentucky, the Carnegie will host the Cincinnati Sound Chorus for a holiday concert entitled, “Yuletide Celebration.” Join us for all your holiday favorites and more as Cincinnati Sound, Sound Effects, and guest quartets Vivace & iTones sing you into the holidays!  More information is available here.


4. Billie Jean Osborne’s Kentucky Opry in Prestonsburg


Billie Jean Osborne’s Kentucky Opry, a crowd-favorite Christmas show, returns to the Mountain Arts Center in Prestonsburg for the holiday season. Shows will be December 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17. The cast will perform beloved carols, themed chart-toppers, and sacred hymns in this seasonal spectacle. More information can be found on the Kentucky Opry's events page.


5. The Perfect Gift Christmas Tour in Owensboro


IBMA-award-winning vocalist and fiddler Becky Buller & The Fairfield Four are bringing The Perfect Gift Christmas Tour 2023: Mary Rocked Her Baby concert to the Bluegrass Hall of Fame in Owensboro December 7.” Tickets and more information are available at: www.bluegrasshall.org/event/fairfield-four-becky-buller-band/.




6. An Old Kentucky Christmas Carol Tour in Bardstown


Even if you’ve visited My Old Kentucky Home before, their Christmas show is one you won’t want to miss. The talented cast will perform Charles Dickens’ novel, “A Christmas Carol,” the classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas. The ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future will be on hand to lead you through the mansion’s decked halls and to perform Christmas songs. The musical tour will be offered December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16. Tours wrap up with cookies and cider in the carriage house, where you can meet Santa and take photos with his sleigh. More information can be found at here.

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