Celebrating its 29th year at the Kentucky Horse Park, Southern Lights presented by Friends of Coal is a magical holiday tradition for thousands of families throughout the Bluegrass and beyond.  See over a million twinkling lights from the safety of your car.  Enjoy the return of the Holiday Village which promises to be brighter than ever!  Featuring photos with Santa, Animal Land, model trains, and so much more, the Southern Lights Holiday Village is sure to delight guests of all ages.


2022 Dates and Information

November 25, 2022-December 31, 2022
Time:  5:30-10:00 pm.

Tickets on sale soon!

Tickets purchased online in advance are $30 per carload.

Tickets purchased at the ticket booth are $35 per carload.

*Southern Lights Stroll is November 20, 2022 – Click HERE for info.  Kick off the season of lights with a 5K or stroll through the display

✨ On Wednesday, December 21, Lextran will provide free rides to Southern Lights!✨

Buses will depart from the Transit Center at 6:00 pm.  💚🎄🚍 

*Please note – There is no restroom available on buses and buses will not stop for passengers to get off at the Horse Park for activities happening/restrooms.  This trip is around 2 hours round trip from the Transit Center through the lights and back.  

Campground Entrance of the Kentucky Horse Park (3785 Campground Road, Lexington, KY 40511)

*Please note that you must access Southern Lights ONLY from Iron Works Pike through the Campground Entrance. LISLE ROAD IS NOT AN ENTRANCE TO THE KENTUCKY HORSE PARK.

Editor’s Note: Some electronic map services available on Apple and Android mobile and auto GPS devices are not providing accurate directions to the Kentucky Horse Park. We recommend that guests input directions to the KHP Campground, the entrance to Southern Lights, at 3785 Campground Road, Lexington, KY 40511.

Insider Tip: We suggest visitors use Interstate 75, Exit 115 (Newtown Pike) instead of Exit 120 (Iron Works Pike) to access the Southern Lights entrance at the KHP Campground from the east to help avoid congestion from the interstate to the west and a left-hand turn across traffic into the park.


Named one of Kentucky’s Top 10 Winter/Holiday Festivals and Events by Kentucky Travel and Tourism, Southern Lights is a favorite holiday tradition throughout the Bluegrass and beyond. Southern Lights is a three-mile driving tour of lights that is a joy for the whole family!

At the end of the route, visitors have the option to park and explore the Holiday Village (included in admission).  The Holiday Village includes a visit with Santa, Santa’s North Pole Mailbox (where children can drop off their Christmas List), Animal Land, Mini Train ride, Bluegrass Miniature Train Display, and the Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop.  Food options will be available (see menu).

Public restrooms are available by the Campground Entrance and Visitor Center.

Have more questions? Call us (833)-KY LIGHT (833-595-4448)


What is open this year?

Besides the driving route, the Holiday Village is open and includes: Visits with Santa, Animal Land, pony and camel rides, the Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop, Mini Train Ride and Bluegrass Miniature Train Exhibit.  The Holiday Village is open every night from 5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. except for Christmas Eve. Santa’s last night is Dec. 24 before he heads back to the North Pole!

How long is Santa at Southern Lights?

Santa is at Southern Lights nightly Nov. 25-Dec. 23., 5:30-10:00 p.m.

Animal land is a live exotic zoo that is located under a tent. Animal Land is open Nov. 25- Dec. 31. (Closed Christmas Day) from 5:30 -10:00 p.m. each night.

What animals will be at Animal Land?

There will be a variety of animals, including baby camels, kangaroos, mini donkeys, mini Zebras, sheep, goats, and alpacas.

How much does it cost to feed the animals?

$1 feed cone, $3 cup of carrots.

How much does it cost to ride a pony or a camel?

$6 per pony ride, $10 for a picture & a pony ride, $6 picture on a pony only, and $6 per camel ride.

Is there an age requirement to ride a pony or a camel?

There is no age requirement to ride either a pony or a camel.

Is there a weight limit to ride a pony or a camel?

There is a 100-pound weight limit on the ponies. Weight limits are at the discretion of the camel caretakers.

Are there vendors this year?

The Kentucky Horse Park Gift shop will be open!

Will the Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop be open?

Yes!  It will be open during Southern Lights hours.


For more information visit their FAQ online


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