What are some great Central Kentucky holiday trips that are very close or just a few hours away?  Here’s a list of some wonderful Christmas and seasonal fun in Central KY.

Start near home and work your way all around the region! 

For more information about an event or destination just click it!

Holiday Road Trips

Southern Lights at the Kentucky Horse Park

Enjoy this Central KY tradition with a car full of family or friends.  Load up and drive through the thousands of lights then stop by the indoor displays to see Santa, train displays, the petting zoo and more!

Holidays at Shaker Village

Saturday, December 5, 12 & 19, 2020 @ 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Every Saturday in December until Christmas!   During the holiday season, Shaker Village will bustle with light-hearted moments that remind us of long-ago winter days filled with wonder and laughter. Make time to delight in life’s simple gifts with family and friends, as lively music, merriment and candlelight illuminate the Village.

In addition to our regular Holiday festivities, Illuminated Evenings will feature holiday music, roaring fires, twinkling lights and an appearance by Mrs. Claus! December 5, 12, and 19 will feature different performers, programs and tours.

Donations – Donations of new gloves, hats, scarves and non-perishable food for the Shaker Village Giving Tree are encouraged in place of regular $5 admission, and will be given to local families in need.

The Shops Extended Hours – The shops have been filled to the brim with new merchandise brought in to celebrate the holiday season.

The Elf Shop – Create a unique holiday craft using one-use materials, and write your own letter to Santa.

Bonfires & Hot Chocolate Stations – Warm up around our fire pits and enjoy delicious complimentary hot chocolate and spiced cider.

Special Holiday Music – Enjoy special performances from regional musicians throughout the Village.

Holiday Performances  

Enjoy The Nutcracker, holiday music, movies and more!

Holiday Train Rides

Enjoy Santa Trains at the Bluegrass Railway Museum
Enjoy the North Pole Express and the Santa Express

Lights Under Louisville

Each year the Louisville MEGA Cavern is transformed into an underground holiday light spectacular for the Christmas season. Load up the kids and enjoy a 30 minute ride through part of 17 miles of underground passageways, which features over 850 lit characters with over 2,000,000 points of light. It’s the only underground light show of its kind on the planet!

MEGA Cavern’s Lights Under Louisville allows the public to drive their own vehicles inside the cavern, during the Christmas season, to experience this one of a kind holiday transformation. It’s a great way to get your family in the mood this holiday season, so load up the kids and enjoy the sights and sounds of Lights Under Louisville..

  • Open From: Nov 13 – Jan. 3, 2021
  • Time: Mon – Fri 6pm to 10pm | Sat – Sun 5pm to 10pm
  • Location: 1841 Taylor Ave Louisville, KY 40213

A Country Christmas at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville

Nov. 13, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021

There is no better way to celebrate the holiday season in Nashville than gathering your family for holiday fun during A Country Christmas at Gaylord Opryland. Explore acres of twinkling lights & decorations and exciting holiday activities, shows, and events, from ice tubing and ice skating to our all-new I Love Christmas Movies™ pop-up experience and The Oak Ridge Boys “Christmas in Tennessee” Dinner Show!

Cincinnati Zoo Festival of Lights

Things may look a little different this year, but The Cincinnati Zoo will still be shining bright as we’re once again transformed into a “Wild Wonderland” for the 38th annual PNC Festival of Lights!  *Reservations are required

Nov. 21, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021

Bonus Nights: January 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 and 17

Hours: 1:00pm – 9:00pm

  • Reservations Required (Zoo Members do not need a reservation from 7:30pm – 8:30pm only, M-Th from November 23 – December 17)
  • North Polar Express train ride begins at 2:30pm
  • Santa visits begin at 4pm
  • Closed all day Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • No additional charge. This event is included with Zoo Admission.  Visit the Zoo early and stay for the lights!

Holiday Junction at the Cincinnati Museum Center

November 13, 2020 through January 3, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Each year the museum center comes alive with special holiday events.  The Holiday Junction event brings in all sorts of trains for you to enjoy.  This event will be scaled down quite a bit this year due to big renovations going on in the museum but they have a cool LEGO inspired tie in this year.   Click HERE for the Lex Fun 4 Kids Review of the Museum Center. 

Christmas at Mustard Seed Hill

1122 Main Street, Millersburg, KY 40348
November 22nd thru January 3rd, 2021 – Lights on  5:00 – 9 pm

FREE  Christmas at Mustard Seed Hill is a unique holiday light and decoration attraction on the historic Mustard Seed Hill campus in beloved Millersburg, KY. The six-week event features a magnificent illuminated light displays with a 22-foot lighted ornament archway, a 30-foot Christmas Tree, and a special nativity scene. The backdrop of this Christmas scene is the newly-renovated Allen House, a grand federal style wedding and special event venue.  Inside the Allen House, visitors can enjoy a tour of the home and its festive décor, while also seeing the art and craftsmanship of our Gingerbread House display. The display will include local submissions from our Gingerbread House Competition with varying levels of skill and difficulty.

Outside the house, visitors can park their vehicle, and get out and walk through the campus, getting an up close vantage of the grand scale of the illuminated attractions.  On three select weekends in December, visitors will also engage with local artisans and food vendors at our Christmas Market + Hospitality Tent.  This European-styled market will welcome local vendors from Central Kentucky to showcase art, holiday crafts, and much more.  Food vendors will offer filling holiday refreshments to enjoy during your experience.

Christmas at Mustard Seed Hill is an ideal holiday attraction for the whole family, for your church fellowship group, for social and civic clubs, for a romantic holiday date night, and for anyone who delights in the festive scene of stunning lights, Christmas carols, the warm aroma of gingerbread, and the fellowship of holiday cheer.

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