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! 

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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!  Open for 2021 from November 26, 2021 – December 31, 2022.

Holidays at Shaker Village

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 4, 11, and 18 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 and write your own letter to Santa.

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

Special Holiday Music – Enjoy special performances from regional musicians in the 1820 Meeting House.

Candlelight Tours – Explore the charm of Shaker Village by candlelight while learning about the holiday traditions of the Shakers.

Jingle Bell Shuttle – Encircle the historic Village on a “decked out” hay wagon as you learn about Kentucky’s largest National Historic Landmark.

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 12 – Jan. 2, 2022
  • Location: 1841 Taylor Ave Louisville, KY 40213

A Country Christmas at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville

Nov. 19, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022


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 Mission: Save Christmas featuring Elf™ 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. 19, 2021 – Jan. 9, 2022

Hours: 10:00am – 9:00pm

  • North Polar Express train ride begins at 4 pm
  • 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 12, 2021 through January 2, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

From the child with their eyes peeled for visitors from the North Pole to the teen counting every LEGO brick to the grandparent watching model trains zip through a mini metropolis, our signature holiday experience brings families together in ageless joy. And the beloved Duke Energy Holiday Trains are back for their 75th season. 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 27th thru January 1st, 2022 – Lights on  5:00 – 9 pm

Christmas at Mustard Seed Hill is a spectacular holiday tradition in Millersburg, Kentucky; just 30 minutes north of Lexington in the heart of Bourbon County. Stroll the breath-taking lights, enjoy music, gather with friends, shop for the perfect gift and don’t miss the most stunning gingerbread house displays in Kentucky.  Visitors throughout the Bluegrass come to experience the magnificent 3-acre Christmas light display, highlighted by a magnificent 30’ ribbon tree, 32’ glowing ribbon arch, dazzling 20’ starburst, Christmas sleigh and more. The incredible 14’ illuminated walk-through ornament is the perfect family-photo spot and a beloved location for engagement proposals!

The Christmas Café and Holiday Tent offer warm, lovely places to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, grab a bite to eat and partake in a variety of programming activities. Eat a sandwich around one of the fire-pits or enjoy a tasty treat while the children are sipping on a delicious hot chocolate.

This year the newly renovated McIntyre Hall will host the 3rd Annual Gingerbread House Competition with more than 60 outstanding culinary creations vying for $10,000 in prize money. Champions of each category will be displayed in the historic Allen House, a warm, welcoming mansion that has been expertly decorated for the holidays. Another great location for that family photo!  All houses will be on display in the historic Allen House and McIntyre Hall throughout the Holiday Season.  (November 27th – December 23rd, Wednesday – Saturday 5-9PM, Sunday 3-9PM) Tickets – $5 per person*  *In addition to general admission


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