Central Kentucky is a great place to be! There are some wonderful holiday trips that are very close or just a few hours away.
Start near home and work your way all around the region!
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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!
This 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 twinkling lights illuminate the Village.
Shaker Village will be adorned with holiday swags, wreaths and garlands made from traditional fresh greenery and rolls of red ribbon. Each evening, the Village turnpike will glow with thousands of lights. Caroling, workshops, tea with Mrs. Claus and more! Enjoy Illuminated Evenings with Mrs. Claus, hot chocolate and the Jingle Bell Shuttle Rides. Admission is just $5 after 5 pm!
Friday and Saturday evenings in December
Bring the family to enjoy holiday music, roaring fires, twinkling lights and special visits with Mrs. Claus! Each Illuminated Evening will feature different performers, programs and tours. Warm up around the fire pits and enjoy delicious complimentary hot chocolate and spiced cider and more!
Enjoy The Snow Queen and Alice in Wonderland at the Lexington Children’s Theatre
Enjoy Elf the Musical, Ruldoph the Red Nosed Reindeer, The Ten Tenors, and The Nutcracker at the EKU Center for the Arts in Richmond
Enjoy A Rockin Christmas with Brenda Lee at the Norton Center for the Arts in Danville
Enjoy The Nutcracker in One Act by the Bluegrass Youth Ballet at the Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington
Enjoy the Lexington Philharmonic Candy Cane Concert at the Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington
Enjoy the Lexington Chamber Chorale and the Lexington Philharmonic A Cathedral Christmas at Christ the King
Enjoy the Lexington Chamber Chorale Christmas in the Great Hall at Second Presbyterian Church
Enjoy the Ladies for Liberty Dinner Show at the Galt House in Louisville
Enjoy Santa Trains at the Bluegrass Railway Museum
Enjoy the North Pole Express and the Santa Express
November 17 – December 24, 2016
The sixth anniversary of Christmas at the Galt House Hotel also brings more whimsical activities for families. A Christmas at the Galt House Ticket gives you access to beautiful luminaries that tell the story of A Christmas Carol, plus you’ll be transported back in time to an English Village!
November 18, 2016 – December 31, 2016
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.
- Monday through Friday 6pm-10pm (November 18 – December 31st, 2016)
- Saturday and Sunday 5pm-10pm (November 18 – December 31st, 2016)
There’s no better place to be this holiday season than Nashville’s iconic Gaylord Opryland Resort with 2 million twinkling lights, acres of larger-than-life decorations, live shows and exciting attractions. Featuring ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and a stage performance of Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical.
What an awesome way to explore the zoo! We strolled my little one through and enjoyed hot chocolate, Santa, and more lights than you can imagine throughout the zoo! Walk outside then warm up in one of the indoor exhibits. It’s always fun to see the animals in the winter. Explore the Fairyland, see gingerbread houses, meet Santa, watch Madcap Puppets perform a black light show, ride the Toyland Express Train, and more!
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 some trains and Santa will be in the Children’s Museum. Click HERE for the Lex Fun 4 Kids Review of the Museum Center.