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

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!  Book special events early – they are already selling out!

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.

Friday and Saturday evenings in December
Extended hours and special admission! Celebrate the season with a full lineup of Illuminated Evenings, Stargazing Night Walks and much more this winter!  Find the Calendar HERE

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 15 – Jan. 4, 2020
  • Time: Mon – Fri 6pm to 10pm | Sat – Sun 5pm to 10pm
  • Location: 1841 Taylor Ave Louisville, KY 40213
  • Save $5 off one car, pickup truck, full size SUV, or minivan, when you print our coupon and bring it with you to the show. Offer not valid Nov. 21, Dec. 17-20/24. Offer valid Mon-Thurs only.

ICE! & A Country Christmas at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville

You and your family will marvel at more than 3 million holiday lights and acres of magnificent decorations, plus spectacular holiday activities and events that are sure to get you in the spirit of the season and create lasting family memories. Experience SoundWaves, an upscale water experience featuring four combined acres of year-round indoor and seasonal attractions.

Cincinnati Zoo Festival of Lights

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!

Holiday Junction at the Cincinnati Museum Center

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 4th, 2019 – Lights on at 5:30 – 11 pm
Christmas Market
Hospitality Tent
Gingerbread House Display

Friday and Saturday nights (5-9pm) in December leading up to Christmas will showcase the European-styled Christmas Market.  The Hospitality Tent, Gingerbread House Display + Allen House Tour and Children’s Activity Tent will be open.  During the weekdays and after Christmas – come see the lights! They will be worth the visit.

There is no cost to come enjoy the lights and festivities.  There will be a hospitality tent selling hot chocolate, cookies and other items. Cash is recommended, but credit cards can be used.

There is $5 entry fee to tour the historic Allen House mansion and view the Gingerbread House displays.  Credit card or cash.


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