Kentucky Horse Park

Press Release Date:  Monday, November 07, 2005  
Contact Information:  Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209,  

          LEXINGTON, KY  (November 7, 2005)  Always greatly anticipated, the first night to drive through the  Southern Lights Spectacular Sights on Holiday Nights will be November 18 at the Kentucky Horse Park.  This year’s light display will be open until December 31 and will be highlighted by special surprise exhibits.

          Southern Lights is consistently named a winner of the Winter/Holiday Top Ten Festivals & Events by the Kentucky Tourism Council.

          Southern Lights, open from 5:30pm to 10pm through December 23 (except Thanksgiving night), will include a self-guided 4-mile drive through the fabulous, new Western-themed light displays as well as traditional favorites in the park.  Festivities also include a petting zoo, mini train and trolley, model railway, various live musical performances, Creative Camera Club exhibit, and visits with Santa Claus (photos with Santa are sponsored by the Lexington Rotary Club, which uses the event to raise money for purchasing gloves and coats for the needy).  The park’s award-winning gift shop will be open, as will numerous holiday craft vendors and the world-famous International Museum of the Horse.

          Generously sponsored by Lundy’s Special Events, KFC – JRN, Inc., Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Applebee’s, National City Bank, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute and Texas Roadhouse, Regatta Seafood Grille and others, the proceeds from Southern Lights will benefit the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. 

          Admission to Southern Lights is $15 per vehicle for up to seven people, $30 for extended vans with up to 15 people, $50 for mini buses with up to 25 people, $75 for school buses and $125 for motor coaches.

          For more information, contact the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation at 859-255-5727.

          New Daytime Seasonal Hours and Rates: The Kentucky Horse Park is open November 1- March 14, admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children 7-12.  Children six and under are always admitted free of charge.  Winter hours are 9 am until 5 pm Wednesday through Sunday. Admission includes the American Saddlebred Museum. 


          The Kentucky Horse Park is a working horse farm/theme park and equine competition facility dedicated to man’s relationship with the horse.  The park is an agency of the Kentucky Commerce Cabinet that hosted more than 90,000 visitors and 15,000 competition horses in 80 special events and horse shows in 2004  The park is located at Exit 120, Interstate 75, just north of Lexington.  The place to get close to horses, the park is open daily March 15 to October 31, and Wednesday through Sunday, November 1 to March 14.