Kentucky Horse Park

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, November 23, 2005  
Contact Information:  Cindy Rullman, 859-259-4209,  

          LEXINGTON, KY (November 23) The true holiday spirit of giving to others is the catalyst for the charitable activities alongside Southern Lights: Spectacular Sights on Holiday Nights festival through December 31 at the Kentucky Horse Park.  The public is encouraged to help and have fun!

          Toys are being collected for the children of needy Central Kentucky farm workers, to be distributed by the Blue Grass Farms Chaplaincy.  The public is encouraged to bring new toys to the Visitors Information Center lobby of the park or purchase toys from the park’s Gift Shop to drop in the donation bin during the park’s daytime hours or during Southern Lights.

          Visitors to Southern Lights will have an opportunity to have photos taken with Santa, the proceeds of which will assist the Lexington  Rotary Club in purchasing winter clothes for the less fortunate.

          Soldiers from Ft. Knox and Ft. Campbell have been invited to tour the Southern Lights display as the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation’s gift to them. 

          Southern Lights tickets are also being distributed to families with foster children waiting to be adopted through the Department of Health and Family Services.

          To encourage Kentuckians to donate blood and save lives during Southern Lights, the first 1,000 donors at the Central Kentucky Blood Center will receive free admission to Southern Lights when the need for blood will be very high. 

          Southern Lights has already collected 562 pounds of food for God’s Pantry during the Southern Lights Stroll which took place on November 17.  More than 550 people and 150 dogs participated in this event which also raised money for the park’s foundation.

          This year’s Southern Lights includes eight new glittering light displays with an exciting Western theme, and traditional holiday favorites along a 4-mile dazzling drive through the park.  Indoor activities include a petting zoo, model railway, Santa Claus, Arts & Crafts Fair, Gift Shop, Talking Tree, Mini Express Train, Calumet Trophies, International Museum of the Horse, Creative Camera Club photography exhibit, and lots of live performers.  Also available are pony rides and a carrousel.

          Southern Lights: Spectacular Sights on Holiday Nights will run through December 31 from 5:30pm to 10pm at the Kentucky Horse Park (indoor attractions are closed December 24-31). Proceeds will benefit the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation.  Admission is $15 per car, $30 per extended van, $50 for mini busses, $75 for school busses and $125 per motor coach. 

          For information call the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation at 859-255-5727 or email   


          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 900,000 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.