Department of Parks
Holiday Events At Three State Park Historic Homes
FRANKFORT, Ky. – Three historic homes that are part of the Kentucky State Parks will have special holiday tours in November and December.
My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown will hold its annual Candlelight Tour on Nov. 26-27, Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 10-11 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Hot cider and cake will be served.
Holly, pine and fruit garlands, magnolia, and the glow of candlelight adorn the mansion in splendid 1800’s fashion. Elaborate period holiday costumes, music and traditional refreshments make your visit even more memorable.
Admission is $5.50 for adults; $5 for seniors; $3.50 for children ages 6-12; and children under 6 are admitted free. Group rates are available. Call 1-800-323-7803.
My Old Kentucky Home is also offering Children’s Holiday Storytime Reading in the grand home’s nursery on Friday and Saturday Nov. 26 and 27; and Saturday, Dec. 18. Event times are 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. The fee is $10 per child and includes a coloring book, treat and home tour with an accompanying adult.
On Dec. 11, My Old Kentucky Home will be one of eight homes on the Christmas Home Tours in Bardstown. From 2-9 p.m. that day, the home will be hosting authors Jon Carloftis, Kim Huston and Sharon Thompson; artists Bonnie Drake and Dale Reinscheld; jeweler Alycea of Simply Silver Jewelry; and vendor Caught Ya Lookin. Visit the park’s unique gift shop during your stay. Christmas Home Tours are $15 and can be purchased through the Bardstown Tourist Commission. Call 502-348-4877 or 800-638-4877.
White Hall State Historic Site near Richmond will hold its Victorian Christmas tours Dec. 3-4 and Dec. 10-11.
Decorated trees with lights, blown glass ornaments, seasonal cards and even commercialism all became popularized when Queen Victoria reigned over Great Britain, known as the Victorian Era. Visit White Hall for the splendor of the holiday season and a glimpse of the past.
Walk-thru evening tours plus light refreshments will be from 6-8 p.m. Please bring a non-perishable food item for the local food bank. Adult tickets are $6 and children ages 6 -12 are $3. Adult group rates are available for 10 or more. For more information, call 859-623-9178.
Waveland State Historic Site in Lexington will have its traditional candlelight tour of the mansion on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 11 and 12, from 6-9 p.m.
Visitors will experience a mid-19th century Kentucky plantation Christmas, replete with holiday season decorations, songs and music of the period. Refreshments will be served in the two century-old log cabin located on the grounds. Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for students of any age and pre-schoolers are free.
Waveland is located at 225 Waveland Museum Lane, in Lexington. For more information, call 859-272-3611.
For more information about these and other Kentucky State Parks, visit www.parks.ky.gov. All cottages at Kentucky State Parks are open seven days a week during the winter. Call your favorite park or visit the website to make a reservation.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 51 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov