Department of Travel and Tourism
Celebrate the Holidays All Around Kentucky
FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The upcoming holidays are sure to mean that family and friends are coming to visit from far flung places. There’s no better time to go sightseeing or take in one of many attractions that occur all over Kentucky as the year draws to a close rather than turn into couch potatoes. Grab your coat and grab your guests and experience the twinkle and magic of the season happening everywhere in the commonwealth.
Southern Lights, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington
November 20 – December 31, 2009
Bring your guests to see Southern Lights, now a time honored tradition that lights up the Kentucky Horse Park with a blazingly cheerful glow. More than 100,000 people experienced the illumination last year which includes running thoroughbreds and favorite characters in “motion” throughout the park. Take a slow drive and meander through the park to light up your holidays. Check the park’s Web site for information about other winter time events.
A Christmas Carol, Actors Theatre, Louisville
December 8 - December 27, 2009
Compare the warmth and involvement of this time-honored play to the latest movie release by reserving your seat at one of Louisville's biggest and best holiday traditions -- the classic story of Scrooge, Tiny Tim and the "spirits" of Christmas. You’ll be warm all over and ready to shop after a top notch performance of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Told with warmth and visual splendor that is only possible with live theatre, it will add it to your annual holiday traditions. Go to ATL’s Web site for ticket information.
Christmas Parade & Christmas in the Park, Elizabethtown
November 21, 2009 – January 1, 2010
Holiday cheer shines throughout nearby Freeman Lake Park during the holiday season with the over one million lights arranged as moving or stationary holiday characters and figures. Get your holiday spirits flowing with the Elizabethtown Christmas Parade and Light up of Downtown. Join the festivities at 5 p.m. November 21 for the parade.
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Spirit of Jefferson Light Up Louisville
November 27, 2009
Extend the magic of Light Up Louisville with a holiday cruise and view of the city lights from aboard the Spirit of Jefferson on the Ohio River. Boarding the vessel at the foot of 3rd Street begins at 8:30 p.m.
Gourmet Choices for the Holidays at Woodford Reserve Distillery, Versailles
November 27 - December 26, 2009
Take visiting friends and family to lunch at Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles and show them where bourbon was born. Woodford’s annual holiday luncheons are Wednesdays through Saturdays. Guests will enjoy a gourmet meal using only the finest local, Kentucky Proud products. Three delicious courses will be served table-side from a menu exclusively prepared by chef-in-residence Ouita Michel, a repeat nominee for the academy award for culinary (the James Beard Award). Adopt a more relaxed pace on a guided tour of the historic distillery and then browse around the stylish gift shop for that perfect gift.
Christmas Parade & Winter Wonderland of Lights, Ashland
November 24, 2009 - January 2, 2010
Come home to Ashland and celebrate the season during the Winter Wonderland of Lights five week festival. Stroll through the 52 acre Central Park ablaze with 50 magical holiday displays containing over 800,000 lights. Bundle up and join the crowd for the parade on November 24.
Christmas in the Valley, Renfro Valley
November 13 – December 19, 2009
Magic and all the wonders of the season abound with Old Saint Nick and his workshop at Renfro Valley. An original stage production that combines Christmas music and comedy is guaranteed to fill your visitors and you with the holiday spirit. Twinkling lights galore await visitors with one of the largest light displays in Kentucky. Put a country flair in your shopping and pause for a wonderful holiday meal at the historic lodge restaurant.
Mega Cavern’s Lights under Louisville
November 21, 2009 – January 3, 2010
People come from far and wide to experience Mega Cavern in Louisville that opened this year, and your guests will want to do the same. Decked out for holiday happenings, this massive cavern beneath the Louisville Zoo features a one-mile drive through 35 lighted displays with more than 300 characters and over one million lights. Created by a giant limestone quarry some 50 years ago, Mega Cavern offers a unique twist on holiday displays.
For other ideas about holiday outings that show off Kentucky’s world-famous hospitality, visit the Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism’s Web site at www.KentuckyTourism.com.
The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism is an agency within the Tourism, Arts & Heritage Cabinet, which promotes the Commonwealth as a travel destination. Tourism in Kentucky has an economic impact of $11 billion, employs more than 176,000 people and generates $1 billion in taxes.