The Best Christmas Light Displays in Kentucky

Are you looking for the BEST Christmas lights in Kentucky?

I’m sharing a list of the best Christmas light displays to see throughout the Bluegrass state that are guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit!

These holiday displays and winter illuminations are a great way to experience the Christmas season with family or friends.

Use these tips for viewing holiday lights before you go.

lights under Louisville drive thru display

Lights Under Louisville Underground Drive-thru Christmas Light Display

Louisville MEGA Cavern isn’t just the ONLY underground holiday light show in the United States… it’s the ONLY underground light show in the world!

This 30-minute drive through 17 miles of underground passageways, featuring over 850 light-up characters with over 3,000,000 points of light, is sure to become a spectacular holiday tradition for you and yours!

When: Open November 10, 2023 – January 1, 2024

Opening Day: 6pm to 10pm 
Daily Hours: 9:30am to 10pm 
Thanksgiving Day: 5:30pm to 10pm 
Christmas Day: 5:30pm to 10pm 
Christmas Express: 10am to 4pm 

*Monday through Thursday is the best time to avoid crowds.

Lights Under Louisville Admission Prices:

Standard Vehicle (Includes SUV, Truck, Minivan) $42.99 
Full-Size Van/Limo/RV/Small School Bus $79.99 
Priority Pass Standard Vehicle $89.99 
Christmas Express $21.99/per person

*Additional fees may apply when using a credit card.

Deck the yalls at Florence Freedom

Deck The Y’alls Lightfest

Thomas More Stadium (where the Florence Y’alls baseball team plays)

7950 Freedom Way, Florence, KY

Experience more than 2 million lights, themed areas, holiday shopping, great food, Santa Claus, ice skating, carnival, and more!

When: November 24, 2023- January 1, 2024

Tickets are general admission ONLY.

*Ice skating and picture packages with Santa are additional costs.

  • Kids: $9-$12 (4-12-year-olds)
  • Kids 3 and under free admission/ice skating*
  • Adults: $13-$16
  • Seniors/Military: $12-$18 (seniors 55+)

*Family Bundle (4 people):
4 – $72. For more than 4 people add $18 per person
Includes admission tickets, ice skating, and 1 hot chocolate per person

There is a $1 ticketing fee for tickets bought at the box office.

Winter Nights River Lights on the Purple People Bridge Newport Kentucky

Winter Nights, River Lights in Newport, KY on the Purple People Bridge

425 York St, Newport, KY

When: Nov 17, 2023 – Jan 7, 2024

Enjoy a beautifully lit holiday walk across the Purple People Bridge along the Ohio River at the Levee.

Be sure to complete your visit by stopping at the Wish Tree to make someone’s holiday wish come true!

While you are at Newport on the Levee, schedule a visit to see Scuba Santa at the Newport Aquarium.

Admission: There is no admission fee to walk across the bridge.

Park in Newport at the Levee Parking Garage.

1 Levee Way, Newport, KY

Parking Garage Rates :

  • 0-1 hour – Free
  • 1-3 hours – $6
  • 3 to 5 hours – $10
  • 5-24 hours – $12
  • Lost ticket – $15

Valet Parking: #12

Valet parking is accessible via the 3rd Street entrance. 

Monday – Sunday 11AM – 11PM

Light up the Fair at the Boone County Fairgrounds

Light Up the Fair at the Boone County Fairgrounds


5819 Idlewild Rd Burlington, KY

There are nearly 1 MILLION Christmas lights at this drive-thru display at the Boone County Fairgrounds.

Each and every one of the LED Christmas lights along the 2-mile drive is individually controlled, creating a spectacular display.

Articulately choreographed to holiday music, you can listen to the live show by tuning into the radio station 97.9 FM in your own vehicle. 

This magical holiday tradition is something the whole family is bound to enjoy.

When: Starting November 10 – December 30th, 2023

  • Sunday – Thursday 5:30-9pm
  • Friday and Saturday 5:30-10pm
  • Open all holidays including Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day


  • $7 per person (1-3 people)
  • $25 carload of 4- 8 people 
  • Active Military and First Responders: Free

You can order tickets in advance online or pay with cash or a credit card at the gate.

Southern Lights drive thru display in Kentucky
Photo credit Caitlin Worth

Southern Lights Holiday Festival at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington

4089 Iron Works Pike, Lexington, KY

See over a million twinkling lights adorning illuminated roadways from the comfort and safety of your personal car.

Featuring visits with Santa Claus (and maybe even Mrs. Claus!), Animal Land, model trains, and so much more, the Southern Lights Holiday Village is sure to delight guests of all ages.

When:  November 24-December 31 (Closed Christmas Day) from 5:30-10:00 pm

*Thursdays and Sundays are very popular nights at Southern Lights.

During these nights, long lines and wait times should be expected. Guests can purchase tickets online which will help expedite their entry.


  • Tickets purchased online in advance are $35 per carload (plus the processing fee).
  • Tickets purchased at the ticket booth are $35 per carload. Cash or Credit Card accepted.
ChristmasTime at the Ark

ChristmasTime at the Ark

(855) 284-3275

1 Ark Encounter Dr, Williamstown, KY

At this winter wonderland, you’ll enjoy a life-size ark and gardens illuminated in colorful lights, the Ararat Ridge Zoo, tasty treats (like hot chocolate!), traditional Christmas music and carols, a massive fair-trade market and gift shop for Christmas shopping, plus so much more.

Bring the family for an unforgettable evening of musical performances, holiday decorations, gift shopping, and more at this life-size Noah’s Ark.

When: 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on select days from November 24 through December 30, 2023 *Open Tuesday through Saturday

Admission: FREE

Parking: $15 per vehicle

*Additional fees apply for the Ark Encounter tour, camel rides, the virtual reality experience, and Christmas meal.

Christmastown at the Creation Museum

ChristmasTown at the Creation Museum

(888) 582-4253

2800 Bullittsburg Church Rd, Petersburg, KY

ChristmasTown at the Creation Museum has become a spectacular holiday tradition for many, many families in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Stroll through the museum’s botanical gardens amid the breathtaking display of thousands of multi-colored lights.

Each year, they add new designs and more color throughout the garden trails, so your walking tour experience is never the same!

Enjoy a live nativity, a petting zoo, skating on their Glice® (synthetic ice) rink, festive treats, and shopping, plus so much more! 

When: 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on select days from November 24 through December 30,2023.

*Open Tuesday through Saturday.

Admission: Free

Parking: $15 per vehicle

*Additional fees apply to tour the Creation Museum, go ice skating, and attend THE CHRISTMAS STAR planetarium show.

Candlelight tour Shaker Village

Illuminated Evenings and Candlelight Tours at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

(859) 734-5411

3501 Lexington Rd, Harrodsburg, KY

During the holiday 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 candlelight illuminate the Village.

In addition to their regular Holiday festivities, Illuminated Evenings will feature holiday music, roaring fires, and twinkling lights!

Guests taking the Candlelight Tour will trace the evolution of Christmas celebrations in Shaker communities like Pleasant Hill and compare them to the contemporary interpretations of the holiday season.


Illuminated Evenings: December 3, 10, & 17 from 5 pm- 8pm

Candlelight Tours: December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, & 18


Illuminated Evenings: 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.

Candlelight Tours: Annual Passholder: $10; Non-Annual Passholder: $15

Additional Light Displays in Kentucky

I haven’t had a chance to visit these holiday light displays yet, but hope to see them soon!

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