Looking for a unique experience around the holidays?
Kentucky has several holiday adventures throughout the state that are perfect for making memories with friends and family.
Take A Tour of Kentucky’s Most Famous Home
Learn about what Christmas was like during the Victorian era at My Old Kentucky Home in Bardstown.
View beautiful Christmas trees and decorations throughout the home during a candlelight tour. Guests will learn more about the lives of the Rowan family who were the last to own the mansion.
Visit Scuba Santa at Newport Aquarium
Scuba Santa has been a Newport Aquarium holiday tradition for over 10 years. Aquarium members and guests look forward to his visit each year from November 29-December 31.
Kids can get a unique photo with Santa and talk to back and forth with Santa with a special microphone while he is in the shark tank.
And don’t worry about Santa’s safety because the scuba elves are making sure that the sharks don’t get too close.
Enjoy Holiday Tea in Bardstown
Mrs. Julia Beckham’s Christmas Tea takes place at Wickland, Home of Three Governors in Bardstown.
During the Holiday tea, guests sample several popular Kentucky sandwiches and desserts. A popular favorite is the Benedictine tea sandwich made with a cucumber and cream cheese spread.
You get an understanding of what life was like for Julia Wickliffe Beckham who was the mother, sister, and daughter of a governor.
Her historical account is brought to life as an actor recounts stories and interacts with you while answering questions in character.
If you are into the paranormal, you will definitely want to ask additional questions.
View Christmas Lights Underground at Mega Cavern
Lights Under Louisville takes guests through 17 miles of underground passageways to view 3,ooo,ooo points of light.
This is the only completely underground light show of its kind which makes for a unique holiday experience.
With over 850 different displays, Lights Under Louisville is an unforgettable holiday drive-thru experience.
Take a Distillery Holiday Candlelight Tour at Maker’s Mark
Celebrate the holidays and your love of bourbon by taking a free after-dark self-guided candlelight tour at Marker’s Mark Distillery.
Offered the first two Saturdays in December, you can experience a tour with holiday decor and seasonal cocktails and treats.
Walk Through a Beautiful Display of Lights
Christmastown at the Creation Museum and Christmastown at the Ark Encounter is free for guests to enjoy.
You can view dazzling lights on the garden trail, see a live nativity, and enjoy other holiday activities on site.
There is a fee for parking, and additional costs for food, retail items, zip lines, camel rides, museum exhibits, and shows.
Discover Holiday Simplicity at Shaker Village
Enjoy a special admission price to view the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill during Illuminated Evenings each Saturday in December.
At one point the 3,000 acres former Shaker community was the third largest Shaker community in the country, between the years 1805-1910.
There are special lantern tours, music, and more along with opportunities to learn more about Shaker life around the holidays.
Holiday Events in Kentucky
You can find more holiday events around the state on the Kentucky Tourism website.
Share more about your favorite Kentucky holiday events in the comments below.
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I’ve lived in Kentucky nearly all my life and I had no idea about any of these!