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.
Scuba Santa has been a Newport Aquarium holiday tradition for over 10 years and aquarium members and guests look forward to his visit each year.
Kids can get a unique photo with Santa and talk to back and forth with Santa with a special microphone from Nov. 23 – Dec. 31. And don’t worry because the scuba elves are keeping an eye on Santa so that the sharks don’t get too close.
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 and learn more about the lives of the Rowan family who were the last to own the mansion.
Holiday tea in Bardstown
The holiday tea event, Mrs. Julia Beckham’s Christmas Tea at Wickland, Home of Three Governors gives you a sample of several popular Kentucky sandwiches and desserts including Benedictine, which is a sandwich 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
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 900 different displays, Lights Under Louisville is an unforgettable holiday drive-thru experience.
Distillery Holiday Candlelight Tour
Celebrate the holidays and a 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
You can view dazzling lights on the garden trail, see a live nativity, and enjoy other holiday activities at the Christmastown at the Creation Museum. The event is free but there is a $5 fee for parking, and additional costs for food, retail items, zip lines, camel rides, museum exhibits, and shows.
Discover Holiday Simplicity
Enjoy a special admission price to view Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill during Illuminated Evenings with special lantern tours, music, and more. This 3,000 acre former Shaker community was at one point was the third largest Shaker community in the country, between the years 1805-1910. Tour of the property and learned more about the culture of Shaker life around the holidays.
You can find more holiday events around the state from the Kentucky Tourism website.
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