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It’s no mistake that the Kentucky area is one of the nation’s premier destinations for holiday events.

With so much to do in our area for the holidays, weekends are full of family fun.
So get your hot cocoa and Christmas sweaters ready, because we have a list of awesome local events to turn up your holiday cheer!

Santa’s Safari
Have a group of kiddos that have a thing for animals? The zoo doesn’t have to be a summer activity and the Louisville Zoo feels the same way! The Zoo transforms into a Christmas wonderland with plenty of activities and crafts for the kids as they wander through the completely heated animal displays. Santa and Mrs. Claus make a big appearance with adorable photo opportunities for your family’s Christmas card. Have some hot cocoa and some delicious treats and spend a fun weekend day at the Louisville Zoo for their big holiday event.

North Pole Express at the Kentucky Railway Museum
It doesn’t get more holiday spirit than the Polar Express and the Kentucky Railway Museum brings this children’s story to life with their North Pole Express experience during the month of December. Kids are encouraged to wear their Christmas pajamas, and listen to holiday tunes while they take a ride on a real Christmas Train! Santa and characters make their way through the train cars after scooping him up at the North Pole. This awesome holiday adventure has become a family tradition in our area, bringing Christmas magic to kids of all ages and kids at heart.

The Southern Lights Presented by the KHP Foundation
Feeling extra festive but it’s a weeknight? The KHP Foundation presents an amazing drive-through light display that draws crowds from surrounding states for over 20 years. Kids can explore a Christmas train, visit with Santa and check out an amazing petting zoo area. Browse handmade gifts from local artisans after strolling through light displays and cross a few loved ones off your gift list. This event is regularly chosen as a Top 20 Event in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, making this a staple event in our area that we look forward to every year! 

We are always looking to add new holiday traditions throughout the season to bring a little more excitement to family outings and the Kentucky area has plenty to go around.

Whether it’s a weeknight adventure with the kids after school or a whole weekend day of holiday fun around town, our area is filled with Christmas spirit to help you make some sweet memories with your family this year.