Whether you’re coming here to visit friends and family, or just in the mood for a little wintertime magic, Lexington is the perfect place to spend the Holiday Season. Not to brag, but we really know how to deck the halls, y’all. 

So pack up your sleigh and head our way for a holly jolly good time. As our gift to you, here’s some of the special Holiday happenings that you can count on enjoying year after year in the Bluegrass.

Southern Lights at the Kentucky Horse Park


Southern Lights is a three-mile driving tour of twinkling lights for the whole family. Included in the cost of admission is the option to park and explore the Holiday Village where visitors can meet with Santa, trek through Animal Land, take a Mini Train ride, marvel at the Bluegrass Miniature Train Display, and shop the Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop. Food is also available.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit khpfoundation.org/southern-lights


Christmas at Mustard Seed Hill

Christmas at Mustard Seed Hill is a spectacular holiday tradition in Millersburg, Kentucky, just 30 minutes north of Lexington in the heart of Bourbon County. Stroll the breath-taking lights, enjoy music, gather with friends, shop for the perfect gift and don’t miss the most stunning gingerbread house displays in Kentucky.  

Visitors throughout the Bluegrass come to experience the magnificent three-acre Christmas light display, highlighted by a magnificent 30-foot ribbon tree, 32-foot glowing ribbon arch, dazzling 20-foot starburst, Christmas sleigh and more. The incredible 14-foot illuminated walk-through ornament is the perfect family-photo spot and a beloved location for engagement proposals!    

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit mustardseedhill.events/christmas

Holiday Events at Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill

Mrs. Claus visits Shaker VIllage

During the Holiday Season, Shaker Village bustles 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.

Tours, hay rides, bonfires and opportunities to indulge in unique seasonal treats abound at Kentucky's largest National Historic Landmark.

For more information, please visit shakervillageky.org

Luminate Lexington

Holiday lights along main street.

Every winter, Luminate Lexington dazzles Downtown Lexington with Holiday spirit. Join us as we officially kick off the Holiday Season with the annual Christmas Tree Lighting in Triangle Park. And find a spot on Lexington’s revitalized Main Street to catch the always entertaining Christmas Parade. Make an evening out of it with dinner and drinks before or after the festivities at one of Lexington’s amazing independent bars and restaurants.      

For more information—including dates, times and parade route—please visit downtownlex.com/signature-events/luminate-lexington/

Triangle Park Ice Skating Rink

Ice Rink at Triangle Park

From late October through January, Triangle Park in Downtown Lexington is transformed into a winter wonderland perfect for a family outing or romantic date night. Rent a pair of skates by the hour and glide the night away under star-filled skies.

For more information, including dates and hours of operation, please visit triangleparklexington.org


The Kentucky Castle

Front of the Kentucky Castle in the snow

What could make your Holiday more magical than a visit to a real life castle? The Kentucky Castle isn’t some sort of inflatable seasonal setup. This famous landmark is an actual structure torn straight from the pages of a fairytale. It’s fantastic all year round, but during the Holidays it gets an undeniable extra twinkle. From elegant cocktail hours to brunch with Santa, there’s always something unforgettable going on at this distinctive destination. 

For more information about specific events, please visit thekentuckycastle.com


Kentucky Ballet Theatre presents The Nutcracker

Detail of a dancer in The Nutcracker

Another can’t-miss Holiday performance at the historic Lexington Opera House, this beautiful ballet is the traditional large-scale production with a cast that includes the ever-popular Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Rat King, soldiers, mice, fairies, snowflakes, candy canes, little mice and, of course, Clara and Drosylmeyer. The Kentucky Ballet Theatre Professional Company Dancers along with over 50 ballet students will wow you during this annual tradition set to the timeless music of Tchaikovsky. 

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit lexingtonoperahouse.com/events/detail/the-nutcracker-1


Candlelight Tours of Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate

Every December, the historic estate of famed Kentucky statesman Henry Clay is “dressed to the nines” with decorations for the Holiday Season. The grounds are free to visit year-round and standard guided tours are conducted regularly. However, for a few select nights during the Holidays, guests can book a special candlelight tour of Ashland and experience this meticulously preserved mansion just as its original inhabitants once did. Availability is limited and dates are subject to change.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit henryclay.org/exhibits-events/upcoming-events/