Kentucky Tourism

New Year's Eve Events

Make plans to visit a Kentucky State Park and celebrate the New Year! Many parks are planning New Year’s Eve parties with special overnight packages, dinners and dances. Call your favorite park for a reservation! 

Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Lucas
New Year’s Eve Bash, Dec. 31
Celebrate New Year's Eve at Barren River Lake State Resort Park!  Dance the night away as you ring in 2017.  The dance will be from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. CST.  Appetizers, refreshments, and party favors provided at dance.  Watch the ball drop on the big screen at midnight Eastern and Central time.  Special lodging rates are available!  The dinner and dance is $99 per couple. Call 270-646-2151.

Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park
, Mount Olivet
Comedy in the Parks, Dec. 31
Visit Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park for an evening of dining and comedy entertainment. After the performance, stick around for music from everyone's favorite Doc, The "Piano Doctor" Dave Stahl! Bring in the New Year with the ones you love. We’ll have the dance floor in place and the large projection TV showing you what’s going on around the country when the clock strikes midnight. This year’s comedian is Mack Dryden. An engaging performer with a relaxed style, the writer/comedian/actor has appeared in several movies and dozens of TV shows including The Tonight Show with both Johnny and Jay, guest roles on "The Guardian" and "JAG," and was a staff writer for ABC's Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher.  Tickets for the dinner and show are $39.95 a person. An overnight package for two is $149.90 and includes dinner, show, and lodge room. Call 859-289-5507 for information and reservations.

Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn
New Year’s Eve Special, Dec. 31
Need to relax from the holidays?  Experience serenity and peace as you bring in the New Year in this tranquil mountain vista setting. On New Year’s Eve, a special lodge rate of $44.96 (based on double occupancy in a lodge room) is being offered at Buckhorn Lake. There will be special plated dinners offered from 5-8 p.m. in the dining room.  You may choose from a choice of mixed grill (tender chicken breast with a petite rib-eye), tossed salad, side and dessert for $25.00 or seafood platter, sides, and dessert for $14. Dinner prices do not include tax or gratuity. Call the park at 1-800-325-0058 for more information.

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
, Corbin
New Year’s Eve Getaway, Dec. 31
Bring your special someone to Cumberland Falls State Resort Park for a night of entertainment and relaxation.  The annual New Year’s Eve Bash is from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Dance music will be played by DJ. The overnight package for two includes a lodge room, dinner and dance, and breakfast for $164.95 plus tax. The dinner and dance only is $65.95 for two. Call 606-528-4121 for reservations.

Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park, Burkesville
New Year’s Eve Extravaganza, Dec. 31
Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park is offering an overnight package for its New Year’s Eve Extravaganza. Enjoy a prime rib dinner with shrimp, a dance with a DJ, party favors, a lodge room and a breakfast buffet for two for $174.95. Dinner only price is $25 a person. Call 270-433-7431.

General Butler State Resort Park
, Carrollton
Dinner, Play and Dance, Dec. 31

Looking to ring in the New Year with lots of cheer and fun? Look no further than General Butler State Resort Park!  The Friends of Butler will again host a New Year’s Eve Celebration with dinner, a short play, music, and dancing!
Doctor! Doctor!, was written by Bob Naquin, directed by Deborah Garrett, and produced by Friends of Butler. This one-act play consists of 25 minutes of comedy including two men, four women, and one male voice. If you thought looming cuts to Medicare were scary, wait until you see the inner workings of Dr. Fatpacker's medical office.  Dr. Fatpacker dispenses medicine to one zany patient after the another, while his under-paid receptionist, Jenny Flecks, gives her own medical opinion to anyone who might want to listen.  After the play, Walnut Street Blues & Rhythm Band will have you dancing out the old year, and ringing in the new!  Make your reservation soon, as this is always a sold-out event!
Dinner and theater tickets for two are $150 per couple. (Individual tickets are $75 each). Overnight packages start at $219 per couple. The packages include the dinner, show, dance, lodge room and breakfast. Call 502-732-4384.

Kenlake State Resort Park, Aurora
Pick Your Party New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31
Celebrate New Year's Eve at Kenlake State Resort Park where you can Pick You Own Party! Start the celebration with a “Farewell to 2016 Happy Hour” in the restaurant from 1-4 p.m. Dinner will be served 5-8 p.m. Choose your own New Year’s Eve Party from 8 p.m. to midnight. The Stronghold Band will be playing dance music in meeting room A and DJ Big A will be spinning dance and party tunes in Meeting Room C. Overnight packages start at $174.95 per couple and include dinner, breakfast, a one-night lodge room stay and the party. No tickets for dance party only. Call 270-474-2211.

Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz
Barkley Bash, Dec. 31
Dance the night away while ringing in the New Year with friends and family at beautiful Lake Barkley. Event package includes overnight lodging in a lake-view room, dinner buffet for two, tickets to this year’s dance featuring live music from Nashville band Music City Rhythm Revue, and breakfast buffet for two on Jan. 1. Overnight package is $219.95 per couple. Dinner and dance tickets are $120/couple. Dance only tickets are also available for $75/couple. Please note that this event is for ages 21 and older and no outside alcohol is permitted. Cash bar will be available.  For reservations, call 800-325-1708, or for more information email 

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park
, Jamestown
New Year’s Eve Overnight Package, Dec. 31
Lake Cumberland State Resort Park is offering a New Year’s Eve package that includes one night’s lodging and a dance from 8 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. featuring MJ Mobile DJ playing country, pop and rock hits from the 1950’s through today.  A cash-only bar will be available. Snacks and other refreshments will be provided. Dance-only tickets will be sold at the door for $30 per couple and $20 for singles. Call the front desk for rates and availability at 800-325-1709.  A New Year’s Eve dinner buffet and New Year’s Day breakfast buffet will also be offered at regular restaurant hours and price. 

Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade
New Year’s Eve Celebration, Dec. 31
Natural Bridge State Resort Park is offering a New Year’s Eve package that includes one night’s lodging, a prime rib buffet 4-8 p.m., entertainment by WSKV Radio 8 p.m. to midnight, snacks, party favors, an open bar and breakfast for two. The price is $229.95 per couple. Call 606-663-2214.

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Dawson Springs
New Year’s Eve Celebration, Dec. 31
Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park is offering a lodging package that includes one night in the lodge, prime rib dinner for two, entertainment by Barry Russell & the Southern Bullets, snacks, snacks, party favors and a breakfast buffet for $174.95 per couple. Dinner and dance only is $70 per couple or dance only is $40 per couple (must be purchased in advance). Get a second night’s lodging with package for half price. First Day Hike is Jan. 1 at noon. Call 270-797-3421.
Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Pineville
New Year’s Eve Mountain Bash, Dec. 31
Visit Pine Mountain for a New Year’s Eve dance! Music by DJ John Day starts at 9 p.m. Party favors, snacks and balloon drop included. Admission is $10 a person. (Must be 21 or older, no outside alcohol allowed) Special lodge room rate of $49.95. Mountain View Restaurant will be open for dinner 5-9 p.m. Call 606-337-3066.

Rough River Dam State Resort Park, Falls of Rough
New Year’s Eve Celebration, Dec. 31
Don't you just love the sound of all the music, horns and laughter each year as you ring in the New Year?  So do we!  Ring in 2017 by enjoying an overnight package at Rough River that include a cozy lodge room, prime rib dinner buffet, New Year's Eve celebration party with champagne toast and breakfast on New Year's Day for two. The overnight package for two is $189 plus tax and includes the dinner, dance, room and breakfast. Dinner and dance tickets are also available at $109/couple or you can enjoy just the prime rib dinner and celebrate a Happy New Year. Call 270-257-2311.