Merry and Bright

Friday, November 27, 2020 - Wednesday, January 6, 2021, 9:15am - 4:00pm
Merry and Bright
My Old Kentucky Home State Park
501 E. Stephen Foster Ave.
Bardstown, KY 40004
Bardstown, KY
Bourbon, Horses & History


Guides in
Victorian hoop skirts and gentleman in tailcoats sing the song “My Old Kentucky
Home,” on your tour of Kentucky’s most famous landmark decorated for Christmas,
My Old Kentucky Home!

mansion is adorned and decorated with six beautiful 12′ tall Christmas trees,
each with a unique Kentucky theme, including the Commonwealth Tree, Meadows in
the Bloom, Birds Make Music All the Day, & more! Garlands, mistletoe & stockings
full of toys!

the traditional, and sometimes odd, Christmas customs of the Victorian era at
My Old Kentucky Home! Learn the origins of the Christmas tree, how mistletoe
became famous for exchanging kisses, the tradition of the yule log, the history
of the Christmas pickle, the legends of Father Christmas and Santa Claus, and
the bizarre Victorian traditions including Krampus who punished bad children,
and learn why Victorians sent Christmas cards featuring sword fighting frogs &
frozen birds to each another during the holidays. As you move forward to each
room, experience a different era of Christmas, starting from colonial times,
the early and late Victorian periods, all the way to the roaring 20’s when the
mansion was last owned by the Rowan family. This highly interesting tour isn’t
one you want to miss and it’s great for the whole family!

everyday, tours start on the hour from 9am to 4pm, daily.  

20th – January6th (closed November 26, December 24, 25, 31 & January 1)

Regular Admission, $14 and various discounts for
military, seniors, groups, and more!


  • Adult: $14.00