Kentucky Tourism

"Merry & Bright," Christmas Tours of My Old Kentucky Home


My Old Kentucky Home
My Old Kentucky Home State Park
501 E. Stephen Foster Avenue
Bardstown, KY 40004

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!

The mansion is adorned and decorated with beautiful 12′ tall Christmas trees, each with a unique Kentucky theme in every room, including the Commonwealth Tree, Meadows in the Bloom, Birds Make Music All the Day, & more! Garlands, mistletoe, stockings full of toys, the annual gingerbread model of the historic mansion made by our pastry chef, and nutcrackers stand guard over the mansion’s many rooms!

Experience 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, the legend of a spirit horse named Mary Lwyd that challenges people to a game of rhymes, 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! 

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

Richard Blanton
501 E. Stephen Foster Avenue,
Bardstown, KY 40004
Phone: 502-348-3502
Nov 9, 2018 - Jan 6, 2019  /  9:00 A.M. EST - 4:00 P.M. EST