Holiday Events

Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, Mount Olivet
Cookies and Cocoa With Santa and Mrs. Clause, Dec. 7
Drop by Blue Licks on Dec. 7 from 4-6 p.m. for cookies and cocoa in the dining room with Santa and Mrs. Claus. It’s a great way for the family to get ready for the holidays. Get a photo, too! Call 859-298-5507.

Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn
Breakfast With Santa and the Grinch, Dec. 14
Bring the family out to Buckhorn Lake for a holiday breakfast! A pancake breakfast will be served 9-11 a.m. with sausage, eggs and drinks. Adult price is $8; children ages 6-12 are $4 and children 5 and under are free. Bring your camera for photos with Santa and the Grinch. Call 606-398-7510.

Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park, Burkesville
Breakfast With Santa, Dec. 14
Santa will be making his way to Dale Hollow! Bring your camera and spend the morning participating in holiday-filled activities and a kid-friendly breakfast from 8-10:30 a.m.

Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill
Holidays at Carter Caves, Dec. 14

Spend the whole day at Carter Caves and make holiday memories with us! Start the day at Tierney's Cavern Restaurant with breakfast joined by the "Big Guy" himself, Santa Claus. Then, visit our Open House at the Welcome Center gift shop for a chance to see all the wonderful deals for holiday gifts. Receive special discounts just for showing up! Take a tour of the Grinch's "Lair" with the mean ole Grinch as you journey up to Mount Krumpit. And, just in case you didn't get enough time to hang out with Santa, get some additional time with Mr. Claus at the Welcome Center later in the afternoon! Call 606-286-4411.

Fort Boonesborough State Park, Richmond
18th Century Christmas at the Fort, Dec. 6-7

Visit the Fort to see and hear the differences in the holiday celebrations of the season during the early settlement of Kentucky. The Fort will be lighted by candlelight, with decorations in keeping with the traditions of the time. There will be living history interpretations of the traditions of various ethnic groups and nationalities during the season. Enjoy the candle lanterns, bonfires, the Christmas Guns, food and refreshments, music and dance and have a visit and picture with Father Christmas. Refreshments are included! This is a special program sponsored by the Fort Boonesborough Foundation. Dec. 6 hours are 6-9 p.m. and Dec. 7 are 1-4 p.m. Adult tickets are $8, children ages 6-12 are $5 and 5 and under free. Call 859-527-3131.

General Butler State Resort Park, Carrollton
Festival of Trees Day, Dec. 7
Join Santa Claus for photos during breakfast from 8 – 10:30 a.m.. A delicious breakfast buffet will be served at Two Rivers Restaurant (buffet pricing +tax). Then adventure up to Toyland Workshop in the Lodge Mezzanine. Hands-on-pottery, craft, face painting, and a caricature artist will all be available from 9 a.m.-Noon. Come early for all of the Toyland Workshops, as they will end at noon sharp. Event is free to park guests and general public with purchase of breakfast buffet. Everyone's favorite part of this day is the Festival of Trees! This is a community event of trees decorated by local businesses, civic organizations, schools, and churches. Call 502-732-4384.

Greenbo Lake State Resort Park, Greenup
Holiday Craft Fair, Dec. 6-8
This will be a great opportunity to pick out the perfect gift for everyone on your Christmas list! The lodge will be decorated with beautiful holiday decorations, so come out to Greenbo Lake to celebrate the season with us.  If you are a vendor interested in setting up, contact Krissy Smith at 606-473-7324.  

Greenbo Lake State Resort Park, Greenup
Holiday Open House, Dec. 7-8
Greenbo Lake State Resort Park welcomes the Greenup County Homemakers as they decorate trees and provide refreshments to celebrate the holidays. The public is invited to enjoy the décor and entertainment provided by local talent, organized by the Greenup Extension Arts Council. Call 606-473-7324.

Greenbo Lake State Resort Park, Greenup
Breakfast with Santa, Dec. 14

Get in the holiday spirit with this family fun event.  Enjoy a delicious breakfast, make a holiday ornament and get your picture taken with Santa himself!  Cost is $10 per child. Adults, you can also enjoy a delicious breakfast for $9 per person (tax, tip & drink not included).  Served 7-10: 30 a.m. For information, call the park at 606-473-7324. 

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg
Breakfast With Santa, Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15
Visit Santa for Breakfast at the Music Highway Grill! Frosty, Rudolph and Mrs. Claus will also be on hand!. Breakfast will be served from 8-10 a.m. Adult price is $9, kids ages 6-12 are $6 and kids 5 and under are free. (Drink and tax not included). Photos with Santa will be available. Prints cost $5 each or take your own Call 606-889-1790.

John James Audubon State Park, Henderson
Holiday Ornament Workshop, Dec. 7

Design an ornament just in time to hang on the tree! Sign up for the annual Holiday Ornament-making Workshop 1-2:15 p.m. at the John James Audubon State Park Museum. Suitable for children ages 3-12, who must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. All supplies included. Cost: $7. Contact: Miss Kim at (270)826-2247, ext. 227 or [email protected]

Kenlake State Resort Park, Aurora
Breakfast With Santa and Winter Bazaar, Dec. 14
Enjoy the breakfast with Santa 8-11 a.m. Bring your camera for pictures! After the kiddos have visited with Santa make sure to check out our 2nd Annual Winter Bazaar open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. We will have over 20 local artisans and vendors! There will be everything from soaps and jams to handmade one-of-a-kind pieces. There will be something for everyone on your list. Donations of canned goods will be accepted for Marshall County Needline! Lunch specials will be available after breakfast. Call 270-474-2211.

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Calvert City
Breakfast With Santa, Dec. 7

Gather up the kids and join us for a festive morning with Santa and his friends in the Kentucky Dam Village lobby! What better way to spend a winter morning than visiting with Santa, enjoying a yummy (and child-friendly) breakfast buffet, and enjoying some great family time together with cookie decorating and crafts! Tickets are $10 a person for the entire event. Bring a camera to take these priceless photos! Open 8-11 a.m. Call 270-362-9205.

Kingdom Come State Park, Cumberland
Running Thru The Glow, Dec. 14
Get in the holiday spirit with this 5K run/walk through twinkling lights at Kingdom Come State Park. Registration is $20 a person and is open 4:30- 6 p.m. The glow starts at 6 p.m. Or go to to register and get a free Christmas ornament and shirt. Enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies, too! Call 606-589-4138.


Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz
Dinner With Santa, Dec. 6

Enjoy a holiday meal with Santa himself at Lake Barkley! Fried chicken, baked lasagna, chicken strips, ham, vegetables, salad bar and cookies will be on the menu. Served 4-8 p.m. Adult price is $8.50; children are $5.50. Bring your camera!  Call 270-924-1131.

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park, Jamestown
Winterfest, Dec. 6-7

All the joys of winter - rosy-cheeks, evening strolls under twinkling lights, the magic of dazzling holiday lights, carolers, shops filled with ornaments, trinkets and toys, the aroma of hot cocoa and the spirit of everyone’s favorite season captured in an atmosphere of warmth. Ring in the holidays with the return of WinterFest at Lake Cumberland State Resort Park. Festivities include a good ole fashioned holiday party, miniature golf, a holiday movie double feature, dinner with Santa and MORE! Special Lodging Rates are available (two night minimum required). Lodge rooms start at $49.95 + tax per night. Cottages start at 69.95 + tax per night. Call 270-343-3111.

My Old Kentucky Home State Park, Bardstown
An Old Kentucky Christmas Carol, Dec. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21

My Old Kentucky Home's talented musical cast will perform Charles Dickens’ novel, “A Christmas Carol,” the story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas. You’ll be transformed into the story as the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future lead you from scene to scene while singing songs of Christmas. Your tour will end with light refreshments and a Santa meet-and-greet for children. Tickets are $16 adults; $14 children 12 and under. Call 502-348-3502.

My Old Kentucky Home State Park, Bardstown
Merry and Bright Tours, daily through Jan. 5, 2020

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! Offered 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 502-348-3502.

Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade
Breakfast With Santa, Dec. 14

The Hemlock Lodge and Sandstone Arches Restaurant will be decorated for the holiday season!  Bring your children and enjoy a holiday-themed breakfast 7-10 a.m. at the Sandstone Arches Restaurant in the Hemlock Lodge, along with activities for kids.

Children will have the opportunity to meet and sit with Santa and parents will be able to take pictures, so don’t forget your camera! Call 606-663-2214.

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Dawson Springs
Santa and Open House, Dec. 7

When Santa visits our park he spreads holiday cheer everywhere. Come enjoy the festivities. Get $2 pictures with Santa in the lodge lobby! Items in our park gift shop will be discounted all day long for the Gift Shop Open House. Call 270-797-3421.

Rough River Dam State Resort Park, Falls of Rough
Supper With Santa, Dec. 7

Supper With Santa is an annual event at Rough River Dam State Resort Park that the entire family can enjoy.  From the kid-friendly buffet served in the Grayson's Landing Restaurant to the craft opportunity to the chance to talk with jolly old Santa Claus, this is one event that is requested by guests all year. The buffet begins at 4:30 p.m. central time with Santa seated nearby until 8 p.m.  Guests are encouraged to bring their cameras to capture all the special moments. Our recreation crew will offer an ornament craft class so that you can create a special keepsake of the evening. Prices are just $4.99 for children ages 6-12 and $10.99 for adults (tax not included). Call 270-257-2311.

Waveland State Historic Site, Lexington
Christmas Teas at Waveland. Dec. 3,4,10,11 17,18 at 2 p.m. Christmas Evening Tea, Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Waveland State Historic site is magical at Christmas.  Each room has a separate themed Christmas tree.  Twinkle lights, candles flickering, lace tablecloths, fine china, Christmas in a cup tea, delightful holiday food and a small gift from Waveland!  Once you are finished with the tea enjoy a tour of the Waveland Mansion. A unique holiday one-of-a-kind experience! Tickets are $35 a person and reservations are required. Call  859-272-3611.

Waveland State Historic Site, Lexington
Meet Mrs. Claus, Dec. 7, 14, 21
Take time this holiday season to visit Waveland to meet Santa’s wife, Mrs. Claus.  Children will hear holiday stories, play games, dance the “Snowy Pokie” and sing songs.  They also write their letter to Santa and make a bag of magic reindeer food to take home for Rudolph’s Christmas Eve visit.  This event is recommended for children ages 2 and up with at least one accompanying adult. At 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Mrs. Claus will be available for pictures and will accept letters to pass on to Santa! Tickets are $10 per child and $5 per adult. Call 859-272-3611.

Waveland State Historic Site, Lexington
Santa in Winter Wonderland Barn, Dec. 7, 8, 14, 15, 21
This is a very busy time of the year for Santa, but he has set aside time to visit with good little boys and girls at Waveland. Santa will be ready to listen to holiday request and even have a special surprise for our little guests. This is a special free photo opportunity from 3-5 p.m. with Santa in the Winter Wonderland Barn at Waveland! Call  859-272-3611.

Waveland State Historic Site, Lexington
A Christmas Carol, Dec. 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21

Relive Christmas of the past with scenes from the Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol” at Waveland State Historic Site. Since this Christmas classic was written in 1843, it only seems fitting to celebrate Christmas of the past in a historic home that was built in the same time period. Follow from room–to-room as the drama plays out right in front of you.  A magical Christmas experience! Paid reservations are required.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children.  Call 859-272-3611.