The Kentucky State Parks are hosting Christmas holiday events with decorations, tours, special meals, entertainment and other unique events. Find an upcoming event to kick off your holiday season! For overnight accommodations click here to find a park.   


Cumberland Falls State Resort Park
Christmas Crafts!
December 17, 10:00am - 7:00pm
Come get your Christmas gifts from local crafters! Local craft vendors will be set up at the DuPont Lodge at Cumberland Falls from 10am-7pm. There will be a wide variety of crafts to choose just the right gifts for your loved ones. We will also be offering craft workshops for you to learn how to make your own gifts! Workshops cost $5 per person to participate. 
Picture Frames: 11am 
Ornaments: 2pm 
Macrame: 4pm 
FREE ENTRY to see the local crafters! For questions please call 606-528-4121 and ask for Recreation. 


General Butler State Resort 
Festival of Trees - Brunch with Santa
Sunday, December 18, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Join us for bunch with Santa in Two Rivers Restaurant.
Your meal receipt allows you to participate in the all fun.  Arts and crafts, the movie Grinch, and so much more! (more details added soon!) Call (502)732-4388 for more.


Kingdom Come State Park
Wonderland Mini Golf
Friday, December 16, 10:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday, December 17, 10:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday, December 18, 11:00am - 7:00pm
Friday, December 30, 10:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday, December 31, 10:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday, January 1, 2023, 11:00am - 7:00pm
It's the most wonderful time of the year, and what better way to kick off the holiday season than enjoying a round or two of Wonderland Mini Golf! It was such a hit last year, we're bringing it back this year! Enjoy thousands of lights, music, hot cocoa and more, starting Thanksgiving weekend!  Cost is $3.50 per person. 


Kingdom Come State Park
Tree Lighting Ceremony
Saturday, December 17, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Please join us at the park's gazebo for our memorial tree lighting ceremony on Saturday, December 17 from 5pm to 7pm. We encourage you to bring an ornament in memory of a loved one or purchase one you can personalize in the gift shop (while supplies last). Ornaments will be on display through the month of December. We will also have cocoa, cookies and craft bundles for $3, live music, and a photo opportunity with the Grinch! Don't forget, our Wonderland Mini Golf will be happening as well. We've got a festive-filled Saturday planned for you and hope to see you there!


Natural Bridge State Resort Park

Swinging with Frank Sinatra

December 16

Help ring in the holiday season by dancing the night away with Frank Sinatra impersonations, including holiday hits and holiday games! Dine with a buffet dinner at Natural Bridge and step into your dancing shoes afterwards. Tickets are $30 and include your ticket for the show and dinner! The dinner portion will be in the Sandstone Arches Restaurant, the Frank Sinatra show will be in the Woodland Center. Please call 606-663-3575 to book a show reservation. Show and Dinner ticket: $30.00. 


Nolin Lake State Park

Holiday Fun at Nolin Lake State Park

December 3 - December 18, 2:00pm - 7:00pm 

Gather your family and friends for a fun filled time sending letters to the North Pole, building a toy & take photos with some amazing backdrops! Bring your own phone or camera for pictures. All activities are inside the decorated picnic pavilion, near the park office building. Park vehicles in the main parking lot and use the sidewalk for entrance inside. Event starts Saturday December 3, 2022 from 2 - 7pm CST. Then every Friday, Saturday & Sunday thereafter until ending Sunday December 18th, 2022 at 7pm CST. Cost is $20 per participating individual for the activities. Recommended for all ages! Family and Friends, no charge to help or be in the photos! Per paid person will get activity toy and more surprises in a bag to carry home. Free Coffee & Hot Chocolate. Our gift shop items will be on sale as well! Shop while you are here! Call (270) 286-4240 for more info!


Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site
Santa Comes to the Perryville Battlefield
December 17, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Santa Claus will visit the Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site. Bring your children to listen to Santa Claus as he reads the original 1862 version of A Visit From St. Nicholas, which today we know as "Twas the Night Before Christmas." After the reading, children will have hot cocoa and cookies and children will make and take home a ornament. Space is limited to 30 children. Call ahead for reservations at 859-332-8631. The event requires one non perishable canned good which will be donated to the local food bank.


Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park

Santa Visits the park & Gift Shop Open House

Saturday, December 17

When Santa visits our park he spreads holiday cheer everywhere. Come enjoy the festivities. $5 create your own ornaments from 3:30-4:30 PM. $5 pictures with Santa in the lodge lobby from 5-7 PM! Photos are size 4x6 and instantly printed on a Canon wifi photo printer for you to take home with you. Items in our park gift shop will be discounted 25% all day long for the Gift Shop Open House. Email [email protected] for more info!


Waveland State Historic Site
Christmas During the Civil War Lecture
Thursday, December 15, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Many of the Christmas traditions that we celebrate today were solidified during the Civil War. Bryan Bush, park manager of Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site, will lecture on some of our most cherished traditions, such as decorating the Christmas tree, sending Christmas cards, singing carols, and celebrating Santa Claus, and how these practices gained popularity during the mid-19th century. Tickets: $15.00.