During the annual Heart of Kentucky Holiday Festival, experience 10 days of exciting holiday events going on in Lebanon and neighboring Springfield. Experience the holiday magic of Maker’s Mark during special candlelight tours; explore Ruley’s Santa Claus Land, where more than 1 million lights and hundreds of holiday displays light up the night; and feel the warmth of the holidays during Moonshine & Mistletoe at Limestone Branch, featuring festive holiday flavor tastings and a tour given by the Master Distiller.
1 Great Festival + 10 Days of Holiday Happenings = Unlimited Fun!
Ongoing & Recurring Events (Nov. 23 – Dec. 2)
Kentucky Classic Theatre, A Newer Old-Fashioned Christmas
“The Desperate Director” will feature evil silent movie producer Brimstone T. Lemmon’s plan to cheat Mr. Edison out of his equipment royalties and trick the fine people of Los Angeles into making his movies for free! Boo at the villain, cheer for the hero, and swoon with the heroine as mayhem and hilarity commence in this musical night of fun for the whole family.
Angelic Hall, 237 N. Spalding Ave., Lebanon, KY 40033, 270.692.9152
Dates running: Fri/Sat Nov 23 – 24 and Nov 30 –Dec 1. Show starts at 8 pm each night. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 – 12, and free for children ages 4 and under. Tickets can be purchased in advance.
Kentucky Cooperage Tours, 9:30 am and 1 pm M-F
712 E. Main St., Lebanon, KY 40033, 270.692.4674
Bourbon is only as good as the barrel it’s aged in. Take a free tour of the cooperage that makes barrel building an art form. No open-toed shoes allowed.
Moonshine & Mistletoe at Limestone Branch Distillery, 10 am – 5 pm M-Sat, 1 – 5 pm Sun
1280 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, Lebanon, KY 40033, 270.699.9004
Enjoy an open house with refreshments at Limestone Branch Distillery. Meet the Master Distiller and enjoy the festive flavors and atmosphere of this authentic moonshine distillery.
Xmas at XB Arena, Sat., Nov. 24 & Dec. 1
1280 Manton Road, Loretto, KY 40037, 502.549.3856
The kids will get a kick out of “Mutton Busting,” a.k.a. sheep riding! Watch bull-riding contests and enjoy a visit from Santa in this indoor arena. Admission: $10 adults, $5 kids 12 and under.
Friday, Nov. 23
Dickens Christmas on Main, starts at 5:30 pm
Main Street, Lebanon, KY 40033, 270.692.6002 or 9594
Enjoy an Old Fashioned Christmas! Lighting of the Christmas Tree, Trail of Treats, strolling carolers, live nativity, chili cook off, refreshments, carriage and pony rides, trackless train rides; 7 pm Dickens Christmas Parade featuring Santa Claus, followed by visits and photos at Joe’s Deli on Main.
Saturday, Dec. 1
Christmas in the Country, festivities begin at 3 pm
Bradfordsville, KY 40009, P: 270.337.3796
Enjoy an old-fashioned down home Christmas celebration including a community parade @ 3 pm and a ham & turkey supper @ 4:30 pm. View Christmas scenes and music from local performers at the Performing Arts Center @ 7 pm.
Karols 4 Kids, 6 pm
341 Hood Avenue, Lebanon, KY 40033, 270.692.4825
Woodlawn Baptist Church hosts this spiritual event, featuring various church choirs and individual vocalists.
Throughout the Holiday Season:
Christmas in the Park, nightly from Nov. 23 – Jan. 2
525 Graham Memorial Park Dr., Lebanon, KY 40033, 270.692.9358
Explore beautiful walking trails or drive by the winter wonderland of lights and decorations displayed in the park. Free.
Maker’s Mark Distillery, 5 – 7 pm
3350 Burks Springs Rd., Loretto, KY 40037, P: 270.865.2099
Celebrate the holiday season with a special souvenir Christmas bottle, refreshments, and a candlelight tour of the historic Maker’s Mark Distillery, a charming 1850’s Victorian village. Tours: Saturday, December 1 and 8.
Santa Claus Land, 5:30 pm to Midnight, Nov. 22 – Jan. 1
The Ruley’s, 165 Stringtown Road, Loretto, KY 40037, 270.865.5242
Visit this outlandish light show that covers 3 acres of lighted walking paths decorated with over 1 million lights, hundreds of holiday displays, giant stars, wreaths, and more.
Serenity Farm Alpacas Holiday Open House, Sat’s & Sun’s from Nov. 24 – Dec. 22
1380 Frogg Lane, Raywick, KY 40060, 270.692.8743
Enjoy a holiday open house and free tour of this unique farm and country store for Christmas shopping and festive decorations.
The Beautiful Music of Christmas
Sun., Dec. 2 at St. Catherine Hall at St. Catherine College in Springfield, 3 pm and 7 pm
Sun., Dec. 9 at St. Augustine Church in Lebanon, 3 pm
The Mid-Kentucky Chorus presents its highly anticipated annual Christmas concert. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and free for students and children.
Neighboring Springfield is also part of the Heart of Kentucky Holiday Festival. Here’s a list of their Holiday Happenings:
Peter Pan, 7 pm, Friday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7 – 9
Springfield Opera House, 124 W. Main St., Springfield, KY 40069
In this hit Broadway musical, Peter Pan takes Wendy, Peter, and Michael Darling to Never-Never Land, where Peter’s gang of rag-tag runaways is in an ongoing war against a band of pirates and the infamous Captain Hook.
Christmas Crafters Market and Bakery, 10 am – 4 pm, Saturday, Dec. 1
101 W. Main St., Springfield, KY 40069
Artisans from all over Kentucky selling fine homemade arts, crafts and baked good.s
Parachuting Santa Claus and Elves, 10 am, Sat. Dec. 1
Lebanon – Springfield Airport, 650 Airport Lane, Springfield, KY 40069
JUMPING FOR FUN, LLC will be creating this spectacular event for young and old alike! Visit with Santa and his elves after they parachute from high in the sky. *This event is weather permitting.
Horseshoe Bend Winery “Christmas Tidbits,” 2 – 4 pm, Sat., Dec. 1, 8 & 15
1187 Lawson Ln., Willisburg, KY 40078
The winery will host an open house in the tasting room.
1851 HIstoric Maple Hill Manor Home Open House, 1 – 9 pm, Every Saturday in Dec.
2941 Perryville Rd., Springfield, KY 40069
Features holiday decorations, live music, and refreshments.
Lincoln Legacy Museum Tour & Live Christmas Music, 11 am – 3 pm, Sat., Dec. 1
1816 Washington County Courthouse, Main St., Springfield, KY 40069
Learn where a sacred union between the Lincolns and the Hanks changed the course of American history forever.
Historic Holiday Home Tour, 1 – 5 pm, Sat., Dec. 1
Tour historic homes. $10 donation requested.
Lions-Rotary Auction, 1 pm, Sun., Dec. 2
116 W. Main St., Springfield, KY 40069