Over the river and through the woods to a holiday adventure sure to put everyone in the family in the Christmas spirit.
– in Kentucky:
KaLightoscope at The Galt House – Louisville
A Peppermint Express Kiddie Train through a magical Candy Cane Forest joins the lighted interactive holiday luminaries of KaLightoscope (Nov. 17-Jan. 20). Visit Christmas Village to see the Snow Fairy Princess and her castle. Shop Mistletoe Marketplace. Enjoy the Colors of the Season Holiday Dinner Show or have tea with the Snow Fairy (Dec. 2 and 16). Special: Free child’s ticket with purchase of an adult ticket ($18.99). www.ChristmasatTheGaltHouse.com
Heart of Kentucky Holiday Festivities – Lebanon
Catch these activities in Lebanon the weekend of Nov. 23: Santa Claus Land, three acres of lighted walking paths decorated with over 1 million lights and hundreds of holiday displays; (free) Christmas in the Park, a winter wonderland of lights and decorations; Kentucky Classic Theatre’s “A Newer Old-Fashioned Christmas” melodrama; “mutton busting” (sheep riding); and Serenity Farm Alpacas Holiday Open House with free tour and a country store for Christmas shopping. www.VisitLebanonKy.com
“Supper with Santa” at a Kentucky State Park
Book a dinner date with St. Nick at Rough River Dam State Resort Park on Sat., Dec. 1. Grayson’s Landing Restaurant is hosting a special buffet, 4:30-8 p.m., with children’s activities, holiday crafts, photo ops and more. $4.99/children, $10.99/adults. Add an overnight at the lodge (only $59.99 for this Saturday). www.Parks.Ky.gov/parks/resortparks/rough-river/default.aspx
Christmas ‘Round Bardstown
Visit weekends (Dec. 7-9 or 14-16) for these events: Bardstown Community Theater’s “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”; Kentucky Railway Museum’s Santa Express (afternoon and evening excursions with Santa, treats); My Old Kentucky Dinner Train’s North Pole Express, where Santa will visit with each child; and pictures with Santa on Court Square. www.VisitBardstown.com
A B&B Christmas
Find family fun at these Kentucky bed and breakfast inns:
·The Narrow Way Bed and Breakfast hosts its Christmas Open House on Nov. 4, with old-fashioned carriage rides, picture’s with Santa, craft making and a trimmed Christmas tree in every room.
·See the alpacas and make holiday ornaments and felted gift items at Maple Hill Manor Bed and Breakfast, offering a “Buy 1 Night/Get 1 FREE,” Dec. 1-22. Beginning Nov. 24, the inn hosts its free annual Holiday House Tour and Farm Store Alpaca Open House on Saturdays through December.
·Enjoy family horseback adventures at First Farm Inn Bed and Breakfast. Book separate rooms for kids and parents or share the Treetops room. Sleds and snowman kits are available. Free area activities: ice skating on Lawrenceburg, Ind.’s riverfront and the holiday display at Cincinnati’s Krohn Conservatory.
– In Tennessee:
Dollywood’s Christmas on Ice, Pigeon Forge, TN
You won’t want to miss this new ice skating spectacle that takes place during the park’s Smoky Mountain Christmas, Nov. 10-Dec. 30, and gives you a chance to overnight at the luxurious Dollywood Cabins that feature kid-pleasing game rooms. www.Dollywood.com
Holidays at The Chattanoogan Hotel, Chattanooga, TN
The AAA Four Diamond Chattanoogan Hotel offers two holiday getaways:
·The Enchanted Gardens Package (valid Nov.16-Jan. 5, excluding Christmas Eve) includes deluxe overnight accommodations, breakfast at the hotel’s Broad Street Grille, service charges and two tickets to Rock City’s Garden of Lights, a nocturnal fantasyland with more than 30 holiday scenes and 1 million lights. Rates start at $199/couple.
·From Nov. 22-Dec. 27, the annual “Room at the Inn” promotion offers a 20 percent discount off the hotel’s Best Available Rate. www.ChattanooganHotel.com
Shrek the Halls at Gaylord Opryland, Nashville, TN
Immerse yourself in the Christmassy DreamWorks Experience, part of Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas. ICE! featuring Dreamworks’ Shrek the Halls (Nov. 16-Jan. 1) brings the holiday TV special to life in an interactive world of colorful ice sculptures and 20-foot-tall carved ice slides. And that’s just the beginning. Holiday Shrektacular, Shrek Feast, Gingy’s Gingerbread Decorating and 2 million Christmas lights add to the fun. www.GaylordHotels.com/Gaylord-Opryland/A-Country-Christmas
– In Indiana:
Holiday fun in a town named Santa Claus
Get your Santa fix in Santa Claus, Ind., with one of several packages:
·Santa’s Lodge: one night stay, breakfast for four, a visit and gift from Santa, milk and cookies at bedtime and one free vehicle pass for “Santa Claus Land of Lights: Family Christmas Light Adventure.” (Package based on four; available Friday or Saturday night, Nov. 30-Dec. 22.) Rates range from $149.99-$199.99; additional night from $49.99-$99.99.
·Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort: one night stay in a Rudolph’s Christmas Cabin during the holiday season with one free vehicle pass for “Santa Claus Land of Lights.” $140.
·Santa’s Cottages: two-night stays (Friday and Saturday( in December in a cottage that sleeps up to six guests, linen and towel package and a gift in the room. $250.