From an underwater appearance by Santa Claus at the Newport Aquarium to massive lighted figures handcrafted in China at Louisville’s Galt House Hotel, attractions unique to Kentucky will enliven the holiday season.

Take a candlelight tour of My Old Kentucky Home in Bardstown, known throughout the world as the symbol of Stephen Foster’s most famous song. Or visit a live Nativity scene at the Creation Museum in Petersburg, where the Christmas Town attraction will also feature a live drama about the Magi.

At Newport Aquarium, Scuba Santa’s Winter Waterland is celebrating its 10th anniversary and will be open to the public Nov. 29 to Jan. 1. Scuba Santa’s underwater dive show has been called one of the most unusual holiday experiences in the country. Find more information at www.newportaquarium.com.

Christmas at the Galt House Hotel, which includes the unique inner-lighted KaLightoscope figures from China, has been named a Top 100 Event by the American Bus Association for the third year.  The hotel’s transformation into a holiday wonderland of diversions is sure to delight the kids. The attraction is open through Jan. 1, and you can find more information at www.ChristmasAtTheGaltHouse.com.

On Friday and Saturday following Thanksgiving and the first two Fridays and Saturdays in December, My Old Kentucky Home in Bardstown will be aglow in candlelight and decorated throughout with holly, pine and fruit garlands. Enjoy period music and refreshments as elegantly dressed guides escort you back in time during the annual Christmas Candlelight Tours. Call 502-348-3502 for more information.

Christmas Town at the Creation Museum will be open Friday and Saturday evenings throughout December. Besides viewing the live Nativity and Magi drama, you can also learn about the legendary “star in the east” at the planetarium and take in the garden of lights. Visit www.creationmuseum.org/christmas for more information.

Venture out of your ordinary routine to experience these and other unique Kentucky attractions and you’re sure to get a rewarding dose of holiday spirit. Check out other unique holiday events at www.kentuckytourism.com.


The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism is an agency within the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, which promotes the Commonwealth as a travel destination. Tourism in Kentucky has an economic impact of more than $12.2 billion, supports about 174,000 jobs and generates more than $1.2 billion in taxes.



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