It’s still a few weeks away from ‘looking a lot like Christmas,’ but we have been busy collecting holiday event information for almost a month now! We know the holidays mean lots of family and friends may be visiting Bowling Green, so we hope to help with the entertaining plans by providing a comprehensive list of activities for the whole family to enjoy. For a quick glance, jump over to our Holiday microsite here or keep reading about why we love the holidays in BG!
The first weekend in December is by far the best bet for a bustling few days of holiday fun. There are a ton of events scheduled for December 2-4 and if the flexibility is there, this should be when you plan a visit or extend the invitation to guests. From the annual Bowling Green Christmas Parade downtown and Christmas in Kentucky to the Festival of Trains and Candlelight Tours at Riverview at Hobson Grove, holiday cheer can be found all around town.
Mix in a couple of holiday performances like “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at the Phoenix Theatre, WKU’s WinterDance: A Holiday Extravaganza, or “Two From Galilee,” Rich Pond Baptist’s Christmas Musical, and you have the best of the season. Be sure to visit Fountain Square Park in the evening to see the dazzling light displays and catch a horse-drawn Carriage Ride around our old-fashioned square.
Another favorite of the season is just across the county line at the South Union Shaker Village, the Christmas at Shakertown Holiday Market, also on December 3. For other shopping opportunities, don’t miss the BG Gallery Hop on Friday, December 2 to browse one-of-a-kind pieces. Holiday tree exhibits at the Kentucky Museum and the Houchens Center plus the Landmark Association’s Christmas Tour of Homes round out a delightful weekend.
With many of these events continuing throughout the month and several more additions in the following weeks, December is such a glorious time in Bowling Green, offering visitors a true taste of the town. For me, I am looking forward to taking our 14-month-old to his first Christmas Parade, to see the model train displays at the Festival of Trains, and to have Breakfast with Santa at least once!