Christmas in Bowling Green
2019 Holiday Events
(Updated 11/12/19. All events subject to change.)
The Bowling Green area has supercharged its holiday scene in 2019! Jumpstart your holiday season by visiting the SoKY Ice Skating Rink at the SoKY Marketplace downtown for festive family fun beginning November 15 and continuing daily through January 5, and then drive through nearly 2 miles of dazzling lights at the NCM Motorsports Park for its brand new Wendy's Twinkle at the Track display that starts November 22 and lasts through New Year's Day.
And returning this year... Santa's Lookout Holiday Lights, located 13 miles out Cemetery Road, where a "Christmas in the Country" experience awaits on weekend evenings and select dates beginning December 6 through December 28 featuring live reindeer and visits with Santa. Just these events alone will have your crew Geared for Christmas in no time, but there's so much more!
Have a Fully Loaded Holiday Weekend December 6-8
After dinner on Friday, December 6, head to Downtown Smiths Grove to watch their Christmas Parade, pop into a unique art gallery during the December Bowling Green Gallery Hop, or catch the Holidays on the Hill concert at WKU's Van Meter Hall. Finish your night with a cruise to beautiful downtown Fountain Square Park to admire the winter wonderland it becomes with thousands of twinkling lights as Downtown Lights Up.
On Saturday, December 7, kick off your morning with the annual BG Christmas Parade through downtown Bowling Green. Or enjoy a Breakfast with Santa at Chaney's Dairy Barn. Keep the holiday spirit alive by continuing to the Kentucky Museum for Christmas in Kentucky.
Then its time to hit the shops! For bargains or one-of-a-kind items, try the Fruit of the Loom Brand Shop, Flea Land or Rock Garden Farm. Next, venture down Highway 68/80 to nearby South Union where you can select some unique Kentucky crafted gifts at the Christmas at Shakertown Holiday Market. A canned good is all you need for admittance to this great holiday tradition.
On Saturday evening, start a new holiday tradition by cruising to the NCM Motorsports Park for the Wendy's Twinkle at the Track drive-through lights. We are very excited to see how this festive event takes shape and look forward to watching it grow!
Enjoy a leisurely Sunday morning on December 8 with brunch, then head for the historic Eloise B. Houchens Center to view the Trees of Christmas display. Finish up your afternoon by meeting a reindeer at Lost River Cave's Live Reindeer Encounter!
And that's just the beginning of December!
The following weekend, December 14, experience a Christmas Candlelight Tour at Riverview at Hobson Grove, Christmas Spectacular! at SKyPAC, and take a Walk Through Bethlehem. You could hear a reading of the Polar Express at the Historic Railpark and Train Museum if you planned early enough to get tickets!
If your travels have you visiting the few days before and after Christmas, dash downtown to the Historic Railpark & Train Museum for the annual Festival of Trains Dec. 20-29. See the region's largest model train display, climb aboard restored railcars, and tour the interactive two-story museum.
And then you'll definitely want to make plans to attend the 20th Annual Jambodians Bash featuring some very talented musicians who are 'back home' for the holidays... Sam Bush, Bill Lloyd, Greg Martin, The Josephines, and more will be taking the stage at La Gala again this year on December 28!
More Christmas and Holiday activities last through the New Year, so be sure to search our Events section for more happenings that are geared for fun!
These activities are perfect for a wintry day!
Turn the Holiday Tree Display at the Houchens Center into a scavenger hunt and get the kids searching for specific items, certain colors, special ornaments, and other holiday clues!
Did you know caves stay the same temperature year-round? Take an underground boat ride in Lost River Cave and enjoy the mild 55˚ climate!
The National Corvette Museum is open 7 days a week, 8am until 5pm offering exhibits and interactive fun with their KidZone! Of course, don't miss their HUGE gift shop for that special car lover in your life!
Fountain Square Park becomes a winter wonderland each December... stroll the park on that 'not-so-blustery' December evening!
For pieces of Kentucky history, why not visit the Kentucky Museum's 'Recommended by Duncan Hines' and Civil War exhibits?
If you like Trains, then you won't want to miss the Historic Railpark & Train Museum. They have a two-story interactive museum, and out back you can climb aboard real railcars!
Oh, and how could we omit SHOPPING! Bowling Green has tons of unique, locally owned shops, two flea markets, a mall, consignment district, and much more!