Photo by Keith Bridgman

Christmas in Bowling Green

Winter Holidays 2016 Events

Bowling Green certainly has a bustling holiday scene! You can jumpstart your holiday season by visiting the brand new Holiday Ice Skating Rink at the SOKY Marketplace downtown for thrilling and festive fun beginning November 23!

 Then the first weekend in December is once again PACKED with family fun in 2016! Below you'll find a suggested itinerary for that weekend. 

FSP Entrance ChristmasOn Friday, December 2, head to beautiful downtown Fountain Square Park to admire the winter wonderland it becomes with thousands of twinkling lights as Downtown Lights Up. While you're there, marvel at local art while participating in the Bowling Green Gallery Hop. If you are still feeling festive head on to Downtown Smiths Grove to watch the Smiths Grove Christmas Parade.

Christmas ParadeOn Saturday, December 3, catch the annual BG Christmas Parade through downtown Bowling Green at 9:30 a.m. Get into the holiday spirit at the Kentucky Museum’s Christmas in Kentucky event and then enjoy listening to Winterfest: A Choral Celebration at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.  Come admire some of Bowling Green's finest homes while you take the Landmark Association's Christmas Tour of Homes. 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.

Chaney ProductsFinish up your afternoon of shopping by browsing Kentucky-made products at Chaney's Dairy Barn, or take a quick drive up the road to Rock Garden Farm for some great arts, crafts and collectibles.

Fest TrainsEnjoy a leisurely Sunday morning on December 4 with breakfast at the hotel, then its off to the Fruit of the Loom Brand Shop, Cabela's or one of our flea markets for some great holiday deals. Next dash across town to the Historic Railpark & Train Museum at the L&N Depot for their annual Festival of Trains. See the region's largest model train display, climb aboard restored railcars, and tour the interactive two-story museum. 

Add in the Carriage Rides and light displays on display at Rock'n B Farm from Nov. 25 through the new year and you have another great season geared for making holiday memories!


Live Shows

If holiday performances are what you're looking for, plan your visit when Wynonna & TSymphony Santahe Big Noise Christmas visit SKyPAC, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever will be at The Phoenix Theatre, Larnelle & Sandi Christmas as well as Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis will be at the Southern KY Performing Arts Center, Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker as well as Sara Evans Special Holiday Concert will be featured at SKyPAC, The WKU Symphony's Holiday Pops will be on the hill at Van Meter Hall, and The 36th Annual Cave Sing will be at Mammoth Cave.


Other Geared for fun Holiday Events

If you are still searching for some exciting and fun filled holiday activities, look no further! Bring your families and join in on the fun!

  • December 1-29th, Celebrations for a Long, Cold Night- Hardin Planetarium
  • December 5-8, Polar Express Storytimes- Historic Railpark   
  • December 10, Christmas Candlelight Tour- Riverview at Hobson Grove
  • December 14, Tea with Mrs. Claus- Riverview at Hobson Grove
  • December 26, Jambodians Bash 17- La Gala
  • December 31, Pre-Hangover Classic- Kereiakes Park

These activities are perfect for a wintry day!

  • Warm up this holiday season by taking a tour of Bowling Green's Corsair Distillery! Tours with tasting are $5 per adult, or $8 with your choice of a glass to take home and are offered Tuesday- Saturday.

  • 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 instruments of American Excellence, '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!