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Christmas in Bowling Green

Winter Holidays 2017 Events

(Updated 11/10/17. All events subject to change.)

Bowling Green certainly has a bustling holiday scene! You can jumpstart your holiday season by visiting the Holiday Ice Skating Rink at the SOKY Marketplace downtown for thrilling and festive fun beginning November 17 and continuing daily through January 7, including a special New Year's Eve event!

 Then the first weekend in December is once again PACKED with family fun in 2017! Below you'll find a suggested itinerary for that weekend. 

FSP Entrance ChristmasOn Friday, December 1, 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, get a sense of the local arts scene with the Bowling Green Gallery Hop. If you are still feeling festive, head up to downtown Smiths Grove to watch the Smiths Grove Christmas Parade beginning at 6pm or catch Holidays on the Hill at WKU's Van Meter Hall.

Christmas ParadeOn Saturday, December 2, catch the annual BG Christmas Parade through downtown Bowling Green at 9:30 a.m. then continue the holiday spirit at the Kentucky Museum’s Christmas in Kentucky event. 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 holidRock Garden Farmay tradition.

Finish up your afternoon with more shopping for 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. Wrap up the day listening to Winterfest: A Choral Celebration at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

Fest TrainsEnjoy a leisurely Sunday morning on December 3 with brunch from White Squirrel Brewery, then it's off to the Fruit of the Loom Brand Shop, Cabela's, Flea Land or Vette City Antique Mall for some great holiday deals. Next dash across town to the Historic Railpark & Train Museum for the annual Festival of Trains. See the region's largest model train display, climb aboard restored railcars, and tour the interactive two-story museum. One last stop takes you to the historic Eloise B. Houchens Center to view the Trees of Christmas display.

And that's just the first weekend of December! More Christmas and Holiday fun lasts through the New Year, so be sure to search our Events section if your travels bring you to Bowling Green later in the month.

Live Shows

Santa with SymphonyIf performing arts are what you're looking for this Christmas season, a visit to Bowling Green in November offers A Charlie Brown Chrismtas or Dirty Dancing at the Southern KY Performing Arts Center, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (dates also in December) as well as It's a Wonderful Life, A Radio Play at The Phoenix Theatre. Let the talented students in WKU's Department of Theatre and Dance entertain you during WinterDance: 'Tis the Season or Last Chance to Dance '17.

In December, conjure classic Christmas memories with Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker, The Oak Ridge Boys Christmas Celebration, or Orchestra KY's Christmas Spectacular at SKyPAC. Take the kids to see Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells Batman Smells or to hear a real Barbershop Chorus for their annual Christmas Show.

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!

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 $8 per adult, or $10 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!