Be enchanted by the magic of Christmas in downtown Fountain Square Park

Christmas in Bowling Green

The Christmas season might still look a little different in 2021, but there are plenty of ways to celebrate and keep your social distance! Give your holiday spirit a jumpstart with Christmas activities in Bowling Green that will have your crew Geared for Cheer in no time. Let's face it, if there has ever been a time to spread more joy, it is definitely this year!

2021 Christmas Season Weekend


Dine in at one of our locally-owned restaurants or grab a delicious carryout dinner to enjoy in the comfort of your hotel or rental, then cruise to the heart of town — beautiful downtown Fountain Square Park — to admire the winter wonderland it becomes once Downtown Lights Up on December 3. It's a festive spot to celebrate the season any night through the New Year. Be sure to do some window shopping while there, or you just may catch a few of the small businesses around the square open for extended hours.Man looks through store-front at Christmas tree and gifts in Bowling Green, KY store.

While in the area, drive around and admire the many beautifully decorated, historic homes in downtown Bowling Green. Winners of previous Landmark Association Christmas Tour of Homes can be seen at 1302 State Street, 938 Parkway Street, and 632 East 13th Avenue (or check out the website for this year's map with voting taking place Dec. 11-19), but there are many more in the immediate area surrounding WKU, Fountain Square Park, Circus Square Park, and the Shake Rag District.


It's definitely time to hit the shops on Saturday morning! For bargains or one-of-a-kind items, try the Fruit of the Loom Brand ShopFlea Land or Rock Garden Farm. Head back downtown for charming shops including Barbara Stewart Interiors, Candle Makers on the Square, and the Pots Place Gallery & Studio. Nature lover on the list? Try Lost River Cave's Wildflower Gifts or the Wild Bird & Nature Store. Check out our holiday shopping blog for more ideas! 

We have several great restaurants offering specialty pizzas, the perfect car-friendly meal while shopping! Or grab one as you head out to view the holiday lights displays around town on Saturday evening. Our local favorites include Lost River PizzaMellow Mushroom, and Double Dogs, but there's Blaze, Donato's and lots more from which to choose.

Woman hangs head out of car to admire lights at Drive-through Lights DisplayAt dusk, venture out to the NCM Motorsports Park for the Wendy's Twinkle at the Track (TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE DUE TO TORNADO DAMAGE 12/11/21) drive-through lights display featuring nearly 2 miles of dazzling lights. Conveniently located right off I-65 at exit #28, this event is in its second year with several special nights planned this season, which opens November 25 and lasts through New Year's Day (closed December 25).  

If that's not enough fun for the night, or if you prefer going through the woods to grandmother's house, check out Santa's Lookout Holiday Lights, located 13 miles out Cemetery Road, where a "Christmas in the Country" experience awaits on weekend evenings in December and nightly December 20-26. After cruising through the scenes, costumed characters and glittery lights displays, continue the festivities in the pavilion with plenty of space for distancing.


If you need a wellness break while in town for the holidays (who doesn't these days?), treat yourself to a session inside the salt cave at Be Happy Yoga & Salt Cave. The business has diligently kept its offerings as safe as possible this year allowing residents and visitors to continue reaping the respiratory benefits of Himalayan salt.

Boy gazing up close with reindeerLooking for other unique experiences? Wrap up your trip to BGKY with a visit to The Reindeer Farm!! But get ready for cuteness overload... this magical place is home to  seven real reindeer plus other farm animals ready for posing. General admission tours are available weekends through mid-January with Sunday hours between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., but online ticket purchases are recommended in advance for the day you wish to visit. Additional family-friendly activities like games, a scavenger hunt, and story times are available plus food trucks and corn hole equal an afternoon of socially-distanced, festive fun!

So what are you waiting for? Browse our hotels to find the perfect room or check out some of the area's vacation rentals to make memories in BGKY this year!


These activities are perfect for a wintry day!

  • Did you know caves stay the same temperature year-round? Take an underground boat ride in Lost River Cave or head to Mammoth Cave National Park to enjoy the mild 57˚ climate!

  • The National Corvette Museum is open 7 days a week until 5 p.m. 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!

  • 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!

  • Sampling — and hopefully purchasing — locally-produced wines! Warren County and neighboring Logan County have four small-farm wineries from which to choose or plan for a driver so you can safely visit all three and stock up on bottles for friends and family.

  • Test your crew's teamwork skills with an escape game at Conundrum Workshop. This family-friendly activity is so much fun you may just book another reservation before you even leave!

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