Christmas ’Round Bardstown

Get Ready For Six Weeks of Christmas!

There’s no place like a small town for the holidays! First of all, the parades. There are so many to choose from! Not to mention tree lightings, candlelight tours, train rides and more. The Most Beautiful Small Town in America celebrates the season with “Christmas Round Bardstown.” This features 25 different activities and events over a six-week period. The fun begins with the Downtown Holiday Preview. However, it doesn’t let up until December 31st with My Old Kentucky Dinner Train’s New Year’s Eve Excursion.

‘Christmas Round Bardstown’

The Christmas season officially kicks off on Friday, Nov. 28th with PNC Bank’s Light Up Bardstown and the lighting of the official Christmas tree accompanied by music, refreshments, extended shopping hours and the arrival of Santa Claus. That same night, My Old Kentucky Home opens its historic doors for guided Candlelight Tours followed by bourbon barrel cake, cookies and hot cider.  On December 13th, Bardstown’s Christmas Tour of Homes, including the My Old Kentucky Home Candlelight Tour, takes place.

Because Bardstown is the Bourbon Capital of the World, some of the world’s most famous distilleries also host candlelight tours. Barton 1792 Distillery’s “Making Spirits Bright By Lantern Light” tours takes place from 7-9 p.m. on Nov. 28 and 29. Due to less daylight hours, there are plenty of tours offered through the charming 1850s Victorian village at Maker’s Mark Distillery on December 6th and 13th, where you can enjoy carolers, refreshments, and beautiful decorations.

Santa Claus visits the Old Nelson County Courthouse on Saturdays! You can also catch him at the Kentucky Railway Museum for one of its many Santa Express excursions or aboard My Old Kentucky Dinner Train for one of its North Pole Express runs. You also won’t want to miss the Bardstown-Nelson County Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. on Dec. 4 to see the arrival of the Jolliest Elf himself.

Find out Santa’s favorite food and how he knows who’s naughty and nice when Bardstown Community Theatre presents “Ho Ho Ho The Santa Claus Chronicles.” Set at the North Pole a few days before Christmas, the show will introduce the elves – Eeny, Meeny, Miney and Sol – and a mystery involving Mrs. Claus’ disappearance. Show days are Dec. 19, 20 and 21.
Meet Mrs. Julia Beckham (the only woman in the world to be the mother, sister and daughter of a governor) over Victorian Christmas Tea at historic Wickland Estate on Dec. 13 and 14. Join actors and animals in downtown Bardstown on Dec. 19-21 as they bring the story of the Nativity to life.

Shopping round Bardstown

Bring your holiday gift list for one-of-a-kind Christmas shopping, Bardstown-style. There are 29 independently-owned shops and boutiques crowding Court Square. There are several one-of- a-kind museums with equally unique gift shops, and seven distilleries to peruse. You can stroll, browse and buy the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Click Here to read a feature on Bardstown’s Shops on Third by Rick Hill.

So you’re looking for a quick mini vaca? There’s enough holiday activity in Bardstown to fill a weekend getaway.  In addition to other hotels and motels, Bardstown has a list of 17 bed and breakfasts just waiting to be booked. The Jailer’s Inn is on that list, and they host a Dec. 4 holiday Open House. This allows you to peruse the halls of Bardstown’s old jail (and stay the night! If that’s your thing.) The list also includes Beautiful Dreamer, which overlooks My Old Kentucky Home. The new Bourbon Manor, a 10-room inn with bourbon-inspired full country gourmet breakfasts and a Bourbon Bar serving tapas and dessert can also be found on our list of B&B’s.