Top 2021 Holiday Activities

As the holiday season approaches, many people wonder what kind of fun things you can do in Lexington.

PLD Lamplighter went out around the Dunbar community to find some simple but still fun things to do this wintery season.

Navigate Left
Navigate Right
Navigate Left
Navigate Right
  • The traditional nativity scene in the side yard.

  • The Turners’ signature “Merry Christmas” thank you message displayed on a sign in the side yard.

  • The front drive of the 1008 Chinoe house. Decorated by visitors taking pictures with their families.

  • The famous “God Bless America” sign that the Turner family hang up every year at the top of their front arch.

  • Santa’s sleigh pulled by the original 9 reindeer.

  • The front yard of the Chinoe house decorated with Santa’s sleigh.

  • The entrance gate to the Chinoe house.

  • A “Joy” sign in the front yard of a Copper Creek Dr house. The center of the “O” shows the traditional baby Jesus scene.

  • A house on Copper Creek Dr. gives the perfect christmas house feeling when you drive past.

  • Fire Station #20 light show that has been going on for 89 years.

  • Drive right up and watch the lights dance to the music played on station 91.1.

  • A candy cane statue wrapped with red and white twinkling lights.

  • Decorations were provided by a private this year, the same company also decorated the Twain Ridge and Dogwood clubhouses.

  • The copperfield clubhouse and pool decorations.

Fire Station #20’s Holiday Light Show

You can drive right up to the Station 20 driveway and sit in your car or on the pavement watching the lights dance at 3001 Arrowhead Dr. Set your radios to 91.1 FM. If you’d like a tour of the station, you can go up and ring the bell from Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Ice Skating and Hot Chocolate downtown at Triangle Park

Enjoy a lovely day of skating at 400 W. Main Street with your friends and family. The cost is $15 an hour including the rental of skates. The park is open Monday-Thursday 4 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday 4 p.m.-11 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-11 p.m., and Sunday 1:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

The Southern Lights Stroll at the Kentucky Horse Park

The Southern Lights Stroll is back open for this holiday season at 4089 Iron Works Pike. Activities include a petting zoo, mini train ride, bluegrass miniature train display, and the KY horse park gift shop. There will also be plenty of food options available. The cost is $25 per carload and is open nightly from 5:30-10 p.m. through Dec. 31.

The Nutcracker Ballet

The Nutcracker will be performed by the Lexington Ballet from Dec- 9-18. The Nutcracker is about a girl, Clara, who befriends a nutcracker that comes to life on Christmas Eve to wage

a battle against the evil Mouse King. You can catch this show at the Lexington Opera House at 401 West Short Street.

Holiday Lights at Buffalo Trace

Buffalo Trace is considered one of the most beautiful and popular distilleries in Kentucky. The nightly lights can be seen daily until 11 p.m. through Jan. 2. Santa also makes an appearance on Dec. 15-16 from 6-8 p.m. You can also visit their website to register for a tour and tasting of the distillery at 113 Great Buffalo Trace in Frankfort.

The Hillenmeyer Christmas Shop

Get the old-fashioned Christmas feel by visiting the Hillenmeyer Christmas Shop in Lansdowne Shoppes at 3389 Tates Creek Rd. You can get plenty of Christmas decorations and other fun things and even visit Santa.

Get your Christmas Tree Local and Live

Take your friends and family down to a local Christmas tree farm to cut down your own tree and take home the evergreen smell. Two locations in Lexington are Nieman’s Tree Farm at 5100 Sulphur Lane and Baldwin Farms at 1113 Tates Creek Road.

Chinoe Christmas House 

Drive down to Chione Road and see the Turner home. This family has been lavishly decorating their house for over 25 years. Park your car on the street near 1008 Chinoe Road and walk up to the gates to enjoy all the lights up close. 

Drive Around for Light Displays

Get together with your friends and family, stop at your favorite place to get hot chocolate, and drive around your neighborhood looking at other houses’ lights. A fun activity to do is pick out your favorite house from each neighborhood you visit, then pick a winner out of all the ones you visited.