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Downtown Holiday Preview
November 8-10
Experience holiday shopping at its best in the many unique shops downtown. Get a jump start on your holiday shopping, decorating and enjoy the festive stores! Friday & Saturday, 10 am-7 pm. Select stores on Sunday. The Heaven Hill Trolley will be running until 7 pm Friday & Sunday. 800-638-4877 or 502-348-4877, ext. 110.

Flaget Hospital Auxiliary Christmas Bazaar & Luncheon
November 22 & 23
The bazaar will have wonderful gifts from the gift shop as well as handmade crafts. There will also be a bake sale section with homemade cakes, pies and breads all made from scratch. Open on Friday, the 22nd, 9 am-5 pm with luncheon from 11 am-2 pm. Cost is $8, carry-out and ala cart are available. Open on Saturday, the 23rd, 9 am to noon. Raffle tickets will be available at the door for $1. Bardstown United Methodist Church, Family Life Center, 116 E. Flaget Ave. 502-348-4877.

PNC Bank’s Light Up Bardstown
November 29
Kicking off the Christmas Season with the official lighting of the City of Bardstown’s Christmas tree. 6-8 pm. Music, refreshments, Santa and extended shopping hours! Welcome Center Plaza, Court Square. The Heaven Hill Trolley will run until 7 pm. 502-348-4877, ext. 110.

Barton’s 1792 Distillery Making Spirits Bright by Lantern Light
November 29
Join us after the Light Up Bardstown festivities for hot cocoa and other holiday refreshments at our visitor center. Lantern lit tours of our distillery and one of our aging warehouses will be available every 30 minutes. Free admission. 8-10:30 pm, 501 Cathedral Manor, 502-331-4879 or 866-239-4690.

My Old Kentucky Home Candlelight Tours
November 29 & 30 and December 6 & 7, 13 & 14
Step back in time to the Mid-19th Century at My Old Kentucky Home Christmas Candlelight tours. Elaborate period style dress, music and traditional refreshments nightly. Gift shop with Kentucky handcrafts, books, foods and music. 5:30-8:30 pm. Adults, $7; Seniors, $5; Children 6-12, $3.50; under 6 free. My Old Kentucky Home State Park, 501 E. Stephen Foster Ave. 502-348-3502 or 800-323-7803.

Santa on the Square
November 30 and December 7, 14 & 21
Take a picture while you visit with Santa at the Old Nelson County Courthouse on Saturday, 11 am-1 pm. 502-348-4877 or 800-638-4877.

Skate With Santa
December 1
Come spend the afternoon roller skating with Santa. Don’t forget to bring your camera and wish list! 1:30-4 pm. Cost is $3. Whispering Wheels Roller Rink, 209 E. Broadway. 502-348-6622. Contact Tim Avery at 502-507-3480.

Trim-A-Tree Party
December 3
Children make simple ornaments for the library tree and to take home. For children ages 3-10 (children ages 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Materials provided by the library. 6:30-7:30 pm. Nelson County Public Library, 201 Cathedral Manor. 502-348-3714.

Jailer’s Inn Open House
December 5
Enjoy the holiday season in jail. Jailer’s Inn decks out in style. Savor some hot cider and cookies, while viewing some of the beautiful bed and breakfast rooms and hall adorned with holiday cheer. Free admission. 5-7 pm at Jailer’s Inn Bed and Breakfast, 111 W. Stephen Foster Ave. 502-348-5551,

Bardstown-Nelson County Christmas Parade
December 5 (December 6, if weather cancels)
Town & Country Bank and Trust Company invites the community to participate in a spectacular Christmas celebration by decorating your entries in the Annual Bardstown-Nelson County parade. The parade begins at 6 pm in downtown Bardstown. Contact Chamber of Commerce at 502-348-9545, ext. 2 or

Beautiful Music of Christmas
December 6-7
The Mid-Kentucky Chorus at St. Catharine, under the direction of Teresa Tedder, along with professional soloists and musicians, will perform at the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral, 310 W. Stephen Foster Ave. Performance begins at 7:30 pm. Adults, $10; Seniors, $8; Students free. Tickets available at the door. Reservations suggested. Contact Susan Spalding at 859-336-9232.

Bardstown Community Theatre Presents The Homecoming
December 6-8 & 13-15
A captivating and heart-warming Christmas comedy about the Spencer family (known as the Waltons on television) during the Great Depression. Living at the foot of a mountain, struggling to survive. Clay-Boy has a secret yearning to be a writer. Adapted by Christopher Sergel from the book by Earl Hamner, Jr. Friday & Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 2 pm. Adults, $8; Seniors, $6; Students, $5. Bardstown Civic Center, 321 South Third St.  Contact Mary Lou Hood at 502-349-1968.

Kentucky Railway Museum’s North Pole Express
December 6-8, 13-15 & 20-22
All aboard for an evening of fun and holiday cheer as we journey to the North Pole to pick up Santa and his elves who will be serving Christmas goodies on the trip back. Children are encouraged to wear pajamas for pictures with Santa at the depot. Adults, $23; Children 2-12, $18. Excursion time is Fridays, 7 pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 6 pm. 136 S. Main St., New Haven. 502-549-5470 or 800-272-0152.

Christmas Tour of Homes
December 7
Tour of privately owned homes, both old and new, decorated for the holidays in Bardstown and surrounding area. It includes a candlelight tour of My Old Kentucky Home. 2-9 pm. Refreshments served at selected site. Tickets available at the Welcome Center. Tickets are $15. Sponsored by the Stephen Foster Music Club, an affiliate of the National Federation of Music Clubs. 502-348-4877 or 800-638-4877.

FABS Christmas Open House
December 7
Join Fine Arts Bardstown Society’s open house reception with food & drinks. A display and sale of a wide variety of art. 2-8 pm. For more information email or visit the gallery at the Old Nelson County Library Building, 90 Court Square, 502-348-0044.

Kentucky Railway Museum’s Santa Express
December 7 & 8, 14 & 15, 21 & 22
Visit with Santa and his helpers as they pass through the train handing out Christmas goodies of cookies and hot chocolate. Wear your pajamas for pictures with Santa. Don’t forget your camera! Adults, $23; Children 2-12, $18. Excursion time is 2 pm. 136 S. Main St., New Haven.
502-549-5470 or 800-272-0152.

Make It & Take It Ornaments & Gifts
December 7 & 14
Join Fine Arts Bardstown Society Artist to create one-of-a kind ornaments and gifts. Stop in to view samples of projects and to register for classes at the gallery. Pre-registration required. 11 am-2 pm. Old Nelson County Library Building, 90 Court Square, Contact FABS at

Maker’s Mark Distillery Candlelight Tours
December 7 & 14
Celebrate the holiday season with a special souvenir bottle and a candlelight tour of the historic Maker’s Mark Distillery. An evening tour of the charming 1850’s Victorian village is certain to raise holiday spirits, 5-7 pm. Along with a tour, guests can enjoy refreshments and shop for family and friends. From Bardstown take Hwy 49 South to Hwy 52 East through Loretto to 3350 Burk’s Spring Rd., Loretto. 270-865-2099.

Mrs. Julia Beckham’s Christmas Tea at Wickland
December 7-8
Julia Wickliffe Beckham, the only woman in the world to be the mother, sister and daughter of a governor, hosts a Victorian Tea at Wickland, Home of Three Governors. She shares her memories of her life at Wickland at the turn of the century. Saturday luncheon at noon; Sunday tea begins at 4 pm. Cost $15. Reservations required. Call 502-507-0808. 550 Bloomfield Rd. US 62 E.

My Old Kentucky Dinner Train’s North Pole Express
December 8, 15 & 22
Join us for a one and a half hour magical train ride. Santa will join us and visit each child. Our chef will prepare a special holiday meal to be enjoyed by all. Groups are welcome. Reservations suggested. 1 pm and 5 pm. 866-801-3463 or 502-348-7300.

Old Bardstown Village Colonial Christmas
December 14 & 15
Join us for a Colonial Christmas gathering at the Bean Tavern. See families dressed in period clothing, enjoy refreshments and holiday music. Bring your camera for a photo with Santa Claus. 10 am-5 pm. Adults, $3; Children 14 and under, $1. Old Bardstown Village, 310 E. Broadway, 502-349-0291.

Lunch with Santa
December 14
Children and adults enjoy a lunch of hot dog, chips, cookies and drink. Activities include face painting, crafts, games and of course a visit with Santa. 11 am-1 pm. Cost is $3. St. Joseph School Cafeteria, 320 W. Stephen Foster Ave., Contact Bonnie Cecil at 502-348-8354.

Live Nativity
December 20-22
Watch the Bible come to life at the 33rd Annual Live Nativity! The live portrayal of the birth time of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, in the Bethlehem manger scene, includes live actors and live animals each evening to uniquely present the story and reason for the season. 6-8 pm. Free admission. Bardstown Baptist Church at North Third and Brashear.

My Old Kentucky Dinner Train’s New Year’s Eve Excursion
December 31
Ring in the New Year on our 2 1/2-hour excursion just for you and that special someone. Couple’s packages will be offered including champagne and flowers. 6 pm. Reservations required. 602 N. Third St., 502-348-7300 or 866-801-3463.


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