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 10am-7pm. Select stores on Sunday. 502-348-4877 or 800-638-4877.
Flaget Hospital Auxiliary Christmas Bazaar
November 16 & 17
The bazaar will begin at 9am with wonderful gifts from the gift shop as well as handmade crafts. There will be a bake sale section with homemade cakes, pies and breads all made from scratch. Luncheon from 11am-2pm on the 16th. Cost is $7. Raffle tickets will be available at the door for $1. The bazaar will begin at 9am and continue until noon on the 17th. Bardstown United Methodist Church, Family Life Center, 116 E. Flaget Ave. 502-348-4877.
My Old Kentucky Home Candlelight Tours
November 23-24, November 30, December 1, December 7-8
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, book, foods and music. 5:30-8:30pm. Adults, $7; Seniors, $6; Children 6-12, $3.50; under 6 free. My Old Kentucky Home State Park, 501 E. Stephen Foster Ave. 502-348-3502 or
PNC Bank's Light Up Bardstown
Kicking off the Christmas Season with the official lighting of the new City of Bardstown's Christmas tree. 6-8pm. Music, refreshments, Santa and extended shopping hours! Welcome Center Plaza, Court Square. 502-348-4877 or 800-638-4877.
Merry Dickens Christmas at the Fine Arts Bardstown Society
Join us before and after Light-Up Bardstown to enjoy a traditional holiday experience. Music, decorations and refreshments will remind you of Christmases past. A professional photographer will be available to take individual & family portraits in a traditional Christmas setting. Cost of photo & packages available on our website or at the gallery. Old Nelson County Library Building, 90 Court Square, www.fineartsbardstown.com
Make It & Take It
Ornaments & Gifts
November 29 & December 1, 13, 15
Join Fine Arts Bardstown 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. 10am & 2pm. Old Nelson County Library Building, 90 Court Square. www.fineartsbardstown.com
Beautiful Music of Christmas
November 30 & December 1
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 7:30pm. Adults, $10; Seniors, $8; Students Free. Tickets available at the door. For information contact Susan Spalding at 859-336-9232.
Kentucky Railway Museum's Evening Santa Express
November 30 & December 1, 7-9, 14-16, 21-22
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, 7pm; Saturdays and Sundays, 6pm. 136 S. Main St., New Haven. 502-549-5470 or 800-272-0152.
Kentucky Railway Museum's Santa Express
December 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 15 & 16, 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 2pm. 136 S. Main St., New Haven.
502-549-5470 or 800-272-0152.
Maker's Mark Distillery
December 1 & 8
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, 5-7pm. Along with a tour, guests can purchase the Maker's Mark souvenir Christmas bottle, 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.
Santa on the Square
December 1, 8 & 15
Take a picture while you visit with Santa at the Old Nelson County Courthouse on Saturday, 11am-1pm.
502-348-4877 or 800-638-4877.
Skate With Santa
Come spend the afternoon roller skating with Santa and receive a free gift. Don't forget to bring your camera! 1:30-4pm. Cost is $3. Whispering Wheels Roller Rink, 209 E. Broadway. 502-348-6622. Contact: Tim Avery 502-507-3480.
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. 6:30-7:30pm. Nelson County Public Library, 201 Cathedral Manor. 502-348-3714.
Jailer's Inn Open House
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. 5-8pm at Jailer's Inn Bed and Breakfast, 111 W. Stephen Foster Ave. 502-348-5551, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bardstown-Nelson County Christmas Parade
December 6 (December 7, 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 6pm in downtown Bardstown. Contact Benita Riggs at
Christmas Tour of Homes
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. 2-9pm. Refreshments served at selected site. Tickets available at the Welcome Center. Tickets are $15.
502-348-4877 or 800-638-4877.
Lunch with Santa
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. 11am-1pm. Cost is $3. St. Joseph School Cafeteria, 320 W. Stephen Foster Ave. Contact: Martha Nest at 502-349-0471.
Mrs. Julia Beckham's Christmas Tea at Wickland
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 4pm. Reservations required. Cost $15. Call 502-507-0808.
550 Bloomfield Rd. US 62 E.
Fine Arts Bardstown Society Holiday Open House
Fine Arts Bardstown Society offers a unique shopping opportunity with one-of-a-kind holiday gifts. Over 30 local artists are represented in the gallery. Refreshments will be served and gift wrap is available. Artists will be on hand to help you with your selections. Free admission, Saturday 12-8pm, Sunday 12-4pm. Old Nelson County Library Building, 90 Court Square. www.fineartsbardstown.com
Best Christmas Pageant Ever
December 8-9 & 14-16
Join the Bardstown Community Theater as they present “The Worst Kids in the world trying to put on a Christmas Pageant”. 7pm Friday & Saturday, 2pm Sunday. Bardstown Civic Center, 321 South Third St. Contact Mary Lou Hood 502-349-1968.
My Old Kentucky Dinner Train's North Pole Express
December 9, 16 & 23
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. 1pm and 5pm. Groups are welcome. 866-801-3463 or 502-348-7300.
Watch the Bible come to life at the 32nd 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. Free admission. 6-8pm. Bardstown Baptist Church at North Third and Brashear.
My Old Kentucky Dinner Train's New Year's Eve Excursion
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. 602 N. Third St., 6pm. Reservations required. 502-348-7300 or 866-801-3463.
*Dates and prices subject to change.