Holiday Celebrations in Bardstown #Kentucky – #Family #Travel

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Underneath all the glitz, glitter and glam of modern holidays, nostalgia and longing for a good old-fashioned Christmas still surges.  It’s family traditions, recipes passed down from generation to generation and simple gifts of tidings and joy that warm our holiday spirits like no tinsel or strobe-lit snowman can.

It’s this return to a simpler time, the nostalgia of where Christmas past, present and future combine that makes a small town Christmas such a special treat to behold.  And as small town Christmas’s go, Bardstown, Kentucky certainly knows how to put on the charm!

Forty-five minutes from Louisville and a little over an hour from Lexington, Bardstown is situated in the picturesque landscape of rolling hills and white picket fences Kentucky is best known for. The town is rich with the colorful history of the bourbon trade and western frontier.  Just milling about the town, you can sense the pride, traditions and at this time of year, the merriment of Christmas alive and well on every street and in every corner cafe.

Start your day on the square in the center of town (where you will also find the welcome center and if you time it right, a visit from Santa, too!)  Catch a bite to eat at Pat’s Place on 3rd Street where you’ll find amazing burgers and mile-high fresh-baked pies or stop in to dine at the Old Talbott Tavern on West Stephen Foster Avenue for some fine southern dining.  You’ll find plenty of eclectic shops to find unique gifts for your holiday shopping list and activities galore around town to instantly elevate you to a cheery holiday mood!

Check out the list below for holiday events and be sure to visit  for more ideas.

Holiday Celebrations in Bardstown #Kentucky - #Family #Travel

Events on December 20, 2014

· Santa On The Square

Starts: 11:00 AM

Ends: December 20, 2014 – 1:00 PM

Location: Old Nelson County Courthouse, One Court Square, Bardstown, KY 40004

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· Kentucky Railway Museum’s Santa Express

Starts: 2:00 PM

Ends: December 20, 2014 – 4:00 PM

Location: Kentucky Railway Museum, 136 S Main St, New Haven, KY, 40051

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· Willett Distillery Moonlight Distillery Tour

Starts: 5:30 PM

Ends: December 20, 2014 – 7:30 PM

Location: Willett Distillery 1869 Loretto Road, Bardstown, KY

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· Live Nativity

Starts: 6:00 PM

Ends: December 20, 2014 – 8:00 PM

Location: Bardstown Baptist Church at North Third and Brashear, Bardstown, KY 40004

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· Kentucky Railway Museum’s North Pole Express

Starts: 6:00 PM

Ends: December 20, 2014 – 7:30 PM

Location: Kentucky Railway Museum, 136 S Main St, New Haven, KY, 40051

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Holiday Celebrations in Bardstown #Kentucky - #Family #Travel

· Bardstown Community Theatre Present’s Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Starts: 7:30 PM

Ends: December 20, 2014 – 10:00 PM

Location: Bardstown/Nelson County Civic Center, 321 S. Third Street, Bardstown, KY 40004

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Events on December 21, 2014

· My Old Kentucky Dinner Train’s North Pole Express

Starts: 1:00 PM

Ends: December 21, 2014 – 2:30 PM

Location: My Old Kentucky Dinner Train, 602 North 3rd Street, Bardstown, KY 40004, United States

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· Bardstown Community Theatre Present’s Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Starts: 2:00 PM

Ends: December 21, 2014 – 4:30 PM

Location: Bardstown/Nelson County Civic Center, 321 S. Third Street, Bardstown, KY 40004

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· Kentucky Railway Museum’s Santa Express

Starts: 2:00 PM

Ends: December 21, 2014 – 4:00 PM

Location: Kentucky Railway Museum, 136 S Main St, New Haven, KY, 40051

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· My Old Kentucky Dinner Train’s North Pole Express

Starts: 5:00 PM

Ends: December 21, 2014 – 6:30 PM

Location: My Old Kentucky Dinner Train, 602 North 3rd Street, Bardstown, KY, 40004

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Holiday Celebrations in Bardstown #Kentucky - #Family #Travel

· Live Nativity

Starts: 6:00 PM

Ends: December 21, 2014 – 8:00 PM

Location: Bardstown Baptist Church at North Third and Brashear, Bardstown, KY 40004

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· Kentucky Railway Museum’s North Pole Express

Starts: 6:00 PM

Ends: December 21, 2014 – 7:30 PM

Location: Kentucky Railway Museum, 136 S Main St, New Haven, KY, 40051

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Events on December 26, 2014

· A Visit with the Spirits of Wickland

Starts: 7:30 PM

Ends: December 26, 2014 – 9:00 PM

Location: Wickland, Home of Three Governors, 550 Bloomfield Rd., Bardstown, KY 40004

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Events on December 27, 2014

· My Old Kentucky Dinner Train’s Murder Mystery

Starts: 5:00 PM

Ends: December 27, 2014 – 7:30 PM

Location: My Old Kentucky Dinner Train, 602 North 3rd Street, Bardstown, KY 40004, United States

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Events on December 31, 2014

· My Old Kentucky Dinner Train’s New Year’s Eve Excursion

Starts: 6:00 PM

Ends: December 31, 2014 – 8:30 PM

Location: My Old Kentucky Dinner Train, 602 North 3rd Street, Bardstown, KY, 40004

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Comments

    • Masshole Mommy
    • December 23, 2014
    Reply

    I had no idea there was so much to do there. I would absolutely LOVE to plan a visit there.

    • Melissa Pezza
    • December 23, 2014
    Reply

    This sounds great. There’s so much to do and see. I love it!

    • Kelly Hutchinson
    • December 23, 2014
    Reply

    We live in Knoxville, so this is not too far from where I live. Boy there are a lot of neat things to do in Bardstown.

    • Faithfully Free Blog
    • December 23, 2014
    Reply

    I was just in Shelbyville for Thanksgiving. I love KY it is so very country but also has every store you need within driving distance!

    • mail4rosey
    • December 24, 2014
    Reply

    I had to scroll back up, I thought it said ‘moonshine distillery’ but it says ‘moonlight’ hahhaha Merry Christmas to you!

    • Becca Wilson
    • December 24, 2014
    Reply

    What fun destinations and ideas to enjoy and visit during the holidays. Beautiful!

    • nyctalon
    • December 26, 2014
    Reply

    Looks like a great place to visit during the holidays! I love the variety of their planned events – sounds so fun!

    • Coralie
    • December 27, 2014
    Reply

    I would love to plan a visit to this area during the holidays. It sounds like so much fun. Thanks for sharing! Merry Christmas.

    • Kathleen
    • December 29, 2014
    Reply

    Looks like you all have a lot to do around there. I love that the events go past Christmas too. I wish we had a Polar Express near us.

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