Everyone loves a good scavenger hunt and who doesn’t love the magic of Christmas lights in Kentucky? When you put the two of these fun-filled activities together, you have an exciting holiday adventure that you can totally make your own. If you’re looking for the best light display for kids, or perhaps a free light show, or even the most over-the-top light display in the Bluegrass, we’ve rounded up a list of some of the best holiday lights in Kentucky that are located all throughout the state. If you can’t make it on this particular Christmas lights scavenger hunt through Kentucky, then come up with your own closer to home, but either way, get out and enjoy this holiday adventure.

Take a unique adventure this holiday season and track down the best and brightest displays on a Christmas lights scavenger hunt through Kentucky. And if you decide to come up with your own, be sure to share your favorite places to enjoy Christmas lights in Kentucky with us in the comments!

And if you need more suggestions for seasonal fun in the Bluegrass State, check out the 10 best things to do this winter in Kentucky. If you are planning a Christmas in Kentucky trip, be sure to stock up on a few essentials from our winter packing list.

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What town has the best Christmas lights in Kentucky?

Enjoy the best Christmas lights in Kentucky at these charming towns:


If you're looking to recreate the magic of your favorite Hallmark holiday movie, visit Bardstown, Kentucky, during the holiday season. Because this is when the already-enchanting town becomes irresistibly charming. From mid-November through New Year’s, the Christmas ‘Round Bardstown Festival invites guests to come and experience the pure pleasure of the holiday season in Kentucky. This annual event kicks off in mid-November, with local businesses and attractions decking their halls for all to see and enjoy. Then right after Thanksgiving, the town gathers for a tree lighting of epic proportions. This is when Christmas 'Round Bardstown really gets going. From Thanksgiving through New Year's, the town hosts a number of fun and family-friendly activities, including a live nativity, story times and visits with Santa, an ice skating rink, and more. From town, you can even opt to take a ride on My Old Kentucky Dinner Train's North Pole Express, but that might just be *too* much holiday spirit! (Kidding, of course.)

We'd be remiss not to list Grand Rivers as a "best holiday spirit" honorable mention. Situated right along Kentucky Lake, this town is known for its summer fun on the water, but it also becomes Kentucky's city of lights during the holiday season. One of the most popular spots in the town, Patti's 1880's Settlement is the hub of all of this festive fun. In addition to the 1.5 *million* twinkling lights at Patti's, this Grand Rivers hub hosts special holiday events where the lights are the stars of the show. Basically, if you're a fan of Kentucky Christmas lights, visit Grand Rivers during the holidays for a big, ole dose of holiday spirit!

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