Oh my, snowy treks, sledding, and sparkling lights! Although many of us associate winter with hibernation, seasonal depression, and spending much too much time scraping snow off our cars in the morning (ugh! ), winter in Kentucky is an extraordinarily cozy season full of lots of chances to get outside and have fun.
Between December and mid-March, Kentucky experiences an average winter temperature range of chilly 20s to chilly 40s, with the occasional exceptionally gorgeous day reaching 60 or higher.
Kentucky receives an average of 11 inches of snow per year, so even though the average amount of snowfall in the United States is 28 inches, the weather is ideal for bundling up and taking part in all of your favorite winter activities without having to worry about developing frostbite or experiencing extremely low temperatures that make you want to scream, “Wake me up when the winter is over!”
Best Places to Visit in Kentucky During Winter
In Kentucky, there is no shortage of charm in the winter, whether you want to sip on a silky glass of bourbon, gaze at a stunning light show, or explore icy state parks. The following Kentucky attractions are must-sees for everyone during winter:
1. Crestwood Festival of Nativities
With more than 500 distinctive nativity scenes, including living models, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 6401 Westwind Way will inspire the Christmas spirit and become a must-see location over the winter in Kentucky.
2. My Old Kentucky Home
Another must-see attraction in Bardstown, Kentucky, especially around the holidays, is My Old Kentucky Home State Park. The Federal Hill Mansion at 501 Stephen Foster will be decked out for the holidays during a few special events.
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The era-specific decorations will transport us back in time while the carolers sing joyful holiday tunes. The ancient mansion and grounds in the picturesque hamlet of Bardstown, Kentucky, seem to be bursting with holiday joy.
3. Kentucky Horse Park
You can visit the Kentucky Horse Park in Georgetown at any time of year and discover that it has a unique kind of beauty. Winter is very beautiful. It’s one of the best holiday light displays in Kentucky when the lovely green fields, or white if it snows, are lighted up with the season’s untamed holiday zeal.
Maysville OIK readers have gushed about how lovely their town is over the holidays. When I took this photo, we really had a little snow, and I felt it really helped this lovely Kentucky Christmas town’s stunning street decorations stand out.
5. Garden of Lights
The Creation Museum in Petersberg, located at 2200 Bullittsburg Church Road, has a lovely landscape of lights and lighting. On many levels, strolling through this joyful yet peaceful environment is wonderful. Not to add that this Kentucky Christmas light show is free to view.
6. Lights of Winter Wonderland
A handful of our readers offered their opinions regarding the wintertime events in Ashland’s Central Park. I felt compelled to mention the gorgeous decorations and great demonstrations of Christmas cheer because the ladies talked so highly of them. A fascinating walkthrough is provided in this video, and it gets better over time.
Every year, Lexington’s Fire Station #20 puts its all into putting on a spectacular light show with music to bring the wonderful people of Kentucky into the holiday mood.
The holiday light show still lights up Lexington’s nights even if this footage is older. We adore this Christmas-themed Kentucky village!
Kentucky Farm Bureau works to transform a dairy farm in the charming county of Marion into a magnificent light display that would be unsurpassed if Santa Claus had done the decorating.
The first minute or so shows Santa’s neighborhood helpers making sure everything is in place. Then, everything starts to become merry and cheerful.
9. Georgetown’s 146 Dunn Street
Take a moment to drive along Dunn Street if you happen to be riding about Georgetown. The holiday light display will undoubtedly make your evening happier. So much so that a few readers suggested seeing it. The video fully supports the reader’s opinion and is full of cheery colors and holiday enthusiasm. After the 27-second point, the fun really begins.
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Each of these quaint Kentucky towns or locations gives a welcoming, warm Christmas vibe to anyone wishing to take part in the celebrations. Even the greatest Grinch seems to feel the spirit of the season when surrounded by the warm glow of the lights, candles, Christmas trees, and other decorations.
10. Louisville Light Up
This city feels very merry and cheerful during the Light Up Louisville festival. A massive Christmas tree and flashing lights are used to beautifully illuminate the Downtown area.
Additionally, there is an ice skating rink lit up by lights so that visitors can enjoy some classic holiday pastimes in front of the brilliantly colored “electric” snowflakes.
When the seasons and major holidays change, Kentucky residents celebrate. Because of this, there are some incredible locations to explore in the winter.
People are beginning to decorate and honor Jack Frost’s season all around the state. Since snow doesn’t fall every year, some locations offer distinctive indoor festivities, while others simply have a natural beauty that is breathtaking in and of itself.