FRANKFORT, Ky. — Buffalo Trace is inviting everyone to come to see the distillery lit up with thousands of holiday lights from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 3 through Jan. 1 from the safety of their cars on its drive-through lights route.
In an effort to provide a safe experience, the distillery’s annual in-person events including the Lighting of the Trace and Santa Nights will not be taking place this year. However, the complimentary drive-through light display will continue with an estimated 150,000 colorful lights, including four brand new light displays by the newly expanded visitor center. This is the 22nd year Buffalo Trace has lit up the distillery for the public to view.
Santa will make a special socially distanced appearance on Dec. 3, 10, 11, 12, and 13. From 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., he will be stationed along the light route and will be following COVID-19 precautions, standing safely behind Plexiglas this year.
While not able to personally hear individual wishes, children and families can see Santa on the driving route from the comfort of their car. Also on the nights that Santa is on the route, children may hand their letters to one of Santa’s elves who will place them in a special North Pole mailbox for Santa to read later. Individually prewrapped treats will also be handed out by Santa’s elves. This will be in lieu of the traditionally held in-person Santa Nights.
Buffalo Trace Distillery is located at 113 Great Buffalo Trace, in Frankfort, Ky. Visitors should enter at the main distillery entrance, and everyone is asked to remain in their cars throughout the light route. There is no charge to drive through the lights at Buffalo Trace. Distillery helpers will be following all health and safety guidelines. Drive-through guests are not required to wear masks inside their cars. The Distillery’s Visitor Center and Gift Shop will not be open during the drive-through hours, but online shopping is available at https://buffalotracegiftshop.com/.