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State parks offering holiday entertainment, meals and visits from Santa

Plenty of events during holidays

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 19, 2014) — Kentucky State Parks are planning several events for the holidays. Following are scheduled events:

Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Lucas
Breakfast and the Grinch, Dec. 13: Barren River Lake State Resort Park’s Breakfast and the Grinch has a full breakfast buffet including green eggs and ham, a visit with the Grinch, a reading of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and holiday crafts. Events are from 7:15–8:45 a.m. and 9–10:30 a.m. Limited seating is available and pre-registration is required. Cost is $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 4-12 and free for children 3 and under free. Santa Claus will also make an appearance from 8:30–11:30 a.m. For information call 1-800-325-0057 or email [email protected]

santaBlue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, Mount Olivet
December Dinner Theater, Dec. 12-13: The event includes a buffet dinner and a murder mystery. Tickets are $35. Packages available for $140 include an overnight stay in the lodge, two dinner theater tickets, and breakfast for two the following morning. Call 800-443-7008 for reservations.

Holiday Dinner & Movie, Dec. 19
Includes a buffet at Hidden Waters Restaurant, access to making hand-crafted ornaments and a screening of “The Polar Express.”Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children, (price includes buffet, drink, craft, movie tickets popcorn and hot chocolate.) The evening begins at 5 p.m. with dinner and movie at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 800-443-7008 or email [email protected]

Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn
Holiday in the Park, Dec. 6: See Santa, make holiday-themed crafts, and experience the “The Night Before Christmas” reading in front of the fire place. Call 800-325-0058 or 606-398-7510.

Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill
Open House, Dec. 7: Open house is from 1-4 p.m. Santa will available for pictures. The event also includes musicians, dancers, cookies and punch. The Sunday buffet will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 800-325-0059.

Cumberland Falls State Resort Park, Corbin
Santa Express, Dec. 20: Includes a hayride on the Santa Expressthrough the woods to Santa’s house, where Santa’s helpers will be serving refreshments. Rides are from 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $3 per person available at the front desk of the lodge. Call 1-800-325-0063.

E.P. ‘Tom’ Sawyer State Park, Louisville
Holiday Wreath Workshop, Nov. 29: Includes custom holiday wreath-making. The workshop is from 1-3 p.m. and registration is $10. Call 502-429-7270 or email [email protected]

Caching for Claus: A Geocaching Event, Dec. 20
Use your GPS device to locate gifts lost from Santa’s sleigh, then return the gifts for a gift. Anyone with a smartphone can download a GPS application. Registration at the Activities Building starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. The fee is $4 per person; ages 6 and under are free.

Holiday Drop and Shop, Dec. 22
Park staff will have a variety of activities for participants, including holiday crafts, gym games and nature walks. For ages 6-12, from noon to 4 p.m. The fee is $10 per child who is registered in advance; $15 for children day of event. Limited spots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis; please call morning of to ask about availability. Email [email protected] for information or to register.

Fort Boonesborough State Park, Richmond
18th Century Christmas at the Fort, Dec. 5-6: The fort will be lighted by candlelight, with decorations in keeping with the traditions of the time. There will be living history interpretations of the traditions of various ethnic groups and nationalities during the season. Candle lanterns, bonfires, the Christmas guns, food and refreshments, music and dance will all add to the atmosphere. Refreshments are included. Admission is adults $7, children ages 6-12 are $3 and children under 6 are free. Visit www.fortboonesboroughlivinghistory.org or call the park at 859-527-3131 for information.

Greenbo Lake State Resort Park, Greenup
Holiday Open House, Dec. 6-7: Holiday trees and decorations by the Greenup County Homemakers Clubs will be on display. The event will take place at the Jesse Stuart Lodge from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 6 and from noon to 4 p.m. on Dec. 7. Call 1-800-325-0083.

A Dulcimer Christmas, Dec. 13
Enjoy an evening of holiday musical performances at the Jesse Stuart Lodge lobby starting at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.  Call 1-800-325-0083.

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg
Breakfast with Santa and Frosty, Dec. 12-14, 20: During breakfast children can visit with Santa Claus and Frosty from 8-10 a.m. Adult buffet is $8.49, and children 6-12 years old are $5.49; children age 5 and under eat free. Does not include tax or drink. Call 1-800-325-0142 for information.

John James Audubon State Park, Henderson
HC Encore Gifted Students Holiday Art Expo, Dec. 2: Audubon Museum presents the annual Henderson County Encore student ART EXPO and reception. All Henderson County Elementary fourth- and fifth-grade gifted students will exhibit their works of art at the John James Audubon Museum. The students have had the opportunity to work in mediums such as watercolor, graphite, acrylic on canvas, color pencil and more. The show will be presented in the lower level of the John James Audubon Museum. Parents, friends and faculty are invited to attend the opening reception on Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. Free to the public. For more information, call 270-827-1893.

“Little Rembrandts” Holiday Ornaments ages 3-5, Dec. 5
Children ages 3-5 can design and decorating an ornament. Supplies with be provided. Dress for a mess. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Preregistration is required. Open 10:30-11:30 a.m. Fee is $7. Contact Kim McGrew-Liggett at Audubon Museum, 270-827-1893 or [email protected]

Holiday Ornaments for the Whole Family, Dec. 6
Paints, ribbon, bells, glitter and more will be on hand for you to design that special ornament. Children ages 3-5 must be accompanied by an adult. Preregistration is required. Cost is $7 per person or $20 for a family of four. Open 1-2:15 p.m. Contact Kim McGrew-Liggett at Audubon Museum, 270- 827-1893 or [email protected]

Kenlake State Resort Park, Aurora
Santa and Mrs. Claus, Dec. 14 will appear from 1-3 p.m. Mrs. Claus will select a book to read to the children. Enjoy beautiful Christmas trees in the lobby area, decorated by Marshall County Homemakers’ clubs. During Santa’s visit, the Aurora Landing Restaurant will feature “buy one adult meal and get one child’s meal free.” Canned goods will also be accepted for the local food pantry. Call 1-800-325-0143.

Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Calvert City
Breakfast with Santa and Frosty, Dec. 6: The annual event is from 8-11 a.m. and also includes a buffet, cookie decorating and a small gift. Cost is $7.99 for, $4.99 for children 6-12, and under 5 are free For information call 1-800-325-0146.

My Old Kentucky Home State Park, Bardstown
Christmas Candlelight Tours, Nov. 28-29, Dec. 5-6 and 12-13: Tours are from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $3.50 for children ages 6-12. Children under 6 are free. Call 502-348-3502 for information.

Natural Bridge State Resort Park, Slade
A Down Home, Appalachian Christmas, Dec. 13: Includes a home style breakfast, dinner buffet, and appearance from Santa and ornament making. The park will be having events all day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Breakfast price: $7.99 for adults, $4.99 for children. Dinner price: $13.99 for adults, $6.99 for children. For more information, call 606-663-2214.

Pennyrile Forest State Resort Park, Dawson Springs
Santa Visits the Park and Gift Shop Open House, Dec. 6: Lunch buffet in the Clifty Creek Restaurant will be offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free Santa pictures are available from 2-4 p.m. The park is offering a 25 percent discount off most gift shop items all day. Call 1-800-325-1711.

Snowflake Dedication and Holiday Musical Show, Dec. 13
After The Friends of Pennyrile dedicate the newest snowflakes that light up the parking lot all winter long, the Drea-mers musical group will present their “Christmas Traditions”program. The dining room will serve a delicious dinner buffet from 5-8 p.m. Call 1-800-325-1711.

Pine Mountain State Resort Park, Pineville
Moonlight and Mistletoe, Dec. 4, 11, 18: Enjoy a special holiday meal at the decorated Mountain View Restaurant on Thursdays in December. The menu will feature turkey with dressing or stuffed pork loin, mashed potatoes, rolls, corn or green beans, and dessert. The meal will be served 5-8 p.m. and is $11.99 per person (does not include drink). Call 606-337-3066.

Breakfast with the Grinch, Dec. 13: The Grinch will be available during this “Who-inspired” breakfast. The breakfast is $5 for children and $8 for adults. Open from 10-11 a.m. A reading of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” will be at 11 a.m. Seating is limited. Call Jaime Bruce at 1-606-337-3066.

Rough River Dam State Resort Park, Falls of Rough
Supper With Santa, Dec. 6: Held at Grayson’s Landing Restaurant, the event features a kid-friendly buffet from 4:30-8 p.m. Children can eat for $4.99 plus tax. Santa will make an appearance and kids can enjoy craft-making. Call 270-257-2311.

Waveland State Historic Site, Lexington
Candlelight Tours, Dec. 5-6 and 12-13: Area schools will be performing on the steps of the mansion. Children will be able to visit Santa, hear holiday stories and pose for photos during the Dec. 5-6 tours. The tours are open 6-9 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for students; children 6 and under are free. Call 859-272-3611.

White Hall State Historic Site, Richmond
A Victorian Christmas, Dec. 5-6 and 12-13: Costumed interpreters will answer questions during A self-guided tour through this historic mansion. Learn about Christmas customs celebrated during the 1800s. The “Tuesday Dulcimers” will be performing each night. Snacks and hot apple cider will be served. Tours are 6-8 p.m. Tickets are $10 a person and $4 for children ages 6-12. Children under 6 are free. Seniors, members of the military and AAA members are $8. Guests are asked to bring a canned food item for the local food bank. Call 859-623-9178.