Kentucky Horse Park
Nov 18-Dec 31, 2016
Driving route open nightly Nov. 18 - Dec. 31 (Non-Driving Holiday Festival activities closed Thanksgiving and Dec. 24-31)
5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Campground Entrance of the Kentucky Horse Park (3785 Campground Road, Lexington, KY 40511)
*Please note that GPS and phone mapping functions may not accurately direct you to the Kentucky Horse Park. Please use "4089 Iron Works Pike" (not "Parkway") as the street address when utilizing GPS and mapping software. Please note that you must access Southern Lights ONLY from Iron Works Parkway through the Campground Entrance. LISLE ROAD IS NOT AN ENTRANCE TO THE KENTUCKY HORSE PARK.
- Monday-Thursday: $15.00 per car (up to 7 people per passenger vehicle)
- Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: $25.00 per car (up to 7 people per passenger vehicle)
- Extended Van or RV: $35 (up to 15 people)
- Mini Bus: $60 (up to 25 people)
- School Bus: $75
- Motor Coach: $150
Editor’s Note: Some electronic map services available on Apple and Android mobile and auto GPS devices are not providing accurate directions to the Kentucky Horse Park. We recommend that guests input directions to the KHP Campground, the entrance to Southern Lights, at 3785 Campground Road, Lexington, KY 40511. Additionally, we recommend that visitors use home computers to access a mapping service for directions, use the directions provided on the KHP website (available at http://www.kyhorsepark.com/visit/plan-trip/directions), follow the brown highway signs, or call ahead to double-check their route.
Insider Tip: Out-of-town visitors should use Interstate 75, Exit 115 (Newtown Pike) instead of Exit 120 (Iron Works Pike) to access the Southern Lights entrance at the KHP Campground from the east to help avoid congestion from the interstate to the west and a left-hand turn across traffic into the park.
Southern Lights Holiday Festival
Over twenty years ago, the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation presented the first ever driving tour of holiday lights, aimed at attracting the local community. Today Southern Lights has evolved to attract over 120,000 visitors each year from across Kentucky and surrounding states and is regularly chosen as a Top 20 Event in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.
What to Expect at Southern Lights
Given record turnouts last year, we suggest you consider a weeknight - the lines are shorter and the ticket price is lower. Same great attractions! Another tip, arrive as close as possible to opening time (5:30 pm), the lines will be shorter and you will have more time to visit our Holiday Festival (non-driving) attractions in the park's interior!
Boasting over three miles of lights, Southern Lights continues to grow and improve each year, adding additional holiday displays along the driven route and expanding its Holiday Festival attractions to enjoy on foot.
After driving through the lights, guests are invited to park and enjoy the attractions in the park’s interior, which are designed to entertain every member of the family-from local crafts, model trains and mini train rides, visits with Santa, to the ever popular exotic petting zoo. These additional Holiday Festival attractions are open every night except November 24 and December 24-31.
FREQUENTLY ASKED SOUTHERN LIGHTS QUESTIONS
Q: What form of payment is accepted for Southern Lights?
A: Cash or credit/debit cards are accepted for admission to drive through the lights. Pony & Camel rides, along with photos with Santa are cash only (ATM machines are located in the Visitor Information Center and the Bit & Bridle Restaurant).
Q: When is Santa at Southern Lights?
A: Santa is at Southern Lights every night, 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., except for Thanksgiving night and December 24-31.
Q: Are the Holiday Festival attractions open every night?
A: The on foot attractions (which include the craft fair, exotic petting zoo, Santa Claus, Mini Express Train, pony and camel rides, Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop, Bit & Bridle Restaurant, and Bluegrass Railroad Club Model Trains) are open every night, 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., except for Thanksgiving night and December 24-31.
Q: Does your admission to Southern Lights include the Holiday Festival?
A: Yes, the Holiday Festival attractions are included with admission. There are additional costs for pony/camel rides, photos with Santa and any food you may wish to purchase.
Q: Can you visit the Holiday Festival attractions before seeing the lights?
A: No. The Southern Lights entrance is one way, and begins with the light display. You will enter Southern Lights at the Kentucky Horse Park CAMPGROUND entrance for the driving tour, arriving at the Holiday Festival attractions at the end of the driving route.
Q: Is Southern Lights open if it is raining or snowing?
A: Southern Lights is open rain or shine! On very rare occasions, when driving conditions are deemed extremely hazardous due to ice or heavy snow, we might cancel the event. Local media outlets would carry the closing on their list of weather related closings in that event.
Q: Can you ride your horse or bicycle through the lights?
A: No. The Southern Lights Tour is a vehicle tour only for your safety, no other modes of transportation are allowed. No walkers, runners, or bicyclists are allowed.
Q. Is it possible to take a carriage ride through the lights?
A. Unfortunately, at this time we are not able to offer carriage rides.
The 2016 Southern Lights are presented by Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky. Thanks to TMMK and all of our 2016 sponsors for making this event possible. For more information about the Lights call 859-255-5727.
Thirsty Thursdays (Every Thursday during Southern Lights): First 50 cars in line receive a complimentary beverage, courtesy of Coca Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated
Breyer Nights (Nov. 28- Dec. 1): First 25 cars in line each of these nights receives a free Breyer gift/ free painting of Breyer Miniatures for children in the lobby of the museum (while supplies last)
Community Appreciation Night sponsored by Toyota (Dec. 7): First 50 cars in line receive free admission, courtesy of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky
Military Nights (Dec. 13 & Dec. 19): Free admission to active duty and veteran military personnel who show military id at the admission gate
Chris Nentwick, Kentucky Horse Park Foundation
859-255-5727 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
859-259-4200 (5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.)