Written by Greg Gibson
Looking for a twinkling town, adorned with Christmas decorations for a special, winter weekend getaway? Look no further than historic, quaint Henderson, Kentucky. Located on the mighty Ohio River in the western region of the state, we do Christmas décor just like a classy down to earth river town should-very well. Starting just around November 25th and continuing through the new year vast displays of holiday décor abound throughout our friendly, festive town.
Pack up the kiddos, mix up the cocoa (or pick up some at one of our local eateries) and load up the minivan for a holiday excursion to remember. Or, if you’re already an empty nester phone a friend and make a plan to visit our hospitable, historic John James Audubon river town during the holidays-there’s plenty of things to do, see and experience.
From complete Toyland courts dressed in twinkling toy soldier attire to a turn of the century historic mansion bathed in blue hues, Henderson is a must see town during the Christmas holiday season.
Here’s a short list of highlighted homes and events in Henderson to brighten your holiday spirits!
The Griswolds have nothing on the Higgs family when it comes to holiday lights. This must see extravagant display will have the kiddos wide-eyed and wanting to take another loop around the block.
Colonial Court Toyland
1-6 Colonial Court (Colonial at North Main Street)
A magical white twinkle light street where 6 neighbors coordinate their lighting décor to create an enchanted Toyland holiday destination.
Radient Blue Gadient Home
A brilliant display of cool blue LED lights adorn this historic Main Street mansion in a vibrating exhibition of the grandest scale.
Peace on Earth, musical Priest/Gibson Home
Let there be peace on Earth is the theme of this multi-color dancing light display. Don’t forget to roll your windows down for this stop to get the full effect.
Keen Home Highlander Acres
Holiday lights and festive décor will surely put you in the perfect holiday spirit.
A southern classic home with traditional décor including spot lights and lots of evergreens.
Described as the Griswold’s on Wentworth-Inflatables, loud Christmas carols, lights-a-plenty and a new edition each year. Thousands of lights line the roof, animated snow globes it’s a fun filled holiday home display.
Other Holiday Miscellania
Central Park Santa’s Workshop
Stroll through Christmas cutouts, animal and character displays in Tivoli lit walkways. Henderson’s Central downtown park is transformed into a children’s holiday paradise with Santa hours some days to meet and talk to the children.
Downtown Henderson Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 3rd 10:00 am
Begins 5th & Main Streets continues south on Main then east on Washington Street then north on Elm and back to 5th Street. Floats, marching bands, clowns, Santa and more roll into town the first weekend of December.
Christmas on the Farm
November 25 & 26th
Corydon, KY 42406 (Geneva area on the west side of Henderson County)
It’s Christmas country style with hay rides, pony rides, petting zoos, pictures with Santa, beautifully decorated barns, Santa and so much more. A must experience event in its 3rd year.
Added tips for Holiday Light Seekers
- If you’re planning to overnight consider one of our beautiful, comfy downtown inns, L&N Bed and Breakfast-located next to the active elevated railroad or Victorian Quarters on the corner of Powell & Water Streets.
- Most light displays illuminate at dusk (in late November, approximately 4:30 pm)
- Watch for children and pedestrians as you drive looking at lights.
- Be cautious of other vehicles in front of and behind your automobile.
- Tune into your favorite local or satellite holiday radio station to enhance your experience.
- Enjoy quality time together with your family and friends by continuing or beginning an annual holiday light tradition.
For additional holiday venues, events and activities take a look at the community calendar on our website hendersonky.org/events