Home for the Holidays – 10 Things To Do in Henderson

Local Henderson businesses are keeping their doors open this holiday season! We found some of the most fun and festive things to do in Henderson! Check out these top 10 spots, and their holiday business hours as well! 

 

An amber pint of cold craft beer sits at the bar at Henderson Brewing Company

1. Have a Cold One at Henderson Brewing Company

Henderson’s newest nano-brewery is celebrating the holidays by staying open on Christmas Eve! The brewery is typically closed on Mondays, so this is a special treat for tap lovers. Hendo Brew Co. has a various selection of home-brewed craft beers that are unique to Henderson. Bring in your favorite restaurant’s carry-out dish and dine and drink with friends, the kids, and even the dog. They are also hosting aHoliday celebration at the brewery on Saturday as well! | Holiday Hours: Party on Saturday, December 22 will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Open on Christmas Eve from 4 p.m to 8 p.m. Normal brewery hours will resume on Thursday, December 27.

2. Christmas in the Park Family Photo-Op in Central Park

Christmas in the Park is a long-standing Henderson tradition. Central Park gets transformed into a winter wonderland village, complete with Santa’s workshop. The best part about Christmas in the Park, is that it is open day and night. Venture through the castle, ring the Christmas train bell, and take photos during the day. Then come back at night for a spectacular display of lights. Walking underneath the bows of a two-story lit Christmas tree is one of the most magical experiences! | Holiday Hours: Open to the public 24 hours a day.

 

Awesome Christmas light show display on a Henderson home. Tune into 88.5 FM to hear the music to the show!

3. Must-See Neighborhood Christmas Light Displays

Festively lit homes are scattered all around Henderson this season. We highlighted the top seven must-see homes that will make you say, wow! The top holiday home is on Robin Lane in Henderson, and has coordinated a rockin’ Christmas light show display that you can watch and tune into at 88.5 FM on the radio! See the complete list with photos (and video) on our Facebook page!

 

Audubon State Park Museum covered in a light dusting of white snow.

Photo by Gene Stinson

4. Explore the Outdoors at Audubon State Park

John James Audubon State Park grounds are open every day of the year. While the museum will closed temporarily during the holidays, a warm 55 degree December afternoon is a great time to go for a stroll on the park trails (and maybe walk off some of those extra Christmas calories). The state park closes at dusk, but if you wanted to go for an after-dinner stroll, head to the River Walk, which is a great well-lit trail for leisure walkers. | Holiday Hours: Open daily until dusk.

A pink and orange sunset sets behind the rolling hills of grape vines at Boucherie Winery.

5. Sip and Shop for Wine at Boucherie Winery

Get a taste of Henderson’s agriculture by visiting one of the town’s two wineries. Boucherie Winery has been operating in Henderson for 15 years. This family-owned and operated establishment has a great selection of house wines to taste. Local wine makes a great gift for a Christmas party hostess or a great addition to your holiday cocktail cart. Stop by for a sample! | Holiday Hours: Sunday, December 23 Boucherie will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and will reopen on Wednesday December 26 with their normal business hours.

 

One of the oldest taverns in Kentucky, Metzger's Tavern has great burgers and libations.

6. Holiday Cheers at Metzger’s Tavern

Good food and good times are to be had at Metzger’s Tavern! Metzger’s will be throwing a Christmas Party for its guests on Christmas Eve! The tavern will open at it’s usual time on Monday, and will be hosting festivities, giveaways, and The Kitchen food truck serving select menu items until 6 p.m. Embrace the holiday spirit(s) and say cheers with your chums at Metzger’s Tavern! | Holiday Hours: Party on Christmas Eve starts at 7 a.m. and goes until 6 p.m.!

Thoroughbred horses dash out of the starting gate during a turk races at Ellis Park in Henderson.

7. Gaming at Ellis Park

Even though the pretty ponies take a winter vacation from the track, Ellis Park Racing still offers gaming fun for adults. The summer live-racing thoroughbred atmosphere is very different than playing your odds on the slot machines or simulcast racing, but this historical track is a fun attraction year round for people who are looking to exercise their luck! | Holiday Hours: Ellis Park will be open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Christmas Eve, closed for Christmas Day, and resume normal business hours the day after Christmas. | 3300 US Highway 41 N. | 812-425-1456

A twinkling night time view of The Perch and Henderson mural.

Photo by Emma Bridges

8. Perch at the New Mural Site

If this is the first time you have been home for the holidays since last Christmas, then you need to check out downtown’s coolest public art and hangout spot! The Perch is a public space that is a hybrid between a park and a place to hangout, also known as a “pocket park.” The Perch is nestled right at the base of newly painted, two-story mural. The mural, which was painted in summer of 2018, is a great combination of artistic vision, abstract elements, and Henderson’s Discover Your Nature brand. Visitors especially love to take photos with the mural at the “selfie-spot” located among the whimsical flowers. The Perch’s pergola is lit at night with warm lights that dangle over your head. Second Street is a great spot to hangout, and is also close to some great local ice cream spots too! | Holiday Hours: The Perch and mural site are open to the public 24 hours a day. | 200 Second Street

9. Hop on a Historic Bike Ride

Downtown Henderson’s newest trendy activity is the rent-a-bike program through the free Zagster app! See the historical side of downtown Henderson from the seat of a bike. Main Street’s wide roads and dedicated bike paths are perfect for a leisure ride. Rides are about $3 an hour, plus you can get your first hour of riding for free for a limited time with the promo code UpgradeBikes60The Zagster app is available in Apple’s App Store and Android’s Play Store. | Holiday Hours: Open to the public 24 hours a day.| Holiday Hours: Open to the public 24 hours a day.

10. Visit and Shop at the Henderson Welcome Center

First-time travelers and homeward bound visitors are both invited to stop by the Henderson Welcome Center. It is a great stop to get the latest local news and tips on travel and things to do. Plus there is a great selection of unique Henderson gifts that can’t be found anywhere else! The Welcome Center building is unique in the fact that it is modeled after the historic train depot that still stands at the end of Third Street in Henderson. Brush up on your train history and shop for any last minute Christmas gifts at the Henderson Welcome Center. | Holiday Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. December 26-28, 2018, closed for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Normal business hours resume on January 2, 2019. Browse their online gift shop and pick up your order in-store to save on shipping! | 101 N. Water Street | www.HendersonKy.org