Southern Lights Holiday Festival

Kentucky Horse Park
November 18 – December 31, 2016

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.

Southern Lights Stroll

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.


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.

How to Get Here

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.


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)


  • 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 in the widget on the right-hand side under Address or at, 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.

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.)