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Kentucky's holiday attractions include new features

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By The Staff

The News-Enterprise
With the holidays just around the corner, activities throughout Kentucky are set to mark the season. Here are just several examples of special attractions with a few new twists to visit as you travel around the state and welcome visitors to the Bluegrass.

KaLightoscope at the Galt House
Louisville Nov. 18, 2010 to Jan. 3, 2011 KaLightoscope
Coming to the U.S. for the first time – KaLightoscope is a landscape of larger-than-life, lighted holiday sculptures inspired by ancient Chinese art. Made of sheer, painted fabrics, each figure towers more than 20 feet high, enhanced by light, color and an imaginative setting. Santa’s Midnight Flight over the World, Toyland and Nativity are just some of the 12 areas designed to awe and delight. Holiday music, aromas and surprises combine inside a temperature controlled, 16,000 square foot pavilion at the Galt House Hotel on the riverfront in downtown Louisville. Special packages with overnight accommodations at the hotel and KaLightoscope tickets are available. www.kalightoscope.com, (800) 775-7777 or (502) 584-7777

Christmas in the Valley, Renfro Valley
Nov. 19, 2010 to Jan. 1, 2011
The wonders of the season this year at Renfro Valley Entertainment Center include a Santa train, children’s choir and carolers. An original stage production that combines Christmas music and comedy will be performed Friday and Saturday nights from Nov. 19 through Dec. 11. More than 10,000 twinkling lights await visitors with one of the largest light displays in Kentucky, through Jan. 1, 2011. Put country flair in your shopping and pause for a holiday meal at the historic lodge restaurant or shop in nearby Berea. www.renfrovalley.com, (800) 765-7464

Winter Wonderland, Owensboro
Nov. 26, 2010 to Jan. 2, 2011
Owensboro’s RiverPark Center comes alive for the holidays with Winter Wonderland, with thousands of twinkling lights, ice skating, choirs and other live musical entertainment, and a giant screen showing classic holiday movies. Visit with Santa and enjoy carousel and other rides for children and adults. Nibble on pizza, hot dogs and other tasty snacks accompanied by hot chocolate and holiday spirits. Open Friday through Monday until Dec. 19, then daily except for Christmas Eve and Day. Free Mondays. www.riverparkcenter.org, (270) 687-2770

Lights Under Louisville
Nov. 19, 2010 to Jan. 2, 2011
For the second year, the Louisville MEGA Cavern transforms into a Christmas light spectacular for the entire region to experience. Last year, Lights Under Louisville featured 35 displays and 300 LED light characters with more than 1 million points of light, and this year the attraction has almost doubled in scope. The attraction allows the public to drive their own vehicles through the cavern’s passageways and experience this 30-40 minute Christmas wonderland. www.louisvillemegacavern.com, (877) 614-6342

Winter Wonderland of Lights, Ashland
Nov. 25, 2010 to Jan. 2, 2011
Stroll through Ashland’s 52-acre Central Park ablaze with 50 magical holiday displays containing more than 800,000 lights. The Winter Wonderland of Lights brings holiday cheer to downtown for the entire five-week celebration. www.winterwonderlandoflights.com, (606) 324-6860

Southern Lights at the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington
Nov. 26 to Dec. 31
The annual Southern Lights attraction at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington is an electrical wonderland with lighted displays recreating famous horses racing to the finish line, Cinderella driving to the ball and an array of other exciting themes. From Nov. 26 to Dec. 31, you’ll have the opportunity to get in the holiday spirit by driving through the lights displays and then continue the experience indoors with petting zoos, model railways, arts, crafts and Santa Claus. www.southernlightsky.org, (859) 255-5727

Noble Park Holiday Light Display, Paducah
Nov. 26 to Dec. 31
Enjoy a drive-through experience of one of the region’s premier holiday lights displays at Bob Noble Park in Paducah. (270) 575-4000

For more ideas of things to do in Kentucky during the holidays, visit www.kytourism.com and click on “Holiday Events.”