Second getaway of Christmas: Christmas Round Bardstown, KY, featuring “Christmas with the Rowans”
Here’s a Bedford Falls/34th Street mash-up that results in the most wonderful kind of Christmas celebration – the kind only a small town can pull off. When “The Most Beautiful Small Town in America” presents Christmas Round Bardstown, you’ll find train rides, tree lightings, candlelight tours, a hometown parade and more, plus a brand new event.
This year, My Old Kentucky Home will present “Christmas with the Rowans,” a special candlelight tour featuring a live interpretation of the family that once lived in Federal Hill mansion. The house, built between 1795 and 1818, is recognized all over the world and is one of the most beloved historical sites in Kentucky.
Famous visitors include Aaron Burr and Henry Clay, as well as America’s first composer, Stephen Collins Foster, who was a cousin of the Rowan family. Legend holds that Foster was inspired to write what has become one of the most well-known songs and state anthems in history after a visit to the home in 1852.
Meet Foster’s cousins during “Christmas with the Rowans,” which takes place at 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Dec. 4 and 5, and see what their life was like in this beautiful home during the Christmas season. Federal Hill alight with candles is absolutely beautiful and its setting in My Old Kentucky Home State Park is equally picturesque.
Other holiday events: Bardstown-Nelson County Christmas Parade, 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3; candlelight tours with elegantly dressed guides at My Old Kentucky Home, Dec. 11-12; Bardstown’s annual Christmas Tour of Homes, 2-9 p.m. Dec. 12; Victorian Tea at Wickland, Home of Three Governors at 12 p.m. Dec. 12 and 4 p.m. Dec. 13; visits with Santa Claus at Court Square, Saturdays through Dec. 19.
It’s all aboard at Kentucky Railway Museum (KRM) for its North Pole Express, Friday-Sunday, Dec. 4-20, and on Monday, Dec. 21, featuring cookies and hot chocolate. KRM will also have a Santa Express every Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 5-20, and on Monday, Dec. 21.
My Old Kentucky Dinner Train hosts its popular North Pole Express, Saturdays, Dec. 5, 12 and 19, and Sundays, Dec. 6, 13 and 20. Children can make crafts and watch a movie in the depot before boarding the train, where Santa Claus will join everyone. Ring in the new year aboard a two-hour New Year’s Eve excursion on Dec. 31. (Reservations required.)
There is more than enough holiday activity in Bardstown to fill a weekend getaway. Book one of Bardstown’s 17 bed and breakfast inns (several kid-friendly), including the Jailer’s Inn, which hosts a Dec. 3 holiday Open House; Beautiful Dreamer, which overlooks My Old Kentucky Home; and Bourbon Manor – the world’s first bourbon-inspired bed and breakfast inn, featuring 10 lavishly decorated rooms, a bourbon-inspired full country gourmet breakfast and The Bunghole, a bourbon bar serving tapas and dessert.
See all the holiday events planned during “Christmas Round Bardstown” here. Book your overnight stay as soon as possible as Bardstown accommodations fill up quickly for this six-week long celebration. For more information, contact the Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist & Convention Commission, 800-638-4877.