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Special holiday events planned at Kentucky State Parks

Nov. 20, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Several Kentucky State Parks have special events played for the winter holidays.

All 17 resort parks have restaurants, meeting areas and gift shops that offer unique gift ideas. That includes Kentucky Unbridled Spirit gift cards, which are valid at Kentucky State Parks, the Kentucky Horse Park, the Kentucky Historical Society and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea.

Many state resort parks will also have New Year's Eve parties and dinners Dec. 31. For more information about these and other events, call the parks or visit www.parks.ky.gov .

Here is a listing of holiday events during November and December at the Kentucky State Parks that are in the region.

Carter Caves State Resort Park, Olive Hill, Open House, Dec. 9

Bring the entire family out to enjoy the Carter Caves Christmas Open House. The Carter County Homemakers will decorate the lodge and many trees will be on display. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to greet the little ones. Refreshments will be served, and local entertainment has been scheduled throughout the day. Open 1-4 p.m. Call 1-800-325-0059.

Greenbo Lake State Resort Park, Greenup, Holiday Open House, Dec. 1-2

Experience the joy and happiness of the holiday season with the Greenbo Lake State Resort Park Holiday Open House. There will be caroling, a holiday bazaar and many seasonal trees and decorations, all provided by the Greenup County Homemakers. Visit Greenbo Lake for a festive time and joyous occasion for the entire family with lots of holiday treats to sample. Open noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 1 and noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 2. Call 1-800-325-0083.

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, Prestonsburg, Breakfast with Santa and Frosty, Dec. 15-16

Jenny Wiley State Resort Park will celebrate the Christmas season with a special breakfast buffet. While you enjoy your breakfast, your children can visit with Santa Claus and Frosty. You can have your picture made with both wintry friends. Santa will have a special treat for each child. The event will be from 8-10 a.m. Adult buffet is $7.99 plus tax, and children 6-12 years old are $5.49 plus tax; children age 5 and under eat free. Contact Trinity Shepherd at 1-800-325-0142 or email at tshepherd@suddenlinkmail.com for more information.

Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park, Mount Olivet, Holiday Dinner Theater, Dec. 14 and 15

It's Christmas time in Victorian London and you are invited to attend Fred and Edwina Sawyer's annual party. But what's become of dear old Uncle Ebenezer Scrooge, who was magically transformed just one year ago into someone who "knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge"? Join some of Charles Dickens' most beloved characters and help Sherlock Holmes solve the case. Fantastical Theatricals returns for a fourth consecutive year to the Blue Licks Battlefield Dinner Theater. Based out of Lexington, Ky., Fantastical Theatricals can be seen across the Commonwealth and are entering their 8th season of productions. The evening's entertainment will be suitable for the whole family. Call 1-800-443-7008.

Fort Boonesborough State Park, Richmond, Winter Trade Days at the Fort, Nov. 24-25

Eighteenth century merchants and traders in period clothing set up shops in the cabins and blockhouses at the fort. All items for sale are typical of items available in the 18th century. Fort opens at 9 a.m. each day. There is no admission charge for this event. Call 1-859-527-3131.

18th Century Christmas at the Fort, Dec. 7-8

See and hear the differences in the holiday celebrations of the season during the early settlement of Kentucky. The fort will be lighted by candlelight, with decorations in keeping with the traditions of time. There will be living history interpretations of the traditions of various ethnic groups and nationalities during the season. Candle lanterns, bonfires, the Christmas Guns (celebratory rifle salute), food and refreshments, music and dance, will all add to the atmosphere. Refreshments are included. Open 6-8 p.m. This is a special program sponsored by the Fort Boonesborough Foundation. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12, and under 6 are free. Call 1-859-527-3131.

Waveland State Historic Site, Lexington, Candlelight Tour, Dec. 8-9

Waveland State Historic Site will have its traditional candlelight tour from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 8-9. The Waveland mansion will be decorated for Christmas in the style of the 1840s and 50s. Singers in antebellum costume will perform Christmas carols from the period. Refreshments will be served in the cabin. Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $6 for senior citizens and $4 for students of any age. Children below student age are free. For information, call 859-272-3611.

White Hall State Historic Site, Richmond, A Victorian Christmas, Dec. 7-8, 14-15

Kick-start your holidays with a trip to the past, and walk through a brightly decorated historical mansion. So much of what we do today began in the 1800s with the Victorians. Even in the 19th Century, businesses were catering to the Christmas rush. A newspaper editor of the time wrote, "One-half the populace seems possessed with the desire to purchase all the things the other half has to sell." Come see what else started with the Victorians. A Victorian Christmas is open 6-8 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $4 for children ages 6-12. Please bring a nonperishable food item to donate to a local food bank. Light refreshments will follow the self-guided tour. Call 859-623-9178.