Did you know that there is a whole island in Kentucky dedicated to Christmas? You've got to check this out!

We all know that Kentucky is full of a lot of great things. There are so many sights to see in the Bluegrass State, especially for those who love the outdoors. Kentucky has a few huge lakes for everyone to enjoy during the summertime to boat, fish, and swim. One thing that people might not associate with the state of Kentucky is an island. However, there is one island in Kentucky that you will want to visit during the winter. Why? Because it's an island completely dedicated to Christmas. I feel like this is something most people outside of that area had no clue about. So, let's fill you in on Christmas Island


Kentucky's Christmas Island

Christmas Island at General Burnside State Park is a Kentucky attraction that you should add to your holiday bucket list. Located on Lake Cumberland, Christmas Island is 400-acres and is Kentucky's one and only island park. The island is all decked out with thousands of Christmas lights and other holiday displays that you can drive through in your vehicle.

Christmas Island began in the 90s, according to Only In Your State, and had been a holiday family tradition for years among Kentuckians. However, in the late 2010s, Kentucky State Parks sold the lights and Christmas Island was a thing of the past. That was until 2021, when Christmas Island returned.

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What To Expect At Christmas Island


Christmas Island begins November 18th until December 31st, and it's open seven days a week. So, when you drive up to the island, you will see illuminated scenes that set the mood on each side of the road approaching the gate. From there, visitors of Christmas Island will be in the middle of a literal Winter Wonderland with their drive-thru lighting display and many other fun activities at General Burnside Island State Park.

What kind of activities can you expect to go along with Christmas Island at General Burnside Island? First off, you will get to experience beautiful Christmas light displays each night, alongside additional events throughout the season, including the Burnside Christmas Parade and the Jingle Bell Run 5K.

According to Burnside Tourism:

Come enjoy homemade concessions, Santa & Grinch appearances, and local craftsmen’s Vendor Village (open Thursday-Sunday), along with the dazzling Christmas displays. Proceeds go to support community nonprofit organizations (Burnside Little League, KY Hillbilly Jeep Krew, Burnside Elementary Beta Club, Meece Middle Cheer, Point Isabel Eastern Star, Burnside Masonic Lodge, SWHS Lady Warriors Basketball Team, and Warpath Softball).

This certainly sounds like something that you should add to your holiday bucket list in Kentucky for 2023. You can learn more and get tickets in the post below.

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