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Holiday Events at KY State Parks include Frozen Wonderland, Festival of Trees at General Butler

The Kentucky State Parks are open for the Christmas holidays with decorations, candlelight tours, special meals, entertainment and other unique events.

The hilltop Butler Lodge at General Butler State Resort Park (provided photos)

General Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton will present the Frozen Wonderland and Festival of Trees, Saturday, Dec. 2
Favorite Frozen and Holiday characters Elsa, Anna, Krisoff, Olaf, Grinch, Buddy Elf, Cat in the Hat, Ralphie, and of course, Santa Claus, will all be available for photos during breakfast.

Breakfast buffet hours are 8-10:30 a.m. inside Butler Lodge Two Rivers Restaurant (regular pricing applies +tax). After breakfast, make your way to the Lodge Mezzanine from 9 a.m.-noon and take in the holiday season with Festival of Trees. The trees and wreaths are decorated by local businesses, civic organizations, schools and churches.

Entertainers will ring in the season with Hands-on-Pottery, Balloon Twisting, Face Painting, and Caricature Artist.  The event is free to park guests with purchase of breakfast buffet. Call 502-732-4384.

The historic homes, Waveland, White Hall, and My Old Kentucky Home, all have special Christmas tours planned. Resort parks are planning special meals and events for the children. See a list of events here.

My Old Kentucky Home State Park in Bardstown

State parks are a great place for Christmas and holiday gatherings. The 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.

All resort parks will be open for lodging seven days a week this winter and make for a wonderful weekend getaway or a holiday party.

Many state resort parks will also hold New Year’s Eve parties and dinners December 31. For more information, to buy a gift card or to make a reservation, click here.

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