For the past 10 years my family has had a Holiday tradition to head over to Lexington to the Horsepark.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=619&Itemid=377″>Kentucky Horse Park’s Southern Lights. The light display, animal petting barn, craft exhibits, Kentucky Horse Park gift shop and the Kentucky Train Associations model train display has been just the ticket to get us in the Holiday spirit. Listening to Christmas Carols on the way over and stopping at Claudia Sanders on the way back has always been a family favorite.
However, this year we altered our Christmas light tradition and decided to head to The Mega Cavern’s Light Under Louisville show. We had never been to the Mega Caverns, which is something that is kind of cool by itself. At some point I will have to go see it with the lights on and learn about its’ history. At $25 a car load (discounted tickets available at participating Wendy’s) the Mega Cavern folks have hit on a good money making venture for the Holiday months.
We chose to go on a Thursday night hoping to beat the crowds. Luckily the wait wasn’t long. My son was fascinated by the sign outside the entrance that reads: “Save yourself from a nuclear explosion, $10,000”’ We wonder how many people had taken them up on their offer?
Once inside, Christmas music is piped in and the light show begins. There are over 500 lit characters with over 1,000,000 points of light. The light show definitely surpassed The Kentucky Horse Park’s Southern Lights ( although still worth the drive to Lexington per my family) . The displays ranged from Santa, elves, bears, ice skaters, etc and even a small nod to Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. In fact, the Hanukkah display was set up right next to a “Jesus Saves” sign. My interfaith family got a chuckle out of that.
My kids are teenager and pre-teen age. I’m not sure if they would have enjoyed it as much if we hadn’t already established this light show tradition. However, I would say if you have little ones, and you want to start a new family tradition this would be a good one to add to your busy Holiday lineup. Add some hot chocolate, a favorite dessert place, Christmas carols and it’s a nice evening out with your family.