Merry & Bright, Victorian Christmas Customs Tour

Merry & Bright, Victorian Christmas Tours at My Old Kentucky Home

Guides in Victorian hoop skirts and gentleman in tailcoats sing the song “My Old Kentucky Home,” on your tour of Kentucky’s most famous landmark decorated for Christmas, My Old Kentucky Home!

The mansion is adorned and decorated with beautiful 12′ tall Christmas trees, each with a unique Kentucky theme, including the Commonwealth Tree, Meadows in the Bloom, Birds Make Music All the Day, & more! Garlands, mistletoe, stockings full of toys, the annual gingerbread model of the historic mansion made by our pastry chef, and nutcrackers stand guard over the mansion’s many rooms!

Experience the traditional, and sometimes odd, Christmas customs of the Victorian era at My Old Kentucky Home! Learn the origins of the Christmas tree, how mistletoe became famous for exchanging kisses, the tradition of the yule log, the history of the Christmas pickle, the legends of Father Christmas and Santa Claus, and the bizarre Victorian traditions including Krampus who punished bad children, the legend of a spirit horse named Mary Lwyd that challenges people to a game of rhymes, and learn why Victorians sent Christmas cards featuring sword fighting frogs & frozen birds to each another during the holidays. As you move forward to each room, experience a different era of Christmas, starting from colonial times, the early and late Victorian periods, all the way to the roaring 20’s when the mansion was last owned by the Rowan family. This highly interesting tour isn’t one you want to miss and it’s great for the whole family!

DATE: November 13th – January 7th (Closed Dec. 31 & Jan. 1)

TIME: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (Tours start hourly)

Regular Admission: $12
Various discounts for children, military, seniors, groups, and more!

501 E. Stephen Foster Avenue,
Bardstown, KY 40004
Merry & Bright, Victorian Christmas Tours of My Old Kentucky Home