Foundation Events

Southern Lights - Presented by the KHP Foundation

Dates: 
Friday, November 17, 2017 - 5:30pm to Sunday, December 31, 2017 - 10:00pm
Event Description: 

The 24th Annual Southern Lights holiday festival will return to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, November 17 to December 31, 2017. The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation presents Southern Lights annually, a greatly anticipated holiday tradition for families all across Kentucky, in support of the programs, activities and facilities of the Kentucky Horse Park.

From 5:30 until 10:00 pm each evening, visitors will be awed by the dazzling display of majestic lights. The drive will begin at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground, and will proceed through an enhanced dreamland of dazzling lighted and often animated figures. While many displays represent the holiday season, favorites are customized to represent the Bluegrass state.

Event Category: 
Hosted by: 
KHP Foundation
Phone: 
859-255-5727

Cross Country Schooling

Dates: 
Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 8:00am to 4:30pm
Event Description: 

Riders are given the opportunity to school their horses on the famous Kentucky Horse Park cross country course. For a $35 fee, riders can school their horse for four hours on the course. $20 of the fee will be considered a donation and all proceeds will go to the KHP Foundation to help maintain and improve the park’s competition facilities. There will be two sessions per day.

For more information on Cross Country Schooling Days please go to www.khpfoundation.org or call 859-255-5727.

8:00 am to noon, and 12:30 to 4:30 pm.

Event Category: 
Hosted by: 
KHP Foundation
Phone: 
859-255-5727

Cross Country Schooling

Dates: 
Saturday, July 2, 2016 - 8:00am to 4:30pm
Event Description: 

Riders are given the opportunity to school their horses on the famous Kentucky Horse Park cross country course. For a $35 fee, riders can school their horse for four hours on the course. $20 of the fee will be considered a donation and all proceeds will go to the KHP Foundation to help maintain and improve the park’s competition facilities. There will be two sessions per day.

For more information on Cross Country Schooling Days please go to www.khpfoundation.org or call 859-255-5727.

8:00 am to noon, and 12:30 to 4:30 pm.

Event Category: 
Hosted by: 
KHP Foundation
Phone: 
859-255-5727

Cross Country Schooling

Dates: 
Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 8:00am to Monday, May 9, 2016 - 8:30pm
Event Description: 

Riders are given the opportunity to school their horses on the famous Kentucky Horse Park cross country course. For a $35 fee, riders can school their horse for four hours on the course. $20 of the fee will be considered a donation and all proceeds will go to the KHP Foundation to help maintain and improve the park’s competition facilities. There will be two sessions per day. Weekday session times are noon to 4:00 pm, and 4:30 - 8:30 pm. The Weekend sessions will be 8:00 am to noon, and 12:30 to 4:30 pm.

For more information on Cross Country Schooling Days please go to www.khpfoundation.org or call 859-255-5727.

Session Times:
Sunday: 8:00 am to noon, and 12:30 to 4:30 pm.
Monday: noon to 4:00 pm, and 4:30 - 8:30 pm.

Event Category: 
Hosted by: 
KHP Foundation
Phone: 
859-255-5727

Southern Lights - Presented by the KHP Foundation

Dates: 
Friday, November 18, 2016 - 5:30pm to Saturday, December 31, 2016 - 10:00pm
Event Description: 

The 23rd Annual Southern Lights holiday festival will return to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, November 18 to December 31, 2016. The Kentucky Horse Park Foundation presents Southern Lights annually, a greatly anticipated holiday tradition for families all across Kentucky, in support of the programs, activities and facilities of the Kentucky Horse Park.

From 5:30 until 10:00 pm each evening, visitors will be awed by the dazzling display of majestic lights. The drive will begin at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground, and will proceed through an enhanced dreamland of dazzling lighted and often animated figures. While many displays represent the holiday season, favorites are customized to represent the Bluegrass state.

Location: 
Event Category: 
Hosted by: 
KHP Foundation
Phone: 
859-255-5727

Southern Lights Stroll

Dates: 
Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Event Description: 

The 15th annual Southern Lights Stroll will take place on Thursday, 11/17, as the kick-off event for the annual Southern Lights holiday festival, presented by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky.  As the only evening of Southern Lights when the public is allowed to experience a major portion of the lighted route on foot, visitors may choose to run, walk or stroll their way through thousands of dazzling holiday lights on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park.

Three Way Racing will provide the chip timing for the competitive 5K race, and awards will be given to winners in various age categories. Additional activities include complimentary Mini Train Express rides, refreshments, prize drawings and more. A food drive for God’s Pantry Food Bank and a local animal shelter will be held in conjunction with this event. All participants are asked to bring non-perishable items to help local families and animals in need.

Registration for the 5K race is $30 for adults and $15 for children ages 7-12. Registration for the stroll/walk is $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 7-12. There is no charge for children 6 and under. Online registration has concluded for this year's event. Walk-up registration begins at 5pm, and a limited number of t-shirts may be available, as well.

The 5K race begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the recreational walk/stroll at 6:35 p.m. Check-in is at the park’s Visitor Center. A limited number of t-shirts are available but are expected to be gone at some point prior to the race. Strollers, wagons and dogs on leash are welcome.

All proceeds from the Southern Lights Stroll support the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. The 2016 Shining Star Presenting Sponsor is Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky Inc.; the Holly & Ivy Sponsor is Kerr Brothers Funeral Home; the Ribbons & Bows Sponsors are Central Bank, Central Equipment, Kentucky Utilities and Outdoor Lighting Perspectives; and, the Thirsty Thursday sponsor is Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated. Additional sponsors for the stroll include Ale-8-One Bottling Co., Chick-fil-A, the Mini Train Express and SafetyTec.

Information on Southern Lights may be obtained by contacting the KHP Foundation at 859-255-5727 or at foundation@khpfoundation.org, or by visiting www.SouthernLightsKy.org or www.KyHorsePark.com.

Event Category: 
Hosted by: 
KY Horse Park
Phone: 
859-259-4226

Southern Lights - Presented by the KHP Foundation

Dates: 
Friday, November 20, 2015 - 5:30pm to Thursday, December 31, 2015 - 10:00pm
Event Description: 

A family tradition in Kentucky, the Southern Lights holiday festival, presented by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky Inc., returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Nov. 20-Dec. 31. More than 125,000 individuals in more than 30,000 vehicles attend Southern Lights annually from Kentucky and beyond, making Southern Lights a premier holiday event in the region and nation.

With all the family-friendly activities offered, Southern Lights has grown into a well-known Bluegrass tradition over the last 22 years. Kids of all ages delight in the holiday driving tour. Visitors take in the “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” Keeneland race track, the spires of Churchill Downs and a wide variety of holiday, equine-themed and pop culture iconic displays, comprising thousands of twinkling lights.

Following the driving tour, families are encouraged to park their vehicles and walk into the park’s main campus to visit the Holiday Festival attractions. This non-driving portion of Southern Lights features the Kentucky Horse Park Gift Shop, holiday craft merchants, seasonal entertainment, an exotic petting zoo, pony and camel rides, the Mini Train Express, model train and dollhouse displays, and photos with Santa. The Bit & Bridle Restaurant will be serving holiday fare as will other food vendors, including Papa John’s, Original Kettle Corn, High Horizons Coffee, and Bluegrass Concessions.

The Southern Lights driving route is open 5:30-10 p.m. nightly. The Holiday Festival attractions will be open every night except Nov. 26 and Dec. 24-31. Guests are encouraged to take advantage of shorter lines and lower prices by visiting Southern Lights Monday through Thursday evenings this year. 

The cost per passenger car (up to 7 passengers) is $15 Monday through Thursday evenings, and $25 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. The cost for an extended van, RV or limousine (up to 15 passengers) is $35, a minibus (up to 25 passengers) is $60, a school bus is $75 and a motorcoach is $125. Companies and organizations may pre-purchase discounted admission tickets to Southern Lights by contacting the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. No discounts will be available at the admission gate.

All proceeds from Southern Lights support the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. The 2015 Southern Lights Shining Star Presenting Sponsor is Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky Inc.; the Holly & Ivy Sponsor is Kerr Brothers Funeral Homes; the Ribbons & Bows Sponsors are Central Bank, Kentucky Utilities and Outdoor Lighting Perspectives; and the Thirsty Thursday Sponsor is Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated.

Breyer Nights, with giveaways by Breyer Model Horses, will be Monday-Thursday, Nov. 30-Dec. 3; Toyota Night at Southern Lights will be Wednesday, Dec. 9; Military Night will be Wednesday, Dec. 16, allowing all active and retired military and their families one free car admission by showing a military I.D. at the gate; and Thirsty Thursdays, with giveaways from the Coca Cola Bottling Company, will be every Thursday night during Southern Lights.

Information on Southern Lights may be obtained by contacting the KHP Foundation at 859- 255-5727 or at foundation@khpfoundation.org.

Editor’s Note:  Some electronic map services available on Apple and Android mobile and auto GPS devices are not providing accurate directions to the Kentucky Horse Park. We recommend that guests input directions to the KHP Campground, the entrance to Southern Lights, at 3785 Campground Road, Lexington, KY 40511.  Additionally, we recommend that visitors use home computers to access a mapping service for directions, use the directions provided on the KHP website, www.kyhorsepark.com (available in the widget on the right-hand side under Address or at http://www.kyhorsepark.com/visit/plan-trip/directions), follow the brown highway signs or call ahead to double-check their route.

Insider Tip: Out-of-town visitors should use Interstate 75, Exit 115 (Newtown Pike) instead of Exit 120 (Iron Works Pike) to access the Southern Lights entrance at the KHP Campground from the east to help avoid congestion from the interstate to the west and a left-hand turn across traffic into the park.

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Event Category: 
Hosted by: 
KHP Foundation
Phone: 
859-255-5727

Southern Lights Stroll

Dates: 
Thursday, November 19, 2015 - 5:00pm to 8:30pm
Event Description: 

Competitive 5K race begins at 6:30 p.m.
Recreational stroll begins at 6:35 p.m. 

To celebrate the return of the Southern Lights holiday festival, presented by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky Inc., the Southern Lights Stroll will take place on Thursday, Nov. 19. On the only evening of Southern Lights when the public is allowed to experience a major portion of the lighted route on foot, visitors may choose to run, walk or stroll their way through thousands of dazzling holiday lights on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park.

Now in its 14th season, the Southern Lights Stroll has proven popular, from casual walkers and families who bring children and dogs to get photos and see the lights outside of a car, to serious runners who compete in the 5K portion of the Southern Lights Stroll. 

This year’s stroll will feature chip timing for the competitive 5K race, and awards will be given to winners in various age categories. Additional activities include complimentary Mini Train Express rides, refreshments, prize drawings and more. A food drive for God’s Pantry Food Bank and a local animal shelter will be held in conjunction with this event. All participants are asked to bring non perishable items to help local families and animals in need.

Registration for the competitive 5K race is $30 for adults and $15 for children ages 7-12.  Registration for the stroll/walk is $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 7-12.  There is no charge for children 6 and under.  Online registration, available through Nov. 17, is available at www.runsignup.com/Race/KY/Lexington/SouthernLightsStroll5K.

The competitive 5K race begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the recreational stroll at 6:35 p.m. Check-in is at the park’s Visitor Center. The first 1,000 registered adults receive a free souvenir T-shirt, and the first 350 registered children receive a free holiday souvenir.  To receive a t-shirt, children must register as an adult.

All proceeds from the Southern Lights Stroll support the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. The 2015 Shining Star Presenting Sponsor is Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky Inc.; the Holly & Ivy Sponsor is Kerr Brothers Funeral Homes; the Ribbons & Bows Sponsors are Central Bank, Kentucky Utilities and Outdoor Lighting Perspectives; and, the Thirsty Thursday sponsor is Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated. Additional sponsors for the stroll include Xerox, Chick-fil-A, the Mini Train Express and SafetyTec.

Information on Southern Lights may be obtained by contacting the KHP Foundation at 859- 255-5727 or at foundation@khpfoundation.org.

Editor’s Note:  Some electronic map services available on Apple and Android mobile and auto GPS devices are not providing accurate directions to the Kentucky Horse Park.  We recommend that visitors use home computers to access a mapping service for directions, use the directions provided on the KHP website, www.kyhorsepark.com (available in the widget on the lower right-hand side under Address), follow the brown highway signs or call ahead to double-check their route.

Event Category: 
Hosted by: 
KHP Foundation
Phone: 
859-255-5727

Southern Lights Stroll

Dates: 
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 5:00pm
Event Description: 

The Southern Lights Stroll is a fundraiser for the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. This event features a 5k run along with mini train rides, refreshments, and prize drawings. A food drive will also take place for God’s Pantry and local animal shelters. The first 750 adults registered receive a free souvenir t-shirt, while the first 350 kids registered receive a free holiday souvenir. For more information on the Southern Lights Stroll please call the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation at 859-255-5727 or, go to http://khpfoundation.org/programs/featured-events/southern-lights-stroll.

Event Category: 
Hosted by: 
Kentucky Horse Park Foundation
Phone: 
859-255-5727