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Southern Lights returns with state employee discount

T​​he 23rd annual Southern Lights holiday festival returns to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Nov. 18 - Dec. 31. More than 
125,000 individuals in more than 30,000 vehicles attend Southern Lights annually from Kentucky and beyond.

Families delight in the holiday driving tour that takes them on a journey through dazzling lighted arches and by colorful, lighted 
forms featuring a wide variety of holiday, equine-themed and pop culture iconic displays such as “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” the Keeneland race track, the spires of Churchill Downs, “Star Wars,” Cinderella and much more. A new display this year features a “Stable of Champions” of 6 famous Thoroughbred horses connected to the Kentucky Horse Park including Man o’ War, Cigar, John Henry, Da Hoss, Funny Cide and Go for Gin.

Following the driving tour, visitors are encouraged to park their vehicles and visit Holiday Festival attractions in the park’s main 
campus. 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 and other food vendors will serve holiday fare.

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

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 in advance. No discounts will be available at the admission gate.

November 18 through Dec. 31, a $5 discount is available for all state employees for Monday through Thursday tickets PURCHASED IN ADVANCE ONLY. Discounted price: $10 per carload – Valid Monday through Thursday ONLY. No Discount Available for Friday/ Saturday/ Sunday tickets. To purchase tickets by phone with credit card or for more information, call 859.255.5727 or  complete and return this form. ​NO DISCOUNT AT GATE – MUST PRE-ORDER DISCOUNTED TICKETS. TICKETS 
WILL BE MAILED TO YOU. 

All proceeds from Southern Lights support the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. There will be two Military Nights this year, Tuesday, Dec. 13 and Monday, Dec. 19, allowing all active and retired military and their families one free car admission by showing a military I.D. at the gate.

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​.​

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Kentucky State Parks Commonwealth Connection for 2016-2017

Have a little vacation or comp time to use up and need a quick getaway? Don’t forget the unique beauty, history and dining 
experiences to be enjoyed just around the corner from home! The Kentucky State Parks are once again offering the Commonwealth Connection discount for all local, state and federal employees and retirees for 2016-2017, as well as public school district employees and retirees. The Kentucky State Parks offer more than 250 miles of hiking trails, wildlife viewing, golf and other outdoor adventure. 

Take advantage of the Kentucky State Parks’ Commonwealth Connection program, which offers reduced rates on lodge rooms and cottages. The discount is good from Nov. 1, 2016, through March 31, 2017. The rates for 10 resorts and the cottages at John James Audubon State Park are:
Lodge Room -- $49.95 
1BR Cottage -- $74.95 
2BR Cottage -- $89.95 
3BR Cottage -- $99.95 
Add $5 to the above rates to enjoy a getaway at these resort parks: Barren River, Cumberland Falls, Kentucky Dam Village, 
Lake Barkley, Lake Cumberland or Natural Bridge State Resort Parks.

Make your reservations online at www.parks.ky.gov​ and use the promo code “TRCC.” Individual park numbers can be found online or call 800.255.7275. Be sure to mention the “Commonwealth Connection” to receive your special rate! Proof of government employment or past service may be required at check-in. Subject to availability. May exclude park special event ​weekends and holidays. For leisure travel only. Not to be combined with other offers. Applicable taxes will apply.​