Mark it down on your calendars, Santa Claus and his reindeer are on their way! The holiday season is just around the corner, and Barbourville Tourism has a busy schedule planned.

Barbourville Tourism Director Denise Wainscott is excited to announce this year will be packed with ice skating, pancakes and pictures with Santa, the annual snowman hunt, and more! This year’s Christmas theme is “Winter Nights and Magical Lights”. 

The Barbourville Woman’s Study Club kicks off the holidays with a Christmas ‘wreath making’ session called “Deck the Halls, Y’all!” on December 5 through December 7. The event will take place at the Lillian June First Christian Church Community Room. Participants may pre-register at

The annual Christmas Bazaar will be at the “Old Rock Gym” on Knox Middle School’s campus on December 6 and December 7, featuring arts, crafts, and homemade baked goods.

The annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will be held on Friday, December 6 beginning at 6 p.m. at the Knox County Courthouse. For those annual snowman hunters, remember the Snowman Hunt will return with plans for the first clue to be released at the annual Christmas Tree lighting.

Kids and parents alike can enjoy a fun morning at the Knox County Cooperative Extension Office with pancakes and pictures with Santa on Saturday, December 7 starting at 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Also on December 7, the annual ‘I Believe in Santa Claus’ Parade will make its way through Barbourville beginning at 6 p.m. There will be cash prizes and trophies awarded to the top three floats. 

Following the parade, Union College will be hosting a Christmas Concert at the Conway Boatman Chapel on Saturday, December 7 at 8 p.m.


Tourism has rented an ice-skating rink for the dates of December 19 through December 21. The ice-skating rink will be free to the public. Ice skates will be provided. Location is to be determined.

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