Browse through our list to see what's happening where you live this holiday season. 



Click here for the full Paducah Parks and Recreation Fall and Winter guide. 

Dec. 8 — Yule Light Up the Night 5K and Kids K run: These nighttime runs are held under the Christmas lights at Noble Park in Paducah. They're sponsored by the McCracken County Running Boosters Club. Preregistration by Nov. 29 includes a long-sleeve T-shirt. Race day registration begins at 4 p.m. on Dec. 8. Click here for more information. 

Local Christmas light celebrations kick off holiday season

Dec. 10 Whitehaven Open House: The public is invited to the Whitehaven open house near I24's Paducah Exit 7 from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 to enjoy holiday decorations and entertainment. Visitors will be able to take a guided tour of the house, with light refreshments provided at the end of the tour. For more information, click here or call (270) 554-2077.

Dec. 10 — Cookies with Santa: Parents are invited to drop off their kids (between the ages of 5 and 12) at the Paducah Recreation Center on Dec. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids will enjoy a fun day of activities, cookies and crafts. Santa will also read them a holiday-themed story. The fee is $10 for child. The Cookies with Santa event is meant to give parents time to finish up Christmas shopping and wrapping presents. For more information about this event and how to register, click here.

Through Dec. 10 — Festival of Trees: The Festival of Trees has returned for another year, with beautifully decorated Christmas trees on display in the main Lourdes Hospital plaza. Community members are invited to come and admire the trees from Nov. 14 through Dec. 10. Visitors can purchase a raffle ticket at the Hospital Gift Shop for a tree of their choice. Lourdes Hospital Auxiliary will draw winners on Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. in the food court near the main lobby. On drawing day, visitors are invited to shop at the Lourdes Hospital Christmas Market, where vendors will be selling a variety of handmade products. 

Dec. 10 — Holiday Market: The Parks and Recreation Department is inviting everyone to enjoy the annual Holiday Market at Paducah Middle School from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 10. The even is an extension of the Paducah Farmers' Market, bringing vendors and local artists together in one place. According to a release from the City of Paducah, attendees will be able to purchase holiday gifts, woodworking crafts, home decor, baked goods, crochet and woven items, pottery, metal working, and jewelry. 

Dec. 11 — The Black Santa 270 Community Christmas: Local nonprofit, The Black Santa 270, is hosting a Community Christmas event from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Greater Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church. According to a Facebook post from the organization, the free event will include dinner, treats, toys, photos with Santa, and music. Click here for more information. 


Nov. 25–Dec. 25 — Christmas in the Park at Mike Miller Park: The Annual Christmas in the Park Light Show at Mike Miller Park will be held from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The display includes a life-size Elf on the Shelf, which will move to a different location each night. On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, the Marshall County Parks Department says to be on the lookout for the Grinch. If you see him, snap a picture and post it using the hashtag #thegrinchatmikemiller to be entered in the Spot the Grinch Challenge. Prizes given away weekly during a Facebook Live drawing. Click here for more details. 

Dec. 10 — Christmas Bazaar: Marshall County High School junior Presley Gallimore is hosting a Christmas Bazaar at the Benton Library to benefit Marcella's Kitchen. According to Gallimore, the Bazaar is a fun family event with lots of games and activities, cookies, hot cocoa, a visit from Santa, and more. Donations are asked for, but not required. Proceeds from the Bazaar will help provide hot meals to people in the community who might not get them otherwise.  

Dec. 10 — Three Crosses Church Christmas Market and Food Drive: Local vendors will be set up at Three Crosses Church on US Hwy 641 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. The church is inviting anyone to come out and shop. They're asking guests to bring a non-perishable food item or household donation for the church's food pantry to be entered to win a raffle basket from the vendors. For more information, click here.

Dec. 25 — Free Christmas Dinner: First Baptist Church of Benton will host their annual free Christmas dinner on Christmas day. They say all are invited to share a  meal of turkey, ham, dressing, potatoes and gravy, green beans, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, rolls, and homemade desserts from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the activities building at 10th and Main in donwntown Benton. If you cannot leave your home, you may call the church office to request delivery by Dec. 20 at (270) 527-7575.

Calvert City

Dec. 8 — Holiday Decorating Contest: Calvert City is inviting community members to decorate their storefronts and homes as part of the Calvert City Holiday Decorating Contest. According to a release from the city, there are two categories in the contest: traditional and nontraditional. You can nominate yourself or someone else by clicking here and filling out the form. Winners will be recognized on Calvert City social media sites and Calvert City websites and will be given a sign to place in their yard or storefront for the rest of December. 


Dec. 8-11  — The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: Campbellsville University's Department of Theatre and Dance, Town Hall Productions, and heritage Children Services will present "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" in the Russ Mobley Theatre. Shows begin at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. According to a release from the university, general admission is $12 and students' admission is $8. Tickets can be purchase online, here. The online ticket sales will end at noon on De. 8, the release explains, but you can still get tickets after that by calling (270) 283-0566 or buying them at the door, for as long as supplies last. 


Dec. 9 — Candy Cane Classic: Guests who attend the Candy Cane Classic concert enjoy performances from Graves County High School's bands, choirs, orchestras and drama. There will also be a gallery featuring artwork from GCHS art students. The event is being held at the Independence Bank Performing Arts Center. According to a release from Graves County Schools, reserved seating is available. Tickets for the event cost $6 and can be purchased by clicking here. The gallery will open at 6 p.m. and the theater will open for seating at 6:30 p.m. with the convert beginning at 7 p.m. 


Dec. 9 — Christmas Open House: The Murray Bank is holding a Christmas Open House in their lobby. Cookies and punch will be served from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Santa will be there from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. for free pictures.


Dec. 17 — Christmas Parade: Salem Fire and Rescue says the 19th annual Salem Lighted Christmas Parade has been postponed to Dec. 17 due to the weather forecast for Nov. 26. Those who have questions or would like to register a float can contact Salem City Hall at 270-988-2600. To check back for updates on the parade, visit the Salem Fire & Rescue Facebook page



Dec. 9 — 4th Annual Lights Parade: The City of Cairo is hosting their 4th Annual Lights Parade on Dec. 9. Lineup starts at 5 p.m. on 20th and Commercial and the parade begins at 6 p.m. The theme for this year's parade is "The Most Magical Place on Earth." After the parade, there will be hot chocolate, bonfire pits, cookies, free candy, and more. The event is sponsored by the Cairo Heritage Foundation. 


Dec. 10 — Cocoa with the Kringles: This free family event is happening at the Centenary Family Life Center in Cape Girardeau from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Attendees can enjoy hot cocoa, take pictures with Santa, and make Christmas Crafts. Volunteers are also needed for this event. Click here to learn more. 


Through Dec. 30 — Let it Glow drive-thru and walk-thru light display: The light show is open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Discovery Park of America at 830 Everett Blvd. in Union City, Tennessee. Santa Claus will be at Mill Ridge in the park on Friday and Saturday nights. The light display is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Click here for more details.