Join us in Downtown Owensboro this holiday season for the first annual 12 Days of Christmas! This experience will bring the downtown riverfront to life every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, beginning after Thanksgiving and leading up to Christmas.

Overnight guests may take advantage of one of our premier downtown hotels- the Holiday Inn Owensboro Riverfront or the Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown Owensboro/Waterfront!

1st Day of Christmas

Friday, November 26th

Energy on Ice - Grand Opening

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Energy on Ice is a portable ice rink installed on the Kentucky Legend Pier at the Owensboro Convention Center. This outdoor skating experience includes festive holiday lighting, music, food and drink concessions, skate rentals, and outdoor seating for spectators. Energy On Ice is sponsored by Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Atmos Energy, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, and the Staton Family Foundation.

For more information, visit owensborocenter.com

Friday After 5: Christmas Edition

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Enjoy food and drinks and the sounds of the holidays with live music at the Holiday Inn Owensboro Riverfront.

2nd Day of Christmas

Saturday, November 27th

Chamber’s Shop Owensboro

Powered by Independence Bank

Shop Owensboro, which falls on Small Business Saturday, is a banner day for many local businesses as Owensboroans have adopted the mentality that shopping small is a big deal for our community. The Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce and Independence Bank united to turn Small Business Saturday into Shop Owensboro – an all-day shopping event centered around the city’s booming boutique scene.

For more information, visit chamber.owensboro.com

Energy on Ice

1:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Energy on Ice is a portable ice rink installed on the Kentucky Legend Pier at the Owensboro Convention Center. This outdoor skating experience includes festive holiday lighting, music, food and drink concessions, skate rentals, and outdoor seating for spectators. Energy On Ice is sponsored by Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Atmos Energy, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, and the Staton Family Foundation.

For more information, visit owensborocenter.com

3rd Day of Christmas

Sunday, November 28th

Energy on Ice- Movie Night (Elf)

2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Energy on Ice is a portable ice rink installed on the Kentucky Legend Pier at the Owensboro Convention Center. This outdoor skating experience includes festive holiday lighting, music, food and drink concessions, skate rentals, and outdoor seating for spectators. Energy On Ice is sponsored by Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Atmos Energy, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, and the Staton Family Foundation. This evening, the Christmas classic “Elf” will be playing outside on the big screen for all to enjoy!

For more information, visit owensborocenter.com

4th Day of Christmas

Friday, December 3rd

Holiday Photo Night

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Bring your family downtown to Smothers Park for free professional photos by Wonder Boy Media with Christmas backdrops! Get a photo with the new iconic blue bridge lit up with your favorite Christmas colors in the background or have your family miraculously transported into a winter wonderland.

Holiday Market

Owensboro Convention Center
3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Free admission! The first 100 people Saturday will receive a free grab bag. The first 60 Kids on Sunday will receive either a free Santa Hat or Stocking.

For more information, visit owensborocenter.com

Energy on Ice

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Energy on Ice is a portable ice rink installed on the Kentucky Legend Pier at the Owensboro Convention Center. This outdoor skating experience includes festive holiday lighting, music, food and drink concessions, skate rentals, and outdoor seating for spectators. Energy On Ice is sponsored by Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Atmos Energy, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, and the Staton Family Foundation.

For more information, visit owensborocenter.com

Friday After 5: Christmas Edition

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Enjoy food and drinks and the sounds of the holidays with live music at the Holiday Inn Owensboro Riverfront.

5th Day of Christmas

Saturday, December 4th

Care Net Reindeer Run 5K

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

The 7th Annual Care Net Reindeer Run/Walk is a family-fun event open to runners and walkers of all types so grab your family members, friends, or co-workers and join the fun to kick off the Holiday Season! Participants are encouraged to come dressed in Christmas attire (ugly sweaters, Santa hats, bells, fun socks, etc.). Visit with Santa, enjoy hot chocolate, and win door prizes as we kick off the Christmas season.

For more information, visit runsignup.com

Holiday Stroll

12:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us in Downtown Owensboro for special Christmas shopping in local shops and downtown dining after the Christmas Tree Lighting event!

Christmas Tree Lighting and
Dancing Lights Show Unveiling

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Join us at 5:00 PM for the annual lighting of the Smothers Park Christmas tree! We will also be unveiling the brand new Dancing Lights at Smothers Park. Holiday lights will transform the center portion of Smothers Park in downtown Owensboro into an interactive holiday lightshow. Every 15 minutes, lights will dance to a different classic Christmas carol. It is a spectacle that you won’t want to miss!

Lanham Brothers Christmas Jamboree

Bluegrass Hall of Fame and Museum
7:00 PM

Brothers Randy and Barry Lanham celebrating roots music, clogging, and Kentucky arts with the Lanham Brothers Jamboree. The Lanham Brothers Jamboree Christmas Show is a fundraiser for Volunteer Owensboro.

The German American Bank Nutcracker

RiverPark Center
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Children of all ages will find the joy of Christmas through the beauty of music and dance with Owensboro Dance Theatre’s “The German American Bank Nutcracker.” The Nutcracker will feature your students, classmates, friends, and five professional dancers! This timeless production fills the stage with movement and imagination, generating enthusiasm for all students.

For more information, visit riverparkcenter.org

Holiday Market

Owensboro Convention Center
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Free admission! The first 100 people Saturday will receive a free grab bag.

For more information, visit owensborocenter.com

Energy on Ice

1:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Energy on Ice is a portable ice rink installed on the Kentucky Legend Pier at the Owensboro Convention Center. This outdoor skating experience includes festive holiday lighting, music, food and drink concessions, skate rentals, and outdoor seating for spectators. Energy On Ice is sponsored by Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Atmos Energy, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, and the Staton Family Foundation.

For more information, visit owensborocenter.com

6th Day of Christmas

Sunday, December 5th

The German American Bank Nutcracker

RiverPark Center
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Children of all ages will find the joy of Christmas through the beauty of music and dance with Owensboro Dance Theatre’s “The German American Bank Nutcracker.” The Nutcracker will feature your students, classmates, friends, and five professional dancers! This timeless production fills the stage with movement and imagination, generating enthusiasm for all students.

For more information, visit riverparkcenter.org

Holiday Market

Owensboro Convention Center
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Free admission! The first 60 Kids on Sunday will receive either a free Santa Hat or Stocking.

For more information, visit owensborocenter.com

Dancing Lights

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Holiday Lights will transform the center portion of Smothers Park in downtown Owensboro into an interactive holiday lightshow. Every 15 minutes, lights will dance to a different classic Christmas carol. It is a spectacle that you won’t want to miss!

Dancing Lights is presented by Big Rivers Electric Corp. and Visit Owensboro.

Energy on Ice- Movie Night (A Christmas Story)

2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Energy on Ice is a portable ice rink installed on the Kentucky Legend Pier at the Owensboro Convention Center. This outdoor skating experience includes festive holiday lighting, music, food and drink concessions, skate rentals, and outdoor seating for spectators. Energy On Ice is sponsored by Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Atmos Energy, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, and the Staton Family Foundation. This evening, the Christmas classic “A Christmas Story” will be playing outside on the big screen for all to enjoy!

And before the movie, enjoy the Owensboro Symphony Academy performing Suzuki Violin Studio of Adrienne Vallandingham!

For more information, visit owensborocenter.com

7th Day of Christmas

Friday, December 10th

Hot Chocolate Hop

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Join us in Downtown Owensboro for the second annual Hot Chocolate Hop! Various local downtown businesses will be selling different specialty hot chocolate drinks. While you're strolling downtown, check out the ice sculptures along 2nd St. or take a ride on the Brew Bridge Trolley!

Full list of participating businesses coming soon!

Dancing Lights

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Holiday Lights will transform the center portion of Smothers Park in downtown Owensboro into an interactive holiday lightshow. Every 15 minutes, lights will dance to a different classic Christmas carol. It is a spectacle that you won’t want to miss!

Dancing Lights is presented by Big Rivers Electric Corp. and Visit Owensboro.

Energy on Ice

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Energy on Ice is a portable ice rink installed on the Kentucky Legend Pier at the Owensboro Convention Center. This outdoor skating experience includes festive holiday lighting, music, food and drink concessions, skate rentals, and outdoor seating for spectators. Energy On Ice is sponsored by Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Atmos Energy, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, and the Staton Family Foundation.

For more information, visit owensborocenter.com

Friday After 5: Christmas Edition

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Enjoy food and drinks and the sounds of the holidays with live music at the Holiday Inn Owensboro Riverfront.

8th Day of Christmas

Saturday, Decemeber 11th

4th Annual Breakfast with Santa

Presented by German American Bank
Owensboro Convention Center
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM

For more information, visit owensborocenter.com

Owensboro Symphony's Home for the Holidays

RiverPark Center
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Come home for the Holidays to enjoy this jolly and festive celebration! This concert promises to mesmerize listeners with traditional favorites and fresh new works, including selections from The Nutcracker, Scrooge, and everyone’s favorite…White Christmas. Owensboro Symphony Chorus and the Youth Orchestra will also perform heartwarming holiday favorites. Celebrate this annual holiday tradition with your Owensboro Symphony!

For more information, visit riverparkcenter.org

Dancing Lights

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Holiday Lights will transform the center portion of Smothers Park in downtown Owensboro into an interactive holiday lightshow. Every 15 minutes, lights will dance to a different classic Christmas carol. It is a spectacle that you won’t want to miss!

Dancing Lights is presented by Big Rivers Electric Corp. and Visit Owensboro.

Energy on Ice

1:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Energy on Ice is a portable ice rink installed on the Kentucky Legend Pier at the Owensboro Convention Center. This outdoor skating experience includes festive holiday lighting, music, food and drink concessions, skate rentals, and outdoor seating for spectators. Energy On Ice is sponsored by Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Atmos Energy, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, and the Staton Family Foundation.

For more information, visit owensborocenter.com

9th Day of Christmas

Sunday, December 12th

Dancing Lights

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Holiday Lights will transform the center portion of Smothers Park in downtown Owensboro into an interactive holiday lightshow. Every 15 minutes, lights will dance to a different classic Christmas carol. It is a spectacle that you won’t want to miss!

Dancing Lights is presented by Big Rivers Electric Corp. and Visit Owensboro.

Energy on Ice- Movie Night (Polar Express)

2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Energy on Ice is a portable ice rink installed on the Kentucky Legend Pier at the Owensboro Convention Center. This outdoor skating experience includes festive holiday lighting, music, food and drink concessions, skate rentals, and outdoor seating for spectators. Energy On Ice is sponsored by Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Atmos Energy, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, and the Staton Family Foundation. This evening, the Christmas classic "Polar Express" will be playing outside on the big screen for all to enjoy!

For more information, visit owensborocenter.com

10th Day of Christmas

Friday, December 17th

Santa's Sweets

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Satisfy your holiday sweet tooth with some indulgent specialty treats from downtown restaurants and businesses.

Full list of participating businesses coming soon!

Dancing Lights

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Holiday Lights will transform the center portion of Smothers Park in downtown Owensboro into an interactive holiday lightshow. Every 15 minutes, lights will dance to a different classic Christmas carol. It is a spectacle that you won’t want to miss!

Dancing Lights is presented by Big Rivers Electric Corp. and Visit Owensboro.

Energy on Ice

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Energy on Ice is a portable ice rink installed on the Kentucky Legend Pier at the Owensboro Convention Center. This outdoor skating experience includes festive holiday lighting, music, food and drink concessions, skate rentals, and outdoor seating for spectators. Wear an Ugly Christmas Sweater on this night and receive $1 off skating!

Energy On Ice is sponsored by Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Atmos Energy, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, and the Staton Family Foundation.

For more information, visit owensborocenter.com

Friday After 5: Christmas Edition

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Enjoy food and drinks and the sounds of the holidays with live music at the Holiday Inn Owensboro Riverfront.

11th Day of Christmas

Saturday, December 18th

12 Days of Christmas Downtown Scavenger Hunt

10:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Graphics depicting all 12 Days of Christmas will be hidden downtown- look up, look down, look all around (just like you did as a kid trying to find where your parents hid the presents!) We will be giving you a map that morning to help you start your search and then posting clues on Facebook throughout the day.

Dancing Lights

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Holiday Lights will transform the center portion of Smothers Park in downtown Owensboro into an interactive holiday lightshow. Every 15 minutes, lights will dance to a different classic Christmas carol. It is a spectacle that you won't want to miss!

Dancing Lights is presented by Big Rivers Electric Corp. and Visit Owensboro

Energy on Ice

1:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Energy on Ice is a portable ice rink installed on the Kentucky Legend Pier at the Owensboro Convention Center. This outdoor skating experience includes festive holiday lighting, music, food and drink concessions, skate rentals, and outdoor seating for spectators. Wear an Ugly Christmas Sweater on this night and receive $1 off skating!

Energy On Ice is sponsored by Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Atmos Energy, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, and the Staton Family Foundation.

For more information, visit owensborocenter.com

The People's Christmas Parade

4:30 PM

The People’s Christmas Parade will take place along 2nd St. in Downtown Owensboro.

For more information, visit facebook.com

12th Day of Christmas

Sunday, December 19th

Dancing Lights

5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Holiday Lights will transform the center portion of Smothers Park in downtown Owensboro into an interactive holiday lightshow. Every 15 minutes, lights will dance to a different classic Christmas carol. It is a spectacle that you won’t want to miss!

Dancing Lights is presented by and Visit Owensboro.

Energy on Ice - Movie Night (Christmas Vacation)

2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Energy on Ice is a portable ice rink installed on the Kentucky Legend Pier at the Owensboro Convention Center. This outdoor skating experience includes festive holiday lighting, music, food and drink concessions, skate rentals, and outdoor seating for spectators. Wear an Ugly Christmas Sweater on this night and receive $1 off skating!

Energy On Ice is sponsored by Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline, Atmos Energy, Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, and the Staton Family Foundation. This evening, the Christmas classic “Christmas Vacation” will be playing outside on the big screen for all to enjoy!

For more information, visit owensborocenter.com

Bonus Events

The Prophecy - Trans-Siberian Orchestra Tribute

RiverPark Center
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Come experience the power, the music and the magic once again this Christmas season, as the Prophecy performs all of your favorite music from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and more. Audiences everywhere are celebrating over 20 years of the most famous holiday rock music ever created with the TSO rock opera that is legendary.

For more information, visit riverparkcenter.org

Stephen Curtis Chapman Acoustic Christmas

Bluegrass Hall of Fame and Museum
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

In a career that has spanned over 30 years, Steven Curtis Chapman is the most awarded artist in Christian music history with 59 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, five GRAMMYs®, an American Music Award, 49 No. 1 singles, and selling more than eleven million albums and with ten RIAA-certified gold or platinum albums to his credit.

For more information, visit bluegrasshall.org

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

RiverPark Center
7:00 PM - 9:05 PM

Do you remember the first time you heard the Christmas sounds of Mannheim Steamroller? You can again celebrate the holiday magic of Mannheim Steamroller in 2021 when they bring their annual holiday tour to fans throughout the country. While 2020 was the first year the group was unable to tour in 35 years, 2021 will reunite the #1 Christmas music artist in history with its legion of long-time fans. Experience the music that has become the hallmark of the holidays and a tradition for multi-generational families: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas live in concert in 2021!

For more information, visit riverparkcenter.org