Holiday help: Where to take visitors this season

Have friends or family in town this year? We’re here to help plan their visit.

christmas lights

Warm up your out-of-town guests with our itinerary. | Photo by @femibranded

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If you’re hosting out-of-town guests for the holidays, it’s time to step into the role of “official LEX tour guide.” We’ve got plenty of recommendations for you to build the perfect itinerary for your visitors.

A yellow and gold mural of Louis Armstrong and a trumpet

You can’t help but smile when you drive past Louis. | Photo courtesy of VisitLEX

🏙️ Sightseeing

Is it even a trip to Lexington without taking a distillery trip? You can also take your visitors to one of Lexington’s murals for the perfect holiday family photo. Explore even more with our list of tours.

🥘 Eat and drink

If your guests need a caffeine pick-me-up, Leestown Coffee House, A Cup of Common Wealth, and North Lime Coffee and Donuts are all offering a range of seasonal drinks. If you’re looking for a different kind of brew, Lexington is home to tons of breweries with Wise Bird Cider and Mirror Twin Brewing being two local hot spots.

Get ready to get your grub on because we’ve got plenty of articles to help you navigate the local food scene. You can’t miss these classic Lexington restaurants that are a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Our personal picks include brunch at Beau’s Cafe and dinner at Bourbon N’ Toulouse.

The exterior of the Lexington Opera House at night

Oh yes, there’s plenty going on at Lexington Opera House. | Photo by Lexington Opera House

🎳 Activities

Let the kids — or grandkids — run around and explore the Explorium or see a kid-friendly show at the Lexington Opera House. Take the family bowling at LexLive, or load up the car + spend the afternoon at Shaker Village.

The outside of the 21 Museum Hotel

Getting a picture with the 21c penguins is a Lexington rite of passage. | Photo courtesy of VisitLEX

🛏️ Stay

If your visitors aren’t planning to crash with you, check out these local Airbnbs or a truly unique place to relax.

Origin Hotel Lexington, 4174 Rowan | $136+ per night
There’s no shortage of fun when you stay at this Summit at Fritz Farm spot, where they’ll be surrounded by tons of shops, dining, and fun for the whole family.

The fun doesn’t stop there… Be sure to send your visitors the link to our events page in advance to get a feel for what they’ll want to see and do while in town.