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City partners kickoff inaugural Light Up BGKY Event


A new holiday tradition is starting in Bowling Green with week-long celebrations and lighting events. 

Light Up BGKY is a collaborative project with the City of Bowling Green and community partners to host 15 holiday and lighting events from Nov. 27 to Dec. 3. 

This inaugural event was kicked off on Nov. 27 at 4 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Bowling Green officials and President Timothy Caboni on the steps of Cherry Hall. 


“The city of Bowling Green with the help of WKU and our county and city officials are celebrating the Christmas season by ringing in the holidays with Light Up Bowling Green,” Todd Matthews, chair of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, said. 

Bowling Green Mayor Todd Alcott announced the series of events to be hosted throughout the week and gave a special thanks to Downtown Development Coordinator Telia Butler for her contributions to the event.

The schedule of events are as follows:

Monday, Nov. 27: 

Kickoff Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony 

Time/Location: 4 p.m., WKU’s Cherry Hall, 1906 College Heights Blvd.

Tuesday, Nov. 28:

Med Center Health’s Make the Season Bright

Time/Location: 6 p.m., Hospitality House, 501 High Street

Wednesday, Nov. 29: 

Christmas Marketplace at Riverview at Hobson Grove Historic House Museum

Time/Location:  10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Hobson Grove Historic House Museum, 1100 W Main Ave

Movies at the Capitol: It’s a Wonderful Toy Drive.  

Time/Location: 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., The Capitol, 416 E Main Ave

Thursday, Nov. 30: 

Light Up the Depot at the Historic RailPark

Time/Location: 4 p.m., Historic RailPark & Train Museum, 401 Kentucky Street

Storytime in the Snow Dome at SoKY Ice Rink with Warren County Public Library.

Location: SoKY Ice Rink, 636 Center Street 

Friday, Dec. 1: 

Christmas on College Street at City Hall: 

Time/Location: 3:30-5 p.m., 1001 College Street

Warren County Courthouse Open House

Time/Location 2-4 p.m., 429 E 10th Ave.

Storytime Meet and Greet with The Grinch at The Capitol Theatre

TIme/Location: 4-6 p.m., 416 E. Main Ave.

Downtown BGKY Lights Up

Time/Location: 5-8 p.m., Fountain and Circus Squares, SoKY Ice Rink, and SKyPAC 

Reindeer Farm

Time/Location: 9a.m.-5 p.m., 2541 Old Union Church Road

Saturday, Dec. 2:

BG/WC Jaycees Christmas Parade

Time/Location: 9:30 a.m., Downtown Bowling Green on College and State Streets

Christmas in Kentucky at the Kentucky Museum

Time/Location: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 1444 Kentucky Street

Lost River Sessions Presents A Bluegrass Holiday at The Capitol

Time/Location: 6:30 p.m., 416 E Main Ave

Mistletoe Market at SoKY Marketplace’s Historic Venue on 7th

Location: 636 Center Street

Reindeer Farm with live ice sculpting

Time/Location: 9-5 p.m., 2541 Old Union Church Road

Sunday, Dec. 3:

Historic Holiday Tour: Christmas on College Hill

Time: 1-5 p.m. 

SoKY Ice Rink

Location: 636 Center Street

Reindeer Farm with live ice sculpting

Time/Location: 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., 2541 Old Union Church Road

Before the ribbon-cutting to mark the start of these events, Caboni gave his remarks about the new tradition, saying he hopes these types of events will contribute to improving quality of life in Bowling Green. 

“When I returned to WKU in 2017 as president, one of my commitments was a renewed institutional focus on improving our area’s quality of life,” Caboni said. “What better illustration than through this new partnership with the city and organizations across our community to share not just the holiday spirit, but here on our hill, the WKU spirit.”

To learn more about Light Up BGKY and to view the schedule of events visit

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