Holidays at the Museums

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Feel the spirit of the season centered around the wonder of trains on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at the 12th Annual Pennyrile Polar Express! Historic East 9th Street will be transformed into a winter wonderland with train station stops that feature free activities sponsored by local businesses. Located on East 9th Street from Main Street to the railroad tracks, the event is open to the public and will run from 3pm-5pm.

Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at the L&N Depot as they read Chris Van Allsburg’s children’s story The Polar Express and get a copy of the book for your family. Hear The Little Engine that Could at the Bus Depot, The Christmas Story at First Presbyterian Church, storytelling with the Sugar Plum Elf at HWEA, and other holiday tales at Books on Main with the Christian County Literacy Council. Hop a ride on a horse-drawn carriage or cruise down the street on a miniature train. Stop by the Pennyroyal Area Museum, the Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum, the Carnegie Library and the Fellowship Hall at First Presbyterian Church to watch model trains zoom around extravagant layouts. Holiday crafts can be made at First Presbyterian Church with Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Emerging Young Leaders. Popcorn, hot chocolate, and other drinks are available along the route. This special event is sure to show you the essence of the holiday season.

This year’s Pennyrile Polar Express is just one part of the inaugural Hopkinsville Holiday Celebration that features downtown events throughout the day. For more information, visit

On Saturday, December 17 we will be hosting A Day with Trains at the Pennyroyal Area Museum from 11am-2pm. Watch as our conductors run trains on two model train layouts. Also, make a craft to take home at our winter fun craft table. Regular admission rates apply.

The Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County also invites the community to see our Pennyroyal Treasures exhibit that currently features a collection of Santas. On loan from local collector Ruth Morgan, these figurines represent decades of changes to the image of the jolly old man.

Looking for a special place to shop for Christmas presents? Our Museum Shop has a wide selection of gifts for those looking for items with a local twist. Local books and items related to holistic health stock our shelves. Get the 2016 Kiwanis ornament and the Pennyroyal Arts Council and Hopkinsville Art Guild’s Christian County Counts book. Other fun gift items in the shop include Tobacco Barns of Western Kentucky and Farming in the Black Patch that showcase our region’s agricultural heritage and beauty, a documentary about the Kitty League, a reproduction of a 1901 publication of the Pembroke Journal, prints of the historic Hotel Latham, and so much more! An annual membership makes a great gift, too!

The Museums will be closed for the holidays from Friday, December 23 through Monday, December 26. We will re-open with our regular hours on Tuesday, December 27, 2016. The Museums will be closed on New Year’s Day. (The Museums remain closed to the public on Mondays.)

The Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County is located at 217 East 9th Street in downtown Hopkinsville and includes the Pennyroyal Area Museum and the Woody Winfree Fire-Transportation Museum. General admission to the Museum is $2 with special rates for seniors and children; there is no admission fee for the Museum Shop. Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturday, 10am-3pm; Closed Sunday and Monday.