Every holiday season, our family does multiple Christmas-related activities. We have visited Patti’s 1880’s Settlement, we go ice skating, watch Christmas parades, and earlier this season, we went to Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas.
This year, one of my friends suggested we go with them to Talon Falls. We had been to Talon Falls Adventure Park before, years ago, before kids, for their Halloween Screampark. We had no idea there was even such a thing as Talon Falls Christmas!
I’m so happy that we went! I think this might have to be a new yearly tradition.
I really didn’t find a lot of information or photos online for Talon Falls Christmas, so I didn’t know exactly what to expect. Honestly, I kind of expected it to be a little bit tacky.
I’m so glad I was so wrong! It was beautiful and magical, and the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit!
We purchased our tickets ahead of time online. You have to choose a specific time if you are opting to do the train ride. However, you can show up anytime after 4:30pm to do other activities.
We showed up right at opening time on a Saturday. There were quite a few people, but I wouldn’t say it was packed full by any means (which was nice!)
When you enter the park, you’re given a card that tells you what activities there are and where exactly they are happening, which is so nice!
Our first stop was the Christmas Barn.
The Christmas Barn
The barn was lit up with Christmas lights outside, and then when you step inside, you walk into a Christmas wonderland!
As you enter, an elf will hand each child a bag. Inside is an ornament to decorate, a letter template to Santa, and a paper for the parents to fill out to note whether your child was naughty or nice.
We sat down at a table to put together the ornaments. While we did that, Mrs. Claus came out and said story time was about to start. So we stopped what we were doing and went in a little room to listen to the story.
After the short story, kids can get a free photo with Mrs. Claus.
After that, they wanted to find out if they were on the Naughty or Nice list. I slipped the papers I had filled out to the elf, so that when the kids walked up, she knew them by name and specifically why they were on the Nice List.
Both kids received a certificate for being on the Nice List.
In the Christmas Barn, there is also a little concession area where you can get cupcakes or cookies. This is also where you can purchase a cookie decorating kit, which all the kids did when we came back later that evening.
Outdoor Activities at Talon Falls Christmas
Our train ride was at 5:15pm. While we were in the Christmas Barn, an announcement was made that we needed to get to the train station.
The train drove us around the park, where Christmas lights and decorations were set up along the route.
When we got off the train, we saw the “Penguin Plunge” tubing slide. Younger kids can ride with an adult, so I took Ella with me, while Mason went on his own. It was so fun for the kids and adults! We ended up going again later!
After the slide, the kids did the swings. Then it was time for dinner.
We all sat down and ate at the Outlaw Grill. They serve things like burgers, hot dogs, and chicken tenders.
There is also a small gift shop and Build-a-Bear type of place inside the grill, as well as restrooms.
Right outside the grill, there was a jumping pillow, so the kids did that after we ate. There is also a campfire where you can make s’mores (purchased separately inside Mama Pats Bakery.)
The older kids did the zipline after jumping, and then we went back towards the Christmas Barn, where the trikes were set up right outside.
Almost all of the activities at Talon Falls Christmas are included in the price of admission, including the slide, swings, zip line, trikes, jumping pillow, ornament kit, and petting farm.
Activities that cost extra were the cookie decorating kit, s’mores kit, and train ride.
When you purchase your tickets, you can also include photos with Santa or the Grinch, which do cost extra.
Overall, we had such a great time! We truly loved it and plan to be back next year!
2932 State Route 849 West
Melber, KY 42069
General Admission: $20/person
Age 2 and under are FREE
Train Ride Tickets (includes General Admission): $25/person
Hours: (only open for Christmas activities specific dates in Nov & Dec. Check their website for dates!)
Fridays & Saturdays: 4:30pm-10pm
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