Land Between The Lakes Offers Free Cedar Christmas Trees

LBLFree Christmas tree permits for Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area will be available online at, under Reservations and Permits beginning November 28. Permits, maps, and cutting guidelines may be obtained online anytime. The public may also obtain a permit from the Land Between The Lakes Administrative Office, 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday between December 1 and noon on December 24. Permits are not available at Golden Pond Visitor Center.

A permit entitles a family to cut one cedar tree between November 28 and December 24. Cedar trees may be cut anywhere in Land Between The Lakes except within sight of US68/KY80, Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway, cemeteries, Nature Watch Areas, campgrounds, or other mowed areas. Trees must be cedar, less than 10 feet tall, and stumps must be less than 4 inches tall. Chain saws may be used. Use of trucks, winches, tractors, or other heavy equipment is prohibited. Cutting rules and regulations can be found online under Quick Links, Print on Demand, Info Sheets.

“Taking the family out into the woods to look for the perfect Christmas tree is a great holiday tradition. Check along roadsides or within old forest openings to find your tree,” suggested Forester, Dennis Wilson. “The cedar tree program also helps Land Between The Lakes maintain open lands and promote diverse wildlife habitat.”

Whether families cut or purchase a tree, they should follow these safety guidelines for choosing and using a cut tree in their home this Christmas.
1. Choose a fresh tree. If needles fall off easily, the tree is dry and can easily catch on fire.
2. When setting up your tree, cut the base off two inches above the original cut to help the tree absorb more water.
3. Place the tree in a stable, tip-proof container and water it daily.
4. Place the tree away from heat sources such as heating vents, wood stoves, or open flames.
5. Be sure decorative lights are UL approved and in good condition. Never leave tree lights on while you are asleep or away from home. LED lights are a great way to save energy.
6. Discard the tree when it begins to show signs of drying, such as brown or yellow coloration, or excessive needle dropping.

Cedar Christmas tree permits and regulations can be found at
Call 270-924-2065 or 800-525-7077 for more information.

Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area manages more than 170,000 acres in western Kentucky and Tennessee as part of the U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Agriculture’s public lands program. Land Between The Lakes offers outdoor recreation, lake access, land management, and environmental education to over 1.4 million visitors annually.

To find more information about Land Between The Lakes, log on to the official website at or call toll-free at 1-800-LBL-7077 or local at 270-924-2000.

Santa’s Schedule at Patti’s 1880′s Settlement

1957671_10152917134145712_59287087917745050_oSanta’s Schedule at Patti’s 1880′s Settlement in Grand Rivers starts November 28, 2014 and continues through December 21.

Monday 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Thursday 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Visiting with Santa is a special part of the Festival of Lights. Each Year Patti’s 1880′s Settlement is Transformed into a Christmas Wonderland!

Outside Hundreds of Thousands of Christmas Lights glow and twinkle and Put on a Show for all to Enjoy. While Inside the Restaurants and Gift Stores there are hundreds of trees and garlands loaded with ornaments and lights too!

Be sure to make your reservations early to eat. 888-736-2515 or 270-362-8844.

While visiting Grand Rivers, make sure you also include a Christmas musical production at the Badgett Playhouse on your must see list. For ticket prices and information on performances visit the Badgett Playhouse website.

For more information on Patti’s Festival of Lights and Patti’s Settlement visit Patti’s website.

The Homeplace Celebrates Christmas 1850

8531038027_12bd701775_zThe Homeplace in Land Between The Lakes will celebrate a 1850 Christmas on Saturday November 29, 2014. The farm is open from 10:00AM to 5:00PM and the special activities take place from 1:00 to 4:00PM.

Homeplace 1850’s working farm represents a two-generation farm. When you visit the Homeplace, you will see interpreters in period clothing going about their daily chores. You’ll find the perfect blend of artifacts, restored historic structures, and traditional seasonal activities to step you back in time to relive history before the Civil War. The Homeplace is located off the Woodlands Nature Trace, 32 miles south of Grand Rivers, KY.

During this special event you can help the Homeplace farm family prepare for an 1850’s country Christmas. Smell the freshly cut pine branches decorating the farm and gingerbread cookies baking in the oven. Join in and learn how to make traditional holiday decorations and home cooked goodies as they decorate the tree. Relax to the old-time tunes and favorite Christmas Carols by The Dixie Volunteers. Welcome Santa Claus to the farm and be sure to whisper your Christmas wishes to him.

Schedule of Events:
1:00PM to 4:00PM
Single Pen Cabin and Tool Barn
Make Traditional Christmas Ornaments

Double Pen House
Enjoy Sweet Treats in the Kitchen – Recipes from The Homeplace History and Receipt Book
Decorate our Christmas Tree in the Parlor
Enjoy the Gift of Music with the Dixie Volunteers

Waiting for Santa
Listen to stories like The Night Before Christmas and other Christmas favorites.

Santa Claus Arrives!
Visit Santa Claus. Make sure to Bring your cameras!

This Special Event is included with admission ticket.
13 years and older: $5
5 through 12 years: $3
4 and under enter free

For more information, visit Land Between The online.

Visit Patti’s for the Festival of Lights

Picture1A visit to Patti’s during the Festival of Lights will be a family memory you cherish for a lifetime. – located in Grand Rivers, KY – is a magical experience for the whole family in November and December.

Festival of Lights Dates- Friday, November 7, 2014 through the first weekend of January, 2015.

Two Opening Night Celebrations to Choose From- Opening Night has become such a popular event, Patti’s now has two dates to accommodate more visitors:
Friday, November 7, 2014
Friday, November 14, 2014
Opening night celebrations include live Gospel Music By Eternal Vision in the gazebo at Patti’s, and the Lights Turn on at Dark.

The holiday decorations include over 700,000 lights in Patti’s Settlement and downtown Grand Rivers. The Festival of Lights continues every night through the first week of January. For more information on Patti’s 1880′s Settlement and Restaurant Visit Patti’s website here.

Be sure to make dinner or lunch reservations during the busy holiday season. Call 888-736-2515. Include dining at Patti’s as part of your holiday tradition. Each dining room is decorated for Christmas in addition to the outdoor lights. Patti’s menu includes their famous two inch thick pork chop, flower pot bread and heavenly deserts; as well as wonderful steaks, chicken and seafood dishes.

Why not make a full day or weekend event by also attending a Christmas musical production at the Badgett Playhouse Theater in Grand Rivers. Christmas musical productions include Christmas Spectacular, Down Home Country Christmas, Big Band Christmas, and Sanders Family Christmas. Find the complete schedule, ticket prices and show times for the Badgett Playhouse online here.

Replanting Daffodils Begins at Land Between The Lakes

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADo you enjoy planting? Although fall is already upon us, there is still time to do what you enjoy so much and view your work during the warm Spring months.

The Golden Pond Planetarium inside the Land Between The Lakes invites the public to return the daffodil bulbs displaced by the US68/KY80 highway construction project in March of 2007. Two specific areas have been designated for the replanting. Planting will be permitted November 1 through 23, which is the peak planting time for daffodils.

A volunteer work day is scheduled for Saturday, November 15, to plant over 700 bulbs. If interested, volunteers need to contact Master Gardener Jan Culwell at 270-924-0363 or by email at Culwell asks that people wear comfortable clothes and bring their own planting tools.

The two areas identified for people to return the daffodils on their own during the November 1 through 23 timeframe will be marked with orange pin flags. One area lies immediately after you cross the Lawrence Memorial Bridge over Lake Barkley on the east side where the road connects both sets of lanes. The second location sits on the west side at the base of the hill where the lanes separate as you go up Fenton Hill. At both sites, look for the area marked off by the small orange flags.

For more information, contact Land Between The Lakes’ Daffodil Volunteer Coordinator, Master Gardener Jan Culwell, at 270-924-0363 or by email at You could also check out their website at