Christmas at Panther Creek light show, scavenger hunt returns Friday

November 24, 2021 | 12:10 am

Updated November 24, 2021 | 8:06 am

One of the area’s biggest and brightest holiday light displays returns to Panther Creek Park this Friday and will run through Jan. 2. Back by “popular demand,” the Indy the Eagle Holiday Scavenger Hunt will give visitors an extra challenge as they navigate the park.

Launched in 2003, “Christmas at Panther Creek” consists of a 1.15-mile lighted driving tour with more than 50 displays and 700,000 lights. The park is open nightly from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

Admission is $5 per vehicle and supports five nonprofit organizations in Daviess County. The 2021 recipients include: Kentucky State Police Professional Association, Right to Life of Owensboro, St. Benedict’s Homeless Shelter, WKWC 90.3 FM – Kentucky Wesleyan College, and United Way of the Ohio Valley. 

“Last year was an outstanding success in collecting $50,000 to support our local nonprofits,” said Parks Director Ross Leigh. “We look forward to another big year. So many families have made ‘Christmas at Panther Creek’ part of their holiday celebrations.” 

Panther Creek Park is located at 5160 Wayne Bridge Road, near KY 81 on the west side of Owensboro. The lighted driving tour circles a six-acre lake with dozens of static displays, including a 20-foot arch at the north end of the park. 

Visitors can look for the “Indy the Eagle” logo throughout the light display and mark the locations on the official map, available for download at or Visitors must print the map prior to their arrival at the park.

Return the map to Independence Bank on Frederica Street or the Parks Office at 221 Allen Street for a chance to win an Apple iPad Air, courtesy of Independence Bank. 

Owensboro Health is sponsoring a Free Community Night on Dec. 9. On that evening, everyone is welcome to visit the park for free and view the light displays. 

November 24, 2021 | 12:10 am

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