Holiday Lighting & Decorating Conference
Conference: July 13-15, 2023 | Pre-Show Workshops: July 10-12
Central Bank Center, Lexington, KY
We are the original Christmas Decorating Event!
Three days of shopping, decorating ideas, and non-stop education to help light your way to your best outdoor holiday display. Network with other holiday decorators, shop for products that you seldom find in stores, and take classes to learn how to improve your display. Just getting started with decorating? We have classes just for you! Christmas Expo is the best way to learn from creative DIY’ers, resourceful professionals, and industry experts that you simply won’t find anywhere else.
Christmas Expo focuses on inspiring creativity and teaching the skills to help develop a beautiful display that brings smiles to visitor’s faces.
Who should attend?
Homeowners • DIY’ers • New or Experienced Decorators
Businesses • Parks • Municipalities • Gardens • Zoo’s
Drive Thru’s • Malls • Holiday Lighting Installers
Hotels • Communities • Holiday Designers
The event is for all skill levels and all interests, whether you are a new or advanced decorator. Homeowners with displays large or small; Commercial Decorators for cities, businesses, parks; as well as Lighting Installers will find sources, supplies and education, such as:
- Classes on DIY projects, software, music, sequencing, animation, lighting, video, hardware, techniques and more.
- Vendor Hall with lighting, decorations and supplies used in outdoor displays
- Premium in-depth workshops
- Holiday Lighting Installer Business Workshop
The Expo is open to the public
Vendor hall hours:
Thu: 12–5pm (gen’l public)
Thu: 5–7pm (Registered only)
Admission to Vendor hall only:
$10 pp/day at the door (does not include classes). Children under 12 admitted free to vendor hall only.
To attend classes, you must purchase a Conference registration.
Classes begin at 8:30 Thursday
Classes end 4:30pm Sat
Expo closes 5pm Sat
We are offering in-depth workshops before and during the Christmas Expo Conference:
LOR Immersion – Basics
1-day | July 10, 2023
LOR Immersion – Advanced
2-day | July 11-12, 2023
3-day | July 10-12, 2023
1-Day | July 14, 2023
Lighting Business Workshop
The holiday light installation industry continues to grow and we have the information to help you start or expand a holiday light installation or holiday decorating business. Our independent leaning program will teach you how to increase your holiday income with classes taught by experienced and successful business owners. Perfect for existing businesses, or a great addition for seasonal businesses such as landscapers and window washers. These classes are not associated with a franchise.
Lighting Installer Premium Business Workshop
2-Day | July 13-14, 2023
Creating an over-the-top display is easier than you think
The event is for Homeowners with displays large or small; Commercial Decorators for cities, businesses, parks; Lighting Installers who will find sources, supplies and education and more. It’s for all skill levels, and all levels of interest, whether you are brand new or are an advanced decorator. The Expo features:
- 1-Hr Classes on DIY projects, software, music, sequencing, animation, lighting, video, hardware, techniques and more.
- Vendor Hall with lighting, decorations, supplies, and services used in outdoor displays
- Full-day workshops for intensive education
- Holiday Lighting Installer Business Workshop
Central Bank Center
430 W Vine St | Lexington, KY 40507
July 13-15, 2023 Conference
July 10-12, 2023 Pre-Show Workshops
Have decorating questions? Join the Christmas Expo Community Facebook group to discuss all things lighting & decorating in a family-friendly and positive online setting.
SPOTLIGHT Workshops are in-depth workshops held in various cities around the country. Look for SPOTLIGHTs on LOR, xLights, and the business of Holiday Light Installation.
What our attendees and vendors are saying
“Your conference was so valuable for gathering new ideas, learning new technology and purchasing thousands of dollars worth of new products to ‘wow’ our visitors. Expo is now an annual trip for us and we are thankful to you for organizing this unique event.”
“Thank you to Joyce and Janice for being so supportive of The Great Christmas Light Fight. I don’t know if we would have gotten over the hump those first few years without the support from Christmas Expo.”
Brady Connell, Executive Producer, The Great Christmas Light Fight
“Christmas Expo has gone a long way to promoting xLights over the last 5 years and I like to support them by providing instruction and making it available to our community.”
Sean Meighan, xLights Developer
“As an absolute newbie, I learned so much in the LOR Immersion class that I was able to go home after the Expo and immediately start creating my display for this year. I had a lot of fun and my head was spinning with ideas by the time I left. Thanks for a great event!”
“Being a vendor at Christmas Expo this year resulted in a significant profit! It was a well-run event and I really enjoyed working with you. Thank you for all that you do for the Christmas community.”
“Honestly, the attendees at this show are a pleasure to work with. Everyone is engaged, intelligent and interested in the subject matter and how they can apply it for their own displays.
Adam Raugh, X-Laser
“The Expo was a lot of fun and very informative. I gained a lot of industry knowledge that I can use in my light show. Thanks for continuing to help build the Christmas community – It was a lot of fun to be around so many other crazy Christmas people!”
“We do several trade shows each year and although we usually only do very large trade shows, Christmas Expo has produced the greatest return relative to investment for any show that we’ve done.”
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“The was our first year as a vendor and we made 3/4 gross of what we usually earn at another large event that has a higher cost. I made money instead of just covered my booth space. Really great event!
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