#LexHaveFun Local Events We ❤ in December

There’s so much to celebrate and enjoy this month in Lexington and Central Kentucky!  
Here are some of our favorite activities and events!


Holiday Lights @ Buffalo Trace

December 1, 2016 @ 8:00 amJanuary 2, 2017 @ 11:00 pm
Buffalo Trace Distillery, 113 Great Buffalo Trace
Frankfort, KY 40601 United States
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Dates: Thursday, December 1, 2016 – Monday, January 2, 2017 Times:Dusk to 11:00 PM See a kaleidoscope of sparkling lights and displays that captivate your imagination on a drive through Buffalo Trace Distillery!

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Annual Lighting of the Trace

December 1 @ 5:30 pm9:00 pm
Buffalo Trace Distillery, 113 Great Buffalo Trace
Frankfort, KY 40601 United States
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Come out to the gardens of Buffalo Trace for their annual Lighting of the Trace. While you are there you can visit the George T. Stagg Gallery featuring historic photos and bourbon artifacts and listen to the Kentucky State University Choir . And, of course, the Gift Shop! Arrive at 5:30 p.m. for a candlelight tour of the distillery. Santa will arrive at 6:30 p. m. Santa will stop by the Visitor Center on December 9, 10, 16,17 from 6…

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The Ghosts of Christmas Eve

December 1 @ 6:30 pm11:00 pm
Lexington Center & RUPP Arena, 430 West Vine Street
Lexington, KY 40507 United States
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The Trans-Siberian Orchestra (TSO) will perform one of the group’s most beloved stories in its own renowned audio visual manner. http://rupp.arenalexington.com/?gclid=CKjgrd6A2M8CFQyRaQod7KoKpA  

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Holly Day Market

December 2 @ 8:00 amDecember 4 @ 5:00 pm
KY Horse Park, 4089 Iron Works Parkway
Lexington, KY 40511 United States
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Presented by the Junior League of Lexington.  You’ll find more than 70 booths with vendors with fabulous boutique-style items unique to our community and other parts of the country! You’ll enjoy special events designed to inspire the holiday spirit in us all!  Your ticket purchase helps support the Junior League of Lexington and the many local non-profit agencies they support. 

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Night Market

December 2 @ 6:00 pm10:00 pm
Night Market, 700 Bryan Ave
Lexington, KY United States
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A monthly pop-up open air-market/street festival held on the first Friday of every month from April to December.  Night Market highlights the creativity of local neighborhood businesses, artists, and nonprofits and brings people from all over the region to Lexington’s Northside.

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Christmas Tree Lighting – Nicholasville

December 2 @ 6:00 pm
Downtown Nicholasville, 996 North Main Street
Nicholasville, KY United States
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Jessamine County Christmas Tree Lighting on Dec 2 at 6 p.m.—Join us on the Courthouse lawn for live music, complimentary hot chocolate, visits with Santa, photos with Santa and more at the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting event. For more info, visit www.jessamine.com or call 859-885-4500.

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Christmas Parade in Richmond

December 2 @ 7:00 pm9:00 pm
Downtown Richmond, First Street & Main Street
Richmond, KY United States
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Madison County Christmas Parade

The City of Richmond’s annual Christmas Parade is held the first Friday of December at 7:00pm.  Local businesses, civic organizations, schools and churches come out to sing Christmas Carols, ride of floats and offer gifts and candy to the crowds.  An award goes to the BEST FLOAT in each category that follows the theme of the year. The parade line up will take place in the Alumni Coliseum Parking lot. All entries will be notified prior to the day of…

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Come Home to Christmas

December 3 @ 1:00 pm7:00 pm
Harrodsburg Historical Society, 220 South Chiles Street
Harrodsburg, KY 40330 United States
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Six Harrodsburg homes from the 19th and early 20th century and a historic Mercer County church will open their doors for the 26th Annual “Come Home to Christmas” holiday homes tour. The event is sponsored by the Harrodsburg Historical Society. The tour will begin at the Historical Society’s office, 220 Chiles Street.

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Lights @ Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate

December 3 @ 5:00 pm7:00 pm
Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate, 120 Sycamore Road
Lexington, KY 40502 United States
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A Kentucky Christmas The illumination begins at 5:15 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Enjoy candlelight tours after the illumination of the mansion for $5. Vendors will set up tents on the lawn of the Estate.

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Christmas Parade @ Paris, KY

December 3 @ 5:00 pm6:00 pm
Paris, KY – Main Street, Main Street
Paris, KY 40361 United States
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The annual christmas parade in downtown Paris, KY!

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Christmas Parade in Frankfort, KY

December 3 @ 5:30 pm7:00 pm
 

68th Annual Frankfort Jaycees Christmas Parade – “The Magic of Christmas”  

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Christmas Parade in Berea

December 3 @ 6:00 pm7:00 pm
Downtown Berea, Chestnut Street
Berea, KY 40403 United States
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The 31st Annual Twilight Christmas Parade “A Kentucky Homemade Christmas” Berea decks the halls and opens its doors wide for this enchanting prelude to the holiday season. Open houses all weekend long. Fantastic shopping in the Artisan Village and College Square. Catch the Christmas Spirit! Call 859-986-9760 or visit http://bereachamber.com/ for more information. Parade begins at dusk.

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Lexington Christmas Parade

December 6 @ 6:00 pm10:00 pm
Thoroughbred Park, 415 East Main Street
Lexington, KY 40507 United States
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Love a Christmas parade? Wave to Santa and other celebrants at the Lexington Christmas Parade. Presented by MetroPCS. The state’s largest holiday parade begins at Main and Midland, and proceeds along Main Street to Broadway. For any questions regarding the Christmas Parade please contact Laura Farnsworth at 859-335-8640 or laura@downtownlex.com.

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The St. ‘Nich’ Festival – Nicholasville

December 10
Downtown Nicholasville, 996 North Main Street
Nicholasville, KY United States
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The Third Annual St. “Nich” Christmas Fest will take place on Saturday, December 10, 2016 in downtown Nicholasville. Activities include shopping at local businesses and eateries, 5-K Run, music, dance, craft show, parade and Santa! An old fashioned Trolley will be making its way through downtown Nicholasville carrying festival-goers to destination stops. For more info contact Ruby Mason (859) 333-3033 or Cathy Lowe (859) 881-6903. See participation forms below. For more information visit www.nicholasvillenow.org. Events and times are subject to…

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The Nutcracker w/ Lexington Ballet Co.

December 10 @ 8:00 pmDecember 11 @ 5:00 pm
Lexington Opera House, 401 West Short Street
Lexington, KY 40507 United States
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Lexington Ballet Company performs this beautiful masterpiece under the artistic direction of Luis Dominguez, set to the timeless music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It’s a production sure to put you in the Christmas spirit! Additional performances on December 18 and 19.

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