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BOOKS "Holiday Food with Kentucky Authors: Book Panel & Tastings,” Book talk and book signing with Rona Roberts Classic Kentucky Meals, Fiona Young-Brown with A Culinary History of Kentucky and Steve Coomes with Country Ham. THURSDAY DECEMBER 11 MUSIC Trans-Siberian Orchestra, 7:30 pm, Rupp FRIDAY DECEMBER 12 OPERA Amahl and the Night Visitors, 7:30 pm, Lyric Theatre CONCERT Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Christmas, 7:30 pm, EKU Center for the Arts MUSIC Lexington Singers: Handel’s Messiah, 8 pm, UK Singletary Center DANCE Lexington Ballet presents The Nutcracker, 7:30 pm, Lexington Opera House (through Sunday) THEATRE A Christmas Story, 8 pm, Woodford Theatre (Versailles) (through Sunday) SATURDAY DECEMBER 13 Looking for a LIVE Nativity? With LIVE characters and LIVE animals? South Elkhorn Christian Church has you covered with their annual Drive Through Bethlehem (Drive Thru Bethlehem?) It is at 4343 Harrodsburg Road. SANTA Breakfast with Santa and the reading of the Night Before Christmas, 8:30 am, Joseph-Beth Booksellers OPERA Amahl and the Night Visitors, 2 pm & 7:30 pm, Lyric Theatre MUSIC Lexington Chamber Chorale: Before the Marvel of This Night, 7:30 pm, Second Presbyterian Church SHOP The Bread Box Holiday Market 2014 is a curated Art Market showcasing handmade arts and goods. Featured artists include: Tim Buckingham, Ivy Clinton, Sean Fitzgerald, Patrick Garnett, Amy Kelly, Todd Herzberg, Emily Howard, Rod Lindauer and Jane Vigor, Missy Marshall, Melissa Oesch, Penny Candy Studios, Christy Razavi, Derrick Riley, Victor Sizemore, Margaret and Josh Smith, Rodney and Carla Wilson, and David Wischer. DRINK If you began the day with Breakfast with Santa, hopefully you paced yourself wisely so you can end it drinking with Santa for Lexington’s third SantaCon pub crawl, beginning at 4:30 pm at Blue Stallion (progressing to Green Lantern, West Sixth, Molly Brooks, Soundbar, and wrapping up at around 11 at Tin Roof). Trolley between stops as available. Organizers recommend, “Dress up! You don't have to dress exactly like Santa. In fact, unusual interpretations of Santa-ness are much appreciated, both by those we bring joy to - as well as your fellow santas: elves, reindeer themes etc. are fine as well.” Also, “Please pay for your drinks as soon as you get them. Santas get tired of waiting on other santas to clear their tab before being able to move on. This entire adventure should be cash only.” SUNDAY DECEMBER 14 MUSIC Alltech Holiday Celebration of Song, 5 pm and 7:30 pm Victorian Square MUSIC Lexington Philharmonic Candy Cane Concert, 3:30 pm, Singletary Center MUSIC Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, 6:30 pm, Christ Church Cathedral GET ON BOARD The RJ Corman Lexington Dinner Train North Pole Express includes a meal, carols, and pictures with Santa. (Dec 7, Dec 14, and Dec 21) MONDAY DECEMBER 15 MUSIC Beaumont Winter Concert, 6 pm, UK Singletary Center TUESDAY DECEMBER 16 JAZZ Jazzy Holiday Concert, 7:30 pm, Singletary Center WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 17 MUSIC Straight No Chaser Christmas, 7:30 pm, EKU Center for the Arts FRIDAY DECEMBER 19 DANCE Bluegrass Youth Ballet presents The Nutcracker in One Act, 7 pm, UK Singletary Center (through the weekend) THEATRE don’t miss Steve Zahn when The Rep presents The Smack-Off: A Christmas Reality Show (through Sunday), UK’s Guignol Theatre THEATRE A Christmas Story, 8 pm, Woodford Theatre (Versailles) (through Sunday) MOVIES It's a Wonderful Life, 5 pm; White Christmas, 7:25 pm; Holiday Inn, 9:45 pm, Kentucky Theatre SATURDAY DECEMBER 20 DANCE Bluegrass Youth Ballet: The Nutcracker, 2:30 pm and 7 pm, UK Singletary Center (through Sunday) THEATRE A Christmas Story, 8 pm, Woodford Theatre (Versailles) MOVIES Miracle on 34 Street, 1 pm; White Christmas, 3 pm & 9:45 pm; Holiday Inn, 5:25 pm; It's a Wonderful Life, 7:25 pm, Kentucky Theatre DRINK Blue Stallion Brewing invites you to an Ugly Sweater Party on December 20. Anyone wearing an ugly sweater will get a special deal on their first beer. Gastro Gnomes food truck will be serving that night at the brewery. GIGS Winterfest with Oh My Me| Satellite Giant| The Nativity Singers, Al's Bar. SUNDAY DECEMBER 21 MUSIC A Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols, 5 pm, Good Shepherd Church MUSIC Tomaseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas, 7:30 pm, Singletary Center MOVIES Miracle on 34 Street, 1 pm; It's a Wonderful Life, 3 pm & 9:45 pm; White Christmas, 5:25 pm; Holiday Inn, 7:25 pm, Kentucky Theatre MONDAY DECEMBER 22 MOVIE One Magic Christmas, 6 pm, Farish Theater MUSIC A Ceremony of Carols, noon, Christ Church Cathedral MOVIES White Christmas, 1 pm; Miracle on 34th Street, 3:20 pm & 7:20 pm; Holiday Inn, 5:20 pm; It's a Wonderful Life, 9:30 pm, Kentucky Theatre TUESDAY DECEMBER 23 MOVIE A Christmas Story, 6 pm, Farish Theater inside the Lexington Public Library downtown MOVIES White Christmas, 1 pm & 5:15 pm; Miracle on 34th Street, 3:20 pm; It's a Wonderful Life, 7:30 pm; Holiday Inn, 9:30 pm, Kentucky Theatre WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 24 MUSIC A Ceremony of Carols, 4:30 pm, Christ Church Cathedral MUSIC Pastor E says the reason for the season is all that jazz! Celebrate with a Christmas Eve Jazz service at Wesley United Methodist Church, beginning at 6 pm. Special selections from the Wesley Choir with Stephen Mason on trumpet and Wayne Lewis Jr on saxophone. MOVIES White Christmas, 1 pm; Holiday Inn, 3:25 pm; It's a Wonderful Life, 5:30 pm, Kentucky Theatre CHURCH? Click here for a listing of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services 2014, Lexington. THURSDAY DECEMBER 25 Merry Christmas! GIGS Adaboi, Lil Panda, Ghostwork, Mazerati Fresh, 10 pm, Cosmic Charlie’s FRIDAY DECEMBER 26 TOUR Christmas on the Estate Holiday Candlelight Tour, 5:30 pm, Ashland Henry Clay Estate SATURDAY DECEMBER 27 DANCE Kentucky Ballet Theatre’s The Night Before Christmas, 2 pm and 8 pm, Lexington Opera House SUNDAY DECEMBER 28 DANCE Kentucky Ballet Theatre’s The Night Before Christmas, 2 pm, Lexington Opera House WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 31 New Year’s Eve Lexington Philharmonic presents a New Year’s Eve celebration, welcoming cabaret and jazz singer Ute Lemper, 7:30 pm, Lexington Opera House. A Tribe Called Lex has a Beastie Boys Tribute lined up at Al’s Bar. This article also appears on page 13 of the December 2014 Ace.