Festive Calendar: Holiday Events in Lexington

Festive Calendar: Holiday Events in Lexington


Holiday Happenings

Holiday events in Lexington

It’s beginning to look a lot  like Christmas at My Favorite Things on Old Rosebud! Their Holiday Open House this year will be from November 6-8. Santa will visit on Saturday November 7.

Junior League Holly Day Market is at the Kentucky Horse Park on November 13-15. The annual event features more than 70 vendors offering fabulous boutique-style items unique to our community. Your ticket also helps support the Junior League of Lexington and the many local non-profits they support. The Holly Day Market offers daily events and activities for everyone including a much anticipated visit from Santa.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Grammy winner Chip Davis returns to the EKU Center for the Arts on November 19 at 7:30 pm.

The 14th annual Southern Lights Stroll on November 19 at the Kentucky Horse Park includes a competitive 5K race this year, complete with awards, and a food drive for God’s Pantry.

Lexington’s Downtown Tree Lighting at Triangle Park brings the Christmas spirit into town on Friday, November 27. Festivities all afternoon; Tree Lighting Ceremony 6:30 pm.

The Lexington Convention Center hosts the Lexington Christmas Show November 27 – 29. The show features over 200 vendors from across the region selling thousands of Christmas items. Meet Santa all three days at the show.

Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra joins LexPhil on stage to perform a variety of holiday classics at the Lexington Philharmonic Candy Cane Concert at the UK Singletary Center on November 29.

The annual Lexington Christmas Parade downtown on Main Street, Tuesday, December 1 at 7 pm includes Lexington’s first official visit from Santa.

Christ Church Cathedral presents Handel’s Messiah on Friday, December 4 at 7:30 pm. Featuring The Cathedral Choir, The Lexington Baroque Ensemble, with Emily Albrink, Ryland Angel, Richard Clement, and Reginald Smith, Jr. Conducted by Erich Balling.

On December 4 at 8 pm, Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts hosts Dailey and Vincent’s The Spirit of Christmas Christmas Tour.

The Lexington Chamber Chorale presents Christmas in the Great Hall at Second Presbyterian Church on Saturday, December 5.

An Irish Christmas at the EKU Center for the Arts on December 5.

UK Choirs present the 18th annual Holiday Collage concert, featuring vocalists and musicians from the UK School of Music as well as The Lexington Singers and the Lexington Singers Children’s Choirs, December 5 and 6.

Lexington Art League’s Black Friday Art Sale at the Loudoun House is not on Black Friday. It’s  December 5 and 6 and it’s a unique opportunity to shop local for Christmas.

On December 5 and 6, the Lexington Children’s Theatre presents Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells at 2 pm at the Lexington Opera House

Mark O’Connor’s “An Appalachian Christmas” is  December 11 at UK Singletary Center.

UK Opera Theatre presents Amahl and the Night Visitors at the Lyric Theatre on December 11 and 12.

The Lexington Singers present Messiah at the UK Singletary Center at 8 pm on December 12.

On December 12, the Lexington Philharmonic and the Lexington Chamber Chorale present Handel’s Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria at the Cathedral of Christ the King at 8 pm. The music of modern masters John Taverner and Eric Whitacre complete the program, featuring the Chamber Chorale with soloists Ben Bliss (tenor) and Sarah Tucker (soprano).

The Lexington Ballet Company presents Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker at the EKU Center for the Arts on December 12.

Kentucky Ballet Theatre also presents The Nutcracker at the Lexington Opera House on December 12 and 13 and December 19-20.

The Reindeer Ramble 5K is at Keeneland on December 12.

On December 13, the Christ Church Cathedral Choir presents the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at Christ Church Cathedral at 7 pm.  

Alltech Holiday Celebration of Song at The Square (W Main St and N Broadway) is on December 13. Conducted by Dr. Everett McCorvey, featuring award-winning vocalists from UK Opera Theatre and the Alltech Opera Scholarship Competition.

The Bluegrass Youth Ballet presents The Nutcracker in One Act at the UK Singletary Center for the Arts on December 18 and December 19.

Home for the Holiday at the Lyric Theatre on Saturday, December 19, is a family-friendly three-act play celebrating the holiday season with family, fun, and faith.

Pancakes with Santa is on Saturday, December 19 from 9:30 – 11:30 am at Forcht Bank in Hamburg. The free breakfast includes pancakes, donuts, and fruit. Donations will be accepted for Visually Impaired Preschool.

A Ceremony of Carols at Christ Church Cathedral is December 21. The Cathedral Girls Choir will be joined by harpist Elaine Cook for a performance of Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols.”

Jim Brickman’s 2015 Holiday Tour, Comfort & Joy, is at the Lexington Opera House on Monday, December 28 at 7:30 pm.

The Lexington Philharmonic presents Take Five on New Year’s Eve! featuring the Brubeck Brothers Quartet at the Lexington Opera House. Join the high-octane jazz group at 7:30 pm on December 31.

This article also appears on page 4 of the November 2015 printed issue of  Ace.

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