If your holiday plans including visiting the Bluegrass Region of Kentucky, including Lexington KY, there are numerous events and traditions that will bring joy to your entire family including light shows, parades, shows and don’t forget the plenty of good shopping. Be dazzled by tens of thousands of twinkling lights at the state’s largest animated light display – or bask in the glow of candlelight at a historic house – or be .
Here are several of our annual traditions that we treasure and a few new ones:
Downtown Lexington Christmas Parade – Tuesday, December 2nd 7:00 pm Bring the family Downtown for the annual Christmas Parade! The parade will start at 7:00 pm on Main Street, from Midland to Mill. Food and drink vendors will be located in Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza, and Phoenix Park. After the parade, take a spin on the ice at the Unified Trust Company Ice Rink at Triangle Park!
Unified Trust Company Ice Rink – November 7, 2014 to January 11, 2015. An admission and skate rental fee of $10 will allow guests to enjoy 90 minutes on the ice. Scheduled hours of operation are Monday-Friday 4pm – 9pm, Saturday 10am-10pm & Sunday 1pm -10pm. When Fayette County Schools are not in session the Ice Rink will be open Monday-Friday 10am – 10pm. Questions regarding the operation of the Unified Trust Company Ice Rink should be directed to Dennis Hyde, Lexington Ice Center, at 859-269-5681.
Southern Lights at the Kentucky Horse Park– November 21 – December 31, 2014 @ 5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Over twenty years ago, the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation presented the first ever driving tour of holiday lights, aimed at attracting the local community. Today Southern Lights has evolved to attract over 120,000 visitors each year from across Kentucky and surrounding states and is regularly chosen as a Top 20 Event in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.
Christmas Lights (Timed to music) at Fire Station #20: Head over to the Fire Station on Harrodsburg Road (between Man O War and New Circle) and park. Tune your radio to 91.1 and enjoy the show!!
Antebellum Christmas. At Waveland State Historic Site, you can see what the holiday season was like on a Bluegrass plantation. Antebellum decorations, music, refreshments and costumed historic presenters will be featured at this year’s Christmas Candlelight Tours from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. December 5-6 and December 12-13. Refreshments will be served in the plantation’s 200-year-old log cabin. Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for students. (859) 272-3611.
Christmas on the Estate. This year the Henry Clay Estate will open its doors for two Holiday Candlelight Tours on Sunday, December 7 from 5:30 p.m.to 8:00 p.m. and December 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with the last admission at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy live music on self-guided tours of the mansion and refreshments in the Keeper’s Cottage. This year’s theme is “A Currier and Ives Christmas at Ashland.”
Lexington celebrates the Holidays on Stage
On November 29 through December 7, 2014: A Charlie Brown Christmas presented by the Lexington Children’s Theatre. Celebrate Christmas with this live, regional premiere of your favorite holiday special! Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the holidays get you down – Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang are here to remind us all what’s most important this Yuletide season. For times and ticket information.
On December 12-21, 2014: The Nutcracker presented by the Lexington Ballet. A perennial holiday favorite returns to the Lexington Opera House in an enchanting production that will be treasured by every member of the family. Presented by Lexington Ballet Company and set to the timeless music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, THE NUTCRACKER tells the delightful story of a little girl named Clara who is given a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. For ticket information and times.
On December 27-28, 2014: The Night Before Christmas presented by the Kentucky Ballet Theatre. ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, the family was dancing. Who’s hiding? A mouse! Kentucky Ballet Theatre presents this original holiday treat for the whole family. Santa and his reindeer arrive, but an unexpected twist leads to the question: Who will save Christmas? For times and ticket information.
December 19-20, 2014: The Nutcracker presented by The Bluegrass Youth Ballet. The Bluegrass Youth Ballet presents “The Nutcracker In One Act” in the Singletary Center Concert Hall. Friday, December 19th at 7:00pm, Saturday December 20th at 3:00pm at the Singletary Center Concert Hall on the UK campus. Tickets are $14-17.00; call (859) 257-4929. For more information.
December 21, 2014 @ 7:30pm: A Celtic Christmas presented by Singletary Center for the Arts. Now in its 17th season, Tomáseen Foley’s A Celtic Christmas recreates the joy and innocence of a night before Christmas in a remote farmhouse in the parish of Teampall an Ghleanntáin in the west of Ireland – when the neighboring families gather around the fire to grace the wintry night with the haunting melodies of traditional Irish Christmas carols, to raise the rafters with the joy of music, to knock sparks off the flagstone floor with traditional dances, and to fill the night with the laughter of their stories. TICKETS: $30/$25/$20 (plus fees) GET TICKETS
Spend your Holidays in Lexington KY in comfort: University Inn Hotel is exceptionally proud of our recently renovated buildings and beautifully decorated rooms. We have added several new amenities including a full-serve fitness center with 24-hour security and a fully-equipped conference room for your events and meetings. We also offer WIFI, continental breakfast, a stylish and spacious lobby and dining area, and a professional staff to help with all your travel needs. Call us to make your reservations at (859) 278-6625