When you see beautiful twinkling lights, green wreaths, and red bows, you know the holiday season is here. It’s busy, festive, and brings a lot of fun celebrations.
This time of year is meant to spend time with the people you care about most. Luckily, it’s easy to do this in Lexington, KY because of all the city has to offer. The city has holiday events, great stores to get holiday gifts, delicious bars and restaurants, and farms to get your Christmas tree. To get everyone in the Christmas spirit, we figured we’d share some of our favorites. Without further ado, here it is– Our 2017 ultimate guide to holiday fun in Lexington!
If there’s anything you feel we’re missing, do let us know!
Lexington Holiday Shows and Events
Check out these holiday events in Lexington. They’re a great way to participate with the community in celebrating the holiday season. You can see parades, Christmas lights, and participate in fun holiday activities.
- Southern Lights Holiday Festival. Starting November 17 until December 31, Kentucky Horse Park will have a driving tour of holiday lights. Come see the beautiful displays from 5:30-10pm.
- City Tree Lighting. On Friday, November 24th from 3-7pm, you can see Holiday Market & Lexington’s Official Tree Lighting Ceremony. The festivities begin at 3 and the lighting is at 6:30.
- Victorian Christmas at White Hall. Take a step into the past and see how Victorians celebrated the holidays. This family-friendly event will also have cookies and hot apple cider. Don’t forget to bring your camera because this will be a great photo opportunity. This event is on December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16 from 6-8pm.
- Christmas on the Estate. On December 2, attend A Kentucky Christmas at Ashland. From 12-5pm, they’ll have a Christmas Market with Kentucky vendors and artisans. It’s the perfect place to kick off your holiday shopping. At 5:15, the lighting will begin. There will be carols as the trees are lit. Then at 5:30, there will be candlelight tours of the estate.
- Lexington Christmas Parade. Come see the Lexington Christmas Parade on December 5 at 7pm. The parade is on Main Street between Midland Avenue & Mill Street, and the parade will happen regardless of weather.
- Nutcracker Ballet. One of the classic Christmas stories is the Nutcracker, and you can see it performed on stage. The Kentucky Ballet Theatre will perform the Nutcracker at the Lexington Opera House from December 8-17. Tickets range from $13-20.
- Holiday Express. On December 9-10 and 16-17, you can ride the Holiday Express with Santa and Mrs. Claus. You can sing Christmas carols, enjoy the sights, or relax with your family. Everyone will get a candy cane at the end of the train ride.
- Ice Skating. This fun holiday tradition will be available from the middle of November until the beginning of January. The Triangle Park lawn will become the Unified Trust Company Ice Rink. They’ll be open Monday-Friday 4-10pm, Saturdays 10am-11pm, and Sundays 1:30pm-9pm.
Get the Perfect Holiday Presents
The holidays can get stressful because you want to get people a gift that they’ll love. With all Lexington has to offer, don’t let your list stress you out. Start out with these shops and cross some things off your to-do list.
- Hillenmeyer Christmas Shop. This shop has everything related to Christmas. You can get a Christmas tree here, get a beautiful wreath as a gift for someone, and Santa visits on weekends in December.
- Holly Day Market. If you’re looking for out of the box ideas for presents this holiday season, consider going to the Holly Day Market at the Lexington Center from December 1-3. Over 70 vendors will be there selling different kinds of merchandise. There’s also events like getting picture with Santa, a Friday Happy Hour, and a wreath auction.
- Queen Bee Gifts. This store has gifts for him, her, and home. There’s clothing, jewelry, home gifts, and much more. Also check out the items you can get personalized.
- My Favorite Things. Their wide selection of home goods will have something that will make a fantastic gift. Whether it’s decorations, art, or a nice accent piece, My Favorite Things has it.
- Front Porch. This boutique has so many great gift options. There’s ladies clothing, Kentucky merchandise, and personalized items.
What Bars and Restaurants Should You Visit in Lexington?
Lexington has something for everyone when it comes to dining. You can visit distilleries, breweries, go to a upscale restaurants, or relax at more laid-back restaurants.
- Buffalo Trace Distillery. Delicious brews and plenty of holiday activities. On November 30, there’s a candlelight tour of the distillery. The Kentucky State University Choir will sing carols and Santa will visit at 6:30. Later in December 8-9 and 15-16, Santa will visit the Visitor Center from 6-8pm.
- West Sixth Brewing. This craft microbrewery is in a historic 100-year-old bakery called the Bread Box. They have a wide selection of beer that includes year-round, seasonal, and limited release brews.
- Merrick Inn. This upscale restaurant offers fine southern dining in a beautiful house that was built before the Civil War. Try their famous fried chicken and get a slice of southern life.
- Blue Door Smokehouse. Get a taste of traditional southern food at the Blue Door Smokehouse. They cook barbecue daily and keep everything simple and delicious.
Find the Best Christmas Tree
One major Christmas tradition is decorating the tree. A live Christmas tree gives the house a wonderful, fresh aroma, and you want a tree that’s sturdy and will last until Christmas. Lexington has two close farms where you can pick your tree and cut it yourself:
- Barker’s Christmas Tree Farm. A 25-minute drive from Lexington, this choose and cut tree farm has White Pine, Canaan Firs, Norway Spruce, Concolor Fir, and Douglas Fir trees. They also make wreaths by hand daily.
- Nieman Tree Farm. Also close to Lexington with a 23-minute drive, Nieman Tree Farm has a great selection of Christmas trees, including Fraser Firs. You choose the tree you want and cut it yourself. They also provide information on how to care for your tree.
Happy Holidays from Todd Burris
While the hustle and bustle of the holidays might feel overwhelming, remember to take a step back and enjoy this time of year. Go to a parade with some friends, drink some hot chocolate, and stop to look at holiday lights. You won’t regret it.
The Law Office of Todd W. Burris wishes you and yours a happy holiday season and new year!