through 12/22- Christmas in the Valley, 7pm Fri & Sat atRenfro Valley Entertainment Center in Renfro Valley. Something for all ages. Features a large light display, Santa's workshop, strolling carolers and clogging elves and an original music performance.
through Sun 12/23- Holidays at Woodford Reserve, 11a-2p Wed-Sat, 12:30-2pm Sun at Woodford Reserve, 7855 McCracken Pike, Versailles. Enjoy a traditional Kentucky holiday buffet prepared by Chef Ouida Michel. $25 plus tax per person. Reservations recommended.
(859)879-1953 or http://www.woodfordreserve.com/
through Sun 12/30- Christmas Season at Ashland, 10a-4p Tue-Sat, 1-4p Sun at Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate, 120 Sycamore Rd. Ashland will be beautifully decorated for the season. Special seasonal merchandise will be available in the Museum Store. Don't miss the opportunity to experience Ashland at this special time of year. Tickets: $9 Adults, $5 children 6 to 18 years old, 5 and under free. (859)266-8581 http://www.henryclay.org
through Mon 12/31- Southern Lights, 5:30-10pm at the Kentucky Horse Park, 4089 Ironworks Parkway. The 19th Annual Southern Lights includes a self-guided 4-mile journey through a dreamland of fabulous light displays including never-before-seen displays and traditional favorites. Admission: Sunday-Thursday $15 per car load, Friday & Saturday $20 per car load. The lights are on each night through December 31, and the indoor attractions will be open each night, with the exception of December 24 through December 31. (859)255-5727
through Sun 12/9- Christmas at the Old Governor’s Mansion, 10-6pm Mon-Sat, 1-5pm Sun at the Old Governor’s Mansion, 420 High St, Frankfort. At the nation's oldest executive residence, enjoy a holiday showcase. Featuring displays by landscape designer John Carloftis and other Kentucky designers. Tickets at the door: $20. 420 High Street in Frankfort. (502)564-5500 or http://historicproperties.ky.gov/
through Sat 12/8- Tim Wilson, show times vary at Comedy Off Broadway in Lexington Green, Nicholasville Rd @ New Circle. $12-$22. 859-271-5653 or www.comedyOffBroadway.com
Thu 12/6- Lexington Christmas Parade, starting at 7:30 from Main at Midland Ave. to Mill St. Bring the family Downtown for the annual Christmas Parade! Food and drink vendors will be located in the 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! (859)425-2590 http://www.downtownlex.com/luminate-lexington
Thu 12/6- Screening of Sparrows with live organ accompaniment and singing of Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies by Christel Schmidt, 7:30pm at the Kentucky Theatre 214 E. Main St. $8. 859-231-7924 or www.kentuckytheatre.com
Thu 12/6- Transylvania University Student Honors Recital, 7:30pm at Transylvania University’s Carrick Theatre. Free admission.
Thu 12/6- Dirty Guv’nahs, 10pm at Cosmic Charlie’s. 388 Woodland Ave. $10. 859-3209-9499 or www.cosmic-charlies.com
Thu 12/6- The Edifice Complex, 9pm at Al’s Bar, 601 N. Limestone. www.alsbarlexington.com
The 12/6- the Velvet Blue, 9pm at Natasha’s Bistro, 112 Esplanade. $5. 859-259-2754 or www.beetnik.com
Thu 12/6 through Sun 12/9- UK Department of Theatre presents: On the Verge, 7:30pmThu-Sat, 2pm Sun at Guignol Theatre, 405 Rose St. Three women seek adventure and time travel in Eric Overmeyer’s modern comedy. From the 19th century to 1955, the future unfolds for these three explorers through twisting and turning escapades. Tickets: $10 Students, $15 General Admission. (859)259-4929
Thu 12/6 through Sun 12/9- A Christmas Carol by Berea Arean Theatre at Berea Arena Theatre in Berea. $5. 859-986-9039 or http://www.bereaarenatheater.com/
Thu 12/6 through Sun 12/9- Bluegrass Theatre Guild presents: Christmas Belles, 7:30pm & 2pm Sunday matinee at theGrand Theatre, 308 Saint Clair St, Frankfort. Tickets $12-$15. 502-352-7469 (M-F 10-3pm) or www.grandTheatreFrankfort.org
Fri 12/7- UK Women’s Basketball vs. DePaul Blue Demons, (Pack The House) 7pm at Rupp Arena. Televised on UK-IMG/FSN (859)257-1818 http://www.ukathletics.com
Fri 12/7- Brian Stezer Orchestra, 7:30pm atSingletary Center for the Arts, 405 Rose St. Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza. 3-time Grammy-award-winner, Brian Setzer is a "Musician's Musician consistently taking chances with innovative and daring musical styles, while single-hand resurrecting two forgotten genres of music. Tickets: $45, $55 & $65. (859)257-4929 http://www.uky.edu/scfa/tickets
Fri 12/7- 31st Madrigal Dinner & Yuletide Festival, 6pm at First United Methodist Church in Frankfort. $15-$20. 502-227-7430.
Fri 12/7- A Gift of Holiday Music, 7:30pm at Transylvania University’s Haggin Auditorium. Free admission. www.transy.edu
Fri 12/7- Spotlight for Youth: A Winter Showcase, 7pm at the Lyric Theatre, 300 E Third St. Free admission. 859-280-2218 or www.LexingtonLyric.com
Fri 12/7- Murder Under the Mistletoe, by Bluegrass Mystery Theatre, 6:15pm at Equus Run in Midway. $45. www.bluegrassMysteryTheatre.com
Fri 12/7- Legna Tocado & Yoisel Concepcion, 9pm at Natasha’s Bistro, 112 Esplanade. $8. 859-259-2754 or www.beetnik.com
Fri 12/7- Other Brothers CD Release, Dylan Blanc, 10pm at Cosmic Charlie’s, 388 Woodland Ave. $8. 859-309-9499 or www.cosmic-charlies.com
Fri 12/7- Absalom Absalom, Bluejay, 9pm at Al’s Bar, 601 N. Limestone. www.alsbarlexington.com
Fri 12/7 & Sat 12/8- Holiday Dinner at Woodford Reserve, 5:30-8pm both nights, optional tours are held at 4:30 & 6pm at Woodford Reserve Distillery, 7855 McCracken Pike, Versailles. Chef-in-Residence, Ouita Michel and her culinary team have created a bountiful holiday buffet full of KY favorites and seasonal specialties. Savor a delicious Woodford Reserve Cocktail, and a beautiful Holiday buffet dinner. $50 per person plus tax and gratuity. Includes two bar drinks. (859)879-1953
Fri 12/7 through Sun 12/9- The Nutcracker, 7:30pm Fri, 2 & 7pm Sat, 2pm Sun at the Lexington Opera House, 401 W. Short St. Celebrate the season with the holiday classic The Nutcracker presented by the Lexington Ballet! Tickets: $19.75 to $29.75. (859)233-3535 http://www.lexingtonoperahouse.com
Fri 12/7 through Sun 12/9- Woodford Theatre presents: The Christmas Foundling, 8pm Fri & Sat, 2pm Sun at Woodford County Theatre, 275 Beasley Dr, Versailles.In the Sierras in 1850s, small communities of miners sprang up to mine and panhandle for gold. Hoke, Old Jake, Georgia, Moscow and Boston are such men - just trying to survive. One dark Christmas Eve night, a woman stumbles into their lives and gives birth to a baby boy before she dies. Tickets: Adults $19, Students $12. (859)873-0648 http://www.woodfordtheatre.com
Fri 12/7 through Sun 12/9- Spring Awakening: The Musical by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik, 7:30pm at the Downtown Arts Center, 141 E. Main St. SPRING AWAKENING explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with poignancy and passion you will never forget. Tickets: $10-$17. (859)225-0370 http://www.lexarts.com
Fri 12/7 through Sat 12/22- The Roarks Country Gospel Christmas, at Renfro Valley Entertainment Center in Renfro Valley. $16. 800-765-7467 or www.renfroValley.com
Sat 12/8- UK Men’s Basketball vs. Portland Pilots tip-off noon at Rupp Arena. Televised on ESPN. www.ukathletics.com
Sat 12/8- Exile, 7pm at EKU Center for the Arts, 521 Lancaster Ave., Richmond. Exile is one of the more successful bands in country music history, topping the charts throughout the 1980s. Tickets: $25. (859)622-7469 http://www.ekucenter.com
Sat 12/8 & Sun 12/9- Holiday Evenings at Waveland, 6-9pm at Waveland State Historic Site, 225 Waveland Museum Lane. You can see what the holiday season was like on a Bluegrass plantation. Antebellum decorations, candlelight tours, music, refreshments and costumed historic presenters will be featured. Tickets $7 adults/$6 seniors/$4 students. (859)272-3611 http://www.parks.ky.gov
Sun 12/9- UK Women’s Basketball vs. Middle Tennessee, 1pm at Memorial Coliseum, 201 Avenue of Champions. Televised on UK-IMG/FSN (859)257-1818 http://www.ukathletics.com
Sun 12/9- 31st Madrigal Dinner & Yuletide Festival, 6pm at First United Methodist Church in Frankfort. $15-$20. 502-227-7430.
Sun 12/9- Lexington Philharmonic: Candy Cane Takes a Global Sleigh Ride, 3pm at Singletary Center for the Arts, 405 Rose St. This family favorite will include music from holiday specials, including Charlie Brown Christmas Special, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street and more! Tickets: $8-$14. (859)233-4226 http://www.lexphil.org
Sun 12/9- Lexington Children’s Theatre presents: Aesop’s Fables Onstage, 2pm at Lexington Children’s Theatre, 418 W. Short St. What do a tortoise, a hare, a goose, a golden egg, a lion, and a mouse all have in common? Find out as the trio of storytellers uses music, dance, and a dose of hilarity to reenact some of Aesop's most famous fables! Tickets: $14 Adults, $12 Child. (859)254-4546 http://www.lctonstage.org
Sun 12/9- Holiday Celebration of Song, 5 & 7:30pm at the Atrium of Victorian Square, 401 W. Main St. Sing along with award winning vocalists from the UK Opera Theatre as they breathe new life into many Christmas standards at their annual Holiday Celebration of Song. Free. (859)257-9331 http://www.ukoperatheatre.org/
Sun 12/9- Argentine Tango at SoundBar, 5:30-8:30 at Sound Bar, 208 S. Limestone St. Holiday Milonga at the Sound Bar. A milonga is a social gathering where aficionados of Argentine tango come to dance. Observers welcome. $10 at the door. Sponsored by LexTango.