‘A Cathedral Christmas: Songs of the Manger’
The Lexington Philharmonic presents a selection of sacred works for voice and orchestra at 8 p.m. Saturday at Cathedral of Christ the King, 299 Colony Boulevard. The Lexington Chamber Chorale and Ecco Chamber Choir will join in performances by Holst, Respighi, Reger and Howard Blake. Tickets are $25 to $75, with $11 student tickets the day before the concert and just before curtain, as available. 859-233-4226. Lexphil.org.
Handel’s ‘Messiah’ Sing-along
Sing along to the holiday classic during a free evening of music at 7 p.m. Saturday at the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints , 2459 Sir Barton Way. Guest soloists include soprano Marie-France Duclos, alto Sherri Phelps, tenor Zach Morris and bass Daniel Koehn. Lexingtonmessiah.org.
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Dress like Santa and pop into your favorite Lexington bars on Saturday. Santas get free admission at participating venues during scheduled times, and drink specials will be offered. It’s 4:30 to 6 p.m. starting at Lexington Beerworks, 213 North Limestone, and continues through downtown bars until 1 a.m. Check out the Facebook events page for times and venues.
‘The Nutcracker’ performances
Lexington has “Nutcrackers” aplenty this weekend, with performances at multiple venues.
▪ The Lexington Ballet: “The Nutcracker” Stahlbaum holiday party. Saturday at The Club at the University of Kentucky’s Spindletop Hall. Tea party, 2:30 p.m. (sold out); dinner party, 7 p.m. Lexingtonballet.org. $65.
‘A Christmas Carol’ at Waveland
Scenes from the Dickens holiday classic are played out in the historic home built in the mid-1800s, about the same time the story was written. Performances are at 6 and 8 p.m. Friday; 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday at Waveland State Historic Site, 225 Waveland Museum Lane. Admission is $20 adults, $10 children. Reservations are required: 859-272-3611. Parks.ky.gov.
The comedian, who has appeared on Comedy Central and at the Grand Ole Opry, headlines at Comedy Off Broadway, 161 Lexington Green Circle, C4. Show times are 7:15 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $12 to $20. Comedyoffbroadway.com.