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The Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra and Lexington Chamber Chorale will present George Frideric Handel's "Messiah" Dec. 2 and 3 at the Cathedral of Christ the King, 299 Colony Blvd., in Lexington, Ky. This photo was taken at a rehearsal at the cathedral on Nov. 30, 2010. Photo by Rich Copley / Lexington Herald-Leader
The Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra and Lexington Chamber Chorale will present George Frideric Handel's "Messiah" Dec. 2 and 3 at the Cathedral of Christ the King, 299 Colony Blvd., in Lexington, Ky. This photo was taken at a rehearsal at the cathedral on Nov. 30, 2010. Photo by Rich Copley / Lexington Herald-Leader Lexington Herald-Leader

'Tis the season for 'Messiah'

The Lexington Philharmonic's presentation of George Frideric Handel's Messiah will be presented at the Cathedral of Christ the King, 299 Colony Boulevard at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. It will feature major talent in the soloist ranks led by soprano Esther Heideman, 2000 winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and the voices of the Lexington Chamber Chorale. Tickets are $25 to $75, $11 for students. Call (859) 233-4226 or visiting Lexphil.org.

'Nutcracker' takes to ice

If you are looking for a different twist — spin, triple axel, figure eight — on a holiday classic, you might want to catch the Thoroughbred Figure Skating Club's presentation of Nutcracker on Ice at 1:30 and 6 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Lexington Ice Center, 560 Eureka Springs. Tickets are $10 to $20. Visit Tfscskating.com for more information.

500 choir members plus

The University of Kentucky choirs annual last hurrah before the holidays is at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Collage will feature nearly 500 performers from all of UKs choral groups as well as the Steel Drum Ensemble — because, what is Christmas without steel drums? — the Alluring Handbell Ensemble, the Lexington Singers' children's choir and more. Tickets are $26 for general admission, $13 for UK students with a valid university ID and children, and $20 for groups of more than 10. Call (859) 257-4929 or visit Finearts.uky.edu/singletary-center.

You'll shoot your eye out

A Christmas Story: it has been a movie, a stage play and now a Broadway musical. The Woodford Theatre, inside the Falling Springs Arts and Recreation Center at 275 Beasley Road in Versailles, brings the newly published version of the show to its stage Friday through Dec. 21. Visit Woodfordtheatre.com for showtimes and tickets, or call (859) 873-0648.

Night Market moves

The final 2015 edition of popular Night Market festival in the North Limestone area is on the move this month. From 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, the event will be at Castlewood Park, 201 Castlewood Drive, to partner up with the Lexington Art League's Black Friday Art Sale. As always, the event will feature food and beverage vendors, entertainment and other attractions. Visit Nolicdc.com.

You'll shoot your eye out

A Christmas Story: it has been a movie, a stage play and now a Broadway musical. The Woodford Theatre, inside the Falling Springs Arts and Recreation Center at 275 Beasley Road in Versailles, brings the newly published version of the show to its stage Friday through Dec. 21. Visit Woodfordtheatre.com for showtimes and tickets, or call (859) 873-0648.

'Nutcracker' takes to ice

If you are looking for a different twist — spin, triple axel, figure eight — on a holiday classic, you might want to catch the Thoroughbred Figure Skating Club's presentation of Nutcracker on Ice at 1:30 and 6 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Lexington Ice Center, 560 Eureka Springs. Tickets are $10 to $20. Visit Tfscskating.com for more information.

Night Market moves

The final 2015 edition of popular Night Market festival in the North Limestone area is on the move this month. From 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, the event will be at Castlewood Park, 201 Castlewood Drive, to partner up with the Lexington Art League's Black Friday Art Sale. As always, the event will feature food and beverage vendors, entertainment and other attractions. Visit Nolicdc.com.

500 choir members plus

The University of Kentucky choirs annual last hurrah before the holidays is at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Collage will feature nearly 500 performers from all of UKs choral groups as well as the Steel Drum Ensemble — because, what is Christmas without steel drums? — the Alluring Handbell Ensemble, the Lexington Singers' children's choir and more. Tickets are $26 for general admission, $13 for UK students with a valid university ID and children, and $20 for groups of more than 10. Call (859) 257-4929 or visit Finearts.uky.edu/singletary-center.

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