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2015 Central Kentucky holiday events calendar

Welcome to the Christmas holiday season! No one can grinch anymore about waiting until after Thanksgiving to sing the carols and light the lights, so the revelry is on. Here is a rundown of holiday events throughout the Bluegrass, so you can fill your calendars from now until New Year’s Eve.

Art

Holiday Group Show

Through Dec. 31. Ann Tower Gallery, 141 E. Main St., Lexington. (859) 425-1188. Anntowergallery.com. Free.

Holiday Revels

Dec. 1-31. Reception 4-7 p.m. Dec. 3. 40 percent of proceeds from art sold at event goes to Lexington Humane Society. M.S. Rezny Studio/Gallery, 903 Manchester St., Lexington. (859) 252-4647. Msrezny.com. Free.

Gallery & Gifts Holiday Market

Through Dec. 19. Scott County Arts & Cultural/Welcome Center, 117 N. Water St., Georgetown. (502) 570-8366. Artsandculturalcenter.org.

Dance

Kentucky Ballet Theatre: The Nutcracker

2 p.m., 7 p.m. Dec.12; 2 p.m. Dec. 13, 19, 20. Lexington Opera House, 401 W. Short St., Lexington. (859) 252-5245. Lexingtonoperahouse.com. $28-$35; $20 students with ID; $16 ages 12 and younger.

Hepcats Holiday Swing Dance

7:30-11 p.m. Dec. 12. Arthur Murray Dance Studio, 1801 Alexandria Dr., Lexington. (859) 420-2426. Luv2swingdance.com. $5.

Bluegrass Youth Ballet: The Nutcracker In One Act

7 p.m. Dec. 18, 3 p.m. Dec. 19. Singletary Center for the Arts, 405 Rose St., Lexington. (859) 257-4929. Finearts.uky.edu/singletary-center. $15-$18.

Music

Happy Holidays with the Mighty Wurlitzer

10:30 a.m., 7 p.m. Dec. 10. Cincinnati Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati. (513) 744-3344. Cincinnatiarts.org/music-hall. $25.

Unbridled Harmony Chorus: Holiday Music

5 p.m. Dec. 11. Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, 3501 Lexington Rd., Harrodsburg. Included in Village admission. (859) 734-5411. Shakervillageky.org. $5.

Cincinnati Pops Orchestra: Holiday Pops

8 p.m. Dec. 11, 12; 2 p.m. Dec. 13. Cincinnati Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati. (513) 744-3344. Cincinnatiarts.org/music-hall. $10-$113.

Lexington Singers: Handel’s Messiah

8 p.m. Dec. 12. Singletary Center for the Arts, 405 Rose St., Lexington. (859) 257-4929. Finearts.uky.edu/singletary-center. $20; $18 seniors; $9 students.

Lexington Philharmonic: Gloria! with Lexington Chamber Chorale

8 p.m. Dec. 12. Cathedral of Christ the King, 299 Colony Blvd., Lexington. (859) 233-4226. Lexphil.org. $25-$75.

Al & Alice White, Ruth Smith and Richard Bellando

3 p.m. Dec. 13. Berea Arena Theater, 1835 Big Hill Rd., Berea. (859) 986-9039. Bereaarenatheater.com. $5.

Alltech Celebration of Song

5 p.m., 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13. Victorian Square, 401 W. Main St., Lexington. www.celebrationofsong.org. Free.

Christ Church Cathedral Choir: Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

7 p.m. Dec. 13. Christ Church Cathedral, 166 Market St., Lexington. (859) 254-4497. Ccclex.org. Free.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Tour

7-9 p.m. Dec. 13. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati. (513) 977-4123. Cincinnatiarts.org. $35-$75.

The Spirit of Chrismas with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and Michael W. Smith

7:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Cincinnati Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati. (513) 744-3344. Cincinnatiarts.org/music-hall. $25-$110.

Lexington Chamber Orchestra: Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, Holberg Suite by Edvard Grieg, more

3 p.m. Dec. 20. Tates Creek Presbyterian Church, 3900 Rapid Run Dr., Lexington. (501) 339-6050. Tcpca.org. Free.

Christ Church Cathedral Girls Choir: A Ceremony of Carols

12 p.m. Dec. 21. Christ Church Cathedral, 166 Market St., Lexington. (859) 254-4497. Ccclex.org. Free.

Jim Brickman, Comfort and Joy

7:30 p.m. Dec. 28. Lexington Opera House, 401 W. Short St., Lexington. (859) 233-4567. Lexingtonoperahouse.com. $35, $65.

Lexington Philharmonic, Take Five on New Year’s Eve! featuring the Brubeck Brothers Quartet

7:30 p.m. Dec. 31. Lexington Opera House, 401 W. Short St., Lexington. (859) 233-4226. Lexingtonoperahouse.com. $25-$100.

Special Event

Southern Lights

5:30-10 p.m. daily through Dec. 31. Kentucky Horse Park, 4089 Iron Works Pkwy. Four-mile driving tour of holiday light displays. $15 for personal vehicles Monday through Thursday; $25 Friday through Sunday; $35 for extended vans and limousines. Kyhorsepark.com.

The Holidays at Shaker Village

Nov. 27-Dec. 19. Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, 3501 Lexington Rd., Harrodsburg. (859) 734-5411. Shakervillageky.org. Prices vary per activity.

Christmas Town: Live Nativity and Garden of Lights

5-8 p.m. Dec. 4-5, 11-2, 18-19, 26, 28. Creation Museum, 2800 Bullittsburg Church Rd. Petersburg. Free to tour outdoor displays. 1-888-582-4253. Creationmuseum.org/christmas.

Kentucky Railway Museum’s North Pole Express

Dec. 4-Dec. 21. Kentucky Railway Museum, 136 S. Main St., New Haven. (502) 549-5470. Kyrail.org. $24; $19 ages 3-12; free for children younger than 2.

Dickens Christmas Carol and Candlelight Tour

6-9 p.m. Dec. 11, 12. Waveland State Historic Site, 225 Waveland Museum Ln., Lexington. (859) 272-3611. Parks.ky.gov. $7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 students, free to ages 6 and younger.

R. J. Corman Lexington Dinner Train North Pole Express

Dec. 5-20. R. J. Corman Lexington Dinner Train, 150 Oliver Lewis Way, Lexington. 1-866-801-3463. Kydinnertrain.com. $60; $45 children younger than 12.

Santa Express

4 p.m. Dec. 5-21. Kentucky Railway Museum, 136 S. Main St., New Haven. (502) 549-5470. Kyrail.org. $24; $19 ages 3-12; free for children younger than 2.

Holiday Greek Pastry Sale

8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Dec. 11, 12. Panagia Pantovasilissa Greek Orthodox Church, 3001 Tates Creek Rd., Lexington. (859) 266-1921. Panagia.ky.goarch.org.

Holiday Store Sale

10 a.m. Dec. 11. UK Art Museum, 405 Rose St., Lexington. (859) 257-5716. Finearts.uky.edu/art-museum. Free.

Home for the Holidays with Jim Beam

7-10 p.m. Dec. 11. Jim Beam American Stillhouse, 526 Happy Hollow Rd., Clermont. (502) 543-9877. Americanstillhouse.com. $85.

Santa Claus Train Ride

Dec. 12-20. Bluegrass Railroad Museum, 175 Beasley Rd., Versailles. (859) 873-2476. Bgrm.org. Adults $14, children $12, first class $19.

Wreaths Across America

Noon Dec. 12. Camp Nelson Heritage Park, 6614 Danville Rd., Nicholasville. (859) 881-5716. Campnelson.org. Free.

Mrs. Julia Beckham’s Christmas Tea

Noon-4 p.m. Dec. 12, 13. Wickland, Home of Three Governors, 550 Bloomfield Rd., Bardstown. (502) 507-0808. $25.

Candlelight Vigil and Tree Lighting Ceremony

6 p.m. Dec. 12. Camp Nelson Heritage Park, 6614 Danville Rd., Nicholasville. (859) 881-5716. Campnelson.org. Free.

Theater

A Christmas Carol

Nov. 27-Dec. 23. Actors Theatre of Louisville Bingham Theater, 316 W. Main St., Louisville. (502) 584-1205. Actorstheatre.org. $35-$59.

Christmas Carol

Nov. 27-Dec. 28. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Robert S. Marx Theatre, 962 Mount Adams Cir., Cincinnati. (513) 421-3888. Cincyplay.com. $30-$86.

A Kentucky Christmas

Dec. 4-20. The Woodford Theatre, 275 Beasley Rd., Versailles. (859) 873-0648. Woodfordtheatre.com. $20 adults, $13 students.

A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail

10 a.m., 1 p.m. Dec. 12, 19. The Woodford Theatre, 275 Beasley Rd., Versailles. (859) 873-0648. Woodfordtheatre.com. $15; $8 students and children.

StageOne Family Theatre: A Year with Frog and Toad

Dec. 5-19. Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, 501 W. Main St., Louisville. (502) 584-7777. Kentuckycenter.org. $20 adults; $15 ages 12 and younger.

Central Kentucky Community Theatre: Christmas Toyshop

7 p.m. Dec. 11, 12; 2 p.m. Dec. 13. Springfield Opera House, 124 W. Main St., Springfield. (859) 336-5412. Seespringfieldky.com. $12; $10 seniors; $7 students.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

2 p.m. Dec. 13; 2 p.m., 7 p.m. Dec. 19; 2 p.m. Dec. 20. Lexington Children’s Theatre, 418 W. Short St., Lexington. (859) 254-4546. Lctonstage.org. $18; $15 ages 17 and younger.

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)

Dec.16-27. Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival Theatre, 719 Race St., Cincinnati. (513) 381-2273. Cincyshakes.com. $30.

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