Happy Holidays, Hamburg! 

Enjoy all the fun central Kentucky has to offer this holiday season!


Celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas with Jen Dunham’s Mixed Media Exhibit, on display at the Hamburg branch of the Lexington Public Library in November.  For “The Twelve Days of Christmas” exhibit, Dunham has re-imagined each of the twelve days and used vintage library card catalog cards to help tell the story. Each piece is created in pen and ink, colored pencil, and soft pastels. Each drawing is created on six catalog cards leaving the information printed on the cards to show through the artwork and give “clues” to the subject matter of the drawings. Dunham asks, “Remember what it was like to go to the public library and search through the old card catalogs? Well those have long gone, but as a librarian, I felt an emotional connection to the cards. As an artist, I found a use for them!”



Join the McBrayer Law Firm for the 20th annual Fayette County CASA Angel Tree Kickoff at 9:30 am. This campaign offers Lexington a chance to help brighten the holidays for abused and neglected children in the local family court system. Attendees choose names of children from the CASA Angel Tree, and then purchase gifts from their wish lists. CASA volunteers deliver the gifts to the children’s caregivers in time for the holidays. 



Join The Kentucky Castle for a weekend of holiday festivities at the Holiday Market. Bring your family and friends as you celebrate the season with an array of local market vendors, a grazing table of charcuterie, and a hot cocoa bar.

You’ll find a variety of local artisan market vendors in the Greenhouse to begin checking off your Holiday shopping list. 



The Lexington Theatre Company presents Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at the Lexington Opera House. 


The Lexington Theatre Company presents A Christmas Story, through Nov 24 at the Lexington Opera House. 

The Nutcracker: Magical Christmas Ballet will take the stage at UK’s Singletary Center at 7 pm. 


Happy Thanksgiving! 


Are you planning to fry a Thanksgiving turkey? Recycle the oil!  Lexington residents can join the Annual Gobble Grease Toss on Black Friday, 10 am to 2 pm, at the Redwood School at 166 Crestwood Dr.  Cooking and vegetable oil only; no food or motor oil.

Remember: never pour used cooking oil or grease down the drain. Bring it to the Toss. Last year, more than 500 gallons of cooking oil was collected from 106 participants.

The Gobble Grease Toss is free for all Fayette County residents (no businesses, please). Citizens should bring the oil in a disposable container with a lid.


Celebrating its 30th year at the Kentucky Horse Park, Southern Lights invites guests to view over a million twinkling lights on a beautiful drive-thru tour.  Enjoy the return of the Holiday Village which features photos with Santa, Animal Land, model trains, and so much more. 5:30 pm to 10 pm thru December 31. (Closed on Christmas Day.) Named one of Kentucky’s Top 10 Winter/Holiday Festivals and Events by Kentucky Travel and Tourism, Southern Lights is a three-mile driving tour of lights 

The Bradley family’s church Christmas Pageant is always the same, year after year – until the Herdmans show up! Join the Lexington Children’s Theatre for The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, through December 4, 2023. 



Welcome the holiday season with the Lexington Chamber Chorale’s Sing Noel. Featuring an audience favorite carol sing-a-long, Sing Noel is the perfect concert to celebrate the season with the whole family, 5 p.m., Second Presbyterian Church.


Head to Triangle Park on November 26 for Lexington’s Annual Holiday Lighting Festival. Lexington’s Christmas Tree will be lit with beautiful bright lights, and Lexington’s Hanukkah Menorah will shine ahead of the festival. Plus, community choirs will sing festive songs which are sure to put everyone in the holiday spirit! Santa will visit at 6 pm to light the tree, followed by Christmas carols with The Lexington Singers.



Join Joseph-Beth Booksellers for Breakfast with the Grinch at 8:30 am in Lexington Green. 

UK Choirs presents “Collage: A Holiday Spectacular” in the SCFA Concert Hall. Rejoice in the holiday spirit with the 26th annual Collage. Celebrated vocalists and musicians from the UK School of Music and the Lexington Singers Children’s Choir perform holiday favorites from close to home and around the globe, conducted by UK Director of Choirs, Dr. Jefferson Johnson. 


A Charlie Brown Christmas comes to life in a faithful stage adaptation featuring all of your favorite characters and classic Vince Guaraldi score, 6 pm, EKU Center for the Arts. Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they stage a play, save a tree and uncover the true meaning of Christmas.

This article appears on pages 10-11 of the November 2023 issue of HJ. To subscribe to digital delivery each month, click here.