Cover photo by Kentucky Studio

All holiday programming and event schedules are subject to change in accordance with evolving community guidelines. Please check with the venue to confirm.


NOV 6 & NOV 7

A curated Kentucky artist and maker market at Oleika Shriners will be INSIDE and OUTSIDE with local handmade goods. Shop for candles, leather, wood, home decor, Kentucky themed, door hangers, apparel, wall art, pottery and so much more.


NOV 13

Lexington Holiday Artists and Makers Market will be held on November 13th, 2021 in Cheapside Pavilion. It will host local artists, craftspeople, and makers in a festival setting. You will find a variety of items ranging from ceramics to beaded jewelry to hand-carved kitchen ware. Hours: 8 am-1:30 pm

St. Leo’s Christmas Bazaar returns to St. Leo’s Catholic Church in Versailles from 9 am to 2 pm.


NOV 17

Get into the spirit of the season with A MAGICAL CIRQUE CHRISTMAS, an evening of dazzling performers and cirque artists, accompanied by your favorite holiday music performed live. 7:30 pm at EKU Center for the Arts.


NOV 19 – NOV 21

The 15th annual Junior League of Lexington Holly Day Market is November 19-21 at Central Bank Center in downtown Lexington. This three-day holiday affair features more than 100 unique local and regional vendors, giving shoppers the opportunity to buy holiday gifts for everyone on their list in one stunning location. Offerings include jewelry, clothing, toys, books, holiday decorations, ornaments, fine art, food items, and much more. Featured merchants include local businesses such as M + H Beads, Anna Shae Jewelry, Southern Sunday and Barrel Down South. Admission is $10 and is free for children 10 and under. All proceeds from admission, sponsorships, merchant booth spaces and daily events help fund the Junior League’s annual grants awarded to local non-profits, providing funds for community projects and non-profits in the Bluegrass region.


NOV 21

Want to be the hostess with the mostest? There’s a class for that. This Holiday Hostess workshop will encompass essential decorating tips, etiquette advice, conversation starters and the importance of writing thank-you cards to your guests. $40 for the class includes all supplies and entrance into the Junior League’s Holly Day Market.


NOV 27

Beech Springs Farm Market presents Christmas at the Market on Old Boonesboro Road in Winchester.


NOV 27 – DEC 5

Lexington Children’s Theatre presents Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! A Play by Allison Gregory, adapted from the book series by Barbara Park. Continues for two weekends.



The one and only Cirque Dreams Holidaze has been hailed by the New York Daily News as “A delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleigh load. ”Set in a multi-million-dollar wonderland of elaborate scenes and dozens of original holiday production numbers, audiences nationwide will celebrate the most wonderful time of the year as they experience over 300 spectacular costumes and 20 of the world’s most astonishing acts, 7:30 pm Rupp Arena.



The Holiday Market returns to Manchester Music Hall.

Woodford Theatre presents Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Based on the beloved, timeless film, this heartwarming musical adaptation features 17 Irving Berlin songs.



Collage Holiday Concert, Singletary Center for the Arts.



Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at EKU Center for the Arts. Get tickets here.


DEC 11

Lexington Ballet presents The Nutcracker at EKU Center for the Arts. Shows on Dec 11 and 12. Get tickets here.

Join Wildside Winery for a Christmas Market featuring Mulled Wine, food vendors, live entertainment and lots of local hand crafted items.


DEC 16

Join White Hall for a High Tea Holiday Celebration! Enjoy delicious food and learn about the unique Christmas customs and traditions of the Victorian Era. The meal will conclude with an open-house style tour.


This article also appears on page 8 and 9 of the November 2021 print edition of Hamburg Journal.

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