December Plan Ahead: Your Lexington events calendar

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Make it a December to remember.

Tis the season to be jolly, and there’s a lot to be excited about this December. The month is filled with ho-ho-holiday merriment, local markets for shopping, and live shows that will bring a sparkle to anyone’s eyes. Today we reveal our December Plan Ahead + highlight a few events that have us as excited as a kid on Christmas morning

Mon., Nov. 29-Sun., Dec. 5

Monday, Nov. 29

  • UK vs. Central Michigan University | Mon., Nov. 29 | 7 p.m. | Rupp Arena | Prices vary | UK men’s basketball take on the Action Cs at home. 🏀
  • Christmas Tree Skirt Making | Mon., Nov. 29 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Sew-A-Lot Lexington | $45 | Learn how to make a holiday-themed tree skirt with the Six Halves Make a Whole pattern

Tuesday, Nov. 30

  • Southern Lights | Tues., Nov. 30 | 5:30 p.m. | Kentucky Horse Park | $25 | A Lexington tradition — load up the car for a drive through miles of twinkly + bright lights

Wednesday, Dec. 1

  • UK vs. West Virginia | Wed., Dec. 1 | 7 p.m. | Memorial Coliseum | $10+ | UK women’s basketball takes on West Virginia at home
  • Nativity Scene Painting | Wed., Dec. 1 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Painting with a Twist | $38+ | Get into the holiday spirit with a sip and paint a nativity scene — materials included.
  • Pine Ridge Tabletop | Wed., Dec. 1 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | Sew-A-Lot Lexington | $45+ | Create your own Scandinavian-inspired table runner — or make one to gift to someone else.
  • Art Museum Tours | Wed., Dec. 1 | 10 a.m. | UK Art Museum | Free | Choose from a variety of tour options for a free walk through the UK Art Museum
  • Mustard Seed Hill Christmas Lights | Wed., Dec. 1-Sun., Dec. 5 | Times vary | Mustard Seed Hill, Millersburg | $5+ | Enjoy festive lights, a gingerbread house exhibit, artisan market + hot chocolate

Thursday, Dec. 2

  • Comedy Night! | Thurs., Dec. 2 | 7 p.m. | Old North Bar | The fan-favorite pub at Greyline Station is hosting professional and aspiring comedians for a night of laughs.  
  • Kids’ Bake Club | Thurs., Dec. 2 | Thurs., Dec. 2 | 5 p.m. | Online | $29.95 | Purchase the cookie cutter set from our local Williams Sonoma + hop on Zoom for a virtual cookie party.
  • Garland Making Class | Thurs., Dec. 2 | 6 p.m. | Omar & Elsie | $75 | Make your own ornament garland while snacking on savory treats — supplies included in ticket price.
  • Redistricting Bingo | Thurs., Dec. 2 | 6:30 p.m. | The Cat’s Den | Registration required | Learn about redistricting in Lexington in a fun way.

Friday, Dec. 3

  • Lexington Mercantile Holiday Market | Fri., Dec. 3-Sat., Dec. 4 | Times vary | Manchester Music Hall | Free | Get a jump start on your holiday shopping from dozens of local small businesses
  • Magnolia Boulevard | Fri., Dec. 3 | 8 p.m. | The Burl | $16 | Mixing soulful vocals with alternative folk —the Lexington locals are playing a hometown show.  
  • CKS Holiday Sip & Shop | Fri., Dec. 3-Sat., Dec. 4 | Times vary | Christ the King, 412 Cochran Rd. | $5 | Sip some drinks while shopping local vendors including M&H Beads, Failte, Ada & Lo.
  • Shaker Village Candlelight Tour | Fri., Dec. 3 | Times vary | Shaker Village | $10 | Discover the history of Christmas celebrations in Shaker communities with this candlelight tour. 

Saturday, Dec. 4

  • Mojothunder | Sat., Dec. 4 | 8 p.m. | The Burl | $15 | The band will be performing Lynard Skynard cover songs all night long. 
  • Lexington Christmas Parade | Sat., Dec. 4 | 11 a.m. | Downtown | Free | The holiday parade will march down Main St. from Midland Ave. to Mill St.
  • Tree Illumination Ceremony | Sat., Dec. 4 | ~5:30 p.m. | Ashland, Henry Clay Estate | Free | Purchase snacks from the Gingko Cafe while enjoying a presentation from the Kentuckians Chorus
  • Junie B. Jones in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells | Sat., Dec. 4 | Times vary | Lexington Opera House | Prices vary | Fun for the whole family adapted from the popular book series by Barbara Park 
  • Girls on the Run 5k | Sat., Dec. 4 | 9 a.m. | Keeneland | Prices vary | A great, untimed race for beginners which also benefits Girls on the Run Central Kentucky.
  • Children’s Tea Time with Mrs. Claus | Sat., Dec. 4 | 2 p.m. | Shaker Village | $22 | Children can enjoy afternoon tea + a story with Mrs. Claus.
  • Shaker Village Candlelight Tour | Sat., Dec. 4 | Times vary | Shaker Village | $10 | Discover the history of Christmas celebrations in Shaker communities with this candlelight tour. 

Sunday, Dec 5

  • Brunch with Santa | Sun., Dec. 5 | 12 p.m. | The Kentucky Castle | Prices vary | Storytime + photos with Santa along with brunch in the Grand Ballroom
  • Kentucky Author Open House | Sun., Dec. 5 | 3 p.m. | Apollo Pizza, Meadowthorpe | Free | Meet and greet with a variety of Kentucky authors at this book signing event.
  • Greg Austin Tribute Show | Sun., Dec. 5 |  5 p.m. | Austin City Saloon | Listen to dozens of artists pay tribute to Austin City Saloon Hall of Famer Greg Austin.
  • A Festival of Nine Lessons + Carols | Sun., Dec. 5 | 6 p.m. | First United Methodist Church, 200 W. High St. | Free | An orchestral performance by Chancel Choir.
  • UK vs. Merrimack College | Sun., Dec. 5 | 2 p.m. | Memorial Coliseum | $10+ | UK women’s basketball takes on Merrimack College at home.

Mon., Dec. 6-Sun., Dec. 12

Monday, Dec. 6

  • Winter Concert | Mon., Dec. 6 | 7 p.m. | Singletary Center for the Arts | $7+ | A winter choral concert featuring some of the best talents from local high schools. 

Tuesday, Dec. 7

  • Holiday Wreath Workshop | Tues., Dec. 7 | 6-8 p.m. | The Kentucky Castle | $70 | Sip some mulled wine while creating your own live greenery wreath.
  • UK vs. Southern University | Tues., Dec. 7 | 7 p.m. | Rupp Arena | Prices vary | UK men’s basketball take on Southern University at home. 🏀
  • Coach Mitchell’s Christmas in Kentucky | Tues., Dec. 7 | 7 p.m. | Lexington Opera House | The former women’s basketball coach is spreading cheer with a holiday-themed concert. 
  • Downtown Spirit | Tues., Dec. 7 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Barney Miller’s, 232 E. Main St. | Registration required | A networking series that allows business professionals to connect with like-minded individuals

Wednesday, Dec. 8

  • Acoustic Jam 2021 | Acoustic Jam 2021 | Wed., Dec. 8 | 7:30-10:30 p.m. | Lexington Opera House | 98.1 The Bull brings to town artists such as Scotty McCreary, Ryan Hurd, Callista Clark, and more.
  • Joy of Breathing | Wed., Dec. 8 | 1-1:30 p.m. | Online | Free | Learn various techniques to experience the powerful benefits of breathwork. 
  • 5 Across Finals | Wed., Dec. 8 | 5-7 p.m. | Lyric Theatre | $5 | Lexington’s version of Shark Tank — listen to five local startups make their pitch to the crowd.
  • Mustard Seed Hill Christmas Lights | Wed., Dec. 8-Sun., Dec. 12 | Times vary | Mustard Seed Hill, Millersburg | $5+ | Enjoy festive lights, a gingerbread house exhibit, artisan market + hot chocolate

Thursday, Dec. 9

  • UK vs. Depaul University | Thurs., Dec. 9 | 7 p.m. | Rupp Arena | $10+ | UK women’s basketball takes on Depaul University at home.
  • Sierra Ferrell | Thurs., Dec. 9 | 8 p.m. | The Burl | $12 | The West Virginia native brings her spellbinding voice to Lexington. 
  • Candlelight Tour | Thurs., Dec. 9 | Times vary | Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate | Prices vary | A festive Candlelight tour with the landmark all dressed up for the holidays.
  • Comedian Michael Yo | Thurs., Dec. 9-Sat., Dec. 11 | Times vary | Comedy off Broadway | Prices vary | Laugh it up with the two-time Emmy nominee + Joe Rogan Experience podcast regular Michael Yo.

Friday, Dec. 10

  • Jason Boland & The Stragglers | Fri., Dec. 10 | 8 p.m | The Burl | $20 | Classic country sounds from this Texas-based group. 
  • Waveland Dinner with Scrooge | Fri., Dec. 10 | 6-8 p.m. | Waveland State Historic Site | $50 | Traditional dinner will be served while you experience the magic of the holidays with Scrooge + other Christmas Carol characters.

Saturday, Dec. 11

  • The Drunken Flea | Sat., Dec. 11 | 12-8 p.m. | Central Bank Center | $2 | Shop 50+ curated vintage vendors featuring clothing, furniture + decor from the ‘50s-’90s
  • Wildside Christmas Market | Sat., Dec. 11-Sun., Dec. 12 | Times vary | Wildside Winery | $10 | A bottle of wine is included with your ticket to shop handcrafted items, food vendors, and live music.
  • UK vs. Notre Dame | Sat., Dec. 11 | 5:15 p.m. | ESPN | UK men’s basketball take on Notre Dame on the road. 🏀
  • The Nutcracker | Sat. Dec. 11-Sun., Dec. 19 | Times vary | Lexington Opera House | Prices vary | The Kentucky Ballet Theatre presents a holiday classic.
  • Candlelight Tour | Sat., Dec. 11 | Times vary | Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate | Prices vary | A festive Candlelight tour with the landmark all dressed up for the holidays
  • Bear-y Christmas Storytime | Sat., Dec. 11 | 10:30 a.m. | Greyline Station | Free | Kids can listen to a Christmas story and partake in a holiday activity afterward. 
  • Children’s Tea Time with Mrs. Claus | Sat., Dec. 11 | 2 p.m. | Shaker Village | $22 | Children can enjoy afternoon tea + a story with Mrs. Claus.
  • Arts Bazaar | Sat., Dec. 11 | 12-4 p.m. | Centered | Free | Shop the holiday art fair in the courtyard + silent auction benefiting The Nest

Sunday, Dec. 12

  • UK vs. Louisville | Sun., Dec. 12 | 1 p.m. | ESPN | UK women’s basketball takes on Louisville at the KFC YUM! Center for the Jimmy V Classic.
  • Katie Pruitt | Sun., Dec. 12 | 8 p.m. | The Burl | $12 | The Nashville transplant is bringing her folk-pop sound to Lexington. 
  • Santa Cares | Sun., Dec. 12 | 9:30-11 a.m. | Fayette Mall | Free, RSVP required | A sensory-friendly photos with Santa experience for children + family members with all spectrums of special needs.   
  • 12 Divas of Christmas | Sun., Dec. 12 | 4 p.m. | The Lyric Theatre | $35 | A festive-filled fundraiser benefiting Moveable Feast with celebrity guests Ernesto Scorsone, Andy Shea, and Griffin VanMeter.

Mon., Dec. 13-Sun., Dec. 19

Monday, Dec. 13

  • How to Improve Your Memory | Mon., Dec. 13 | 2 p.m. | Virtual | Registration required | A class designed to provide tips + techniques on how to improve your memory.
  • MADrigal Dinner Theatre | Mon., Dec. 13 | 7 p.m. | Goodwood Lexington | $44 | A three-course dinner + a show at a local brewery. 

Tuesday, Dec. 14

  • Southeast Christmas Party | Tues., Dec. 14 | 5:30 p.m. | Registration required | A holiday party sponsored by Associated Builders and Contractors. 
  • Snowman’s Best Friend | Tues., Dec. 14 | 6:30 p.m. | Pinot’s Palette, 3851 Mall Rd. STE. 510 | $27 | Have a drink with friends while painting a snowscape scene of a snowman and his friends.
  • Christmas Cookies with Santa | Tues., Dec. 14 | 5-6:30 p.m. | The Kentucky Castle | $45 | Decorate Christmas cookies + get the opportunity to visit and snap photos with Santa
  • Holiday Business Link | Tues., Dec. 14 | 4-6 p.m. | Central Bank Center | $10 | An after-hours networking event sponsored by Commerce Lexington inside Rupp Arena’s new VIP Club area

Wednesday, Dec. 15

  • Mustard Seed Hill Christmas Lights | Wed., Dec. 15-Sun., Dec. 19 | Times vary | Mustard Seed Hill, Millersburg | $5+ | Enjoy festive lights, a gingerbread house exhibit, artisan market + hot chocolate
  • Christmas Carol-oke | Wed., Dec. 15 | 9 p.m. | Tin Roof | Free | You know the words because you sing them every year — enjoy holiday karaoke.

Thursday, Dec. 16

  • David Sedaris | Thurs., Dec. 16 | 7:30 p.m. | Lexington Opera House | $35+ | The NY Times #1 Best-selling author is live on stage — discussing middle age and mortality through satire + storytelling. 
  • Jon Reep | Thurs., Dec. 16 | 7:15 p.m. | Comedy Off Broadway | Enjoy a nationally touring comedian who won Last Comic Stranding.
  • Barefoot + Bourbon | Thurs., Dec. 16 | 7 p.m. | Shamrocks Bar & Grille, 4750 Hartland Pkwy. | Price of purchase | Enjoy live music and cold drinks at a classic Lexington pub.

Friday, Dec. 17

  • UK vs. Morgan State University | Fri., Dec. 17 | 7 p.m. | Memorial Coliseum | $10+ | UK women’s basketball takes on Morgan State at home.
  • The Bob & Tom Show Comedy Tour | Fri., Dec. 17 | 7:30 p.m. | Lexington Opera House | Prices vary | You’ve heard them on the radio, but now see them live on stage. 
  • Holiday Sip + Shop | Fri., Dec. 17 | 9 a.m.-7 p.m. | Bluegrass Distillers, 501 W. 6th St. STE 165 | Free | A holiday shopping event featuring $5 tastings and cocktails, bourbon-themed merchandise + gift baskets.
  • J Roddy Walston Christmas Tour | Fri., Dec. 17 | 8 p.m. | The Burl | $20 |  J Roddy is putting a holiday spin on his classic-sounding southern rock for his 2021 “Christmas to the Bone” show.
  • Friday Flurries | Fri., Dec. 17 | 5 p.m.-8 p.m. | The Summit at Fritz Farm | Free | The green space turns into a winter wonderland with faux snow perfect set-up
  • Brew & Groove | Fri., Dec. 17 | 7 p.m. | Blue Stallion Brewing | Free | Sip some brews and get your groove on with free Salsa + Caribbean dance lessons provided by The Salsa Center

Saturday, Dec. 18

  • UK vs. Ohio St. | Sat., Dec. 18 | 5:15 p.m. | Las Vegas | Not heading to Vegas? Watch on ESPN as the Cats take on Ohio State in the CBS Sports Classic  🏀
  • Tarot Workshop | Sat., Dec. 18 | 6:30 p.m. | Creatures of Whim, 126 N. Broadway | Registration required | Learn about tarot in this beginner-friendly workshop
  • Last Call Art Market | Sat., Dec. 18 | 12-6 p.m. | West Sixth Brewery | Free | Shop handmade + locally crafted works from just in time for the holidays.
  • Winter Solstice Celebration | Sat., Dec. 18 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Living Arts & Science Center | Free | Fun-filled art workshops, hands-on activities, science exhibits, and more.
  • Dino & Dragon Stroll | Sat., Dec. 18-Sun., Dec. 19 | Times vary | Central Bank Center | $17.99 | Bring the dinosaur fanatics in your family to get up close and personal with  life-size, animatronic dinosaurs + dragons

Sunday, Dec. 19 

  • UK vs. University of South Carolina-Upstate | Sun., Dec. 19 | 2 p.m. | Memorial Coliseum | $10+ | UK women’s basketball takes on USC-upstate at home.
  • Winter Solstice Yoga | Sun., Dec. 19 | 12-1 p.m. | Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate | Free | Celebrate the Winter Solstice with yoga flows + intention setting for the new year.
  • Christmas Drag Brunch | Sun., Dec. 19 | 11:30 a.m. | Tin Roof | $10 | The last drag brunch of the year featuring the Imperial Court of Kentucky

Mon., Dec. 20-Sun., Dec. 26

Monday, Dec. 20

  • Season of Light | Mon., Dec. 20- Thurs., Dec. 23 | 2 p.m. | Living Arts & Science Center | $5 | Experience the night sky in Lexington’s only public planetarium
  • Wine + Appetizer Pairing | Mon., Dec. 20 | 6-8 p.m. | The Kentucky Castle | $80 | A curated four-course wine + appetizer pairing featuring the Unshackled by The Prisoner Wine Company
  • Beer + Board Games | Mon., Dec. 20 | 7-9 p.m. | West Sixth Brewery | Free | Hosted by the Boardgame enthusiasts of Lexington play classics such as Apples to Apples, Unspeakable Words, Guillotine, and Acquire.

Tuesday, Dec. 21

Wednesday, Dec. 22

  • Wednesday Whiteout | Wed., Dec. 22 | 5 p.m.-8 p.m. | The Summit at Fritz Farm | Free | The green space turns into a winter wonderland with faux snow perfect set-up
  • Live Team Trivia | Wed., Dec. 22 | 7 p.m. | Old North Bar | Price of purchase | Take a break this holiday week for some friendly trivia competition  
  • Holiday Movie Trivia | Wed., Dec. 22 | 7 p.m. | The Burl Arcade | Price of purchase | Test your holiday movie knowledge while enjoying adult beverages + pinball.

Thursday, Dec. 23

  • Sound Off Music Trivia | Thurs., Dec. 23 | 7 p.m. | Ethereal Brewing | Free | Test your music knowledge in this fast-paced fun night of trivia featuring three separate games covering different genres.
  • It’s a Wonderful Life | Thurs., Dec. 23 | 7:30 p.m. | The Kentucky Theatre | $7.75 | The historic theater is back open for Christmas week showing some holiday classics

Friday, Dec. 24

  • Christmas Eve | Fri., Dec. 24 | Times vary | At your home or gathered with friends | Must be on the nice list to enter | Gather to tell stories + celebrate the year. 
  • Candlelight Service | Fri., Dec. 24 | 5 p.m. | Broadway Baptist Church, 2500 Harrodsburg Rd. | Free | Learn about the story of Christmas and enjoy carols by candlelight.

Saturday, Dec. 25

  • Merry Christmas

Sunday, Dec. 26

  • Kwanza Celebration | Sun. Dec. 26 | 2:30 p.m. | The Lyric Theatre | Free | Celebrate Kwanza with a free film screening of “The Black Candle” followed by a Q+A with the creator of the film. 

Mon., Dec. 27-Sun., Jan. 2

Monday, Dec. 27

  • No School Day Classes | Mon., Dec. 27- Thurs., Dec. 30 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | The Living Arts & Science Center | Students from preschool to high school can enjoy fun, creative classes while Fayette County Public Schools are on winter break. 
  • Earth’s Wild Ride | Mon., Dec. 27-Thurs., Dec. 30 | 2 p.m. | Living Arts & Science Center | $5 | Experience the night sky in Lexington’s only public planetarium

Tuesday, Dec. 28

  • Year Ahead Astrology Workshop | Tues., Dec. 28 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | White Willow Emporium, 400 Old Vine St. | $45 | An interactive workshop experience discussing how to work with specific upcoming astrological transits

Wednesday, Dec. 29

  • UK vs. University of Missouri | Wed., Dec. 29 | 6 p.m. | Rupp Arena | Prices vary | UK men’s basketball takes on the University of Missouri at home. 🏀

Thursday, Dec. 30

Friday, Dec. 31

  • UK vs. High Point University | Fri., Dec. 31 | 12 p.m. | Rupp Arena | Prices vary | UK men’s basketball takes on High Point University at home. 🏀
  • New Year’s Eve Gala | Fri., Dec. 31 | 7 p.m. | The Kentucky Castle | $275 | Dine, toast, and dance the night away to the sweet sounds of the Jordan English Band
  • New Year’s Eve Party | Fri., Dec. 31 | 8 p.m. | The Grove | Prices start at $200 | Reserve tables for 2-10 people + receive at least one bottle of wine, one bottle of sparkling wine, one charcuterie board from Fable, and an Uber gift card
  • Hide and Seek: A 21c New Year’s Bash | Fri., Dec. 31 | 21c Hotel | $125 | Experience the museum hotel in a whole new way with dancing, an open bar, light bites, and a champagne toast. 
  • Midnight Masquerade Bash | Fri., Dec. 31 | 7 p.m. | Pour Decisions | Prices vary | Sip your complimentary bottle of bubbly while mingling + dancing with snacks from Skip the Fork. 
  • Rock House Silent Disco | Fri., Dec. 31 | 9 p.m. | Rock House Brewing | $20 | Get your groove on with tunes from two different DJs + three channels with this fun and funky event from Louisville Silent Disco.