It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays in downtown Lexington. | Photo courtesy of Parks and Recreation
While the rest of us have been prepping our turkeys, city employees have been busy decorating downtown for the holiday season.
We stopped by Triangle Park to chat with Heidi Lawson, the supervisor of the downtown landscaping holiday crew. She’s been decorating Lexington’s downtown lights for the last 16 years.
She was kind enough to give us a few of her pro tips fordecorating for the holidays.
Pro Tip No. 1
“One of the first things I learned is red pops,” said Heidi. If you’re ever in doubtadd a bit more red. This will help your tree stand out from afar.
Pro Tip No. 2
Plan ahead — decorations are always cheaper after the holidays, even the city’s large-scale industrial ornaments. “Whenever we’re done decorating, I go ahead and start thinking about what colors, themes, or sizes I want for next year,” said Heidi.
Pro Tip No. 3
Make it a team effort. “I need at least three or four people here downtown to get this done and it’s the same at home,” said Heidi.
Pro Tip No. 4
Whenever you’re hosting, watch out for rival sports fans. “We have found Tennessee and Louisville ornaments placed in the tree before,” said Heidi. “It’s all in good fun.”
The city’s annual Holiday Lighting Festival will take place this weekend, where the mayor + city officials will plug in the Christmas tree and menorah lights for the first time.
Luminate Lexington Holiday Lighting Festival | Sunday, Nov. 27 | 3-7 p.m. | Triangle Park, 400 W. Main St., Lexington | Free | Head downtown for the annual holiday lighting of the city’s Christmas Tree + Hanukkah Menorah along with live music, vendors and a visit from Santa.
Bluegrass Runners Thoroughbred Classic 5K | Thursday, Nov. 24 | 9 a.m. | Keeneland, 4201 Versailles Rd., Lexington | $30 | This local Thanksgiving Day running tradition is fun for the whole family providing a morning of movement along the picturesque grounds of our historic racetrack.
Friday, Nov. 25
Santa Photos | Friday, Nov. 25 | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | The Summit at Fritz Farm, 120 Summit at Fritz Farm, Ste. 155 | $21.99 | Santa has returned to take photos + listen to the wish lists of your little ones.
Scrooge In Rouge: An English Music Hall Christmas Carol | Friday, Nov. 25-Sunday, Dec. 4 | 8 p.m. | Carriage House Theatre, 154 W. Bell Court, Lexington | $25 | Done in the style of British Music Hall, Scrooge in Rouge abounds in bad puns, naughty double-entendres, witty songs, and quick changes.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Jr. | Friday, Nov. 25 | 7 p.m. | Lexington Opera House, 401 W. Short St., Lexington | $20-$25 | Venture to the island of misfit toys in this musical adaptation of the beloved television special — suitable for all ages.
Winter Tree I.D. | Sunday, Nov. 27 | 2 p.m. | McConnell Springs, 416 Rebmann Ln. | Free, registration required | Learn how to identify trees during the winter season and how they survive the frigid temperatures.
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Sazerac, the parent company to Buffalo Trace Distillery, announced plans for a $600 million expansion. This will be the largest spirits industry expansion in Kentucky’s history, which includes 20 new bourbon barrel warehouses + a cooperage expansion. 🥃 (Lexington Herald-Leader)
Happy Thanksgiving. However you celebrate, make today a day of rest, reflection, and community. We here at LEXtoday are thankful for our city, and the fact that there’s always plenty to talk about. Check out this story about the history of Big Lex.
The Lexington Legends are seeking public input for the upcoming 2023 season. Take this survey to let the new owner know what the Legends mean to you. Additionally, sign up for a listening session to let them know what you want to see next season. ⚾️
Coach John Calipari’s weekly radio show has returned to the airwaves. The “UK HealthCare John Calipari Show” airs on Monday nights at 7 p.m. on the UK Sports Network, 630 WLAP. Tune in to hear our coach + Tom Leach answer questions from Big Blue Nation fans across the country. The show will air at 6 p.m. starting on Mon., Dec. 5. 🎙
We’re just under a week away from the 2022Good Giving Challenge kick-off, which takes place Tues., Nov. 29-Fri., Dec. 2. This annual event encourages citizens to donate to a nonprofit of their choice. Since its inception in 2011, this giving challenge has raised $17 million for 100+ local nonprofits.
Ethereal Brewing is celebrating its 8th anniversary all weekend long. Swing by its Distillery District location between Fri., Nov. 25 and Sun., Nov. 27 to wish them a happy birthday and sample new + unique beer releases — don’t forget to try Chef Sherman’s smoked barbecue. 🍺
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