Here is a Lexington list and guide of the best weekend events around Central Kentucky on Friday, Saturday and Sunday if you are bored and need things to do from live music concerts, theatre shows, kid-friendly events, benefit runs, craft and holiday markets to do Christmas shopping, tree lightnings, parades, holiday concerts and Nutcraker ballet shows.
Holiday events at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
The holiday celebration kicks off at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, 3501 Lexington Rd., Harrodsburg, with several events. The Holiday Lunch at The Trustees’ Table features a three-course meal Dec. 1-23. The Candlelight Tours are held every Friday and Saturday evenings in the lead up to Christmas at 6 and 7 p.m., offering a guided stroll tracing the evolution of Christmas celebrations in Shaker communities. During Illuminated Evenings events, you can ride the Jingle Bell Shuttle, write a letter to Santa, sip hot chocolate, enjoy music performances, make a craft in the Elf Shop and sing carols while the tree is lit up. Admission for Illuminated Evenings on Saturdays in December from 5-8 p.m. is $5, but waived with donations of new gloves, hats, scarves and non-perishable food for the Shaker Village Giving Tree. shakervillageky.org
Christmas at Mustard Seed Hill in Millersburg
Enjoy holiday lights, a gingerbread house exhibit, a Christmas campfire experience, artisan’s craft market and holiday cafe at Mustard Seed Hill in Millersburg all weekend long from 5-9 p.m. nightly. 1122 Main St, Millersburg. MustardSeedHill.events/tickets.
Southland Drive tree lighting
The Lafayette High School band and choir will be on hand to christen Southland Drive’s Christmas tree lighting on Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. The event is free to attend and there will be cookies, hot chocolate and holiday lights. 399 Southland Dr. facebook.com/events/5477370028983185.
Theatre play: ‘The School For Scandal’ at UK’s Guignol Theatre
The UK Department of Theatre & Dance will perform Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s “The School For Scandal” on Dc. 2 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 3 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10-15. 405 Rose St. Etix.com.
Britney Spears dance party at The Burl
Enjoy the music of Britney Spears during a DJ dance party at The Burl on Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. 375 Thompson Rd. TheBurlKy.com.
Fleetwood Mac cover songs EKY benefit concert
Second Hand News will perform two sets of Fleetwood Mac cover songs during its Dec. 2, 9 p.m. concert at The Green Lantern, 497 W 3rd St., to benefit the Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief Fund. Tickets are $10. facebook.com/events/499051065616308
Gingerbread Run/Walk 5K at the Red Mile
The Gingerbread Run 5K run/walk, kid’s dash and one mile walk benefiting Assurance will take place at the Red Mile on Dec. 3 at 8:45 a.m. Tickets are $30-40. 1200 Red Mile Rd. RunSignUp.com.
Downtown Lexington Christmas Parade
Santa Claus will be the main attraction at the Lexington Christmas Parade Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. The parade featuring bands, floats and more starts at Midland Ave., going down Main Street and ends at Mill Street. downtownlex.com
Michler’s Christmas Market
Michler’s Florist, 417 E Maxwell St., will host a Christmas Market locally made ceramics, jewelry, cards, toys, soaps, scarves, ornaments and more crafts Dec. 3 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Dec. 4 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be holiday pastries, cello music, wreath makers and florists decorating boxwood trees. Free parking is available at 446 East High St. michlers.com
Christmas Market at Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate
Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate, will kick off its holiday celebrations with a Christmas Market on Dec. 3 from noon-7:30 p.m. that includes holiday-themed music, entertainment, Santa Selfies, the Ashland illumination at sunset, Candlelight Tours and more. 120 Sycamore Rd. HenryClay.org.
Christmas Market at Wildside Winery
Wildside Winery in Versailles will host a Christmas market on Dec. 3 from 12-7 p.m. and Dec. 4 from 12-5 p.m. Santa will also be on site Saturday from 3-5 p.m. The event is free to attend. 5500 Troy Pike, Versailles. facebook.com/events/406168771723692.
Santa helicopter landing at Aviation Museum of Kentucky
Watch Santa Claus arrive by helicopter Dec. 3 from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, 4029 Airport Rd. Santa is scheduled to fly-in and land at 1:15 p.m. and there will be free museum admission for each visitor who brings a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. aviationky.org
Holiday favorites at ‘Collage: A Holiday Spectacular’ at the Singletary Center
UK Choirs, the Lexington Singers Children’s Choir, and other special guest ensembles will perform during “Collage: A Holiday Spectacular” at the Singletary Center for the Arts on Dec. 3 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $34. 405 Rose St. Etix.com.
Winchester Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting
The City of Winchester will hold its Christmas tree lighting and parade on Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. The event is free to attend downtown on Main St. in Winchester. facebook.com/events/641903127544450.
Casting Crowns concert at Rupp Arena
Casting Crowns will bring their “The Healer Tour” to Rupp Arena with support from Cain and Anne Wilson on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $10. 430 W Vine St. RuppArena.com.
Lexington Ballet Company: ‘The Nutcracker’ at the EKU Center for the Arts
The Lexington Ballet Company will perform “The Nutcracker” at the EKU Center for the Arts in Richmond on Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $23. 822 Hall Dr, Richmond. EKUcenter.com.
Steep Canyon Rangers concert at The Burl
Bluegrass juggernauts the Steep Canyon Rangers will perform with Mama Said String Band at The Burl on Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. 375 Thompson Rd. TheBurlKy.com.
Frankfort Frosty 5K at Lakeview Park
The 7th Annual Frankfort Frosty 5K and Fred & Me 143 (1.43K) will take place at Lakeview Park in Frankfort on Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25. 118 Park Ave, Frankfort. RunSignUp.com.
Comedian Leanne Morgan at the Lexington Opera House
Comedian Leanne Morgan will perform two live stand-up tapings at the Lexington Opera House on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m., Dec. 3 at 4 and 7 p.m., and Dec. 4 at 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets start at $19.75. 401 W Short St. LexingtonOperaHouse.com.
Pentatonix concert at Rupp Arena
Pentatonix will bring their “Pentatonix: Christmas Spectacular 2022” tour to Rupp Arena with support from Girl Named Tom on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $25. 430 W Vine St. RuppArena.com.