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December 2015 Calendar of Events

Aurora, IN
5 & 7: “A Victorian Christmas” exhibit.
Visit Hillforest decorated for the holidays in Victorian fashion. 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday at the Hillforest Museum, 213 Fifth St. Admission charged. (812) 926-0087.
3, 8, 10: Victorian Christmas Tea Time. 1 p.m. At the Hillforest Museum, 213 Fifth St. Tickets $25 members; $28 nonmembers. RSVP. (812) 926-0087.
5: Holiday Open House. At the Hillforest Museum, 213 Fifth St. (812) 926-0087.

Batesville, IN
3: Tree Lighting Celebration.
5 p.m. on South Main St. and West George St. (812) 934-3101.

Bedford, KY
4: Light up Bedford.
Celebration includes shopping, free refreshments, a visit with Santa and the lighting of Courthouse Square. Lighting at 5:45 p.m. (502) 321-6288.
14: Patron Appreciation Holiday Reception. 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Trimble County Public Library, 35 Equity Dr. Live music at 11 a.m. Coffee, hot chocolate, snacks. Bring your holiday gifts to wrap at our wrapping station. Free. (502) 255-7362.

Carrollton, KY
1-31: Festival of Trees.
View a beautiful array of decorated trees and wreaths at Gen. Butler State Resort Park. 1-866-462-8853.
5: Winter Wonderfest Day. Breakfast with Santa, Family Toyland Workshops and more! 8-10 a.m. at Gen. Butler State Resort Park, 1608 Hwy. 227. 1-866-462-8853 or visit the website: parks.ky.gov/parks/resortparks/general-butler.
5: “A Christmas Carroll.” An old-fashioned Victorian celebration for all ages featuring horse drawn carriage rides, visits with Santa, and the Annual “Sugar Plums” Baking Contest. (502) 732-5713.
19: Farmers Bank of Milton Open House. Refreshments, door prizes and Santa. 8 a.m. – noon at the Farmers Bank of Milton, 1935 Hwy. 227. (502) 732-7644.

Charlestown, IN
1-23: Christmas in Charlestown.
Carriage rides, train rides, hot chocolate, s’mores, ice skating rink, Santa Claus and more. At downtown Charlestown, Ind. Visit www.cityofcharlestown.com or call (812) 265-3422, ext. 328.
4-5; 11-12: Christmas Candlelight Tours. 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Historic John Work House at Historic Tunnel Mill, 3709 Tunnel Mill Rd. (812) 606-1264.

Clarksville, IN
1-21: “Jack Frost Saves Christmas.”
At Derby Dinner Playhouse. Part of the Children’s Musical Theatre Series. For tickets and times call (812) 288-8281.
1-31: “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.” At Derby Dinner Playhouse. For tickets and times call (812) 288-8281.

Commiskey, IN
4-5: Candlelight Dinners.
5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Stream Cliff Herb Farm, 8225 S. 90 West. (812) 346-5859.
19-20: Winery Holiday Open House. Noon - 4 p.m. Free refreshments. Stream Cliff Herb Farm, 8225 S. 90 West. (812) 346-5859.

Crestwood, KY
5: Holiday Wreath Making Classes with Jules & Karl Klein.
10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tickets $45. At Yew Dell, 5800 N. Camden Lane. (502) 241-4788.
Weekends through Dec. 20: Yew Dell Gardens Express. Snow village and model train display. At the Yew Dell Castle, 5800 N. Camden Lane. (502) 241-4788.
12: A Winter Extravaganza. Local musical entertainment from A Cappella Fellas, Hewn from the Mountain and the Acabelles. 7 p.m. at the Crestwood United Methodist Church, 7214 Kavanaugh Rd. Tickets $10. (502) 416-7554.

Friendship, IN
5: Friendship Christmas Walk.
Santa, Strolling Carolers, Hot Soup & Beverages, Bonfire, Vendors (Outside & inside), Live Nativity at the Bear Creek Baptist Church, Tour the historic NMLRA Rand House and more. 6-9 p.m. Home & Business Decorating Contest sponsored by The Friendship State Bank. (812) 667-7617.

Florence, IN
12: Aaron Neville in concert.
7 p.m. at Belterra Casino Resort CenterStage Showroom. Must be 18. Tickets $40. 1-888-235-8377.

Goshen, KY
5: Nature of Christmas.
Hay rides, kid’s crafts, gift and craft booths, Papa John’s Cinna-sticks, free chili, hot dogs and hot chocolate, and visits with Santa. Noon - 3 p.m. at the Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, 12501 Harmony Landing Rd. (502) 228-4362.

Hanover, IN
6: “Handel’s Messiah Christmas Portion.”
Presented by Hanover College Concert Choir, Madison-Ohio Valley Community Chorus and Louisville Festival Orchestra. 2 p.m. at Lynn Center for the Fine Arts on Hanover College Campus.
10: Southwestern High School Winter Spectacular Choral Concert & Auction. Featuring sixth grade choir, seventh-eight grade choir, high school choir Esprit. 7 p.m. at the Delbert O. King Gym. Tickets $3. Under age 5 free. Concessions and auction.

La Grange, KY
Through Dec. 31: Holiday Artistique.
Collection of original paintings, jewelry, glass, cards, photography, ornaments by Arts on the Green and Oldham Arts on Quality Place artists. At Gallery 104, 104 E. Main St. (502) 222-3822.
3: American Legion Post #39 Meeting. 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post #39 building, 2301 W. Hwy. 146.
5: Colonial Centerpiece Workshop for Adults. 1 p.m. at the Rob Morris Chapel Educational Building, 207 W. Jefferson St. Tickets $20. Reservations required. (502) 222-0826.
5: Breakfast With The Grinch. 9-11 a.m. at the Rob Morris Chapel Educational Building, 207 W. Jefferson St. Tickets $5 per person. (502) 222-0826.
5: "Light Up La Grange." Presented by Discover Downtown La Grange. 3-8 p.m. featuring a special light show, ice skating rink, carriage rides, visits with Santa, live entertainment and specials at local shops and restaurants. (502) 269-0126 or visit www.discoverdowntownlagrange.com.
5, 19: La Grange Farmers Market & Artisans Holiday Bazaar. 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the La Grange Community Center, 307 W. Jefferson St. (502) 243-3721.
10: Antique Iron Christmas Party. 6 p.m. potluck dinner at the Rob Morris Educational Building, 207 W. Jefferson St. RSVP at (502) 222-0826.
12: Children’s Handmade Gift Workshop. 10-11 a.m. at the Rob Morris Educational Building, 207 W. Jefferson St. Tickets $10 per child. For ages 5-10. Reservations required. (502) 222-0826.
12: Wreath Making Workshop. Make a simple 14-inch wreath from fresh cut cedar and pine and embellish them with fruit, pinecones, berries, eucalyptus sprigs and colorful ribbon. Reservations required. Fee $35 per wreath. 1 p.m. at the Rob Morris Chapel Educational Building, 207 W. Jefferson St. (502) 222-0826.
19: American Legion Post #39 Breakfast Meeting. 8:30 a.m. Inspirational Grounds Café, across from the Buckner Post Office on Hwy. 146.

Louisville, KY
1 - Jan. 3: Louisville Holiday in the City.
A variety of holiday events at Holiday Square, corner of Fourth and Jefferson streets. Ice skating rink, world market, bourbon village, Santa’s House and Louisville’s official Christmas tree. Visit: www.louisvillesholidayinthecity.com.
1-13: “H.M.S. Pinafore,” by Gilbert and Sullivan. At Actor’s Theatre, 316 W. Main St. Visit www.actorstheatre.com for showtimes. (502) 371-0956.
1-23: Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol.” Presented by Fifth Third Bank. At Actor’s Theatre, 316 W. Main St. Visit www.actorstheatre.com for showtimes. (502) 584-1205.
1-6: “Wicked.” At The Kentucky Center for Performing Arts, 501 W. Main St. visit www.KentuckyCenter.org for ticket information. (502) 562-0100.
2: Louisville Dulcimer Society Concert. 1 p.m. at Historic Locust Grove, 561 Blankenbaker Lane. Dessert and coffee served at 1 p.m. with concert to follow at 1:15 p.m. Admission is $3 for members or $5 non-members. (502) 897-9845.
4-20: “The New Mrs. Claus.” Comedy play by Bunbury’s Artistic Director. At the Bunbury Theatre Co., inside the Henry Clay, 604 S. Third St. For ticket information visit www.BunburyTheatre.com. (502) 585-5306.
4: First Friday Trolley Hop. 5-11 p.m. Downtown Art Zone at Main and Market streets. (502) 583-1671 or www.firstfridaytrolleyhop.com.
4-5: Winter Fair Fine Arts Festival. Featuring more than 80 juried artist at 4936 Brownsboro Rd. at Holiday Manor. Free parking. 2-7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday. Presented by Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church, 4936 Brownsboro Rd. (502) 384-2100.
4-5: Christmastide at Locust Grove. Experience the warmth and magic of an early 19th century Christmas. 5:30-9 p.m. Friday; 4-9 Saturday. At Locust Grove, 561 Blankenbaker Lane. Tickets $8 adults, children 12 and under free. (502) 897-9845.
4-5: Handel’s Messiah. Presented by the Louisville Orchestra at two different locations. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 S. Fifth St. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Second Presbyterian Church, 3701 Old Brownsboro Rd. Tickets $30 and available by calling (502) 584-7777 or at the door. (502) 561-7929.
5: “Home for the Holidays.” The Louisville Orchestra will present a holiday concert for the family. 11 a.m. at the Brown Theatre, 315 W. Broadway. 10 a.m. pre-concert fun Christmas arts and crafts for the family and visits with Santa. Tickets $15 and available at 502-584-7777 or at the door.
5, 12, 19, 26, Jan. 2, 9: “The Nutcracker-Sweet Murders.” A mystery dinner performance by WhoDunnit Inc. players. Saturday evenings at Bristol Bar & Grille Downtown, 614 W. Main St. Tickets $46 and includes dinner. Seating at 6:30 p.m. (502) 426-7100.
5-6: Old Louisville Holiday House Tour. Noon - 6 p.m. in Old Louisville. (502) 635-5244 or www.oldlouisvilleholidayhometour.org.
5-6: Victorian Tea. In conjunction with the Old Louisville Holiday Homes Tour. Enjoy a variety of teas and a tasteful sampling of savory and sweet treats reminiscent of holiday teas in the 19th century. 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. at the Caldwell House Museum. 1402 St. James Ct. Tickets $30. (502) 636-5023.
6: Emilie Strong Smith Chamber Music Series. The Locust Grove Chamber Musicians present a program on the musical roots of Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol.” Refreshments at 5 p.m., concert at 5:30 p.m. At Locust Grove, 561 Blakenbaker Lane. Tickets $20. (502) 897-9845.
11: Singer-songwriter Jill Scott in concert. 8 p.m. at the Louisville Palace, 625 S. Fourth St. www.louisvillepalace.com or 1-800-745-3000.
11: Rock & Roll Benefit for the Kentucky Humane Society. 7 p.m. at Mercury Ballroom, 611 S. 4th St. Tickets $20. www.mercuryballroom.com.
12-20: “The Nutcracker.” Performed by the Louisville Ballet. At the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, 501 W. Main St. For ticket information visit www.KentuckyCenter.org. (502) 562-0100.
12-13; 19-20: “The Kings of Christmas.” A comedy play in its fourth year at The Bard’s Town, 1801 Bardstown Rd. Visit www.thebardtown.com for ticket information. Call (502) 749-5275 to reserve.
11-13: Christmas Gift & Décor Show. Presented by Stewart Promotions. More than 750 quality booths, free pictures with Santa and more. 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. At the Kentucky Expo Center South Wing. (502) 456-2244.
12-13 & 19-20: Santa’s Safari. Visits and photos with Santa sessions at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. at the Louisville Zoo. Tickets must be purchased in advance online at www.louisvillezoo.org/santa.
17: “Give-A-Jam to End Homelessness.” Featuring a cash bar, silent auction, an array of soups and stews from local restaurants and performances from Louisville’s finest artists and musicians. 6 p.m. at the Clifton Center, 2117 Payne St. Admission is $20 and will include 10 food/drink tickets. (502) 262-8580.
31: Kid Rock’s New Year’s Eve Bash. 9 p.m. at KFC Yum! Center. Tickets range from $20-85. www.livenation.com, www.ticketmaster.com, or call (800) 754-3000.

Madison, IN
1-31: “Square Deal Show.”
Original artwork on 12x12-inch canvasses. At the Art on Main Gallery & Gift Shop, 309 W. Main St. (812) 273-3139.
1-31: Annual Festival of Trees & Host Angels. Lanthier Winery, 123 Mill St. Free. (812) 273-2409.
5, 15: Madison Community Band. 7-9 p.m. at the Brown Gym. (812) 599-3670.
4-5: Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes. Tour public sites and five private homes. 5-9 p.m. Friday; 3-9 p.m. Saturday. Tickets $15 adults; $5 children. (812) 265-2956 or 1-800-559-2956 or visit www.nightsbeforechristmas.com.
4-5: Great Cookie Caper. Homemade cookies, goodies by the pound. 4-8 p.m. Friday; 2-8 p.m. Saturday at the Lanier-Madison Visitor Center, 601 W. First St. (812) 265-2956.
4-6: “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” Presented by The Little Grand Theatre Co. 7 p.m. Friday; 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets $8 adults; $5 children 11 and under. At the Ohio Theatre, 105 E. Main St. (812) 273-4821 or visit: www.lgtc.org.
5: A Very Merry Madison Christmas Parade. 11 a.m. along Main St. From Jefferson Street to Mill Street. (812) 265-8300.
5: Breakfast With Santa. 8:30-10 a.m. at Old Market on Main, 801 W. Main St. Fee: $5.99. Enjoy a breakfast buffet before the Madison Christmas Parade. (812) 274-0208.
5: Bluegrass Music. 6 p.m. Jefferson County Fairgrounds. Free. (812) 265-2956.
5: Madison Handmade Market. Juried show of 25 booths of handmade items and a few sweet treats. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Little Golden Fox, 602 W. Main St. Sponsored by the Jefferson County Women’s Giving Circle. (812) 493-4984.
5: Christmas Craft Show. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Brown Gym, 100 Broadway St. Featuring music by the Madison Community Band. Sponsored by the Madison Parks Department. (812) 265-4758.
11: Reading of “A Christmas Carol.” By Bob Hartsaw. Free hot chocolate and cookies from the Café at intermission. Be sure to wear your pj’s. 6:30-8 p.m. at Gallery 115, 115 E. Main St.
11-13: A Very Merry Radio Show. 7-9 p.m. at the History Center, 615 W. First St. Audience members will be transported back to the age of radio in the 1940s and ’50s with Burns & Allen, The Battling Bickersons, Our Miss Brooks, musical acts & a short mystery. 7 p.m. on Dec. 11-12; 2 p.m. on Dec. 13. Tickets $15. Dessert performance catered by The Downtowner. (812) 265-2335.
12: Behind the Scenes Tour at Lanier Mansion. 4 p.m. Exclusive look into all the nooks and crannies. Tour goers should be prepared to climb stairs and walk on uneven surfaces. Tickets $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 children. (812) 265-0556.
12: Spirit of Christmas Past. Family Christmas party with holiday stories, craft projects, light refreshments and Victorian Santa. 10 a.m. - noon at Lanier Mansion, 601 W. First St. Free but donations accepted. (812) 273-4531.
14: Holiday Tombola. 6 p.m. at The Dry Dock Banquet & Event Center, 901 E. First St. Sponsored by the Jefferson County Republican Women’s Club. Public welcome. Free admission. Tickets will be available for tombola gifts. (812) 216-7801.
17: Men’s Night Out Downtown. Gentlemen enjoy manly refreshments, shopping assistance, restaurant special events and free gift wrapping. 5 p.m. along Main Street. Sponsored by the Madison Main Street Program. (812) 493-4984.
18: Farmers Bank of Milton Open House. Refreshments, door prizes and Santa. 9 a.m. – noon at the Farmers Bank of Milton, 133 Clifty Dr. (812) 274-0330.
18: “Christmas Alive.” Featuring Ernie Haase and Signature Sound. Tickets $25 and on sale exclusively at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre. Concert at 7 p.m. at North Madison Christian Church, 1400 E. S.R. 62. (812) 265-5577.
19: Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge Bird Count. 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Volunteers are needed for all-day or half-day counts. Dress warm and be ready to count birds. (812) 273-0783 or email joe_robb@fws.gov to register.
20: Winter Walk on The Heritage Trail. 2-4 p.m. Enjoy a warming fire, beverages and snacks after your walk at the Heritage Trail Welcome Center at the foot of Cragmont Street.

Milton, KY
18: Farmers Bank of Milton Open House.
Refreshments, door prizes and Santa. 2-6 p.m. at the Farmers Bank of Milton, 41 Ferry St. (502) 268-5256.

New Castle, KY
4-6: Corney County, Christmas Talent & Variety Show Fundraiser.
Presented by The Theatre Downstream. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. At the John W. Smith Auditorium, 1121 Eminence Rd. Tickets $8-15. (859) 813-4226 or www.thetheatredownstream.com.
5: Christmas in New Castle. Visits with Santa from 4-7 p.m. at City Hall. (502) 845-4181.
5: Book signing with Wendell Berry. The famed author will sign books at The Berry Center as part of its Christmas Open House from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Also signing books will be authors Susan Reigler and Pam Spaulding. (502) 845-9200.

North Vernon, IN
28: Christmas in the City.
2-6 p.m. at Stellar Plaza and Madison Avenue. Food booths, craft booths, free photos with Santa from 2-4 p.m., performance at 4 p.m. of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” 5 p.m. parade, 6 p.m. tree lighting. (812) 767-3131.

Osgood, IN
5-6: Annual Christmas Walk.

6-8 p.m. Santa, carriage rides, bake sales, lights and a live nativity at the Ripley County Fairgrounds, 525 W. Beech St. (812) 689-6535.
12: Holiday on the Bricks. The Ripley County 4-H Jr. Leaders have arranged for Santa and Mrs. Claus to be on West Ripley St. in Osgood, where they will be greeting children 4-7 p.m. Free. (812) 934-6218.

Pewee Valley, KY
6: Yule Log Celebration.
Featuring the AcaBelles group of the Oldham County Singers caroling and performance by the Louisville Youth Choir. Chili dinner inside city hall and a visit from Santa. 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Town Square, 312 Mt. Mercy Dr. (502) 241-6806.
6-7, 12-15: “Outside Mullingar.” Dinner and play written by John Patrick Shanley and directed by Jeff Mangum, at the Little Colonel Playhouse, Mt. Mercy Dr. Dec. 6-7 and Dec. 12-14 shows at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15th show at 2 p.m. Presented by the Little Colonel Players. Ticket $15 adults, $12 seniors and students. (502) 241-9906 or (502) 588-1557.

Other Areas:
3: “Happy Birthday Indiana!”
The Southern Indiana Genealogical Society will celebrate 199 years of Hoosier statehood. 7 p.m. in the Strassweg Auditorium of the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library, 180 W. Spring St. (812) 949-3527.
12: Book signing. Author Mike Grimes will sign his book “The Pleasureville Connection 1784-2015” from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Pleasureville Farmer’s Market, 1120 Main St., Pleasureville, Ky. Featuring music by the Merrie Melodious Dulcimers from 10:30 a.m. – noon. (502) 461-9134.



 

 

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