options available for
holiday fun throughout the region
dont have to travel far to get
into the holiday spirit this season
Helen E. McKinney
(December 2010) Theres no time to get
bored over the Christmas vacation with so many holiday activities to
take in. No matter what your preference is, some event will be taking
place that will entertain every member of the family.
Vevay (Ind.) Main Street kicks off the Christmas season with Over
the River held in conjunction with the First Friday event. Held
from 6-9 p.m. downtown around the Switzerland County Courthouse on Dec.
3, the evening will be full of free festivities.
We do a First Friday every month, but wanted something special
with a lot more going on, said Kasey Seal, Administrative Assistant
for the Switzerland County Welcome Center.
A community Christmas tree will be lit at 7 p.m. with a multitude of
free events that include pictures with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides,
art demonstrations and shopping specials, said Seal.
Winners of the first annual Wreath Decorating Contest will be announced
that evening as well. Sponsored by Vevay Main Street, participants are
asked to decorate any size wreath up to 24 inches in diameter.
It has to be a handmade original, said Main Street Program Manager
Wreaths must be dropped off at 314 Ferry St. between noon and 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 1. Three winners will be announced on Friday, Dec. 3.
First Place receives $100, Second Place receives $50, and Third Place
receives $25. From 6 to 8 p.m. people can vote for a Peoples
Choice award recipient, said Thompson. The winner of this award
The Historic Hoosier Theater will be presenting The Nutcracker
Ballet at 11:10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18. The Anneliese von Oettingen
School of Ballet will present the ballet, and a special feature will
be audience participation for children desiring to be part of the mouse
scene. To do so, children must be at the theater by 10:45 a.m.
The theater will be giving away 100 free tickets to the first 100 children
and adults who reside in Switzerland County.
Dec. 3: Light up Bedford. Celebration includes a parade,
shopping, free refreshments, a visit with Santa and the lighting
of Courthouse Square. Booths open at noon. Lighting at 6 p.m.
Dec. 4: A Christmas Carroll. An old-fashioned
Victorian celebration featuring horse drawn carriage rides, visits
with Santa, and the holiday parade in the courthouse square. Parade
begins at 11 a.m. in downtown Carrollton. Sponsored by the Carrollton
Main Street Program. (502) 732-4212.
Dec. 17: Christmas Is. Based loosely on the historical
St. Nicholas. Humorous short skits, show choir songs and dancing.
7 p.m. at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center, 7105 Floydsburg
Rd. Tickets $8. (502) 241-6018.
Dec. 3: Light Up La Grange. Presented by Discover
Downtown La Grange. 6 p.m. featuring Santas parade, carriage
rides, visits with Santa, live entertainment and specials at local
shops and restaurants. (502) 222-1635 or visit www.DiscoverDowntownLaGrange.com.
Dec. 3-4: Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes.
Celebrate the Christmas season while touring public sites and
historic private homes. Adults $15, children (5-15) $5. 5-9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday; 4-7 p.m. Sunday. (812) 265-2956 or 1-800-559-2956
or visit www.nightsbeforechristmas.com.
Dec. 4: Annual Christmas Parade. Downtown Madison. Begins
at 2 p.m. at Jefferson Street and ends at Mill Street. Visit Santa
and see The Polar Express for free after the parade
at the Ohio Theatre. (812) 265-8300.
Dec. 4: Santas Express. Short train rides leaving
from Venture Out Business Center, 975 Industrial Dr. Rides every
hour from 10 a.m. 2 p.m. Sponsored by the Madison Area
Chamber of Commerce and the Madison Railroad. Reservations required
at (812) 265-3135 or (812) 273-6510.
Dec. 3: First Friday Christmas. Enjoy shopping, galleries,
dining and socializing. 6-9 p.m. throughout downtown Vevay. The
tree lighting ceremony begins at 6 p.m. in front of the Courthouse.
1-800-435-5688. On Dec. 4, the Over the River Christmas
Celebration is from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Enjoy workshops and pictures
and cookies with Santa at the Switzerland County Visitors
Across the river, the Louisville Chorus will be performing
Christmas at Immaculate Conception (In the Presence of the Nativity)
at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12. This is the fifth anniversary Christmas concert
the chorus will perform at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in
La Grange, said Therese Davis, Executive Director and pianist for the
The choral performance is composed of all Nativity carols, said Davis,
and will last approximately one hour and 45 minutes. It is an
outreach concert to Oldham County, she said.
We do a trio of Christmas concerts every year, said Davis.
The second performance will be Christmas at the Cathedral (In
the Presence of the Nativity) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 11,
at the Cathedral of the Assumption located at 433 S. Fifth St. in Louisville.
The Louisville Chorus concludes its holiday concerts with A Family
Concert at St. Marys (Holiday Music from the Heart) at 7:30
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, in New Albany, Ind. This one is different;
it is lighter, more family-oriented, said Davis. Secular
holiday music is blended in as well. Admission charged for these
performances is $6 for students, $15 for seniors and $18 for general
The Louisville Chorus will also be making an appearance this year at
Light Up La Grange. Linda Goin, Discover Downtown La Grange Main Street
Executive Director, said there will be more entertainment this
year overall. Performers will either be strolling the streets
of La Grange or stationed on the Oldham County Courthouse Square.
Santa will make his arrival with a parade, joined by the mayor, and
will light the tree at 6:30 p.m., said Goin. Childrens activities
and games will be held at the Community Center on Jefferson Street.
The Oldham County History Center has a lot of activities planned as
well from 5-9 p.m. on Dec. 3 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec.4. Activities
for Light Up La Grange include Meet the Grinch, take your
picture with The Grinch, a special drawing for a Max, Grinch and How
the Grinch Stole Christmas book and stuffed toy set, and an annual
Amish Bake Sale.
The following day a Looking for Max: A Grinchs Max Look
Alike Dog Contest will be held at noon. An entry fee of $5 is
charged. A Make Your Own Christmas Wreath Station will be provided and
for a fee of $10, participants can choose from fresh cut greens, florist
wire and ribbon to craft a holiday wreath or bough.
The same night, Dec. 3, Light Up Bedford will be taking place on the
Trimble County Courthouse Square and at the Morgan Community Center
in Bedford, Ky. Arts and crafts booths will be set up at the center
beginning at noon. This years theme is Community Celebration,
said event organizer Rita Davis.
A chili supper, sponsored by the Bedford Rotary, will be available at
6 p.m. at the center. For $6 attendees can get chili, a sandwich, drink
and a dessert. Proceeds go to different organizations and projects,
such as last years donation to Dare to Care, Davis said. Also
at 6 p.m. will be a concert by local singer Dustin Temple.
At 6:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. the Trimble County Middle School Choir will
perform at the Trimble County Courthouse. Also scheduled is a reading
of the Christmas Story, local parade and the lighting of the Courthouse
Square. Free refreshments will be available by the City of Bedford and
free horse and carriage rides from event sponsor Ransdell Funeral Home.
After the tree lighting ceremony, Santa will journey to the Morgan Community
Center for pictures. The Trimble County Middle School Band will perform
at 7:35 p.m. Organizers are asking individuals to please bring
a canned food item for the Dare to Care food bank, said Davis.
In Carrollton, Ky., A Christmas Carroll holiday celebration
is planned at the Courthouse Square on Dec. 4. This features horse-drawn
carriage rides, visits with Santa, a parade, music and crafts. The Festival
of Trees will be on display at Gen. Butler State Resort Park from Dec.
Madison, Ind., will celebrate with its annual Christmas Parade down
Main Street at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. The parade will start at Jefferson
Street and end at Mill Street.
The Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes will take place
over the weekends of Nov. 26-27 and Dec. 3-4. Madison held its Light
Up event and merchant Open House on Nov. 12. A Santas Express
Train Excursion is planned on Dec. 4, leaving from Venture Out Business
Center. It is sponsored by the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce and
the Madison Railroad.
Throughout December, a trio of all-time Christmas movie favorites will
be shown at the Ohio Theatre. The series kicks off on Nov. 26 to Dec.
2 with Miracle on 34th Street, followed on Dec. 3-6 by Its
a Wonderful Life. The series concludes on Dec. 10-16 with White
Christmas. These showings are free due to the generosity of local
Handels Messiah is scheduled for Dec. 5 at Hanover
Colleges Fitzgibbon Recital Hall. The towns Art & Shop
Hop night is set for Dec. 10. And Spectrum Production will produce On
the Air on Broadway on Dec. 10-11 at The Livery Stable.
In Hanover, Ind., Hanover College will hold its annual Christmas Craft
Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lynn Hall on the campus.
See RoundAbouts Calendar of Events
for more details on these events, including prices and contact numbers.
The calendar is also available online at: www.RoundAbout.bz.
Back to December 2010