Holiday Events

Many family holiday events on tap throughout Oldham County, Ky.

‘Light Up La Grange’ has become
an annual favorite tradition

LA GRANGE, KY. (December 2013) – When La Grange, Ky., merchants decided their town needed something special for the holidays, little did they know that their idea would become a tradition to which many families would eagerly anticipate each year.
The annual “Light Up La Grange” celebration carries with it an anticipation for young and old alike. This year’s event will be held from 5:30-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, in downtown La Grange.
After Santa Claus makes his arrival, he and Mayor Bill Lammlein will turn a switch to illuminate thousands of lights on the historic Oldham County Courthouse Square. There will be more lights this year with a synchronized music and light show at 6 p.m. This will remain on display nightly throughout December.


Photo provided

Holiday hayrides are offered
in December at Creasey Mahan
Nature Preserve during its
“Nature of Christmas in
Goshen” event in Goshen, Ky.

Santa will be visiting with children at the Courthouse Square gazebo the entire evening. Musicians will be performing onstage at the Second Street Gazebo, on Walnut Street and indoors at the old firehouse at Second and Main streets.
Musical entertainment at the Second Street Gazebo includes Buckner Elementary Performing Arts, Camden station Elementary Music Makers and St. Francis Lower School Choir. Walnut Street entertainment will include Oldham County Performance Troup, Mega Cheerleaders, Oldham County High School Glee Club and Terpischore Dance Co.
The evening will end with a special musical finale at the old firehouse that will be “unlike anything ever done for Light Up La Grange,” said Nancy Griffin, Executive Director for Discover Downtown La Grange, the Main Street Program entity that coordinates Light Up La Grange.
The Visitor’s Center will be open during Light Up La Grange. Refreshments will be served. Many merchants and restaurants will have extended hours during Light Up La Grange.
Visitors are encouraged to visit the old firehouse to view the Funk Seminary bell that will be on display from the Oldham County History Center. Entertainment at this location includes the Oldham County Performance Troup, Oldham County Community Band,
A Cappella Fellas and Oldham County High School Band Ensembles.

Yew Dell

Photo provided

Yew Dell Gardens
in Crestwood, Ky., features an elaborate model train exhibit each December that
is popular with
holiday visitors.

In addition to entertainment, the La Grange Fire and Rescue will have food at the old firehouse. Proceeds benefit LaGrange Fire Department’s Christmas Shop with Sparky.
During Light Up La Grange, children can visit with The Grinch at the Oldham County History Center’s Peyton Samuel Head Family Museum. Visitors can check out the Grinch-themed backroom of the museum (Children’s Room) and learn some neat facts about The Grinch and his creator, Dr. Seuss. Children will be able to make holiday-themed cards and other crafts.
While there, visitors can pick up a child’s name from the History Center’s Teddy Bear Tree. These trees are placed at various locations throughout town.
The following day, Saturday, Dec. 7, a Simple Wreath-Making Workshop will be held from 1-3 p.m. at the Rob Morris Chapel Educational Building. Participants will learn how to place fresh greenery and add natural accessories to make a 14-inch Williamsburg style wreath. Reservations are required. Cost for the workshop is $12.
The Ohio Valley Railroad Historical Foundation Museum will be open for museum and train car tours during Light Up La Grange. The museum is housed in the basement of the historic L&N Train Depot, 412 E. Main St. The non-profit foundation owns three railroad cars near the depot.
Tour tickets are $2 for adults and $1 for children.
If shopping is on your mind during all of the holiday festivities, Holiday Artistique, a premier collection of juried fine art, will be on display until Dec. 28 at Gallery 104 in La Grange.
“This is an opportunity to shop for unique, original and affordable holiday gifts,” said Kathy Dowling, Executive Director of Gallery 104 and the Arts Association of Oldham County, which owns and operates the gallery.
The Holiday Artistique collection contains work by many local artists who participate in Arts on the Green and Oldham Arts on Quality Place. Artists include Linda Cissna (crochet/beaded Kumihimo jewelry), Beth Delozier (crochet ribbon necklaces), Phillip Green (wood peppermills), Kathy Hunter (photography), Roxanne Kopp (stained glass), Jenni Lombardi (candles and soaps) and Mary Ann Yetto (sterling jewelry).
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, Ky., will once again have on display it’s hugely popular Yew Dell Gardens Express, which opened in the Castle the day after Thanksgiving. Created by Bob Irmsher, “The Yew Dell Express has become a new family tradition for many with the activities and train exhibit reaching across generations,” said Jackie Gulbe, Communication Coordinator for Yew Dell.
There is also a Yew Dell Gardens Express Scavenger Hunt (Gnome for the Holidays) hot cocoa and visits with Santa on weekends during the month of December.
Weather permitting, a great outdoor activity is Yew Dell’s new Winter Wonder Wander. This leisurely walk through the garden “showcases great plants that provide winter color and enjoyment,” said Gulbe. Winder Wonder Wander guides are available at the Visitor Center.
Visitors can also take in the always popular Holiday Wreath Workshop on Dec. 7 from 12:30-2 p.m. Cost is $35 for members, $45 for non-members. Participants will be able to design and craft their own unique winter wreath made from fresh greens harvested at Yew Dell. Finished wreath will measure 22-24 inches. Reservations required.
A favorite free annual community event in Goshen is the 11th annual Nature of Christmas in Goshen. This is planned from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. Co-hosted by the City of Goshen and held at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, this event is an opportunity to “thank our community and supporters for their wonderful help all year long,” said Tavia Cathcart Brown, Executive Director at the nature preserve.
A heated tent offers space for eating hot dogs, chili, and hot chocolate, and holiday gift booths. “The number of visitors keeps growing each year,” said Brown. “Last year, we fed almost 1,000 visitors.”
Included in the event are holiday music, crafts for kids and hayrides. “A highlight for many is the visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. They come with an elf and hand out gift bags to the first 200 children.”

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