Lexington kicks off holiday season with concert, treelighting today

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Lexington will kick off the Holiday season on Friday in and around Triangle Park. Along with the Unified Trust Company Ice Rink, there will be a Holiday Artist’s Market, food & beverage vendors, Holiday LIVE! Concert and the Official Tree Lighting Ceremony.

The fun-filled day began at 10 a.m. with skating on the The Unified Trust Company Ice Rink. Skaters can take to the ice between the hours of 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. for a 90 minute session at a cost of $10. The Unified Trust Company Ice Rink is currently open for the season until January 5.

The Holiday Artist’s Market will open in Triangle Park at 2 p.m. and will continue until 7 p.m. Local artists will be selling their creations including jewelry, woodworks, original art and more.

Holiday LIVE!, a concert featuring local performing arts groups, will begin at 2:30 p.m. Performances will take place on a stage located on Main Street across from Triangle Park.

The entertainment will lead up to the Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6:30 p.m., when Santa and Mayor Gray will turn the key to illuminate the lights on Lexington’s official tree at Triangle Park and all over downtown.

Lexington’s Christmas Parade will take place on Tuesday, December 3, at 6:30 p.m. The evening parade will be held downtown on Main Street between Midland Avenue and Mill Street. The parade, usually held on a Saturday, was changed to better accommodate the local high school marching bands.

Main Street will provide a beautiful backdrop for the parade with white lights sparkling in the trees along the street and in Phoenix Park and the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza. The review stand and handicap seating area will be located on Main Street between North Limestone and Upper Streets.

Parade entry and Holiday Market applications are still being accepted and can be found at www.downtownlex.com.

The Downtown Lexington Corporation is also looking for people interested in performing with the Community Band during the parade. To sign up or receive more information, email Laura Farnsworth at laura@downtownlex.com or call 859-425-2593.

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