Underground UK: It’s Christmas time in the Bluegrass

Megan Brown

The temperatures are dropping and the holiday season is coming.

Thanksgiving is officially over which means there are only three more weeks left until the end of the semester. Luckily, there are plenty of Christmas activities to do around Lexington to get even the Grinchest people in the holiday spirit.

Follow the Ghost of Christmas Past on a journey at Waveland Historical Site with a performance of Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol.” The unique take on the story allows guest to walk through a house built in 1843 and watch the performance unfold in different rooms. The cost of the performance is 20 dollars and reservations are required. For show dates and times visit http://parks.ky.gov/calendar/details/dickens-a-christmas-carol-at-waveland/81425/.

Lights Under Louisville is a holiday light show located inside of a cavern and is open from now until Dec. 31. The Mega Cavern is converted into an illuminated wonderland featuring over three million points of light and there is nothing in the world like it. Visitors will be able to drive 30 minutes through the cave and be treated to traditional scenes depicted in lights such as Santa and his reindeer along with string lights. The cost per standard car is 27 dollars and there is a five dollar off coupon that can be found on their website.

The largest light show in Kentucky is located right here in Lexington at the Kentucky Horse Park. Southern Lights not only includes a three mile light show with some scenes paying homage to the beloved horse culture, but also includes a walking portion where visitors can drink hot chocolate, be entertained by choirs and buy Christmas presents from local vendors. The price is 25 dollars per car Friday through Sunday, but for a discount and less crowds, students can visit on Monday through Thursday night for only 15 dollars. The park is open from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily until Dec. 31.

A free event for students looking to save money but still find their Christmas spirt is the Lexington parade. The parade begins downtown on Main Street Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. where visors will see a variety of Christmas themed floats, bands and other organizations.

Travel to Deutschland without ever leaving Kentucky by attending Michler’s Christmas Market. Be submersed in German culture as you drink mulled wine and walk through over 15 vendors to find the perfect holiday gift. You can also get a wreath made while you listen to a cello and enjoy holiday themed desserts. The market is open two days this year, on Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Dec. 3 the hours are from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Lexington is home to some of the best holiday celebrations in the country, so no matter what you do to ring in the holiday season, get excited because as Buddy the Elf says “Santa is coming.”