Enjoy celebrating the holidays with special performances in Central KY. Theatre, ballet, music and more! You’ll find all the local performances here!
Lexington Children’s Theatre
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Saturday, December 11, 2021 – 2:00pm & 7:00pm*
Sunday, December 12, 2021 – 2:00pm & 6:00pm
Saturday, December 18, 2021 – 11:00am^ & 2:00pm
*Pay What You Will
^Sensory Friendly Performance
In Narnia, land of eternal winter, the White Witch holds power over all – any who dare dissent are turned instantly to stone. But one day, a little girl named Lucy enters this magical land through an enchanted wardrobe and signals a great change to come. Go through the wardrobe with Peter and Lucy in this two-actor adaptation of the classic tale of triumph of good over evil.
Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells
Saturday, November 27, 2021 – 2:00pm
Saturday, December 4, 2021 – 2:00pm & 7:00pm*
Sunday, December 5, 2021 – 2:00pm
*Pay What You Will
It’s me, Junie B. Jones and wowie, wow, wow have I got a story for you! It’s time for the holiday sing-a-long and normally I would be really excited but blabbermouth May is trying to ruin it all by tattling on me again. You know what’s worse; I pulled you-know-who as my secret Santa! But, wait – this could be the perfect opportunity to give my arch nemesis exactly what she deserves. I just hope Santa doesn’t find out!
The Lexington Ballet
Friday, December 3, 2021 7 pm and Saturday, December 4, 2021 2 pm at Boyle County Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday, December 11, 2021 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 12, 2021 2 pm at EKU Center for the Arts
Don’t miss this holiday classic in an enchanting production that will delight every member of the family. Join Marie on a magical journey with the Sugar Plum Fairy, waltzing flowers, the Snow Queen, and, of course, the Nutcracker Prince as they battle the Mouse King and travel to the Land of Sweets. Lexington Ballet performs this beautiful masterpiece under the artistic direction of Luis Dominguez. It’s sure to put you in the Christmas spirit!
Bluegrass Youth Ballet – “The Nutcracker in One Act” at the Singletary Center
Friday, December 17, 2021 7 pm
Saturday, December 18, 2021 2 pm
This shortened performance of The Nutcracker (presented in a single, family-friendly act) was created with younger audiences in mind, condensing the enchantment to capture the attention of kids. Reserved Seating. Free tickets for children 3 & under available at the SCFA Box Office. All audience members are required to wear a mask or face covering over their nose and mouth while attending this performance to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for your cooperation.
Kentucky Ballet Theatre at the Lexington Opera House
Saturday, December 11, 2021 2 pm & 7 pm
Sunday, December 12, 2021 2 pm
Saturday, December 18, 2021 2 pm & 7 pm
Sunday, December 19, 2021 2 pm
Celebrate holiday cheer and the Christmas spirit with the classical ballet, The Nutcracker. It’s not the holidays without the famous story, score, and cast of characters! Kentucky Ballet Theatre is proud to present The Nutcracker at the Lexington Opera House Saturday and Sunday, December 11 & 12, and 18 & 19, 2021. This beautiful ballet performance is the traditional large-scale production. The cast includes the ever-popular Sugar Plum Fairy, Snow Queen, Rat King, soldiers, mice, fairies, snowflakes, candy canes, little mice, and of course Clara and Drosselmeyer to name a few. The performance is set to the beautiful music of Tchaikovsky, with the KBT Professional Company Dancers along with over 50 ballet students. You don’t want to miss this holiday tradition, so get your tickets now before the shows sell out!
United Fine Arts Academy
December 3 – 5, 2021
December 10 – 12, 2021
Various times each weekend
A Cathedral Christmas at The Cathedral of Christ the King
Saturday, December 18, 2021 8 pm
LexPhil is joined by the Lexington Singers at the Cathedral of Christ the King for this Lexington holiday tradition. UKSO Conductor John Nardolillo guest conducts a program of sacred orchestral and choral works.
Lexington Chamber Chorale
Noel! at Second Presbyterian Church
Sunday, November 28, 2021 5:00pm
This is a concert and live recording! The recording will be available in CD and digital download formats. Repertoire chosen from our recent concerts includes fresh arrangements of familiar carols and exciting new compositions, making for a beautiful second holiday album from the Chorale!
Saturday, December 5, 2021 7 pm
MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER has sold over 41 million records worldwide – 31 million of which are Christmas albums – do you remember the first time you heard these holiday favorites? You can again celebrate the magic of Mannheim Steamroller in 2021 when they bring their annual tour to EKU Center for the Arts. While 2020 was the first year the group was unable to tour in 35 years, 2021 will reunite the #1 Christmas music artist in history with its legion of long-time fans. Experience the music that has become the hallmark of the holidays and a tradition for multi-generational families: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas live in concert!
Saturday December 4, 2021 2:00pm
Saturday December 4, 2021 7:30pm
Sunday December 5, 2021 3:00pm
Rejoice in the holiday spirit with the 23rd annual Collage! Celebrated vocalists and musicians from the UK School of Music and the Lexington Singers Children’s Choir perform holiday favorites from close to home and around the globe, conducted by UK Director of Choirs, Dr. Jefferson Johnson, Associate Director of Choirs, Dr. Lori Hetzel, and Prof. Elizabeth Wilson. Reserved Seating. All audience members are required to wear a mask or face covering over their nose and mouth while attending this performance to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Thursday, December 2, 2021 7:30 pm
The one and only Cirque Dreams Holidaze has been hailed by the New York Daily News as “A delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleigh load. ”Set in a multi-million-dollar wonderland of elaborate scenes and dozens of original holiday production numbers, audiences nationwide will celebrate the most wonderful time of the year as they experience over 300 spectacular costumes and 20 of the world’s most astonishing acts.