VERSAILLES - Learn more about winter wonders of the bird world at the Audubon Christmas Bird Count at Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary at 8 a.m. Call (859) 873-5711 for more information. Cost is $5 per person.
LEXINGTON - The University of Kentucky Opera Theatre is pleased to announce an Old Fashioned Holiday Celebration of Song at Victorian Square in downtown Lexington. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. at Triangle Park on Main Street with a fanfare celebration by the Victorian Square Drum & Bugle Corps and Brass Quintet, The Lexington Singers Children's Choir and a multitude of holiday singers. At 6:30 the holiday celebration continues inside the Victorian Square Atrium for an Evening of Song, featuring UK Opera Theatre vocalists and the Victorian Square Orchestra with selections from Handel's Messiah and a community sing-along of holiday favorites. All festivities are offered free of charge.
FRANKFORT - Explore the variety of Christmas traditions that came to America from other countries, some of which evolved into distinctly American customs. From Santa Claus to carols, join for a celebration, complete with food and crafts from 1-4 p.m. This free event is for children ages 5 to 10 and their families. Center for Kentucky History is located at 100 W. Broadway in Frankfort. Call (502) 564-1792 for more information.
WINCHESTER - Join in for a Christmas musical, "One Small Child of God," presented by the Chancel Choir, adults, youth and children of First Christian Church-Disciples of Christ, 24 E. Hickman St. Musical starts at 9:45 a.m. Please call 744-3181 for more information.
CANDY CANE CONCERT
LEXINGTON - The Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra Family Series presents Candy Cane Concert in the Singletary Center for the Arts Concert Hall. Games will start at 1:45 p.m., and the concert will start at 3 p.m. Tickets are on sale now. Call (859) 233-4226 for more information.
LEXINGTON - Join For the Love of Dogs Bakery from 1 to 5 p.m. for a Christmas picture session. John McGowan of McGowan Photography will be on hand to capture your family and pets in the holiday spirit. A variety of print packages will be available for purchase. Call (859) 231-5570 to schedule a session.
LEXINGTON - Let your children explore their creativity with art activities and different materials at the Lexington Public Library Beaumont Branch from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Be prepared for a fun (and sometimes messy) time. This event is for children ages 2 to 5, and reservations are required by calling (859) 231-5570.
RED BARN RADIO
LEXINGTON - Bluegrass and More! will feature "Backroom Bluegrass Band - Holiday Concert," with special guests the "Alluring Handbell Ensemble." Red Barn Radio is bringing Bluegrass Music to the Performance Hall at ArtsPlace, 161 N. Mill St. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m. Call (859) 277-8224 or visit www.backroombluegrassband.com for ticket information.
NUTCRACKER IN ONE ACT
LEXINGTON - The Bluegrass Youth Ballet presents "The Nutcracker in One Act" at 7 p.m. today and Friday at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Singletary Center for the Arts. Director Adalhi Corn has created an enchanting, secular version of this holiday classic to appeal to a wide cultural audience, including those who do not celebrate Christmas. Call (859) 257-4929 or visit www.bluegrassyouthballet.com for ticket information.
WOODFORD RESERVE GUIDED TOURS
VERSAILLES - Through Dec. 30 enjoy savory culinary delights, unique holiday shopping, personally guided tours and genuine "Bluegrass" hospitality at Holidays at the Woodford Reserve Distillery on Tuesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. To make reservations, call (859) 879-1963 or visit www.woodfordreserve.com/reservation.