Jessamine County's annual holiday events coming up

November 28, 2012|Journal staff report |
  • Wreaths from Jessamine County's Circle of Giving Wreath Display line the hallway of the Jessamine County courthouse. The wreaths are up for bid via silent auction through Nov. 30, and proceeds benefit local businesses and organizations.
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With the recent placement of a “new” Norway spruce tree as the county’s official Christmas tree, and the continuation of several annual holiday traditions, this year’s Jessamine County’s official holiday celebrations will include a focus on both the old and the new.

The tree formally used as the county’s official Christmas tree was replaced by a 15-foot Norway spruce from Glynn Young Nursery in Nicholasville; it will be the only significantly “new” element in a holiday season that includes the continuation of annual county events such as the Circle of Giving Wreath Display, the Jessamine County Tree Lighting Ceremony, and Camp Nelson’s Christmas at the White House.

The celebrations began on Nov. 26 with the start of the 12th Annual Circle of Giving Wreath Display. During the Wreath Display event, Jessamine Courthouse hallways will be filled with donated wreaths and holiday decorations that are up for bid.

As in years past, hand crafted wreaths will be donated by several Jessamine County groups and individuals such as Judge-Executive Neal Cassity and his staff, Jessamine County Circuit Clerk Doug Fain and his staff, and representatives of several local businesses and organizations. The funds raised during the Circle of Giving Wreath Display’s silent auction will support local organizations and charities.


Last year’s event raised $1,102.00 that was donated to the Jessamine County Chamber of Commerce, Salvation Army, Community Action, Wilmore/High Bridge Community Center and the Nicholasville Fire Department. Bidding on the wreaths will end Friday, Nov. 30, at 8 p.m.

The annual Jessamine County Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held on Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. on the Courthouse lawn. During the Tree Lighting Ceremony, complimentary hot chocolate and free photos with Santa will be available. Brookside Elementary and East Jessamine Middle School choirs will provide musical entertainment during the event, and the Jessamine County Ministerial Association and representatives of the Jessamine County Public Library will provide readings of the Christmas story and other traditional holiday works.  In addition, the winner of the “Winter Windows” holiday decorating contest sponsored by the Jessamine County Creative Art League, and the All God’s Children Shopping Spree Raffle will be announced during the event.

On Dec. 1, Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park will celebrate its past with the 3rd Annual Christmas at the White House. The event is presented by the Camp Nelson Heritage Foundation and features a holiday celebration typical of how the Perry family (circa 1855) celebrated Christmas in their residence before and after the Union Army occupation. The house will be decorated in period style, Christmas carols will be sung, and treats will be provided including Camp Nelson's signature dessert, Bull Nelson’s Rum Cake. Re-enactors will provide guided tours of the White House and will take visitors on a candle lit tour to the Interpretive Center, Barracks and Museum.

For more information regarding the Circle of Giving Wreath Display and Jessamine County Tree Lighting Ceremony, contact Jessamine County Fiscal Court at 859-885-4500 or visit  For more info regarding Christmas at the White House, call 859-881-5716 or visit

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