By Elizabeth Gerber | StyleBlueprint

Blink your eyes and it will be New Year’s, folks. It’s a short sprint to the finish line, so enjoy every moment of the holidays. Here’s a bevy of happenings, activities and festivities for this final month of 2016.


Through December 10: Yuletide at Yew Dell

Yew Dell’s new holiday event Yuletide at Yew Dell will take place Fridays and Saturdays through December 10. This year, the festivities are expanding. Along with the popular snow village, train display and pictures with Santa there will be lighting displays, holiday music, crafts and workshops. Tickets are $5 for adult members, $2 for children 3-12 who are members. Non-member tickets are $8 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-12. Children under 2 are free.

December 1: Martinis and Mistletoe at Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft

Join KMAC in their newly renovated museum space on Thursday, December 1 from 5-9 p.m. for their 2016 Holiday Shopping Experience – featuring unique items made by local, national and international artists and delightful holiday gifts. For one night only, members receive a 15 percent discount on purchases plus two complimentary drinks.

December 2: Louisville Swig

Louisville Magazine is celebrating the Repeal of Prohibition and the launch of SWIG Volume VI with their annual Louisville Swig event. The new issue will debut at the party and all guests will receive a complimentary copy of the magazine. Tickets include food and drink tastes from over 50 vendors. Billy Goat Strut will provide live music and Prohibition-era attire is encouraged. Tickets start at $50.

December 2: Light Up The Village

Friday, December 2, Westport Village will be hosting its annual Light Up The Village holiday celebration from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Santa Claus is taking a break from the North Pole to take photos with guests and carolers will be strolling through the village singing lovely holiday tunes. Plus, decorations, lights and special discounts from select stores.

Copper & Kings

Copper & Kings

December 3:  Les Dames d’Escoffier Kentucky Holiday Bake Sale at Copper & Kings

Want to try cookies homemade by Louisville’s best chefs? The Kentucky chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International will be hosting its cookie sale on Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Copper and Kings distillery. A variety of holiday cookies home-baked by 60 local chefs will be offered with all proceeds benefitting the LDEIKY scholarship fund, which helps culinary students and professionals pursuing LDEI membership, and Green Table, an initiative connecting urban and rural farms to schools and restaurants.

December 3: Repeal Day Revel

Raise a glass to the end of Prohibition by partaking in libations from an era long ago. With the help of Jim Beam and Contratto, Proof on Main is joining forces with 8UP, Meta, Down One Bourbon Bar and Doc Crows for the ultimate Repeal Day Revel. At each location, bartenders in Prohibition-era dress will be serving classic, speakeasy cocktails. Revelers will be provided with a passport to present at each location. Those stamped by all locations will go to the final destination, Meta, to claim their prize. The first 20 participants to complete the Revel will receive a copy of The Big Man of Jim Beam signed by Fred Noe. All completed cards will be entered into a raffle to win an overnight retreat for two at the Knob Creek House on the property of Jim Beam Distillery. Costumes are encouraged; mustaches are appreciated. Proof on Main will be running a special Repeal Day cocktail menu all week from November 28 through December 5.

December 3: Bardstown Road Aglow

Maker’s Mark is presenting Bardstown Road Aglow, Saturday, December 3, from dusk until 10 p.m.  This is a great night for shopping and strolling along Bardstown Road. There will be two trolleys running this night, as well as live entertainment.  Start off the night at Wendy’s on Bardstown Road and Grinstead for the tree lighting at 5:30 p.m.

December 3: Light Up La Grange

Head east to La Grange on Saturday, December 3 for a day and night’s worth of fun from 4 to 9 p.m. Santa and carolers will join the Mayor of La Grange as he starts the lighting ceremony at 6 p.m., lighting the Courthouse Square, Main Street, and the Railroad Museum. There will be music and entertainment for all. All stores and restaurants will stay open late this night to enjoy.

 December 3: Light Up St. Matthews

Children from all over St. Matthews look forward to Saturday, December 3, which is the annual lighting of Brown Park for the holidays from 4 to 6 p.m. This event is free to the public, and features cookies and hot chocolate, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, carriage and train rides, games, and a DJ. Parking is available at 4007 Kresge Way, a part of the Baptist Health Louisville Campus, directly across from the hospital.

December 3: Holiday Open House and Shopping at Norton Commons

Want a good place to get all your Christmas shopping done in one day? On December 3, from 10 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., enjoy holiday shopping at the more than 60 locally-owned businesses in Norton Commons. There will be special deals, promotions, and holiday sales on this day. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Sales Center and you can get a free photo with Santa or a carriage ride. Santa will be in the neighborhood from 4 to 7:00 p.m., and carriage rides will be offered from 5 to 7:00 p.m.

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December 3: Nutcracker in a Nutshell

This is perfect for those of us who love The Nutcracker, but in a shorter, more family-friendly version. The Louisville Palace presents Nutcracker in a Nutshell on December 3, with shows at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 for children (18 and under) and $20 for adults.

December 3 & 4: Historic Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour

Old Louisville is the perfect venue for a holiday home tour with its beautiful old world setting. The 40th Annual Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour is December 3 and December 4 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Tour Victorian mansions, marveling at the architecture and history. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

December 3 & 4: Holiday Victorian Tea at the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum

During the Holiday Home Tour in Old Louisville, be sure to take some time out for a proper tea service. This annual holiday tea at the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum will be held in conjunction with the Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on December 3 and December 4. Space is limited, so make reservations by calling (502) 636-5023. Tickets are $30, and include traditional tea and sweet and savory treats.

December 10 – 22: The Brown-Foreman Nutcracker

The holidays would not be complete without this annual tradition of The Brown-Foreman Nutcracker by the Louisville Ballet, presented by Brown-Forman. Sugar Plum Fairies, Clara, and the Nutcracker Prince will all be there to entertain you. This show runs December 10 through December 22. Tickets start at $35.

December 10: Christmas in Anchorage

Breakfast and lots of shopping headline the 36th Annual Christmas in Anchorage on Saturday, December 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Guests will enjoy festivities ranging from Breakfast with Santa to the fabulous Holiday Boutique. Shop for unique gifts from more than 80 talented Kentuckian artists, crafters and shops. Browse the selection of jewelry, ornaments, home décor, knickknacks, wooden toys, clothing, and much more. The event is held at Anchorage Public School.

Small Time Napoleon played the "Give-A-Jam" in 2015. | Courtesy of Coalition for the Homeless

Small Time Napoleon played the “Give-A-Jam” in 2015. | Courtesy of Coalition for the Homeless

December 20: Give-A-Jam to End Homelessness

The 6th Annual Give-A-Jam to End Homelessness will be held on Tuesday, December 20 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Clifton Center. The evening will feature live performances by local musicians and artists, soups from Louisville’s best chefs, a silent auction and a cash bar. Admission is $20 and includes 10 food/drink tickets. All proceeds will benefit the Coalition for the Homeless’s efforts to end youth homelessness.

December 31: Lou Year’s Eve

A new event is coming to Louisville on New Year’s Eve that will showcase the city’s arts and cultural scene while providing a fun and safe option for the whole family. “Lou Year’s Eve” will be held on Saturday, December 31 from 2:00 p.m. to midnight in downtown Louisville. This unique celebration will take place at more than 20 venues and 5 museums lining West Main Street, and feature dance, art, story-telling, performers, music of all kinds, and local food and beverage.

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