Sunday, December 9, 2018

Winter Break Camps

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Oldham County Schools 2018 Winter Break is December 24-January 4th.  Are you looking for a place for your kids to play and learn while you work, shop or get ready for the holidays?  Here are a few options around the area.

9am-5pm
December 27-28 & 31
January 2-4
$49/$98/$145/$189/$199 add $6 for early drop off & late pick up
Ages 4-14
Promo code here.

Oldham County Family YMCA
Polar Bear Express
December 26-28
7am-6pm
$70/session per child Members
$100/session per child for program members
Open to ages 5-12
Winter Olympics
December 31-January 4
7am-6pm
$110/session per child Members
$130/session per child for program members
Open to ages 5-12

Zubrod Christmas Break Camp
January 2nd
10am-3pm
Open to ages 6 and up.
Contact the stable for more information.

More camps in Louisville here.
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Friday, December 7, 2018

Weekend Fun for Oldham County Families

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Here are some fun ideas for December 7 - December 9

Friday: 
The Festival of Nativities in Crestwood has over 600 displays of nativities and other fun, family friendly activities.  The event is free and open to the community. 6:30-9pm

Saturday:  
Santa Claus is coming to the John W. Black Center in LaGrange (Buckner area). Have Breakfast with Santa, make a craft, take a photo - all free with a toy donation for Toys for Tots. 9-11am


In the evening, drive out to Ballardsville Baptist Church for their Living Nativity.  This free, drive-thru event is 6-8:30pm

Sunday: 
If you still haven't had your picture taken with Santa, there are a couple of great free opportunities happening just outside Oldham County in the Prospect area.  Cabela's (10am-5pm) has an indoor option and the Paddocks Shops has free Carriage Rides with Santa (12-4pm).

Check out the weekend fun in Louisville!
More WINTER FUN in Oldham County here.


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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Crestwood Festival of Nativities

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 photo IMG_1327_zps8fgtr05o.jpgChances are if you celebrate Christmas, you are familiar with the nativity scene and might even have one displayed in your home during this holiday season.  The Church of Latter Day Saints in Crestwood hosts the annual event, Festival of Nativities, where the community is invited to visit and view 600 displays of nativities from around the world.

The room filled with nativities is beautifully decorated and set up by several volunteers.  The lights are dimmed and tabletops are adorned with winterscapes, white lights and unique nativities. Visitors will see traditional Nacimiento, a living nativity, porcelain, wooden, gingerbread and more varieties.

There is more to the event, too.  The Festival of Nativities has children's activities, live concerts each night performed by community choirs and musicians, family photo opportunities, cookies and nativity story tours.

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What began in 2009 as a way to help bring measure of the Christmas spirit to the community has turned into a tradition for many in Oldham County and the surrounding area.  Share the meaning of Christmas during one of the three days of the event.  It is free and open to everyone.

Church of Latter Day Saints is located at 6401 Westwind Way Crestwood, KY 40014

The 2018 times are 6:30-9pm on these dates:
Thursday, December 6
Friday, December 7
Saturday, December 8

(Festival Express Hours available on Thursday, 12/6 12-3pm. This is open to seniors and the assisted living community that might need a less crowded environment. Please see the website for more details.)
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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Living Nativity at Ballardsville Baptist Church

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 photo IMG_0867_zps17zpdbvh.jpg Take a journey through Bethlehem at Ballardsville Baptist Church at their drive-thru Living Nativity.  Each year, in December, the church hosts one night where the community is invited to experience the Christmas story in the comfort of their vehicles. 

As you turn off Highway 53 and arrive at the church, you are greeted by Roman soldiers guiding traffic.  Look for the signs with instructions on which radio station to tune into to hear the Christmas story narrated over your vehicle's speakers.

On the right side of the parking lot, see if you can see the three wise men with their (real) camels making their way to Bethlehem.  You will also see shepherds in their field with their sheep.  Listen to the choir singing and take in the sights and sounds of the marketplace.  Look for the Inn and the "No Vacancy" sign toward the end of the marketplace.

 photo IMG_0866_zpsjwnd41es.jpgOn the outside of town, you will find Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus in the manger.  Outside is their donkey and above the manger is the bright star of Bethlehem guiding the three wise men. Keep driving to the church's carport for a treat for everyone in your car.  In the past, hot chocolate and cookies were passed out.  

Ballardsville Baptist Church does a wonderful job with this free community event.  Although the drive is only about five minutes from start to finish, you will get lost in the scenes around you.  The animals and actors depicting the Christmas story will make you feel like you're in Bethlehem.  The Living Nativity is a lovely and unique tradition for many Oldham County and surrounding area residents.

The 2018 Living Nativity is on Saturday, December 8th. 6-8:30pm
Ballardsville Baptist Church is located at 4300 South Highway 53 Crestwood, Ky 40014
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Monday, December 3, 2018

Children's Choir at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center

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The Winter 2018 concert is Thursday, December 6th at 7pm. FREE admission and the performance is a little over an hour! Don't miss it!

Does your child love music and singing?  Check out the upcoming winter concert and sign up for auditions for next semester's Children's Choir.

Audition Information:

  • Auditions will be held on December 20, 2018 at 5-6:30pm at the OCS Arts Center.
  • At this time, auditions are only open for the Treble Choir (K-2nd) and Bel Canto Choir (6th-8th). There are no openings for the Concert Choir.
  • Please call the OCS Arts Center at (502) 241-6018 to schedule an audition. Children should be prepared to sing 1 minute of a favorite song (a cappella).

Children's Choir Information:
  • Choir is a 15 week semester for $135, plus a uniform fee and runs January 10-April 18.
  • Treble Choir (K-2nd) meets Thursdays 4:20-5:10pm 
  • Concert Choir (3rd-5th) meets Thursdays 5:10-6:00pm
  • Bel Canto Singers (6th-8th) meets Thursdays 6-6:50pm 

Oldham County Schools Arts Center, 7105 Floydsburg Rd., Crestwood, KY 40014
Facebook page here.
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Thursday, November 29, 2018

December Events in Oldham County

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Sponsored by:
  Eberle Orthodontics

RECURRING EVENTS:

FREE! Oldham County Public Library has various story times and other programs at their 3 locations.
FREE! Bluegrass Jam Night at LaGrange Coffee Roasters Mondays 6:30-8:30pm
FREE! Creasey Mahan Nature Center Wednesday & Saturday 10am-2pm
FREE! LaGrange Railroad Museum is open every Saturday, 10am-3pm
FREE! LaGrange Community Center YMCA has open gym, classes, games and more for Oldham County residents. Check their website and Facebook page for more information on free stuff to do.
History Hounds at the Oldham County History Center, Thursdays 10am (12/6 & 12/13), $5
Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood Preschool Family Art Classes offered on Thursday and Saturday each week.
Power & Grace Gymnastics in Prospect Open Gym Sundays 5-5:50pm and Wednesdays & Thursdays 10-10:50am
Hounds on the Ground at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood Sundays (12/2 & 12/9) 12-4pm

Make sure you click on our Best List of Holiday Events for more December Events.

OTHER DECEMBER EVENTS:

12/7: Parent's Night Out at the Oldham County YMCA in Buckner. 5-10pm. Children ages 5 and older.

12/11: Family Movie Night & Dinner at Foxhollow Farm in Crestwood, 5:30pm. Tickets required $20 for adults and $12 for children. They are showing the Muppet Christmas Carol.

12/13: Not Your Grandma's Trivia Night at the John Black Community Center in LaGrange (Buckner area), 6-8:30pm, Ticketed event.

12/14: FREE! Words & Wiggles at St. Francis School in Goshen, 10:30-11:30am

12/15: Parent's Night Out at YMCA at Norton Commons in Prospect (Louisville). 6-9:30pm Open to children ages 3 and up.

12/15: FREE! Open Game Day at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange.

12/15: FREE! Crafts & Cocoa at the Oldham County Public Library Mahan Branch in Goshen, 1-3pm.

12/15: Girls Night Out Resin Jewelry at Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood, 7-9:15pm, $45

12/17: FREE! Drop In Crafts at the Oldham County Public Library South Branch in Crestwood.

12/17: FREE! Handprint Calendar at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 6pm. Registration required.

12/20: FREE! Gingerbread Houses at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 4:15pm, Sign ups required.

OLDHAM COUNTY SCHOOLS WINTER BREAK! 12/24-1/4

12/27: FREE! Movie Night for Adults: A Simple Favor at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 6pm

12/27: OCCS Family Trivia Night at 3rd Turn, 6pm

12/27: Girls & Dolls Tea Party at Sisters Tea Parlor and Boutique in Buckner, 6:30pm. $25/person
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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Nature of Christmas at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve

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Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve is hosting a wonderful free community event on Saturday, December 1st.  The 15th Annual Nature of Christmas runs from 12-3pm and has a schedule filled with holiday fun.

Families can spend time together enjoying the nature preserve, activities inside the Nature Center and heated tent outside.

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Hayrides
Craft & vendor booths
Silent auction items
Marshmallow roasting
Kid's crafts (12-1:30pm)
Face painting (12-1:30pm)
St. John UMC Bell Choir (12:30-1:15pm)
Santa & Mrs. Claus (1:30pm)

Free food will be available including chili, hotdogs and hot chocolate.  Desserts will be available provided by Papa Johns and Valley Dairy Freeze.

Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve is located at 12501 Harmony Landing Road in Goshen.  Although the event is free (thanks to great sponsors), a $5 donation is encouraged and appreciated. The rain date is December 8th.

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Monday, November 26, 2018

What to Do at Light Up LaGrange

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LaGrange kicks off the holiday season each year with Light Up LaGrange and there's plenty to do for everyone.  Light Up LaGrange is more than a lighting ceremony.  You can grab a picture with Santa or the Grinch, make a candy cane, visit an old train car or make some reindeer food.  Many of the events are free! The local stores and restaurants are open for shopping and meals, also. Or maybe you just want to take it easy and find a spot to sit on Main Street and take in all of the magical sights and sounds.  Whatever you choose to do, we hope your Light Up LaGrange experience is filled with wonder and tons of family fun!

We outlined the day for you and even included a map to help guide your Saturday in Downtown LaGrange.  To keep up with updates about the day, make sure you follow the Facebook event here.


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2018 Information

Friday, 11/30

Southeast Christian Church in LaGrange is hosting a free community movie night to celebrate Light Up LaGrange.  They are showing a "Christmas Movie about a Train" (they can't say the name).  The activities are free and they will have refreshments.  The doors open at 6:00pm and the movie will begin at 6:30pm.

Saturday, 12/1

7-10am
Hometown Pizza 
All you can eat pancakes, sausage, bacon and drinks.  
$5 for adults, $4 for kids (cash or check only)
Hosted by LaGrange Elementary School PTA

9-11am
Oldham County History Center - Rob Morris Educational Building
Muffins and a drink, crafts, pictures with the Grinch, player piano activity and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" movie.
$5 per person

1-3pm
Oldham County History Center - Rob Morris Educational Building
Children can make ornaments. Hot cocoa and cookie decorating are also included. Reservations are suggested, but not necessary.
$5 per person

3-9pm
See the model train displays and tour the dining car.
FREE!

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3-6pm
Courthouse Lawn
FREE!

3-6pm
LaGrange Community Center
FREE!

3:30-9pm (Santa break 5:30-6:40pm)
City Place
FREE! (There is a suggested $1 donation.)

D. Lighting Ceremony
6pm
Main Street
We hear Santa will arrive on a decorated firetruck along with a parade of old antique cars and trucks.

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6:30-9pm
Courthouse Lawn Gazebo
FREE!

5-8pm
LaGrange Christian Church
$8 adults, $5 children, free for children 3 and under

Even more fun!

H. Live Nativity 
Dairy Queen
FREE!

Grab a gift, cup of coffee, ice cream, lunch or dinner at one of the great businesses in Downtown LaGrange.

D. Music, Singing & Dancing
A variety of acts will perform near the Courthouse Square during the day and evening.

B. Oldham County History Center
5-8pm
Grinch in the Museum, strolling carolers at 7:30pm, popcorn popping and chestnut roasting in the Dahlgren Pioneer Barn and a holiday picture taking opportunity inside the barn.
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Saturday, November 24, 2018

Christmas Trees in and around Oldham County

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Do you prefer a real Christmas tree?  If so, there are several places around Oldham County to find the perfect tree for your family.  As always, it is best to contact the business prior to your visit to make sure they are open and that they have trees available to purchase.

6462 W Hwy 146
Crestwood
502-241-0129
Trees, wreaths, centerpieces and Santa visits!

Starview Greenhouses
10082 Hwy 146
LaGrange
502-222-9839
Trees, wreaths, horse wreaths and other holiday d├ęcor.

Norton Commons
10401 Meeting St
Prospect
502-412-5085
Trees, wreaths and garland available!
Facebook information here.

Sleepy Hollow Tree Farm (at Sleepy Hollow Golf Course)
4221 S Hwy 1694
Prospect
502-963-3319
Per their voicemail recording: cash only is accepted. They are open Sun-Fri 1-6pm

Shelby Christmas Tree Farm & Nursery
175 McDaniels Road
Shelbyville
502-500-4766
You cut trees available. 

Kroger
12450 LaGrange Rd
Louisville
502-241-1311
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Friday, November 23, 2018

Charlestown's Christmas in the City

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Now is the perfect time to go check out Charlestown, Indiana's Christmas City.  The new Lewis & Clark Bridge makes getting to Southern Indiana a lot more convenient for Oldham County residents!

Official kick off is the Friday after Thanksgiving!

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The FREE animated lights in the town square are on nightly through January 1st 6:00-11:00pm.  This is a drive or walk around display.  Parking is available around the square and around area businesses.

There are several different "shows" to enjoy.  The lights are spectacular and highly entertaining.  We saw a USA, Red Baron, Peanuts and Frosty themes in the short time that we walked around the display.  The music is loud or you can tune to a radio station if you want to stay in your car.  In the middle of the display are several large screens that play short videos and have even more light displays.  The trees are covered, the grass has holiday characters and it snows during one of the shows!  You can even see Santa's sleigh and two snowmen having a snowball fight.  Overhead are stars and more lights.  This is the largest light display in Southern Indiana!

Greenway Park
Make sure you walk across the street to Greenway Park to see more holiday lights.  You can also purchase hot chocolate, hot cider and other refreshments from the snack bar on Fridays and Saturdays (bring cash). The covered bridges are so beautiful.  If the weather is nice, enjoy the playground at the park, too! Greenway Park's address is 399 Market Street Charlestown, Indiana

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Down the street near Charlestown High School is the Family Activities Park located at 1000 Park Street.  Here you can enjoy ice skating, train rides, mini golf and more holiday lights!

Activities open: Monday-Thursday 6-9pm, Friday & Saturday 6-10pm $5 admission per person (ages 2 and up), per activity. Activities available until December 30th (closed on Christmas Eve and Day). Santa will be here on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 6-9pm

The train goes by the holiday light display in the square.

(The Family Activities Park is open after the New Year also so be sure to check out their website for more information!)
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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Yuletide at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens

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 photo IMG_0687_zpshcaqslgw.jpgYuletide is an annual holiday event at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens.  The grounds are transformed into a magical winter wonderland.  Sparkling icicle lights fall from the castle, the famous rows of trees have white lights wrapped around their trunks and holiday cheer can be heard around the gardens.

There are several stops to make during Yuletide.  Find a Christmas Fairy Village and holiday craft for the kids inside the beautiful castle.  Inside the barn is where you will find a great holiday train display and snow village.  There is a snow village scavenger hunt that kids can participate in also.  Santa Claus will be inside the barn ready to hear wish lists and take a photo.  Across the way, light snacks and refreshments are available for purchase.

 photo IMG_0682_zpsaejhxsc1.jpgGrab a hot cocoa and walk the grounds.  Make sure you're on the lookout for the seven dwarfs.  These little holiday statues are placed around the gardens and make for a fun scavenger hunt while you enjoy all of the lights.

Tickets can be purchased ahead of time online here or at the gift shop.  The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and children (6-17) and free for children 5 and under.  There are discounts for Yew Dell members.

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Friday, 11/23
Saturday, 11/24
Sunday, 11/25

Friday, 11/30
Saturday, 12/1
Sunday, 12/2

Yew Dell Botanical Gardens is located at 6220 Old LaGrange Road Crestwood, KY 40014
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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Experience Gift Ideas in Oldham County

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If you don't want to shop for more "stuff" consider giving an experience gift this holiday season.  There are several options around Oldham County for children and adults.  Plan a day of fun, a semester of learning or a year long membership for those on your holiday list.  Giving the gift of time is something everyone can appreciate and cherish.

14 Experience Gift Ideas in Oldham County

1. All About Kids Sports in Crestwood is a great place for young athletes to learn and strengthen skills in gymnastics, swimming, martial arts, basketball, soccer & more for children and teens.  Every parent loves receiving open play passes!

2. Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood offers art classes and workshops for all ages.  Register your child for that ceramics class they've always wanted to try, give a new mom a gift certificate to try out the preschool classes or a friend to try a weekend workshop.  We love the small class ratios and one on one instruction at this studio.

3. Plan a date with someone special at Sister's Tea Parlor & Boutique in Buckner. This cute spot offers special event tea parties, tea for two or more available!  My daughter loves the princess parties and I love to meet a friend for tea, some sweet treats and good conversation in a unique setting.

4. Treat someone to dinner.  Pick up a gift certificate to one of these great Oldham County restaurants, bakeries and more.  Find the full list here.

5. The Oldham County Schools Arts Center in Crestwood offers art, music, dance, drama & more for all ages. Classes are offered all year long and there are several summer camps coming up soon too!

6. We know it's cold now, but soon we will be sweating and a membership to the John W. Black Aquatic Center in LaGrange (Buckner area) will be much appreciated!

7. If you have a budding musician, consider a gift from Crestwood Music Shop.  They offer instruments for sale or to rent and lessons.

8. If you're closer to the Prospect area, Power & Grace Gymnastics & Dance is a great place for someone on your list that wants to learn gymnastics or dance.  They host special events that are focused on community service, clinics and Parent's Night Out.

9. Adults and children can take affordable dance lessons at Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Crestwood. Children's lessons start as low as $5.

10. If you have a teenager to buy for then Open Range in Crestwood has an indoor reball arena.  There is a membership available for this fun, adrenaline packed activity!

11. Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood has annual memberships available for individuals or families.  This membership allows guests free entry to the Gardens and perks during the year and special events.

12. Adults don't need to miss out on the experience gift fun. Pewee Valley's Little Colonel's Players has season passes available for the theatre enthusiast, Open Range offers lessons and the Kentucky Artisan & Distillery has tours of the distillery.

13. There are other unique gift buying opportunities in Oldham County.  Maybe you have someone hard to buy for, but would appreciate supporting a great non-profit in the area. Memorial bricks are available to purchase at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, Veteran's Memorial Park in Crestwood and the Oldham County Public Library.  Giving Tuesday is November 27, 2018.  Find a local Oldham County charity that's near and dear to your loved one's heart and donate to them.

14.  Looking for more lessons in the Oldham County area?  Check out this extensive Lessons & Learning directory from Louisville Family Fun here.
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