Thursday, December 20, 2018

Winter Break Fun

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Here's some fun ideas for over winter break!

Need a winter break camp for your kids? Here are some options.

Drive around looking at Christmas lights. For ideas of where to find some of the best displays click here.

There are still some holiday events before Christmas that you and your family can enjoy. Check out our list to find out what's coming up.

Find several local deals here including: Lazer Blaze, Turnip the Beet, go carting, rock climbing, museums and more!

There are plenty of places for indoor fun, click here.

Go ice skating and then grab some hot chocolate!

Take your family to Charlestown, IN for holiday fun. Read more about it here.

Find all of our Winter Fun linked up here.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Christmas Lights around Oldham County

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The last few nights have been unusually free for our family so we used the time to go Christmas light hunting.  During our two nights of driving around Southern Oldham County, we found some great displays and wanted to share them with you.  We also wanted to share some fun ideas for you and your family to do this holiday season.  Nothing fancy, mostly cheap and full of fun memories.

 photo backseat fun_zpspaorcjyz.jpgWhen my kids were younger (and I was too), each year I would surprise them with one night full of Christmas light fun.  One year I did a Polar Express theme where each kid received a golden ticket that got punched at different stops (Starbucks for hot cocoa, Little Ceasers for pizza etc).  I decorated our car windows with fun holiday messages, put battery powered lights in the interior, passed out glow necklaces and funny holiday headbands (all from Dollar Tree).  Each kid also got a scavenger hunt list and marker to use during the Christmas light trip. 

Now I realize the holidays are busy and I've already lost some of you.  You don't have to create a Polar Express each year for your kids.  Simply drive around some of Oldham County's neighborhoods and make your own fun.  See who can spot the most unique display.  Who likes traditional white lights and who likes the bright lights?  Can you find the biggest and best displays?  

 photo sheets_zpsml6zc9lo.jpgIf we could give an award for most participation in a neighborhood it would go to Cherrywood in LaGrange.  We found other great displays in Washington Manor in LaGrange, Camden Manor in Crestwood and Heritage Place in Crestwood.  Some other places worth mentioning are Brentwood in Crestwood and the magnificent display on the corner of US Hwy 42 and Hayfield Way in the Countryside neighborhood in Prospect.

Now these are only a handful of the neighborhoods in Oldham County.  Grab some hot chocolate or a treat, get in the car and go explore the lights.  There are some really great displays.

Watch our video to see what's around for 2018.





If you need a scavenger hunt list specific to Oldham County here are some ideas:
  • Decorated horse
  • Buddy the elf
  • Ralphie from The Christmas Story
  • A "JOY" sign
  • Santa in a window
  • Grinch stealing lights
  • A hot dog
  • Dragon blowup
  • Dinosaur blowup
  • White trees
  • Light tunnels
  • A "Mickey" house
  • Nativity
  • Charlie Brown
  • Abominable Snowman
  • R2D2
  • Santa falling off a roof
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Monday, December 17, 2018

Indoor Activities in Oldham County, Kentucky

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Let's face it, the weather is unpredictable in Kentucky!  These indoor options and ideas in Crestwood, Buckner, LaGrange, Pewee Valley and Goshen offer families some fun when the weather is not so nice!

All About Kids Sports Center – Open gym and swim times available and various classes, too! (Crestwood)

Cailin Art Studio - This new art studio offers camps, classes and special events for all ages. (Crestwood)

Creasey Mahan Nature Center – Explore the exhibits and activities inside the nature center. (Goshen)

Horse Riding Lessons – Oldham County is not lacking in places for indoor riding fun! Choose your barn!
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John W. Black Community Center – various events and activities planned during the year. (LaGrange)

Kids Eat Free - Many restaurants have activities for kids to enjoy on their Kids Eat Free or Cheap Nights!

LaGrange Coffee Roasters – Grab an instrument and join their Open Bluegrass Jam Night on Mondays! Or settle in at a table with the kids, a cup of hot cocoa and a board game. (LaGrange)

LaGrange Community Center – Get the family together and play basketball, walk the indoor track or try a class. This facility is open to all Oldham County residents for free. (LaGrange)

LaGrange Railroad Museum – Open for tours on Saturday. (LaGrange)

Library Children’s Story Time & Special Events – We are lucky to have some super creative and fun librarians at our local library branches. Check out their calendar for special events and try out one of their story times!  Many other activities for all ages and interests! (LaGrange, Crestwood & Goshen)

Little Colonel Playhouse – Check out the local talent in a play! (Most shows are geared toward an older, mature audience. They do have one show a year that includes high school students and actors.) (Pewee Valley)

McDonald’s LaGrange Play Place – Yes, McDonald’s! Our young kids love getting a sweet treat and playing in the NEW play place, especially after story time at the library! (LaGrange)

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Oldham County History Hounds & Historical Society – Story time and history lesson for children (birth up to 5) in the Rob Morris Educational Building. (Program runs Sept-Dec and Feb-May)  Be sure to tour the NEWLY renovated History Center building also! (Lagrange)

Oldham County Schools Arts Center – Sing, dance, create, act, learn how to play an instrument! So many programs, special shows and one-day classes are available! (Crestwood)

Open Range Reball – Play reball (similar to paintball, but without the mess) with your older (age 10+) children in the indoor arena. (Crestwood)

Power & Grace Gymnastics & Dance - Open gym, parent's night out, camps, special events and classes are available for several ages.  (Prospect)

Serendipity Café & Gifts – Custom tea parties available or just grab lunch or a sweet treat! (LaGrange)

Sisters Tea Parlor & Boutique – In the mood to feel posh then try out Sisters! They have fun themed tea parties for all ages or make a reservation to have a fun tea lunch date with your littles! (Buckner)

Soiree’ – Get your children dancing at one of their drop-in ballroom dance classes! How fun! (Crestwood)

The Treasured Child Toy Store – Follow them on Facebook to learn about special events they have planned. It’s also a great place to pick up a unique toy or game to play at home! (LaGrange)

YMCA – The Buckner YMCA is such a fun, family-friendly place! Members can check in the kids in the activity center, shoot basketball in the gym or swim! They plan several other events throughout the year open to the community. Special Open Field Play Dates and events in their indoor arena are also offered at different times throughout the year.  (Small fee for non-members.) Follow them on Facebook for up to date event info. (Buckner) The Norton Commons YMCA has similar activities.

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Check out these other options, too! Just a short drive from Oldham County!

House of Boom – Located in Middletown, jump the day or night away. Family discount night on Mondays.

Whet Your Palette – Just a step over the Oldham County line Anchorage, you can paint day or night with or without the kiddos!

The Parklands Wednesday Wonders – Starting at 2:30pm on Wednesday afternoons, this program would be fun to check out on an Early Release Day with your younger elementary school or preschool children.

Kaleidoscopes Indoor Playground – Located a short drive away in Shelbyville! Let your kids get their crazies out!

Shelby County Parks Family Activity Center - Swim at the large indoor pool when the weather isn't cooperating for their outdoor pool.
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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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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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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. Check their website for updated information.
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.

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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.

 photo Nature of Christmas 2018 banner 300x250 for LFF copy_zpsi3vuf2ip.pngSome activities at the event include:
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 décor.

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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Small Business Saturday: Unique Gift Buying in Oldham County

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Don't drive far, stay close to home and shop local! Oldham County has many locally owned businesses. We highlighted some places to shop in Oldham County this holiday season. Maybe you'll find yourself stopping in a new place for the first time and seeing what great businesses we have in our area! Not only will you find one of a kind items and activities, you will develop relationships with business owners living in your community! We started with a brief description of a few of our favorite places to shop in Oldham County.

And don't forget about all of the yummy restaurants, salons and spas, dance studios, gymnastics and more. Many have specials or gift certificates available. Check out our Experience Gifts List.

Some of our local favorites (scroll down for SEVERAL more)...

 photo 6076a74a-43e7-4194-814d-e19b031e5c5c_zpsxgshhhit.jpgAddie's Goods - If your loved one has a heart for helping others then Addie's Goods is the place to shop. This boutique has quality goods handmade by organizations offering economic empowerment & abundant life around the world. There is a personal story behind each crafted item -choose a one of a kind item that's special to you or your loved one. Women's clothing and jewelry, journals, children's items, home décor and more. Located in Crestwood.

 photo 4faf82ad-9b4b-4c5e-9db1-e2fae51d1506_zpsy93nirl3.jpgMercantile on Main - This is a store you do not want to pass by in LaGrange.  Inside the teal building, you'll find a mixture of handmade, vintage and repurposed goods.  We especially love the bourbon barrel and tobacco stick products.  There are great gifts for men, women and children.  Grab a delicate Kentucky themed necklace, a set of bourbon glasses or vintage ornament for that special person on your list.  Many of the gifts are customizable, too!  When you shop here you support several local artisans like Curry's Beer Crafts, Porch Light Studios and Tobacco Barn Craftsman.

 photo elanors_zpssh1sh4oe.jpgEleanor's Room - Fairly new to Oldham County, Eleanor's Room is a warm, inviting space located down Floydsburg Road in Crestwood.  They specialize in custom home décor and furniture, but you can also find ready to purchase home goods in the store.  This is my go-to store when I need to find something for those on my list that love to cook.  Their kitchen ware and baking utensils are unique and sweet, not something you'll find at the mall.  If you have a young aspiring cook, make sure you check out their oh-so-cute children's aprons.  If you're ambitious and want to refinish your own piece of furniture, you can find the tools needed for the project at Eleanor's Room.

 photo 65df4320-6d9c-4dfc-856e-1d399634588a_zpse0kjc6ce.jpgPicked N' Painted - Kim Silcox and her team have transformed Picked N' Painted into a magical winter wonderland.  The store is located on Main Street in downtown LaGrange and is beautifully decorated with all of your holiday hosting and gifting needs.  I lost count of how many trees are up in the store, but each one has a unique theme with coordinating bows and ornaments.  The fun and sassy tea towels are great hostess gifts.  We like the customizable signs ranging from bible verses to family names.  Your dining room banquet table will not be bare after you visit Picked N' Painted and see all of the holiday décor.

 photo 0c8e0a5e-ab7d-4e83-8f43-f7ec251c920e_zps6ohyiito.jpgWaxy Beans - You might be thinking, "Where is this store?"  I best describe it as, "Right down the road from Dairy Queen in Crestwood, near the House of Soccer store." Waxy Beans has a lovely owner ready to help you with your shopping needs.  I have purchased several gifts customized for special girlfriends and teachers.  Their handmade candles are one of a kind and are literally the best candle I have burned in my home.  The store items are very affordable and represent many local artisans from Oldham County and the surrounding area.  Make sure you stop by this store when you're out shopping this season.

 photo e6e28884-6980-48d1-818e-740d7e416c02_zpshptstkk3.jpgFeed and Seed Depot - Another Crestwood favorite is this small garden and feed center.  If you have a gardener on your list, stop in this store.  We know it's hard to think of gardening when it's so cold outside, but your purchase will be appreciated once the warmer months return.  The owners and staff are knowledgeable and friendly and will help you find what you need.  They have gifts for non-gardeners also.  Pick out some succulents and ask for help making a creative arrangement.  These make great hostess or teacher gifts.  Their farm fresh eggs and other ingredients can help you make that dish you have to take to the holiday party.  Pair the local honey with some tea and a cute mug from one of the other stores listed in this directory.

 photo 9afcb873-c9d9-4ed6-afb1-8f57c7018e9c_zpsssuxt806.jpgCailin Art Studio - Family owned and operated Cailin Art Studio is located in Crestwood and shares a building with another one of our favorites, Eleanor's Room.  The studio offers several art medium classes for all ages.  Experience gifts are great to give and receive during a season of collecting an abundance of "things."  Gift certificates are available if you don't know which class or workshop to choose for your special person.  Or perhaps you want to take a class and create a unique gift for someone to unwrap?  Cailin Art Studio also has several ceramic pieces already fired and available for purchase.

 photo aff7ac3d-302c-4ccd-a86b-cfcc9566deed_zpsvntobwdt.jpgThe Treasured Child - This Main Street LaGrange store has unique gifts for children of all ages.  What we love the most in the store are the games and books that they offer.  We can always find a fun board game that won't be on the shelves in chain stores.  Their books range from baby to cool journals for children that love to write.  You can find big toys and small stocking stuffers at The Treasured Child.

CRESTWOOD AREA

3rd Turn Oldham Gardens
Addie's Goods
All About Kids
Bobbi Lynn's Boutique
Cailin Art Studio
Crestwood Meats
Crestwood Music Shop
Eleanor's Room
Feed & Seed Depot
Fred Astaire Dance Studio
Kentucky Artisan and Distillery
Mainstream Boutique
Oldham County Schools Arts Center
Open Range
Skincare Spa By Pilar
Sugar Babes Antiques
Sweetness
Walker Fabrics
Yew Dell Botanical Gardens

BUCKNER AREA

Sisters Tea Parlor & Boutique
Stogie Annie's
The WOOFERY & Spa

LAGRANGE AREA

Absolutely Fabulous
Bloom's By Essential Details
Copper Awning
Friends & Fiber
Goose Creek Cycle & Skate
Greater Louisville Massage Therapy
JSE Comics and Cards
LaGrange Antique Mall
LaGrange Coffee Roasters
Mercantile on Main
Q&A Sweet Treats
Serendipity Café & Gifts
Starview Greenhouses, Garden & Gift Shop
The Little Kentucky River Winery
The Treasured Child
Tinsel, Twine & Spirits
Traderbaker's Flea Market
Uptown Country

WESTPORT/GOSHEN/PROSPECT AREA

Celebrations
Knock on Wood Country Mercantile
Power & Grace Gymnastics
Woodland Farm

PEWEE VALLEY AREA

Clover Cottage

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Dining with Santa

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Are you looking for a unique dining experience for your kids this holiday season?  Try one of these Dining with Santa events around Oldham County!  

12/1: Breakfast with Santa with LaGrange Elementary School at Hometown Pizza in LaGrange, 7-10am. All you can eat pancakes, sausage and bacon. $5 for adults, $4 children.

12/1: Breakfast with the Grinch at the Oldham County History Center in LaGrange, 9-11am, $5

12/1: Donuts with Santa at Harmony Elementary School in Goshen , 9am-12pm.

12/8: Pancake Breakfast with Santa at Ballardsville Fire Station, 8:30-11:30am. $5 for all you can eat pancakes. Santa on site for free picture until 11am.

12/8: Pancakes with Santa at Christ Church at Goshen, 8am-12pm. $7 for adults, $4 children (12 and under), 3 and under free.

12/8: Breakfast with Santa with Oldham County Parks & Rec at the John W. Black Community Center in LaGrange (Buckner area) 8-11am

12/9: Breakfast with Santa at Martini Italian Bistro at the Paddock Shops (Louisville), 9am & 9:30am. Enjoy a breakfast buffet and visit to your table by Santa. $17.95 adults, $6.95 children 12 and under. Reservations only.

12/13: Snow Queen Tea Party at Sisters Tea Parlor & Boutique in Buckner, 6:30pm. Reservations required.

12/14: Santa at Gustavo's Mexican Restaurant in Crestwood, 6-9pm

12/15: Breakfast with Santa at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in LaGrange, 9-11am. The breakfast is free, but they ask that you bring one canned good per child to be donated to Highpoint Charitable Services.

12/15: Santa at Gustavo's Mexican Restaurant in LaGrange, 6-9pm

12/16: Breakfast with Santa at Martini Italian Bistro at the Paddock Shops (Louisville), 9am & 9:30am. Enjoy a breakfast buffet and visit to your table by Santa. $17.95 adults, $6.95 children 12 and under. Reservations only.

12/21: Santa at Gustavo's Mexican Restaurant in Prospect, 6-9pm

12/22: Santa at Gustavo's Mexican Restaurant in Crestwood, 6-9pm
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Monday, November 12, 2018

New pediatrician option in Crestwood and south Oldham County


Dr. Mattingly Crestwood pediatrician


A working mom herself, Dr. Mattingly brings crazy socks and a passion for children to Oldham County’s newest pediatrician office

When AprilR. Mattingly, M.D., walked into her pediatrics rotation as a medical student at the University of Louisville, she knew she belonged.

“There was nothing else I wanted to do,” said Dr. Mattingly, who is raising two young children of her own. “It’s such an optimistic place to be. Kids make work fun.”

As the newest pediatrician in Crestwood, Kentucky, in Oldham County, Dr. Mattingly brings her crazy socks and supply of stickers along to make her young patients laugh.

She recalls one of her first patients, a young boy who needed a strep test but was fighting the throat swab with everything he had. She was able to get the sample but hated to see him upset.

She returned with the results a short time later. He greeted her with a smile and a picture he’d drawn for her.

“You’re like Spiderman,” the young patient said, “because you’re cool.”
Dr. Mattingly Crestwood pediatrician
“Here I was feeling so worried about him and he was just so resilient,” Dr. Mattingly said. “At least the swab was not in vain — he did have strep throat.”

A working mom

Dr. Mattingly is now practicing at the newly opened Norton Children’s Medical Associates – Crestwood office between Walmart and the South Oldham schools’ campus on Highway 329 near Interstate 71.

As a working mom, she understands the scheduling demands on today’s families.

Both her children — daughter, Gabbi, age 7, and son, Ben, age 4 — have had medical issues of their own. When parents come to her with a problem, she is ready to listen and help.

“I can relate to being that parent in the hospital,” Dr. Mattingly said. “My kids have had their share of trials, so I always tell parents there are no stupid questions. I have been there.”


Tackling childhood obesity
In her spare time, Dr. Mattingly is learning to crochet (putting dinosaur spikes on her son’s crocheted hat). She also loves to volunteer at her kids’ schools and Northeast Christian Church, where she is a member.

Her obsession, however, is with tackling obesity in children. Earlier in her career, she worked for a company that helped children manage their weight to avoid medical complications. She worked with a dietitian, a psychologist and an exercise physiologist to help children and parents focus on diet and food planning, physical activity and supporting each other emotionally.

Dr. Mattingly understands how hard it can be to make healthy food choices over cheaper, convenient and less healthy ones. She still loves to educate and support parents and children on choosing better foods and keeping everyone healthy.

“It takes an extra effort, but we have a generation of kids that won’t live as long if we don’t start making better choices now,” she said. “Prevention is key.”
A big part of that prevention is as simple as getting regular checkups with a pediatrician.
“The best part is watching them grow — babies especially,” Dr. Mattingly said. “It’s all just fun!”

Norton Children’s Medical Associates – Crestwood
Close to home and school in south Oldham County.

6411 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Suite 200
Crestwood, KY 40014
Call (502) 394-6555
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Friday, November 9, 2018

Free Pictures with Santa Claus

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It's about to get B-U-S-Y!  So, why not go ahead and check off "Visit with Santa" from your holiday to-do list?  Here are a few opportunities (in and around Oldham County) to snap a FREE photo of your child with the BIG GUY!

These events offer FREE admission and FREE photo opportunities with Santa - be sure to pack your camera!

Starting 11/10-12/24: Photos with Santa
Cabela's in Louisville
See their website for a schedule.

11/23-12/24: Charlestown's Christmas City
Charlestown, Indiana
Visit with Santa on Thurs-Sat 6-9pm

12/1: Holiday Brite Nite Lighting Ceremony
Paddock Shops in Louisville
5-8pm. Santa arriving at 7pm
FREE carriage rides with Santa every Saturday and Sunday thru 12/23, 12-4pm

12/1: 15th Annual Nature of Christmas in Goshen
Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen
12-3pm

Courthouse Square in downtown LaGrange
4-9pm
Santa will be at different activities/locations during the event, but will be at the Gazebo 6:30-9pm for meet and greets.

12/1 & 12/8: Pictures with Santa
Reardon's Fruit Market and Garden Center in Crestwood
First two Saturdays in December, times 1-5pm

12/2: Yule Log
Town Square in Pewee Valley
5:30-7:30pm

12/8: Crestwood Animal Hospital
Bring your pets to get a picture with Santa
10am-12pm

12/18: Community Holiday Party with Oldham County Chamber
City Place in LaGrange
Dinner and pictures with Santa! 
Open to the community.
5-7pm

More events (that require an admission fee) to see Santa HERE.

Know of any Santa sightings coming up soon?  Let us know! Nicolle@louisvillefamilyfun.net
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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Best List of Holiday Events in and Around Oldham County

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It's the most wonderful time of the year!  And wow, look at all of these holiday events in Oldham County and the surrounding area!  There are so many options for families to enjoy this holiday season together!  Get your calendar out - you're going to need it!

We will continue to update this list as more events are announced!

Read Also: Louisville Family Fun: Best List of Holiday & Christmas Events

NOVEMBER

11/5: MOPS Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair at Saint John United Methodist Church in Prospect 6:30-9pm

11/6: Pack Shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child at Real Family Church in LaGrange, 6:30-8:30pm

11/9: Belknap Event Center Holiday Bazaar in Prospect, 9am-4pm

11/9: Tiny Holiday Cards Workshop at Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood, 6-9pm. Registration fee.

11/9-10: Share Hope Christmas Kick-off at Addie's Goods in Crestwood, 6-9pm on Friday and 10am-11pm on Saturday.

11/10: Holiday Vendor Fair at the John W. Black Community Center in LaGrange (Buckner area), 10am-3pm

11/10: FREE! Santa's Wonderland: Arrival & Kick Off at Cabela's in Louisville, 5pm Events at the store daily until 12/24.  Check their website for a schedule.

11/17: 360 DC Turkey Trotter 5 mile run/4k walk at Wendell Moore Park in LaGrange (Buckner area), 8am

11/17: Knock on Wood Christmas Open House in Westport, 10am-5pm

11/17: Crestwood Civic Club Holiday Home Tour, 10am-2:30pm, Ticket fee.

11/17: FREE! Nutcracker Story Time at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 11am, Sign up online.

11/23: FREE! Charlestown's Christmas City in Charlestown, Indiana starts this day. Kick off at 6:30pm, lights come on at 7pm. (There is a fee for some activities, but the light show is free.)

11/23-25: Yuletide at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, 4:30-7:30pm

11/24: Colonial Williamsburg Centerpiece Workshop at the Oldham County History Center in LaGrange, 1-3pm. $15 members/$20 non-members, reservations required.

11/24: Shop Small Saturday - Support our small businesses this day!

Cancelled. 11/26: FREE! Come Sew with Us: Flip'n'Sew Stockings & Fold'n'Stitch Wreaths at the Oldham County Cooperative Extension in LaGrange (Buckner area), 3-8pm

11/29: Wreath Making Event at Tinsel, Twine & Spirits in LaGrange, 6pm. $25 per attendee

11/30: Yuletide at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, 4:30-7:30pm

11/30: A Tuna Christmas at Little Colonel Playhouse in Pewee Valley. Ticket fee.  See Facebook event for times and additional dates.

DECEMBER

FREE! Carriage Rides with Santa at the Paddock Shops in Louisville every Saturday and Sunday during the holiday season 12/2-12/23, 12-4pm

FREE!* Charlestown's Christmas City in Charlestown, Indiana. Some activities have an admission fee.

FREE! Cabela's in Louisville has holiday activities at the store daily until 12/24. Check their website for a schedule.

Letters to Santa with Live in Oldham County 208 Parker Drive, Ste 2A, LaGrange, KY 40031

12/1-15: Letters from Santa with Oldham County Parks & Rec at the John W. Black Community Center in LaGrange. Form here.

12/1: FREE! Holiday Brite Nite at the Paddock Shops in Louisville. 5-8pm. Santa arriving at 7pm, FREE carriage rides with Santa 12/2-12/23 on Saturdays and Sundays, 12-4pm

 photo Nature of Christmas 2018 banner 300x250 for LFF copy_zpsi3vuf2ip.png12/1: FREE! 15th Annual Nature of Christmas in Goshen at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, 12-3pm, donations accepted

12/1: Breakfast with Santa with LaGrange Elementary School at Hometown Pizza in LaGrange, 7-10am. All you can eat pancakes, sausage and bacon. $5 for adults, $4 children.

12/1: Holiday Wreath Making Class at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, 3 different class times, class fee.

12/1: FREE! Light Up LaGrange on the Courthouse Square in downtown LaGrange, 3-9pm, lighting ceremony at 6pm.

12/1: Breakfast with the Grinch at the Oldham County History Center in LaGrange, 9-11am, $5

12/1: Donuts with Santa at Harmony Elementary School in Goshen , 9am-12pm.

12/1: FREE! Pictures with Santa at Reardon's in Crestwood, 1-5pm

12/1: Holiday Clay for ages 5-14 at Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood, 11am-1pm. Class fee includes all supplies and firing.

12/1: Ornament Clay Workshop at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center in Crestwood. 10am, $15 per person.

12/1: Children’s Workshop at the Oldham County History Center in LaGrange. Children can make their own ornaments. $5 per child, 1-3pm.

12/1: FREE: A Night in Bethlehem a drive-thru live nativity experience at Shelbyville First Baptist Church, 6-8pm

12/1-2: Picture Your Pet with Santa at the Feeders Supply in LaGrange, benefiting the Oldham County Humane Society. Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm

12/1-2: Yuletide at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, 4:30-7:30pm

12/1-2: A Dickens Christmas Festival at the KY Renaissance Festival Grounds in Eminence. 12-6pm, (also 12/8-9) Scenes from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Christmas caroling, photos with Mr. & Mrs. Claus, merchants selling wares, food and more! $10 tickets. Free admission for children 10 years and younger.

12/1-2: A Tuna Christmas at Little Colonel Playhouse in Pewee Valley. Ticket fee. See Facebook event for times and additional dates.

12/2: Family Fun Sundays: Handmade Christmas Cards & Hot Apple Cider at the Oldham County History Center in LaGrange, 1-3pm. Cost.

12/2: FREE! Yule Log in Pewee Valley at the Town Square, 5:30-7:30pm. Visit with Santa Clause, chili, bonfire and caroling.

12/2: Holiday Melodies and Sweets To-Go with the Louisville Chorus at Gingerwoods in Prospect, 3pm. $23 for adults, $20 for seniors and $5 for students.

12/4: FREE! Holiday Open House at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange. Drop in for a special showing of MadCap Puppets Christmas Carol production, music, craft fair, refreshments and family fun. 6-8pm

12/6: FREE! Oldham County Children's Choir Winter Performance at the OCS Arts Center in Crestwood, 7pm

12/6-8: FREE! Crestwood Festival of Nativities at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 6401 Westwind Way. Completely free community event to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Children's craft, treat room, musical concerts, photo booth, nativity art tours, living nativity, nativity story readings, community coat drive and over 500 nativities from around the globe. Thursday 6:30-9pm, Friday 12-3pm and 6:30-9pm, Saturday 6:30-9pm.

12/6-9: A Tuna Christmas at Little Colonel Playhouse in Pewee Valley. Ticket fee. See Facebook event for times and additional info.

12/8: FREE! Pet Pictures with Santa at Crestwood Animal Hospital, 10am-2pm

12/8: FREE! Pictures with Santa at Reardon's in Crestwood, 1-5pm

12/8: Holiday Clay for ages 5-14 at Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood, 11am-1pm. Class fee includes all supplies and firing.

12/8: Holiday Party at Foxhollow Farm in Crestwood, 11am-4pm. Tickets are $5, sold in advance starting on 11/20.

12/8: FREE! Holiday Open House and Studio Sale at Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood, 3-8pm

12/8: Colonial Williamsburg Wreath Making Workshop I for adults at the Oldham County History Center in LaGrange. $25 members/$30 non-members. Wreath forms and greenery provided. Bring your own gloves, wire cutters and glue guns, if preferred. REGISTRATION REQUIRED, 1-3pm

12/8: Crafted Holiday Open House at Foxhollow Farm in Crestwood, 9am-2pm


12/8: FREE! Living Nativity at Ballardsville Baptist Church in Crestwood, 6-8:30pm

12/8: Breakfast with Santa with Oldham County Parks & Rec at the John W. Black Community Center in LaGrange (Buckner area) 8-11am

12/8-9: Picture Your Pet with Santa at the Feeders Supply in LaGrange, benefiting the Oldham County Humane Society. Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm

12/8-9: A Dickens Christmas Festival at the KY Renaissance Festival Grounds in Eminence. 12-6pm, Scenes from Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Christmas caroling, photos with Mr. & Mrs. Claus, merchants selling wares, food and more! $10 tickets. Free admission for children 10 years and younger.

12/9: Colonial Williamsburg Wreath Making Workshop II for adults at the Oldham County History Center in LaGrange. $25 members/$30 non-members. Wreath forms and greenery provided. Bring your own gloves, wire cutters and glue guns, if preferred. REGISTRATION REQUIRED, 1-3pm

12/13: Snow Queen Tea Party at Sisters Tea Parlor & Boutique in Buckner, 6:30pm. Reservations required.

12/14: OCPT's Friends and Family Christmas at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center in Crestwood, 6:30pm

12/14: Santa at Gustavo's Mexican Restaurant in Crestwood, 6-9pm

12/14 & 15: Christkindlmarkt at 3rd Turn Oldham Gardens in Crestwood

12/15: Holiday Sewing 101: Stockings at Cailin Art Studio in Crestwood, 1-4pm, $45

12/15: Santa at Gustavo's Mexican Restaurant in LaGrange, 6-9pm

12/18: FREE! Community Holiday Party with Oldham County Chamber, 5-7pm. Dinner and pictures with Santa! Open to the community.

12/20: Christmas High Tea at Sisters Tea Parlor & Boutique in Buckner, 6:30pm. Reservations required.

12/20-22: "White Christmas" at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center in Crestwood, 7pm.

12/21: Santa at Gustavo's Mexican Restaurant in Prospect, 6-9pm

12/22: 12 K's of Christmas at LaGrange Baptist Church. 6K Run/Walk or 12K Run. 9am, Registration fee.

12/22: Santa at Gustavo's Mexican Restaurant in Crestwood, 6-9pm

Waiting on 2018 Information:
Pictures with Santa at Crestwood Animal Hospital
Community Holiday Party with Oldham Chamber at City Place in LaGrange.
Snow Queen Tea Party at Sisters Tea Parlor and Boutique in Buckner
Christmas Cookies, Coffee & Carols at Covenant United Methodist Church in LaGrange.

Do you know of another Holiday Event in or around Oldham County? Let us know so we can add it to our list! Email: nicolle@louisvillefamilyfun.net
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