Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Winter Break Camps

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Oldham County Schools 2019 Winter Break is December 23-January 6th.  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 30-January 3 & January 6 (closed on Jan. 1st)
$49/$98/$145/$189/$199 add $6 for early drop off & late pick up
Ages 4-14

Oldham County Family YMCA
Winter is Coming!
Week 1: December 23, 26 & 27
7am-6pm
$100 Members
$110 program members
Week 2: December 30 & 31 and January 2 & 3
7am-6pm
$110 Members
$130 program members
Open to ages 5-12

Zubrod Christmas Break Camp
December 30
10am-3pm
$90
Open to ages 5 and up.
Contact the stable for more information.

Sweetness
December 21
12-3pm
$60
Open to ages 5-12
Call Sweetness to reserve your child's spot.

More camps in Louisville here.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Children's Choir at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center

Does your child love music and singing? Sign up for auditions for next semester's Children's Choir.

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The Oldham County Children's Choir is holding auditions this month.  This group is for Elementary - Middle School children.  Learn more below.

Audition Information:

  • Auditions will be held on Thursday, December 19, 2019, 6-8pm at the OCS Arts Center. Even if your child is not available on this date, leave your information with the Arts Center so that another audition time can be set up.
  • Auditions are open for the Treble Choir (K-2nd), Concert Choir (3rd-5th) and Bel Canto Choir (6th-8th). 
  • Please call the OCS Arts Center at (502) 241-6018 to schedule a 5 minute 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-April.
  • 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 

If you would like to hear the Children's Choir, they are performing on Thursday, December 12th at 7pm at the Arts Center.  Admission is free.

Oldham County Schools Arts Center, 7105 Floydsburg Rd., Crestwood, KY 40014
Facebook page here.
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Monday, December 9, 2019

Living Nativity at Ballardsville Baptist Church

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. 

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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.

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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 2019 Living Nativity is on Saturday, December 14th. 6-8:30pm
Ballardsville Baptist Church is located at 4300 South Highway 53 Crestwood, Ky 40014
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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

What to Do at Light Up LaGrange

LaGrange kicks off the holiday season each year with Light Up LaGrange and there's plenty to do for everyone.

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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 and the schedule for the day, make sure you follow the Facebook event here.


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2019 Information

Friday, 12/6

Southeast Christian Church in LaGrange is hosting a free community movie night to celebrate Light Up LaGrange.  They are showing a movie and will have complimentary pizza and popcorn.  The doors open at 5pm and pizza will be served then. The movie will begin at 6:30pm. Everyone is invited. Wear your pjs!

Saturday, 12/7

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
Light breakfast, crafts, pictures with the Grinch and watch "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" movie.
$5 per person

B. Meet Santa
6:30-9pm
Dahlgreen Pioneer Barn
FREE!

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

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3-6pm
Courthouse Lawn
FREE!

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

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

3:30-8pm
LaGrange Community Center
Hot Chocolate also served throughout the evening!
FREE!

F. Candy Cane Making
3:30-9pm 
City Place
FREE! (There is a suggested $1 donation.)

F. Choir & Band Performances
4:30-7pm
City Place

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

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.
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Monday, December 2, 2019

Crestwood Festival of Nativities

Chances 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. 

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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 2019 schedule is:
Thursday, December 5th 6:30-9:00pm
Friday, December 6th 12-3pm for Assisted Living Community & 6:30-9:00pm
Saturday, December 7th 1-4pm & 6:30-9:00pm

(Festival Express Hours available on Friday, 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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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 7th.  The 16th 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.

Some activities at the event include:
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Craft & vendor booths
Silent auction items
Marshmallow roasting (weather permitting)
Kid's crafts (12-1:30pm)
Face painting (12-1:30pm)
St. John UMC Bell Choir (12:30-1:15pm)
Santa & Mrs. Claus (1:30-3pm)

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

Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve is located at 12501 Harmony Landing Road in Goshen.  Although the event is free (thanks to great sponsors), but donations are encouraged and appreciated. The rain date is December 14th.

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December Events in Oldham County

There are several things going on in December. Most of the month's events can be found on our Best List of Holiday Events so be sure to click here for more December Events. 

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RECURRING EVENTS:
FREE! Oldham County Public Library has several Story Times during the week at all 3 branches!
FREE! Bluegrass Jam Night at LaGrange Coffee Roasters Mondays 6:30-8:30pm
FREE! Creasey Mahan Nature Center Wednesday 1-4:00pm & Saturday 10am-2pm
FREE! LaGrange Railroad Museum is open every Saturday and Sunday, 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.
Power & Grace Gymnastics in Prospect Open Gym. Check their website for updated information.
All About Kids in Crestwood Open Gym & Swim. Check their website for updated information.
Hounds on the Grounds at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens in Crestwood, every Sunday 12-4pm
Everyone Can Paint in LaGrange has various paint sessions for all ages.
Kid's Dance Classes at Soiree in Crestwood on Tuesdays 6:30pm $5 per child, ages 5-18
Sauerbeck Family Drive-In Movie Theater - Check their Facebook page for movie showtimes.
History Hounds at the Oldham County History Center in LaGrange - 12/5 & 12/12 10-11am


OTHER DECEMBER EVENTS:

12/2: FREE! South Sprouts Gardening Club at the Oldham County Public Library in Crestwood, 1pm & 4pm. Sign ups online.

12/2: FREE! Handprint Calendar at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 4-7pm. Sign up online.

12/3: FREE! LEGO Club at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 4pm. Sign ups online.

12/5: FREE! SLIME Club at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 4pm. Sign ups online.

12/5: FREE! Mahan Pokemon Jr at the Oldham County Public Library Mahan Branch in Goshen, 4pm

12/5-7: Nicholas Nickleby at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center in Crestwood, 7pm

12/6: Parent's Night Out at the Oldham County YMCA in Buckner. 5-9:30pm

12/7: LaGrange Farmers' Market & Artisans Indoor Winter Market at 127 East Main Street, 10am-5pm

12/9: FREE! Words & Wiggles at St. Francis School in Goshen, 10-10:30am

12/2: FREE! South Bookworms Club at the Oldham County Public Library in Crestwood, 1pm & 4pm. Sign ups online.

12/9: FREE! Gingerbread House Program at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 6pm. Sign ups online.

12/10: FREE! Art Club at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 4pm. Sign ups online.

12/10: FREE! OCPL Teens Main Anime Classic Edition at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 5:30-7pm

12/12: FREE! Mahan Lego Club at the Oldham County Public Library Mahan Branch in Goshen, 4pm

12/12: FREE! Kindness Club at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 4pm. Sign ups online.

12/12: FREE! OCPL Teens South Snow Globes at the Oldham County Public Library in Crestwood, 4:30-6pm

12/14: LaGrange Farmers' Market & Artisans Indoor Winter Market at 127 East Main Street, 10am-5pm

12/14: FREE! Come Sew with Us: Sit & Sew Style Workshop at the Oldham County Cooperative Extension in LaGrange (Buckner area), 10am-3pm

12/17: FREE! OCPL Teens Main: Bad Dreams Before Decemberween at the Oldham County Public Library in LaGrange, 5-7pm

12/18-21: A Christmas Carol at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center in Crestwood, 7pm

12/19: FREE! Mahan Board Game Day at the Oldham County Public Library Mahan Branch in Goshen, 3-5pm

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12/21: LaGrange Farmers' Market & Artisans Indoor Winter Market at 127 East Main Street, 10am-5pm

12/21: Parent's Night Out at YMCA at Norton Commons in Prospect (Louisville). 6-9:30pm

OLDHAM COUNTY SCHOOLS WINTER BREAK! 12/23-1/6

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