Lexington holiday celebrations dates and times set

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Lexington Christmas Tree Lighting 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Downtown’s Luminate Lexington, presented by Kentucky Utilities Company, ushers in the holidays with lights and music, transforming downtown into a winter wonderland.

This celebration of activities offers visitors and residents from all walks of life a magical experience in the heart of our city.

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Luminate Lexington includes the following activities: Unified Trust Company Ice Rink, the Christmas Tree Lighting Festival presented by Immanuel Baptist Church, and Lexington’s Christmas Parade presented by Metro by T-Mobile.

This year, Lexington’s Christmas Tree Lighting Festival, presented by Immanuel Baptist Church, will take place on Black Friday, November, 29, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The actual lighting of the tree will take place at 6:00 p.m. The lighting ceremony will conclude before the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team plays at 7:00 p.m. at Rupp Arena.

Lexington’s Christmas Parade, presented by Metro by T-Mobile, has been moved to a Saturday this year, and will be at 11:00 a.m. on December 7. This is a departure from previous years, when it took place during the week.



“We are very excited about the new day and time for Lexington’s Christmas Parade! We think this is an opportunity for our entire community to celebrate the holiday season in downtown. After the parade, guests can enjoy shopping, lunch, or a spin on the ice in Triangle Park!” said Laura Farnsworth, Events Director at Downtown Lexington Partnership.

The Unified Trust Company Ice Rink will be open on Friday, November 15 and will remain open until mid-January. The Triangle Park Café will serve hot and cold beverages, as well as food, to patrons of the ice rink.

Lexington’s Luminate Lexington, presented by Kentucky Utilities Company, is produced and managed by Downtown Lexington Partnership.

Luminate Lexington, presented by Kentucky Utilities Company, schedule of events:

Friday, November 15

Unified Trust Company Ice Rink opens in Triangle Park

Friday, November 29

3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Lexington’s Christmas Tree Lighting Festival, presented by Immanuel Baptist Church, in Triangle Park

6:00 p.m. – Tree Lighting Ceremony begins

Saturday, December 7

11:00 a.m. – Lexington’s Christmas Parade, presented by Metro by T-Mobile, on Main Street