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The Heart of Kentucky holiday festival is back and Washington and Marion Counties promise to deliver a fun family experience once again this winter.
The Washington County festivities get underway on Friday night at 7 p.m. with a new event, a performance of “Peter Pan” at the Springfield Opera House presented by the Central Kentucky Community Theatre’s Bluegrass Kids. Additional performances will be held Dec. 7-9.
Santa Claus and his elves will be parachuting into Lebanon-Springfield Airport at 10 a.m. on Saturday, weather permitting, but Santa will still visit with children even if weather interferes with the planned jump.
Also, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Christmas crafters market and bakery return for the sixth year and will sell homemade arts, crafts and baked goods from across the state in the Louisville Store building at 101 West Main Street.
Saturday will make a great time to visit local tourist destinations as well, as Horseshoe Bend Winery (2-4 p.m.), Maple Hill Manor (1-9 p.m.) and the new Lincoln Legacy Museum (11 a.m.-3 p.m.) will be offering tours and open houses. Finally, the Washington County Historical Society will be sponsoring a historic holiday home tour of various historic homes in Springfield from 1-5 p.m.
The home tour is another new item this year and will include visits to Springfield Presbyterian Church, Cinnamon House bed and breakfast, The Roselands, The Stephen Cocke Brown House and the Litsey/Rudd House.
The festival, which has been named a top-10 event for winter/holiday 2012 by the Kentucky Travel Industry Association, will conclude on Sunday with the Lions-Rotary radio auction at 1 p.m. on Main Street and “The Beautiful Music of Christmas” at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Saint Catharine Hall on the SCC campus.
One event absent from past festivals is the parade in downtown Springfield, which was not brought back for the 2012 celebration after low attendance last year.
For more information visit www.seespringfieldky.com.