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‘Tis the season for the Heart of Kentucky Holiday festival, which was recently awarded as a top 20 event for winter 2011 by the Southeast Tourism Society, which is comprised of 14 states.
“The whole rationale behind our festival is to let people come and experience a country Christmas,” Nell Haydon, director of Springfield / Main Street Renaissance, said.
The event, a joint venture hosted by the Springfield Tourism Commission, Springfield Main Street Renaissance and the Lebanon Tourist & Convention Commission, begins in Springfield on Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. with a concert by Hattie Clark at the Springfield Opera House.
On Saturday, the fun begins at 10 a.m. with the Christmas Market in Historic Downtown Springfield. Visitors can expect to find a Christmas Crafters Market and the Washington County Homemakers Christmas Bakery.
The Christmas Market is open until 4 p.m. and is located at 101 W. Main St., also known as the old Louisville store.
Santa Claus will arrive in style this year, as he parachutes in at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport.
Santa’s arrival is pending on the weather, so he could arrive early or late.
Horseshoe Bend Winery will host an open house in the tasting room of their property from 11:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday. The winery is located at 1187 Lawson Lane in Willisburg.
The Christmas parade will commence at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday on Main Street in Springfield.
This year’s theme is “Santa’s Workshop.”
For more information about joining the parade, call the Chamber of Commerce at (859) 336-3810, ext. 1.
1851 Historic Maple Hill Manor will be hosting an open house on Saturday from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Visitors can check out the bed and breakfast, the alpaca and llama farm or shop at the boutique.
A free movie will be offered at 2 p.m. at the Opera House.
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” will be shown. Seating is first come, first served.
“The Beautiful Music of Christmas,” a musical program by the Mid-Kentucky Chorus, begins at 7:30 p.m. at St. Catharine Hall at St. Catharine College on Saturday, 2 p.m. at St. Catharine Hall on Sunday and 7:30 p.m. at St. Augustine Church in Lebanon on Sunday.
The Lions / Rotary Radio Auction begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday, wrapping up the festivities for the event.