It’s that time of year again — Christmas time. If the mall Santas and ever-present Christmas crooning aren’t enough to get you properly in the holiday spirit, here is a list of holiday-themed events.

— Dec. 1: Home for the Holidays and parade, Downtown Georgetown, 11 a.m., parade at 6 p.m.

Celebrate the Holiday season as a community with Georgetown’s Christmas parade. Activities include Letters to Santa and Holiday Storytelling by Debra Kumar.

— Dec. 2: Renaissance Christmas Lute, Scott County Public Library, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Get your lute on. No, don’t break any windows, but instead go to Scott County Public Library if you want to hear some rocking Renaissance Christmas music, as preformed by John Hedger.

— Dec. 2: Santa Paws, 751 Slone Drive, Suite 13, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Bring your pet to pose with Santa.

— Dec. 5: Christmas Crafting: Clay Pot Christmas Village, Scott County Public Library, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

If you’re a DIYer when it comes to holiday decorations, then this is the event for you. Make your own clay village and decorate in this community crafting event.

— Dec. 7, 8: Polar Express in Sadieville Train Car

Hear the Christmas classic read in Sadieville’s atmospheric, historic train car. (Sold out)

— Dec. 7, 8: City of Bethlehem, First United Methodist Church, Friday, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

See the nativity as never before— a walkthrough tour with live actors and animals, and refreshments to follow.

— Dec. 7-9 and Dec. 14-19: Ward Hall Candlelight Tours, Ward Hall, 1782 Frankfort Rd., 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

See Kentucky’s grandest Greek Revival mansion decorated for Christmas. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children over 12.

— Dec. 8: Miracles on Main Street, Stamping Ground, 7 p.m.

Deputy Jaime Morales will be grand marshal at this year’s Christmas parade in Stamping Ground. Prior to the parade, Stamping Ground Elementary will perform their school play at 5 p.m. There will be opportunities to meet Santa following the parade at the Ruritan Club.

— Dec. 9, 16: The Gingerbread Homestead Family Activity Day: Gingerbread House Decorating, Scott County Arts & Cultural Center, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

“Art Activity Day participants will each receive a Gingerbread Homestead, with a blank pre-built gingerbread house and tree ready for decoration. We will provide all of the supplies you need, you provide the imagination. Bring your family and spend some time being creative together,” Scott County Arts & Cultural Center. Admission is $5. Limited availability, participants must pre-register.

— Dec. 14: Christmas stories with Santa, Scott County Public Library, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Children are invited to hear Christmas stories with Santa in the community room at the library.

— Dec. 15: Photos with Santa, Royal Spring Middle School, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Santa Claus is coming to town for photos. Hosted by the RSMS FFA, photos will be taken on your own phone in front of a backdrop. Price: $5-plus donation to The Shriners. Public is invited, but no pets.  

— Dec. 15: Christmas in Song, Scott County Public Library, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“Beautiful Advent and Christmas music for the family offered by local choirs,” Scott County Public Library.

— Dec. 20: Winter Tales for Special Adults, Scott County Public Library, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be a winter craft and story time for special adults at the Scott County Public Library on Dec. 20. Registration is required and participants’ caregivers must be present as well. Ages 16 and up.

— Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Service, Ironworks Pike Community Church, 101 Grayson Way.

Christmas Eve vespers service followed by refreshments. Everyone is invited.

All December: Southern Lights, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Kentucky Horse Park

With three full miles of lights, this family-friendly festival has a selfie-worthy array of holiday displays. Drive through the lights, then enjoy park activities: local crafts, model trains and mini train rides, visits with Santa, pony and camel rides, an exotic petting zoo and more.

Whether you are traveling to see family, or staying home for the Christmas Holiday, these are some events this month to get you in the Christmas spirit.

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