By Olivia Ackermann
The holiday season is finally upon us, and there are plenty of ways to join the festivities here in Downtown Lexington. Whether you love to spend the holidays ice skating with your friends, gift shopping, or warming up with your favorite holiday drinks, #downtownlex has everything you need.
Downtown Lexington has already begun to transform into a winter wonderland with the opening of The Rink at Triangle Park. The Rink is an outdoor staking rink that is fun for everyone of all ages. A day, or night, at the rink is the perfect way to spend time with your friends or family. If you get hungry, there are plenty of restaurants to grab a bite to eat at after you skate. Señor Chimi is located right in Triangle Park, so you won’t have to go far for one of their freshly made chimichangas. Admission is $17 for 60 minutes on the ice, skate rental is included.
If you are already starting to gift shop, there are plenty of stores to choose from around #downtownlex. Bella Rose is the perfect place to shop for your stylish friends and loved ones. Bella Rose is a women’s clothing store with the best staple pieces that make for the perfect gifts this holiday season. Whether the people you are shopping for love beautiful jewelry, elegant gowns, or fun statement pieces, there is something for everyone.
If you love to give the gift of experience, there are plenty of events you can surprise your loved one’s ticket too. Through the holiday season, Rupp Arena has various events you can attend such as the Trans-Siberian Orchestra! The Lexington Opera House also has plenty of events coming up that are perfect to attend with your family and friends. The Lexington Children’s Theatre will be performing Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Jr., and The Lexington Ballet Company will perform the Nutcracker. These shows and events are perfect ways to bond with your loved ones and give them an experience they will remember.
Money can be tight this time of year but fret not, there are plenty of free experiences to be had too! Head to the Downtown Lexington Christmas Parade on December 3rd and join our community in celebrating the holiday season. The parade will be a magical day that will put everyone in the holiday spirit. Watch the decked-out parade floats travel down Main Street and stick around to visit the various parade events. Be sure to stop by Santa’s corner to write letters to Santa and snap a group picture in front of the festive photo backdrop. More information about the parade can be found here.
As much as we love winter, no one likes the cold! Luckily, coffee shops in #downtownlex have their holiday drinks to help keep you cozy. Old School Coffee’s cinnamon brown sugar latte tastes just like the holiday season. A Cup of Commonwealth also has the perfect specialty local coffees this winter and has a special holiday promo for their coffee right now! If you, or a loved one are avid coffee drinkers, A Cup of Commonwealth’s monthly subscription or yearly gift cards are the perfect gifts. You can purchase a card that will get you a free coffee every day at their store using the card for the whole year of 2023.
While you are shopping and eating downtown this season, be sure to submit your receipts to the Shop and Celebrate giveaway presented by Central Bank. To enter the Shop and Celebrate giveaway shop, dine, play, or stay downtown this holiday season. Make any purchase at a participating downtown business and then text “Downtown” to 859-423-3900 to receive instructions on how to submit your receipt and enter to win prizes ranging from weekly $50 gift cards to a grand prize of $500 cash!
Everything you need to get into the holiday spirit this season is here in #downtownlex! There are plenty of activities you can do with your loved ones and places to find the perfect gift for them. Join the festivities by shopping locally to win prizes, and by attending one of the various holiday events this season.