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The Candlelight Tradition - November

Commonwealth Credit Union presents

The 36th Annual Candlelight Tradition

in Downtown Frankfort

November 10-13, 2016

The annual Candlelight Tradition is the unofficial start to Frankfort’s holiday season and a beloved tradition for all generations.  From carriage rides to hot chocolate, from visits with Santa to a cocktail stroll, this four day festival, named one of the Kentucky Travel Industry Association’s “Top Ten Fall 2012 Events & Festivals,” offers something for young and old.  Make plans to join us for this time-honored tradition and illuminate your holiday season with Candlelight!

Commonweath Credit Union is the presenting sponsor of The 36th Annual Candlelight Tradition and we are very thankful for their wonderful support and involvement.  You can learn more about them by visiting www.ccuky.org.  And please make sure to thank them for helping us continue this wonderful holiday tradition in Downtown Frankfort!

Schedule of Events

Don’t see your favorite Candlelight event listed? Check back often for updates!

 

Thursday Night, November 10th 

Candlelight Kickoff Night –

  • Visit Santa, the R.J. Corman “Polar Express” Train Experience (Boarding Pass required, FREE passes available Friday, October 21, 10:00 am HERE) and enjoy a  popcorn bar at CCU, 5:00- 8:00 p.m. (417 High Street)
  • KSU Marching Band, 5:00 pm down Broadway
  • Horse Carriage Rides, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Leaving from Ann Street
  • Candlelight Stage performances, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Candlelight Welcome & Tree-Lighting, 7p.m.
  • Trolley available to shuttle you throughout downtown. Look for the Candlelight Trolley Stop signs.

 

American Red Cross: Open House with free refreshments and public restrooms (including handicapped accessible) 5:00-8:00 pm.

B’s Bakery: Offering Holiday Donuts and Treats as well as Paninis for dinner. 5:00-8:00 pm.

Broadway Clay: Throw Your Own (TYO) $5, 5:00-8:00 pm. Paint your own ornament, $5 anytime. Clearance sale all weekend.

The Candlelight Stage: In front of the Old State Capitol Building

  • 6:00 pm WHHS Band
  • 6:30 pm Frankfort Christian Academy
  • 7:00 pm Tree Lighting and Welcome
  • 7:30 pm 100th Army Bandy Brass Quartet

Capital City Community Band: 7:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church.

Capital City Museum: Frankfort has a very unique place in history as being the town where the bait casting fish-ing reel was perfected and first produced. It was a Frankfort industry for over 100 years. The Capital City Museum is opening an exhibition of a selection of these jewels from a variety of local makers, both from private collections and their own. www.capitalcitymuseum.com

Capital Gallery: Featuring original fine art by Kentucky artists. Estate works by James Robert Foose, Greg Seigel, Wallace Kelly, Vito Girone will be exhibited along with new work by Diane Tesler, Jude Clark, Bill Macintire and Ellen Glasgow, plus ceramics from Laura Ross and small weavings by Dobree Adams. Capital Gallery also has a full range of Larkspur Press books and broadsides. Capital Gallery is proud to be one of the original founders of Candlelight.

Church of the Ascension: CHILI SUPPER, 4:00-8:00 pm. Eat, rest and warm up in the parish hall. This popular annual fundraiser for the Ascension’s Men’s Club offers hearty chili to please everyone – hot or mild, meaty or vegetarian – along with hot dogs, drinks and homemade desserts.

Commonwealth Credit Union: Open House with Santa, 5:00-8:00 pm Popcorn Bar and  the RJ Corman Polar Express Train Experience(Boarding Pass required, FREE passes available Friday, October 21, 10:00 am HERE ) Roger Barkley Jr. providing sounds of the season.

Family Tree Consigment: Enjoy a bowl of chili, hors d’oeuvres, apple cider, hot cocoa and dessert. Shop an enjoy the wide selection of Christmas decor. Enter to win a wooden farmhouse Christmas sign. Stop by for great shopping and good company. 10:00 am – 8:00 pm.

First Federal Savings Bank: Open House. Handing out their famous calendars for 2017 and serving hot chocolate and cookies.

First Presbyterian Church: Offering baked goods and a meal as a fundraiser for local charities, 5:00-8:00 pm. While enjoying the food, participants will enjoy various vocal, dance and instrumental entertainment. Weekday Community Preschool Open House, 5:00-7:00 pm

  • 5:00 pm Vessels of Virtuosity
  • 5:30 pm Grace Notes of Graefenburg
  • 6:00 pm Frankfort School of Ballet
  • 6:30 pm Tates Creek Trio
  • 7:00 pm Kentucky River Strings
  • 7:30 pm Frankfort Children Singers

Sponsored by the Women’s Association.

First United Methodist Church: Adult hand bell choir, 6:45 pm, and the Capital City Community Band, 7:00 pm.

The Grand Theatre: The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, 7:30 pm

Kentucky Harvest House: Pictures with Frosty at 329 St. Clair. 5:00-9:00 pm.

Kentucky Knows: Serving fresh roasted, barrel aged coffee. Offering Kentucky Bourbon, Caramel Barrel aged, Bourbon Ball barrel aged, Pumpkin barrel aged and Bourbon Cinnamon Barrel aged flavors. Handcrafted gifts made from Buffalo Trace Distillery Bourbon barrels.

The Light Clinic: Open House, 6:00-8:00 pm. Rare tea tasting and tea and teaware sale, all 25% off.

M.A. Selbert Jewelry Store: Offering the widest arrangement of Christmas gifts from teachers to loved ones. Discounts on selected jewelry and Christmas merchandise, giveaways, and bourbon balls (while supplies last)! Bring the children by to see Sassy, the living Christmas Tree.

The Milam House: Celebrating their 11th Anniversary! Showcasing the best of Christmas and beautiful floral arrangements by head designer Ben Lee. Refreshments served.

Old Governor’s Mansion: Open for tours! (First floor only) 5:00-8:00 pm. Enjoy a little bit of Kentucky history and a lot of Christmas beauty!

Paul Sawyier Public Library: Birthday party from 5:00-7:30 pm. The Friends of the Library will be celebrating the opening of the Lilian Lindsey during Candlelight TEN years ago. In the Bookstore, the Friends will have a silent auction and a special sale on all items except he Book Lover Calendars. Enjoy Music for the Season – and more!- with Don and Sylvia Coffey and refreshments in the Community Room. Drawings every 30 minutes for ten dollar bookstore certificates.

Poor Richard’s Books: Featuring Jennifer Sierra whose children’s book is Merry Christmas Ya’ll! This colorful title also illustrated by Sierra is filled with references to places throughout Kentucky with a sweet reference to needing coal from eastern Kentucky for a certain little rascal.

Roger Barkley Jr: Mercy Road Recording Artist will be at the Commonwealth Credit Union from 5:00-8:00 pm. Bringing you sounds of the season. (Brought to you by Leestown Gospel Church, Triple Crown Cowboy Church, Redemption Road Cowboy Church, Measure of Hope Ministries)

Simply Garden: Serving refreshments, Candlelight special offered for Candlelight weekend only.

Thomas D Clark Center for Kentucky History: The Kentucky Historical Society kicks off the holiday season with music by the Lexington Singers and Capital City Chorale. Kids activities and the opening of the Holiday Train Display. FREE admission. 5:00-9:00 pm.

Weekday Community Preschool: Open House, 5:00-7:00 pm. (Housed inside the First Presbyterian Church at 418 W Main St.)

 

Friday Night, November 11th

Family Friendly Fun Night –

  • Santa, local children performances at The Lancaster, 6:30-8:00p.m.  (310 Wapping St.)
  • Horse Carriage Rides, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Leaving from Ann Street

 

American Red Cross: Open for blood collections, 8:30 am – 2:00 pm. Kick off the holiday season by saving a life!

B’s Bakery: Offering Holiday Donuts and Treats as well as Paninis for dinner. 5:00-8:00 pm.

Broadway Clay: Paint your own ornament: $5. Slab Christmas Tree: $20. Vintage Christmas Tree: $40. Stop by anytime to complete these projects! Clearance sale all weekend.

Capital Gallery: Featuring original fine art by Kentucky artists. Estate works by James Robert Foose, Greg Seigel, Wallace Kelly, Vito Girone will be exhibited along with new work by Diane Tesler, Jude Clark, Bill Macintire and Ellen Glasgow, plus ceramics from Laura Ross and small weavings by Dobree Adams. Capital Gallery also has a full range of Larkspur Press books and broadsides. Capital Gallery is proud to be one of the original founders of Candlelight.

Church of the Ascension: CHILI SUPPER, 4:00-8:00 pm. Eat, rest and warm up in the parish hall. This popular annual fundraiser for the Ascension’s Men’s Club offers hearty chili to please everyone – hot or mild, meaty or vegetarian – along with hot dogs, drinks and homemade desserts. Info: www.ascensionfrankfort.org

First Baptist Church: at 201 St. Clair. Petting zoo, Live Nativity and fundraiser for Heifer International. 5:30-8:00 pm.

First Christian Church: Bean Soup Supper, 5:00-7:00 pm with any donations going to the United Way. Silent Auction items to benefit Relay for Life.

Kentucky Harvest House: Pictures with Frosty at 329 St. Clair. 5:00-9:00 pm.

Kentucky Knows: Serving fresh roasted, barrel aged coffee. Offering Kentucky Bourbon, Caramel Barrel aged, Bourbon Ball barrel aged, Pumpkin barrel aged and Bourbon Cinnamon Barrel aged flavors. Handcrafted gifts made from Buffalo Trace Distillery Bourbon barrels.

The Lancaster: Santa and local children performances.

  • Capital Day School choir.
  • Frankfort Christian Academy choir.
  • Frankfort School of Ballet performance

The Light Clinic: Open House, 6:00-8:00 pm. Rare tea tasting and tea and teaware sale, all 25% off.

M.A. Selbert Jewelry Store: Offering the widest arrangement of Christmas gifts from teachers to loved ones. Discounts on selected jewelry and Christmas merchandise, giveaways and bourbon balls (while supplies last)! Bring the children to see Sassy, the living Christmas Tree.

The Milam House: Celebrating their 11th Anniversary! Showcasing the best of Christmas and beautiful floral arrangements by head designer Ben Lee.

Old Governor’s Mansion: Open for tours! (First floor only) 5:00-8:00 pm. Enjoy a little bit of Kentucky history and a lot of Christmas beauty!

Thomas D Clark Center for Kentucky History:  The Kentucky Historical Society presents, the Holiday Train Display. 5:00-9:00 pm. Regular admission applies.

Simply Garden: Serving refreshments, Candlelight special offered for Candlelight weekend only.

 

Saturday, November 12th

Date Night –

  • The 5th Annual Candlelight Cocktail Stroll, 5:00-10:00p.m. Spend a lovely evening downtown enjoying special Candlelight Cocktails & Appetizers.
B’s Bakery: Offering Holiday Donuts and Treats. 5:30 am – 3:00 pm.

Broadway Clay: Throw your own (TYO), $5 from 11:00 am -5:00 pm. Paint your own ornament, $5, anytime today. Clearance sale all weekend.

Candlelight Stroll Participants Include:
 (Check back for more participants closer to date)
  • The Lancaster: Featuring live music by the Handcar Prophets, 5:00-6:30 pm and The Killer Lips from 6:30-9:00 pm
  • Serafini: Serving appetizer specials and special cocktails.

Kentucky Knows: Serving fresh roasted, barrel aged coffee. Offering Kentucky Bourbon, Caramel Barrel aged, Bourbon Ball barrel aged, Pumpkin barrel aged and Bourbon Cinnamon Barrel aged flavors. Handcrafted gifts made from Buffalo Trace Distillery Bourbon barrels.

Paul Sawyier Public Library: Sale and silent auction at the Lilian Lindsey Bookstore, 10:00 am-2:00 pm.

Thomas D Clark Center for Kentucky History: The Kentucky Historical Society presents Second Saturday Genealogy, Researching the Easter Band of Cherokee Indians. 10:30 am-1:00 pm. Registration strongly encouraged at 564-1792 ext 4460, but walk ins are welcome. Holiday History Train Display, 10:00 am-5:00 pm. Regular admission applies.

Simply Garden: Candlelight special offered for Candlelight weekend only. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.

 

Sunday, November 13th

Pajamas and Tweed–

  • Breakfast with Santa at The Lancaster, 9:00-10:30 am
  • Children’s Polar Express Pajama Party, 1:30 pm. The Grand Theatre.  Admission $3.  Children are encouraged to wear their pajamas to the viewing just like the children in the film.
  • Annual Tweedpunk Ride, 2:30p.m.

Kentucky Knows: Serving fresh roasted, barrel aged coffee. Offering Kentucky Bourbon, Caramel Barrel aged, Bourbon Ball barrel aged, Pumpkin barrel aged and Bourbon Cinnamon Barrel aged flavors. Handcrafted gifts made from Buffalo Trace Distillery Bourbon barrels.

The Lancaster: 9:00-10:30 am. Breakfast with Santa, enjoy a Pancake & Waffle Bar, Coffee and Hot Chocolate while visiting with Santa. Ticket info HERE.


Road Closures:

The St. Clair Mall and Broadway between Washington and Lewis Street will be closed to vehicular traffic during Thursday night of Candlelight. St. Clair Street between Wapping and Main Street and The St. Clair Mall will be closed to vehicular traffic during Friday night of Candlelight.

Inclement weather policy:

In the event of bad weather, we will announce any delays or cancellations the day of via their website and our Facebook page.