Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with Alltech’s annual Celebration of Song
[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – The Christmas spirit is alive and well at the Kentucky Horse Park, where two longtime holiday events offer up the brightest sights and sounds of the season.
Set against a backdrop of beautiful Christmas décor, Alltech’s annual Celebration of Song features performances of traditional carols and popular Christmas music by the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre and winners of the Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition. The free concert is set for Dec. 11 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park.
Celebration of Song has been Alltech’s annual holiday gift to the community since 2006. Alltech founder Dr. Pearse Lyons was inspired to share the holiday spirit through song after experiencing a community Christmas festival while traveling in Brazil, said his wife, Mrs. Deirdre Lyons, Alltech co-founder and director of corporate image, design and construction.
“Pearse always really loved to sing,” Mrs. Lyons said. “He wanted to have this free event to share the joy of the season with everyone. Every year, Celebration of Song gets more wonderful. It’s a beautiful event that we’ve been proud to sponsor for our community.”
The concert was held at the Square in downtown Lexington for many years, but it moved last year to Alltech Arena, which offers more space and free parking.
“We’re excited to celebrate the holidays with our community and with UK Opera Theatre, with whom we partner on several events, including our Vocal Scholarship Competition,” Mrs. Lyons said. This collaboration has enabled more than 180 UK students to pursue their operatic ambitions and receive an education in the arts.
After the concert, attendees can double down on Christmas fun by heading over to the Kentucky Horse Park campground to view the Southern Lights Holiday Festival, a dazzling three-mile display of over a million twinkling lights. This year also marks the return of its Holiday Village, which features photos with Santa Claus, model trains, a petting zoo and more. Southern Lights, now in its 29th year, opens nightly at 5:30 p.m. from Nov. 25 through Dec. 31 – excluding Christmas Day.
Tickets for Southern Lights can be purchased online or at the campground. Learn more about Southern Lights at SouthernLightsKY.com.