Top 5 Things To Do in Lexington in January

    Top 5 Things To Do in Lexington in January

    Jan 03, 2018

    Happy New Year!

    It may be bitter cold out, but that doesn’t mean the fun has stopped in Lexington! Come check out what the second-largest city in Kentucky has to offer to do and see, from dining to events to shows. This month has a ton of fun activities for everyone - these are just a few of our favorites.

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    1. UK Basketball vs Vanderbilt Basketball

    Any Lexington local knows the hype of a UK Athletics event, so add that to the fanfare of the UK-Vanderbilt rivalry and this is sure to be one of the best games of the season! If you have guests, this is your chance to get them to join the Big Blue Nation and root for the Wildcats. Kentucky’s got a pretty solid-looking team this year, and they should easily make it into the March Madness tournament if they keep it up. Vanderbilt may not be the most impressive basketball team ever, but that just means it should be an exciting win for the Wildcats. These games are most exhilarating events that this city has to offer - the city's equivalent of a huge pep rally - uniting Lexingtonians of all ages in support of the Kentucky team.  

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    Location: Rupp Arena

    Date and Time: January 30, 2018,

    2. LexArts Gallery Hop

    During the LexArts Gallery HOP, thousands of locals and visitors alike converge on downtown Lexington to celebrate art - from painting, to music, to pottery and everything in between throughout the evening with new gallery exhibitions and special arts events. There are dozens of gallery exhibits and special art events, making the LexArts HOP arguably Lexington's most anticipated arts celebrations. Occurring on the third Friday of every other month, each of the 40+ sites presents exciting new art and artists to explore, and, thanks to the generosity of many, admission is always free.

    Though many shops, galleries and supporting venues are open earlier, official HOP hours are 5-8pm, with many restaurants, bars and other non-traditional venues staying open later.

    Locations: Click here for more info

    Date and Time: January 19, 2018, 5-8pm

    3. Explorium of Lexington - It’s Your Night at the Museum

    Here’s an event where adults can truly let out their inner child! For the "5th Annual "It's Your Night at the Museum," adults can have all the fun that they used to at this carnival-inspired night of frivolity and fundraising. Walk the Red Carpet and enjoy the auction, food, henna artists, photo booth, magician, mechanical bull and so much more! All proceeds from his event will be used to further the mission of the Explorium - to create a fun and dynamic hands-on learning environment that inspires imagination and curiosity for kids.

    Early Bird tickets are $60, $75 after January 12th and they can be purchased online at, or by phone at 859-258-3253.


    Location: Explorium of Lexington (440 W. Short Street, Lexington, KY 40507)

    Date and Time: January 26, 2017, 7pm - 10pm

    4. Lexington Farmer's Market

    Come support farmers while tasting the finest produce Lexington has to offer. By purchasing locally, you can ensure maximum freshness of the product, talk directly to the growers themselves about what chemicals might be used, bolster the economy, and support sustainable practices by limiting the need for transportation. Even in the cold winter months, everyone is sure to be able to shop around for the best in-season produce around.


    SATURDAYS (8 AM - 11 PM): 241 West Main Street, Lexington KY

    Click here for a full list of locations and vendors

    5. Triangle Park Ice Rink

    Read more: Triangle Park Ice Rink Open Now!

    What says “Winter is here,” quite like ice skating?

    As most Lexington locals know, every year at wintertime, the already beautiful Triangle Park in Downtown Lexington is transformed into a beautiful Wintery ice skating rink. This is one of Lexington’s best Christmas-themed attractions, with a large, brightly-lit Christmas tree, hot chocolate, and of course, ice-skating. For a nominal fee, you can take to the ice in the glow of charming festive decorations and one of most Instagram-worthy locations in Lexington.


    If you’ve been too stressed to really experience any holiday spirit, then this is the event for you. In its first year, the Unified Trust Company Ice Rink welcomed over 22,000 skaters and an additional 65,000 visitors to Triangle Park and Downtown Lexington, and every year since then, it’s been attracting Lexingtonians with its festive cheer. Don’t forget to grab a warm mug of hot chocolate at Double H BBQ to complete the skating experience, and we’ll see you out on the ice rink!

    Triangle Park is now open for the winter and will stay open through the middle of January.


    Scheduled hours of operation are: When Fayette County Schools are not in session, the Unified Trust Company Ice Rink will be open from 10 am – 10 pm.

    Otherwise the hours of operation are:

    Monday-Friday, 4 pm – 10 pm

    Saturdays, 10 am – 11 pm

    Sundays, 1:30 pm – 9 pm

    An admission and skate rental fee of $12 will allow guests to enjoy 90 minutes on the ice.

    Do you know of any January Lexington events? This city offers so much to do, and things certainly don't slow down just for the winter. There are events for people and families of all ages, and you don't want to miss out on any of the fun! Can you see yourself living in the Lexington area?

    If so, then it’s time to look into selling your old home and buying a new one – in other words, it’s time to contact a local realtor and start looking. To contact us, with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Cypress, click here!