Top 5 Things to Do on New Year's Eve in Lexington
It’s almost New Year’s Eve, and you know what that means: time to party!
Whether you’re looking for a place to grab some drinks before you head to a house party, a place to hang out with friends and ring in the new year with good company, or simply something to keep from being bored at home, Lexington has got you covered with plenty to do on the last night of 2017. It may not be Times Square in New York City, but we’ve got our own small collection of parties and events to keep you plenty occupied while remembering this last year and celebrating the start of something new.
We here at Better Homes and Gardens hope you’ve had the best 2017 possible, and we wish you the happiest 2018 and the best of luck with your resolutions!
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Any Lexington local knows the hype of a UK Athletics event, so add that to the festivities of New Year’s, 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. Georgia may not be the most impressive basketball team ever (though their football team’s pretty impressive), but that just means it should be an exciting win for the Wildcats. These games are most exciting 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.
Location: Rupp Arena
Date and Time: December 31, 2017, 6pm
Get excited for the New Year with 21c, UK Art Museum, Lexington Art League, Institute 193, Mecca Studios and WRFL in celebration of the art life in Lexington. This is a party you don’t want to miss! Satisfy your eyes with a spectacle of circus acts by Sora Aerial Arts, art performances, and entertainment by Mecca Studios; satisfy your ears with music selected by Kentucky Pro DJ; and satisfy your taste buds with hors d’oeurves from Lockbox and a premium bar. Live it up with party favors and a photobooth.
$35 general admission, $95 open bar admission. All guests receive complimentary bubbly toast at midnight. Click here for tickets.
Location: 21C Museum Hotel (67 W Main St., Lexington, KY 40507)
Date and Time: 9pm-1am
Looking for a more family-friendly event to keep your kids from getting bored during a New Year’s Eve party? Didn’t get a chance to see the Southern Lights before Christmas? Now’s your chance! One of the Kentucky Horse Park’s signature events, the Southern Lights are a three-mile long spectacle of fantastic Christmas lights displays. Each year, over 120,000 visitors from across Kentucky and surrounding states come to visit, and it’s been regularly chosen as a Top 20 Event in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. Even if you’ve been before, you can be assured that it’s worth it go again, as the displays are changed up in new and creative ways every year. It's a lovely, relaxing way to enjoy some holiday spirit while relaxing in the comfort and warmth of your car. Put on some classic Christmas music, sit back, relax, and take in the visual spectacle. Plenty of fun, no alcohol required.
Driving route open nightly Nov. 17 - Dec. 31
Time: 5:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Location: Campground Entrance of the Kentucky Horse Park (3785 Campground Road, Lexington, KY 40511)
For a more adult event, choose to ring in the new year with your friends at the Woodford Reserve Distillery. This exclusive evening will feature Distillery tours, live music, delectable food and, of course, Woodford Reserve drinks. A cash bar will be available along with a special party favors for guests. This is the perfect place to reminisce about a wonderful 2017 and celebrate the dawn of 2018!
Reservations are limited; guests must be at least 21 years of age to attend. $100 per person
Location: Woodford Reserve (7855 McCracken Pike, Versailles, KY 40383)
Date and time: Sunday, December 31, 2017, 6:00 – 10:00 pm
6:00 pm – Cocktails and Appetizers
6:30 pm – Distillery Tours
8:00 pm – Dinner and Live Music
Start your night (and end your year) of partying off right with LexPhil’s fourth NYE concert, Jazz Night! Byron Stripling’s high-octane jazz ensemble presents the sights, sounds, and vibes of the legendary NYC jazz club at Lexington’s own dazzling Opera House. And following the concert, meet LexPhil guest artists downstairs at Pardy's Pub for a 20’s-inspired Speakeasy Soiree! Party ticket includes heavy hors d'oevres and two glasses of wine. Cash bar also available.
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Location: Lexington Opera House
Date and Time: December 31, 2017, 7:00pm
Lexington is one of the largest cities of Kentucky in terms of population and economy. This is just a small of list of some of the many attractions that are part of the growing social scene that this community has to offer. Can you see yourself living in the Lexington area?
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