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Events

Nov18

23rd Annual Southern Lights

The 23rd Annual Southern Lights includes a self-guided four mile journey through a... more
Dec3

A Kentucky Christmas

The illumination begins at 5:15 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Enjoy... more
Dec3

Horsemanship Experience

Come and have fun with the horses!  In this activity you will learn how to work with... more
Dec6

Lexington Christmas Parade

Love a Christmas parade? Wave to Santa and other celebrants at the Lexington Christmas... more
Dec9

Handel's Messiah

Hear the holiday classic performed by The Lexington Singers and enjoy the 150-plus voice... more
Dec10

The Nutcracker

Lexington Ballet's Nutcracker will be performed on December 10 and 17 at 2:00 pm and 8:00... more
Dec10

The Nutcracker

Lexington Ballet Company performs this beautiful masterpiece under the artistic direction... more
Dec16

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

The beloved TV classic, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," soars off the screen... more
Dec16

Visit Santa at the Distillery

Have your children get their wish list ready for Santa as you celebrate the season... more
Dec22

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

The ultimate holiday tradition, this has been one of America's favorite holiday tradition... more
Dec31

Casino Royale: the Music of James Bond

A dangerously glamorous New Year's Eve brings the Casino Royale and everyone's favorite... more
Jan9

Keeneland Horse Sales

Horses of all ages go on sale. Spectators welcome.... more

James Burnie Beck

by Stuart, History Blogger

During the 19th century, the Scottish-born James B. Beck was a Lexington lawyer and a respected national politician.

Born in Dumfrieshire, Scotland, on February 13, 1822, Beck received his early ...

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Link, the Percheron

by Margaret, Horse Blogger

HORSES, HORSES This handsome horse is Link, who is new to theBreeds Barn at the Kentucky Horse Park this year.

Link, who stands about 18 hands tall, is a Percheron, whichis one of the breeds of the ...

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Accident or Murder?

by Stuart, History Blogger

In 1854, a New York Times article described the death of Lexington resident James O. Frazer. Although Frazer's demise appeared to be accidental, both Frazer's wife and his overseer were later ...

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Hollywood Connections

The Bluegrass Region of central Kentucky is known around the globe for its legendary landscapes, and Lexington is at its heart. It's no wonder that it attracts the attention of movie makers and movie stars alike. It is a magnetic destination for many reasons. Whether you are a horse lover or you are planning to produce a movie about a horse, the Horse Capital of the World is the perfect backdrop.

Plan to vacation in Lexington and you might bump into a few celebrities. The Queen of England has horses at Lane's End Farm and stays there during her visit. Kentucky native Johnny Depp bought his mom a farm in the area and visits frequently. Ashley Judd is a fixture at Kentucky Wildcat basketball games. Laura Bell Bundy, the musical star of Legally Blonde, was born here, as was the ever-gorgeous George Clooney.

Actor Steve Zahn married local girl Robyn Peterman (daughter of the catalogue genius J. Peterman) and is active in local theatre. William Shatner and his artist wife Elizabeth own a Saddlebred farm and are prominent in local horse circles. Actor and playwright Sam Shepard has a home here, as does actor Josh Hopkins of Cougar Town. Harry Dean Stanton began his acting career at the University of Kentucky and has returned for the annual festival held in his honor.

Many familiar films have been made in whole or in part in Kentucky, as far back as 1937. Movie buffs will want to check out the complete list maintained by Kentucky's film office.

Lexington played an important role in three beloved movies, well known to horse lovers and the general public alike. Learn more about these successful movies and their Lexington connections: