Gov. Matt Bevin and family invite Kentuckians to Capitol for annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Come light up the night and usher in the holiday season on the front steps of the State Capitol with a timeless Kentucky Christmas tradition: the Governor’s Christmas Tree Lighting! Festivities begin Monday, Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy complimentary hot chocolate and cookies as you watch performances by the Frankfort School of Ballet, the Frankfort Christian Academy Middle School choir and bell ringers,...

Tracking Santa: NORAD will be keeping satellite tabs on Jolly Old Elf’s travels tonight

The North American Aerospace Defense Command is celebrating the 61st Anniversary of tracking Santa’s yuletide journey. The NORAD Tracks Santa website, www.noradsanta.org, features Santa’s North Pole Village, which includes a holiday countdown, games, activities, and more. The website is available in eight languages: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese. Official...

Keven Moore: Santa Claus better watch out — because safety risks abound

Like most of you, when I think of the Christmas season the first thing that comes to mind is the jolly old bearded man we know as Santa Claus. But as a safety and risk control consultant working in the insurance industry, I probably think of Santa in a slightly different way from the rest of you. You see, I think of Santa as one giant risk exposure! Santa Claus runs one heck of an operation, employing...

Jim Schmidt’s charming wood-carved Santas have become beloved part of Christmas tradition

By Vicki Prichard NKyTribune When Linda Robinson recently relocated from Fort Mitchell to Washington, DC, the only Christmas decorations that made the move with her were her collection of Jim Schmidt’s wood-carved Santas — all 30 of them. “It’s not Christmas until those Santas are out on display,” says Robinson. Like Robinson, many Northern Kentuckians regard a Jim Schmidt wood-carved Santa...

Unique holiday experience: Relive the magic of ‘Polar Express’ with one of these Santa-themed excursions

Spend the afternoon aboard a vintage train and relive the magic of “The Polar Express” as it chugs into the Kentucky countryside. Bardstown has two attractions offering Santa-themed excursions during December: The Kentucky Railway Museum and My Old Kentucky Dinner Train have a combined total of 26 different holiday excursions, offering everything from pictures with Santa and cookies and...

Foster Care Council brings holiday cheer to local foster children — complete with toys from Santa

Santa Claus arrived in style with presents for the foster children. (Photos provided by FCC) Consider this hypothetical scenario for an abused child, now a foster child: Once again the screaming and fighting begin between her Mom and Dad. She thinks to herself as she hides, trembling in fear, “is he going to hurt my mommy again? Is he going to hurt me again? Please don’t hurt my brother or sister.”...