Heart of Kentucky Holiday Festival rings in the season Dec. 5-7

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By The Staff

There's no time better to spend a weekend in the true Heart of Kentucky than during the Heart of Kentucky Holiday Festival. Whether it's good food, fun festivals, unusual sights or great shopping for gifts made with tender, loving care, Springfield and Lebanon have it all.

Enjoy parades, visits with Santa, neat activities, quaint shops and, most of all, hospitality that comes with a visit to these quaint rural communities Friday-Sunday, Dec. 5-7.

The finest handmade arts and crafts will be on sale at the historic Opera House and kids will be delighted at Graham Memorial Park's holiday wonderland of lights and decorations. Don't miss a trip to Historic Penn's Store. It's a virtual time machine. Stuck in the 1800s, it's the oldest country store in America being run continuously by the same family. Warm your hands over the potbellied stove. It will be all gussied up for visitors that Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, go to www.HeartOfKentucky.com or call (270) 692-0021.

2008 Schedule   Friday, Dec. 5 • Dickens Christmas - 6-9 p.m. • Ruley Holiday Light Show 6 p.m.-midnight (all weekend).   Saturday, Dec. 6 • Christmas at the Opera House. • Christmas Crafters Market -10 a.m.-4 p.m. • Washington County Homemakers' Christmas Bakery - 10 a.m.-4 p.m. • Christmas Music in The Opera House - 10 a.m.-4 p.m. • Lincoln Heritage Center tours. • Christmas Parade. • Christmas in the Country. • Maker's Mark Distillery Candlelight Tours. • Mid-Kentucky Chorus Christmas Concert. • A Pioneer Christmas. • Breakfast in Bethlehem. • Christmas Story Time.   Sunday, Dec. 7 • Lions/Rotary Radio Auction.

• "Shop Local" Snowflake Promotion.