The Candlelight Tradition

Commonwealth Credit Union presents

The 36th Annual Candlelight Tradition

in Downtown Frankfort

November 10-13, 2016

 

The annual Candlelight Tradition is the start to Frankfort’s holiday season and a beloved tradition for all generations.  From carriage rides to hot chocolate, from visits with Santa to a cocktail stroll, this four day festival, named one of the Kentucky Travel Industry Association’s “Top Ten Fall 2012 Events & Festivals,” offers something for young and old.  Make plans to join us for this time-honored tradition, visit our 40+ shops and restaurants, and illuminate your holiday season with Candlelight!

Commonweath Credit Union is the presenting sponsor of The 36th Annual Candlelight Tradition and we are very thankful for their  support and involvement.  Learn more about them at www.ccuky.org

Our supporting sponsors are:

Please thank all of our sponsors for helping us continue this time-honored holiday tradition in Downtown Frankfort!

 

Schedule of Events

Thursday Night, November 10th 

Candlelight Kickoff Night –

 

American Red Cross: Open House with free refreshments and public restrooms (including handicapped accessible) 5:00-8:00 pm.

B's Bakery: Offering Holiday Donuts and Treats as well as Paninis for dinner. 5:00-8:00 pm.

Broadway Clay: Throw Your Own (TYO) $5, 5:00-8:00 pm. Paint your own ornament, $5 anytime. Clearance sale all weekend.

The Candlelight Stage: In front of the Old State Capitol Building

Canoe Kentucky: Offering free s'mores. Everything in the shop will be discounted and open registration for 2017 Summer Camp Series. Gids Grow KY setup outside.

Capital Cellars: Complimentary wine tasting and food sampling. Applewood smoked pork loin with homemade bourbon glaze and smoked baby beefsteak caprese from 5:00-8:00 pm. $8 and $5 dinner specials, open until 11:00 pm.

Capital City Community Band: 7:00 pm at the First United Methodist Church.

Capital City Museum: Frankfort has a very unique place in history as being the town where the bait casting fish-ing reel was perfected and first produced. It was a Frankfort industry for over 100 years. The Capital City Museum is opening an exhibition of a selection of these jewels from a variety of local makers, both from private collections and their own. www.capitalcitymuseum.com

Capital Gallery: Featuring original fine art by Kentucky artists. Estate works by James Robert Foose, Greg Seigel, Wallace Kelly, Vito Girone will be exhibited along with new work by Diane Tesler, Jude Clark, Bill Macintire and Ellen Glasgow, plus ceramics from Laura Ross and small weavings by Dobree Adams. Capital Gallery also has a full range of Larkspur Press books and broadsides. Capital Gallery is proud to be one of the original founders of Candlelight.

Church of the Ascension: CHILI SUPPER, 4:00-8:00 pm. Eat, rest and warm up in the parish hall. This popular annual fundraiser for the Ascension's Men's Club offers hearty chili to please everyone - hot or mild, meaty or vegetarian - along with hot dogs, drinks and homemade desserts.

Commonwealth Credit Union: Open House with Santa, 5:00-8:00 pm Popcorn Bar and  the RJ Corman Polar Express Train Experience (Boarding pass required, Sold Out! ) Roger Barkley Jr. providing sounds of the season.

Completely Kentucky: Featuring Kentucky Proud food tastings, special artist exhibits, gift certificate drawings, kids activities and donation drawings during the cocktail stroll. Something for everyone and gift wrap is always free! www.completelykentucky.com

Family Tree Consignment: Enjoy a bowl of chili, hors d'oeuvres, apple cider, hot cocoa and dessert. Shop and enjoy the wide selection of Christmas decor. Enter to win a wooden farmhouse Christmas sign. Stop by for great shopping and good company. 10:00 am - 8:00 pm.

First Federal Savings Bank: Open House. Handing out their famous calendars for 2017 and serving hot chocolate and cookies.

First Presbyterian Church: Offering baked goods and a meal as a fundraiser for local charities, 5:00-8:00 pm. While enjoying the food, participants will enjoy various vocal, dance and instrumental entertainment. Weekday Community Preschool Open House, 5:00-7:00 pm

Sponsored by the Women's Association.

First United Methodist Church: Capital City Community Band, 7:00 pm.

Franklin County Women & Family Shelter: 314 St. Clair St, 5:00-9:00 pm.  Art Exhibit and Fundraiser. Raising awareness for 2016 National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, featuring photography by Kristen Branham, KSU Studio Art Senior.

Gibby's: Serving baked spaghetti, meatballs & cheese with garlic bread and tossed salad for $10.49. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and the Franklin County Humane Society will be giving away hot chocolate and chances to win gift cards. 10% of all Gibby's gift cards sold throughout Candlelight weekend will be donated to the Franklin County Humane Society.

The Grand Theatre: The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, 7:30 pm

Johnson Bearse, LLP: Visit the historic Morehead House, built in 1810. Open house from 5:00-8:00 pm. Serving hot cider, coffee and cookies.

Kentucky Harvest House: Pictures with Frosty at 329 St. Clair. 5:00-9:00 pm.

Kentucky Knows: Serving fresh roasted, barrel aged coffee. Offering Kentucky Bourbon, Caramel Barrel aged, Bourbon Ball barrel aged, Pumpkin barrel aged and Bourbon Cinnamon Barrel aged flavors. Handcrafted gifts made from Buffalo Trace Distillery Bourbon barrels.

Kids Grow KY: Setup outside Canoe KY.

La Fiesta Grande: Sangria-margarita or any flavor margarita $3.99 *tortilla soup $5.75 Try our New Dishes: Tacos barbacoa, Mole poblano, 3'milk cake

The Light Clinic: Open House, 6:00-8:00 pm. Rare tea tasting and tea and teaware sale, all 25% off.

M.A. Selbert Jewelry Store: Offering the widest arrangement of Christmas gifts from teachers to loved ones. Discounts on selected jewelry and Christmas merchandise, giveaways, and bourbon balls (while supplies last)! Bring the children by to see Sassy, the living Christmas Tree.

The Milam House: Celebrating their 11th Anniversary! Showcasing the best of Christmas and beautiful floral arrangements by head designer Ben Lee. Refreshments served.

Old Governor's Mansion: Open for tours! (First floor only) 5:00-8:00 pm. Enjoy a little bit of Kentucky history and a lot of Christmas beauty!

Paul Sawyier Public Library: Birthday party from 5:00-7:30 pm. The Friends of the Library will be celebrating the opening of the Lilian Lindsey during Candlelight TEN years ago. In the Bookstore, the Friends will have a silent auction and a special sale on all items except he Book Lover Calendars. Enjoy Music for the Season - and more!- with Don and Sylvia Coffey and refreshments in the Community Room. Drawings every 30 minutes for ten dollar bookstore certificates.

Poor Richard's Books: Featuring Jennifer Sierra whose children's book is Merry Christmas Ya'll! This colorful title also illustrated by Sierra is filled with references to places throughout Kentucky with a sweet reference to needing coal from eastern Kentucky for a certain little rascal.

Roger Barkley Jr: Mercy Road Recording Artist will be at the Commonwealth Credit Union from 5:00-8:00 pm. Bringing you sounds of the season. (Brought to you by Leestown Gospel Church, Triple Crown Cowboy Church, Redemption Road Cowboy Church, Measure of Hope Ministries)

Simply Garden: Serving refreshments, Candlelight specials offered for Candlelight weekend only.

Thomas D Clark Center for Kentucky History: The Kentucky Historical Society kicks off the holiday season with music by the Lexington Singers and Capital City Chorale, 7:30 pm. Kids activities and the opening of the Holiday Train Display. FREE admission. 5:00-9:00 pm. Enjoy special sales and extended gift shop hours at the 1792 Store.

Weekday Community Preschool: Open House, 5:00-7:00 pm. (Housed inside the First Presbyterian Church at 418 W Main St.)

 

Friday Night, November 11th

Family Friendly Fun Night –

 

American Red Cross: Open for blood collections, 8:30 am - 2:00 pm. Kick off the holiday season by saving a life!

B's Bakery: Offering Holiday Donuts and Treats as well as Paninis for dinner. 5:00-8:00 pm.

The Brick Alley: UK vs. Stephen F. Austin Basketball, 7:00 pm on the big screens,  $10 buckets. Live music featuring Lions of Mercury.

Broadway Clay: Paint your own ornament: $5. Slab Christmas Tree: $20. Vintage Christmas Tree: $40. Stop by anytime to complete these projects! Clearance sale all weekend.

Capital Cellars: Complimentary wine tasting, 5:00-8:00 pm and dinner specials. Kenny's cheese sampling.

Completely Kentucky: Featuring Kentucky Proud food tastings, special artist exhibits, gift certificate drawings, kids activities and donation drawings during the cocktail stroll. Something for everyone and gift wrap is always free! www.completelykentucky.com

Canoe Kentucky: Offering free s'mores. Everything in the shop will be discounted and open registration for 2017 Summer Camp Series. Kids Grow KY setup outside.

Capital Gallery: Featuring original fine art by Kentucky artists. Estate works by James Robert Foose, Greg Seigel, Wallace Kelly, Vito Girone will be exhibited along with new work by Diane Tesler, Jude Clark, Bill Macintire and Ellen Glasgow, plus ceramics from Laura Ross and small weavings by Dobree Adams. Capital Gallery also has a full range of Larkspur Press books and broadsides. Capital Gallery is proud to be one of the original founders of Candlelight.

Church of the Ascension: CHILI SUPPER, 4:00-8:00 pm. Eat, rest and warm up in the parish hall. This popular annual fundraiser for the Ascension's Men's Club offers hearty chili to please everyone - hot or mild, meaty or vegetarian - along with hot dogs, drinks and homemade desserts. Info: www.ascensionfrankfort.org

First Baptist Church: at 201 St. Clair. Petting zoo, Live Nativity and fundraiser for Heifer International. 5:30-8:00 pm.

First Christian Church: Bean Soup Supper, 5:00-7:00 pm with any donations going to the United Way. Silent Auction items to benefit Relay for Life.

Franklin County Women & Family Shelter: 314 St. Clair St, 5:00-9:00 pm.  Art Exhibit and Fundraiser. Raising awareness for 2016 National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, featuring photography by Kristen Branham, KSU Studio Art Senior.

Gibby's: Serving 12 ounce slow roasted prime rib dinner with choice of two sides and garlic bread, $23.99. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and the Franklin County Humane Society will be giving away hot chocolate and chances to win gift cards. 10% of all Gibby's gift cards sold throughout Candlelight weekend will be donated to the Franklin County Humane Society.

Kentucky Harvest House: Pictures with Frosty at 329 St. Clair. 5:00-9:00 pm.

Kentucky Knows: Serving fresh roasted, barrel aged coffee. Offering Kentucky Bourbon, Caramel Barrel aged, Bourbon Ball barrel aged, Pumpkin barrel aged and Bourbon Cinnamon Barrel aged flavors. Handcrafted gifts made from Buffalo Trace Distillery Bourbon barrels.

Kids Grow KY: Setup at Canoe KY

La Fiesta Grande: Sangria-margarita or any flavor margarita $3.99 *tortilla soup $5.75 Try our New Dishes: Tacos barbacoa, Mole poblano, 3'milk cake. Live music by Chris Fallis.

The Lancaster: Santa and local children performances.

The Light Clinic: Open House, 6:00-8:00 pm. Rare tea tasting and tea and teaware sale, all 25% off.

M.A. Selbert Jewelry Store: Offering the widest arrangement of Christmas gifts from teachers to loved ones. Discounts on selected jewelry and Christmas merchandise, giveaways and bourbon balls (while supplies last)! Bring the children to see Sassy, the living Christmas Tree.

The Milam House: Celebrating their 11th Anniversary! Showcasing the best of Christmas and beautiful floral arrangements by head designer Ben Lee.

Old Governor's Mansion: Open for tours! (First floor only) 5:00-8:00 pm. Enjoy a little bit of Kentucky history and a lot of Christmas beauty!

Poor Richard's Books: Doug Dearinger will be present to sign his 2017 calendar of Elkhorn Creek. This calendar features stunning photographs of Doug's favorite places along the creek, as well as the beauty of wildlife and plants that thrive throughout the seasons. Anyone who grew up along the creek or wishes they had will enjoy viewing every month in 2017.

Simply Garden: Serving refreshments, Candlelight special offered for Candlelight weekend only.

Thomas D Clark Center for Kentucky History:  The Kentucky Historical Society presents, the Holiday Train Display. 5:00-9:00 pm. Regular admission applies. Enjoy special sales and extended hours at the 1792 Store gift shop.

Wildberry Urban: Vatter Building Open House,  6:00-9:00 pm with food, drinks and music. Come see what's been going on at the historic Vatter Building (Old T-Boat Marine) and tour the downstairs commercial space and upstairs apartments!

 

Saturday, November 12th

Date Night –

B's Bakery: Offering Holiday Donuts and Treats. 5:30 am - 3:00 pm.

The Brick Alley: UK vs. Tenn. football on big screens, $10 buckets. DJ Jesse Penn.

Broadway Clay: Throw your own (TYO), $5 from 11:00 am -5:00 pm. Paint your own ornament, $5, anytime today. Clearance sale all weekend. 

Candlelight Stroll Participants Include: (Check back for more participants closer to date)

Completely Kentucky: Featuring Kentucky Proud food tastings, special artist exhibits, gift certificate drawings, kids activities and donation drawings during the cocktail stroll. Something for everyone and gift wrap is always free! www.completelykentucky.com

Franklin County Women & Family Shelter: 314 St. Clair St, 10:00 am-9:00 pm.  Art Exhibit and Fundraiser. Raising awareness for 2016 National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, featuring photography by Kristen Branham, KSU Studio Art Senior.

Gibby's: Homemade lasagna, garlic bread and house salad, $11.99. 10% of all Gibby's gift cards sold throughout Candlelight weekend will be donated to the Franklin County Humane Society.

Kentucky Knows: Serving fresh roasted, barrel aged coffee. Offering Kentucky Bourbon, Caramel Barrel aged, Bourbon Ball barrel aged, Pumpkin barrel aged and Bourbon Cinnamon Barrel aged flavors. Handcrafted gifts made from Buffalo Trace Distillery Bourbon barrels.

La Fiesta Grande: La Fiesta Grande: Sangria-margarita or any flavor margarita $3.99 *tortilla soup $5.75 Try our New Dishes: Tacos barbacoa, Mole poblano, 3'milk cake.

Paul Sawyier Public Library: Sale and silent auction at the Lilian Lindsey Bookstore, 10:00 am-2:00 pm.

Thomas D Clark Center for Kentucky History: The Kentucky Historical Society presents Second Saturday Genealogy, Researching the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. 10:30 am-1:00 pm. Registration strongly encouraged at 564-1792 ext 4460, but walk ins are welcome. Holiday History Train Display, 10:00 am-5:00 pm. Regular admission applies. Enjoy special sales at the 1792 Store gift shop.

Simply Garden: Candlelight special offered for Candlelight weekend only. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.

 

Sunday, November 13th

Pajamas and Tweed–

Completely Kentucky: Featuring Kentucky Proud food tastings, special artist exhibits, gift certificate drawings, kids activities and donation drawings during the cocktail stroll. Something for everyone and gift wrap is always free! www.completelykentucky.com

Kentucky Knows: Serving fresh roasted, barrel aged coffee. Offering Kentucky Bourbon, Caramel Barrel aged, Bourbon Ball barrel aged, Pumpkin barrel aged and Bourbon Cinnamon Barrel aged flavors. Handcrafted gifts made from Buffalo Trace Distillery Bourbon barrels.

Franklin County Women & Family Shelter: 314 St. Clair St, 5:00 -9:00 pm.  Art Exhibit and Fundraiser. Raising awareness for 2016 National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, featuring photography by Kristen Branham, KSU Studio Art Senior.

 

A BIG Thank you to our sponsors.

 

Carriage Sponsors:    

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Trolley Sponsor:


           

Road Closures:

The St. Clair Mall and Broadway between Washington and Lewis Street will be closed to vehicular traffic during Thursday night of Candlelight. St. Clair Street between Wapping and Main Street and The St. Clair Mall will be closed to vehicular traffic during Friday night of Candlelight.

Inclement weather policy:

In the event of bad weather, we will announce any delays or cancellations the day of via this website and our Facebook page.

Candlelight F.A.Q.s:

Can my child/organization/group set up a table Downtown and hand out hot chocolate or sell items during Candlelight?

We welcome involvement in Candlelight from the community, but we do ask that you have permission from property owners before you set up on the sidewalk outside their building.  If you have a home business and are interested in having a presence during Candlelight, we suggest you contact downtown building owners for permission to use their space.  And of course, let us know what you are planning so we can include you in the list of activities during Candlelight.

I have a great idea for Candlelight…

Let us know!  We love to hear of ideas to make Candlelight even better (and we love it even more if you’re able to help make that idea come true)!  Please contact Downtown Frankfort, Inc. with any ideas you have…the sooner, the better so we can have enough time to implement them.

I would like to volunteer to help with Candlelight.  How can I get involved?

Wonderful!  We are always looking for more helping hands, from helping plan Candlelight to distributing posters beforehand to helping with tasks during the event.  Volunteering with Candlelight is also a great way for kids to fulfill volunteer hours (make sure to let us know if this is the case beforehand).  Our planning committee begins meeting in the spring, so please contact us at info@downtownfrankfort.com if you are interested in volunteering at any point from then on!

How can my company/organization sponsor a part of Candlelight?

We would love to have you involved and we have a variety of components to the Tradition that are available to sponsor!  Please contact us (see below or via email at info@downtownfrankfort.com) iif you are interested supporting this event.