Henderson Fine Arts Center, 2660 S. Green St., Henderson, Ky.
It’s been told time and time again by performers all across the world, but the Children’s Center for Dance Education gives a young perspective to the timeless tale of The Nutcracker, a story of a German girl who dreams of a nutcracker prince and an epic battle between a mouse king. $10.
For another year, Santa comes to town — and the zoo. Before getting to the milk and cookies, he starts the day with a hot buffet breakfast with guests in the Rainforest Grill. Children receive treat bags, create holiday crafts, take photos with Santa, and get a close look at some extra special animals. 8-9:15 a.m. and 9:45-11 a.m. Saturday, 9:45-11 a.m. Sunday. $5-$12.
For more info:812-435-6143, ext. 406 or http://www.meskerparkzoo.com
For the little ones, seeing their artwork — which they made just for mom and dad — hanging on the fridge is a thrill. Just in time for Christmas decorating, tots ages 3-5 have a chance to create another special piece to display, giving their household Christmas tree a personal, youthful touch. $7.
The Moscow Ballet conducts the “Great Russian Nutcracker.” Last year, Moscow Ballet received critical acclaim for their 200 lavish costumes, larger than life Russian puppets, and nine hand-painted backdrops embellished with 3-D effects. $27-$68.
Vanderburgh 4-H Center, 201 E. Boonville New Harmony Road.
The Vanderburgh 4-H Center’s Winter Carnival offers a drive-through lane with more than 100,000 Christmas lights. Santa makes a trip to the antiques building at the 4-H Center each weekend. Light display hours are 6-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, until 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday (Santa present until 9 p.m. each weekend evening). Free.
Panther Creek, 5160 Wayne Bridge Road, Owensboro, Ky.
An evening drive through Panther Creek Park’s Christmas light festival showcases more than 25,000 lights. Opened in 1992, the park boasts numerous features, and this season, festive lights adorn them: a fire tower, a swinging bridge, and two gazebos.
Winter Wonderland Festival includes an enormous Christmas tree at the entrance of an outdoor skating rink overlooking the Ohio River. The massive 20-by-40 cinema air screen offers holiday films throughout the evening. 5-9 p.m. $5.
Join First Baptist Church for its FREE Family Fun Fest! There will be Free Hot Dogs, Free Pop Corn, games, prizes, face painting, hayrides and much more! This is a great event for the entire family! We can't wait to see you there!
John James Audubon State Park, 3100 U.S. Hwy. 41 N., Henderson, Ky.
Just in time for Thanksgiving festivities is this creative art workshop for toddlers ages 3-5. The workshop focuses on “Turkey Day”-themed artwork and requires a bit of a mess — dress accordingly. 10:30 a.m. Pre-registration is required. $5.