BARBOURVILLE — The Barbourville Tourism Commission is bringing an ice skating rink to the city as part of its Christmas in Barbourville and Winter Nights and Magical Lights event.

The ice skating rink will be located on Barbourville’s Court Square in the court house parking lot from Dec. 19-22. On Dec. 19, 20, and 21 the rink will be open from noon-8 p.m. The rink will only be open from 1-4 p.m. on the 22nd.

“I’m all about doing common sense expansions to already existing events, and sort of progress them in a way that the community can appreciate,” said Andrew Hopkins with the Barbourville Tourism Commission.

Those wishing to skate will have to sign a waiver before participating. The event is free to everyone, and ice skates will be provided and maintained by the tourism commission throughout the event.

“It’s a family event,” said Hopkins. “I would like to see everyone come down and have fun and make great memories that will last a lifetime.”

Barbourville’s Winter Nights and Magical Lights will kick off with a “Deck The Halls, Y’all” wreath making event hosted by the Barbourville Woman’s Study Club from Dec. 5-7. The event will be held at First Christian Church’s Community Room.

On Friday, Dec. 6, Knox Central’s senior class will host a Christmas Bazaar from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. at Knox County Middle School. A top baker contest is also scheduled for that day from 3-6 p.m in Knox County Middle School’s gymnasium.

The annual Christmas Tree Lighting will also take place that Friday at the Knox County Courthouse at 6 p.m. The first clue of Barbourville’s Snowman Scavenger Hunt will be announced at the tree lighting ceremony, and will also be posted online. There is a $500 prize to the winner of the hunt.

On Saturday, Dec. 7, pancakes and photos with Santa will be held at the Knox County Cooperative Extension Office from 8-11 a.m. Tickets will cost $5 per person. On that day, Knox Central’s class of 2020 will continue its Christmas Bazaar, as well as the top baker contest from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The city will host its Christmas parade that evening starting at 6 p.m. Following that, Union College will host a Christmas Concert at Conway Boatman Chapel at 8 p.m.

To learn more about Barbourville’s Winter Nights and Magical Lights event, visit Barbourville Tourism’s page on Facebook.

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