Christmas is a week from today. This past Saturday, as part of the countdown to the big day, my husband and I took a “shopping tour of the Bluegrass” …

we started the day with breakfast at little Wallace Station, which is on the scenic route between Lexington and Kentucky’s capital, Frankfort … I’ve read somewhere that, years ago, the building was a stagecoach stop; then it was a gas station, and now it’s a breakfast/lunch place with delicious food

our next stop was tiny, adorable Midway, which is (as you might guess from the name) half-way between Lex. and Frankfort on the railroad line that runs between the two cities; Midway’s downtown is a block long, with quaint buildings, shops, antique stores, and restaurants on either side of the tracks, which run down the center of the street

on this particular Saturday, Santa Claus was due to arrive around 11 in the morning; a small crowd of about 50 (young children and their parents) waited to watch Santa and some of his elves arrive on a special R.J. Corman railroad car …

… Santa then alighted from the train and visited with the crowd, while some of the others in the crowd greeted the furry mare who would be pulling Santa’s carriage …

… more love for the horsy star of the day …

… and, as the outdoor finale to the festivities, Santa rode “around the block” (up and down the street, on either side of the railroad tracks) in the horse-drawn carriage provided by the Lexington Livery Co., before heading into the community theater building to hear what all the children want for Christmas … the green awning they’re walking past here is Freedman’s Midway Boutique

after the Santa festivities and some Christmas shopping in Midway, we headed on to quaint downtown Frankfort …

across the street from the row of shops above is … Frankfort’s Old Capitol Building

and after some Christmas shopping in Frankfort and another scenic drive through the Bluegrass, we ended up at the beautiful old Woodford Reserve distillery; the stone building shown here is one of the barrel storage facilities, where the bourbon is aged

and, finally, a view of the porch on Woodford Reserve’s visitor center (whose gift shop also has some nice Christmas shopping possibilities); this would be a lovely place to sit on a warmer day than the gray windy one we ended up with