Thanksgiving and Christmas are upon us! The holiday season brings family, friends, shopping, eating, headaches, and fun. The holidays also typically bring a bit more stress to entertain your out-of-town guests, or perhaps to keep your kids happy while they have time off from school. Luckily our great city of Louisville always has a wealth of holiday events on tap for you and your whole family to enjoy. Here are 4 great holiday events in Louisville that won’t disappoint.
Mega Cavern: Lights Under Louisville
The Louisville Mega Cavern is a man-made cavern that is part of over 17 miles of underground corridors beneath the city of Louisville. Regular operation of this place is absolutely fascinating! They have the only fully underground ropes challenge course in the world, as well as hours of zip-line tours and other tram tours. During the holiday season the Louisville Mega Cavern is transformed into Lights Under Louisville, an underground winter wonderland of lights, which makes this the only underground holiday light tour in the world. Drive your vehicle right into the cavern and enjoy the 30-minute tour as a date night or with the whole family! November 15 – January 1. Monday-Friday 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Saturday and Sunday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
Light Up Louisville
One of the most impressive and longest running holiday events in Louisville is Light Up Louisville, which takes place downtown across a four-block span. Streets are decorated and lights are hung to turn downtown Louisville into the most festive commercial business district you have ever seen. On Friday, November 29th (the day after Thanksgiving), the 33rd annual Light Up Louisville festivities began around 2:00 pm at Fourth Street Live with pubs opening, vendor markets, and live entertainment on stage. There is also the Run, Run Rudolph 5k walk/run which begins at 2:00 pm and goes through downtown. At 6:30 pm the Light Up Louisville Parade begins to make its way down Fourth Street between Liberty and Main. Santa arrives in Louisville at 8:00 pm from his holiday debut in New York City’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and at 8:15 the lights come on, the music fires up, and the fireworks burst overhead as Light Up Louisville culminates. If you can’t make it, don’t worry. You can view these lights each and every night of the holiday season with the addition of “40 Nights of Lights”. From 6:00 pm to midnight each day, there will be a light show that is synchronized to music every hour, on the hour. So head on downtown and see our lovely city like you have never seen it before!
Bardstown Road Aglow
Bardstown Road Aglow is a community event centered around the Highlands that travels the span of Bardstown Rd and Baxter Ave. All along the famous shopping and dining corridor you can find special deals, live entertainment, and community fellowship with your neighbors! Begin the night by watching the lighting of the huge spruce tree by Wendy’s at the corner of Bardstown Rd and Grinstead Dr. From there you can enjoy walking or taking the trolley (for free) from destination to destination, soaking up all the Highlands holiday goodness you can take, plus you can get your picture taken with Santa at Bearno’s Pizza between 6:00 pm and 8:00 pm. Everyone knows that Santa loves pizza. Bring everyone you know to the 28th annual Bardstown Road Aglow on Saturday, December 7th between 5:00 pm and 10:00 pm for some holiday love and laughter!
Olde Tyme Christmas Celebration on Frankfort Avenue
You might notice in Louisville that the Highlands and Clifton areas are very similar in the way that they roll. The Olde Tyme Christmas Celebration on Frankfort Avenue is similar to Bardstown Road Aglow, but it takes place on the historic Frankfort Avenue corridor, and is centered around the Clifton and Crescent Hill neighborhoods. On December 14th from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm you can enjoy retail and restaurant sales and specials, the festive Dog Walk, live music, refreshments, and so much more! Trolleys and Horse Carriage transportation is free from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm between Mellwood Ave and Stilz Ave, and of course there will be pictures with Santa (he spends a lot of time in Louisville) at Margaret’s Consignment from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
You could go to any one of these events or you could visit all four. They all have unique offerings, and are sure to be the source of great fellowship with friends, family, and neighbors. Happy holidays to everyone!
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