Light Up Louisville — Friday, Nov. 29, 2019
Light Up Louisville has ushered in the holidays for Louisville residents for 39 years now, and this holiday tradition continues on Friday, Nov. 29. The family-friendly holiday event attracts thousands of people of all ages, and along with children’s events, live music and the lighting of the Christmas tree, there’s a holiday parade that marches throughout downtown and features both Mayor Greg Fischer and Santa Claus!
The free holiday event takes place Nov. 29 starting at 3 p.m. at the Holiday Marketplace area, which is located at Sixth and Jefferson streets. Live music and entertainment starts at 3 p.m. as well, including notable names like the Louisville Academy of Music, Eight Inch Elvis, Blues Brothers and many more. The parade begins at 6:30 p.m. at Fourth and Liberty streets and goes to Seventh and Jefferson streets. Festivities end around 10 p.m.
Mayor’s Toys for Tots Drive — Friday, Dec. 6
Mayor Greg Fischer is hoping to break a record, and he needs your help in doing so! Toys for Tots is a nonprofit that provides toys and other goods for children in need. So the mayor is hoping to beat 2018’s record of 3,000 toys donated in a 12-hour time frame. The mission begins on Friday, Dec. 6, when new, unwrapped toys can be donated at Louisville Metro Hall, 527 W. Jefferson St., from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Marines will be onsite to help assist, and there will even be an easy drop-off lane for cars.
$20 Umteenth Annual Art Show — Saturday, Dec. 14
Each year, notable Louisville artists gather to participate in the $20 Art Show to offer attendees one-of-a-kind holiday gifts. This year’s lineup includes more than 35 artists and is a win-win for both art creator and art collector. From Sarah Tidwell and Natasha Sud to J. Cobb and Madpixel Art, the participants will offer their work for just $20 — no more, no less. The holiday event is free and runs from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Copper & Kings Distillery, 1121 E. Washington St. This is a great holiday event to take in the local Louisville talent and to pick up a Christmas gift for those on your list!
Bourbon City Cruisers’ Sip & Jingle Holiday Cocktail Cruise — Nov. 30-Dec. 29
Ho ho hold on tight as the Bourbon City Cruisers tuk tuks take you on a cocktail and holiday light tour of the city! The three-hour holiday tour includes all the sights, sounds and sips of downtown Louisvlle and are guided knowledgeable and entertaining Cruiser Captains, who just so happen to be some of Santa’s elves. One stop includes a free holiday-inspired shot at Miracle on Market, Louisville’s only holiday pop-up bar. Holiday tours depart nightly (Wednesday-Sunday) at 6:30 p.m. starting Saturday, Nov. 30, but spots are going quick! Reserve your tickets today at bourboncitycruisers.com.
Flea Off Market’s Holiday Bazaar & Gift Sale — Dec. 7-8
This annual holiday show features more than 200 local vendors offering unique holiday gifts for loved ones, bosses or, hey, even yourself! The event is free and takes place over two days — Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7-8 — at the Kentucky International Convention Center, 221 S. Fourth St. Times are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday.
Lights Under Louisville — Nov. 15-Jan. 4
You’ve seen Christmas lights on trees, houses, rooftops and fences, but have you ever seen them underground? The Louisville Mega Cavern is once again opening up its 17 miles of underground passageways to feature more than 3 million points of light. Drive your own vehicle through the cavern and experience the only underground lightshow in the world. Lights Under Louisville is open from Nov. 15-Jan. 4 from 6-10 p.m. on weekdays and 5-10 p.m. on weekends. Cost is $27 per carload. The Mega Cavern is located at 1841 Taylor Ave.
Bardstown Road Aglow — Saturday, Dec. 7
This annual Lousiville holiday event is now in its 34th year. Partake in festive holiday activities along Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue in the Highlands neighborhood of Louisville. Along with selfies with Santa, there will be a Christmas tree lighting, caroling, Park Community’s Polar Palooza, free trolley rides and much more.
Fleur de Flea Vintage & Handmade Holiday Market — Dec. 14-15
This annual Louisville holiday event attracts more than 200 vendors who primarily offer vintage and handmade goods. This year the event moves to a historic warehouse in the Paristown Pointe neighborhood, at 947 E. Breckinridge St., and runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15. Attendees also will be treated to egg nog, figgy pudding, food trucks and much more.
Fete de Noel Winter Holiday Festival & Ice Skating Rink — Nov. 27-Jan. 5
This is Paristown’s first Fete de Noel (Festival of Christmas), a six-week winter village featuring Louisville’s only outdoor ice skating rink located at Christy’s Garden, right out front of the Old Forester Paristown Hall. Open from Nov. 27-Jan. 5, it’ll also feature the Holiday Laser Dome, ornament decorating courtesy of Louisville Stoneware, and more. A one-hour skate session is $12 with a skate rental, or $9 without.
Olde Tyme Christmas on Frankfort Avenue — Saturday, Dec. 7
The 24th annual Olde Tyme Christmas on Frankfort Avenue is a fun holiday time for all ages. Events, which run from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, will include horse-drawn carriages, a pet costume contest by Pet Wants on the Avenue, pictures with Santa, specials at area stores and restaurants, and much more.
Make Your Own Louisiville Holiday Event!
With over 10 years of expertise Mint Julep Experiences knows how to provide a truly memorable Louisville experience. Our coordinators will help you design a full day, immersive itinerary to Louisville’s best distilleries, wineries, horse farms, sightseeing attractions and more! Customize the itinerary to your preferred holiday celebrations, from bourbon tastings to horse farm tours!
Ideas To Custom Your Holiday Celebrations in Louisville
- Visit your choice of up to four bourbon distilleries in a day for tours and tasting experiences.
- Mix and match Kentucky destinations visiting a barrel cooperage, bourbon distillery and craft brewery.
- Explore regional wineries sampling wines from a variety of small vintners utilizing Kentucky-grown grapes.
- Get a taste of Kentucky by sampling local farm-to-table restaurants, tasting small batch spirits and trying bourbon-infused desserts.
- Travel the hills of Horse Country seeing the various stages of a race horse’s life at a stud farm, nursery, training center and race track.
- Get outdoors to golf courses, shooting ranges and adventure tourism activities.