As the holiday season approaches, an annual fundraiser helps get Louisville in the mood for Christmas.
At the Festival of Trees and Lights, more than 10,000 people enjoy walking past themed Christmas trees, garlands, wreaths and light displays that celebrate Christian, Jewish and Kwanzaa traditions at Louisville Slugger Field. The items are then sold at the end of the Festival to benefit the neonatal intensive care unit at Kosair Children’s Hospital.
The exhibit also offers displays of miniature trains, a Sweet Shop and a Gift Shop.
The event, scheduled this year for Nov. 12-14, also includes Dickens Night and The Snow Ball.
Dickens Night, to be held this year on Nov. 12, features Dickens-era characters and carolers, the arrival of Santa Claus, fireworks, and English-style food such as fish and chips and bangers and mash. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m.
The Snow Ball is held the following weekend (Nov. 20 this year) from 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Marriott Louisville Downtown. The black tie event, another fundraiser for the hospital, has featured members of the Louisville Ballet, an orchestra for dancing, and a silent auction with items such as a 10,000+ square foot house that includes an elevator and nine bathrooms; one week at a house in Dordogne, in southern France; Super Bowl XLV tickets, and suite tickets to a U of L –Kentucky basketball game at the new KFC Yum! Center.
For those with champagne taste but beer budgets, there’s the Snow on Ice after party, which offers attendees access to the post-dinner events of the Snow Ball, including cocktails, desserts and dancing.
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