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The Holiday Season in Louisville, Kentucky

Friday marked the beginning of the holiday shopping season and Louisvillians are preparing themselves for an entertainment-filled December!  Louisville, Kentucky is a city filled with activities and fun events, and the holiday season is one of the best times to be in the city.

Light Up LouisvilleLight Up Louisville kicks off the season on Friday, November 25th when downtown will transform into a winter wonderland of lights, fireworks, and music.  More than 75,000 people will visit downtown to witness this wonderful event.  The Holiday Parade will bring nearly 100 floats and participants and the Holiday Market will be open for visitors to pick out a special gift for their loved ones.  Santa will make the voyage to Louisville from New York City after his parade performance, and then he will present Mayor Greg Fischer with a “magic plug,’ which will be placed in the city’s largest electrical socket.  This will light up the entire downtown area and set off some amazing fireworks!

For a trip underground, Lights Under Louisville will take place November 18 – January 1st in the Louisville Mega Cavern.  The public will be allowed to drive themselves through the 30-40 minute display, with over 500 characters and over a million points of light!  Lights Under Louisville happens every night of the week and starts at $25 a car.

Christmas tree lovers will not want to miss Holidays Around the World at the Frazier History Museum.  The trees will display traditions found throughout Louisville’s diverse neighborhoods.  There will be trees displaying traditional Christmas decorations, as well as cultural displays that showcase other holidays observed around the world.  Over 30 trees will be on display for the public starting Thanksgiving through New Year’s.

Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown will be happening at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory until January 2nd.  This will be the third year the Peanuts gang has paid a visit to Louisville to share the true meaning of Christmas.  There will be hands-on activities, comics, and videos included in admission.

Kalightoscope LouisvilleOne of Louisville’s biggest Christmas exhibits is KaLightoscope at The Galt House Hotel.  Opening on November 17th, this year’s event will be bigger than ever with a new Christmas Village featuring the Snow Fairy Castle.  There will be over 11 themed areas where visitors can meander through huge light sculptures and surprises.  Each sculpture has been painted by hand from artisans in Zigong, China.  Tickets for this amazing event start at $15.99 for adults and $9.99 for children.

The 9th Annual Nature of Christmas in Goshen will take place on December 3rd from Noon to 3:00 PM.  Goshen is a quick 30 minute trip from Louisville over in Oldham County.  This free community event will have hay rides, crafts, and free chili, hot dogs, and hot chocolate.  Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at 1:30 and bring gifts to the first 250 children.  The event takes place at the Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve in Goshen at 12501 Harmony Landing Road. 

The cooler weather is no excuse not to get out there an exercise and Oldham County has a great event to get you in the spirit!  The Holiday People & Dog Walk is a 2 mile dog walk at 9:30 AM on December 4th at Wendell Moore Park.  The cost will be $5 or a new unwrapped toy.  This great event will benefit the Teddy Bear Tree Program, which provides toys and clothes to needy children in the community for the holidays.

It is well known in the Louisville area that to see the city’s best holiday light displays, you must take a drive in Lake Forest.  Nearly 1,200 homes will be decorated as residents take great pride in their holiday decorations in this fabulous Louisville community.  The first week in December is the best time to go and the best part about Light Up Lake Forest is that it’s free!  For those lucky enough to live in the community, the Lodge will have a holiday party and visit with Santa on December 11th.

Louisville is a great place to get the whole family together and take a trip to some fantastic holiday activities.  Why not start some new traditions with one of the many fun events?  To learn more about events and activities in the area, please visit Homes for Sale in Louisville.

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