Christmas and Holiday Events around Louisville 2014

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Louisville and Southern Indiana extending into the outer parts of the metro area are just bustling with holiday events and things to do with the kids. Here is our long list of events.  I bet there’s even more so if you know of any events we don’t have listed, just comment on this blog post so we can add them (please include links)!

In chronological order (unless I messed up, which is possible considering I am jittery from too much sugary Halloween candy – that’s how early I have to create this list!)


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Past events have been deleted to help you find current family fun!

Downtown Holiday fun – click here for an evening outing idea

Bass Pro Shop Christmas: They offer so many activities, a free photo with Santa, games, crafts, freebies and more! Starts Nov. 15th and goes through December 24th and check the times of different promotions by clicking HERE.  The Clarksville location has a kickoff day on Nov 15th -a preview day and Santa’s arrival starts at 5pm. Great for weekdays, busy but doable on weekends. Awesome FREE event.

Christmas at the Galt House see their website for all of the events – November 15th – January 1st. Review from 2014 New: Pam Tillis and Friends show, Dickens Dinner, others from previous years: Kalightoscope, Candy Cane Forest, Peppermint Express kiddie train, Snow Fairy, Dancing Bellman and New this year-  Ernie the Engineer, and more. 2011 review , 2012 Review, Snow Fairy Tea review, Colors of the Season review.

A Coca-Cola Christmas at Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory – November 15th-January 5. Interactive exhibit, Polar Bears, appearances with Santa on select Saturdays. Kids 12 and under free admission Dec 20-Jan 5.

Main Library will host A Nutcracker Storytime with the Louisville Ballet  November 19th at 6:30pm. Other dates are November 20, 25, and December 10.

Lights Under Louisville is open 7 days a week for a fun drive through festive experience of lights and holiday music starting Nov. 21st and running through Jan. 4th. It’s $25 per car but you can usually find a coupon (Groupon available here) – beware, if you go right after dinner, lines lines lines.  Think strategery (a la GWB/Will Farrell) when timing your visit and make sure the kiddos use the restroom right before you go, seriously.

Kentucky Horse Park (Lexington) Southern Lights Holiday Stroll. Nov. 21  -Dec 31 – not a bad drive to get there!

The Most Wonderful Reindeer of All at Derby Dinner Playhouse is great family fun.  Many show dates starting November 22-Dec 20  Tickets start at $16.

A Christmas Carol is running at Actor’s Theater starting Nov.25th through Dec 23.  It’s good for ages 5 and up

A Christmas Carol – Shelby County Community Theatre – various dates and times  Tickets $10 and up.

Light Up Louisville & 40 Nights of Lights – Santa arrives for the Light Up Louisville event on November 28th (parade at 6:30pm), The lights go through Jan 4 . Then, in 4th Street Live there will be entertainment with an ice rink (faux ice) and light show in Aegon Plaza for 40 Nights of Lights starting 11/28 – light show starts at 6pm nightly on the hour.  Kids will be able to interact with the lights! 

  • Highlights of Light Up Louisville include the Run, Run Rudolph 5K run/walk at 2 p.m.; a parade at 6:30 p.m. on Fourth Street (from Liberty to Main streets); and the arrival of Santa Claus at 8 p.m. to assist Mayor Greg Fischer in inserting the magic plug to turn on thousands of lights on downtown buildings and trees. The merriment is capped off with fireworks. Events are centered around the Main Stage at Fourth and Main streets.
  • An outdoor ice skating rink will be at Fourth Street Live! The rink uses a synthetic ice, whichensures its availability even if outdoor temperatures go above freezing. Admission is $5 per hour for adults and $3 for children under 13. Daily rates are $10 and a season pass is $40 for all ages. Skate rental is $2.
  • A Holiday Village makes its debut this year at Fourth Street Live! There will be special decorations and programs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the holidays.
  • Children can get their photo taken with Santa for free after the lights and fireworks at the Kentucky International Convention Center.
  • And more, see here: here.

Yew Dell Gardens Holiday trains exhibit – Nov 28-30, Dec 6-7, Dec 13-14, Dec 20-21 various dates and time, fee for admission

The Lights at Toyland Christmas display are wonderful, set to music and you can make donations to benefit the Home of the Innocents. Here’s the MAP on how to get there (6801 Melon Court, Louisville, KY). It starts November 28 and goes through Dec 26. The special event weekend is Dec 12 and 13-proceeds to Home of the Innocents. We wrote a review, click HERE to read about it and see photos/video.

Holiday Interim music class session with Heartland Music Together. Beginning Dec 2nd drop in rate for a class $15.

The Santa Express & North Pole Express at the Kentucky Railway Museum: Day and evening excursions starting on Dec. 6-7th, 13-14th, 20-21st and running varies dates and times. It’s $24.00 for Adults and $19.00 for children ages 2-12, kids under the age of 2 are free.  90 minutes rides with activities

FREE Pictures with Santa at Park Community Credit Union all branches – Dec 6 and 13, 9:30am- 11:30am

The Nutcracker – Louisville Ballet on various dates from December 6-21

Breakfast with Santa at Martini Italian Bistro at Paddock Shops Dec 7th 9-10:30am also on Dec 14th

4th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair  at Spalding Dec 12th 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Live Nativity at Okolona Christian Church Dec 12-14 6:30pm-9pm Caroling, free hot chocolate & cookies

The Louisville Christmas Show Free admission and a free photo with Santa. Shop like crazy. December 12-14th  

Cookies and Photos with Santa at NE YMCA Dec 13th 9am-11am $6 per child, see Facebook page for info

Craft Fair& Breakfast with Santa Dec 13th 9am-3pm at St. Thomas More Parish. Craft fair will be held from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and Breakfast with Santa from 9 a.m. until noon.

Holiday Bazaar at Jeffersontown High School in gym Dec 13th 9am-3pm 9600 Old Six Mile Lane

Holly & Ivy at the Louisville Nature Center on Dec. 13th from 9-3pm

Breakfast with Santa at SkyZone Louisville Dec 13th breakfast and pics special toddler time 9am-10am (5 and under) 10am-12pm Santa in the Park. Purchase a jump pass and enjoy lots of fun.

A Reader’s Corner Bookstore will host the Grinch Who Stole Christmas story time Dec. 13th at 1:00 and 2:00. Refreshments after.  All ages. 

Annual Christmas in Anchorage  – December 13th 9-3pm at Anchorage School

Enjoy breakfast with Santa on the Spirit of Jefferson on Dec. 13th at 9:30-12 – tickets $22-$32

Bridgepoint Elementary PTO in Jeffersonville – Holiday Bazaar on Dec 13th from 9 AM-1 PM

Mama Crafted Holiday Bazaar at Mama’s Hip – Dec 13th 2pm-6pm Shop local from local mamas!

Diaper Fairy Cottage Dec 13th 9am-5pm Cottage Kids Shopping Day fruit, donuts, and hot chocolate this morning! Bring your kids anytime between 9am-5pm today for a junior VIP experience while they shop for family presents!

COOKIES WITH SANTA at YMCA Greater Louisville Dec 13th 2-4pm Members are welcome to spend some quality time with Santa! Cookies and hot chocolate will be provided. Bring your camera and capture of picture of your kids with Santa!

Cost: Free, no registration required

Santa Brunch at BLU Italian Grille Dec 14th 11:30am-1:30pm Reservations call 502-671-4285

Brunch with Santa at Buckhead Mountain Grill Dec 14th 10am-2pm Pictures with Santa 10am – Noon. Make sure to bring a camera or cellphone to take your own keepsake picture.
$14.99 for adults, $7.99 for kids 4-10 years of age, and 3 and under eat for free! All kiddos will receive a free candy cane at Brunch with Santa!

The Louisville Chorus performs Carols of the Nativity at St. Brigid Catholic Church on Dec 14th at 4pm. Student $5 Senior $15 General $20.

Ascension School live nativity Dec 14th; from 6:00-8:00p.m

Check back-Breakfasts with Santa are always popping up.

Breakfast with Santa at Rivue check back for details

Breakfast with Santa at Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Check their website for info

Breakfast with Santa at YMCA Norton Commons Check their FB page

Brunch with Santa at the Oakroom – Dec 13 -Buffet, visit with Santa, crafts and more, fancy schmancy.

Friends Holiday Party at Iroquois Dec 13 – 11AM – 2PM

Mark’s Feed Store-Fern Creek – Dec. 16th Kid’s Christmas Party. Crafts, games, Santa Claus- Tues kids eat free! No charge for photo with Santa. Review of store here.

Drive-Thru Christmas December 18-20 7-10PM nightly Free outdoor presentation at Valley View Church in southwest Louisville. See what Bethlehem was like 2000 years ago.

Saturday with Santa (40 Nights of Lights) Dec 20 5pm-7pm Light Up Plaza 4th and Jefferson Get picture with Santa, bring canned good or dollar donation for Dare to Care

Disney Princesses Light Up Holiday Village at 4th Street Live Dec 20th 2pm-6pm

MegaCavern Breakfast with Santa on Dec 20th starting at 9am.  This event is to help raise money for international adoptions and is open to the public.

Farmers and Specialty Vendors at Winter Jeffersontown Farmers Market Dec 20 10am-1pm Grab spices, honey, jams and jellies, sweet breads, and fudge for a Kentucky Proud gift basket. Handmade jewelrym toys, soaps, etc. Shop local farmers at the Jeffersontown Christian Church on Taylorsville Rd. next to Veterans Memorial Park.

Nutcracker on Ice from the LSA on Saturday, December 20 and 21 1:30pm.& 4:30 p.m. at Iceland.

Journey to Bethlehem at Jeffersontown Christian Church Dec 24th – start at Sunny Acres Farm and see the progression of animals go to the live nativity. The “Journey” begins at the church at 5pm, but if you would like to experience the Live Nativity and join the caravan at the farm you may do so. Please let us know if you will be attending so we can plan for parking. There will be refreshments at the conclusion of the service. See Facebook post about event.

Pictures with Santa at the malls if you can’t make it to any of the free opps 🙂
Mall St. Matthews
Oxmoor Center
Jefferson Mall
Green Tree Mall

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