Best List of Holiday & Christmas Events in and around Louisville 2015


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‘Tis the season for the awe of Holiday & Christmas events and activities in and around Louisville. Looking for a way to celebrate or get into the spirit? We’ve got you covered! 

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Early November
Friday, November 6th is the Chenoweth Square Holiday Walk from 6-9pm. Stroll the Square and get into the spirit of the season! Be inspired by the latest in holiday fashion, accessories, decor, food, and much more! Located at 3907 Chenoweth Square.

Saturday, November 7th is the Celebration of Lights in Shelbyville! 4-8pm

Saturday, November 7th is Incarnation’s Holiday Craft Show.

Saturday, November 7th is Seneca’s Holiday Craft Bazaar from 9am-3pm. Located at 3510 Goldsmith Lane, Louisville, KY 40220.

 photo osbg4757v2_470x470_40K_zpsfyqu2w8r.jpgSunday, November 8th from 10am-4pm is the St. Agnes Christmas Boutique! Located at 1920 Newburg Rd.

November 12th – 22nd “All The Whos In Whoville” by Todd Zeigler will be playing at the Iroquois Amphitheater. Check the website for dates and times!

Thursday, November 12th, Join The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass celebrate the grand opening of Phase II and the Holiday Tree Lighting! Entertainment starts at 5pm and the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Tree Lighting will begin at 7pm.

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Friday and Saturday, November 13th and 14th is the Beechmont Women’s Club Annual Luncheon and Bazaar! From 9am-6pm on Friday and 9am-3pm on Saturday. Located at 4516 S. 6th St.

November 13th and 14th is the Festival of Trees and Lights at Louisville Slugger Field. Hosted by the Children’s Hospital Foundation, hundreds of volunteers design and decorate Christmas trees, wreaths and hand crafted holiday items – all of which are for sale to raise funds for Kosair Children’s Hospital. Festival Family Night is 11/13.

Saturday, November 14, from 5-8pm the Bass Pro Shops Preview Event and Santa’s Arrival. Tree lighting, Santa’s Wonderland, Carolers, give aways, free craft, cookies, hot chocolate and more!

Saturday, November 14th is Field’s Holiday Bazaar/Arts and Crafts Show. Located at 120 Sacred Heart Lane off Frankfort Avenue.

Saturday, November 14th is Fern Creek Baptist Church Holiday Art and Craft Show from 9am-3pm. Located at 5920 Bardstown Rd. Louisville, KY 40291.

Saturday, November 14th is Deck the Halls Holiday Bazaar at Southern Hills Church. Located in Louisville, KY 40229.

Saturday, November 14th is Neighborhood Toy Store Day, and Santa will be visiting from 1pm-3pm Learning Express Toys.Come visit your new neighborhood toy store and make your holiday shopping list!

November 14th is Holiday in the Woods at The Little Loomhouse. 6 – 9pm.

November 14th – December 21st, Derby Dinner Playhouse is performing Jack Frost Saves Christmas! Follow Jack on his adventures in Christmas town as he discovers his special icy talents and manages to save Christmas! Santa will be at every performance. Price: Breakfast – $16.00; Lunch – $21.00

November 14th – January 3rd is Best. Toys. Ever. at The Slugger Museum.

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Tuesday, November 17th visit the St. Matthews Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library for Nutcracker Storytime with the Louisville Ballet. 6:30pm.

November 17, 18, and 19th is the Temptations Holiday Boutique at The Olmsted. Come shop over 30 hand selected vendors that are available only at this show. It is 3 days long, inside, counter service lunch is available and wine is also available for purchase. No entry fees, open to the public, and no reservations are needed. You can park close and stay as long as you like. We will have something for everyone on your list. Located at 3701 Frankfort Rd.

November 19th – December 27th is Christmas at the Galt House. Winter Wonderland, Snow Fairy Princesses, Peppermint Express Kiddie Train, and more.

Thursday, November 19th is the Kentucky Horse Park’s Southern Lights Stroll. This event features a 5k run along with mini train rides, refreshments, and prize drawings. A food drive will also take place for God’s Pantry and local animal shelters.

 photo Holly Jolly Jubilee Dec. 6_zpseuztsehu.pngNovember 20th – January 3rd, Lights Under Louisville at the Louisville Mega Cavern will be open. Load up the kids and enjoy a 30 minute ride through part of 17 miles of underground passageways, which features over 850 lit characters with over 2,000,000 points of light.

Saturday, November 21st is Waggener High School’s Art and Craft Fair, located at 330 South Hubbards Lane.

Saturday, November 21st is Light Up Simpsonville at 6:00pm.

Saturday, November 21st is the Snow Ball Gala to raise funds for Kosair Children’s Hospital. This black tie event has become one of the most fashionable holiday parties in Louisville. A gourmet meal precedes dancing to music by Galaxy. Black ties for the gentlemen and ball gowns for the ladies.

Saturday, November 21st is St. Gabriel’s Gall Craft Show from 9am – 3pm. Handmade crafts, gifts and decor. 5505 Bardstown Rd.

Saturday, November 21st is the 4th Annual NuLu Holiday Open House. Celebrate the holidays NuLu style! Extended hours, store and restaurant specials, an appearance from Santa and more. From 10am-5pm.

Saturday, November 21st is the 3rd Annual Holiday Brite Nite at Paddock Shops. 4:30 – 7:30pm. Carolers, magicians, juggler, stilt walker, Frosty and many special guests! Face painting and free glow items for kids, while supplies last.

Sunday, November 22nd is St. Leonard’s Holiday Bazaar located at 440 Zorn Avenue.

Late November 
November 23rd – December 24th is Christmas Tree Lane at Waterfront Park.

November 24th-December 23rd A Christmas Carol is being presented by Actor’s Theatre.

Wednesday, November 25th is Light Up Lyndon from 5:00-8:00pm. Santa and his Elves will be there to help kick off the Holiday season. Face painting, pictures with Santa, and train rides are a few of the festivities!

November 25th – January 1st, is Elizabethtown’s Christmas in the Park. Located at Freeman Lake Park, admission is FREE but donations are gladly accepted.

Friday, November 27th is Light Up Louisville including a Skating Rink, the Run, Run, Rudolph 5K, Santa’s Workshop, and Santa’s Arrival. The festivities begin at 11am and go until 11pm! For more information click here!

November 27th – January 2nd is Christmas in Charlestown. Largest animated light show in So. Indiana. on the City Square nightly Sunday-Saturday 6pm-10pm. Winter Wonderland of Lights in Greeway Park with Carriage Rides Thursday-Saturday 6pm-10pm. Ice Skating, Train Rides, Santa and more at the Family Activities Park Thursday -Saturday 6pm-10pm. Less than 20 minutes from the Kennedy Bridge (through Jeffersonville).

November 27th – January 25th Jeffersonville’s Skating Rink will be open! Located at the corner of Market and Spring Streets.

November 27th starts Fifth Third Bank’s A Christmas Carol at Actor’s Theatre.

November 27th and 28th is Candy Cane and Ribbon Making Demonstrations at Schimpffs

November 27th – December 29 visit Holiday Train Exhibit: The Yew Dell Express on select days.
Friday 11/27; 10am – 4pm. Saturday 11/28, 12/5, 12/12 & 12/19; 10am – 4pm. Sunday 11/29, 12/6, 12/13 & 12/20 noon – 4pm. Free with paid admission. Snow village, model trains, gnome scavenger hunt and Santa.

Saturday, November 28th from 1-6pm is the 7th Annual Jingle Walk and Holiday Fest in New Albany. “Light up of New Albany” will happen at 6:30pm. On the corner of Spring and Pearl Street.

Saturday, November 28th is Light Up Jeffersonville! Parade starts at 5:00pm with Light Up Jeffersonville at 5:30pm.

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Tuesday, December 1st visit the Fern Creek Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library for Nutcracker Storytime with the Louisville Ballet. 6:30pm.

Wednesday, December 2nd visit the Main Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library for Nutcracker Storytime with the Louisville Ballet. 6:30pm.

Thursday, December 3rd visit the Iroquois of the Louisville Free Public Library for Nutcracker Storytime with the Louisville Ballet. 6:30pm.

Thursday, December 3rd, your child can meet Santa Cow and Elf Cow at at Chick-fil-A St. Matthews, Mall St. Matthews and Springhurst. 5-7pm.

Starting December 4th, the Kentucky Railroad Museum will have the Santa Express and North Pole Express Running. Check out their website for dates and times!

December is a time for Holiday Interim Sessions at Heartland Music Together!

December 4th is Light up the Village at Westport Village. Join them from 5-8pm.

December 4th and 5th is Christmastide at Locust Grove from 5:30-9:00pm. The Clark & Croghan families invite you into their home to visit and to partake of holiday cheer. Live music, lively conversations, refreshments, and crafts for children 3 and up.

December 4th and 5th is WinterFair at Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church located at 4936 Brownsboro Road.

December 4th – 6th U of L Dance Theatre presents the 20th annual performance of “Clara’s Dream” at the School of Music’s Comstock Hall. 7pm on Dec. 4; 3pm and 7pm on Dec. 5; and 2pm on Dec. 6. $15 for adults and $10 for children under age 13 or adults over age 65. Group rates also are available for ten or more.

Saturday, December 5th is Butler High School’s Festival of Trees Arts and Crafts Show. Located at 2222 Crums Lane, Louisville, KY 40216.

Saturday, December 5th is St. Matthews Elementary First Annual Holiday Bazaar and Craft Fair. 601 Browns Lane. 9am – 2pm.

Saturday, December 5th is Old Fashioned Family Holiday Festival at Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing. Bring the kids out for an old-fashioned holiday celebration at Riverside from 2pm-7pm! Free activities include: Photo opportunity with Santa Holiday crafts for kids Horse-drawn wagon rides Musical entertainment Tours of the historic Farnsley-Moremen House decorated for the season! (House closes at 5 PM.) ~ Refreshments for Sale ~ Silent Auction of Holiday Wreaths ~ This event is presented by the Dixie Area Business Association.

Saturday, December 5th is Victorian Christmas Tea at Whitehall. Doors open at 2:45 p.m., tea served promptly at 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 5th is OH DEER! HUNGRY HERBIVORES IN THE HOOD at the Louisville Nature Center.

Saturday, December 5th is Nutcracker in a Nutshell at Louisville Palace Theater. Performances are at 2pm and 7pm.

Saturday, December 5th is the Christmas Cookie Stroll in Downtown Jeffersonville. From 12-3pm.

Saturday, December 5th is a Country Christmas at Blackacre State Nature Preserve and Historic Homestead. Spend an old-fashioned family Christmas celebration at Blackacre! Enjoy hot apple cider, Christmas treats, a craft for the kiddos, live music, carriage rides (weather permitting), and a visit from jolly Saint Nick himself!

The North Pole Express at My Old Kentucky Dinner Train in Bardstown begins December 5th and runs on the weekends until December 20th.

Saturday, December 5 from 10:30am-7:00pm at Norton Commons. With over 55 local businesses including boutiques, shops, restaurants and bars, you’ll find something for everyone. Most of the shops and restaurants will be open with sales and specials. Santa will be visiting from 3-5 pm & carriage rides will be offered from 5-7 pm. You must bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots in order to get a photo with Santa or a carriage ride.

Saturday, December 5th is a Holiday Party at Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium from 1pm-4pm.

Saturday, December 5th is Light Up Jeffersontown from 6-8pm. Start the holiday season with Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Mayor as they flip the switch to Light Up Jeffersontown! Immediately following, festivities continue outside with live performances by area choral groups, ice carving, free refreshments and free carriage rides. Inside the Community Center enjoy arts and crafts, holiday movies and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus!

Saturday, December 5th is Holiday Wreath Making at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens. This popular class has become a holiday tradition for many. Participants will be instructed by the masters on how to design and assemble their own 22-24” wreath. Materials are all fresh and harvested at Yew Dell. Participants should bring their own gloves and pruners. Express you inner Claus by making a holiday wreath fit for your own front door.

Saturday, December 5th is the 13th Annual Nature of Christmas in Goshen from 12-3pm. A thank you to our friends and community for a terrific year! Free food, artisans and gift booths, crafts, hayrides, music, and Santa & Mrs. Claus with gift bags and treats. Free, donations encouraged.

Saturday, December 5th is Light Up LaGrange from 3pm-8pm with the Lighting Ceremony to take place at 5pm.

Saturday, December 5th is the Living Nativity at Ballardsville Baptist Church from 6-8:30pm. Free Hot Chocolate and Cookies!

Saturday, December 5th is A Night in Bethlehem at Shelbyville First Baptist Church from 6-8pm. A drive through live nativity. View and hear the Christmas from the comfort of your vehicle. Cookies and hot chocolate upon exit while supplies last. Free.

Saturday, December 5th is the Shelby County Christmas Parade starting at 10am.

Saturday, December 5th is the Holiday Card Factory at the American Printing House for the Blind.

Saturday, December 5th is Christmas Wonderland with the Louisville Chorus at 6pm. St Mary’s Catholic Church 415 East 8th St (@ Spring) New Albany, IN 47150 $20 Gen, $15 Senior, $5 Student

Saturday, December 5th is Lunch with Santa and on December 12th is Breakfast with Santa on The Spirit of Jefferson.

Saturday, December 5th visit Michael’s for a Kids Club Event: Clothespin Characters. 10am – noon. Drop in and create a fun clothespin friend to decorate the tree. Ages 3 and up. Only $2 per session, includes supplies.

Saturday, December 5th stop by Michael’s for a Family Gingerbread Housebuilding Workshop. 1:00pm – 4:00pm. Assemble an adorable gingerbread house and try to resist the temptation to snack on your building supplies! Buy the kit and the supplies are included.

Saturday, December 5th is Home for the Holidays at the Brown Theatre. Louisville Orchestra performs holiday classics and invites you to sing-along with favorite holiday tunes. Pre-concert activities at 10am including craft station and Instrument Playground. Show 11. $15. All ages.

Saturday, December 5th is O Come, Emmanuel: An Advent Celebration at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. This annual event in Alumni Chapel to celebrates the Christmas season with a rich, gospel-centered Christmas worship gathering based on the themes of Advent. Matinee Admission – 4:00 pm. Advance cost is $8 or $10 at the door. Doors will open at 3:15.  Evening Admission – 7:30 pm. Advance cost is $11 or $15 at the door. Doors will open at 6:45.

December 5th and 6th is A 1940’S Radio Holiday Pops Spectacular at Paul W. Ogle Cultural and Community Center, Indiana University Southeast. Featuring The Birdies, J.R. Stuart, Jim Hessleman and Santa Claus. Saturday at 7:30 pm. Sunday at 3 pm.

December 5th and 6th is Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour

December 5th and 6th stop by the Ballard Holiday Halls Arts & Craft Show from 10am – 5pm on Sat. or 12pm – 4pm on Sun.

December 5th and 6th visit the 5th Annual Dickens Christmas Festival, at the KY Renaissance Festival Grounds in Eminence, KY. Admission is $5/person. Scenes from Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol,” Christmas Caroling, photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus + shopping and more!

December 5th and 6th is Santa Paws at the Humane Society of Oldham Co. 11am to 5pm. Get your pets photo with Santa! Bring the kids and make it a family photo. Professional Photographers. Pkgs start at $12. Free refreshments, a gift shop, silent auction and a bake sale!

Sunday, December 6th is the Holly Jolly Jubilee from 1-4pm at All About Kids (Louisville location).

Sunday, December 6th is the 5K Dreidel Dash Families of all faiths and fitness levels are invited to usher in the first evening of Hanukkah with a 5K for runners and walkers ages 10 and over, a one-mile Family Fun Run for everyone, and an awesome after party with games, music, Hanukkah snacks and a menorah-lighting at sundown.

Sunday, December 6th Musical Roots of Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” — an Emilie Strong Smith Chamber Music concert at Locust Grove. The concert will feature music associated with and inspired by Christmas books and plays in early 19th century melodrama. Music of Mozart, Bayly, Playford and others.

Tuesday, December 8th visit Derby City Pediatric Dentistry for an afternoon with Santa. Bring a new, unwrapped toy ($5 value or above) and receive a photo with Santa, crafts and treats. Toys will go to Toys for Tots! 4 – 6:30pm.

Wednesday, December 9th visit the Southwest of the Louisville Free Public Library for Nutcracker Storytime with the Louisville Ballet. 6:30pm.

Wednesday, December 9th, enjoy Light Up Westport (Westport, KY). Begins at 6 pm. There will be hot cocoa and cookies and a very special jolly guest. There will be a HUGE display this season that will run Thursday-Sunday 6-10 p.m. through December 30th.

Thursday, December 10th, your child can meet Santa Cow and Elf Cow at at Chick-fil-A St. Matthews, Mall St. Matthews and Springhurst. 5-7pm.

Friday, December 11 is the Uptown Ornament Walk in New Albany from 5-8pm on Pearl Street in New Albany. Create an ornament by collecting ornament peices as you visit participating businesses.
Registration starts at Bush Keller Sporting Goods

Friday, December 11 is Hope Christmas for Kids. Hope Lutheran Church, 4200 Shenandoah Dr. This FREE event is for children from 3 years old – 5th grade. The evening will include dinner, Bible lessons, music, games, crafts, movie and cookie decorating. Parents will have an evening to go to dinner, do some Christmas shopping or decorating while their children learn about Jesus’ birth. Registrations are due by Saturday, December 5. Get more info or register at or call 502.423.1211.

December 11, 12, and 13th is the Christmas Gift and Décor Show at the Kentucky Expo Center.

Saturday, December 12th visit Michael’s for a Kids Club Event: Perler Santa Belt Coasters. 10am – noon. Kids can make a festive Santa belt coaster that makes any holiday party guest feel welcome. Ages 3 and up. Only $2 per session, includes supplies.

Saturday, December 12th Santa Claus visits The Diaper Fairy Cottage! Free hot chocolate and cookies. Professional photographer on and to take a photo that will be emailed to you. Donations accepted.

Saturday, December 12th is a Holiday Party at Iroquois branch of the library. Santa, music, crafts & refreshments! Each child will receive a free book!

Saturday, December 12th visit the Western branch of the library for the Gift of Song Community Choir/Watkins United Methodist Church Choir for sing-along of Carols. Light refreshments will be served.

Saturday, December 12th visit the Middletown Library for Gingerbread House Storytime. Enjoy sweet stories and decorate a gingerbread house to take home. Signup required. Limit 25. Begins at 2.

Saturday, December 12th is Christmas in Anchorage.

Saturday, December 12th is the Holiday Bazaar at Jeffersontown High School located at 9600 Old Six Mile Lane.

Saturday, December 12th – Sunday, December 13th is Polar Express Family Overnight at the Kentucky Science Center. Discover the science behind this classic family favorite. Enjoy a flashlight scavenger hunt. Fall asleep alongside a spaceship, mummy, and polar bear! Wake up to a light breakfast and next-day admission all included in your ticket. 6:00 pm – 9:00 am.
$30/family member 2nd day admission included.

December 12 & 13th visit the 5th Annual Dickens Christmas Festival, at the KY Renaissance Festival Grounds in Eminence, KY. Admission is $5/person. Scenes from Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol,” Christmas Caroling, photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus + shopping and more!

December 12-13 and 19-20 is the Louisville Zoo’s Santa Safari. 10am, 12 Noon, and 2pm each day.

December 12th and 19th The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass presents Shop with Santa. From 4:00-9:00pm. Catch a glimpse of Santa getting his shopping done! Pose with Santa for a selfie and you might find yourself on the nice list!

December 12th-20th The Brown Foreman Nutcracker will be showing at the Louisville Ballet.

Sunday, December 13th is Family Hanukah Festival at Keneseth Israel Congregation, 2531 Taylorsville Road. Hanukah candle lighting, a dinner with plenty of latkes and jelly donuts, and a fun family festival, featuring dreidel games, face painting, bouncies, cookie decorating, arts and crafts, music and much more! RSVP’s a must. Free!

Thursday, December 17th, your child can meet Santa Cow and Elf Cow at at Chick-fil-A St. Matthews, Mall St. Matthews and Springhurst. 5-7pm.

Thursday, December 17th at 6pm, Paint and Donate at South Oldham Fire Dept. 6310 Old LaGrange Rd. Crestwood, KY 40014. Workshop for adults and children 7+. Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana. Call 502-753-3745 with questions.

Saturday, December 19th, wear your PJ’s and visit the Middletown Library for the Polar Express and the Grinch Family Pajama Party. Begins at 10 am with the reading of two holiday classics and a craft. Call 245-7332 to register.

Saturday, December 19th is a Polar Express Family Event at Kentucky Science Center. 9 – 11:30 am.
Members $10 • Non-Member $15. Best for families of children 7 and under. Watch the Polar Express 3D in your PJ’s and enjoy a snack. Hands-on activities after the movie.

December 19th and 20th is the Nutcracker on Ice at the Louisville Skating Academy.

December 19th and 20th is Storytime with Santa at Joe Huber’s Farm.

Sunday, December 20th is Dickens Dinner at RIVUE Restaurant & Lounge. Doors open at 7pm, Dinner at 8pm, horse & carriage ride at 10pm. $99 Inclusive, per person. Call for reservations.

Saturday December 26th at 6pm. Kwanzaa- Umoja (Unity) at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 1545 S. 34th St. For info, call. 502-774-5772.

Monday, December 28th at 5:30pm. Kwanzaa- Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) at Catholic Enrichment Center, 3146 W. Broadway. For info, call 502-776-0262.

December 29th, 30th and 31st is the Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2000 Douglass Blvd. A musical pageant celebrating the arrival of the Christ child and the triumph of good over evil. Performance is free. An optional, candlelight dinner is $25.

Friday, January 1st at 4pm. Kwanzaa- Imani (Faith) at Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. For info, call 502-583-4100

Photos with Santa are available at the Malls and Bass Pro Shops throughout the Holiday Season.

We try our best to provide accurate information, however, we suggest verifying exact details by checking the venue’s website or contacting them by phone.  Know of a Holiday or Christmas event that was not included in this list? Email the event information to

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