Best List of Holiday & Christmas Events in Louisville


‘Tis the season for the awe of Holiday & Christmas events and activities in and around Louisville. 

Holiday Christmas Events Louisville

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Looking for a way to celebrate or get into the spirit? We’ve got you covered! Holiday events, markets, tree-lighting, photos with Santa and more. 

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

Events spanning November and December

Keep tabs on the Louisville Free Public Library events – they have multiple locations where you have the opportunity to make holiday cards for soldiers and other crafts.

Christmas at the Galt House will not be taking place in the same way it has in years past. Instead, there are a serious of special events. 

Louisville’s Holiday in the City and downtown skating rink will not be taking place this year.

November 10 -December 24 it’s Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops. A bunch of free activities and great opportunities to get photo with Santa.

November 16 -December 15, fresh wreath making workshop at Forage on various dates.

November 17 – December 22, times vary: Derby Dinner Playhouse. A Velveteen Rabbit Christmas. Price includes food , book early – these typically sell out.

November 20-December 23: A Christmas Carol is being presented by Actor’s Theatre.

Starting November 23 is Charlestown’s Christmas City.

November 25 – December 25: Toyland Christmas lights.

Louisville Orchestra presents Messiah – several dates/locations.

Check out  Louisville Chorus for listings of all of the holiday performances.

Santa at the Green Tree Mall November 10-December 24.



November 3, 10am-3pm: Christmas at CAL.

November 3, 6-9pm: Holiday in the Woods at the Little Loom House.

November 4, 10am – 4pm: Saint Agnes Christmas Boutique.

November 8, 6-9pm: Holiday Open House in Jeffersonville.

November 9, 5-9pm: St. Matthews Holiday Walk.

November 9, 7pm tree lighting at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass

November 9th to the 11th 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 Norton Children’s Hospital. Festival Family Night is 11/9.

November 10, 9am-3pm: Eastern High School Holiday Boutique.

November 10, 10am-7pm: NuLu Jingle Fest.

November 10, 4-8pm Celebration of Lights in Shelbyville

November 13-15, times vary by day: Temptations Holiday Boutique at The Olmsted.

Novemeber 13, 6 – 7:30pm: Adult art, Christmas at Griffin Center. 

November 17, 9am – 2pm: Christmas Shopping Day & Craft Fair at St. Paul.

November 17, 10:30am: Scrooge’s Christmas Journey at Actor’s Theatre.

November 17, 6:30pm: Light Up Simpsonville.

November 21, 5:30-7:30pm: Light Up Lyndon

November 23, 5:30pm: Whitehall Garden’s Candlelight Tour.

November 23, 4-11pm: Light Up Louisville including children’s activities, vendors, and Santa’s Arrival. Click here for the full calendar of events.

November 23 & 24: Candy cane & ribbon candy making demonstrations at Schimpff’s.

Starting November 23 visit Yuletide at Yew Dell on select days. Snow village, model trains, crafts, workshops and Santa.

November 24, 10am is Home for the Holidays Family Concert at the Kentucky Center.

November 24, 4-7pm: Light Up Jeffersonville. Light up takes place at 6:30pm. Parade, train rides, live entertainment and more!

November 24, 6-7pm: Holiday Fest in New Albany.

November 25, 5:30-7:30pm: Christmas on the Square at Pavilion on the Square.

November 24, 8pm: Home for the Holidays Pop Concert.

November 28, 8pm: Swan Lake

November 30, 2-7pm:  WinterFair at Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church.

November 30, 10am & 7pm: Bah Hum Bug at SA School for the Performing Arts.

November 30, 5-8pm: Light Up The Village at Westport Village.

November 30, 7pm: U of L Dance Theatre presents “Clara’s Dream” at the School of Music’s Comstock Hall.



First two weekends in December: Visit the Annual Dickens Christmas Festival, at the KY Renaissance Festival Grounds in Eminence, KY.  Scenes from Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol,” Christmas Caroling, photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus + shopping and more!

Multiple dates and times in December, The Nutcracker at SA School for Performing Arts.

Starting December 1, the Kentucky Railroad Museum will have the Santa Express and North Pole Express Running. Check out their website for dates and times!

December 1-2: Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour.

December 1 & 2:Ballard Holiday Halls Arts & Craft Show.

December 1, 9am-5pm: WinterFair at Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church.

December 1, 9am – 4:30pm: ECO Kids Discovery Days at Bernheim. Ornament making. 

December 1, 10am – 1pm, bring a new, unwrapped toy to Derby City Pediatric Dentistry (valued at least $5) to benefit Toys for Tots and get a photo with Santa, a craft, holiday treats and a chance to win a $100 Kroger gift card. 

December 1, 10am – noon: Wreathmaking at Bernheim.

December 1, 10am-10pm: Olde Tyme Christmas on Frankfort Avenue.

December 1, 11am-3pm: Christmas Cookie Stroll in Downtown Jeffersonville.

December 1 is the Nature of Christmas in Goshen from 12-3pm. Free food, artisans and gift booths, crafts, hayrides, music, and Santa & Mrs. Claus with gift bags and treats (quantities limited). Free, donations encouraged.

December 1, 1-3pm: Holiday Laser Party at Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium.

December 1, 2-6pm: Old Fashioned Family Holiday Festival at Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing.

December 1, 2pm & 7pm: Bah Hum Bug at SA School for the Performing Arts.

December 1 at 3pm & 2 at 2pm, : U of L Dance Theatre presents “Clara’s Dream” at the School of Music’s Comstock Hall.

December 1, 3-6pm: Light Up St. Matthews.

December 1, 3-9pm: Light Up LaGrange with the Lighting Ceremony to take place at 6pm.

December 1, 5 – 8pm: Holiday Brite Nite at Paddock Shops.

December 1, 6-8pm: A Night in Bethlehem drive-thru nativity at Shelbyville First Baptist Church.

December 1, 7:00pm: Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at Louisville Memorial Auditorium.

December 2, 3pm: Holiday Melodies & Sweets to go with Louisville Chorus at Gingerwoods in Prospect.

December 2, 2-4pm: Clara’s Dream at U of L Comstock Theater.

December 5, 4:30-7pm: Annual Birthday Bash/Holiday Party at KaZoing. Admission is one unopened, gift per child that will be donated to foster children. Santa will also be there.

December 6, 5-8pm: Holiday Open House at Work the Metal.

December 6, 4pm & 7pm: The Tale of the Drowsy Shepherd. 

December 6-8: Festival of the Nativities in Crestwood. Read all about this free event on their website. Over 500 nativities to view!

December (various dates starting the 7th), 6pm: Elf-apalooza at the Galt House. Admission is a toy per child for Toys for Tots. No reservations required.

December 7: Celebrate Christmas Together. Free community event at Southeast Christian Church.

December 7: 5-8pm: Movies & Crafts at Mr. Gatti’s.

December 7, 6 – 7:30pm: Christmas Parent’s Night Out at Graceland Baptist Church.

December 7, 6 – 8:30pm: Polar Express Pajama Party at Southwest

December 7, 6:30-8:30pm: FEAT’s Annual Christmas Party for children with autism and their families.

December 7-9 is the Christmas Gift and Décor Show at the Kentucky Expo Center.

December 8, 10am-1pm: Snacks with Santa at the Vintage Fire Museum.

December 8, 10am – noon: Little Elves Workshop in Clarksville. Free.

December 8, 11:30: Sugar Plum Party with the Louisville Ballet.

December 8-23: The Brown-Forman Nutcracker.

December 8: Brunch with Santa on Belle of Louisville (different boat but through Belle of Louisville).

December 8, 9am: Cakes with Kris Kringle at the Kentucky Derby Museum. 

December 8,9: Louisville Zoo’s Santa Safari. 10am, 12 Noon, and 2pm each day.

December 8,9: Fleur de Flea Vintage & Handmade Holiday Market. Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 11am5pm at KY International Convention Center. 

December 8: Christmas in Anchorage.

December 8, 11am – 4pm: Home for the Holidays at Blackacre Nature Preserve.

December 9, 11am-4pm: Holiday Party at Foxhollow Farm.

December 8, noon-7pm: Christmastide at Locust Grove. Interpreters will give you an 1816 holiday experience. Ticketed but free for children ages 6 and under.

December 9, 11:30: Sensory-friendly performance of The Brown-Forman Nutcracker.

December 9-14: Celebrate Christmas Together. Free community event at Southeast Christian Church.

December 9, 2-3pm: Family Nature Club- Making a Natural Holiday Ornament.

December 9, 3pm: Joyeux Noel – Chorus at St Brigid Catholic Church.

December 9, 3-4pm: Holiday Concert at HB Presbyterian Church.

December 9, 7-9pm: Let Christmas Begin: Featuring the St. Michael Church Choir.

December 12, 7:30pm: Jim Brickman – A Joyful Christmas.

December 13, 10am – noon: Wiggles & Giggles playdate with Santa.

December 14, 7pm: A Christmas Festival Concert at Broadway Baptist Church.

December 14 & 15, 4-10pm: Christkindlmarket at Oldham Gardens.

December 15, 9am: Cakes with Kris Kringle at the Kentucky Derby Museum. 

December 15: Brunch with Santa on Belle of Louisville (different boat but through Belle of Louisville).

December 15,16: Louisville Zoo’s Santa Safari. 10am, 12 Noon, and 2pm each day.

December 15, 11:30: Sugar Plum Party with the Louisville Ballet.

December 15, 2pm & 5pm: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. 

December 15, 8pm: Christmas with the Kory Caudill Quintet.

December 15, 11:30: Sugar Plum Party with the Louisville Ballet.

December 15, 9am-4:30pm: ECO Kids Hot Chocolate Hike at Bernheim Forest.

December 15, 11am-1pm: Build a Gingerbread House at Cooking @ Millies.

December 16, 9-10:30am: Donuts with Santa at Mr. Gatti’s

December 16, 2pm & 7pm: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the musical.

December 16, 6:30pm: A Country Christmas – Angels in Disguise with Mark Oliverius & Pam Tillis.

December 16, 2-4pm: Cookie Decorating Class at Cooking @ Millies.

December 21, 5-8pm: Christmas Rocks Party at Mr. Gatti’s Pizza.

December 22, 2pm & 5pm: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. 

December 22, 4:30-6:40pm: Cookies for Santa kid’s baking class at Turnip the Beet.

December 22 & 23: Nutcracker on Ice at the Louisville Skating Academy.

December 29-31 (various times): Louisville Boar’s Head & Yule Log Festival.


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November 17th – December 31st is the Kentucky Horse Park’s Southern Lights Stroll (11/16 at 6:30pm) and Holiday Festival.

November 17th – December 31st, Lights Under Louisville at the Louisville Mega Cavern will be open.

November 24th – January 26th: Jeffersonville’s Skating Rink will be open! Located at the corner of Market and Spring Streets.

December 2nd, 9-11am: Southern High School Breakfast with Santa.

December 2nd, 10:30am-3pm: Issa Christmas Extravaganza. Vendors & snacks with Santa.

December 2nd, 2-5pm: Park DuValle Holiday Festival. 

December 9th, 9am-3pm: Holly & Ivy at Louisville Nature Center.

December 9th, 1-2:30pm: Santa Claus at NA-FC Public Library.

December 9th, 4-7pm: Christmas Festival at Sunny Acres Farm.

December 12th, 6:30-8:30pm: Home for the Holidays at Masonic Homes of Kentucky Louisville campus.

December 15th and 16th, 6-11pm: Papa John’s Night at Toyland Christmas

December 23rd, 6-9pm: Dinner with Santa at Gustavos Mexican Grill, Prospect.

December 31, noon: New Years Party at Mr. Gatti’s Pizza.

December 31, 5-7pm: New Year’s Eve Family Party at Dixie Bowl and Ken Bowl. Reserve package in advance.

December 31, 6-8pm (Family Package) OR 9pm – 1am (Party Package): New Years Eve Bash at Ten Pin Strike & Spare. Reserve package in advance.

December 31, 8pm – January 1, 9am: New Year Overnight Bash at Hwang’s Martial Arts.

December 31 & January 1, 10am-4pm: Noon Years at Kentucky Science Center.



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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