Free Events in December
We are all about free events in December! Here’s a selection of FREE family festivals, experiences and events around Kentuckiana.
Surely, you will spend enough money this month. So, we want to provide you with ideas for free family fun. This is just a sampling of some of the amazing free events around Louisville. We are happy to provide you with even more information on our Winter Fun page. Check out our December Bucket List for a printable option to keep the fun going all month long.
First, Check the Louisville Free Public Library calendar; there are storytimes, special holiday programs, book clubs, and more occurring throughout December, and they are all FREE!
Continuing with its FREE admission Sundays, check out the J.B. Speed Art Museum from 12pm-5pm.
Also, on Friday evenings, December 7,8,14,15,21,22: Elf-a-Palooza is happening every Friday evening at the Galt House Hotel in downtown Louisville. Admission is free with a suggested toy donation. Free events include the grand arrival of the elves each evening and a screening of the movie Elf. Cookies, hot chocolate bar…..fun!
December 1 from 9am-noon: Sled with Reindeer craft workshop at Home Depot.
December 1 from 10 am – 1pm: At Derby City Pediatric Dentistry, bring a new unwrapped gift to donate and get a photo with Santa, enjoy crafts and holiday treats as well. Someone will win a $100 Kroger gift card.
December 1 from 12pm-3pm: The Nature of Christmas in Goshen is happening at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve. It is free but donations are encouraged.
December 1 from 2pm-6pm: Old Fashioned Christmas at Riverside Farnsley-Moremen Landing will offer families photos with Santa, horse drawn wagon rides, holiday crafts, tours of the historic home, and more, all absolutely free!
December 1 from 3pm-6pm: Attend Light Up St. Matthews and enjoy festivities with your family outdoors at Brown Park.
December 1 from 3pm-9pm: It’s the weekend that many small towns are turning their lights on, so head out to Light Up LaGrange and enjoy seeing Santa, refreshments, holiday entertainment and more.
December 6 from 7-8pm: Corydon Dulcimer Holiday Concert – at New Albany Floyd County Public Library.
December 7 from 6-8:30pm: Hop aboard the Polar Express and enjoy holiday festivities at the party at the Southwest Library in Louisville. The party is in conjunction with Carmichael’s Kids.
December 7 and December 9-14 starting at 5pm each night: Go experience Christmas Together with special family events with Southeast Christian Church.
December 15 at 2pm: Make a gingerbread house at Western Library. Call to register!
Other ideas for free entertainment during this holiday month include:
- Lights/displays around the city such as Christmas on the Square in Jeffersontown; the entire downtown area of Jeffersontown has light up displays where you can park your car and get out and walk around and look at them together. Brown Park in St. Matthews is always lit up for the holidays as well. Across the river in Southern Indiana, you can head to Clarksville, Jeffersonville, and New Albany to find many more light up displays and other free family events, such as watching the famous candy making at Schimpff’s Confectionery!
- Enjoy Toyland Christmas, which is a huge hit for family memory making every year.
- Head downtown and make a day or early evening of walking the Louie Link Skywalk that connects many downtown hotels and businesses together. Spend time walking around the Galt House Hotel, looking at all of the decorations together. You don’t have to spend any money to wander around together and take some photos!
Finally, check out our list of Best Holiday Events in 2018 for more ideas!
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