Best List of Holiday & Christmas Events in Louisville


*As we find more events we will update this list, so check back!

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

Holiday Christmas Events Louisville

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

See Santa at the Malls:

Santa at the Green Tree Mall – November 9-December 24

Santa at Mall St. Matthews – November 9-December 24

Santa at Oxmoor Mall – November 9- December 24

Santa at Jefferson Mall – November 9- December 24

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.

November 15- January 4

Lights Under Louisville – Louisville Mega Cavern

November 16 – December 24

Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops. A bunch of free activities and great opportunities to get photo with Santa.

November 27–January 5

Fête de Noël Winter Holiday Festival – Paristown – Imagine a Place – Times vary, check website for full details. 

November 13 – December 31

ELF THE MUSICAL – Derby Dinner Playhouse

November 23-December 23

A Christmas Carol – Actor’s Theatre.

November 29 – End of December 

Charlestown’s Christmas City

Southern Lights Stroll and Holiday Festival – The Kentucky Horse Park – 5pm-10pm.

November 30-December 31

Winter Woods Spectacular – Iroquois Park – Varis times and events.

November 30 – December 1

The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical



November 7-11

Christmas at Walnut Ridge Open House -Walnut Ridge Nursery and Garden Center, times vary. 

November 8

St Matthews Holiday Walk – 6pm-9pm

Tree Lighting – The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, 7pm-8pm.

November 9

Christmas at CAL – 10am-3pm.

NULU Jingle Fest– 10am-8pm.

Celebration of Lights – Shelbyville, KY, 4pm-9pm.

November 10

Saint Agnes Christmas Boutique – 10am – 4pm.

November 14

Holiday Open House in Jeffersonville – 6pm-9pm.

November 15th – November 17th

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 11/15.

November 16

Eastern High School Holiday Boutique– 9am-3pm.

Christmas Shopping Day & Craft Fair –  St. Paul, 9am-2pm.

Scrooge’s Christmas Journey– Actor’s Theater, 9:30am & 11:30am.

Light Up Simpsonville– 6:30pm.

Holiday Train Open House – Roundhouse Electric Trains Inc., 11am-4pm.

November 17

Sunday with Santa – Derby City Pediatric Dentistry, 12pm-3pm.

November 19-21

Temptations Holiday Boutique at The Olmsted- Times vary by day.

November 23

Holiday Brite Nite – Paddock Shops – 5pm-8pm.

November 27

Light Up Lyndon – 5:30-7:30pm.

November 29

Light Up Louisville, 3-11pm. including children’s activities, vendors, and Santa’s Arrival. Click here for the full calendar of events.

Whitehall Garden’s Candlelight Tour – 6pm-8pm.

Yuletide at Yew Dell – Yew Dell Gardens, 4:30-7:30pm.

Holiday Cookie Plate Painting – Hobby Lobby, Town Center Blvd, Jeffersonville, 10am-4:45pm.

Holiday Ornament Glazing Workshop – Metro Arts Community Center, 4pm.

November 30

Home for the Holidays Family Concert – Kentucky Center, 11am.

Light Up Jeffersonville – Warder Park, 4pm-7pm.

Home for the Holidays Pop Concert– Kentucky Center, 8pm.



Elf-apalooza at the Galt House. Admission is a toy per child for Toys for Tots. No reservations required.

Starting December 1

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

December 1

Christmas on the Square at Pavilion on the Square.

December 4

Holiday Ornament Glazing Workshop – Metro Arts Community Center, 4pm.

December 5-7

Frozen Jr – Sacred Heart School for the Arts- Time cary by date.

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

December 6

All is Bright – Westport Village, 5pm-8pm.

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

December 6-7

WinterFair at Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church – Friday 2pm-7pm & Saturday 9am-5pm.

December 7

Nature of Christmas in Goshen Creasey Mahan – 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.

Nutcracker in a Nutshell – The Louisville Palace, 2pm.

Holiday Bash & Snow Throw – City of New Albany Parks and Recreation – 5pm-8pm. 

Holiday Open House – Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, 10am-3pm. Several family friendly event going on throughout the day.

Olde Tyme Christmas – Frankfort Avenue, 12pm-6pm.

Christmas Cookie Stroll – Downtown Jeffersonville – 11am-3pm.

Holiday Laser Party – Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium, 1pm-3pm.

Old Fashioned Family Holiday Festival – Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing, 2pm-6pm.

Light Up St. Matthews– 3pm-6pm.

Light Up LaGrange – 3pm-9pm, Lighting Ceremony to take place at 6pm.

Snacks with Santa – Griffin Recreation Center, 10am-11am.

Holiday Bash & Snow Throw – City of New Albany Parks, 5pm-8pm.

Home for the Holidays – Blackacre, 11pm-2pm.

Christmastide at Locust Grove. Interpreters will give you an 1816 holiday experience. Ticketed but free for children ages 6 and under, 12pm-7pm.

Old Fashioned Christmas – Historic Downtown New Albany – 11am-4pm.

Light UP Shepherdsville – Shepherdsville City Park, 5pm-8pm.

Pictures with Santa benefiting Hope Scarves – Bardstown Road Farmers Market, 10am-12pm.

FEAT’s Sensory Friendly Santa – Oxmoor Center, 8:30am-10am.

Holiday Open House – Norton Commons – 11am-7pm.

Pancakes with Santa, and the Grinch – 9am-11am – Church of the Harvest ministry center, Free. 

December 8

The Louisville Chorus Presents a Family Christmas Treasures – First Baptist Church J-Town, 3pm

Cookies with Santa – Baptist Eastpoint Surgery Center – 1pm-3pm. 

December 7-8

SANTA’S SAFARI – The Louisville Zoo, 10 a.m., Noon & 2 p.m

Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour – Noon-6pn, both days.

Ballard Holiday Halls Arts & Craft Show – 10am-4pm.

The Flea Off Market Holiday Bazaar – Kentucky International Convention Center, Sat. 11am-6pm Sun, 11am-5pm.

December  7-15 

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!

December 7-14 (select dates)

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

December 8

Holiday Party – Foxhollow Farm, 2pm – 5pm.

Holiday Concert – Harvey Browne Memorial Presbyterian Church – 3pm-5pm.

Cookie Decorating Workshop – Cooking at Millie’s – 1pm-3pm.

December 11

Holiday Ornament Glazing Workshop – Metro Arts Community Center, 4pm.

December 12

Holiday Open House – Work the Metal,5-8pm.

December 13-15

Christmas in Buford: Snowed IN! – Joe Huber’s Family Farm and Restaurant.

December 13-21

The Nutcracker at SA School for Performing Arts – Times vary by date.

December 13

Polar Express Pajama Party at Southwest – 6pm-8:30pm.

December 14

Brunch with Santa on Belle of Louisville (different boat but through Belle of Louisville), 11am-1pm.

Cakes with Kris Kringle – Kentucky Derby Museum, 9am.

Christmas in Anchorage – 11400 Ridge Rd, 9am-3pm.

Holly & Ivy – Louisville Nature Center, 9am-3pm.

Dinner with Santa – Gustavo’s Mexican Grill, Prospect, 6-9pm.

Sunny Acres Farm Christmas Festival – Sunny Acres Farm – 4pm-6pm. 

December 15

5th Annual Selfies W/Santa Christmas Party – California Community Center – 3pm-5pm. 

December 14-15

SANTA’S SAFARI – The Louisville Zoo, 10 a.m., Noon & 2 p.m

Fleur de Flea Vintage & Handmade Holiday Market – 947 E Breckinridge St. – 10am-5pm.

Joyeux Noel, Canticles of Christmas – Church of the Annunciation – Saturday 1pm and Sunday 3pm.

The Nutcracker – Louisville Academy of Fine Art, 2pm. 

December 13-15

Christmas Gift and Décor Show – Kentucky Expo Center, times vary by date.

December 13-21

Christkindlmarket at Oldham Gardens – 4pm-10pm, everyday.

December 14-22

The Brown-Forman Nutcracker – Times vary by date.

December 18

Cocoa with Santa at The Beach – JTown Beach House, 6pm-8pm.

December 20

Louisville Family Fun 10th Birthday Party! Christy’s Garden ICE Skating Rink at Paristown – 5-7pm. Details coming soon! 

December 21 

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

December 21-22

Sugar Plum Party with the Louisville Ballet – 11:30 am both days.

Nutcracker on Ice – Louisville Skating Academy, show times vary.

December 23

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



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