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.

Free Events December Louisville

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.


Throughout the month of December 

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 6,7,2,14,20,21,22: 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…!

December 4-22

Free Carriage Rides – Locations and times vary by date so be sure to check the website for details. 

December 5

Bellarmine University Lessons & Carols – Bellarmine University – 7:00pm-8:30pm.

Road to the Holidays – Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (10150 Brookridge Village Blvd., Louisville, KY) – 12pm-2pm

December 6

Santa is coming – Home Depot Westport Rd – Free pictures with santa, 10am-2pm.

3rd Annual Signing With Santa – Center for Accessible Living Sign Language Interpreting Services – 6pm-8pm. 

December 7 

Christmas Countdown Calendar – Home Depot – 9am-noon

The Nature of Christmas in Goshen is happening at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve – 12pm-3pm. It is free but donations are encouraged.

Old Fashioned Christmas – Riverside Farnsley-Moremen Landing – 2pm-6pm. They will offer families photos with Santa, horse drawn wagon rides, holiday crafts, tours of the historic home, and more, all absolutely free!

Light Up St. Matthews – Brown Park – 3pm-6pm. Enjoy festivities with your family outdoors at Brown Park.

Light Up LaGrange – 3pm-9pm- It’s the weekend that many small towns are turning their lights on, so head out to and enjoy seeing Santa, refreshments, holiday entertainment and more.

Olde Tyme Christmas on Frankfort Avenue – Along Frankfort Ave. – 11am-6pm.

Home for the Holidays – Blackacre State Nature Preserve And Historic Homestead – 11am-2pm.

Bardstown Road Aglow Holiday Party – Bardstown Rd – 5pm-10pm.

Holiday Craft Workshop – American Printing House for the Blind – 10:30-12:30pm.

Holiday Bash & Snow Throw – City of New Albany Parks and Recreation 5:00pm-8:00pm.

December 10

A Visit With Mrs. Claus – St. Matthews Library Branch – 7:00pm-8:00pm.

Princess Party – Jefferson Mall Kids Play Area – 5:00-7:00pm. 

December 13

Polar Express Pajama Party – Southwest Library – 6-8:30pm: Hop aboard the Polar Express and enjoy holiday festivities. The party is in conjunction with Carmichael’s Kids.

December 14

Corydon Dulcimer Holiday Concert – The Floyd County Library – 10am-12pm.

Gingerbread Construction – Main Library – 2:00pm-3:00pm.

Christmas Ornament Decorating – Meijer (9500 Preston Hwy, Louisville, KY) – 10:00am-2:00pm.

December 19

Free Playdate – Kentucky Science Center – 5pm-7pm.

Arts in Play Family Playgroup – Family Health Center Broadway – 10am-11:15am

December 20

The Louisville Family Fun BIRTHDAY PARTY– Paristown Ice Skating Rink – 5pm-7pm.  UPDATE: FULL!


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 or Blue’s Light Show, 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 2019 for more ideas!


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