Drive-thru & Walk-thru Christmas Lights and Events


Louisville Drive thru & Walk- thru Holiday events are so much fun for 2021 and we have collected ideas for holiday experiences to enjoy LIGHTS!


Families got creative last year and it will continue again this year. These drive-thru holiday events are contactless and outdoors!

Louisville drive thru Christmas lights and drive thru Christmas events are popping up all over the area for contactless, outdoor, safe family fun this holiday season. There are also many walk-thru experiences. We are thrilled that places are innovating! Usually, we have a list pages and pages long of all sorts of Christmas events taking place over two months. This year, we have to search a little more!

We have found options for families and will keep adding to this Louisville drive thru Christmas list. If we find more options, we will add them. Events are listed chronologically based on when they open. Lots of these are available every night so it’s a good idea to think about going on a weeknight, these will be popular. Some of these may even have have opportunities to get out and snap some photos!

Before you head out, be sure to print one of our SCAVENGER HUNTS. There’s a complete version and a fill-in-the-blank option!

Christmas events in Louisville

Although some of these are free drive thru events, there are some that have a fee. For those, we will indicate a fee with ‘$’ so you know what to expect. And, to be contactless, you likely have to purchase advanced tickets for those Louisville drive thru Christmas events. 

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Map it and plan your visits!

Louisville Drive thru Christmas Events:

Clay Street Light Show is NEW and FREE – back for 2021! 1249 S Clay St, 40203. A 10-min drive thru show synchronized to holiday music transmitted through your car’s FM stereo at 89.9 FM.  The show runs Fri-Sat 6PM-10pm, and Sunday 6pm-8pm.  

Clay Street Light Show

November 12 – January 2

Lights Under Louisville ($) Louisville Mega Cavern drive thru Christmas lights. Get your tickets in advance online. There are also daytime experiences for 4-6 people, the Christmas Express. Additionally, you can pay more to ‘skip the line’ and get a priority pass for evening dates. 

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November 26 – January 3

Light Up Louisville – FREE – Downtown festive light display will include a rainbow of colors to celebrate Christmas, along with holiday-themed gobo lights celebrating Kwanza, Hanukah and all of the seasons special days that seek to reflect the diversity of our community. Lots of Lights parade will again march down Jefferson Street into the heart of Light Up Louisville, vendor village, and children’s area. 

Starting November 19

Winter Illuminations at the Parklands – ($) CANCELED FOR 2021. Runs through January 2. Walk through the lights on a trail through the Parklands. 

November 21 – December 31

Information pending for 2021. Free Drive through light show in Jeffersontown, Veterans Memorial Park. Save the date: December 21 5:30-7pm, Santa and Elves will be there. Isn’t it wonderful that this Louisville drive thru Christmas event is free?!

November 26 – December 31

Southern Lights Holiday Festival ($25 per car) The Kentucky Horse Park – 5:30 pm-10pm. If you are looking for a little trip, take an excursion to Lexington for this drive thru holiday lights event. You drive thru three miles of dazzling holiday light displays along the charming farm lanes at the horse park. Not open on Christmas Eve. 

November 26 – December 12

Lights on Main – Repurposed Lot, 615 West Main Street. Walk through a display of live Christmas trees for the community to enjoy and benefits a local non-profit through tree sponsorship. Free, there is a donation box. Monday and Tuesday: Closed, Wednesday & Thursday: 4:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, Saturday, & Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

More outdoor drive thru holiday events:

Dates Pending

Rudolph’s Run ($) An adventure in your car, solving clues to find the missing information to complete Santa’s List. If you complete the list, you will be entered to win a $100 gift card and they will draw a winner each week. They will event have a skating rink at the end. (Masks required, limited capacity)

Throughout the season

Blue’s Light Show is also fun for the family and free to experience. At this home, the sequence the lights to music. When you are there, to listen to the music, please tune your radio to 91.3 FM and enjoy. When visiting, you stay in your care and take in the show! Very save Louisville drive thru light show and holiday event! Location: 4602 Glenna Way, 40219.

Also, a reader emailed us about her own homes in Shelby county that has a cool display. She has over 100,000 lights, 18 computers that run the show. It is a 18 minute show with a 42 minute intermission (during intermission lights are just constantly on), all synchronized to music. Impressive! The address is 580 Derby Lane Finchville, KY 40022


November 24 – January 1

Lights at Freeman Lake Park (Elizabethtown) – If you are looking for an evening out, you can go to Freeman Lake Park nightly from 6 – 11pm. Drive thru lights with fun themes like Rudolph, to Christmas themed Star Wars, nativity and more. You turn off your lights and turn on the music! It is FREE, donations accepted. 

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November 26 – End of December 

Charlestown’s Christmas City – FREE – This is in Southern Indiana. Walk around or if you want to drive thru and see the lights, you can see the lights in the town square from the road. They have a vendor form set up on their website so we assume this event if back for 2021 as it was before 2020. 

November 26 – December 25

Toyland Christmas Display – FREE – Awesome house that lights up so bright, it’s wonderful. You can drive by or step out and walk around. You can learn more about it by clicking here

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November 26 – December 26

Winter Woods Spectacular Discount

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Winter Woods Spectacular ($) in Iroquois Park benefits the Parks Alliance of Louisville. This is a ticketed event. Drive through the woods which are lit up with thousands of lights and beautiful wintry scenes. Tickets are $35 per car. Click HERE to see how you can save $5. 


December 2 – December 30 (Various dates open, check website)

Gardens Aglimmer at Waterfront Botanical Gardens – ($) 5:45pm-9pm (arrival on grounds begins at 5:30pm). Nightly Slots Available: 5:45pm, 6:30pm, 7:15pm, 8pm. LIGHTS TURN OFF AT 9PM. $7 per person. FREE for kids 12 and under (kids must be accompanied by an adult). Must purchase tickets in advance. 

More Ongoing options

Head to Warder Park in Jeffersonville. You can drive around the square or get out and walk around and see the beautiful lights as shown in the video below. Check out their video here

Light Up St. Matthews is December 4 from 4-6pm. Even if you don’t go to the light up event, you can drive by Brown Park and see the lights on your own or get out and walk around! Grab a hot chocolate before you go, makes for a really nice evening. 
Louisville drive thru Christmas

Photo from Chamber St. Matthews Facebook Page

Chamber St. Matthews hosted a contest for holiday decorating in 2020 so we are hoping they do it again for 2021. If so, you could go visit all of their winners for a nice evening of finding pretty lights. 

Drive right by the minion house in New Albany! 2032 Indiana Ave New Albany, IN 47150. The ground is lit with lights and they have SO MANY blow-up minions in their yard. It is a sight! Fun even during the day when they are blown up but not lit. We have included some videos below so you can see what to expect!


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Buffalo Trace Distillery

Take a little trip to Frankfort and drive through the lights at Buffalo Trace Distillery. Buffalo Trace is inviting everyone to see the Distillery lit up with thousands of holiday lights from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 2 though Jan. 1 from the safety of your cars. It is FREE! An estimated 150,000 colorful lights, including four brand new light displays by the Visitor Center. Santa will make a special socially distanced appearance along our holiday lights route on 12/2 & 12/9 through 12/12, from 5:30pm – 7:30pm! Children may hand their letters to one of Santa’s elves who will place them in a special North Pole mailbox for Santa to read later. Individually pre-wrapped treats will also be handed out by Santa’s elves. Buffalo Trace Distillery is located at 113 Great Buffalo Trace, in Frankfort, Ky.  


If you are looking for more Christmas fun, we have a full list of holiday events! Click here

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