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Holiday Family Fun in Louisville

Here is a list of some of Louisville's top holiday and winter events

Recently named one of "14 Winter Vacation Ideas in the U.S." by Travel + Leisure, Louisville is a great option when looking at where to spend a few days this holiday season. And being within a day's drive of over half the U.S. population, a trip to Louisville may be a lot closer than you think! In addition to an amazing restaurant scene and unique collection of museums, here are some fun and safe holidays events for you to check out this winter.

Lights Under Louisville

One of the city's most popular attractions, Louisville Mega Cavern, undergoes its annual transformation into a festive underground light spectacular known as Lights Under Louisville. November 10 through January 1, holiday lovers can enjoy a 30-minute drive through a portion of 17 miles of underground passageways which sits one hundred feet beneath the Louisville Zoo. The event features more than 850 lit characters and over three million points of light.

Iglous at 8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen

Cozy up this winter in your own private heated igloo at 8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen. A member of the Urban Bourbon Trail, this downtown rooftop bar is located on the 8th floor of the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown and has created its own outdoor winter wonderland. Have an elegant evening in the Diamonds & Fur igloo or get comfy in the flannel bedecked Winter Lodge. There are six different themes in total to choose from in these socially distant, all weather igloos.

Paristown’s Fête de Noël

Start a new tradition this holiday season at Paristown’s Fête De Noël ("Festival of Christmas") Winter Holiday Festival, a 6-week Winter village featuring Louisville’s only authentic outdoor ice skating rink. Skate, shop, eat, and drink in the heart of Paristown and enjoy holiday movie nights, karaoke and silent disco on ice, Stoneware & Co. ornament decorating and much more. The holiday memories begin November 24.

Gardens Aglimmer at Waterfront Botanical Gardens

Head to one of the Butchertown neighborhood's newest additions, the Waterfront Botanical Gardens, for their second annual Gardens Aglimmer. This self-guided walking experience will take you through an illuminated outdoor wonderland of swans, snowflakes, deer, Moravian stars, oversized flowers, and a multicolor tunnel of lights. Wander the new Beargrass Creek Pathway under icicle arches and a waterfall stream aglow. Check out the fun, Thursday's, Friday's and Saturday's between December 1-30.

Derby Dinner Playhouse

Head to Derby Dinner Playhouse just across the river in Southern Indiana for your choice of two holiday-inspired performances. November 9 - December 31, you can check out "A Christmas Carol: The Musical." Kids will love "Jack Frost Saves Christmas", November 11 - December 23.

Yuletide at Yew Dell

Head outdoors to Yew Dell Botanical Gardens for their annual Yuletide at Yew Dell event! This year, they will have an enhanced light display with photo ops on the festively lit path, holiday shopping opportunities, a take-home craft for kids, and or course, Santa! Reservations must be made in advanced, as capacity is limited for Friday - Sunday, Dec. 1-16.

The Brown-Forman Nutcracker

From December 8 to December 24, we invite you to join Louisville Ballet's performance of The Nutcracker. The classic story of Marie, her Nutcracker Prince, and their journey to the world of the Sugar Plum Fairy is filled with magic, artistry, awe-inspiring sets and costumes, and distinctly Louisville touches.

For dining options, including a list of heated patios, use check out our Louisville Eats page.

For more things to do in Louisville be sure to check out our calendar of events.

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