Things to Do in Louisville this Holiday Season : Official Travel Source

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Things to Do in Louisville this Holiday Season

Here is a list of some of Louisville's top holiday events and activities for 2021.

Iglous at 8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen | Oct. 15 - Mar. 2022

Cozy up this winter in your own private heated igloo on the 8th rooftop bar of the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown. This outdoor winter wonderland features eight fully enclosed igloos with themes ranging from Diamonds & Fur to flannel Winter Lodge.

Derby Dinner Playhouse | Nov. & Dec.

Head to Derby Dinner Playhouse, just across the river in Southern Indiana, for your choice of two Holiday inspired performances. November 10 - December 30 you can check out "A Christmas Story the Musical" which features memorable scenes from the iconic holiday movie, which follows Ralphie on his desperate quest to ensure his perfect gift is under the tree. Kids will love "Once Upon a Snowflake", a heartwarming musical about a small snowgirl with big dreams, Nov. 13 - Dec. 20.

Lights Under Louisville | Nov. 12 - Jan. 2, 2022

This one-of-a-kind underground holiday light show will take you on a 30-minute drive through a portion of Louisville Mega Cavern's 17-miles of underground passageways. The event features more than 900 lit displays and over four million points of light.

Miracle on Market Pop-Up Holiday Bar | Nov. 23 - Dec. 31

This holiday themed pop-up experience in NuLu will have you feeling festive with creative cocktails, specialty mugs and holiday music.

Winter Woods Spectacular | Nov. 26 - Jan. 1

Experience the twinkling of millions of lights along a winding road, nestled in the majestic woods of historic Iroquois Park. This magical drive-thru event features holiday lighting, artistry, and sounds that will delight the senses and transport you to an ethereal winter wonderland, where you can explore and celebrate the holiday season.

Paristown’s Fête De Noël | Nov. 26 - Dec. 28

Paristown’s Fête De Noël ("Festival of Christmas") is a 6-week, winter holiday festival featuring Louisville’s only authentic outdoor ice skating rink. Shop, eat, and drink your way through the Winter Holiday Village and enjoy special holiday movie nights, karaoke, and silent disco on ice, along with ornament decorating at historic Stoneware & Co.

Venardos Circus | Dec. 2-12

Venardos' classic red-and-white striped circus tent will return to Waterfront Park this December with over a dozen shows to choose from. Founded by previous Barnum and Bailey performer, Venardos is now reinventing the circus theme with new elements for families to enjoy along with the classics like trapeze, stunts, artists and costumes.

Gardens Aglimmer at the Waterfront Botanical Gardens | Dec. 2 - Dec. 30

Wander the new Beargrass Creek Pathway under icicle arches and a waterfall stream aglow at Butchertown's Waterfront Botanical Gardens. 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. Visit Santa and his sleigh in the Graeser Family Education Center and Mrs Claus’ Cottage in the new Ellen T Leslie Botanical Classrooms.

Historic Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour | Dec. 4 & 5

Get a rare glimpse inside some of Old Louisville's grandest mansions and historic houses dressed in holiday finery. This year the self-paced tour will showcase iconic St. James Court and South Fourth Street mansions with homes clustered within two blocks. Upon arrival at a house, a guide will describe the home and its history and then allow guests to tour the rest at their leisure. There will be a special premium bourbon tasting at the Louisville Bourbon Inn as part of each admission ticket.

Pentatonix: The Evergreen Christmas Tour | Dec. 11

Three-time Grammy winning artist Pentatonix will be headed to the KFC Yum! Center this holiday season. The a cappella group is known for their viral versions of Christmas classics like Hallelujah, Mary, Did You Know? and The Little Drummer Boy. The Louisville stop will be one of sixteen cities that the quintet visits on their U.S. only holiday tour.

Winter Wonderland at Shawnee Park | Dec. 17-19

Shawnee Park will be transformed for three nights during it's inaugural Winter Wonderland holiday event. This drive-thru community celebration will feature more than 200,000 lights, festive tunes, holiday displays and is also free thanks to the nonprofit group OneWest is hosting the event. Visitors are welcome from 5pm-9pm, Dec. 17-19.

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