LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Nov. 12, 2018) – Louisville’s largest holiday event, Light Up Louisville, will return for the 38th year on Nov. 23 in downtown Louisville’s Jefferson Square.
The event serves as the official starting point for the city’s holiday season and has become a tradition for scores of residents and their visiting friends and family.
“Light Up Louisville is the perfect way for our city to usher in the holidays,” said Mayor Greg Fischer. “After a big Thanksgiving meal the day before, grab your kids and relatives and join us outside for some fresh air, fun and fireworks!”
Light Up Louisville, always held the Friday after Thanksgiving, begins at 4 p.m., with children and families invited to take part in Santa’s Workshop, located in decorated chalets on Fifth and Jefferson streets. Youngsters can decorate cookies, write letters to Santa and send holiday cards to troops.
A vendor village at Sixth and Jefferson streets will feature holiday crafts, treats and gifts for sale. In addition, the Louisville Visitor Center at Fourth and Jefferson streets will have extended hours during Light Up Louisville and will offer giveaways, treats and activities.
New this year is a 15-passenger train that children can ride around the block for free from Fifth and Jefferson to Market streets.
The main Light Up Louisville stage will feature live entertainment beginning at 4 p.m.
The Lots of Lights parade starts at 6:30 p.m. at Fourth and Liberty streets. It ends at Seventh and Jefferson streets with the arrival of Santa Claus.
Around 8 p.m., Mayor Fischer and Santa will illuminate the city Christmas tree located in Jefferson Square. The celebration will include fireworks, lasers and thousands of lights coming aglow throughout downtown.
“Louisville is known across the world for its unique festivals and events. As the city continues to grow its offerings as a regional destination for the holidays, Light Up Louisville is a great kickoff to the season,” says Karen Williams, President & CEO of Louisville Tourism. This one-of-a-kind, free, family-friendly celebration serves as a great anchor for families to plan a visit around the arts, museums and other local attractions featuring holiday events.”
For more information, visit: www.lightuplouisville.org.