Things To Do in Lou: Holiday Edition

With the holidays coming up, there are a lot of fun activities being offered by the city for people of all ages to enjoy. Continue reading to find out how to fill your weekends this holiday season!!


Louisville is offering many fun activities to celebrate the holiday season. Check out the calendar above to find opportunities for youth this December!

Words by Julia May, Marketing Director


ALL MONTH ACTIVITIES: These activities will be running all month long throughout December.

Lights Under Louisville:

Running from November 11 through January 1, this is an opportunity to drive your vehicle through the MEGA Cavern, experiencing an underground light show!

Standard Vehicle (Includes SUV, Truck, Minivan) $34.99
Full Size Van/Limo/RV/Small School Bus $79.99
Full Size School Bus $149.99
Motor Coach $349.99
Priority Pass Standard Vehicle $79.99
Christmas Express $19.99/per person

*Additional fees may apply when using a credit card.

Tour Dates: November 11, 2022 to January 1, 2023
Opening Day: 6pm to 10pm
Daily Hours: 9:30am to 10pm
Thanksgiving Day: 5:30pm to 10pm
Christmas Day: 5:30pm to 10pm
Christmas Express: 10am to 4pm

1841 Taylor Ave Louisville, KY 40213


Paristown Crystal Ice Rink:


A 100’x50’ ice rink right in the heart of Paristown’s annual Fête De Noël Winter Holiday Festival. This ice rink features holiday music, skate rentals for people of all ages, and even a concession stand. Admission costs cover 60 minutes of skate time as well as skate rental.

Ice Skating $15.00
Season Pass- Ice Skating $125.00

Thursday, December 1: 4–9 p.m.

Friday, December 2: 4–11 p.m.
Saturday, December 3: 12–11 p.m.
Sunday, December 4: 12–9 p.m.​

Wednesday, December 7: 4–9 p.m.
Thursday, December 8: 4–9 p.m.
Friday, December 9: 4–11 p.m.
Saturday, December 10: 12–11 p.m.
Sunday, December 11: 12–9 p.m.

Wednesday, December 14: 4–9 p.m.
Thursday, December 15: 4–9 p.m.
Friday, December 16: 4–11 p.m.
Saturday, December 17: 12–11 p.m.
Sunday, December 18: 12–9 p.m.

Monday, December 19: 12–9 p.m.
Tuesday, December 20: 12–9 p.m.
Wednesday, December 21: 12–9 p.m.
Thursday, December 22: 12–9 p.m.
Friday, December 23: 12–11 p.m.
Saturday, December 24: 12–4 p.m.

Monday, December 26: 12–9 p.m.
Tuesday, December 27: 12–9 p.m.
Wednesday, December 28: 12–9 p.m.
Thursday, December 29: 12–9 p.m.
Friday, December 30: 12–11 p.m.
Saturday, December 31: 12–11 p.m.
Sunday, January 1: 12–9 p.m.

Monday, January 2: 12–6 p.m.


Louisville Botanical Gardens: Gardens Aglimmer


Louisville’s Botanical Gardens are lit up and decorated in the holiday spirit throughout the month of December. Visit the gardens before 9PM to walk through the gardens and get into the holiday spirit. Advanced registration is required, so make sure you check out the link above to purchase your tickets ahead of time.

$7.50 for WBG members
$10 for non-members
$5 for ages 7 – 12
FREE for ages 6 and under

ON PEAK NIGHTS: (December 3, December 10, December 14 – 23)
$11.25 for WBG members
$15 for non-members
$7.50 for ages 7 – 12
FREE for ages 6 and under


Sauerbeck Drive In Theater


The Sauerbeck Drive In theater will be showing holiday movies throughout the month of December. The first movie will start each night at 6:15PM, and tickets can be purchased online. Concessions will also be available on site.

Adults $11
Children (ages 3-12) $6
Under 3 are free
Per carload (retro movies) $15 ​
* Tickets are for a specific date and are non-refundable
* Open rain or shine or snow!
Food permit $5 per carload

​FRIDAY 12/2 – ​Polar Express Experience – 6:00P
FRIDAY 12/2 – ​Violent Night – 8:45P

SATURDAY 12/3 – ​Polar Express Experience – 6:00P
SATURDAY 12/3 – Violent Night – 8:45P

SUNDAY 12/4 – ​Polar Express Experience- 6:00P

FRIDAY 12/9 – ​Polar Express Experience – 6:00P
FRIDAY 12/9 – ​Violent Night- 8:45P

SATURDAY 12/10 – ​Polar Express Experience- 6:00P
SATURDAY 12/10 – ​Violent Night – 8:45P

SUNDAY 12/11 – ​Polar Express Experience- 6:00P

FRIDAY 12/16 – ​Polar Express Experience- 6:00P
FRIDAY 12/16 – ​Avatar: The Way Of Water – 8:45P

SATURDAY 12/17 – ​Polar Express Experience- 6:00P
SATURDAY 12/17 – ​Avatar: The Way Of Water – 8:45P

ONE DAY EVENTS: These events will only last one day, so make sure to catch them while they last!

December 1, 2022: Christmas Parade
The annual Kiwanis Club Bardstown Christmas Parade is back for 2022. This parade features adults, with floats, and bands. The parade will be located downtown and will officially begin at 6PM. Festivities begin at 5th and Broadway then come down 3rd Street to the Visitor’s Center.
Bardstown High School
400 N 5th St, Bardstown, KY
Free for viewing
Entering a float $25.00


Dec 2, 2022: All is Bright


Westport Village will be celebrating the holiday season with music, a visit from Santa, and a Christmas Village Market.
Westport Village
1315 Herr Ln
Louisville, KY 40222


Dec 3, 2022: Light Up St. Matthews


The annual holiday celebration includes music, letters to Santa, pictures with Santa, train rides, ice skating, and other activities. Free cookies and hot chocolate are free for everyone to enjoy. Rain or shine, this event will occur, as most activities are held under a large tent. The event begins at 3:00 p.m. and concludes at 6:00 p.m. when the switch is thrown and Brown Park “Lights Up” with holiday lights.
Free parking for the event is across from Baptist Health Louisville at 4007 and 4003 Kresge Way, with easy access to the park via a signaled crosswalk.


Dec 3, 2022: Bardstown Rd. Aglow


The 37th annual Elijah Craig Bardstown Road Aglow will be on Saturday, December 3rd and will run from noon until 10 p.m. This event supports local businesses and will feature special discounts on food, drinks, and merchandise at participating restaurants and shops along Bardstown Road, Baxter & Barrett Avenues, and Douglass Loop.
Bardstown Road, Baxter & Barret Avenues (from Breckinridge Street to Winter Avenue), and Douglass Loop


December 4, 2022: Charity PJ Party and Holiday Market


Santa’s Little Helpers Incorporated is hosting its second annual fundraiser. The SLHI Christmas Charity Pajama Party and Holiday Market is a family friendly holiday event that is free and open to the public. Come decked out in your Christmas pajamas to enjoy music, crafts, pictures with Santa, holiday shopping and a silent auction. The proceeds from this event will go towards Christmas care packages for foster children this holiday season. A donation of new, unwrapped pajamas is appreciated but not required. Most needed pajama sizes are men and women adult sizes.
Sawyer Hayes Community Center
2201 Lakeland Road
Louisville, KY 40242


Dec 10, 2022: Fleur de Flea Holiday Market


The Fleur de Flea vintage market will be hosting a one day holiday event on December 10. The cover charge will benefit a local charity and food and drinks will be available.
986 Swan St., Louisville, KY
Cover charge $5
Children 16 and under are free