Holiday markets. Dazzling light displays. Towering Christmas trees. Caves filled with holiday lights. Hang on, did we say caves? If you’re looking for some holiday fun this Christmas in Louisville, then look no further than these must-see Christmas events that will help you get into the holiday spirit! In this post, you'll find the best Christmas events in Louisville.

Holiday markets. Dazzling light displays. Towering Christmas trees. Caves filled with holiday lights. Hang on, did we say caves? (Yes, we did!)

Louisville is a pretty festive city all year round. I mean, we love an excuse for a themed festival or party: there’s the Derby Festival, not to mention all the epic haunted houses in Louisville and other ridiculous Halloween events!

But the holidays just might be our favorite time of year (other than Derby season, obviously). If you’re looking for some holiday fun this Christmas in Louisville, then look no further than these must-see Christmas events that will help you get into the holiday spirit!In this post, you’ll find the best Christmas events in Louisville.

Psst: looking for more holiday fun this season? Head over to our guide to where to find the best Christmas Lights in Louisville!

See also
Where to Find the Best Christmas Lights in Louisville (with a map!)
 
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Christmas Lights at the Winter Wood Spectacular in Iroquois Park, Louisville Kentucky
Christmas Lights at the Winter Wood Spectacular in Iroquois Park, Louisville Kentucky!Photo used with permission

The Best Louisville Christmas Events

There are plenty of holiday events in Louisville all season long! Here are the best Christmas events in Louisville:

Fête De Noël in Paristown

Paristown’s Fête De Noël (“Festival of Christmas”) is a 6-week long winter wonderland! This winter holiday festival includes Louisville’s only outdoor ice skating rink, a holiday market full of delicious treats (helloooo,gourmet hot chocolate!) and Santa’s Workshop.

The Holiday Market runs on weekends. You can shop for fresh cut trees and holiday wreaths, gifts, art, local food and more from over 20 local and regional vendors.

To skate underneath the twinkling lights, general admission tickets are $15 per person and include 60 minutes of ice time and a complimentary skate rental. 

  • Dates: November 19-January 3
  • Hours: Vary by attraction – check details here
  • Address: 731 Brent Street, Louisville, KY
  • Admission: Free to attend, but some activities do require tickets

Light Up St. Matthews

Located in Brown Park, Light Up St. Matthews is a free event where you can enjoy musical entertainment, take train rides, ice skate, take photos with Santa and indulge in free cookies and hot chocolate! The main event happens at 6pm when the switch it is thrown and Brown Park lights up with thousands of colorful light displays.

And don’t worry if you can’t make it to the main event, you can enjoy these colorful lights all of December in Brown Park any evening you want!

  • Date: Saturday, December 4th 2021
  • Hours: 3-6pm (or any time after in December to just look at the lights)
  • Address: Kresge Way & Browns Lane, St Matthews, KY
  • Admission: FREE!
  • Accessibility: Accessible
See also
Louisville Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Visitor's Guide (& Insider Tips)

Lights Under Louisville at the Mega Caverns

Located near the Louisville Zoo, the Mega Caverns is a 100-acre limestone cavern, which during the holiday season, becomes an underground light show featuring 900 lit characters and over 4 MILLION lights. Really!

Lights Under Louisville is 30-minute drive through attraction winds through part of the 17 miles of underground caverns and features music, and of course, all those brilliant lights. They even have something called the “Christmas Express,” which will take you through the caverns on an open top trailer!

  • Dates: November 12, 2021 to January 2, 2022
  • Hours: Opening Day 6PM to 10PM, everyday after that 9:30AM to 10PM
  • Address: 1841 Taylor Ave, Louisville, KY
  • Admission: Standard Vehicle (Includes SUV, Truck, Minivan) $32.99 / Christmas Express: $19.99 per person
  • Accessibility: Accessible

Winter Wood Spectacular

From the producers of the fabulous Jack O’Lantern Spectacular, comes Winter Wood Spectacular, a magical treat of holiday wonder in the woods of Iroquois Park! 

On this half-mile driving path, you will see beautiful stained glass windows with familiar characters, sets with holiday decorations, and of course, lots and lots of twinkling lights with a soundtrack to tie it all together. 

Plus, your ticket helps support Louisville’s public parks through the Parks Alliance of Louisville, which advocates for equitable park development and investment in Louisville’s underserved communities.

So grab your best friends and family, throw on your PJs, and be sure to bring some hot chocolate in a thermos along!

  • Dates: November 26 to December 26, 2021
  • Hours: 6:00PM – 10PM (Sunday – Thursday) and 6:00PM – 11:00PM (Friday & Saturday)
  • Address: 4800 New Cut Road at the intersection of New Cut and Southern Parkway
  • Admission: Standard Vehicle (Includes SUV, Truck, Minivan) $35
  • Accessibility: Accessible

Gardens Aglimmer

Gardens Aglimmer at the Waterfront Botanical Gardens is exactly what it sounds like: beautiful, sparkling lights strewn over the flora and fauna of the growing botanical gardens! 

Enjoy a winter wonderland of sparkling snowflakes, swans on a blue light pond, deer, oversized flowers, and a multicolor tunnel of lights on Fridays and Saturdays, continuing through Dec. 19.

  • Dates: December 1-30, 2021
  • Hours: Fridays and Saturdays 5-10PM
  • Address: 1435 Frankfort Ave, Louisville KY
  • Admission: $10
  • Accessibility: Accessible
See also
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Winter Illuminations in the Parklands

Winter Illuminations is an illuminated winter trail walk through one of Louisville’s best parks, the Parklands at Floyd’s Fork. Over a dozen giant light installations combine sound, dazzling lights, and the beauty of the outdoors along the one-mile route.

Note that you’ll need to purchase tickets online in advance. Oh, and be sure to bring your camera, because these Christmas lights are Instagrammable AF, y’all.

Also – we’ve heard a few less-than-positive reviews about this one, so we’d really appreciate your feedback! Drop us a comment below to let us know what you thought of the event.

  • Dates: December 3, 2021 through January 2, 2022
  • Hours: Weekdays & Sunday: 5:45 PM to 9 PM; Friday & Saturday: 5:45 PM to 10 PM
  • Address: 1411 Beckley Creek Pkwy, Louisville, KY
  • Admission: Weekdays: adults $18, kids $13. Weekends: Adults $20, kids $15
  • Accessibility: Accessible – the trail is a combination of paved path and crushed limestone.

Winter Wonderland in Shawnee Park

For just one weekend, West Louisville’s Shawnee Park will transform into a magical drive-thru winter wonderland! The festival will include live musical performances, holiday light displays, and over 200,000 Christmas lights. Dang, that’s a lot.

The festival’s inaugural year is hosted by the non-profit One West.

  • Dates: December 11 and 12, 2021
  • Hours: 6 pm to 10 pm
  • Address: 4501 W Broadway, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Admission: Free!
  • Accessibility: Accessible (drive-through)
Jefferson Square holiday lights at Light up Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky
Light Up Louisville kicks off the holiday season, but the holiday lights will be on display in Jefferson Square all season long! Photo Credit

Light Up Louisville

One last event before we send you off into a magical twinkling land of holiday cheer: don’t forget Louisville’s kick-off to the season, Light Up Louisville! Typically occurring just after Thanksgiving, Louisville’s annual Christmas Tree lighting event occurs on the Jefferson Square and Metro Hall lawns, and the lights last all season long.

The festive display includes rainbows of colors for all the best winter holidays, from Christmas to Hanukkah to Kwanzaa, and celebrates Louisville’s diversity.

On the evening of the kick-off event, you’ll watch the 45-foot tall tree light up to mark the beginning of the holiday season. You’ll meet Santa Claus when he arrives on Jefferson Street for the “Lots Of Lights” parade.

A Vendor Village will be filled with local food and craft vendors, as well as a Children’s Activity area. Kids can have fun writing letters to Santa or taking photos with their family in a photo booth.

  • Dates: Tree lighting is on Friday, November 26th, and lights last all season
  • Address: Metro Hall at Jefferson and Sixth streets in downtown Louisville
  • Admission: Free!
  • Accessibility: Accessible
Lights and stands at the Christkindlmarkt Christmas market in Chicago, Illinois
Fun fact: the nation’s only authentic German Christmas Market is just 5 hours north, in Chicago! But these holiday markets in Louisville are a lot closer to home. (Photo Credit: Guy Bauer)

Holiday Markets in Louisville

Listen: Christmas and shopping just go together. We didn’t make the rules. Blame our capitalist society, ok? Whether you’re shopping for loved ones, shopping for yourself, or just shopping for the fun of it, there are a few holiday markets in Louisville worth checking out this year!

The Flea Off Market’s Holiday Bazaar at Logan Street Market

Need an excuse to go shopping? How about two of Louisville’s favorite local markets teaming up to produce one epic holiday bazaar?

Hosted by popular pop-up The Flea Off Market at Louisville’s Logan Street Market, the holiday bazaar offers holiday shopping, food, craft beer and cocktails, and entertainment for the whole family.

In addition to the usual vendors at Logan Street Market, you’ll find booths inside and outside selling all kinds of holiday ephemera. So pick up a boba tea and a bagel and do some serious shopping.

The holiday market runs for four weekends, starting the Saturday after Thanksgiving (Nov 27-28) and running through Dec 18-19.

  • The Flea Off Market | Address: 1001 Logan St, Louisville, KY
  • Weekends from November 27-December 19, 2021

Made Market at the Mellwood Arts Center

Do you ever browse Etsy late at night, feverishly hitting “favorite” and adding things to your cart until you fall asleep in a pool of drool somewhere around 2am?

No, just me?? Well, OK then.

Anyway, Made Market is basically what it would be like to browse Etsy IRL, but even better because everything is handmade by local Louisville artists and tradespeople.

The markets local vendors must apply and be approved in order to sell their unique, handmade items, so everything is super high quality. You’ll find delicately crafted ceramics and jewelry, gourmet mixers and syrups, handmade woodcrafts and leather goods, and yummy-smelling soaps and lotions, all beautifully packaged.

Folks, this is where to shop for your bougie friends. And yes: I’m fully aware that I am in that category. Please feel free to send me gifts, y’all!

  • Made Market | Address: 1860 Mellwood Ave., Louisville, KY 
  • December 4, 2021, 10am to 5pm
See also
Where to Find the Best Christmas Lights in Louisville (with a map!)

Christmas Gift & Decor Show at the Kentucky Expo Center

Apparently, this massive Christmas show is the largest free admission event of its kind in the country. So you know it’s gonna be epic.

Wear a pair of good walking shoes and head to the Exposition Center to peruse hundreds of booths of kitschy, ridiculous, handmade, definitely not handmade, and all kinds of other Christmas… stuff! Let’s just put it this way: if you can’t find something for everyone on your list here, maybe your loved ones are just too picky.


What’s your favorite Louisville Christmas event? Is there an event that you love that didn’t make our list? Drop us a comment below!

Psst: looking for more holiday fun this season? Head over to our guide to where to find the best Christmas Lights in Louisville!


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