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Downtown Holiday Events

Join us in holiday spirit and celebrate this festive season in Downtown Louisville! Downtown offers a collection of events and activities throughout the season to spread cheer.

November 2 – January 1Fête De Noël in ParistownParistown PointFête De Noël (“Festival of Christmas”) Winter Holiday Festival is a 6-week winter wonderland featuring Louisville’s only authentic outdoor ice skating rink, photos with Santa, the Brent Street Holiday Market, trackless train rides and so much more. 
November 10 – February 14Holiday Igloos8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen in Downtown Louisville offers multiple fully enclosed igloos on its eighth-floor patio on West Chestnut Street.
November 17 – December 18Christmas Tree LaneWaterfront ParkChristmas Tree Lawn will be open once again this year continuing the tradition of Christmas trees and holiday greenery at Waterfront Park. Local vendor, Book’s Christmas Trees, will carry a wide variety of trees, wreaths, and other holiday greenery. 
November 21 – December 31Miracle On MarketGalaxie BarMiracle is a Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar that serves holiday cocktails in a festive setting. 
November 21 – December 31Tinsel TavernFourth Street Live!Immerse yourself in this Holiday pop-up bar decked to the halls- literally, with floor to ceiling decor.
November 22 – January 8Lights On MainFrazier History MuseumSeventy-five trees will be decorated for the holiday season and placed throughout all three floors of the museum, intended to promote community and attract patrons to the Downtown area. FREE Wednesday evenings and Walmart Family Day on December 17.
November 24Disco BlizzardHotel GenevieveJoin us for wintery cocktails in a festive disco themed room.
November 25Small Business Saturday Vendor FairLouisville Marriott Downtown HotelThe vendor fair will feature more than 35 vendors, including clothing and jewelry, gifts, soaps and balms, sauces and seasonings, and more. The event is free for the public to attend. The Parking Authority of River City (PARC) will offer free parking at all Downtown meters to support the day.
November 25Holiday PopsThe Kentucky Center, Whitney HallYuletide Joy abounds when Santa, Bob Bernhardt, and the LO join forces with the incredible vocal talent of Shayna Steele for all your holiday favorites.
November 25A Wizard’s Christmas: Family Friendly Movie & BrewfestLynn Family StadiumGrab some hot and tasty snacks, a brew or two, and come dressed in your best as we watch enjoy the family favorite holiday classic. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
November 25Santa’s Symphony SpectacularWhitney Hall, The Kentucky CenterKick off the holidays with this spectacular event featuring your favorite songs of the season, festive activities, Santa visits, and a special reading of ‘Night Before Christmas’.
November 27 – December 25Downtown Holiday Decorations Downtown areaCome see Downtown all lit up for the holidays this year! Downtown buildings and storefronts will be decorated with colorful lights, scenery, and a variety of decorative elements.
November 28Cirque Musica Holiday WonderlandThe Louisville PalaceCirque Musica Holiday Wonderland is returning with an all-new, must-see holiday event to usher in the magic of the season. Igniting joy and wonder, “Wonderland” will transport audiences to a magical land faraway for a fun-filled, unforgettable holiday-themed show experience.
November 30Handel’s MessiahCathedral of AssumptionDive deep into the spiritual realm with Handel’s Messiah, an oratorio that has captivated hearts since its inception. This piece, with its soaring choral arrangements and profound narratives, is a reflection of faith and hope. Under the adept direction of Kent Hatteberg, the Louisville Chamber Choir will breathe life into this masterpiece, ensuring an experience that resonates with the soul.
December 1 – 3, 7 – 10, 14 – 17Butterfingers Angel, Mary & Joseph, Herod the Nut and the Slaughter of 12 Hit Carols in a Pear TreeThe Henry ClayA Bunbury favorite RETURNS! Created by one of America’s major dramatists, this touching, funny and highly imaginative retelling of the Christmas story brings new relevance to its timeless subject!
December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14 – 23, 27 – 30Gardens AglimmerWaterfront Botanical GardensMake lasting holiday memories as you take a scroll through the Gardens’ festive lights and illuminated displays.
December 2Downtown Holiday MarketAegon PlazaThe Downtown Holiday Market will take place from 2 – 9pm and will be decorated with lights, inflatables, and photographable experiences. The plaza is open to the public for retailers, shoppers, and revelers to utilize the area to partake in fun! The market will showcase holiday favorites, a gourmet hot chocolate bar, crafts and activities for kids, vendors with specialty holiday gifts for sale.
December 2Light Up LouisvilleJefferson Square ParkLight Up Louisville is a free, annual event that will kick off the holiday season in the city! We look forward once again to welcoming Louisville citizens to Downtown to welcome the REAL Santa Claus!
December 2Breakfast with SantaSlugger FieldCelebrate this holiday season with the Louisville Bats for our annual Breakfast with Santa Presented and Catered by Outback Steakhouse! Join Santa in the Louisville Bats Clubhouse and enjoy buffet style breakfast, cookie decorating provided by Heitzman Traditional Bakery and Deli, and ornament crafting!
December 2Sensory Friendly No Limits Family NightsThe Kentucky Science CenterThe Sensory Friendly No Limits Family Nights offer interactive exploration for families of children with special needs in a sensory friendly environment.
December 2, 9, 16Cookies With Captain SantaBelle of LouisvilleTake a cruise with Saint Nick during Cookies with Captain Santa! Come aboard as the Mary M. Miller transforms into a winter wonderland for you and your family to enjoy. This family-friendly event features a meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with Santa and Mrs. Claus, delicious cookies, and hot cocoa.
December 4, 11Destress for the Holidays with Meditation MondaysKMAC MuseumDestress for the Holidays with Meditation Mondays at the KMAC.
December 10, 17Breakfast With SantaWalker’s ExchangeCreate cherished memories and experience a morning of joy, laughter, and holiday magic with Breakfast with Santa at Walker’s Exchange.
December 7 – 8Brandenburgs by TwilightThe Henry ClayExperience the magic of J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos in a truly unique setting, illuminated solely by candlelight. These concerts are a testament to the composer’s genius, weaving intricate melodies with profound emotion. The ambiance, set by the flickering candles, adds a layer of intimacy and warmth to the evening.
December 7Holiday Cheer: Bourbon and BeerFrazier History MuseumIt’s a seasonal celebration with Lexington Brewing & Distilling Company, the only brewery-distillery on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®. Discover the artistry and craftsmanship behind each of these exceptional spirits as we explore the intricate process of aging and distilling and the important role a barrel plays.
December 7Martinis & MistletoeKMAC MuseumBrowse the Shop’s unique selection of curated gifts and enjoy a MARTINI bar by Tito’s and exciting pop-up shops featuring local makers.
December 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17The Snowy Day and Other StoriesOld Forester’s Paristown HallThe wonder of a fresh snowfall, the delight of whistling for the first time, the awe in finding a special treasure comes to life in The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats. Packed with humor and fun, this unique performance experience celebrates the joy in the seasons of a child’s world.
December 8 – 24The Brown-Forman NutcrackerWhitney Hall, The Kentucky CenterExperience the nostalgic holiday tale of Marie and her Nutcracker prince as they journey to the magical world of the Sugar Plum Fairy. 
December 8 – 10The Soul of Christmas 2023Brown TheatreThe Soul of Christmas features beautiful renditions of iconic secular and sacred holiday songs you know and love, with all-live performances by our sensational cast of performers, as well as the remarkable LIVE Christmas Band.
December 9Holiday Open House CelebrationEvan Williams Bourbon ExperienceThe Evan Williams Bourbon Experience invites you to join us for a festive evening full of bourbon tastings, light bites, live music, and more on Saturday, December 9th, from 7-9pm. This event is free to attend and will feature open house tours, an egg nog bar, hors d’oeuvres, and music from Old Lou’s Ragtime Band. This is an all-ages event. There will be a cash bar available for those 21+.
December 9, 16, 23The Best Christmas Pageant EverBomhard TheaterThe Herdmans are the worst kids in the whole history of the world; they lie, steal, and cheat. Now they’ve bullied their way into the church’s annual Christmas pageant! Will the pageant be a disaster as everyone is expecting, or will the spirit of the season change the hearts and minds of the Herdman family?
December 12Christmas Cocktail ClassWhiskey Wonderland at Down One Bourbon BarJoin for a festive evening of merriment and mixology at Down One Bourbon Bar’s Christmas Cocktail Class!
December 13Jake Shimabukuro – Christmas in Hawai’iBomhard TheaterUkulele master and jolly ambassador of aloha, JAKE SHIMABUKURO, will bring joy to the world this upcoming 2023 Holiday Season by delivering a special gift for all with the debut of his highly anticipated holiday show, JAKE SHIMABUKURO – CHRISTMAS IN HAWAI’I.
December 14Preservation Hall Jazz Band – Creole ChristmasBomhard TheaterCelebrate the season as the Preservation Hall Jazz Band returns with the Creole Christmas concert series. Join as the band performs New Orleans classics as well as some of our best-loved holiday selections with a twist.
December 15Christmas With the Beatles, Featuring Abbey RoadBomhard TheaterThis special night features the award-winning Beatles tribute band, Abbey Road, and is filled with mashups of Christmas classics and Beatles faves. 
December 15 – 23All is CalmKentucky Opera Center for Cultural HealthChristmas Eve 1914, a lone soldier stepped out of the trenches singing Silent Night. This a cappella chamber opera, sung in English, shares the stories of soldiers along the Western Front in the spontaneous Christmas Truce of World War I.
December 15 – 17A Wizard’s Christmas: Dinner & MarketplaceThe Louisville PalaceJoin the Palace for our 9th year anniversary in celebrating our annual start of the magical school year festivities!
December 16 – 17Themed Holiday Brunch: How The Grinch Stole Brunch8UP Elevated Drinkery & Kitchen
December 17, 23Holiday Family Movie DaysThe Kentucky Science CenterGet ready to celebrate the holiday season in our four-story theater as we screen two beloved holiday classics: Elf and Polar Express! Enjoy a tasty holiday treat of hot cocoa and popcorn during the movie and on your way in or out, grab a photo with Frosty!
December 20The Louisville Orchestra: Nat King Cole ChristmasThe Louisville PalaceNat King Cole Christmas is a new holiday celebration featuring a mix of holiday and iconic songs performed by a stellar array of Grammy honored musicians and all-stars from the music and theater worlds. Including historical images, TV footage and Nat’s most memorable hits, this concert is an aural and visual tribute to Nat King Cole.
December 21Angel’s Envy Distillery Holiday Open HouseAngel’s EnvyJoin Angel’s Envy this holiday season for a festive celebration featuring special holiday cocktails and light bites, complimentary bottle engravings, limited-edition gifts and a special festive surprise you don’t want to miss!
December 21Ugly Sweater PartyWhiskey Wonderland at Down One Bourbon BarFree event! Create your own ornament, cookie decorating for $5, drink specials, and photo booth & Christmas movies on the TVs
December 22Christmas Movie Night in The ConservatoryGalt House ConservatoryGrab your loved ones and get cozy in our beautiful conservatory as we screen The Grinch at 6pm and Elf at 8pm.
December 312024 New Years Eve Party at The GillespieThe GillespieWelcome 2024 in luxury at The Gillespie’s NYE Party! Join us for a night of music, drinks, and unforgettable memories.
December 31NYE Live! New Year’s Eve PartyFourth Street Live!Louisville’s best New Year’s Eve party featuring our very own NYC-style ball drop, party favors, live music featuring The Serve, and a champagne toast at midnight!
December 31New Year’s BashBelle of LouisvilleClimb aboard the Mary M. Miller riverboat and cruise into 2024 in style on our annual New Year’s Bash cruise. As we count down the minutes to 2024, sip on champagne (included in your ticket!) and dance your troubles away with music from DJ Jill. Complimentary party favors are provided, so raise a glass and make a toast to the New Year with us on the river.
December 31NEW YEARS EVE BASH “A Night of Neon Hallelujah” with JD SHELBURNEMercury BallroomJD SHELBURNE NYE BASH sponsored by Realty Advanced! Ring in 2024 with his high energy full band, along with party favors & a live feed of the NYC ball drop.