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Monday, November 25, 2013

A Holiday Bucket List for Louisville families

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There are tons of great Holiday events in Louisville and it may seem daunting to pick the ones that are right for your family. Here’s my family’s Holiday Season Bucket list:

-We started a new tradition last year by participating in the Northeast YMCA’s Turkey Day Fun Run and Turkey Trot for the kids. This is a great way to get the family moving together as well as a healthy start to Thanksgiving Day. The Fun Run and Walk are first up and there is childcare available in the Adventure Center for all participants. Then the Turkey Trot takes place across the street and is broken up by age groups. My kids had so much fun they beg to do it again year round!

-After Thanksgiving, we load up the van and drive through Lights Under Louisville. This is a great event for out-of-town guests since it is fairly unique. And since they charge by the car load instead of per person, you can load up the mommy van and enjoy the Christmas lights together. It takes 30-45 minutes to get through and there are no pit stops along the way, so I don’t recommend this for potty trainers.

-If you are athletically inclined, head over to Jeffersonville Ice Rink for some family ice-skating and hot cocoa. If you have rowdy boys and want to take them somewhere they’ll blend in, head over to Iceland and watch a UofL Men’s Ice Hockey  game. Admission is $5 and kids under 12 are free. My kids love the games, but the Zambonis alone are worth the price of admission.

-A couple of weeks before Christmas, we usually catch a show at Derby Dinner Playhouse, see the Nutcracker, or go on a Christmas Train Ride in either French Lick  or The Kentucky Railway Museum. The Polar Express train ride we took last year was a memorable experience for my kids and it was totally worth the long drive up to French Lick. This year I think we’ll check out the pirate-themed Jingle Arrgh the Way at Derby Dinner Playhouse.

-Every year I take my kids to a local hot shop to blow Christmas ornaments. We’ve visited them all and I love the diversity among glass-blowers in Louisville. Last year we visited Twin Glass Studio in Norton Commons and the experience was superb. There’s a viewing room between the hot shop and the front of the store where kids can play until it’s their turn to design and blow their very own creation. See my review here.

-Of course if there’s snow on the ground, you’ll find us at the park sledding. We take sledding very seriously and we have the injuries to prove it! We always end our sledding with homemade cocoa, which makes it especially exciting for my kiddos.

-Twice a year I gift my neighbors with food. In the summer when my tomato plants produce more than we can consume, I leave tomatoes on their doorsteps while they are at work. It’s my very own version of ding-dong-ditch.  During December, however, I bake cookies with the kids and we go around to all our neighbors’ houses to wish them a Merry Christmas. It’s a great way to see everyone during the cold months as well as a fun way to spread Holiday Cheer.

-Last but not least, no Holiday Season is complete without a trip to Muth’s Candies for a box of Modjeskas. They’ve been open in the same location on Market Street since 1921 and my family has been going there for generations. It’s a Louisville tradition.

A great tip! Use the image above to check off the things you've done throughout the holiday season!!

By guest contributor: Maggie

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