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Monday, November 30, 2015

Review of Jack Frost Saves Christmas at Derby Dinner Playhouse

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 photo 20151114_123307_zpsiifclfox.jpgMy 1st grader and I were given the opportunity to go and see a Christmas show at Derby Dinner Playhouse. We were so excited to take advantage of some much needed mother and son time. What is it about this time of the year and just being so busy?!




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We were there to see Jack Frost Saves Christmas  The doors open at noon and the show starts at 1:15. We were coming from a Cub Scout Event so we ended up arriving more like 12:20. Having been to a show before I honestly preferred arriving a bit later. It kept the wiggles at bay and we finished eating just in time to order dessert and the show to begin!


The lunch buffet has lots of kid-friendly foods like, mac and cheese, chicken nuggets, and corn dogs. Don't worry mom and dad they were carving turkey, to go along with mashed potatoes, green beans and carrots.

Santa is also present at every show from now until Christmas, and he stopped by the table long enough to say hello and hand my son a slap bracelet. He was very excited to see Santa!

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The play was a musical with upbeat songs and engaging characters. My son especially got a kick out of the part of the play where Santa loses his pants. I realized while watching the show that I hadn't read the story of Jack Frost to my kids. While that didn't take anything away from the play I would encourage reading it with the kids before going. Mainly because I was wracking my brain the whole time trying to remember the story!

We had a great time on our Mother and Son date! Jack Frost Saves Christmas is running through December 21.

By Guest Contributor: Allison

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Week in Preview November 30th-December 3rd

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Jingle Bells, jingle bells, it's time for some winter fun!

Here are my picks for the week!


Live it: December is time for Holiday Interim Sessions at Heartland Music Together. Find more information here!

Eat it: Take a tour of Schimpff's Confectionery that includes a guided tour of the candy museum as well as a live demonstration of a small batch of candy. Then you can stay for lunch or dessert! Make sure to call and make a reservation! Find out more here!



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Learn it:  Multiple opportunities this week to see the Nutcracker Storytime with the Louisville Ballet. On Tuesday, you can go to Fern Creek Branch. On Wednesday, check it out at the Main Branch or on Thursday find it at the Iroquois Branch! Find more information here!

For more fun, check out our Holiday and Christmas Event List here!
By Guest Contributor: 
Kelly 


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Winter Break Camps in and around Louisville, 2015

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Here are some awesome winter break camp options!


 photo PAA Color Logo_zpswnmjbpmu.jpgDERBY DINNER PLAYHOUSE CHRISTMAS BREAK THEATRE WORKSHOP - Get out of the house and onto the stage for a day of theatre education and holiday fun! Students and DDP professionals will explore song and dance from holiday favorites and take 3 different classes in acting, singing, and dance! Dates: Monday – Dec. 28 or Tuesday – Dec. 29 Afternoon Session: Ages 10-17 (1–4PM)
Cost: $40 per student   FOR INFO OR TO REGISTER: http://derbydinner.com/classes/
 COMING SOON TO DDP! 2016 Winter Musical Theatre Workshop on February 13 (registration opens JAN 4)  

 photo camp glee_zpsutevd0fk.pngCamp Glee (ages 7 - 11) Two fun-filled sessions from December 21st - 24th (Holiday) and 28th - 31st (Winter). Hours 8:30 - 3:00 with extended care available to 5pm. Singing and drama classes given by top performing professionals from New York City (who also happen to be teachers and parents of young children) culminating in performances on Dec. 24th and Dec. 31st at 3:00. Games, crafts, baking, hot chocolate, and outdoor play when weather allows! Sibling and Refer-A-Friend discounts. Location: St. Thomas Community Building, 9616 Westport Rd, Louisville, KY 40241.
To register, go to https://lvl.webconnex.com/campgleedec15 or to www.LouisvilleVoiceLessons.com for more information.




Additional options in alphabetical order: 

All About Kids Swimming, gym, tumbling, etc. December 21-22, 28-31. Full and half day options. $45/day for full day.


Frazier History Museum: Camps focused on holidays and winter traditions. December 21-23, 28-30. 9-4, with optional extended day until 5:30. $35/day for members, $45/day for non-members. Grades 1-6.

Jewish Community Center December 21-24, 28-31. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. For preschoolers: $70/day non-member, $50/day, member. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. $85/day non-member, $65/day, member. Grades K-6: arts and crafts, sports, games and fun. $62/day, JCC Member: $42/day

KaZoing Party and Play Jumping, art and games. December 21-23, 28-31, January 1. 9-5, full and half day options. $40/day for full day.

Kentucky Science Center: Schools out camp - a variety of fun topics!  See dates & prices here.  You do not have to have a membership!

Louisville Zoo Winter Camps: For kids in PreK to grade 6.  They have programs December 21 & 22! Prices from $43 per day.  Click here for details and registration.

Oldham Family YMCA: Dec.20-21 & Dec. 26-28, for kids ages 5-14 years old. 7am to 6pm, prices range from $125-$135 (You do not have to have a membership)

Southeast Family YMCA: 2 sessions- Dec 21-23 and/or Dec 28-3. 7am to 6pm, prices range from $112-$132  (You do not have to have a membership)

Southwest Family YMCA: Session I: December 21-December 23; Session II: December 28-December 30; both 7:00 am-6:00 pm Price ranges from $74 per child per week to $84 per child per week  (You do not have to have a membership)

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Local Holiday Shopping Guide 2015

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If you’re making a list and checking it twice, be sure to support local businesses this year. I always start my Christmas shopping at The Flea Off Market Holiday Bazaar, but if you can’t make it out this year, there are still plenty of great local gift options all over town:

  1. Dundee Candy Shop has more candy crammed into its tiny Bardstown Road store than I’ve ever seen in one place. This is the perfect place for small stocking stuffers and party treats! 
  2. The Parent Teacher Store has a lot more than just school supplies. This is my go-to place for all those science toys, board games, and puzzles. There’s a huge selection of arts and crafts projects as well. 
  3. Hyland Glass is a great spot to pick up a ready-made gift or to start your family’s tradition of blowing glass ornaments. Read our review here
  4. Climb Nulu and Suspend Louisville offer memberships and package deals for the fitness enthusiast or spirited child in your family- or for your whole family. What better way to spend quality time than by racing to the top of a rock wall? 
  5. Mama’s Hip offers parent-child activities, childbirth support groups, and all kinds of baby products you won’t find in a big box store. 
  6. Carmichael’s Bookstore not only supplies books from local authors, but also popular children’s books and autographed copies of popular books. 
  7. Brownsboro Hardware and Quest Outdoors have everything you need for the outdoorsy person on your list, from The Big Green Egg to camping gear. 
  8. The Earthy Browns make all manner of natural toiletries, including handmade fleur-de-lis shaped soaps. Black Dog Candle Co. makes all natural nontoxic candles, and a portion of the proceeds benefit local animal shelters. Moss Hill also makes beautiful handmade soaps and other toiletries and is sold at many local stores in addition to their own two Louisville locations. 
  9. Scout on Market is a one-stop-shop for unique locally handmade gifts and home décor. 
  10. Heine Brothers Coffee gift cards are my favorite teacher gift. Because let’s face it, they work hard and they need the caffeine. 
Bonus:
Barkstown Road has two Louisville locations and it the perfect place to find something special for your furry family member.

For more awesome Louisville stores, see our lists from 2014 http://www.louisvillefamilyfun.net/2014/12/top-10-locally-owned-stores-in.html and 2013 http://www.louisvillefamilyfun.net/2013/11/top-10-locally-owned-shopping-stores-in.html as well!

By Guest Contributor: Maggie

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Review of Disney's The Good Dinosaur

 photo 202124H1_zpszv6a18zs.jpgMy family and I attended a preview of The Good Dinosaur at Xscape Blankenbaker.  First, this new movie theater is really nice.  The reclining chairs were super comfortable and my children really liked that.  I loved that people can easily walk by without any need for folks to get up or scoot their legs.

As for the movie, I didn't know much about it going in. I thought it would be a cute little movie about a dinosaur and was pleasantly surprised that it was a deeper story-line and had quite a bit of action.  There were thrilling parts, comical parts and a good balance of happy and sad. What more could you ask for in a Disney film?     My children are 7&8 so they could handle some of the dramatic parts but there were a few scarier parts that I think parents should prepare for - nothing overwhelmingly scary, just moments that might take kids off-guard.  My kids actually liked those parts.   I did appreciate the overall theme of overcoming fears and coming into your own - that's definitely something that families talk about!

Here's the official movie description:
"What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Pixar Animation Studios takes you on an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo (voice of Raymond Ochoa) makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of."

~Stephanie

Review of Idlewild Butterfly Farm

I like big bugs and I cannot lie! No really, I hate bugs! But my family and I still REALLY enjoyed our recent visit to Idlewild Butterfly Farm.

 photo 10241513482_zpsjesnsf59.jpgMy husband and I took our 2 and 4 year old daughters one Saturday morning in October. We went on a tour of all their ‘big bugs’. Our tour guide was very kind and knowledgeable. You could tell she had a real passion for the creatures. She went from one bug to the next, taking them out of their cage, talking about them, and letting us touch (sometimes hold) each one.

These bugs are not your typical bugs. Idlewild is a certified insect importer after recently being certified by the USDA. They have a quarantine room, or lab, where they house all the imported bugs. Many of the bugs we saw were imported from Malaysia. We saw bugs that you won’t find in the United States.


 photo 1024151331_zpsvuksdea1.jpgMy favorite bug was the Orchid Mantis. It was white, with a pink tint to her, like an Orchid flower. Watch a you tube video of her here. The Malaysian Walking Sticks were also pretty cool. They even have a bug that glows in the dark! My kids were in awe of all the interesting bugs!

After we explored the creatures in the lab we went outside to their House of Spiders. It was recently the butterfly flight house, but had been turned into a home for dozens of live spiders! They let people go in at night with flashlights and watch the spiders in action. We went during the daytime and loved seeing all the spiders and their webs. I hate spiders, but I enjoyed going through the House of Spiders. This was a temporary exhibit, so make sure to call ahead to see what your tour will include before you go.

My family can’t wait to visit again next spring and summer to see more bugs! We are also excited to see the butterflies and walk through the butterfly house! For more info, follow them on Facebook here. They also sell beautiful jewelry and other bug related items.

 photo 1024151333_zpsdtdicea5.jpg*They are setting up a mobile butterfly house inside their store over Thanksgiving weekend and possibly the weekend after! That would be a great time to visit!


Wednesday-Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm

1100 Logan Street in Louisville

$8/adults, $5/children

By Guest Contributor: Kimberly 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Week in Preview November 23rd-26th

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Take some time out to be thankful this week!

Here are my picks for the week!


Live it: Visit the Louisville Bats on Monday, November 23rd to see their new look and enjoy lunch. At Louisville Slugger Field, with doors opening at Noon! Check it out here for more details!

Eat it: It's Thanksgiving, stuff yourself with some yummy foods this week!

Move it: Have some fun at Bluegrass Indoor Karting this week. For kids ages 7 and up Monday-Thursday. Check their website for more information and check our review here!

Learn it: Head over to the Iroquois Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library on Wednesday for preschool (10:15am) and toddler (11:15am) story time. Older children are welcome when school is out!

For more fun, check out our Holiday and Christmas Event List here!

By Guest Contributor: 
Kelly 


Thursday, November 19, 2015

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend: November 20,21,22

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Friday
Brrrrrrrrrrrr!  Sounds like indoor fun is on the forecast.  Or, at least in the warm car.  Lights under Louisville at Louisville Mega Cavern starts this weekend. Click here for a variety of discount opportunities (some only available on weekdays).

Saturday
Don't freeeeeeze, go somewhere for FREE! It's the Ali Center's 10th anniversary and they are having a big celebration which includes free admission for all.  Live music, family activities and more. It is a really great museum - check it out!

How about thinking about some holiday shopping - but for a family in need!  Are you interested in helping a local family - let's connect. We help one every year - click here to learn more.

Sunday
Looking for a holiday bazaar?  St. Leonard on Zorn Ave is having their event on Sunday.  The Grinch will be there - you know you want to go.  Details here.

Have a fabuLOUs weekend,
Stephanie

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Review of Family Fun Workshops at The Carnegie Center for Art and History in New Albany, IN

The Carnegie Center for Art and History in New Albany, Indiana offers free Family Fun Workshops one Saturday a month from 10am to Noon. My kids and I headed up there this month, and we were thrilled by the whole experience!

 photo 20150912_095554_zpshqztrd0p.jpgThe Family Workshops are located in the basement of the Museum, with a big space and lots of table room. The Saturday we attended, my kids worked with clay. The materials were all free, and my kids got to keep what they made. The staff was very friendly, helpful, allowed the kids to do the work themselves, and they allowed the kids to be creative. There were a variety of age groups there, and the staff were very patient. It was a great experience.

 photo 20150912_101246_zpstafr35de.jpgThe Carnegie Center itself is a real treasure. They have temporary exhibits (about 10 weeks long) and three permanent exhibits including an exhibit of hand-made, moving dioramas that my kids loved looking at, an award-winning Underground Railroad exhibit, and an exhibit on the Life of Lucy Higgs Nichols (Lucy lived an interesting life before living out the rest of her days in New Albany). The exhibits have a LOT of reading and an hour long movie that my kids didn't care for, but I really enjoyed all of the exhibits and wish I had more time!
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While we were there, one of the temporary exhibits was an art exhibit of portraits. On the wall, there were 5 different color backpacks, each filled with art supplies for kids to create their own art. Then, the kids got to hang their own art up on the wall next to the exhibit - my kids thought that was amazing!

 photo 20150912_104642_zpsq9ixjhed.jpgThe staff member there was so friendly, knowledgeable, and really great with my kids. And did I mention the Carnegie Center is always free admission?! My kids enjoyed the whole morning, and we can't wait to go back for another free Family Fun Workshop soon!


By Guest Contributor: Caryn


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Review of Glass Blowing at Hyland Glass

 photo Hyland Pumpkins_zpssyj5yoe0.jpgWe’ve been visiting the hot shops of Louisville since my oldest son was barely walking. Together we’ve blown many Christmas ornaments and decorations over the years, to the point where our sad little artificial Christmas tree required a sturdier base to carry all the weight. Last Christmas we branched out to Christmas trees and snowmen instead of ornaments, but we decided after schlepping the heavy bins up to the attic we had enough Christmas glass. It was time to branch out to glass blowing for other Holidays.

So when I saw all the adorable glass pumpkins at the St. James Art Fair recently, I decided it was time to try our hand at those. We ended up at Hyland Glass on Washington Street in Butchertown, a newer shop we hadn’t yet visited. They offer multiple different blow your own opportunities throughout the year, so you are likely to be able to book a session any time you’d like.

 photo Hyland Collage_zpshszbktul.jpgWe arrived at our appointment early, so we watched the ladies ahead of us work on their pumpkins. This is one of the few times other than when they are playing video games that my kids are completely engrossed in what they are watching, so that alone makes it worth the $60 per kid. The artists were great with my kids and went out of their way to explain the process using kid-friendly language. My kids wanted pumpkins that were outside the typical color spectrum, and they were very accommodating of that.

The process for both kids took about 45 minutes. When you blow glass it has to cool slowly in a 900 degree kiln, so plan to pick your creation up a few days after you make it. We will probably be back in the spring for something else to add to our glass collection, such as a flower or Easter Egg.

By Guest Contributor: Maggie

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Week in Preview November 16th-19th

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It's getting cold outside, find some fun where it's warm!

Here are my picks for the week!


Live it: Have a special family night and take the kids to Derby Dinner Playhouse to see Irving Berlin's White Christmas. Click here for show information!

Eat it: Head to Moe's Southwest Grill on Wednesday for Kid's Eat Free! When you purchase an adult entree (valued at $5 or more) you receive a free kid's meal (which consists of an entree, drink & a cookie). Valid at Louisville, KY and Clarksville, IN locations. Children must be 12 and under.

Move it: Get some fitness in with your kiddo this week at Stroller Strides. Your first week is free, check it out here for more information!

Learn it: On Tuesday, November 17th, join the St. Matthew's Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library for Nutcracker Storytime with the Louisville Ballet at 6:30pm. 

For more fun, check out our Holiday and Christmas Event List here!

By Guest Contributor: 
Kelly 


Thursday, November 12, 2015

Picks for Things to Do this Weekend: November 13,14,15

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All Weekend:
Festival of Trees and Lights! This wonderful event benefits Kosair Children's Hospital and we are a supporting sponsor. We love supporting local families.  This runs for 3 days and will fill your heart with happiness.  See full details here.  It's very affordable and the children's activities are free with admission.

Friday
Need a night out?  All About Kids (Oldham location) has a slumber party on Friday night.  Late night pick-up also an option if your child doesn't want to stay over all night.  Just $25-$35 depending on pick-up time, register today (Thursday) to avoid the $5 day-of registration fee.  Kids have fun with swimming, movie, pizza, cookies and FUN!

Saturday
Don't forget - from 6-8pm at Whet Your Palette, you can paint for half price and it's already affordable!  You know you want to paint something festive with the family.  Head out for ice cream when you are finished and BAM - awesome night for less!

Sunday
Family fun meal prep.  Get the kids into the kitchen.  Create menus, set the table fancy, make cute place cards or place mats and cook together.  We have WEEKS of family-friendly, simple recipes to try.   


Have a fabuLOUs weekend,
Stephanie

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Places: Favorite Family Game to Play Together

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I asked the LouFamFun writers: What is your favorite game to play together as a family?


With some colder months, we thought you might need some ideas!


Also - there are great fun/educational games at The Parent-Teacher Store & Toys too!

Stephanie- Monopoly

Nicolle- X-Box 360. Usually Wipeout or Fruit Ninja. 

Jeanette- Wits and Wagers (Family Edition)

Kelly- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Action Battle Game (Card Game)

Caryn- Curious George Hide and Seek at the Zoo

Karen- Qwirkle & Rummikub

Kimberly- Candyland and puzzles

Lauren- Hide & Seek (no supplies necessary!!)

Brandy- Depends on who you ask at our house! Sorry, Hold Your Horses and Moose in the House are popular right now.

Maggie- Monopoly because somehow my five year old always wins.

Erin- Headbandz, Blurt, or Bubble Talk

Tami- Zingo or Spuzzle

Allison- Checkers or Where is Sock Monkey?

By Guest Contributor: Brandy 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

PinPoint Perks- Louisville Area Discounts

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PinPoint Perks is a great website that I have really enjoyed looking through and using! I will definitely be using it more in the future!

When you visit the website, you can access tons of coupons in several categories. You can pick from the most popular categories, like restaurants and family entertainment, or you can click on the tab “All categories,” towards the top, and view all of your options. For restaurants, clicking "All categories" will organize the choices by type of restaurant, such as “Mexican” or “Chinese.” You can even type the name of a restaurant or store into the search box at the top and it will give you any coupons that relate to that search. The last way to search is to look for the area of town you’re in, so you can see what options there are around you! It really is a very valuable place to find coupons for places you frequently go. Who wouldn’t want to save a little extra money at places they already go? It might also be a great way for you to find some new places, because if you have a coupon, it makes it easier to try to new place!

Here were some of my favorites. Be sure to look for yourself and see what you can find!

Restaurants:

These were so hard to choose because there are so many to choose from! Each restaurant has multiple coupons, so you are sure to find one that will work for you.

- This coupon would save one person $5! I have to be honest, this place is dear to my heart because my dad started the restaurant just before I was born. He sold it more than 20 years ago, but we still go frequently. I never knew they had coupons though, so now we can go even more often! Awesome!

- Really, who doesn’t love pizza? And Papa John’s? I’m in! And this is a great deal with pizza, wings and a drink!

- Prefer to take and bake at home? Check out this offer from Papa Murphy's.

- Time for dessert! How about free cupcake from Gigi's! And they have a new location open in Springhurst!

Are you seeing a theme here? I like free things! But honestly, who doesn’t? This place is quite delicious and their cheese dip is great! They also have a coupon for $5 off if you don’t want the cheese dip.


Family entertainment:

There are so many options, but I love that I can look to find a coupon when I want something to do with my family. It is a great way to get ideas for what we should do for a family afternoon or evening!

Free roller skating! We aren’t quite ready to use this one as a family, but I can’t wait until my kids are a bit older!

Zip-line with a discount!

- My daughter went here when she was younger and we loved it! Might have to sign up my son for a class with this great deal! They also have a discount on birthday parties! We have been for a birthday party and it was fantastic!

Free game of bowling!

- We recently went on a cave tour and loved it. I am sure we would love this one as well!


Home Services:
Who doesn’t need things taken care of around the house? There are so many options! These are some of the best ones I found and ones that would be the most useful to me. Make sure to check here if you have anything you need done around your house!

- Free phone consultation on a service. Very convenient!

- We need to get this taken care of soon. We'll definitely be checking with them with this great coupon!

- Discounted cleaning services? Yes please!

Power washing!

- Discount on closet shelves!


These were some of my favorites. What coupons have you found that are helpful?


By Guest Contributor: Lauren





Friday, November 6, 2015

Best List of Holiday & Christmas Events in and around Louisville 2015

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Early November
Friday, November 6th is the Chenoweth Square Holiday Walk from 6-9pm. Stroll the Square and get into the spirit of the season! Be inspired by the latest in holiday fashion, accessories, decor, food, and much more! Located at 3907 Chenoweth Square.

Saturday, November 7th is the Celebration of Lights in Shelbyville! 4-8pm

Saturday, November 7th is Incarnation’s Holiday Craft Show.

Saturday, November 7th is Seneca’s Holiday Craft Bazaar from 9am-3pm. Located at 3510 Goldsmith Lane, Louisville, KY 40220.

 photo osbg4757v2_470x470_40K_zpsfyqu2w8r.jpgSunday, November 8th from 10am-4pm is the St. Agnes Christmas Boutique! Located at 1920 Newburg Rd.

November 12th – 22nd "All The Whos In Whoville" by Todd Zeigler will be playing at the Iroquois Amphitheater. Check the website for dates and times!


Thursday, November 12th, Join The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass celebrate the grand opening of Phase II and the Holiday Tree Lighting! Entertainment starts at 5pm and the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Tree Lighting will begin at 7pm.

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Friday and Saturday, November 13th and 14th is the Beechmont Women’s Club Annual Luncheon and Bazaar! From 9am-6pm on Friday and 9am-3pm on Saturday. Located at 4516 S. 6th St.

November 13th and 14th is the Festival of Trees and Lights at Louisville Slugger Field. Hosted by the Children's Hospital Foundation, hundreds of volunteers design and decorate Christmas trees, wreaths and hand crafted holiday items - all of which are for sale to raise funds for Kosair Children's Hospital. Festival Family Night is 11/13.

Saturday, November 14, from 5-8pm the Bass Pro Shops Preview Event and Santa's Arrival. Tree lighting, Santa's Wonderland, Carolers, give aways, free craft, cookies, hot chocolate and more!

Saturday, November 14th is Field’s Holiday Bazaar/Arts and Crafts Show. Located at 120 Sacred Heart Lane off Frankfort Avenue.

Saturday, November 14th is Fern Creek Baptist Church Holiday Art and Craft Show from 9am-3pm. Located at 5920 Bardstown Rd. Louisville, KY 40291.

Saturday, November 14th is Deck the Halls Holiday Bazaar at Southern Hills Church. Located in Louisville, KY 40229.

Saturday, November 14th is Neighborhood Toy Store Day, and Santa will be visiting from 1pm-3pm Learning Express Toys.Come visit your new neighborhood toy store and make your holiday shopping list!

November 14th is Holiday in the Woods at The Little Loomhouse. 6 - 9pm.

November 14th – December 21st, Derby Dinner Playhouse is performing Jack Frost Saves Christmas! Follow Jack on his adventures in Christmas town as he discovers his special icy talents and manages to save Christmas! Santa will be at every performance. Price: Breakfast – $16.00; Lunch – $21.00

November 14th – January 3rd is Best. Toys. Ever. at The Slugger Museum.

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Tuesday, November 17th visit the St. Matthews Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library for Nutcracker Storytime with the Louisville Ballet. 6:30pm.

November 17, 18, and 19th is the Temptations Holiday Boutique at The Olmsted. Come shop over 30 hand selected vendors that are available only at this show. It is 3 days long, inside, counter service lunch is available and wine is also available for purchase. No entry fees, open to the public, and no reservations are needed. You can park close and stay as long as you like. We will have something for everyone on your list. Located at 3701 Frankfort Rd.

November 19th – December 27th is Christmas at the Galt House. Winter Wonderland, Snow Fairy Princesses, Peppermint Express Kiddie Train, and more.

Thursday, November 19th is the Kentucky Horse Park’s Southern Lights Stroll. This event features a 5k run along with mini train rides, refreshments, and prize drawings. A food drive will also take place for God’s Pantry and local animal shelters.

 photo Holly Jolly Jubilee Dec. 6_zpseuztsehu.pngNovember 20th – January 3rd, Lights Under Louisville at the Louisville Mega Cavern will be open. Load up the kids and enjoy a 30 minute ride through part of 17 miles of underground passageways, which features over 850 lit characters with over 2,000,000 points of light.

Saturday, November 21st is Waggener High School’s Art and Craft Fair, located at 330 South Hubbards Lane.

Saturday, November 21st is Light Up Simpsonville at 6:00pm.

Saturday, November 21st is the Snow Ball Gala to raise funds for Kosair Children's Hospital. This black tie event has become one of the most fashionable holiday parties in Louisville. A gourmet meal precedes dancing to music by Galaxy. Black ties for the gentlemen and ball gowns for the ladies.

Saturday, November 21st is St. Gabriel's Gall Craft Show from 9am - 3pm. Handmade crafts, gifts and decor. 5505 Bardstown Rd.

Saturday, November 21st is the 4th Annual NuLu Holiday Open House. Celebrate the holidays NuLu style! Extended hours, store and restaurant specials, an appearance from Santa and more. From 10am-5pm.

Saturday, November 21st is the 3rd Annual Holiday Brite Nite at Paddock Shops. 4:30 - 7:30pm. Carolers, magicians, juggler, stilt walker, Frosty and many special guests! Face painting and free glow items for kids, while supplies last.

Sunday, November 22nd is St. Leonard’s Holiday Bazaar located at 440 Zorn Avenue.

Late November 
November 23rd – December 24th is Christmas Tree Lane at Waterfront Park.

November 24th-December 23rd A Christmas Carol is being presented by Actor’s Theatre.

Wednesday, November 25th is Light Up Lyndon from 5:00-8:00pm. Santa and his Elves will be there to help kick off the Holiday season. Face painting, pictures with Santa, and train rides are a few of the festivities!

November 25th – January 1st, is Elizabethtown’s Christmas in the Park. Located at Freeman Lake Park, admission is FREE but donations are gladly accepted.

Friday, November 27th is Light Up Louisville including a Skating Rink, the Run, Run, Rudolph 5K, Santa’s Workshop, and Santa’s Arrival. The festivities begin at 11am and go until 11pm! For more information click here!

November 27th - January 2nd is Christmas in Charlestown. Largest animated light show in So. Indiana. on the City Square nightly Sunday-Saturday 6pm-10pm. Winter Wonderland of Lights in Greeway Park with Carriage Rides Thursday-Saturday 6pm-10pm. Ice Skating, Train Rides, Santa and more at the Family Activities Park Thursday -Saturday 6pm-10pm. Less than 20 minutes from the Kennedy Bridge (through Jeffersonville).

November 27th – January 25th Jeffersonville’s Skating Rink will be open! Located at the corner of Market and Spring Streets.

November 27th starts Fifth Third Bank’s A Christmas Carol at Actor’s Theatre.

November 27th and 28th is Candy Cane and Ribbon Making Demonstrations at Schimpffs
Confectionary.

November 27th - December 29 visit Holiday Train Exhibit: The Yew Dell Express on select days.
Friday 11/27; 10am - 4pm. Saturday 11/28, 12/5, 12/12 & 12/19; 10am - 4pm. Sunday 11/29, 12/6, 12/13 & 12/20 noon - 4pm. Free with paid admission. Snow village, model trains, gnome scavenger hunt and Santa.

Saturday, November 28th from 1-6pm is the 7th Annual Jingle Walk and Holiday Fest in New Albany. “Light up of New Albany” will happen at 6:30pm. On the corner of Spring and Pearl Street.

Saturday, November 28th is Light Up Jeffersonville! Parade starts at 5:00pm with Light Up Jeffersonville at 5:30pm.

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Tuesday, December 1st visit the Fern Creek Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library for Nutcracker Storytime with the Louisville Ballet. 6:30pm.

Wednesday, December 2nd visit the Main Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library for Nutcracker Storytime with the Louisville Ballet. 6:30pm.

Thursday, December 3rd visit the Iroquois of the Louisville Free Public Library for Nutcracker Storytime with the Louisville Ballet. 6:30pm.

Thursday, December 3rd, your child can meet Santa Cow and Elf Cow at at Chick-fil-A St. Matthews, Mall St. Matthews and Springhurst. 5-7pm.

Starting December 4th, the Kentucky Railroad Museum will have the Santa Express and North Pole Express Running. Check out their website for dates and times!

December is a time for Holiday Interim Sessions at Heartland Music Together!

December 4th is Light up the Village at Westport Village. Join them from 5-8pm.

December 4th and 5th is Christmastide at Locust Grove from 5:30-9:00pm. The Clark & Croghan families invite you into their home to visit and to partake of holiday cheer. Live music, lively conversations, refreshments, and crafts for children 3 and up.

December 4th and 5th is WinterFair at Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church located at 4936 Brownsboro Road.

December 4th - 6th U of L Dance Theatre presents the 20th annual performance of "Clara's Dream" at the School of Music's Comstock Hall. 7pm on Dec. 4; 3pm and 7pm on Dec. 5; and 2pm on Dec. 6. $15 for adults and $10 for children under age 13 or adults over age 65. Group rates also are available for ten or more.

Saturday, December 5th is Butler High School’s Festival of Trees Arts and Crafts Show. Located at 2222 Crums Lane, Louisville, KY 40216.

Saturday, December 5th is St. Matthews Elementary First Annual Holiday Bazaar and Craft Fair. 601 Browns Lane. 9am - 2pm.

Saturday, December 5th is Old Fashioned Family Holiday Festival at Riverside, the Farnsley-Moremen Landing. Bring the kids out for an old-fashioned holiday celebration at Riverside from 2pm-7pm! Free activities include: Photo opportunity with Santa Holiday crafts for kids Horse-drawn wagon rides Musical entertainment Tours of the historic Farnsley-Moremen House decorated for the season! (House closes at 5 PM.) ~ Refreshments for Sale ~ Silent Auction of Holiday Wreaths ~ This event is presented by the Dixie Area Business Association.

Saturday, December 5th is Victorian Christmas Tea at Whitehall. Doors open at 2:45 p.m., tea served promptly at 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 5th is OH DEER! HUNGRY HERBIVORES IN THE HOOD at the Louisville Nature Center.

Saturday, December 5th is Nutcracker in a Nutshell at Louisville Palace Theater. Performances are at 2pm and 7pm.

Saturday, December 5th is the Christmas Cookie Stroll in Downtown Jeffersonville. From 12-3pm.

Saturday, December 5th is a Country Christmas at Blackacre State Nature Preserve and Historic Homestead. Spend an old-fashioned family Christmas celebration at Blackacre! Enjoy hot apple cider, Christmas treats, a craft for the kiddos, live music, carriage rides (weather permitting), and a visit from jolly Saint Nick himself!

The North Pole Express at My Old Kentucky Dinner Train in Bardstown begins December 5th and runs on the weekends until December 20th.

Saturday, December 5 from 10:30am-7:00pm at Norton Commons. With over 55 local businesses including boutiques, shops, restaurants and bars, you'll find something for everyone. Most of the shops and restaurants will be open with sales and specials. Santa will be visiting from 3-5 pm & carriage rides will be offered from 5-7 pm. You must bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots in order to get a photo with Santa or a carriage ride.

Saturday, December 5th is a Holiday Party at Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium from 1pm-4pm.

Saturday, December 5th is Light Up Jeffersontown from 6-8pm. Start the holiday season with Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Mayor as they flip the switch to Light Up Jeffersontown! Immediately following, festivities continue outside with live performances by area choral groups, ice carving, free refreshments and free carriage rides. Inside the Community Center enjoy arts and crafts, holiday movies and pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus!

Saturday, December 5th is Holiday Wreath Making at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens. This popular class has become a holiday tradition for many. Participants will be instructed by the masters on how to design and assemble their own 22-24” wreath. Materials are all fresh and harvested at Yew Dell. Participants should bring their own gloves and pruners. Express you inner Claus by making a holiday wreath fit for your own front door.

Saturday, December 5th is the 13th Annual Nature of Christmas in Goshen from 12-3pm. A thank you to our friends and community for a terrific year! Free food, artisans and gift booths, crafts, hayrides, music, and Santa & Mrs. Claus with gift bags and treats. Free, donations encouraged.

Saturday, December 5th is Light Up LaGrange from 3pm-8pm with the Lighting Ceremony to take place at 5pm.

Saturday, December 5th is the Living Nativity at Ballardsville Baptist Church from 6-8:30pm. Free Hot Chocolate and Cookies!

Saturday, December 5th is A Night in Bethlehem at Shelbyville First Baptist Church from 6-8pm. A drive through live nativity. View and hear the Christmas from the comfort of your vehicle. Cookies and hot chocolate upon exit while supplies last. Free.

Saturday, December 5th is the Shelby County Christmas Parade starting at 10am.

Saturday, December 5th is the Holiday Card Factory at the American Printing House for the Blind.

Saturday, December 5th is Christmas Wonderland with the Louisville Chorus at 6pm. St Mary's Catholic Church 415 East 8th St (@ Spring) New Albany, IN 47150 $20 Gen, $15 Senior, $5 Student

Saturday, December 5th is Lunch with Santa and on December 12th is Breakfast with Santa on The Spirit of Jefferson.

Saturday, December 5th visit Michael's for a Kids Club Event: Clothespin Characters. 10am - noon. Drop in and create a fun clothespin friend to decorate the tree. Ages 3 and up. Only $2 per session, includes supplies.

Saturday, December 5th stop by Michael's for a Family Gingerbread Housebuilding Workshop. 1:00pm – 4:00pm. Assemble an adorable gingerbread house and try to resist the temptation to snack on your building supplies! Buy the kit and the supplies are included.

Saturday, December 5th is Home for the Holidays at the Brown Theatre. Louisville Orchestra performs holiday classics and invites you to sing-along with favorite holiday tunes. Pre-concert activities at 10am including craft station and Instrument Playground. Show 11. $15. All ages.

Saturday, December 5th is O Come, Emmanuel: An Advent Celebration at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. This annual event in Alumni Chapel to celebrates the Christmas season with a rich, gospel-centered Christmas worship gathering based on the themes of Advent. Matinee Admission – 4:00 pm. Advance cost is $8 or $10 at the door. Doors will open at 3:15.  Evening Admission – 7:30 pm. Advance cost is $11 or $15 at the door. Doors will open at 6:45.

December 5th and 6th is A 1940'S Radio Holiday Pops Spectacular at Paul W. Ogle Cultural and Community Center, Indiana University Southeast. Featuring The Birdies, J.R. Stuart, Jim Hessleman and Santa Claus. Saturday at 7:30 pm. Sunday at 3 pm.

December 5th and 6th is Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour

December 5th and 6th stop by the Ballard Holiday Halls Arts & Craft Show from 10am - 5pm on Sat. or 12pm - 4pm on Sun.

December 5th and 6th visit the 5th Annual Dickens Christmas Festival, at the KY Renaissance Festival Grounds in Eminence, KY. Admission is $5/person. Scenes from Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol," Christmas Caroling, photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus + shopping and more!

December 5th and 6th is Santa Paws at the Humane Society of Oldham Co. 11am to 5pm. Get your pets photo with Santa! Bring the kids and make it a family photo. Professional Photographers. Pkgs start at $12. Free refreshments, a gift shop, silent auction and a bake sale!

Sunday, December 6th is the Holly Jolly Jubilee from 1-4pm at All About Kids (Louisville location).

Sunday, December 6th is the 5K Dreidel Dash Families of all faiths and fitness levels are invited to usher in the first evening of Hanukkah with a 5K for runners and walkers ages 10 and over, a one-mile Family Fun Run for everyone, and an awesome after party with games, music, Hanukkah snacks and a menorah-lighting at sundown.

Sunday, December 6th Musical Roots of Dickens's "A Christmas Carol" -- an Emilie Strong Smith Chamber Music concert at Locust Grove. The concert will feature music associated with and inspired by Christmas books and plays in early 19th century melodrama. Music of Mozart, Bayly, Playford and others.

Tuesday, December 8th visit Derby City Pediatric Dentistry for an afternoon with Santa. Bring a new, unwrapped toy ($5 value or above) and receive a photo with Santa, crafts and treats. Toys will go to Toys for Tots! 4 - 6:30pm.

Wednesday, December 9th visit the Southwest of the Louisville Free Public Library for Nutcracker Storytime with the Louisville Ballet. 6:30pm.

Wednesday, December 9th, enjoy Light Up Westport (Westport, KY). Begins at 6 pm. There will be hot cocoa and cookies and a very special jolly guest. There will be a HUGE display this season that will run Thursday-Sunday 6-10 p.m. through December 30th.

Thursday, December 10th, your child can meet Santa Cow and Elf Cow at at Chick-fil-A St. Matthews, Mall St. Matthews and Springhurst. 5-7pm.


Mid-December
Friday, December 11 is the Uptown Ornament Walk in New Albany from 5-8pm on Pearl Street in New Albany. Create an ornament by collecting ornament peices as you visit participating businesses.
Registration starts at Bush Keller Sporting Goods

Friday, December 11 is Hope Christmas for Kids. Hope Lutheran Church, 4200 Shenandoah Dr. This FREE event is for children from 3 years old – 5th grade. The evening will include dinner, Bible lessons, music, games, crafts, movie and cookie decorating. Parents will have an evening to go to dinner, do some Christmas shopping or decorating while their children learn about Jesus’ birth. Registrations are due by Saturday, December 5. Get more info or register at www.hopelouisville.net or call 502.423.1211.

December 11, 12, and 13th is the Christmas Gift and Décor Show at the Kentucky Expo Center.

Saturday, December 12th visit Michael's for a Kids Club Event: Perler Santa Belt Coasters. 10am - noon. Kids can make a festive Santa belt coaster that makes any holiday party guest feel welcome. Ages 3 and up. Only $2 per session, includes supplies.

Saturday, December 12th Santa Claus visits The Diaper Fairy Cottage! Free hot chocolate and cookies. Professional photographer on and to take a photo that will be emailed to you. Donations accepted.

Saturday, December 12th is a Holiday Party at Iroquois branch of the library. Santa, music, crafts & refreshments! Each child will receive a free book!

Saturday, December 12th visit the Western branch of the library for the Gift of Song Community Choir/Watkins United Methodist Church Choir for sing-along of Carols. Light refreshments will be served.

Saturday, December 12th visit the Middletown Library for Gingerbread House Storytime. Enjoy sweet stories and decorate a gingerbread house to take home. Signup required. Limit 25. Begins at 2.

Saturday, December 12th is Christmas in Anchorage.

Saturday, December 12th is the Holiday Bazaar at Jeffersontown High School located at 9600 Old Six Mile Lane.

Saturday, December 12th - Sunday, December 13th is Polar Express Family Overnight at the Kentucky Science Center. Discover the science behind this classic family favorite. Enjoy a flashlight scavenger hunt. Fall asleep alongside a spaceship, mummy, and polar bear! Wake up to a light breakfast and next-day admission all included in your ticket. 6:00 pm – 9:00 am.
$30/family member 2nd day admission included.

December 12 & 13th visit the 5th Annual Dickens Christmas Festival, at the KY Renaissance Festival Grounds in Eminence, KY. Admission is $5/person. Scenes from Charles Dickens "A Christmas Carol," Christmas Caroling, photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus + shopping and more!

December 12-13 and 19-20 is the Louisville Zoo’s Santa Safari. 10am, 12 Noon, and 2pm each day.

December 12th and 19th The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass presents Shop with Santa. From 4:00-9:00pm. Catch a glimpse of Santa getting his shopping done! Pose with Santa for a selfie and you might find yourself on the nice list!

December 12th-20th The Brown Foreman Nutcracker will be showing at the Louisville Ballet.

Sunday, December 13th is Family Hanukah Festival at Keneseth Israel Congregation, 2531 Taylorsville Road. Hanukah candle lighting, a dinner with plenty of latkes and jelly donuts, and a fun family festival, featuring dreidel games, face painting, bouncies, cookie decorating, arts and crafts, music and much more! RSVP's a must. Free!

Thursday, December 17th, your child can meet Santa Cow and Elf Cow at at Chick-fil-A St. Matthews, Mall St. Matthews and Springhurst. 5-7pm.

Thursday, December 17th at 6pm, Paint and Donate at South Oldham Fire Dept. 6310 Old LaGrange Rd. Crestwood, KY 40014. Workshop for adults and children 7+. Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana. Call 502-753-3745 with questions.

Saturday, December 19th, wear your PJ's and visit the Middletown Library for the Polar Express and the Grinch Family Pajama Party. Begins at 10 am with the reading of two holiday classics and a craft. Call 245-7332 to register.

Saturday, December 19th is a Polar Express Family Event at Kentucky Science Center. 9 - 11:30 am.
Members $10 • Non-Member $15. Best for families of children 7 and under. Watch the Polar Express 3D in your PJ's and enjoy a snack. Hands-on activities after the movie.

December 19th and 20th is the Nutcracker on Ice at the Louisville Skating Academy.

December 19th and 20th is Storytime with Santa at Joe Huber’s Farm.

Sunday, December 20th is Dickens Dinner at RIVUE Restaurant & Lounge. Doors open at 7pm, Dinner at 8pm, horse & carriage ride at 10pm. $99 Inclusive, per person. Call for reservations.

Saturday December 26th at 6pm. Kwanzaa- Umoja (Unity) at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 1545 S. 34th St. For info, call. 502-774-5772.

Monday, December 28th at 5:30pm. Kwanzaa- Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility) at Catholic Enrichment Center, 3146 W. Broadway. For info, call 502-776-0262.

December 29th, 30th and 31st is the Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2000 Douglass Blvd. A musical pageant celebrating the arrival of the Christ child and the triumph of good over evil. Performance is free. An optional, candlelight dinner is $25.

Friday, January 1st at 4pm. Kwanzaa- Imani (Faith) at Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. For info, call 502-583-4100

Photos with Santa are available at the Malls and Bass Pro Shops throughout the Holiday Season.

We try our best to provide accurate information, however, we suggest verifying exact details by checking the venue's website or contacting them by phone.  Know of a Holiday or Christmas event that was not included in this list? Email the event information to brandy@louisvillefamilyfun.net

By Guest Contributor: Kelly