Best List of Holiday & Christmas Events in Louisville


‘Tis the season for the awe of Holiday & Christmas events and activities in and around Louisville. 

Holiday Christmas Events Louisville

Looking for a way to celebrate or get into the spirit? We’ve got you covered! Holiday events, markets, tree-lighting, photos with Santa and more. 

2021 may prove to be a difficult year for many of the traditional holiday events in Louisville that you have grown to love but we will check all of the Christmas events in Louisville of the past and look for new ones. Please check back often as this is a work in progress!

We have scoured the internet to find what is going on for 2021 Christmas events in Louisville, and updated the following list for you. We hope you can make a ton of wonderful memories this holiday season, despite the chaos of 2021!

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Photos & Meetings with Santa:

Photos with Santa are available at the Malls and Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s throughout the Holiday Season. Make reservations in advance. 


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See Santa at the Malls: 

Christmas Events in Louisville are not the same if you can’t see Santa! 

Santa at the Green Tree Mall – November 26 – December 24. Reserve spots online. 

Santa at Mall St. Matthews – November 18 – December 24

Santa at Oxmoor Mall – November 19 – December 24

Santa at Jefferson Mall – November 24- December 24. 

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Through December 31

A Christmas Story: The Musical – Derby Dinner Playhouse, November 10-December 30.

A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play– Actors Theater’s spirited audio production, streaming November 16 – December 31st. 

A Christmas Carol – Actor’s Theatre. From December 16th-19th, our first opportunity to welcome audiences back into the Bingham Theatre will be an exploratory lab production of A Christmas Carol that mixes old and new media. 

The Sauerbeck Family Drive-In plans to play holiday movies all month long. Check their website for more details.

November 10

Holiday Cookie Stroll – 5:00-8:00pm

November 11-13

Holiday Open House in Jeffersonville – 11am-5pm.

November 12

Holiday Kickoff Celebration – The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, 6:00-8:00pm

November 12- January 3

Lights Under Louisville – Louisville Mega Cavern

November 12-14

Festival of Trees and Lights – Louisville Slugger Field

Photos with Black Santa – Roots 101 African American Museum, times vary based on the day

November 13

Nulu Jingle Fest – East Market Street

Eastern High School Band Holiday Boutique – 9:00am-3:00pm.

November 13 – December 20

Once Upon a Snowflake– Derby Dinner Playhouse

November 16-18

Temptations Holiday Boutique at The Olmsted- Times vary by day.

November 17 – January 3

Willow Hope Farm Holiday Experience! For a $150 donation, enjoy a holiday-themed behind-the-scenes interactive tour at the Kentucky Humane Society’s equine barn, Willow Hope Farm, in Simpsonville KY. Monday-Friday between 10am-4pm from November 17 through January 3. Please contact Leila at or 502-515-3134 to schedule a tour!

November 19 – January 3

Fete de Noel – Paristown. Ice skating rink and winter market. Check their website for times, prices, and covid-19 guidelines. See more information on our ice skating post. One of the most fun Christmas Events in Louisville.

November 20

Holiday Brite Nite – Paddock Shops, 5:30-8:00pm. Santa arrives at 6:30pm

November 21

Holiday Cookie DecoratingJoin us for a Cookie Decorating PAWty! You will receive a bone shaped advent calendar for your pup AND get to decorate 25 dog bones to fill each slot! 2:00pm

November 24 – December 7

Christmas Trees for Sale, HoneyBear Farms 4:00-7:00pm

November 24 – January 1

Lights at Freeman Lake Park (Elizabethtown) – nightly from 6 – 11pm. Drive thru lights with fun themes like Rudolph, to Christmas themed Star Wars, nativity and more. You turn off your lights and turn on the music! It is free, donations accepted. 

Fete de Noel Ice Skating

November 26 – December 31 

Southern Lights Holiday Festival – The Kentucky Horse Park – 5:30 pm-10pm. (Closed Christmas Eve)

November 26 

Light Up Louisville – We are excited to be bringing the fun of Light Up back to downtown this year as we welcome the REAL Santa Claus to our city! This year’s Light Up activities will include: Lots of Lights Parade on Jefferson Street, the vendor village with food, drinks and crafts to explore and so much more!

Charlestown’s Christmas City – Charlestown Indiana, 6pm. Lights stay on every night from 6-10pm until New Year’s Day. 

Roots 101 Fall Fest – African American Museum, 3:00-7:00pm

Light Up Bardstown – One Court Square, 6:00-8:00pm.

November 26 – December 12

Yuletide at Yew Dell – Yew Dell Gardens, purchase a ticket in advance for a certain time for entrance and exit. (Weekends only)

Corydon Hometown Christmas – Christmas Village and Market in Bicentennial Park

November 26 – December 26

Winter Woods Spectacular in Iroquois Park benefiting the Louisville Parks Foundations. This is a ticketed event. Drive through the woods which are lit up with thousands of lights and beautiful wintry scenes. Tickets are $35 per car. 

November 27

Jingle Bell Concert – Kentucky Performing Arts, 11:00am

Light Up Jeffersonville & Holiday Parade – Warder Park, 4pm-7pm.

Barktown Rescue’s Pictures with Santa – Wickland, 12:00-6:00pm

Light Up New Albany – Bicentennial Park, 6:00pm

Santa’s Village – Union Restaurant & Gameyard, 12:00-4:00pm

Night at the Museum – Roots101:African American Museum, 5:30-8:30pm. Sankofa Tour especially for children, hot chocolate, gingerbread house-making, holiday crafts, story telling, Santa workshop & more.

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November 27 – December 19 

The Flea Off Market’s Holiday Bazaar – Logan Street Market, weekends only

November 28

Light Up Jeffersontown – Jeffersontown Gaslight Square, 5:30-7:30pm

Cirque Dreams Holidaze – The Louisville Palace, 7:30pm

Paddock Shops

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November 30

Work the Metal Holiday Pop Up Shop – Westport Village, 4:00-7:00pm, pictures with Santa (reservations needed)

December 1 – 26

Rudolph’s Run – New – An adventure in your car, solving clues to find the missing information to complete Santa’s List. If you complete the list, you will be entered to win a $100 gift card and they will draw a winner each week. They will event have a skating rink at the end. 

December 2 – December 30 (Various dates open, check website)

Gardens Aglimmer at Waterfront Botanical Gardens – 5:45pm-9pm (arrival on grounds begins at 5:30pm). Nightly Slots Available: 5:45pm, 6:30pm, 7:15pm, 8pm. LIGHTS TURN OFF AT 9PM. $7 per person. FREE for kids 12 and under (kids must be accompanied by an adult). Must purchase tickets in advance. 

Starting December 3

Winter Illuminations at the Parklands – runs through January 2. New on our list of Christmas Events in Louisville. Canceled for 2021

December 3

Santa at HoneyBear Farms – 4:00-7:00pm

KFC Yum! Center Holiday Movie Night – Photos with Santa, Raffle Prizes, Family Activities, and Home Alone Movie! Event starts at 6:00pm, movie starts at 7:00pm.

All is Bright Magical Holiday Celebration – Santa visit, festive entertainment, Villiage Christmas Market, and more! 6:00-8:00pm

December 3 – 4

WinterFair – Thomas Jefferson Unitarian Church, showcases juried artists who create one-of-a-kind, original hand crafted items and fine art gifts in a variety of media at affordable prices for holiday gift giving.

December 4 – 5

Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour – Noon-5pm, both days.

December 4

Whitehall Garden’s Tea for Two – to go – 2-4pm pick up, order in advance. Each order includes a certificate for a tour of Whitehall Mansion. 

Blackacre Country Christmas 1 – 4pm

Light Up St. Matthews – 3:00-6:00pm, Brown Park

Light Up Simpsonville– 6:30pm, Wiche Pavilion

FEAT’s Annual Christmas Party for children with autism and their families, 12:00-3:00pm

Nutcracker in a Nutshell – The Louisville Palace, 2pm.

Holiday Open House – Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, 11am-3pm. Several family friendly event going on throughout the day.

Winter on the Farm – Locust Grove, 11:00am-7:00pm.

Light Up Shepherdsville – 4:00-8:00pm

Cookies with Captain Santa – Mary M. Miller Cruise Boat, 12:30-3:00pm

Breakfast with the Grinch – Oldham County History Center, 9:00-11:00am

December 4, 11, & 18

Breakfast with Santa – Louisville Slugger Field, tickets must be purchased in advance.

Photos with Santa & Mrs. Clause – Westport Village, near Comfy Cow, times vary by day

Starting December 5

Kentucky Railroad Museum will have the Santa Express, North Pole Express and private car rentals. Check out their website for dates and times!

December 5

Polar Express Family Movie Morning – Kentucky Science Center, 9:00am-12:30pm

Light Up Lyndon – Robsion Park, 4:00-7:00pm, Santa arrives at 5:30pm

December 4th, 5th, 11th & 12th

Annual Dickens Christmas Festival – 12:00pm – 6:00pm, at the KY Renaissance Festival Grounds in Eminence, KY.  Scenes from Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol,” Christmas Caroling, photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus + shopping and more! Kids 10 and under are free.

December 8

Stories in the Park *Santa* – Griffin Recreation Center, 10am

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December 9, 10, 11

Festival of the Nativities in Crestwood. Read all about this free event on their website. Over 500 nativities to view!

December 9, 10, 11, 12

Christmas in Buford, Snowed Over – Joe Huber’s Family Farm & Restaurant

December 10

Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore Present Happy Hollerdays – Kentucky Center for the Arts, 8:00pm

December 10, 11, 12

Christmas Gift and Décor Show – Kentucky Expo Center, times vary by date.

December 10 & 11

Jingle Fest – An INDOOR synthetic ice skating rink, music, crafts, and other fun activities at Silver Steet Park, New Albany. Times vary by day.

December 11

Christmas Open House – HoneyBear Farms, 4:00-7:00pm

Living Nativity – Ballardsville Baptist Church, 6:00-8:00pm

Cookies with Captain Santa – Mary M. Miller Cruise Boat, 12:30-3:00pm

Gaslight Square Carriage Rides – Jeffersontown Gaslight Square, 6:00-8:00pm

Santa & Nana Claus on the Farm – Sunny Acres Farm, 4:00-6:00pm

Pictures with the Grinch – Fresco Taco Bar, 2:00-4:00pm

December 11 – 23

The Brown-Forman Nutcracker – Times vary by date.  

December 11 & 18

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever – Stage One Family Theatre, various times.

December 12

Cookies & Pictures with Santa – Brew & Sip Coffee Bar, 12:00-2:00pm

Winter Festival of Hope – Tyler Park, 5:00-8:00pm

December 15 & 17

Santa Claus at Gustavo’s – Norton Commons Location, 6:00-9:00pm

December 16

Holiday Celebration with the Louisville Orchestra, 7:30pm

December 18

Elf Family Movie Night – Kentucky Science Center, 5:30-9:00pm

Gaslight Square Carriage Rides – Jeffersontown Gaslight Square, 6:00-8:00pm

December 18 – 19

Nutcracker on Ice – Louisville Skating Academy


Check out Oldham Family Fun’s post for even more Holiday Family Fun!

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Some Canceled Christmas Events in Louisville

CANCELED for 2021 Nature of Christmas in Goshen – Creasey Mahan – 12-3pm.

CANCELED for 2021 Christmas in Anchorage – 11400 Ridge Rd, 9am-3pm.

The following Christmas Events in Louisville have not yet been updated for 2021 as of 11/04/21. Please check back soon! THESE ARE PRIOR EVENTS


Elf-apalooza at the Galt House. Admission is a toy per child for Toys for Tots. No reservations required.

Frozen Jr – Sacred Heart School for the Arts- Time vary by date.

Olde Tyme Christmas – Frankfort Avenue, 12pm-6pm.

Pancakes with Santa, and the Grinch – 9am-11am – Church of the Harvest ministry center, Free. 

SANTA’S SAFARI – The Louisville Zoo, 10 a.m., Noon & 2 p.m

Holiday Party – Foxhollow Farm, 2pm – 5pm.

Holiday Ornament Glazing Workshop – Metro Arts Community Center, 4pm.

Cakes with Kris Kringle – Kentucky Derby Museum, 9am.

Sunny Acres Farm Christmas Festival – Sunny Acres Farm – 4pm-6pm. 

5th Annual Selfies W/Santa Christmas Party – California Community Center – 3pm-5pm. 

SANTA’S SAFARI – The Louisville Zoo, 10 a.m., Noon & 2 p.m

Joyeux Noel, Canticles of Christmas – Church of the Annunciation – Saturday 1pm and Sunday 3pm.

The Nutcracker – Louisville Academy of Fine Art, 2pm. 

Christkindlmarket at Oldham Gardens – 4pm-10pm, everyday.

ECO Kids Hot Chocolate Hike – Bernheim Forest, 9am-4:30pm.

Sugar Plum Party with the Louisville Ballet – 11:30 am both days.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at Louisville Memorial Auditorium, 7:00pm.

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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


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