Free Events in December


We are all about free events in December! Here’s a selection of FREE family festivals, experiences and events around Kentuckiana.

Free Events December Louisville

Surely, you will spend enough money this month. So, we want to provide you with ideas for free family fun. This is just a sampling of some of the amazing free events around Louisville. We are happy to provide you with even more information on our Winter Fun page

Throughout the month of December 

First, Check the Louisville Free Public Library calendar; there are storytimes, special holiday programs, book clubs, and more occurring throughout December, and they are all FREE!

Continuing with its FREE admission Sundays, check out the J.B. Speed Art Museum from 12pm-5pm.

Once Upon an Orchestra – Once Upon an Orchestra, a 60-minute, all-ages program, weaves together storytelling adventures with creative music making. Varies times/library locations during the month.

December 2

Lessons & Carols – Bellarmine University, Our Lady of the Woods Chapel, 5:00pm. Reservations are required.

December 3

All is Bright – Westport Village, 6:00pm. Live music, Santa Appearance, entertainment, and more.

First Friday Concert: Christmas – Floyd County Library, 12:00-12:30pm.

December 4-19

Free Carriage Rides – Saturdays and Sundays at the Paddock Shops, 12:00-4:00pm.

December 4

Light Up St. Matthews – Brown Park, 3:00-6:00pm. Pictures with Santa, kid’s activities, cookies, hot chocolate, and more!

Light Up LaGrange – Events start at 7:00am and run to 9:00pm. It’s the weekend that many small towns are turning their lights on, so head out to and enjoy seeing Santa, refreshments, holiday entertainment and more.

Fa-La-La on Frankfort – Frankfort Avenue, 9:00am.

Bardstown Road Aglow Holiday Party – Bardstown Rd – Noon-10pm.

December 5

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

December 10

Polar Express Grand Tour – Southwest Library, 6:00-8:00pm. 

December 11

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

Holidays at the Library – Floyd County Library, 10:00am-1:00pm.

December 12

Trio Louisville Holiday Music Concert – The Chapel at Riverside, 4:30pm.

December 18

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

December 20

A Visit With Mrs. Claus – The Main Library – 2:00pm-3:00pm.

December 29

New Year’s Eve Dance Party – Iroquois Library, 10:30-11:30am.


Other ideas for free entertainment during this holiday month include:

  • Lights/displays around the city such as Christmas on the Square in Jeffersontown; the entire downtown area of Jeffersontown has light up displays where you can park your car and get out and walk around and look at them together. Brown Park in St. Matthews is always lit up for the holidays as well. Across the river in Southern Indiana, you can head to Clarksville, Jeffersonville, and New Albany to find many more light up displays and other free family events, such as watching the famous candy making at Schimpff’s Confectionery!
  • Enjoy Toyland Christmas or Blue’s Light Show, which is a huge hit for family memory making every year.

Finally, check out our list of Best Holiday Events in 2021 for more ideas!


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