Louisville's Ultimate Holiday Events Guide 2019!

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Louisville's Ultimate Holiday Events Guide 2019!





ELF The Musical at Derby Dinner Playhouse

November 13 – December 31, 2019


If you enjoyed the 2003 movie starring Will Farrell, you will love this musical adaptation with all the great humor and heart, but with added songs and holiday production numbers! ELF is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan who mistakenly crawls into Santa's bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Buddy is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa's permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and his stepbrother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Tickets - $39-$49 each and include a full buffet meal




CHRISTMAS IN CANDYLAND at Derby Dinner Playhouse

Nov 16, 2019 - Dec 23, 2019


When Nick and Noelle receive a special ticket to play Candyland, they are transported to a magically sweet world! Helped along the way by colorful characters like Betty Butterscotch, they work to defeat the selfish Lord Licorice on a journey full of sweet surprises.
Price: Breakfast – $17.00; Lunch – $22.00
Breakfast 9:00 A.M. Show 10:00 A.M.
Lunch 12:00 P.M. Show 1:15 P.M.
NOV 16, 23, 29, 30, DEC 7, 14, 21, 23*, 2019
*December 23 evening show only.
Get out of the house and onto the stage for a day of theatre education and holiday fun! With Derby Dinner Playhouse theatre professionals, students will explore a song and dance from holiday classics and take three different classes in acting, singing, and dance!  Want to make this a holiday gift?  With each registration, we will email you a gift certificate that you can print out, personalize and tuck under the tree!
DATE:  Friday – December 27 OR Monday – December 30
COST:  $40 
Louisville Mega Cavern Lights Under Louisville
NOV. 15 - JAN. 4

PRICING - $27 per standard vehicle for cash vehicles. Additional fees may apply when using a credit card. Please call for additional pricing information for oversized vehicles.

LOCATION - Please refer to our map for authorized routes into Lights Under Louisville. Due to road closures, GPS may not be accurate.

HOURS - Lights Under Louisville will be open nightly through January 4th. Mon-Fri 6-10p, Sat and Sun 5-10pm




Toddler Time at Uptown Art
Louisville Studio: Nov 21st, December 5th and 19th
New Albany Studio: Dec 13th
New! Toddler Time! Ages 2 - 6 - Arrive any time between 11 am - 3 pm! Includes a kit to make 3 ornaments!!
Join us at Uptown Art for our NEW Toddler Time!  No art experience required!  Crafts will help teach shapes, colors, and following directions.  This will be primarily self-led, but an instructor is present to answer any questions.  
* Arrive any time between 11 am - 3 pm. 
* Craft should take between 1 -2 hours, depending on the age and skill level of your child.
* Cost includes one kit to make 3 ornaments and all the supplies necessary to make them in the studio.  
* Choose either 3 canvas ornaments or 3 craft sticks ornaments.
* Doors open at 11:00 AM


Winter Woods Spectacular at Iroquois Park!


Experience the twinkling of millions of lights along a winding road, nestled in the majestic woods of historic Iroquois Park. Winter Woods Spectacular is a magical drive of lighting, artistry, and sounds that will delight the senses and transport you to an ethereal winter wonderland, where you can explore and celebrate the holiday season.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets must be purchased online in advance!  There are no on-site ticket sales

For more information check out their website: https://www.winterwoodsspectacular.com/

Open nightly November 30 through December 31

6 – 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday

6 – 11 p.m. Friday & Saturday



$25        Car/SUV/Minivan

$75        Passenger Van/RV

$5          Tour Bus/Per Occupant (20 person minimum)



$35.00   Car/SUV/Minivan

$80.00   Passenger Van/RV

$5.00   Tour Bus/Per Occupant (30 person minimum)




16th Annual Nature of Christmas in Goshen

Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 12 PM – 3 PM
FREE EVENT but Donations are encouraged
(Ice date – December 14)

This FREE family event will put you in the holiday spirit! Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve will serve complimentary chili, hot dogs and hot chocolate. Papa John's provides free desserts, and the City of Goshen will hand out free popcorn!  Shop for gifts from local small businesses. Visitors may shop inside the heated tent at the artisan and gift booths. We have some incredible silent auction items that are sure to make great gifts at only a fraction of their value.

Inside the Nature Center, kids will love the crafts sponsored by Hawk Design and face painting with Kid Canvas. The St. John Bell Choir will perform holiday songs, and later, Thomas McShane from Hewn from the Mountain Music Cafe will serenade us with his lively music.

Weather permitting, visitors may enjoy a hayride and roast marshmallows over an open fire.  Later in the event, Santa and Mrs. Claus make a stop to greet children, take photos and hand out treat bags to the first 200 children in line.

Event Schedule Inside the Nature Center
12:00 - 1:30 p.m. - Kid's crafts and face painting with Kid Canvas
12:30 - 1:15 p.m. - St. John's Bell Choir plays live carols
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. - Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive for photos and giveaway bags


CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE at the Louisville Palace

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019 - 7:30pm


CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE electrifies the 2019 holiday season with its reimagined live family holiday spectacular. Featuring unforgettable performances, this critically-acclaimed extravaganza is both a Broadway musical and new Cirque adventure wrapped into the ultimate holiday gift for the entire family!
Cirque Dreams Holidaze has been hailed by the New York Daily News as a “delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleighload.” Broadway World raved it’s “the perfect holiday gift and show everyone will enjoy,” of the sold-out performances that “dazzled…at The Kennedy Center” (Washington Post). The Tennessean proclaimed it “a dazzling Holidaze Spectacle…for both young and old” at the Grand Ole Opry House.
Broadway Director and Cirque Dreams founder Neil Goldberg has searched the world to assemble a remarkable cast of incomparable cirque artists, singers, dancers and talent to mesmerize audiences with new acts, holiday scenes, theatrical innovation and much more in 2019. Set in a multi-million-dollar wonderland of elaborate scenes and dozens of original holiday production numbers, audiences will celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with over 300 spectacular costumes and 20 of the world’s most astonishing acts. Broadway singers perform original music along with new twists on seasonal favorites such as “Deck the Halls,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “Jingle Bell Rock.” On-the-edge-of-your-seat feats are performed by toy soldiers, snowmen, penguins, candles, reindeer, gingerbread, carolers, Santa and colossal ornaments flying, balancing and stretching imaginations in this groundbreaking production. Join in the festivities and catch the holiday spirit with the show the Boston Globe declared “Las Vegas…meets family entertainment…meets musical theatre!”



Nutcracker in a Nutshell
Saturday, December 7th at 2:00 pm

Join Clara and the Nutcracker Prince as they battle the Rat Queen and travel to The Land of the Sweets in the holiday classic Nutcracker in a NutshellDesigned to delight audiences of all ages, Nutcracker in a Nutshell is a shorter, family-friendly version of the traditional Nutcracker ballet.  Presented by MAGIC Dance Company, Louisville’s premier youth dance company, the ballet has something for everyone…a delightful party scene, a suspenseful battle between mice and soldiers and the wonderful fantasy of the Land of Sweets. 

Debuting new choreography and staging for 2019, Nutcracker in a Nutshell brings the classic Nutcracker story to life in a refreshing, new way. This year, we will be featuring former professional ballerina from England, Jenny Hackwell, as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Enjoy the tradition of Nutcracker in a Nutshell while experiencing the excitement of the new production!

Ticket prices for the production are $20.00 for adults and $12.50 for children (18 and under).  Information on the show, photo galleries from past productions and ticket information is available at either the Nutcracker in a Nutshell website (www.nutcrackerinanutshell.com) or through the Louisville Palace Theater (www.louisvillepalace.com)



Santa Walt’s Christmas Express and Winter Wonderland!

Nov. 16, 2019




Join the Mommy Nest for our holiday fundraising event! The purchase of your ticket helps to support our 501c3 non-profit organization and aides us in helping families in need over the holiday season. We hope you will join us with your family for this great event with our beloved Santa Walt!  Your ticket includes an open air tram ride through the famous Lights Under Louisville at the Louisville Mega Cavern, a walk through Winter Wonderland, a meet n greet opportunity with Santa Walt (bring your camera), a treat to take home for the kids, and visits with some of our awesome partners who will have some fun interactive activities! 

Session times are 9am, 10am, or 11am
Tickets are $20 per person (only infants under the age of 1 who sit in laps are free). We have a limited number of tickets available (less than 200)! Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get your tickets before they sell out!



Eastern High Band Holiday Boutique 2019!

Nov. 16 - 9am-3pm


4th annual Eastern Band Holiday Boutique. This will be the best yet, with more than ONE HUNDRED great vendors, music, good food and fun! You can’t miss this one! Our vendors will be selling food, clothes, children’s items, hand crafted decor, jewelry, hats, scarves—you name it! This is the BEST show on the east side of Jefferson County!


North Oldham Lions Club Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, Nov. 16 - 9-4

Sip & Shop Craft Show at Widlwood Country Club

November 19 - 6-8pm

Wildwood Country Club - 5000 Bardstown Rd, Louisville, KY 40291

Local Vendors Come Together to Showcase Their Holiday Gifts, Crafts, Christmas Goodies, and More!




The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical

Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 6 PM and Sunday, December 1, 2019 at 1PM


The beloved tradition that continues to capture the hearts of children and their families everywhere comes to the life stage for the first time ever in this all-new musical and premiere stage production. When the top Scout Elf of his graduating class is sent to a disconnected, multi-generational family struggle to rediscover Christmas spirit, he’s got to find a way off the shelf and into their hearts. This toe-tapping, heartwarming story of one small elf’s big impact on his adoptive family includes an exclusive invitation to Santa’s North Pole and engages audiences with a glimpse into the magical live of Scout Elves. Featuring an original story and score, dazzling sets and costumes, and wondrous moments that make even the most cynical believe, this momentous celebration of the season leaves spirits high and captivates all with the splendor of Christmas.

VIP: Complete your The Elf on the Shelf – A Christmas Musical experience with our exclusive pre-show photo opportunity with a Scout Elf!  Photos will take place in front of a magical North Pole backdrop, featuring a Christmas tree decorated by Santa’s Scout Elves, where children can leave a personalized message for Santa (printable ornaments are available for download HERE.  As a commemorative takeaway for children in your party, the VIP access badge becomes a keepsake that  can be hung on your own Christmas tree at home for years to come.  The photo opportunity will take place 1.5 hours prior to the show time and will cost $50 per family, taken on your camera by our staff, with the Scout Elf.  Space is limited, purchase your VIP ticket today!




Snowflake Shoppe at Jewish Community Center of Louisville

Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019 - 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.



3600 Dutchmans Lane

The fifth annual Snowflake Shoppe will bring 75 + local vendors together under one roof for an afternoon of holiday shopping at The J (The Jewish Community Center of Louisville). This free event organized The J’s Early Learning Center and committee co-chairs Nikki Grizzle and Allison Gotting, will take place on Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The Snowflake Shoppe will offer items such as leather goods, home décor, children’s books, toys, handmade jewelry, candles and more.

Vendors will again take over the entire first floor of The J for the holiday boutique, and door prize drawings will occur throughout the day.

For more info click here ---> https://www.facebook.com/events/426766131275936/