Ultimate Holiday Event Guide2021

Updated: Jan 30

Are you looking for Christmas Events in Louisville 2021? Or Holiday Light Displays? Or Breakfast with Santa Events? Photos or Pictures with Santa? Polar and Holiday themed Train Rides? Events in or around Louisville? Or Events near Louisville? Then look no further. The entire list of Holiday Events for 2021 is listed below:

November 7-December 4, 2021

Santa's Wonderland

Cabela's & Bass Pro Shops

Free Photo with Santa

Experience the magic of Christmas at Santa’s Wonderland at your local Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s!


Now through December

North Pole Express

My Old Kentucky Dinner Train

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Duration 1.5 hours

Santa and Mrs. Claus invite you and your little ones to ride with them aboard the North Pole Express. You are treated to a gourmet three-course meal and hot cocoa. Santa and Mrs. Claus join us on the train for activities and a sing-a-long. Kids of all ages welcome! $67 adults; $45 children ages 5-12; tax and gratuity not included.

Current Dinner Menu (Full Menu descriptions can be found under Info)

Soup/Salad Options

  • Golden Spike Salad

Adult Options

  • Beef Pot Roast

  • Kentucky Hot Brown

  • Squash Mascarpone Tortellini

Child Options

  • Beef Pot Roast

  • Chicken Tenders

Dessert Options

  • Apple Dumpling

  • Neapolitan Mousse Sundae

  • Jumbo Chocolate Chip Cookie


Monday, November 8- Saturday, December 18, 2021

Holiday Character Appearances

Jefferson Mall

Come take photos and interact with Holiday friends like: The Mean One, Cindy, and Santa's Elf at Jefferson Mall

11:00am-3:00pm, located near Santa's house!


Friday, November 12-Sunday, November 14, 2021

Festival of Trees & Lights 2021

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Louisville Slugger Field

Make holiday memories with your family at the 32nd annual Festival of Trees & Lights. Marvel at the hundreds of beautifully decorated trees, wreaths and décor — all for sale to raise funds for Norton Children’s Hospital. Photos with Santa, grab-and-go children’s crafts, holiday entertainment and Hanukkah activities are free with admission. Festival favorites also returning this year include a ride-on train, Sweet Shop and Very Merry Market.

Tickets start at $6 for children 12 and under/seniors 65+ and $11 for adults, children 2 and under are free.

Tickets can be purchased online at FestivalOfTreesAndLights.org.

To minimize crowds, an arrival window must be selected with ticket purchase. Quantities are limited, and times will sell out.


Saturday, November 13, 2021

NULU Jingle Fest

November 13from 10am-6pm

Kick off the holiday season with Jingle Fest in NULU on Saturday, November 13th. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on the AC Hotel patio for pictures and wishes waiting to be granted!

Stores will be decorated and posting specials in our discussion page! Check back for more details as we get closer!!


Saturday, November 13, 2021

Celebration of Lights

Main Street Shelbyville, Ky

November 13 from 4-8pm

Holiday Celebration on Shelbyville Main Street culminating in the lighting of our city's Christmas tree! Vendor booths, entertainment, food & Santa !


November 12-January 2

Lights Under Louisville

Louisville Mega Cavern

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Drive your own vehicle through the MEGA Cavern to experience the ONLY underground holiday light show in the world! MAKE IT A FAMILY TRADITION! Each year the LOUISVILLE MEGA CAVERN is transformed into an underground holiday light spectacular for the Christmas season. Enjoy a 30 minute ride through part of our 17 miles of underground passageways. Featuring over 900 lit characters with over 4,000,000 points of light. It's the only underground light show of its kind on the planet!

LIGHTS UNDER LOUISVILLE at the Louisville Mega Cavern allows the public to drive their own vehicle through the cavern during the Christmas season. Experience this one of a kind holiday attraction and begin a new family tradition! Load up the kids and enjoy the sights and sounds of LIGHTS UNDER LOUISVILLE.


Monday, November 15, 2021


Love Actually Followed by Bad Moms Christmas

Sauerbeck Family Drive In

LaGrange, Ky 40031


Tuesday, November 16, 2021


Fred Claus followed by Elf

Sauerbeck Family Dive In

LaGrange Ky 40031


Wednesday, November 17, 2021


Retro Wednesday

A Christmas Story Followed By Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Sauerbeck Family Drive In

LaGrange, Ky 40031


Mondays from October 18-December 13

The Light of Torah

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Illuminate your life with the timeless Jewish Values of the Torah.

Every Monday night, 7:30 PM, at the KITE Place.

Learn, experience, and see the beauty and relevance of the Torah.

This Torah class is open to everyone. Light refreshments are served


November 18-December 24, 2021

Photos with Santa

Mall St. Matthews

Tis the season for visits with St. Nick

Make this holiday magical by visiting St. Nick! Santa's helpers have been working hard decking the halls, so don’t miss out! Take photos with Santa and create magical moments for you and your family.

Reservations are encouraged.


November 19-December 24, 2021

Photos with Santa

Oxmoor Center

‘Tis the season for visits with St. Nick

Make this holiday magical by visiting St. Nick! Santa's helpers have been working hard decking the halls, so don’t miss out! Take photos with Santa and create magical moments for you and your family.

Reservations are encouraged.


November 19, 20 &21, 2021

December 3,4 & 5, 2021

Youth Performing Arts School Presents

Elf The Musical

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Friday, November 19, 2021


Merry and Bright

My Old Kentucky Home

November 19 from 9am-5pm

Guides in Victorian hoop skirts and gentleman in tailcoats sing the song “My Old Kentucky Home,” on your tour of Kentucky’s most famous landmark decorated for Christmas, My Old Kentucky Home! The mansion is adorned and decorated with six beautiful 12′ tall Christmas trees, each with a unique Kentucky theme, including the Commonwealth Tree, Meadows in the Bloom, Birds Make Music All the Day, & more! Garlands, mistletoe & stockings full of toys! Experience the traditional, and sometimes odd, Christmas customs of the Victorian era at My Old Kentucky Home! Learn the origins of the Christmas tree, how mistletoe became famous for exchanging kisses, the tradition of the yule log, the history of the Christmas pickle, the legends of Father Christmas and Santa Claus, and the bizarre Victorian traditions including Krampus who punished bad children, and learn why Victorians sent Christmas cards featuring sword fighting frogs & frozen birds to each another during the holidays. As you move forward to each room, experience a different era of Christmas, starting from colonial times, the early and late Victorian periods, all the way to the roaring 20’s when the mansion was last owned by the Rowan family. This highly interesting tour isn’t one you want to miss and it’s great for the whole family! Tours are on the hour and the last tour begins at 4:00 p.m. For more information visit www.visitmyoldkyhome.com or call 502-348-3502. 501 E. Stephen Foster. (CLOSED Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day)


November 19, 2021-January 2, 2022

Fête de Noël

Paristown, Louisville

Start a new tradition this holiday season at Paristown’s Fête De Noël ("Festival of Christmas") Winter Holiday Festival, a 6-week Winter village featuring Louisville’s only authentic outdoor ice skating rink. Skate, shop, eat, and drink in the heart of Paristown and enjoy holiday movie nights, karaoke and silent disco on ice, Stoneware & Co. ornament decorating and much more. The holiday memories begin November 2021 in Paristown!



Saturday, November 20, 2021

Holiday Brite Nite

Paddock Shops

November 20 from 5:30-8pm

Join us for an evening of Holiday Festivities on November 20... Holiday Brite Nite!

Santa's arrival at 6:30pm!

Enjoy carolers, a magician, a stilt walker, Frosty and other special guests. Hundreds of FREE glow items, while supplies last!

Select glow items are available with a $10 receipt from any Paddock Shops retailer/restaurant, while supplies last.

One $25 gift certificate per customer, per visit, per $100 receipt(s), while supplies last. Redeem gift card during the event!


Wednesday, November 24, 2021


Retro Wednesday

Elf Followed by How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Sauerbeck Family Drive In

LaGrange, Ky 40031


New Events Daily From Thanksgiving through Sunday, December 19th

Santa Claus, Indiana

2021 Christmas Event Guide

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Friday, November 26, 2021

Light Up Louisville

November 26 at 5pm

Join us downtown for 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!

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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 - A children's activity area where we will have children write their letters to Santa and take home individually wrapped activities to complete with family! - The arrival of the REAL Santa Claus and lighting of the lights - And so much more fun!


Friday, November 26, 2021


Yuletide at Yew Dell

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Get in the holiday spirit with the dazzling light and décor displays and enjoy the model train village. Say hello to Santa and hear a story, enjoy snacks, beverages (of both the kid and adult varieties) and other surprises that all combine to make a wonderful family outing.

All tickets are advance sale, no ticket sales at the door.


Friday, November 26, 2021


Light Up Bardstown

Bardstown Main Street

November 26 from 6-8pm

Join us for our Annual lighting of Christmas tree on court square. Activities for kids. Come visit Santa Claus.


Saturday, November 27-December 12, 2021

Second Annual Lights On Main

615 W. Main Street

Lights on Main is a display of live Christmas trees in Downtown Louisville located in the Resurfaced lot at 615 W. Main St. An anticipated 60 trees will be decorated for the holiday season, intended to promote community and attract patrons to the downtown business district. Each tree is sponsored and decorated by a local corporation, group, family, or individual. This is a FREE community event. Trees will be on display from November 26th - December 12th. Food trucks, photo ops, letters to the North Pole, pictures with Santa, and a hot cocoa bar will be available every Saturday (11/27, 12/4, and 12/11).

What are the hours of the Lights on Main?

Monday and Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday & Thursday: 5:00-8:00 p.m.

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 9:00

Vote for your favorite tree to help your favorite businesses win the "Fan Favorite" award. Other awards to look for include Most Unique, Most Festive, Most Lou Spirit, Best Company Branding, and Most Unique.

Lights On Main is sponsored by I Would Rather Be Reading and Louisville Downtown Partnership!


November 26-December 26

December 26 *Sensory Night*

Winter Woods Spectacular Light Show

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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.

View this YouTube Clip from 2020 Winter Woods Spectacular:


Now through December 24, 2021

Scuba Santa at Newport Aquarium

The Holiday Season has arrived and Scuba Santa is here! Meet him daily now through December 24. Through Scuba Santa's magic bubbles, you can tell him your Christmas wishes and talk with him while he swims underwater surrounded by animals! It's all included with admission. Plan your visit now: https://www.newportaquarium.com/.../Scuba-Santa-Water...


Saturday, November 27, 2021


Light Up Jeffersonville & Holiday Parade

November 27 at 4pm

Celebrate the holiday season with the City of Jeff!

Republic Bank presents Light Up Jeff is scheduled for Saturday, November 27th at Warder Park.

The North Pole Party begins at 4 pm. It features games, music, rides, vendors and visits with Santa & Mrs. Claus.

The Holiday Light Up Parade gets rolling at 6 pm. Find a spot on Spring Street – Market to 7th – and watch as the floats, bands and other participants ride by.

After the parade, Mayor Mike Moore will flip the switch to light up Warder Park.

*The lighting at Warder Park is designed and installed by Holiday Light Works.


Saturday, November 27- Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Polar Express Experience

Sauerbeck Family Drive In

LaGrange, Ky 40031


Sunday, November 28, 2021


Light Up Jeffersontown 2021

November 28 from5:30-7:30pm

Get in the holiday spirit with a night full of music, magic and more! The City of Jeffersontown is proud to announce Light Up Jeffersontown 2021!

When: Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021 Time: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Where: Gaslight Square District on Watterson Trail at Taylorsville Road

Free Family-Friendly Event

Event details include: • There will be a visit from Santa • The Santa Express train will give rides • The Sacred Heart Madrigal singers will perform • There will be a kids activity area • Face painters and an ice carver will be on hand • Cookies and hot chocolate will be served

We hope to see you there for a jolly good time!


Saturday, November 27, 2021


Light Up Shively

Shively City Hall

3920 Dixie Highway

Festive Ceremony Complete with Santa


Saturday, November 27, 2021


Christmas By the River

Brandenburg, Ky

  • Pictures With Santa

  • Ice Skating Rink

  • Horse Drawn Sleigh

  • Mechanical Reindeer

  • Musical Talent

  • Trackless Train

  • Carousel

  • Petting Zoo

  • Fireworks


Sunday, November 28, 2021


Cirque Dreams Holidaze

Louisville Palace

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Tickets range from $29.50-$99.50

November 28 at 7:30pm

CirqueDreams fuses Broadway-style musicals 🎭, cirque artistry 🎪 + family entertainment 💃 into one unforgettable show 🌟


Sunday, November 28, 2021


Light up Maples Park!

Maples Park, Crestwood, Ky

Come to the park for the FIRST EVER Crestwood sponsored holiday LIGHT UP ceremony! The Deibel Barn and Tree will be filled with lights again this holiday season. Help count down to turn the lights on!

5pm – 7pm – Come decorate festive holiday ornaments in the Deibel Barn FREE courtesy of Oldham County Public Library! Take an ornament home for your tree and hang one at the park tree!

6pm – LIGHT UP Ceremony Countdown with Caroling, Cookies, & Cocoa courtesy of Crestwood Methodist Church!

Let’s get ready for the HOLIDAYS in Crestwood!

Overflow parking in the gravel lot at 6431 Railroad Avenue.


Friday, November 26, 2021 from 12-8pm

Saturday, November 27, 2021 from 10am-9pm

Sunday, November 28, 2021 from 10am-4pm

Christmas For Kids Car Show

Transit Authority of Central Kentucky

1207 Freeman Lake Park Rd

Elizabethtown, Ky 42701