Light Up Louisville, the city’s beloved annual celebration to kick-off the holiday season, will expand and move to Fourth Street, creating a three-block festival of lights between the Galt House and Fourth Street Live, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today.
The city is seeking sponsors for the 32nd annual event, which includes a new component called Forty Nights of Lights that features a nightly light show set to music along Fourth Street. The concept includes light projections on buildings along Fourth as well as the traditional day-after-Thanksgiving celebration and flip-of-the-switch to illuminate downtown.
“Light Up Louisville is a great holiday tradition, but it’s time to create an even brighter, more exciting event that lasts from the day after Thanksgiving until New Year’s Eve,” Fischer said. “We believe this new experience will bring even more people downtown to celebration the season.”
Joseph Macdonald, the city’s Director of Special Events, said LG&E and the Galt House are lead sponsors, but the city is still seeking other sponsorships, including a media partner to help promote the new concept.
“We are committed to making our community a better place to live and work. The holiday attraction of Forty Nights of Lights and the location change to the 4th Street corridor will create new opportunities for downtown restaurants and businesses,” Macdonald said.
Light-Up Louisville has been a tradition for more than three decades for thousands of residents and visitors to our city.
The 32nd Light-Up Louisville and the first 40 Nights of Lights will feature nightly shows of light and sound from Friday, November 23 through New Year's Eve, culminating with a grand finale and fireworks demonstration.
Opening night will feature a breath taking celebration of high-powered, computerized, in motion, color and pattern changing lights, all programmed to music, a large screen jumbo-tron, fireworks, and entertainment along the 4th Street corridor from Main to Liberty streets.
The new location of the event, a switch from the Jefferson Square area, coupled with the value added of 40 nights will reinvigorate an iconic Louisville event and suggests enhanced downtown economic performance during the holidays.
Individuals and companies interested in learning more should contact [email protected] or call 502-574-5316.
More details about Light Up Louisville and Forty Nights of Lights will be announced later.