The Summit’s annual holiday kickoff event, Lights Up, returns for its 7th year on Friday, Nov. 16 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The east Louisville shopping center will welcome the most wonderful time of the year with a fireworks display, festive lights, holiday music, live ice carving, balloon animals and an array of children’s activities. Santa Claus will be in attendance to take photos with kids of all ages eager to share their Christmas wishes. The event is free to attend and the first 200 children to bring a donation of a new toy, book or clothing item for the Home of the Innocents will receive a limited edition long-sleeve t-shirt. For more information, visit www.TheSummitOnline.com/Louisville.
The Santa Experience returns with sleigh rides in a horse-drawn carriage with Santa and a photo to take home with the man himself each weekend after Thanksgiving until Dec. 16 for $10 per child. Any child can visit with Santa for free. Breakfast with Santa is also back on Dec. 1 and 8 at Martini Italian Bistro. Call (502) 394-9797 for ticket prices and reservations.