This year’s Light Up Louisville festivities will be expanded to 40 nights, with activities, light shows, and a special new attraction. In addition to a new location and a nightly light show, this year’s expanded Light Up Louisville event will feature another first: a skating rink, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today. For its 32nd year, the city’s annual celebration launching the holiday season is expanding and moving to 4th Street, creating a four-block festival of lights set to music between the Galt House and Fourth Street Live.
Light Up Louisville begins the day after Thanksgiving (Friday, Nov. 23), with the arrival of Santa Claus who will help illuminate downtown Louisville, followed by fireworks – all centered at new locations – starting from 4th and Main Streets all the way to Fourth Street Live.
The big transformation is the addition of the 40 Nights of Lights component featuring a nightly light show set to music on 4th St. Along the corridor, tree and street lights will be synchronized with the main music and light shows at Fourth Street Live and the Galt House Hotel. The nightly spectacle also includes light projections on buildings along 4th Street.
“Louisville is a city known around the world for our festivals and events; it’s part of our city’s appeal and quality of life,” Fischer said. “With our expanded Light Up Louisville, we’re keeping alive the tradition that families have enjoyed for years and adding more lights, excitement and activity. We’re creating an entire corridor that will connect Fourth Street Live to the Galt House and Main St. entertainment area to bring more citizens and visitors downtown to celebrate the season.”
A new holiday activity that people will enjoy, Fischer said, is the addition of a skating rink in the heart of Fourth Street Live. The rink will use a synthetic ice which will ensure its availability throughout the holidays even if outdoor temperatures stay above freezing. The fee for skating is $5 an hour for adults, $3 for children under 18. Daily rates are $10, and a season pass is $40. Skates will be available to rent for $2.