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    Happy Holidays! Louisville and Kentuckiana have so many holiday happenings going on practically every night through the end of 2014. Try a new event this year!

    1.  40 Nights of Lights and other Christmas and holiday happenings throughout downtown Louisville. Even if you missed the biggest holiday event in Louisville, Light Up Louisville, you can still enjoy many festivities downtown, like 40 Nights of Lights, fun at 4th Street Live, horse-drawn carriage rides, cruises on the Spirit of Jefferson, brunches with Santa at downtown hotels and more. 40 Nights of Lights continues through January 4 along Aegeon Plaza and Fourth Street from Main Street to Liberty Street.

    2. Lights Under Louisville at Louisville Mega Cavern has become has become one of my family’s favorite traditions. Click here for more information. Tickets start at $25 per car, and the show runs nightly now through Jan. 4. 

    3. Christmas at the Galt House Hotel is a perfect way to ring in the holidays and get you out of that bah humbug stooper. From KaLightoscope to the Snow Fairy Princess and Snow Village to a dinner show with Pam Tillis and more, there is something for everyone at the Galt House this Christmas season. View their website for all kinds of information; the events run now through Jan. 2.

    4. Toyland Christmas Lights Display is one of the best areas in the city to view Christmas lights. This house located at 6801 Melon Court off of Smyrna Road in south Louisville goes all out. Every year they host a fundraiser weekend, where they raise money to donate to Home of the Innocents. This year it is the weekend of Dec. 12 and 13. See more about the event here. The lights are on nightly now through Dec. 26.

    5. A Christmas Carol at Actors Theatre of Louisville runs now through Dec. 23. Click here to purchase tickets or call the box office at 502-584-1205. 

    6. Derby Dinner Playhouse offers various plays and performances this holiday season, including “A Wonderful Life” (running now through Dec. 31) and children’s theater showings of “The Most Famous Reindeer of All” (running on weekends Dec. 6, 13, 20 and 22 at 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.). 

    7. Drive-Thru Christmas looks like a fantastic venue for getting out of the hustle and bustle of the holidays and immersing yourself in a simpler time. I’m looking forward to attending this event for the first time with my family this Christmas season. Drive-Thru Christmas runs from Dec. 18-20 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. each night. It is a completely free event located at Valley View Church on 8911 3rd Street Road. Click here for more information.

    8. Light Up Events in various smaller neighborhoods: St. Matthews in Brown Park, Jeffersontown, Lyndon, LaGrange, Goshen and Highview to name a few. Most are happening this weekend, mainly on Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6.

    9. The 29th Annual Bardstown Road Aglow is Saturday, Dec. 6 from dusk to 10 p.m. along Bardstown Road and Baxter Avenue in the Highlands. It features many activities and events such as special sales, a Selfies with Elfie contest, a holiday decorating contest, Four Roses Bourbon Battles, Polar Palooza, a holiday tree light up, trolley rides and hops, pictures with Santa and much more.

    10. The Nutcracker!

    Whether in the form of ice skating or ballet, this timeless classic story is mesmerizing. The Louisville Ballet does fabulous renditions of Nutcracker on Ice and The Nutcracker. The Brown-Forman Nutcracker is performed at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts Dec. 6-21. Call 502-584-7777 for ticket information. Nutcracker on Ice is performed at Iceland Sports Complex by the Louisville Skating Academy. It runs Dec. 20 and 21 at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Click here for ticket information. 


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    Longtime Louisvillian, I am a children's librarian at heart and have a passion for children's lit. I am most recently a stay-at-home mom who is always on the move, searching for family fun in Louisville. If it's free, it's preferable!

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