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    Despite the cold and the threat of snow (maybe?), the holiday season gives everyone an excuse to celebrate. Here's what to do around Louisville this season if you're looking for...

     

    ...HOLIDAY TRADITIONS

    A Christmas Carol & The Santaland Diaries
    Actors Theatre, 316 W. Main St.
    Through December 23 | days and times vary

    Both holiday productions run until the day before Christmas Eve. Every year, Actors brings the beloved classic tale to the stage with A Christmas Carol. The Santaland Diaries, by David Sedaris, is perfect for those who are looking for something a bit more naughty than nice.

     

    Christmas at the Galt House
    Galt House Hotel, 140 N. Fourth St.
    Elfapalooza: December 14, 15, 21 and 22 | 6 p.m.
    Breakfast with Santa: December 15 and 22 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Every year, Santa heads down from the North Pole and opens a workshop in the Galt House for Elfapalooza. Meet Santa's elves, enjoy snacks and drinks, take a ride on the Peppermint Express and watch a holiday movie at 6 p.m. And don't forget to grab breakfast with Santa while he's here!

     

    Lights Under Louisville
    Louisville Mega Cavern, 1841 Taylor Ave.
    Open nightly through December 31 | Mon.-Fri., 6-10 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 5-10 p.m.

    Drive through the Mega Cavern and experience over 850 lit characters with over 3,000,000 points of light.

     

    Louisville Ballet's Brown-Forman Nutcracker
    Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main St.
    Through December 23 | days and times vary

    Featuring live music by the Louisville Orchestra, this holiday tradition brings all the magic and wonder of the Nutcracker to the stage.

     

     

    ...SOMEWHERE TO GET INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT

    Decca Christmas Movie Extravaganza
    Decca, 812 E. Market St.
    Wednesday, December 19 | 5:30-11:30 p.m.

    Grab your free popcorn and a holiday drink special and enjoy classic holiday movies including Home Alone, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation and Die Hard.

     

    Miracle on Market
    Green Building, 732 E. Market St.
    Open through December 24 | 5 p.m.-2 a.m.

    This pop-up bar has taken over the Green Building until Christmas Eve. Enjoy inventive, holiday-themed cocktails in a decked out space, with Christmas movies projected on the walls and holiday karaoke on Wednesdays.

     

    Oldham Gardens' First Christkindlmarkt
    3rd Turn Oldham Gardens, 6300 La Grange Road, Crestwood
    Saturday, December 15 | 4-10 p.m.

    With live music, holiday treats and traditional Glühwein, 3rd Turn Brewing is celebrating the holiday season with their first annual Christmas market at Oldham Gardens. 

     

    Watch & Wine Down: Elf After Hours
    Old 502 Winery, 120 S. Tenth St.
    Friday, December 21 | 8:30-11:30 p.m.

    Old 502 is hosting a screening of Elf, where you can relax before the upcoming holiday rush with a class of wine or two…or three.

     

    ...PLACES TO PARTY

    Germantown Neighborhoods Holiday Party
    Art Sanctuary, 1433 S. Shelby St.
    Saturday, December 15 | 2-5 p.m.

    This free and festive community party celebrates Germantown and its residents. There will be plenty of food and drinks, crafts, local businesses and more fun.

     

    Jim Beam Christmas Block Party
    The Pearl of Germantown, 1151 Goss Ave.
    Wednesday, December 12 | 7 p.m.-midnight

    Feast on a barbecue buffet from Silver Dollar, and enjoy Jim Beam drink specials all night at this Germantown staple.

     

    Mele Kalikimaka Hawaiian Holiday Party
    Against the Grain, 401 E. Main St.
    Saturday, December 15 | 7 p.m.-2 a.m.

    Everyone is invited to break out their Hawaiian shirts for Against the Grain's annual tiki party, featuring tiki treats and drinks and surf jams from Tsunami Samurai.

     

    Pints & Union's Holiday Party
    Pints & Union, 114 E. Market St., New Albany
    Wednesday, December 19 | 7 p.m.

    Wear your ugly sweater to this holiday party at New Albany's newest pub, where you'll enjoy drink specials including Irish coffee and warm cider.

     

    Yule Ball
    Louisville Palace, 625 S. Fourth St.
    Friday, December 21 | 7-11 p.m.

    Witches and wizards are invited to this magical evening as the Palace is transformed into Hogwarts. Attendees can explore Diagon Alley, enjoy a Butter Beer or Polyjuice Potion and take part in formal waltz dance lessons.

     

    ...SOMETHING FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

    Brunch with Santa and Mrs. Claus
    Belle Louisville, 401 W. River Road
    Saturday, December 15 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Enjoy a brunch buffet on the Belle with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Kids can take pictures with Santa and take part in several other holiday activities.

     

    Holiday Laser Dome
    Big Four Bridge, 1101 River Road
    Through January 1 | 5:30-9:30 p.m.
    (December 20-30 | open daily with extended hours)

    Have you noticed the giant dome that's appeared in Waterfront Park? Inside, you'll discover a holiday light show unlike any other.

     

    Louisville Palace Holiday Movie Screenings
    Louisville Palace, 625 S. Fourth St.
    December 16 & 23 | 2 & 5 p.m.

    The Palace is screening holiday movies on Sundays leading up to Christmas. On December 16, enjoy Christmas Vacation and It's a Wonderful Life. And on December 23, watch The Muppet Christmas Carol and White Christmas.

     

    The Nutcracker on Ice
    Louisville Skating Academy, 1701 UPS Drive
    December 22 & 23 | 1:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.

    Experience this classic holiday tale adapted for the ice, as skaters retell the story of Clara and the Nutcracker with captivating choreography.

     

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