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    1.    Sledding at area parks, namely Cherokee Park in Louisville, is the funnest thing to do around town in winter. Louisville Metro Parks has a link on their website with information on when it's safe to sled (there should be at least four inches of snow on the ground).

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    2.    U-Pick: Many friends and family of mine swear by the U-pick Christmas tree experience at Joe Huber’s Family Farm


    3.    There is an old-fashioned ice-skating rink in Jeffersonville. Does anyone remember the ice-skating rink that used to be down at the Belvedere? I once played a silly game of Broom Ball there and fell down many times.

    Photo: Schimpff's Confectionery

    4.    At Schimpff’s Confectionery in Jeffersonville, you can see candy-making methods dating back to 1891. Don't miss the peppermints.

    5.    Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through downtown Louisville and see the 40 nights of lights, the huge Christmas tree near city hall and the 15-minute light show at Light Up Plaza near Panera Bread, among other holiday delights.


    6.    Browse NuLu for gift ideas. Stop into Muth’s Candy (modjeskas), Gift Horse (artisan-made items) or Rellek (home furnishings).

    Photo: My Old Kentucky Dinner Train 

    7.    My Old Kentucky Dinner Train, Kentucky Railway Museum and French Lick Scenic Railway all offer train rides. If you want to venture a little further out, look up the Big South Fork Scenic Railway.

    8.    Craft your own art! Make glass ornaments and other gifts at local glass blowing studios such as Hyland Glass in NuLu or Twin Glass Studio in Norton Commons. Create your own wreath at Holly and Ivy at the Louisville Nature Center. Paint a cool canvas at paint-with-wine places such as Uptown Art, Whet Your Palette or Pinot’s Palette. Or paint your own pottery and work with fused glass and clay at Fire It Up Studio in LaGrange.

    9.   Be a tourist in Louisville this winter. Stop into the attractions along Museum Row: Frazier History Museum, Glassworks, Kentucky Science Center, KMAC, 21c Hotel, the Muhammad Ali Center, KentuckyShow! and the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. Check out Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory as well as the libraries for added programming. Yes, the city usually encourages Louisvillians to be Hometown Tourists in May, with many discounts to take advantage of. I say go explore this winter. Museum Row is really convenient because so many of the museums and shops are located along one or two blocks, and there are some great little eateries along the way. Missing your favorite blistery way to bring in the season? Leave us a comment or tweet us @louisvillecom or @LouStoryGal and let us know!

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    About Erin Nevitt

    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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