Don’t blink, because before you know it, it’ll be New Year’s Eve, y’all. In the meantime, enjoy every second of the holiday season and all of the wonderful events it has to offer. There are a bevy of happenings, activities and festivities for this final month of 2018. Get your calendar out and get ready for some festive fun!
18 Events and Happenings in Louisville: December 2018
December 1, 2018: Light Up St. Matthews at Brown Park
Start the holidays off right with cookies and hot chocolate at Light Up St. Matthews, on Saturday, December 1, at 3 p.m. At 6 p.m., the event concludes with Santa and the Mayor turning on the spectacular holiday lights of Brown Park. This event is free to attend. stmatthewschamber.com
December 1, 2018: Bardstown Road Aglow
It’s the 33rd Annual Bardstown Road Aglow on Saturday, December 1, from dusk until 10 p.m. This is a great night for shopping and strolling along hip and happening Bardstown Road. The caroling, bagpipes, Maker’s Mark cocktails and Santa tree lighting will make for a fun and festive event. facebook.com
December 1, 2018: Light Up La Grange
Take a mini day trip out to La Grange for Light Up La Grange! From 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., this event will feature holiday-themed activities throughout the town. Stick around and join Santa and Mrs. Claus at 6:30 p.m. for the lighting ceremony, illuminating historic Main Street. lagrangemainstreet.org
December 5, 2018: Acoustic Jam 2018 at the Louisville Palace
It’s a night of acoustic magic. Head to the Louisville Palace to see Jon Pardi, Kip Moore, Scotty McCreery, LOCASH, Michael Ray and Jimmie Allen at Acoustic Jam 2018 at the Louisville Palace. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This event begins at 7:30 p.m., and tickets start at $29. louisvillepalace.com
December 6, 2018: Jason Mraz and Toca Rivera “Live in Stereo” at the Louisville Palace
Ready to jam out with Jason Mraz and Toca Rivera for their “Live in Stereo” tour? Head to The Louisville Palace on December 6 at 8 p.m. for an evening of good tunes. Tickets start at $39. louisvillepalace.com
Shopping with a martini in hand makes finding something for everyone on your Christmas list much more enjoyable. Join KMAC on Thursday, December 6, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. as they feature unique items and delightful holiday gifts made by local, national and international artists. Members receive a 15% discount on purchases plus two complimentary drinks. kmacmuseum.com
December 7, 2018: 5th Annual Louisville Magazine SWIG Food & Drink Tasting Affair
Break out your flapper costume and celebrate the repeal of Prohibition and the launch of SWIG Volume X at the 5th annual Louisville SWIG. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door, if still available. A portion of the proceeds goes to benefit CASA of the River Region. This event takes place at Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. The VIP pre-party starts at 6 p.m. and the main event takes place from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. louisvilletickets.com
December 7-9, 2018: Christmas Gift & Decor Show at the Kentucky Expo Center
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Kentucky Expo Center. Stop by for lots of fun shopping and beautiful Christmas decor from December 7 through 9. Times vary daily, and it’s free and open to the public. louisvillechristmasshow.com
December 8, 2018: Winter Soirée at the Ice House
If you’re a lover of gala season, put on your fanciest dress and head to the Ice House for the inaugural Winter Soirée held from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online for $75 before December 1 and include an open bar, food and live music. Tickets are $90 after December 1. All proceeds will benefit Camp Quality Kentuckiana. wintersoireelou.com
December 8-23, 2018: The Brown-Foreman Nutcracker
The holidays would be incomplete without the annual tradition of The Brown-Foreman Nutcracker performed by the Louisville Ballet at the Kentucky Center. From December 8 through December 23, experience all the magic this Christmas classic has to offer. Performance times vary, and tickets start at $35.50. kentuckycenter.org
December 14-22, 2018: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at The Kentucky Center
Will it be the worst pageant ever or the best? This Christmas classic will take place from December 14 through December 22. Performance times vary, and tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. kentuckycenter.org
December 15, 2018: Sexy Santa at Work the Metal
Work the Metal is “bringing sexy back” … Sexy Santa, that is! Head over on Saturday, December 15, for some holiday fun and take your photo with Sexy Santa from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Santa will give you a gift when you get your picture taken with him. The best part other than the hot Santa? The event is free! facebook.com
December 17, 2018: 8th Annual Give-A-Jam to End Homelessness at Headliners Music Hall
Jam out to fight homelessness in Louisville with live performances by local musicians and artists, soups from Louisville’s best chefs, a silent auction and a cash bar from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $20 and includes 10 food and drink tickets, and VIP tickets are also available. All proceeds will benefit the Coalition for the Homeless’ efforts to end youth homelessness. louhomeless.org
December 21, 2018: YULE BALL: A Magical Evening at The Louisville Palace
It’s Christmastime at Hogwarts — and at The Louisville Palace! Potterheads, grab your wands and dress robes and cast your spell on December 21. General admission tickets are $30, and Dumbledore’s Army VIP Experience is $75. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the Harry Potter-themed event is 18+ only. louisvillepalace.com
December 31, 2018: NYE Live! at Fourth Street Live!
Ring in the new year with one of the biggest New Year’s Eve parties in Louisville. NYE Live! at Fourth Street Live! will send you into 2019 with live music by 100% Poly, confetti cannons, a balloon drop, party favors and the city’s one and only ball drop. This New Year’s Eve party starts at 8 p.m. and ends at 4 a.m., and tickets range from $55 to $150. nye-live.com
Your calendars should be full by now! Happy holidays from all of us at StyleBlueprint!
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