During this most glorious time of year, we love celebrating the holidays in style. Our local retailers, event venues and restaurants know how to do it up right, so as our gift to you, we’ve rounded up 10 ways to shop and play during December. From underground light shows to hanging out with Santa and his merry crew, these festive seasonal events will undoubtedly get you into the seasonal spirit!
Holiday Pop-Up Shoppes
When: Through December 22
Hours: Fridays, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 6 p..m.
Trendy Westport Village comes alive every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with their fun festival of shopping. Pick up unique gifts from a variety of vendors, including Work the Metal, Red Tree Furniture, Buy Socks You All, and Shell-bees Gourmet Sea Salts and Spices. Throughout the month, there are rotating vendors like Raise My Glass, Owl Always Love You and Betty Jeffries. Learn more HERE.
Lights Under Louisville
When: Through January 4, 2020
Hours: Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Pack your car with family and friends, and enjoy a 30-minute ride through the MEGA Caverns nestled under the Louisville Zoo. You’ll experience a magnificent underground holiday light show — the only one in the world! Plus, more than 850 brightly lit characters like Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang, ice skaters, elves and reindeer, are playfully set along this underground passageway. Additional events include Breakfast with Santa and riding the open-top Holiday Express. Cost is $27 per standard vehicle. For more information, visit lightsunderlouisville.com.
Holidays at the Big Bat, Featuring Grand Slam Wonderland
When: Through January 5, 2020
Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory is getting into the seasonal spirit this month with a variety of family-friendly holiday activities. On December 7 and 21, Mrs. Claus makes a special appearance with singing and story time; on December 8, 14, 15 and 22, Santa stops at the museum for photo ops. Throughout the season, there’s more fun with video game tournaments, snowball fights and craft making. Admission is free for kids every Saturday and Sunday through December 20. Adult admission is $16, and seniors are $15. Learn more at sluggermuseum.com.
Crestwood Festival of Nativities
When: December 5-7
Enjoy this free community-wide event hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Join your family and friends to experience this holiday tradition that features more than 600 nativity displays, as well as treats, live artists, a Christmas concert presented by area churches and organizations, and the wonderful Living Nativity presentation. Learn more at crestwoodnativities.com.
When: December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21
Dress in your holiday finery and head downtown to the historic Galt House Hotel, where you’ll be greeted by a winter wonderland filled with holiday crafts and reindeer games. Yummy treats like popcorn, cookies and hot chocolate are there for the taking, while grownups can enjoy special adult beverages. Events include pictures with Santa at 5 p.m., Elf School from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and a holiday movie at 7 p.m. Santa pictures are $25, and there’s free admission with a donation of a children’s toy. Learn more HERE.
The Flea Off Market Holiday Bazaar & Gift Sale
When: December 7-8
Hours: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Spend the weekend shopping from more than 100 vendors as you enjoy live music, food truck fare and a festive atmosphere. Before you leave, swing by the Girls Scouts’ booth and let them wrap your presents. Admission is free, and holiday spirit is guaranteed! Learn more HERE.
When: December 7, 8, 14, 15
The Louisville Zoo welcomes Santa, Mrs. Claus and Frosty the Snowman for Santa’s Safari. Join the elves at Santa’s workshop to create fun holiday crafts, enjoy seasonal treats whipped up by Mrs. Claus, sing your favorite Christmas songs, and take a picture with old St. Nick. Your Santa Safari passport leads you through the Zoo’s heated buildings to learn more about the furry, feathered and ferocious animals who reside there. This is a special ticketed event. For Louisville Zoo members, the cost is $15.95 for ages 3 and older, children ages 2 and under are $8.50. Non-members pay $20.95 for ages 3 and older, and $11 for 2 and under. Learn more at louisvillezoo.org.
When: Saturday, December 7
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Head to Mellwood Art Center to knock out your holiday shopping at Made Market. Some of the best local makers will be as offering their wares for your holiday gifting needs. This event showcases a variety of handmade items from top talent, including Anchal Project, Fleur & Frond, Bubo Handmade and more. (See the complete vendor list here.) Learn more HERE.
Norton Commons Holiday Open House
When: Saturday, December 7
Complete your shopping in just one day at this terrific all-in-one locale where you can grab exclusive deals, promotions and holiday sales from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Santa will be present for a meet and greet from 4 p.m to 7 p.m. And take a ride around the Commons in a horse-drawn carriage from 5 p.m.to 7 p.m. Lots of fun pop-up shops will be open that weekend at the cottages at Norton Commons, including Awesome Opossum, Annie Boutique, Fleur de Lisas, Jeweled Goose and Tory Burch. Learn more at nortoncommons.com.
Holiday Pop-Up at Logan Street Market
When: December 14-15
Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Flea Off Market has joined forces with Louisville’s new urban market, Logan Street Market, for this one-weekend shopping event. Enjoy warm drinks, overhead heaters and a bevy of items to shop from. Learn more HERE.
Christmas in Candyland
When: December 7, 14, 21, 23
The beloved children’s board game comes to life at the Derby Dinner Playhouse. The story revolves around Nick and Noelle, who receive a ticket to play a special edition of Candyland in a magical world, where they meet characters like Holly the Jolly Rancher and Captain Cookie. This is an interactive musical filled with sweet and tempting surprises. Breakfast and lunch performances are available. Breakfast doors open at 9 a.m., with a show at 10 a.m.; lunch doors open at noon, and the show is at 1:15 p.m. Breakfast is $17, and lunch is $22. Go to derbydinner.com for more information.
Holiday Candle Making Class
When: December 9
Join YayMaker Louisville and host Allison Lewis at Against the Grain Brewery, for an evening of fun and creativity, as you learn how to make your own candles. These are great items to give to family and friends for the holidays, or to keep for yourself to decorate your home. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. and is $45 per person. For more information and to register go to facebook.com.
Fleur De Flea Vintage and Handmade Market
When: December 14-15
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Come explore the works available from more than 200 vendors at this massive urban market at Fleur de Flea’s new building at Paristown Pointe. Peruse antiques, clothing, books, collectibles and so much more. In addition to shopping for those on your gift list, you can grab a bite from a food truck, or enjoy a glass of egg nog. Admission is $5, with a portion of proceeds going to Make-a-Wish and Second Chance Wildlife. Learn more HERE.
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