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January is a great time to try new things. You can do just that with these local events, some of which are brand new and some that are returning for another year. Grab your 2021 calendar and mark down the dates for any or all of these exciting January events in Louisville.

Fete de Noel, a Louisville January happening

There is plenty of winter fun to be had in Louisville, including paying a visit to Paristown’s Fête De Noël festival. Image: Paristown

9 Louisville Events & Happenings: January 2021

Through January 3, 2021: Holidays at The Big Bat

Back for its second year, Holidays at The Big Bat continues to spread holiday cheer. Taking place at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, kids receive free admission when online tickets are purchased in advance using the code “FROSTY2020.” In addition, limited edition mini bats are given away every Sunday. Throughout the museum, attendees can also receive pre-packaged bat-nub ornament sets. Admission is $16 for adults, $15 for seniors (ages 60+), $9 for kids (ages 6-12), and kids under 5 are always free. sluggermuseum.com

Through January 3, 2021: Fête De Noël

Head to the heart of Paristown for Louisville’s first annual Fête De Noël festival. The event includes a 100-by-50-foot outdoor ice skating rink, the Brent Street Holiday Market, and food and drink from The Café. Tickets for the ice skating rink are $13 per person (including skate rental) and sold in 60-minute time slots. Or, bring your own skates and purchase tickets for $10 per person. Guests can also buy season passes for $50. Hours vary based on each event. paristown.com

Through August 2021: Right to Ride Exhibit at the Kentucky Derby Museum

Inspired by the 50th anniversary of Diane Crump’s momentous first ride in the Kentucky Derby, the Kentucky Derby Museum’s Right to Ride exhibit celebrates the first female jockeys who competed in professional horse races. The event is included with general admission tickets, which are $16 for adults and $10 for children (ages 5-14). Museum hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. derbymuseum.org

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January 8, 2021: Tiny Art Tales

This is the perfect idea for you and your little ones! KMAC Museum offers a free virtual program that is both immersive and entertaining. The program includes art, music, movement and storytime. Dates and times vary, so be sure to check KMAC’s Facebook page for updates.

January 8 – 28, 2021: Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End

Stream the hilarious and charming one-woman show starring Louisville-based performer Jessica Wortham. Jessica brings the famous humorist and writer Erma Bombeck to life, telling the story of how she became the feminist champion of her generation and proved women could be more than just mothers and homemakers. Virtual tickets start at $15. actorstheatre.org

January 9, 2021: Frostbite 5K Run/Walk

Start the new year off on the right foot by participating in the Frostbite 5K Run/Walk. The second race of the Polar Bear Grand Prix, the Frostbite 5K is also the most popular. The race takes place at 9 a.m. in Cherokee Park, with an option to compete virtually as well. Registration is $30, and the first 500 entrants are guaranteed a long-sleeve technical race shirt. rivercityraces.com

January 15, 2021: Maple Tapping Workshop

Have you ever wondered how maple syrup is made? Here’s your chance to find out! Join in on a hands-on maple tapping workshop at the University of Louisville’s sustainable Garden Commons, where you can learn about both maple tapping and the syrup-making process. Masks are required and social distancing is enforced. The workshop is free to attend and takes place from noon to 1 p.m. on January 15. louisville.edu

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January 19, 2021: 11th Annual Keepers of the Dream

Honor the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at this community arts celebration and awards ceremony hosted by the Kentucky Center ArtsReach. The event is in collaboration with Mayor Greg Fischer, as well as River City Drum Corp. Keepers of the Dream takes place at Whitney Hall at The Kentucky Center and begins at 5 p.m. It is open to the public and free to attend. louisvilleky.gov

January 28 – 31, 2021: Kosair Shrine Circus

The Kosair Shrine Circus is back! Making for the perfect family outing, this magical three-ring production is for children of all ages. Additional attractions are available before the show and during intermission, including elephant rides, bouncy houses and a photo op with a snake. The circus takes place at Broadbent Arena, and tickets start at $10. kosaircircus.com

Happy New Year, Louisville!

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