December 2022 events calendar: 60+ things to do in Louisville this month – Courier Journal

Here’s what you can do in the Louisville area this week: 
Nutcracker Family Storytimes. Louisville Free Public Library, Main Branch, 301 York St., 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Join a Louisville Ballet dancer for a reading of the classic holiday story The Nutcracker, followed by Nutcracker-inspired dancing and crafts. Every family at each story time can enter for a chance to win four tickets to see Louisville Ballet’s upcoming production of The Brown-Forman Nutcracker. Free.
Norton Commons’ Food Truck Friday. 6301 Moonseed St., 6-8 p.m. Friday. Live music, food, drinks and shopping at the al fresco market. Bing a chair. Free.
Unicorn World. Kentucky International Convention Center, 221 S. 4th St., 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Features life-sized, moving and neighing unicorns, an enchanted forest, arts and crafts, story time, unicorn bounce houses, rides, face painting, professional photos and a gift shop. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Admission starts at $30 for ages 2 and older, free for ages 1 and younger.
37th Annual Elijah Craig Bardstown Road Aglow. Along Bardstown Road, Baxter and Barret Avenues, and Douglass Loop and from Breckinridge Street to Winter Ave., noon to 10 p.m. Saturday. Boutiques, eateries and businesses will offer discounts at shops along Bardstown Road, Baxter and Barret Avenues, and Douglass Loop, plus entertainment, food and drinks in the Highlands. Free trolley rides up and down the corridor, Big Spruce Light Up (6 p.m., at the Wendy’s at the intersection of Bardstown Road and Grinstead Drive); Elijah Craig Bourbon specialty cocktails at participating restaurants, and live music at five locations thanks to the Louisville Federation of Musicians. WAVE3’s Connie Leonard and Kent Taylor will host the annual Wendy’s Holiday Tree Lighting. Additional security will be provided by Louisville Metro Police, Fifth Division.
Badstown Road Aglow Music Under the Stars. St. James Catholic Church, 1826 Edenside Ave., 5-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Cookies and hot cider will be served.
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Light Up St. Matthews. Brown Park, at the corner of Kresge Way and Browns Lane, next to Baptist Health Hospital, 3-6 p.m. Saturday. Ice skating, pictures with Santa, musical entertainment, activities for children, train rides, the lighting of the park with Santa, and free cookies and drinks. Parking is available at 4007 Kresge Way, a part of the Baptist Health Louisville Campus directly across from the hospital. The seasonal lights will stay lit nightly until after the New Year. Residents and visitors to the community are welcome to visit the park daily throughout the holiday season to enjoy the lights.
Light Up La Grange. Downtown La Grange, 3-9 p.m. Saturday. Lighting ceremony with Santa (6 p.m.); ice skating, WinterFest Market and candy cane making (City Place, Pavilion 1); cookie decorating, bands and choirs (The Springs Park Farmers’ Market Pavilion), food trucks, and visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus (Dahlgren Family Pioneer Barn at the Oldham County History Center, 6:30-9 p.m.). All of the Main Street businesses will be open and have storefronts decorated in hopes to win the competition for the best Christmas decorations.
Owl Prowl. Louisville Nature Center, 3745 Illinois Ave., 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday. Beargrass Creek Nature Preserve is home to Eastern Screech Owls, Barred Owls and Great Horned Owls. This is best time to spot them when leaves are off the tree and before they start nesting. After a 30-minute presentation about owls, volunteers, Chris Bidwell and Susan Wilson, will lead an easy hike, focusing on how to spot owls and teach you about their many different calls that fill the nocturnal world. $15, free for LNC members. 502-458-1328;
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4th Annual Fête De Noël: Winter Holiday Festival and Ice Skating. Christy’s Garden, 720 Brent St. through Jan. 1. Start the holiday season at Paristown’s annual Fête De Noël (Festival of Christmas) Winter Holiday Festival, a six-week winter wonderland featuring an outdoor ice-skating rink, photos with Santa, the Brent Street Holiday Market, trackless train rides and so much more. Skate, shop, eat and drink in the heart of Paristown. The Café will offer breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Presented by Stock Yards Bank & Trust.
Lights Under Louisville. Louisville Mega Cavern, 1841 Taylor Ave., through Jan. 1. Lights Under Louisville hours: 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Christmas, 5:30-10 p.m. Christmas Express hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The 30-minute drive through the winding cavern includes over 40 themed displays, multiple projections area, approximately 900 Christmas light displays, multiple light tunnels, holiday music, and over 6 million points of light. On the Christmas Express, visitors will be driven through the holiday adventure in the open-air tram.
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3rd Annual Lights on Main Street. The ReSurfaced lot, 615 W. Main St. through Dec. 11. Wednesday and Thursday, 4-8 p.m.; Friday, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, 2-9 p.m.; Sunday, 4-8 p.m. I Would Rather Be Reading is partnering with local nonprofits and schools for “Lights on Main,” a free community-wide event that will include an anticipated display of 100 Christmas trees decorated for the holiday season by each participating organization. The event is intended to promote community and togetherness. Each Saturday, enjoy food trucks, photo opportunities, letters to the North Pole, and pictures with Santa Claus. Proceeds to benefit I Would Rather Be Reading programs. Cast your vote for your favorite tree, best branding, judges’ favorite, most unique, most festive, and most Lou spirit for $1. The winners will be announced on Dec. 11. Admission is free.
29th Southern Lights Holiday Festival. Kentucky Horse Park, 4075 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, through Dec. 31. Daily 5:30-10 p.m. (closed Christmas day). A drive through a three-mile dazzling holiday light display with more than a million lights. Also, the Holiday Village features visits with Santa, Animal Land, model trains, and more. Presented by Friends of Coal. Tickets are $30 per carload online; $35 at the festival. For more information and tickets:
Winter Woods Spectacular. Iroquois Park, 1080 Amphitheater Road, through Jan. 1. Nightly, 6-10 p.m. Walk through this Winter Wonderland that has millions of twinkling lights integrated into dazzling holiday displays set to music. Proceeds to benefit the Parks Alliance of Louisville. Tickets can be purchased online or at the event or at the event with a credit card or cash. $15, $12 seniors, $10, free for ages 2 and younger.
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Yuletide at Yew Dell. Yew Dell Botanical Gardens, 6220 Old La Grange Road, Friday-Sunday and Dec. 9-11; 4:30-6 p.m. and 6:30-8 p.m. See the dazzling light and décor displays with photo opportunities on the lighted path, model rain setup, say hello to Santa and hear a story, also snacks, beverages (for kids and adults), and other surprises. Sponsored by Stock Yards Bank & Trust and Limbwalker. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Children 5 and younger are free, but they require a ticket for entry. Tickets start at $12, $7 for ages 6-17 and 65 and older, free for ages 5 and younger; members, $9, $5 for ages 6-17 and 65 and older. 502-241-4788;
4th Annual Gardens Aglimmer. Waterfront Botanical Gardens, 1435 Frankfort Ave., Thursday through Dec. 30, select a time between 5:45-8:15 (Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas day). Peak dates, Dec. 3, 10, 14-23. A self-guided walking tour of the illuminated winter wonderland of swans, snowflakes, deer, Moravian stars, oversized flowers, light bursts, candles, and a multicolor tunnel of lights. Visit Santa and his sleigh in the Graeser Family Education Center and Mrs. Claus’ Cottage in the Ellen T. Leslie Botanical Classrooms. There will be holiday beverages and cookies for purchase in the Jingle All the Way Cafe. Visit with Santa (Dec. 1-23). Sponsored by Stock Yards Bank & Trust and Republic Bank, Republic Bank, and Wagner Electric. Reservations must be made in advance online. No admission will be sold at the door. Admission is $10, $7.50 for members, $5 for ages 7-12, and free for ages 6 and younger. Peak night admission: $15; $11.25 for members; $7.50 for ages 7-12, free for ages 6 and younger.
Westport Village Holiday Market. Westport Village, 1215 Herr Lane, 6-8 p.m. Friday. Features live music, festive treats, stilt walking, glow sticks, pop-up shops, photos, and a special Santa appearance on-stage (7:30 p.m.) for a one-of-a-kind sing-along. Vendors: Maddie About Cake, Kentucky Made & More, O La La by Olivia, Barkin’ for Bows, Napa Louisville, Milk & Honey, Wild Eggs and more. Free.
KMAC Museum Martinis and Mistletoe. 715 W. Main St., 5-8 p.m. Thursday. KMAC Shop’s signature holiday shopping event features an array of artfully curated gifts. Enjoy martinis, holiday shopping, and appearances by local artists who will be showcasing their works made from a variety of media, including glass, metal, clay and fiber. Proceeds to benefit the museums and its programming. Free, KMAC members re a 15% discount.
Christmas Cookie Stroll. Downtown Jeffersonville, Indiana, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Explore downtown Jeffersonville’s shops and restaurants as you collect a delicious cookie from participating businesses. Register at Jeffersonville Main Street’s office, 401 Pearl St. (corner of Pearl & Maple) to receive your event map and bag. $12 per person plus a canned good that will be donated to the Center for Lay Ministries.
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Blackacre Country Christmas. Blackacre Conservancy, 3200 Tucker Station Road, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Blackacre State Nature Preserve & Historic Homestead Old Time Christmas includes hayrides, visit (and photo) with Santa, tours of the holiday house and 60-piece Thomas Kinkade 1930s village with train exhibit, nature craft, dancing group, story with Miss Prim, wood chopping demonstration, cocoa and cookies, and the Giving shop. Donations received help with conservation, preservation and education programs. $20 per car.
Cookies with Captain Santa. Mary M. Miller, Fourth and River Road, Saturday and Dec. 10, and 17. Board at noon; cruise from 12:30-3:30 p.m. The Mary M. Miller riverboat is transforming into a winter wonderland. This family-friendly event includes a meet-and-greet with Santa and Mrs. Claus, cookies and hot cocoa, a holiday goody bag for each child and plenty of festive activities. Tickets are $39.99 for ages 55-64; $38.99 for ages 65 and older; $17.99 for ages 5-14; free for ages 3 and younger.
Holiday Movie Night. KFC Yum! Center, One Arena Plaza, 6 p.m. Saturday. The movie starts at 7 p.m. KFC Yum! Center will be transformed into a winter wonderland with holiday decorations located throughout the arena for the free screening of the holiday classic, “Home Alone 2.” Arrive early to enjoy other free activities including holiday-themed photo booths, pictures with Santa, center ticket giveaways, and roving entertainment. Free but tickets are required.
15th Annual Holiday Victorian Tea. Conrad-Caldwell House Museum, 1402 St. James Court, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. There are two options, in-person and take-home. The in-person tea includes Louisville Tea Company teas, sweet and savory treats by Terri Lynn’s Catering, live music and a tour of the museum. Take-home tea includes Louisville Tea Company teas, sweet, savory treats by Terri Lynn’s Catering, and a voucher to visit the museum at your leisure. Proceeds to benefit the Conrad-Caldwell House Museum. Tickets are $45, $20 for ages 18 and younger; take-home tea, $30, $12 for children’s tea and treats. 502-636-5023;
Bellarmine University vs. Simmons College of Kentucky. Freedom Hall, 937 Phillips Lane, 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Women’s basketball. Parking $10.
University of Louisville Cardinals vs. Miami Hurricanes. KFC Yum! Center, One Arena Plaza, 1 p.m. Sunday. Men’s basketball. Tickets start at $40.
Bellarmine University vs. Alice Lloyd College. Freedom Hall, 937 Phillips Lane, 4 p.m. Sunday. Men’s basketball. $10. Parking $10.
University of Louisville Cardinals vs. Siu-Edwardsville Cougars. KFC Yum! Center, One Arena Plaza, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Women’s basketball. Tickets start at $10.
Bellarmine University vs. Wabash College. Freedom Hall, 937 Phillips Lane, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Men’s basketball. $10. Parking $10.
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Sundance Institute Indigenous Short Film Tour. Speed Museum, 2035 S. Third St., 6 p.m. Thursday. Six short films directed by Indigenous filmmakers, featuring titles from the 2022 Sundance Film Festival shorts program and from alumni of Sundance Institute’s Indigenous Program. Free.
Decision to Leave (Heojil kyolshim).” Speed Museum, 2035 S. Third St., 6 p.m. Friday; 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. 1. From a mountain peak in South Korea, a businessman plummets to his death. Did he jump, or was he pushed? $12, $8 for museum members.
Salamander Seekers. Louisville Nature Center, 3745 Illinois Ave., 10 a.m. to noon Sunday. On this hike participants will venture into the wetlands of the Beargrass Creek State Nature Preserve to search for salamanders. Discover what makes these important habitats so special. This program requires the ability to walk off trail. For ages 12 and older. $15, free for LNC members. 502-458-1328;
Mushroom Meander. Louisville Nature Center, 3745 Illinois Ave., noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. On this guided hike participants will learn how to identify a few species and where to find them and, what is the role of a mushroom in the forest. Are there tell-tale signs of poisonous mushrooms? $15, free for LNC members. 502-458-1328;
Locust Grove. 561 Blankenbaker Lane, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Ground tours are offered at 11 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. Self-guided tours of the Historic House will be offered at 30-minute intervals between noon-3 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. For more information:
Old Louisville Walking Tours. Leaves from the Old Louisville Visitor Center, Central Park, 1340 S. Fourth St., 11 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. These popular architectural and historical guided tours are operated by the Old Louisville Neighborhood. For more information go to 
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Louisville Ghost Walk Tour. Meet at the statue of Mr. Brown, on the 4th Street side of the Brown Hotel, 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Join Mr. Ghost Walker for a 90-minute walking tour of downtown Louisville’s most famous addresses. Hear stories told by author Robert Parker, of the Haunted Louisville series of books, telling the stories of ghosts from murder, mystery, death, restless spirits, and intrigue. Reservations are requested. $18 per person. Information and reservations: 502-689-5117;
Brian Regan. Comedian. Sunday, 7 p.m., Brown Theatre, 315 W. Broadway. Tickets start at $49.73.
The Soul of Christmas. The musical production features renditions of iconic secular and sacred holiday songs. Thursday and Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 6:30 p.m., Bomhard Theater, Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main St. Ends Dec. 11. Tickets start at $43.88.
Louisville Orchestra. Handel’s “Messiah;” with Louisville Chamber Choir. Thursday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Cathedral of the Assumption, 433 S. 5th St. Tickets start at $35.
The Wild Feathers, Michigan Ratters. Friday, 9 p.m., Mercury Ballroom, 611 S. 4th St. Tickets start at $20.
Twiztid with Anybody Killa, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Cody Manson. Friday, 6:30 p.m., Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Road. Tickets start at $25 advance, $28 day of show.
Louisville Orchestra. “Once Upon an Orchestra.” The program weave music and storytelling together in an interactive experience that includes a 30-minute small ensemble performance preceded by a hands-on activity to build a musical instrument from recycled materials. Saturday, 2 p.m., Louisville Free Public Library, St. Matthews Branch, 3940 Grandview Ave. Free.
Foxing, Shinra Knives. Saturday, 8 p.m., Zanzabar, 2100 S. Preston St. Tickets start at $18.
Wet Leg, Faux Real. Sunday, 8 p.m., Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Road. Sold out.
The Rock & Roll Playhouse. The Rock and Roll Playhouse is the largest national kid-friendly live concert series that offers games, movement, stories and most importantly an opportunity to rock out to the music of the Rolling Stones. Sunday, noon, Mercury Ballroom, 611 S. 4th St. Tickets start at $15.
Louisville Chorus. “A Family Christmas Holiday Spectacular.” With Oldham County High School Choirs, Sarah Coleman, Director; Beargrass Christian Church Choir; Voces Novae and Louisville Philharmonia. Sunday, 3 p.m., Galt House East Grand Ballroom, 140 N. 4th St. Free.
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The Derby City Brass Band. Christmas Concert. Monday, 7 p.m., St. Andrew United Church of Christ, 2606 Browns Lane. Free.
Margo Price: Til the Wheels Fall Off Tour. With Kam Franklin. Tuesday, 8 p.m., Headliners Music Hall, 1386 Lexington Road. Tickets start at $27.50; $99 VIP.
Acoustic Jam 2022. Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Louisville Palace, 625 S. 4th St. Tickets start at $29.
Mackenzie Carpenter, Conner Smith, Jonathan Hutcherson. Part of I Conquered Concert Series. Tuesday, 7 p.m., The Jefferson, 715 W. Riverside Dr. Jeffersonville, Ind. Tickets are $75 for general; $1000 for VIP.
Disney Princess The Concert. Wednesday, 7 p.m., Louisville Palace, 625 S. 4th St. Tickets start at $27.
Magic Inc.: Nutcracker in a Nutshell. Saturday, 2 p.m., Louisville Palace, 625 S. 4th St. Tickets start at $25.
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” StageOne presents the story of the Herdmans. The worst kids in the world who lie, steal, and cheat and have bullied their way into the church’s Christmas pageant. Saturday, 2 and 5 p.m., Bomhard Theater, Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main St. Ends Dec. 17. Tickets start at $20, $15 for children.
“Christmas Carol: A Radio Play.” Actors Theatre of Louisville audio adaptation of Dickens’s classic tale of redemption, connection, and generosity. This spirited listening experience can be streamed from any device for the whole family to enjoy. Streaming through Dec. 31. Pay what you choose, starting at $10 plus fees.
“Pretty Woman: The Musical.” PNC Broadway in Louisville presents the show based on one of Hollywood’s most beloved romantic stories of all time. Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sunday, 1 and 6:3 p.m., Whitney Hall, Kentucky Center, 501 W. Main St. Tickets start at $46.80.
“Santa Claus The Musical.” Santa has decided to retire but not all the elves in his workshop are thrilled about his replacement. Presented by Derby Dinner Playhouse Children’s Musical Theatre. Saturday, at the playhouse, 525 Marriot Drive, Clarksville, Indiana. Breakfast, 9 a.m., show, 10 a.m.; lunch noon, show 1:15 p.m. Ends Dec. 23. Breakfast $17; lunch $22.
“Sherlock Holmes: Silenced Night!” On Christmas Eve, Holmes and Watson need to find out why guests have been disappearing from a hotel in a dangerous part of town in time to prevent a murder. Match wits with the world’s most famous detective to find the solution. Presented by Who Dunnit Murder Mystery Theater. Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m., Bristol Bar & Grille, 614 W. Main St. Ends Jan. 7. $59.90 includes show, dinner, tax and gratuity. 502-649-1829;
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Kentucky Science Center. 727 W. Main St., 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Do Science at Kentucky Science Center’s 50,000 square feet of fun on Main Street. Get hands-on with fun exhibits, see a movie or tinker in MakerPlace. Advanced tickets are strongly encouraged; visit to purchase.
Speed Art Museum: Speed Online. Features art activities; view films from the Speed Cinema; coloring page; Make Your Own Story, inspired by the exhibition Loose Nuts: Burt Hurley’s West End Story. Participants become the author, illustrator, and creators of their own book and more. For more information, visit
Louisville Parks and Recreation Golf Courses: Golf courses are open from daylight to dark seven days a week. In the clubhouses, food service will be limited to take-out only. 
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