The city’s “Light Up Louisville 40 Nights of Lights” event – the traditional starting point for the holidays – returns for its 34th year with music, fireworks and family activities and a nightly array of lights and happenings along four blocks of 4th Street, from the Galt House to Fourth Street Live. Light Up Louisville begins the day after Thanksgiving (Friday, Nov. 28), with the arrival of Santa Claus who will help illuminate downtown Louisville, followed by Zambelli fireworks – all centered at a main stage located at 4th and Main.
The downtown lighting will include LED lights synchronized to music in the “Light Up Plaza” at 4th and Jefferson. The 12-minute production will be presented on the half hour from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and until 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Jan. 4
A popular ice skating rink will again be located at Fourth Street Live!, starting Nov. 29. The rink uses a synthetic ice which ensures its availability even if outdoor temperatures go above freezing. The fee for skating is $5 an hour for adults, $3 for children under 13. Daily rates are $10, and a season pass is $40 for all ages. Skates will be available to rent for $2. New this year at Fourth Street Live! is the “Holiday Village” with special decorations and programs on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the holidays. Hours are: 11a.m.-8p.m. with 6-6:30p.m. programming on Fri; 10a.m.-8p.m. with 2-2:30p.m. programming on Sat., and 10a.m.-7p.m. with 2-2:30pm programming on Sun.
The annual Light Up Louisville Parade, with a theme of “Lots of Lights”, begins at 6:30 p.m. Parade units will be decorated in festive lights and will include bands, carolers, car clubs, floats, children’s groups and civic organizations. The parade route runs along 4th Street from Liberty to Main Street. Santa Claus is expected to arrive at 8 p.m., joining the mayor to insert the magic plug and turn on thousands of lights on buildings and trees of all sizes including the Light Up Louisville Christmas Tree near the main stage at 4th and Main and the second tree near 4th and Liberty. For more information please visit www.lightuplouisville.org
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