Visit your local seasonal attractions in Louisville, Kentucky

What are some fun things to do in Louisville for Christmas? Louisville, Kentucky is the epitome of Southern charm. While this city is often known as a family-friendly location and the home of the Kentucky Derby, Louisville offers a myriad of seasonal attractions for the locals and tourists.  Such holiday entertainment ranges from taking the kids for a sleigh ride with Santa to attending holiday luncheons at the Woodford Reserve Distillery.  Whatever you decide, Louisville offers something for everyone in the family. 

Sleigh Rides with Santa

Visit Santa and ride his sleigh.  Just 15 minutes from downtown Louisville at the Summit, you and your child can ride a free horse-drawn sleigh around the shopping center parking lot.  Additionally, the seasonal treat includes a complimentary photo with Santa Claus.  You can purchase additional photos for $5.00, in which all profits are donated to local charities. While you are at the Summit, visit one of the 60 plus shops and restaurants.  Sleigh rides run from noon to 5:00 p.m. on the weekends in December prior to Christmas.

Blow Your Own Glass Ornament

Louisville is home to Glassworks, a locally-owned glassblowing shop.  During your visit, you can learn about glassblowing from an artisan and watch molten glass be blown into a unique gift for that someone special.  You choose the colors and style for that truly one-of-a-kind gift.  You can pick up your ornament one day later.  Individuals ages 7 and up are welcome to participate with an appointment.  The cost for the experience and ornament is approximately $40.00. Glassworks is located on 815 West Market Street in Louisville.

A Christmas Carol

What conveys the Christmas spirit more than the classic play, A Christmas Carol? The Actors Theatre, located at 316 West Main Street, hosts the traditional Christmas Carol.  The script is slightly more contemporary than the classic Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, and the play entertains with 16 additional Christmas songs.  This performance incorporates dancing and live musicians.  The play runs for approximately 3 weeks in December.  Tickets start at approximately $27 per adult.  Discounts for children are available. 

Lake Forest Christmas Lights

Gather the family in the car and take a ride to see the spectacular Christmas lights. Lake Forest is a residential neighborhood located 25 miles east of the center of Louisville on Interstate 60.  Approximately 1,200 homeowners light their lawns and houses starting the first week in December.  Thousands of locals and tourists line up car to car to view the Christmas-light extravaganza and stroll at a snail pace viewing this holiday delight. 

Woodford Reserve Distillery

Good food and Christmas go hand in hand. Take a short excursion 60 miles southwest of Louisville to Versailles and experience a true holiday luncheon.  Kentucky’s fine bourbon distillery offers top-notch cuisine by Chef Ouita Michel.  The restaurant/distillery features shrimp bisque, Julia Child’s famous Beef Bourguignon, toasted walnuts, homemade Sorghum vinaigrette, caramel-iced jam cake and local lettuces with blue cheese.   Luncheons cost approximately $25 per person and start after Thanksgiving through Christmas from 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.

These fun things to do in Louisville for Christmas will certainly brighten your holiday.