Light Up Louisville

Save the Date: Friday, November 27, 2020
(Tentatively Scheduled)

Light Up Louisville

Light Up Louisville has been a tradition for 40 years for thousands of residents and visitors to our city. 

Light Up Louisville is held the day after Thanksgiving with the arrival of Santa Claus who will help Mayor Fischer illuminate downtown Louisville. This event serves as the official starting point for the holiday season in Louisville, brings together people from all over the city, along with family, friends and visitors, to enjoy a day full of excitement, entertainment and community.


2020 Schedule of Events

Light Up Louisville Children's Activities

Location: 6th & Jefferson Streets

  • 3:00 p.m.
    • Children's activities Sponsored by AT&T - on 6th and Jefferson Streets 
    • Holiday Marketplace Vendors open - 6th and Jefferson Streets
    • Free Train Rides - loading/unloading at 6th and Jefferson Streets
      *Last ride will board at 6:00 p.m.

Live entertainment: Main stage opens at 3:00 p.m. 

  • Main Stage Schedule - Applications for Main Stage entertainment will be considered at a date TBA. 
  • 6:30 p.m.
    • Lots of Lights Parade - Starts at Fourth and Liberty streets. Turns left on to Jefferson Street and disperses at Seventh and Jefferson Streets. 
    • The Lots of Lights Parade is an evening parade of lights, bands, carolers, car clubs, floats, children's groups and civic organizations. 
      Light Up Moment
    • The Mayor's Band (Meyzeek Middle School) and the Lincoln Elementary Mayor's Elf Squad will march along with other local organizations. 
    • Jesse and MJ from 106.9 Play! will be emceeing the Lots of Lights Parade this year! 
  • 8:00 p.m. 
    • Light Up Moment - Santa arrives to Light Up Louisville 
    • Grab the best view of the lights, fireworks and action right in front of the stage on the west lawn of Metro Hall.
  • 8:30 p.m.
    • Free pictures with Santa - Santa House 

Stop by the Louisville Visitor Center (301 S 4th St, Louisville, KY) from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Light Up night for fun holiday activities for the whole family including: spin the wheel for attraction tickets, photos with Mrs. Claus, letters to Santa, giveaways, holiday treats and 25% off everything (excluding candy and sale items). 

Mayor's Challenge: Toys for Tots Drive

Mayor Greg Fischer is challenging Louisville residents and businesses to help beat last year's record of more than 5,000 toys collected in a 12 hour period! 

Drop off new, unwrapped toys at Louisville Metro Hall (527 W. Jefferson Street) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, December 4. 

Marines will be onsite to assist. Easy drop-off lane for vehicles. 

Toys for Tots is sponsored by WLKY.

Toys for Tots






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Media Sponsors:


106.9 Play!  


Outfront Media





   Special Thanks:


Visual Presentations


Kroger #739

Home Depot


Neil Huffman Subaru



Lasik Vision Institute

Parade Committee


Wal-Mart of Clarksville

Louisville Metro Government