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Friday, November 25, 2022

3 to 10 p.m.

Light Up Louisville, powered by LG&E, is a free, annual event that will kick off the holiday season in the city! We look forward once again to welcoming Louisville citizens to Downtown the day after Thanksgiving to welcome the REAL Santa Claus!

 

Light Up Louisville begins at 3 p.m. with free Children's Activities inside Santa's Workshop, free Holiday Train rides, live music and a Holiday Market! Santa's Workshop, sponsored in part by AT&T, will include cookie decorating, writing letters to Santa, as well as gingerbread and stocking crafts. Santa's Workshop will be located on 6th Street, next to the city Christmas tree. Right outside the children's area you will find the Honor Flight Bluegrass tent, sponsored by Humana Military and the McDonald's Bell Restaurant Group. Families can write holiday greetings to US Veterans and Honor Flight Bluegrass will distribute the letters. Write your letter ahead of time to bring and put in the Honor Flight mailbox by printing the following PDF: 

Honor Flight Holiday Card

On Jefferson Street, between 6th & 7th, kids can enjoy free Holiday Train rides, sponsored by Louisville Downtown Partnership. The train will run from 3 to 6:30 p.m. so make sure to get in line and take a ride on the Holiday Train! 

The Park Community Credit Union Holiday Market will be open from 3 to 10 p.m. with several vendors set up selling holiday crafts, goods, and food and beverages. It is located on 6th Street next to Metro Hall. 

The main stage, produced by Visual Presentations and MERF, will feature well-known local acts from 3 to 10 p.m. View the full musical lineup below!

The Lots of Lights Parade will begin at 7 p.m. stepping off at 7th and Jefferson streets, heading East on Jefferson, passing the Light Up Louisville Main Stage and taking a right onto 4th Street. The Parade will pass through Fourth Street Live! as parade viewers cheer on the units. We will have several local celebrity emcees helping us announce our parade units, including personalities from Mix 106.9, WLKY, and DJ Jaybird. Sign up for the Lots of Lights Parade by Friday, November 17th by filling out the following form:

Lots of Lights Parade Sign Up

Then, at 8:30 p.m., the big man himself, Santa Claus, will arrive! Santa's head elf, Gunther, has confirmed Santa's arrival to Louisville as stop "Number 2" on his 2022 World Tour, so please join us in welcoming him to our city! Santa and Mayor Greg Fischer will use the Magic Plug to Light Up Louisville! A Zambelli fireworks show will follow. 

The lights outside Metro Hall will remain on through the remainder of the year, spreading holiday cheer. This Holiday Lights Spectacular is brought to us by Louisville Third Century. 

Toys for Tots boxes will on site at Light Up Louisville. Please scroll to the bottom of the page for more details on Toys for Tots!

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2022 Music Schedule

3:10 p.m....... Sunflight

3:30 p.m....... Dancensation Showbiz Kids

4:25 p.m....... Envision Dance Company

4:35 p.m....... Ariana Roshae & Band

4:50 p.m....... Cheryl Price and Dave Seely of the band, Most Wanted

5:15 p.m....... Made New Acapella

5:35 p.m....... Sheryl Crawford

6 p.m...... Lauren Eid & Kevin Cummings

6:25 p.m....... Classic Melodies "Top Note"

7 p.m....... Lots of Lights Parade

8 p.m....... Special Louisville Music Performance by MERF

8:30 p.m....... Santa's Arrival!

Following the Light Up Moment ....... J.D. Shelburne & Soul Circus

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Axxis Inc.

Baam 360 Cam

Budweiser

Costco

DJ Jaybird

Honor Flight Bluegrass

Homewood Suites by Hilton

Lots of Light Parade Chairs, Paul Carroll & Dan Wasserzug

Louisville Metro Electrical Maintenance Division

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Louisville Metro Police Department

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Miller's Mini Barns

Mr. C's Cheesecakes

Rodney and Pam Sutton & Family

Tavern on Fourth

The Elf Squad, from Greathouse Shryock Traditional

The Kaelin Family, city Christmas tree donors

The Mower Shop

United States Postal Service

Visual Presentations Inc.

 

Thank you to our parade committee and all other event volunteers!

 

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Mayor's Challenge Toys for Tots Toy Drive

Friday, December 2nd
6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Please join us in making some noise and bringing some toys during the 2022 Mayor's Challenge Toys for Tots Toy Drive! This year we hope to surpass our 2021 numbers and bring some extra joy to the boys and girls this holiday season! 

This year, the need is greatest for boys and girls ages 10 to 12, and 13 to 16. If you would like toys suggestions for these age groups, please see below: 

 

Boys, 10 to 12: Legos Sets, Action Figures, Star Wars, Science Kits, STEM Toys (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Race Cars – remote controlled, Board Games for 10&up

Girls, 10 to 12: Barbie Dolls & Accessories, Tie Dye / Jewelry Kits, Arts and Crafts Sets/Kits, Science Kits, STEM Toys (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), Karaoke System, Board Games for 10&up

Boys, 13 to 16: AXE Sets, Basketballs (Regulation Boxed), Cologne Sets, Dart Boards, Ear Buds, Electronic Table Games, Headphones, Skateboards, Scooters, Tablets, Watches

Girls, 13 to 16: Bath Gift Baskets / Sets, Blow Dryers, Curling Irons / Flat Irons, Ear Buds, Headphones, Makeup Gift Sets, Perfume Sets, Skateboards, Scooters, Tablets, Watches

 

There are additional drop-off boxes at all Louisville Fire Departments, Paristown, and Mission BBQ. Boxes will also be set up at Light Up Louisville near the children's area. 

Please note, toys for ages 3 to 6 are not needed at this time due to the overwhelming love shown by the city.


2021 Highlights

On Friday, Dec. 3, 2021, hundreds of Louisvillians stopped by Metro Hall to participate in the 2021 Mayor's Challenge Toys for Tots toy drive! They brought thousands of new, unwrapped presents for boys and girls across the Kentuckiana area. With the help from local Marines, we collected approximately 6,555 toys on this single day!

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