Light Up Louisville

Save the date! Light Up Louisville, November 24, 2017

Light Up Louisville

Run, Run Rudolph 5k | Lots of Lights Parade | History | Photo Gallery | Holiday in the City

Light Up Louisville has been a tradition for more than three decades for thousands of residents and visitors to our city. Heading into its 36th year, Light Up Louisville will serve as a kickoff celebration to Louisville's Holiday in the City.

Light Up Louisville is held the day after Thanksgiving with the arrival of Santa Claus who will help Mayor Fischer illuminate downtown Louisville. 

Schedule of Events 

Run, Run Rudolph 5k

November 25, 2016 | Light Up Louisville  

Location: Holiday Square

  • Run, Run Rudolph 5K

  • Lots of Lights Parade​ 
    • Lots of Lights Holiday Parade will start at 7 pm starting at Jefferson and continuing on Fourth Street through Fourth Street Live!
    • Parade assembly will begin at 5 pm.
    • The parade is currently full, if you would like to be added to the waitlist, register here.
    • The Lots of Lights Holiday Parade is an evening parade of lights, bands, carolers, car clubs, floats, children’s groups and civic organizations.
  • Santa's Arrival

    • Santa will arrive after the parade at 8 pm. He will join the Mayor at the entertainment stage, across from the ice skating rink.

  • Light Up Moment

    • Once Santa arrives on stage, he and the Mayor will light up the city on the entertainment stage, located across from the ice skating rink and Christmas tree.

  • Free Pictures with Santa

    • FREE pictures with Santa from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm, in a chalet located in the Holiday Market at Liberty and Fourth Street 

​More Family Fun at the Louisville Visitor Center: 

Stop by the Louisville Visitor Center at 301 South Fourth Street from 4 pm to 10 pm on November 25, for FREE family fun! Take a chance and play Holiday Spin the Wheel for a chance to win tickets to local attractions. Mrs. Claus will arrive at 6 pm. Children will receive a free reindeer headband and adults will receive a free Louisville ornament, while supplies last. Enjoy free cookies, candy canes and discount coupons for future use at the Visitor Center. 

Download the EQ  Louisville App on your IPhone or Android today for real-time traffic updates, navigation, parking and event details!


November 25 – December 23, 2016 | Holiday Market  

Location: 4th Street (from Liberty Street to Ali)

  • Vendor Chalets

    • ​Thursday and Friday: 11 am – 2 pm and 5 pm – 9 pm

    • Saturday: 11 am – 9 pm

    • Sunday: 1 pm – 5 pm

  • Entertainment

  • Food + Beverage

November 18 – January 15, 2017 | Holiday Square 

Location: Plaza at 4th & Jefferson Streets 

  • Pop Up Ice Rink:  100’ x 44’ real ice skating surface 

    • Mon. – Thurs.: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

    • Fri. & Sat.: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

    • Sun.: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m

Presenting Sponsors:

         MainSource Bank                    LG&E

                      Made possible by a gift from Mainsource Bank.             Powered by LG&E. Diversified energy services 

                       Every day, you'll find us working to strengthen                  company serving natural gas and electric 

                   the communities we serve. We're passionate about                          customers in the metro area 

                            helping our customers live better lives.                                     and surrounding counties.


Gold Sponsors:

4th Street Live!

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Silver Sponsors:


Jim Beam

Bronze Sponsors:

400 West MarketAxis

 HYATT kroger  MetroPCS USA Image


Media Sponsors:

106.9 Play! Courier Journal Louisville Magazine outfrontWLKYlogo


Special thanks to our partnering sponsor, Louisville Downtown Partnership Louisville Downtown Development


Special thanks to: ABCO Bramer, Anything Groes, Bob Ray Tree Company, Construction Consulting Services, DC Creative, EQ Louisville, Eventualities, Jeff Wyler Dixie Honda –Chevrolet, Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation, Louisville Metro Police Department, Public Works /Electrical Maintenance, Ramiro’s Cantina, Visual Presentations