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NEW DATE! Saturday, December 2nd

4 to 9 p.m.

Light Up Louisville 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 to welcome the REAL Santa Claus!

The Lots of Lights Parade brings holiday cheer to Jefferson Street, aka Santa Claus Lane, with dozens of brightly lit groups singing and dancing in the street!
Sign up to participate in the Lots of Lights Parade today!

Lots of Lights Parade

The Vendor Village will take place on 6th and Jefferson Streets. The Vendor Village will feature many wonderful local food and craft vendors selling holiday goods and treats. Throughout the event you will find additional food vendors to enjoy a treat to keep you warm all evening long!

Craft Vendors

Bettyz Beadz
Chocolate Potion
Derby City Light Up Toys
Gimme Hugs Dude
Gye Ngame Books & More

Maman African American Designer
Matters of the Heart Natural Products
Nubian Grace
Permalinx by Heather & Courtney
Sandy's Crafts
Savannah's Sweet Spa
Trevor Inkwell

Food Vendors

Amiracle Ade Lemonade
Annie Up
Chic-La-Lou Food Truck
Dricks Treats
Finer Flavors
Froggy's Popcorn
Gimme Some Suga Signature Cotton Candy

Herbs & Smoked BBQ
Honey Depot
Joyful Eats
Kentuckiana Catering
KMRT Enterprise
Paradise Island Tea
Purrl Boba

This year we will be working in tandem with Louisville Downtown Partnership to co-host their Downtown Holiday Market! The Downtown Holiday Market will take place at 4th and Jefferson Streets, in the Aegon Plaza and surrounding areas. The event will take place from 2 to 9 p.m. and will be great place to walk to and from the Main Stage at Light Up Louisville and do some additional holiday shopping! 

To learn more about the Downtown Holiday Market presented by Louisville Downtown Partnership, click the image below.

LDP Holiday Market


Enjoy free, live entertainment from two stages this year at Light Up Louisville! The Main Stage will be located in front Metro Hall on Jefferson Street and the Jingle Stage will be found in Jefferson Square Park. Entertainment schedules listed below:

Main Stage

4:05 p.m.
4:30 p.m.
4:55 p.m.
5:20 p.m.
5:40 p.m.
7 p.m.
8:15 p.m.

Cheryl Price & Angie Hopperton
Tiffany Lynn Puckett
Classic Melodies
Visions of Life Outreach Ministries & Music 4 the Culture
Olivia Henken & John Logan
Classic Melodies
Soul Circus

Jingle Stage

4:25 p.m.
4:50 p.m.
5:15 p.m.
5:40 p.m.

Dancensation Showbiz Kids
Envy Dance Team
Mark Barnes
Ariana Roshae & Band

Light Up Louisville is made possible with the support and sponsorship of




Park Community


Lou Hotel Association




Humana Military



Anheuser Busch




Kiss FM




Leo Weekly


Special thanks to

Axxis Inc.


DJ Jaybird

Heine Brothers Coffee

Honor Flight Bluegrass

Homewood Suites by Hilton

Lots of Light Parade Chairs, Paul Carroll & Dan Wasserzug

Louisville Metro Electrical Maintenance Division

Louisville Metro Facilities & Fleet

Louisville Metro Fire Department

Louisville Metro Parks & Recreation

Louisville Metro Police Department

Louisville Metro Public Works

Miller's Mini Barns

Rodney and Pam Sutton & Family

The Forum at Brookside, city tree donors

The Mower Shop

Visual Presentations Inc.


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


2023 Toys for Tots Toy Drive

Everyone is encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to Light Up Louisville this year. 

There will be drop off areas in both the Children’s Winter Wonderland and Vendor Village, as well as at the parade assembly area. 

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

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

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