42nd annual Light Up Louisville returns to downtown on the Friday after Thanksgiving 2022

November 04, 2022

Mayor Greg Fischer announced today that the city’s largest and most beloved holiday event, Light Up Louisville, is returning Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, outside of Metro Hall at Jefferson and Sixth streets.

"For generations, families from across Louisville have kicked off the holiday season the best way possible — together — because of Light Up Louisville," Mayor Greg Fischer said. "I'm grateful to be a part of keeping this cherished community tradition going strong for a 12th and final time as Mayor, and I look forward to seeing all the smiling faces downtown, celebrating the start of this magical time of year in Louisville."

Light Up Louisville, powered by Louisville Gas and Electric Company (LG&E) and always held the Friday after Thanksgiving, begins at 3 p.m. Children and families are invited to visit Santa’s Workshop sponsored in part by AT&T on Sixth Street, where children can enjoy holiday crafts such as cookie decorating and write letters to Santa and veterans through the Honor Flight program. They can also get a free photo with Santa.

A Holiday Vendor Market, sponsored by Park Community Credit Union, will be open from 3 – 10 p.m. at Sixth and Jefferson streets, offering treats, holiday crafts and decorations for purchase. Also starting at 3 p.m., the Light Up Louisville stage on the west lawn of Metro Hall will feature live entertainment. The stage is organized by MERF, Musicians Emergency Resource Foundation. Performances include some of Louisville’s most talented groups including DJ Jay Campbell, Made New, JD Shelburne, and closing out the night, The Louisville Crashers.

The Lots of Lights Parade starts at 7 p.m. at Seventh and Jefferson, led by Frosty the Snowman as Grand Marshal. The parade will move down Jefferson Street to Fourth Street, where it will turn and pass through Fourth Street Live! Mix 106.9, Louisville’s official Christmas radio station, and WLKY will emcee the parade announcements. Anyone interested in participating in the parade can sign up at LightUpLouisville.org.

Around 8:30 p.m., Santa Claus will arrive and make his way to the entertainment stage to help Mayor Fischer officially “Light Up Louisville” by turning on tens of thousands of lights, including the city Christmas tree. A Zambelli fireworks show will follow.

Brought to you by Louisville Third Century, the Holiday Lights Spectacular, outside Metro Hall, will feature a nightly festive display of colors that will shine through the New Year. 

The Light Up tree, a 35-foot-tall Norway Spruce, is being donated this year by the Kaelin family out of the Parkway Village neighborhood.

“We have mixed emotions about giving up this gorgeous tree, we hate to see any tree cut down, but this beauty was getting far too big for us and living on a corner was making it hazardous to drivers,” said Greg Kaelin. “We are, however, overjoyed and delighted to share our tree with the citizens of Louisville. We are homegrown Louisvillians and could not be prouder to have been selected. Thank You, City of Louisville, City that we Love."

Also, returning this year is the popular Light Up Louisville Neighborhood Parade with Santa sponsored by Park Community Credit Union! The parade, which will take place mid-December, is a part of Park Community Credit Union’s mission to support economic opportunities for marginalized and traditionally underserved communities by visiting several Louisville neighborhoods. More information on the Neighborhood Parade will be available at LightUpLouisville.org.

Mayor Fischer noted that Light Up Louisville will again be powered through the support of LG&E.

“The holidays are a special time for everyone to take time out and come together to enjoy their families, friends and our community festivities,” said LG&E President John Crockett. “LG&E is proud to support Light Up Louisville again this year and to create this fantastic event for all of us to enjoy.”

Other sponsors include Louisville Third Century, Park Community Credit Union, Fourth Street Live!, AT&T, Louisville Downtown Partnership, Humana Military, McDonald’s Bell Restaurant Group, MERF, Hyatt Regency, Bob Ray Tree Company, Mix 106.9, and WLKY.

Special thanks also to, LEO Weekly, Louisville Public Media, Budweiser, Axxis, Visual Presentations, the Mower Shop, Parade chairs, Paul & Dan, Rodney and Pam Sutton and family, as well as Metro Parks and Recreation, Special Events, Fleet and Facilities, Public Works and LMPD.

Mayor Fischer urges people to share their photos from Light Up Louisville on social media using the hashtag #AroundLou. For more information, go to: http://LightUpLouisville.org

Toys for Tots Mayor Fischer noted that the holidays are a perfect time for our compassionate city to spread even more compassion, and he asked residents to get involved in this year’s community-wide Toys for Tots drive.

From 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, there will be a special drive-thru lane in front of Metro Hall for an easy drop-off, as part of a Mayor’s Challenge, along with drop-off boxes at all Louisville Fire Department stations.

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