Winter Woods Spectacular returns to Iroquois Park

November 19, 2020

In what has become the must-see event of the holiday season, Winter Woods Spectacular, is returning for a second year to South Louisville’s Iroquois Park, where the woods will be transformed into a winter wonderland from Friday, November 27 – Saturday, January 2.

“We modified plans for Jack O'Lantern Spectacular this year from a walking event to a drive-thru, which proved a magical experience can happen from anywhere -- even your vehicle," said Brooke Pardue, CEO of the Louisville Parks Foundation. "We’ve created a safe way for everyone to enjoy this holiday favorite."

Winter Woods Spectacular will feature scores of beautiful stained-glass windows as part of several holiday scenes and themes. Guests will weave their way through the woods with vignettes set to music. Some of the highlights of this ½ mile drive through the majestic woods of Iroquois Park include a magical ice castle, Santa’s workshop, a holiday garden, and a penguin choir.  There is something for everyone, regardless of how you celebrate this time of year.

Event Details:

  • The event will be open from 6-10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
  • The event is held rain or shine. No refunds will be given, but tickets purchased in advance may be exchanged for another day.
  • Tickets are $35 per car/SUV/minivan/truck, $50 per passenger van/RV/limousine, and $100 per tourbus/limobus. Proceeds from the event benefit the Louisville Parks Foundation, and the 120+ public parks in Louisville. Purchasing tickets at in advance is strongly encouraged.
  • Thanks to our sponsor, Republic Bank, their clients can get $5 off tickets for Tuesday, December 5 ONLY by using a code provided by their Republic Bank.
  • Metro by T-Mobile Mondays are back with $5 off admission, good for Monday evenings only. Visit our website for the list of participating stores.
  • Tickets for groups of 20 or more can be purchased in advance by calling 502/742-9120 or emailing: [email protected].

A special sensory-friendly night will be held on Tuesday, December 29 with gates opening early at 5 p.m. During this one hour, the woods will be illuminated but there will be no music or special effects. Designed for those with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and sensory processing differences, and their families, Sensory Night at Winter Woods Spectacular, is made possible through the generous support of PNC Bank.

Hampton by Hilton Northeast is offering special room rates for Winter Woods Spectacular guests.
The entrance is at 4800 New Cut Road, at the intersection of New Cut and Southern Parkway.
Winter Woods Spectacular 2020 will also be a donation drop-off location for La Casita, a nonprofit supporting the Louisville Latinx community.


*NOTE FOR MEDIA: To request images, or logos contact Lisa Norkus at [email protected], 502/876-3588.



The Louisville Parks Foundation (LPF)’s mission is to inspire donors to invest in our 120+ public parks and recreational facilities – for present and future generations. LPF was formed as a non-profit in December 2005 to support parks and community programs not funded by other local non-profits. In 2013, the Louisville Jack O’Lantern Spectacular opened in Iroquois Park and the producers of the show partnered with the Louisville Parks Foundation, which became the recipient of the proceeds. Since then, the Foundation has completed major projects in California, Lannan, and Russell Lee parks, installed 5 turf soccer fields in 3 public parks, Beechmont, William Harrison, and Wyandotte, and built the first “Skate Spot” in the Midwest at Breslin Park. For more information, visit

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