Winter Woods Spectacular Set to Light Up Iroquois Park

November 23, 2021

Parks Alliance of Louisville is proud to announce the must-see event of the holiday season, Winter Woods Spectacular, is returning for a third year to south Louisville’s Iroquois Park, where the woods will be transformed into a winter wonderland from Friday, November 26 through Sunday, December 26.

“Winter Woods Spectacular is quickly becoming the region’s most popular winter celebration,” said Brooke Pardue, CEO of Parks Alliance of Louisville. "We look forward to welcoming visitors near and far to explore and experience the lighting, artistry, and sounds of this wonderful winter wonderland – all from the comfort and convenience of their own vehicle.”

Winter Woods Spectacular will feature millions of twinkling lights integrated into dazzling holiday displays, set to music, while guests weave their way through the woods. Highlights of the ½ mile drive include an ice castle, gingerbread houses, Bavarian villages and, new this year, an epic drive-thru light tunnel.

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 entrance is at 4800 New Cut Road, at the intersection of New Cut and Southern Parkway.
  • The show goes on, rain or shine. In the event Winter Woods Spectacular is delayed or postponed due to weather conditions, tickets will be honored on another day.
  • Tickets are $35 per car/SUV/minivan/truck, $50 per passenger van/RV/limousine, and $100 per limo-bus. Proceeds from the event benefit the Parks Alliance, and the more than 120 public parks and community centers across Louisville. Purchasing tickets at org in advance is strongly recommended.
  • Thanks to our sponsor Republic Bank, clients and employees get $5 off tickets for Tuesday, December 21 ONLY by using a code provided by their Republic Bank, or by presenting a Republic debit/credit card or employee ID when purchasing tickets at the gate.
  • T-Mobile will be on site December 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 handing out holiday treats to all guests.
  • Trolley De’Ville is our official partner for group tours. Gather friends, family, or coworkers and book your drive through the event in a holiday trolley, with your very own elf chauffeur. 
  • Car passes for 20 or more vehicles can be purchased in advance by emailing [email protected].
  • A special sensory-friendly night will be held on Sunday, December 26, with gates opening an hour early at 5 p.m. From 5:00 to 6:00 the woods will be illuminated but there will be no music or special effects. Designed for individuals 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.
  • Winter Woods Spectacular 2021 will also be a donation drop-off location for #FeedTheWest, an initiative from Change Today-Change Tomorrow to help our neighbors in need.
  • We appreciate the continued support of our long-time partner, Louisville Tourism.

Note: Media wanting Winter Woods Spectacular images or logos should contact Christine Valley at [email protected]. 


About Parks Alliance of Louisville

The Parks Alliance of Louisville drives equitable investment in our public parks to elevate the wellbeing of the entire community. Formerly the Louisville Parks Foundation, the nonprofit was formed to support public parks not funded by other local nonprofits. In 2013, the Louisville Jack O’Lantern Spectacular opened in Iroquois Park, with proceeds benefiting our public parks. Since then, the Alliance has completed major projects in California, Lannan, and Russell Lee parks, installed five turf soccer fields in three public parks, Beechmont, William Harrison, and Wyandotte, and built the first “Skate Spot” in the Midwest at Breslin Park. In 2019, in partnership with the same production team, Winter Woods Spectacular launched, to critical acclaim.  Proceeds from this event also benefit our public parks. In 2021, the Alliance expanded its work further, launching a city-wide initiative to ensure the parks and neighborhoods with the greatest need receive the earliest investment. For more information, please visit

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