It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we’re here to freeze the day.
While the winter solstice is still a ways away on Wednesday, Dec. 21, there’s snow shortage of festivals celebrating the chilly season. Speaking of chilly, check out our guide to Louisville chili to warm you up after reading about these 5 winter fests.
❄️ Lights Under Louisville | Friday, Nov. 11-Sunday, Jan. 1 | Various times | Mega Cavern, 1841 Taylor Ave. | $19.99+| Load the car up and head underground for an immersive drivet-thru experience with 40+ holiday-themed displays, projection mapping, and lasers.
❄️ Fête de Noël Winter Holiday Festival | Saturday, Nov. 19-Sunday, Jan. 1 | Multiple times | Paristown, 731 Brent St. | $0-$15 | Fête De Noël (Festival of Christmas) features an outdoor ice skating rink, photos with Santa, holiday market, Spirits of Scrooge escape room, and new this year, a trackless train ride + festive cocktails and eats from four bars and five restaurants.
❄️ Yuletide | Friday, Nov. 25-Sunday, Dec. 11 | Multiple times | Yew Dell Gardens, 6220 Old Lagrange Rd., Crestwood | $5-$12 | Be dazzled by light displays, a model train, and snap a family photo with Santa + Martha Lee’s Kitchen will be open to warm you up with soup, hot apple cider, cocoa, and more.
❄️ Winter Woods Spectacular | Friday, Nov. 25-Sunday, Jan. 1 | 6-10 p.m. | Iroquois Park, 1080 Amphitheater Rd. | $10-$15 | Walk through this historic park illuminated by millions of twinkling lights integrated into holiday displays set to music.
❄️ Gardens Aglimmer | Thursday, Dec. 1-Friday, Dec. 30 | 6:15-8:15 p.m. | Waterfront Botanical Gardens, 1435 Frankfort Ave. | $5-$10 | Wander through the gardens transformed into a winter wonderland filled with icicle arches, tunnels of lights, oversized flowers. Plus, enjoy holiday beverages at the Jingle All the Way Cafe and visit Mrs. Claus’ Cottage where Santa will be in town through Friday, Dec. 23.