The sun is setting, the snowflakes are falling, and you’re looking for something to do on a winter night in Louisville, Kentucky. Look no further. We’ve prepared the list of must-see, must-attend events that take place right here in your hometown. We’ve included all you need to know, down to the last detail.

Depending on what you like, these events may not be for everyone. However, we guarantee there’s something, somewhere, on this list that you’re bound to enjoy. Your only job is to grab a jacket and a few friends or family members and head out to enjoy the top winter events in Louisville, KY.

#1 – The University of Louisville New Music Festival 

The University of Louisville New Music Festival is an annual event that celebrates and showcases contemporary classical music. During this five day event, you can attend live concerts, consisting of performances by symphony orchestras, chamber groups, piano, and wind ensembles, and even computer music artists. Event goers can also attend master classes and lectures, covering topics ranging from composition to the exploration of the role of electronic instruments in classical music.

Date: November 5-9, 2018

Location: University of Louisville School of Music

Time: Concert, class, and lecture time are all day specific, but you can learn more information here:

#2 – The Festival of Trees and Lights

Hosted by the Children’s Hospital Foundation, this annual event brings in hundreds of volunteers to design and decorate Christmas trees, wreaths, and hand-crafted holiday items. All of these items are for sale for event goers to take home, and all proceeds go to the Norton Children’s Hospital in downtown Louisville.

Date: November 9-11, 2018

Location: Louisville Slugger Field

Time: 10am- 6pm, open until 9pm on November 9

For more information, ticket prices, and pre-order options for tickets, just visit here:

#3 – Lights Under Louisville 

Each year, this Louisville, KY tradition brings in hundreds of people from all over to experience this holiday spectacular. The Louisville Mega Cavern is transformed into an underground light show, covering 17 miles of underground passageways and a 30-minute car ride for all to see over 850 lit characters with over 3 million points of light. This is the only light show of its kind on the planet.

Standard pricing is $27 per vehicle when paying with cash. Additional fees may apply when paying with credit card. For more pricing information and special discount offers, visit here for more information:

Date: November 17- December 31, 2018

Location: Louisville Mega Cavern

Time:  Mon- Fri, 6pm to 10pm, Sat-Sun, 5pm to 10pm

#4 – A Fairy Tale Christmas 

Everyone loves a good Christmas story. During this popular show, Cinderella and Snow White are preparing for the Crystal Christmas Ball, with the help of all your favorite fairy tale friends and characters. Tickets and food both are included in pricing and be sure to book these early, as they typically sell out, year after year!

Date: November 18- December 23, 2018

Location: Derby Dinner Playhouse

Time: Times vary for this event, depending on if you choose the lunch or dinner show. For more details and information on show times, you can visit here:

#5 – Light Up Louisville 

Light Up Louisville is held every year the day after Thanksgiving as a means of celebrating the arrival of the holiday season in the Louisville, KY area. The event includes the arrival of Santa Claus, who will help the mayor illuminate downtown Louisville and unite friends, family, and visitors together for an evening full of community excitement and entertainment. For a complete list of the day’s events, visit here for more information:

Date: November 23, 2018

Location: Louisville Metro Hall

Time: 4pm- 11pm

#6 – Sports Fest Louisville 

After the holiday season comes to an end, this unique and interactive sports festival rolls into Louisville, KY. This event is designed to get kids active and introduce them to a variety of different sports. With over 20 interactive sports experiences, children are encouraged to complete every station, so be sure to come ready to play! Admission to this incredible event is only $10 for children ages 6 and above. For more information and a list of all activities offered, visit here for details:

Date/Time: January 6, 2019, from 10am- 6pm

Date/Time: January 7, 2019, from 11am- 5pm

Location: Kentucky Exposition Center

#7 – Winter Jam 

This event takes place at multiple locations across the country but makes a pit stop in Louisville, KY every year. Winter Jam is Christian music’s largest annual tour, showcasing different artists with multiple concerts in one night for fans to come together and enjoy. This year’s artists include Newboys United, Danny Gokey, Mandsia, Rend Collective, NewSong, and more!

You can find pricing details and additional information on all things Winter Jam here:

Date: March 9, 2019

Location: Freedom Hall

Time: Doors open at 5pm, concerts start at 6pm

If you’re planning to enjoy these events as a spectator, we hope you have a ton of fun! However, we also know that if you’re on the event planning committee, the real work is just getting started. We know that big crowds and big events also mean there’s a big mess. And that’s where we come in.

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