Favorite Christmas Activities In Louisville KY

Christmas, my favorite holiday. I have to admit, my four year old daughter was so excited about Christmas this year that she begged me to put up our tree and decorations early. Usually I'm a stickler for waiting to decorate for Christmas until after Thanksgiving, but she somehow talked me into it. I wonder if it was her excitement, her sweet little voice, or the way she folded her hands while she begged me to decorate early. Maybe it was a combination of all three, but I'm so glad I did, and now I'm in the Christmas spirit as much as she is! This year Christmas for our family is going to be so fun! Addison is at such a fun age where she's enjoying all the fun activities around town and Evelyn is just enamored with all the lights. Of course I started thinking about all the fun things to do around Louisville at Christmas and a long list was not hard to compile! Louisville always has such fun activities for kids around the holidays and so I thought I would share a few of them with you incase you're looking for something fun to do with your family and loved ones.

-One of my favorite things to do around Louisville this time of year is to visit the Galt House for their annual Kalightoscope experience. I first learned about this event when I took my class on a field trip to it a few years back. It's an amazing display of lights that include everything from Santa and the reindeer to penguins. This event has really grown over the years and it now includes a walk through elf town, a meeting with an ice princess, a meeting with Santa where you get a free digital download of the picture that's taken and even a train ride. Another good thing about this event is that it doesn't end until January, so if you can't make it before Christmas, there's time to visit afterward! It's a must do in my opinion!

-The Kentucky Center for the Arts always offers The Nutcracker in December but my oldest daughter could not sit for that long. In my longing to start traditions with her I found out that The Palace does a version of The Nutcracker titled Nutcracker in a Nutshell and it is geared toward the younger audience. It's also put on by younger dancers starting at age 6. I took Addison last year and the entire show lasted one hour. It was enough for her to enjoy herself without getting bored and she is looking forward to it again this year. This year the performances are open to the public on December 3 at 2:00 and 6:00.

-To go along with the Nutcracker in a Nutshell performance, The Brown hotel offers a special tea time with Clara, the main character from The Nutcracker. This event is also on December 3 from 12:30-1:30, which is perfect! You can have tea with Clara, then walk right down the street to the 2:00 showing of Nutcracker in a Nutshell!

- I always love taking my kids to visit Santa at the mall, but this year we might have the try out the tea party with Santa that is happening at the Galt House. The event is each Saturday in December and includes your meal, a meet and greet with Santa, face painting, a DJ and a conga line. I mean, who wouldn't want to conga with Santa?!

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