For the first 4 years of my daughter Elle’s life, my mother and I have made it a tradition to kick off the holiday season by attending “Light Up Louisville” every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Each year thousands of people from Louisville swarm downtown to see the parade, hear live music, and watch Mayor Greg Fischer and Santa Claus “hit the switch” and turn 6th and Jefferson into a winter wonderland. Each year we attend, we have a blast and leave looking forward to the next one, however due to a turn in my mothers health, I worried that we wouldn’t be able to navigate the large crowds this year.
One day while I was thumbing through the St. Matthews Magazine, I saw an article about an event called “Light Up St. Matthews.” I was immediately intrigued and thought, maybe this could be our new holiday tradition, as I assumed the crowd would be more manageable for us than the event downtown. I continued to read.
Unbeknownst to me, Light Up St. Matthews is a decades-old tradition for residents and visitors. The event is held at Brown Park in St. Matthews. It begins at 3PM with the arrival of Santa Claus serving cookies and hot chocolate. There is a live DJ, games for children and, of course, the opportunity to take pictures with Santa. The event concludes at 6PM with the Mayor of St. Matthews and Santa turning on the Christmas lights that will shine throughout the park until after the New Year.
When I finished the article, I called my mom and we excitedly made plans to attend. I was so relieved that we didn’t have to give up one of our favorite traditions, instead, we found a new one! This years event will be held on Saturday, December 7th. If you see us there, don’t hesitate to come up and say hello!
Happy Holidays! I hope you continue your traditions (or find new ones) to make this season great!