The Louisville Cardinal

Guiding you through the holidays: a Louisville must-see list

By Kaitlin Tomassoni–

Every single year when October ends and November begins, people queue their Christmas music and festive decorations. It’s officially December, so there’s no more hiding from the holiday spirit. To see if others were as excited as I imagined them to be, I asked what holiday activities the city of Louisville had to offer. Senior Katie Cambron said, “I know that there is a light show somewhere but I’m not really sure. I guess I don’t really know any holiday activities to do here.”

With a sizable student body originating from outside of Louisville, I wanted to let people know what they could be doing this holiday season. Bailey Koval, a freshman here at U of L said, “I would really like to know what goes on here during the holidays because back home we have a ton of fun stuff you could do. Especially when it snows!”

Here’s a list of fun holiday activities to do in Louisville this winter season:

Pancakes-N-Pajamas: FYI, SAB, Ekstrom Library, REACH, and Health Promo is letting you pig out in Ekstrom Library on Dec. 1st at 7 p.m. in their event called “Pancakes-N-Pajamas.” On the first floor there will be a full and free buffet of pancakes, fruit, eggs and bacon. Students are welcome to come in their pajamas as their learn finals tips such as how to flash nap, while also enjoying free complimentary massages.

Textbooks and Treats: Following Pancakes-N-Pajamas, the same committees bring students “Textbooks and Treats,” on Dec. 2nd from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. They will be projecting the U of L Men’s game against Michigan State, while offering a range of delicious “game day” treats such as Insomnia cookies and Mellow Mushroom.

Old Louisville Holiday Home Tour: The Old Louisville Neighborhood council presents their 39th annual tour of Christmas decorated Victorian homes. Tour times are Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets start at $25 per person. For more information visit their website at oldlouisville.org/holiday-home-tour/.

Lights Under Louisville: Open 7 days a week for a fun 30 minute drive under local cave taverns featuring a festive light show accompanied by holiday music. Event begins Nov. 20 and runs until Jan. 3, 2016. Prices start at $25 per car. For more information visit their website at louisvillemegacavern.com/attractions/5/lights-under-louisville.

The Nutcracker by the Louisville Ballet:  Enjoy this Christmas classic at the Kentucky Center for Performing Arts. Show dates begin Dec. 12 and run through Dec. 20. Showtimes announced upon ticket purchasing. For more information visit http://www.kentuckycenter.org/all-shows/the-brown-forman-nutcracker

Family Hanukkah Festival: A Hanukah candle lighting, a dinner with of latkes and jelly donuts, dreidel games, face painting,, cookie decorating, arts and crafts, music, and much more will celebrate the holiday on Dec. 13 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. located on 2531 Taylorsville Rd. RSVP a must. For more information visit www.skirball.org.

Holidays Around the World: A multi-cultural tree display that celebrates holiday traditions found throughout Louisville’s diverse communities. Trees are decorated as they would be from countries that observe Christmas from around the world. The event runs through Nov. 27 to Jan. 3, and is located at the Frazier Musuem at 829 W. Main Street. For more information visit http://fraziermuseum.org/upcoming-exhibitions/.