50+ things to do around Louisville this week: December 2021

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Here's what you can do in the Louisville area this week:

Top December 2021 events

Kentucky Flea Market New Year’s Spectacular. West Wing and Pavilion, Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Features more than 1,200 booths with antiques, jewelry, clothes, bath & body, surplus and much more. Admission is free.

28th Annual Southern Lights Holiday Festival. Kentucky Horse Park, 4075 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, 5:30-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday. A drive through a dazzling holiday light display with more than a million lights. Also the return of the Holiday Village featuring visits with Santa, Animal Land, model trains and more. Presented by Friends of Coal. Tickets are $25 per carload. For more information and tickets: khpfoundation.org/southern-lights.

Winter Woods Spectacular. Iroquois Park, 5216 New Cut Road, 6-10 p.m. Thursday; 6-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets can be purchased online or at the event with a credit card. $35 for car/SUV/minivan/truck; $50 for a passenger van/RV/limousine; $100 for a tour bus/limo bus. winterwoodsspectacular.org.

Details from the Winter Woods Spectacular, a half-mile long light and music event at Iroquois Park.  The show is drive-thru only and goes from 6-10 p.m. rain or shine, Sunday through Thursday, and until 11 p.m. on Friday andSaturday.
Details from the Winter Woods Spectacular, a half-mile long light and music event at Iroquois Park. The show is drive-thru only and goes from 6-10 p.m. rain or shine, Sunday through Thursday, and until 11 p.m. on Friday andSaturday.

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Holiday events

Lights Under Louisville. Mega Cavern, 1841 Taylor Ave., 6-10 p.m. daily. Drive your own car through the underground Christmas light show with 40 themed displays, 900 lit characters with over 4,000,000 points of light. Through Jan. 2. Admission: car, truck, SUV and minivan: $32; full size van/limo/RV/small school bus: $69.99; full size school bus, $139.99; motorcoach, $299.99. Skip the waiting to see Lights Under Louisville with a Priority Pass (must be purchased by 2 p.m. on the date of attendance).

  • Christmas Express. Visitors will be driven through the holiday adventure in the open-air tram. $19.99. louisvillemegacavern.com.

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3rd Annual Gardens Aglimmer. Waterfront Botanical Gardens, 1435 Frankfort Ave., 5:45, 6:30 and 7:15 and 8 p.m. Thursday. A self-guided walking tour of the illuminated winter wonderland of swans, snowflakes, deer, Moravian stars, oversized flowers, light bursts, candles, and a multicolor tunnel of lights. Visit Santa and his sleigh in the Graeser Family Education Center and Mrs. Claus’ Cottage in the Ellen T. Leslie Botanical Classrooms. There will be hot beverages and cookies for purchase from Khalil’s. Reservations must be made in advance online. No admission will be sold at the door. Admission $10. eventbrite.com; waterfrontgardens.org.

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Film

The Editorial Staff discusses their favorite holiday movies, ranging from "Die Hard" to "Elf."
The Editorial Staff discusses their favorite holiday movies, ranging from "Die Hard" to "Elf."

'Elf'. Kentucky Science Center, 727 W. Main St., 2 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Watch the family holiday classic "Elf." Raised as an oversized elf, a human travels from the North Pole to NYC to meet his biological father who doesn't know he exists and is in desperate need of some Christmas spirit. Mask required. $10, $5 members. kysciencecenter.org.

'Miracle in Milan' (Miracolo a Milano). Speed Museum, 2035 South Third St., 2 p.m. Friday; 6 p.m. Saturday. A band of vagabonds work together to form a shantytown. When it is discovered that the land they occupy contains oil, however, it’s up to the cherubic orphan Totò (Francesco Golisano)—with some divine help—to save their community from greedy developers. Mask required. $12, $8 Speed members. speedmuseum.org.

'Chess of the Wind' (Shatranj-e baad). Speed Museum, 2035 South Third St., 3 p.m. Saturday; 1 p.m. Sunday. The film unfolds in an ornate, candlelit mansion where a web of avarice, violence, and betrayal ensnares the heirs to a family fortune as they vie for control of their recently deceased matriarch’s estate. Mask required. $12, $8 Speed members. speedmuseum.org.

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Sports

University of Louisville Cardinals vs Boston College Eagles. KFC Yum! Center, One Arena Plaza, 7 p.m. Thursday. Women’s basketball. Tickets start at $5. gocards.com; ticketmaster.com.

University of Louisville Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Panthers. KFC Yum! Center, One Arena Plaza, 9 p.m. Wednesday. Men’s basketball. Tickets start at $10. gocards.com; ticketmaster.com.

Tours

Locust Grove. 561 Blankenbaker Lane, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Ground tours are offered at 11 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. Self-guided tours of the Historic House will be offered at 30-minute intervals between noon-3 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. For more information: locustgrove.org.

More things to do in December

Waterfront Botanical Gardens Hours. 1435 Frankfort Ave., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday (closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day). A limited number of guests will be allowed at any one time and the Graeser Family Education Center will be closed except for the restrooms. Admission is free. waterfrontgardens.org.

Kentucky Science Center. 727 W. Main St., starts at 9:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Film: Turtle Odyssey will be shown at 10 a.m., 2 and 4 p.m. (closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day). COVID-19 pre-screening before entering the building; face masks will be required for entry for everyone over 12 and masks are encouraged for those aged 6-11. Admission: $17 for ages 13 and older, $13 for ages 2-12. For more information, call 502-561-6100 or visit kysciencecenter.org.

Concerts

The Kentucky Opera is returning to the stage to perform winter vignettes from operas and other holiday favorites. The full costume performance takes place at the Brown Theatre, 315 W. Broadway, on Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. and the evening will end with a singalong featuring traditional holiday carols.
The Kentucky Opera is returning to the stage to perform winter vignettes from operas and other holiday favorites. The full costume performance takes place at the Brown Theatre, 315 W. Broadway, on Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. and the evening will end with a singalong featuring traditional holiday carols.

Danny Flanigan & The Rain Chorus. With John Mann Band, Dave Ernst, The Early Favorites. Thursday, 8 p.m., Zanzabar, 2100 S. Preston St. Those attending must show a vaccination card or negative COVID test within 72 hours. Tickets start at $10. zanzabarlouisville.com.

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Sam Sneed, McKinlet & Hi-Def. Friday, 9 p.m., Zanzabar, 2100 S. Preston St. Those attending must show a vaccination card or negative COVID test within 72 hours. Tickets start at $15. zanzabarlouisville.com.

Doorway: Doors Tribute. Sunday, 8 p.m., Zanzabar, 2100 S. Preston St. Those attending must show a vaccination card or negative COVID test within 72 hours. Tickets start at $10. zanzabarlouisville.com

Theater

Actors Theatre of Louisville Director Robert Barry Fleming on Monday, July 20, 2020, with some of the innovative ways that ATL is innovating through the pandemic.
Actors Theatre of Louisville Director Robert Barry Fleming on Monday, July 20, 2020, with some of the innovative ways that ATL is innovating through the pandemic.

“Ali Summit.” Part of Actors Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival of New Plays. In 1967, world heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali met with a group of the top black athletes in the country, who questioned him about his conscientious objection to serving in the Vietnam War. This virtual project is a collaboration between playwright Idris Goodwin, director Robert Barry Fleming, and the extended reality storytellers and immersive artists of Crux Cooperative. Streaming now. Recommended for ages 13 and older. Pay-What-You-Can. This means you can select the price you’d like to pay. Please consider the number of people that may stream this project with you, and select a price that works best for you. $15-$100. For more information on tickets or how to watch, visit ActorsTheatre.org; 502-584-1205.

“A Christmas Story: The Musical.” Derby Dinner Playhouse presents the movie classic featuring memorable scenes from the movie, this musical follows Ralphie on a desperate quest to ensure his perfect gift is under the tree. Thursday, 7:45 p.m., at the Playhouse, 525 Marriott Drive, Clarksville. Ends Dec. 30. $39-$49. 812-288-8281. derbydinner.com.

More events this week

Kentucky Science Center: Do Science. The center is offering a series of videos that feature activities that can be done easily using things from around the house. A new activity will be released every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11 a.m. on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

They also have at-home activities: STEM at Home, a collection of Challenger Center lessons and activities that can be modified and completed at home. Each STEM at Home category includes at least one at-home lesson. These activities require common household items or products that are available online. For more information, visit kysciencecenter.org.

Speed Art Museum: Speed Online. Features art activities; view films from the Speed Cinema; coloring page; Make Your Own Story, inspired by the exhibition Loose Nuts: Burt Hurley’s West End Story. Participants become the author, illustrator and creator of your own book and more. For more information, visit speedmueum.org.

Louisville Parks and Recreation Golf Courses: Golf courses are open from daylight to dark seven days a week. In the clubhouses, food service will be limited to take-out only. Bathrooms and touchpoints will be cleaned multiple times daily, and golf carts will be limited to a single rider per cart, with carts being thoroughly cleaned after each use. Golfers are encouraged to keep 6 feet away from each other during play, based on guidance from the Department of Health and Wellness.

  • Bobby Nichols Golf Course, 4301 E. Pages Lane. 9 holes. 502-937-9051

  • Charlie Vettiner Golf Course, 10207 Mary Dell Lane. 18 holes. 502-267-9958

  • Cherokee Golf Course, 2501 Alexander Road. 9 holes. 502-458-9450

  • Crescent Hill Golf Course, 3110 Brownsboro Road. 9 holes. 502-896-9193

  • Iroquois Golf Course, 1501 Rundill Road. 18 holes. 502-363-9520

  • Long Run Golf Course, 1605 Flat Rock Road. 18 holes. 502-245-9015

  • Seneca Golf Course, 2300 Pee Wee Reese Blvd. 18 holes. 502-458-9298

  • Shawnee Golf Course, 460 Northwestern Parkway. 18 holes. 502-776-9389

  • Sun Valley Golf Course, 6505 Bethany Lane. 18 holes. 502-937-9228

  • Quail Chase Golf Course, 7000 Cooper Chapel Road. 27 holes. 502-239-2110

Louisville Free Public Library is offering free digital services, including E-books, 160 popular magazines; At the Library series, a podcast featuring author talks, programs and events at the Louisville Free Public Library; Kanopy: a streaming video service that showcases more than 30,000 films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema; Lynda.com — an online learning resource offering more than 4,000 video courses covering everything from Microsoft Office to the Adobe Creative Suite, public speaking to business marketing, computer programming, IT management, photography, and more. For more information, visit lfpl.org.

This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Louisville things to do: 50+ events in December 2021

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