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December 22, 2012

DODD: Lights under Louisville

One of the best parts of Christmas when Cameron was small was to simply drive around the area during the Christmas season and enjoy the more elaborately decorated houses. Kids love that kind of thing.

As a parent of a small child, we were always looking for quality family time and relatively inexpensive family entertainment.

This past Wednesday evening Kim, Cameron, my niece Meghan and I visited the Mega Cavern in Louisville. After having heard about it for a couple of years, Kim bought a ticket and we experienced the drive-thru spectacle first-hand.

According to the literature, there is about 100 acres of space in the lighted area. The total area consists of 17 miles of man-made caverns located underneath the city. At one point during the drive through Christmas exhibit, you are actually driving beneath Watterson Expressway.

The Christmas tour is called Lights Under Louisville. For a fee per each car, you drive your own vehicle through the cave. We went on a Wednesday and we spent about 25 minutes lined up in the parking lot. The actual drive through portion lasted between 15 to 20 minutes. I am told from people with previous Lights Under Louisville experience that weekend waits can be considerably longer as the holiday gets closer.

The light show was pretty fantastic and even though at 17 Cameron is not quite the little excited kid at Christmas, all of us enjoyed the experience.

 If I were to go again, I would certainly love to have a small child accompany us in the car. I can only imagine the excitement a younger child would add to the trip.

Kim had purchased a discount ticket for $12.50, which was half price, on an Internet site. There are more expensive admission prices for large vans, busses and limousines. Coupons for $5 off are also available at Kroger and Wendy’s. For additional information you can visit

The Lights Under Louisville experience is open until Dec. 30 with the hours on Monday through Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. and from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. To get there, take the Poplar Level Road exit of the Watterson and turn left. Turn right onto Taylor at the Wendy’s and follow the signs. The lights, music, and simply the atmosphere of the cave will certainly make for a wonderful and very affordable night out for all.

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