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The holiday spirit comes alive at the Galt House's Elfapalooza. 

'Tis the season for twinklin' and Louisville has a number of events and places to see lights. Pack up the family/friends/pups and prepare to get festive with Do502's guide to lights in Louisville.

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Address: 1841 Taylor Ave., Louisville

Phone: 502-855-6342


Louisville Mega Cavern has been doing Lights Under Louisville for quite sometime now, and it seems to get bigger and more spectacular every year. Plus, who doesn't like driving around in a cavern to check out some lights? New this year is the Christmas Express, a daytime drive through on an open top trailer which ends with milk and cookies, yum.


Address: 4400 Paralee Lane, Louisville

Phone: 502-933-2142


Waverly Hills Sanatorium may be known for haunts and Halloween, but it puts on an epic Laser Light Show around the holidays. Via its website: "Drive up the newly decorated winding road to Waverly Hills, see the beautiful historic building, and enjoy a laser show unlike anything else in town. And you never leave the warmth of your car!" Ummmm, yes please.


Address: Fourth Street, downtown Louisville

Holiday in the City kicked off with the annual Light Up Louisville tradition and continues through Dec. 23 with ice skating at Holiday Square located at Fourth and Jefferson streets. The Holiday Market and great local festive entertainment will be featured at 4th Street Live! every Thursday through Sunday through Dec. 23.


Address: 140 N. Fourth St., Louisville

Phone: 502-589-5200


Experience the wondrous world of Christmas magic at the Christmas at the Galt House Hotel. Now known as Elfapalooza, at 6 p.m. on Dec. 14, 15, 21 and 22. From its website: "Every year. Santa opens a Workshop in the Galt House Hotel, and part of the hotel is transformed into a winter wonderland to make Santa’s elves feel more at home. You and your family can help Santa give toys to kids all over the world by donating a new, unwrapped toy to Toys for Tots. You can also meet Santa’s elves and see a holiday movie at 6 p.m. Snack on chicken fingers, popcorn, cookies, and hot chocolate. Adults can also enjoy some 'adult' beverages."


Address: Big Four Bridge

Phone: 502-443-4690


The Big Four Bridge is host to the future of holiday lighting this year. Step in to the Holiday Laser Dome, learn what "geodesic" means and experience an immersive environment with perfectly synchronized lasers set to holiday music, animations and aerial effects that will fill your spirit with holiday cheer.


Address: Clifton neighborhood, Louisville

Hillcrest Avenue may be more well known for the spectacular Halloween decorations, but it also puts on a good show around Christmas season, too. Don't miss out.


Address: 3940 Grandview Ave., Louisville

Phone: 502-895-9444


Every year, the city of St. Matthews hosts Light Up St. Matthews and allows the lights to stay up through the New Year. If you're out doing some last minute shopping at Oxmoor or Mall St. Matthews, stop by and check 'em out.


Address: 511 Woodlake Drive, Louisville

Phone: 502-245-5253


You can’t look for holiday lights in Louisville and skip Lake Forest. This massive east end neighborhood celebrates the holidays in a big way every year. More than 1,000 homes decorate for the holidays, and you may even find some reindeer hanging out near the main entrance to the neighborhood. Find Lake Forest off Shelbyville Road in Middletown.