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Louisville's Holiday in the City has ended.
We will see you again next year!

Want to find out how to schedule your visit or field trip to the Holiday Square Ice Rink?
Want to sponsor a youth group or your favorite school to skate at the rink?
Send us an email with your contact information or questions and we can get you started.
Corporate sponsors welcome!

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About Holiday In The City


Celebrate. Shop. Skate.

Louisville’s Holiday in the City promotes holiday happenings and events throughout Downtown Louisville, and markets the city as a holiday destination for residents and visitors. Holiday in the City will kick off with the annual Light Up Louisville tradition and continues through December 23rd with Ice Skating at Holiday Square located at 4th and Jefferson. The Holiday Market and great local festive entertainment will be featured at 4th Street Live! every Thursday through Sunday through December 23rd. A complete schedule of entertainment to be announced.

Holiday Happenings


Ice Rink Hours:

Location: Holiday Square at 4th and Jefferson


  • New Ice-Skating Rink Hours Starting Monday 12/29
  • Hours subject to change pending weather and skating conditions. Check Facebook or Twitter for updates.
  • Thursday 12/29 - Monday 1/16, open 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Fridays & Saturdays, open 11:00am - 11:00pm
  • Sundays, open 12:00pm - 6:00pm

  • SCHOOL WINTER BREAK AND HOLIDAY EXTENDED HOURS
  • Ice-Skating Rink open 11:00am - 10:00pm every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday starting Monday 12/19 - Thursday 12/29.

Holiday Hours
  • Thanksgiving, 11/24 (Thursday): 4pm - 11pm
  • LUL Parade Day, 11/25 (Friday): 11am - 11pm
  • Christmas Eve, 12/24 (Saturday): 11am - 4pm
  • Christmas, 12/25 (Sunday): 4pm - 10pm
  • New Years Eve, 12/31 (Saturday): 11am - 10pm
  • New Years Day, 1/1 (Sunday): 12pm - 6pm

More Information
  • Tickets are $10 per person per 60 minute skate session. Skate rentals are included in the $10 ticket price.
  • Hours are subject to change
  • Season Passes are available for $45 each and may be purchased at the Skate Shack
  • RSVP to our events on Facebook

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  • Group Discount Hours
  • Monday – Friday 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Saturday 11:00am – 4:00pm
  • Sunday 12:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Group Discount Rates
  • 100 Skaters for 60 Minutes $900
  • 50 Skaters for 60 Minutes $450
  • 25 Skaters for 60 Minutes $225
  • Includes skate rental. $100 non-refundable credit card deposit required.
    The Ice-Skating Rink is open to the public during group skate sessions.
  • To check on availability and make your reservation contact us.
Sponsor a youth group on ice!

  • Entertainment Schedule

    • Ice Skating Rink Holiday Hours

    • *Ending January 16, 2017
    • Location: Holiday Square at 4th and Jefferson
    • Christmas Eve, 12/24 (Saturday): 11am - 4pm
    • Christmas, 12/25 (Sunday): 4pm - 10pm
    • New Years Eve, 12/31 (Saturday): 11am - 10pm
    • New Years Day, 1/1 (Sunday): 12pm - 6pm

    • Daily Light Shows on the Ice Rink

    • *Ending January 16, 2017
    • Location: Holiday Square at 4th and Jefferson
    • Sunday - Thursday: 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm, and 10pm
    • Friday and Saturday: 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm, 10pm, and 11pm

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    • November 25, 2016 | Light Up Louisville

      Location: Holiday Square at 4th and Jefferson


      Light Up Louisville, the annual starting point for the holidays, returns for its 36th year and kicks off the month-long celebration of Louisville’s Holiday in the City.


      Daily light shows begin Saturday 11/26. Light shows will be as follows:

      • Sunday - Thursday: 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm, and 10pm
      • Friday and Saturday: 6pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm, 10pm, and 11pm
      • Run, Run Rudolph 5K - 4pm

        Starts at 4pm - register to run at headfirstperformance.com
      • Lots of Lights Parade - 7pm

        7pm starts at 5th and Jefferson and through 4th Street Live!
      • Dave Moisan - 7:40pm

        Dave Moisan performs at 7:40 p.m. on Light Up stage on Jefferson.
      • Santa’s Arrival & Light Up Moment - 8pm

        Santa and Light Up at 8pm on Entertainment Stage
      • Free Pictures with Santa - 8:30pm - 10:30pm

        FREE pictures with Santa from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm, in a chalet located in the Holiday Market at Liberty and Fourth Street
      • RSVP to our events on Facebook

    • Saturday, November 26

      11:00-2:00 FREE Photos With Santa
      12:00pm UofL vs UK game on giant screen at 4th Street Live!
      3:00-7:00 Seven Nine Eighty Art Stations
      6:00-9:00 UofL vs UK Deejay Battle (featuring DJ Deuce Carter of the University of Louisville & DJ Kymbo Slyce of the University of Kentucky)
      All Day Face-painting and Photo Booth
      TBD CirqueLouis
    • Sunday, November 27

      12:00-2:00 FREE Photos With Santa
      3:00-7:00 Choral Performance
      2:30 Movie on the giant screen at 4th Street Live - Home Alone
      TBD Family Craft Activity
      TBD CirqueLouis

    • Thursday, December 1

      8:00am - 8:00pm Toys for Tots World Record Attempt
      Toys will be collected at Louisville’s Holiday Square, on the corner of 4th and Jefferson Streets
    • Friday, December 2

      TBD FREE Photos With Santa
      5:00-10:00 Republic Bank First Friday Hop On Ice
      7:30 Kendall Carter Organ Trio
      8:00 Kori Black
      TBD CirqueLouis
    • Saturday, December 3

      11:00-2:00 FREE Photos With Santa
      3:00-7:00 Seven Nine Eighty Art Stations
      4:00 Hite Jam Band of Hite Elementary School
      5:00 E Major of Eastern High School
      6:30 Annapurna
      8:00 Cheyenne Mize
      TBD CirqueLouis
    • Sunday, December 4

      12:00-2:00 FREE Photos With Santa
      1:00 Choral Performance
      2:30 Movie on the giant screen at 4th Street Live - It's A Wonderful Life
      TBD CirqueLouis

    • Thursday, December 8

      11:00am-10:00pm Louisville's Toys for Tots Drop-Off Day
    • Friday, December 9

      6:30 Ken Allday Trio
      8:00 Curio Key Club
      TBD CirqueLouis
    • Saturday, December 10

      11:00-2:00 FREE Photos With Santa
      3:00-7:00 Seven Nine Eighty Art Stations
      4:00 Johnson Traditional Middle Choir
      5:00 Crosby Middle School Choir
      6:30 Sean Michael Jennings & Special Guests
      8:00 Nellie Pearl
      8:00 Heisman Trophy Watch Party
      TBD CirqueLouis
    • Sunday, December 11

      12:00-2:00 FREE Photos With Santa
      1:00 Choral Performance
      2:00-2:30 Louisville Skating Academy's "Nutcracker on Ice"
      2:30 Movie on the giant screen at 4th Street Live! - Polar Express
      TBD CirqueLouis

    • Thursday, December 15

      11:00am-10:00pm UAW Ford at Holiday in the City
      All Day Project Warm
      Dine at Birracibo, Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse, or The Sports & Social Club and each will donate 5% of food sales to the non-profit Project Warm.
    • Friday, December 16

      6:30 JacquiBlue
      8:00 Justin Paul Lewis
      TBD CirqueLouis
      All Day Project Warm
      Dine at Birracibo, Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse, or The Sports & Social Club and each will donate 5% of food sales to the non-profit Project Warm.
    • Saturday, December 17

      11:00-2:00 FREE Photos With Santa
      3:00-7:00 Seven Nine Eighty Art Stations
      3:00 TUBACHRISTMAS
      5:00 Bulldog Beat of Louisville Male High School
      6:30 Ca'Dence
      8:00 Carly Johnson
      TBD CirqueLouis
      All Day Project Warm
      Dine at Birracibo, Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse, or The Sports & Social Club and each will donate 5% of food sales to the non-profit Project Warm.
    • Sunday, December 18

      12:00-2:00 FREE Photos With Santa
      3:00-7:00 Choral Performance
      2:30 Movie on the giant screen at 4th Street Live - Elf
      TBD CirqueLouis
      5:00-6:00 Christmas Caroling with Lexi
      All Day Project Warm
      Dine at Birracibo, Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse, or The Sports & Social Club and each will donate 5% of food sales to the non-profit Project Warm.

    • Monday, December 19

      8:00pm #HoLouDay Photo Contest Submission Deadline
    • Thursday, December 22

      5:30 Envy Dance Team
      6:00 Ricky Howsare (singer)
      7:00 Shawnee Boys & Girls Club Chorus (Directed by Jecorey "1200" Arthur)
      TBD CirqueLouis
    • Friday, December 23

      4:30 Damaged Goods (comedy)
      5:30 #HoLouDay Photo Contest Awards Ceremony
      5:45 Micah Chandler (violinist)
      6:00 Double Dog Dare (duo/guitars)

    • Nov. 25 – Dec. 23, 2016 | Holiday Market


      Location: 4th Street Live!


        • Vendor Chalets
        • Thursday and Friday: 11 am – 2 pm and 5 pm – 9 pm
        • Saturday: 11 am – 9 pm
        • Sunday: 1 pm – 5 pm

      • Vendors:
        German Sweets/Gluhwein
        Lipsense
        Food Craft
        Lucky Clover Farm
        Handy Crafts by Al
        Kevlin Goodner (artist)
        Gyename of Louisville
        Chad Balster (glass work)
      • RSVP to our events on Facebook


    November 18 – January 16, 2017 | Holiday Square

    Location: Holiday Square at 4th and Jefferson


    • Pop-Up Ice Rink: 100’ x 40’ real ice skating surface $10 per person per 60 min. includes skate rental

    • Thursday, December 1: Toys for Tots World Record Attempt Mayor Greg Fischer is calling on citizens and businesses to celebrate the season of giving by helping break the world record for the most toys collected for Toys for Tots in a 12-hour period. Toys will be collected on Thursday, Dec. 1 at Louisville’s Holiday Square, located in the plaza at Fourth and Jefferson streets. from 8:00am to 8:00pm.



    There is plenty of parking on the streets and at nearby garages and parking lots.
    Check out our map to find the best parking spot.


    Thank you for celebrating Holiday In the City with us from Light Up to New Years Eve and beyond.
    If you loved our events please let us know with a 5 star rating so we can keep growing the events you love the most!
    We would also love to hear your suggestions for improvement.
    Please send in any concerns or requests here.

Sponsors


Presenting Sponsors:

  • Main Source Bank Logo

    Made possible by a gift from Mainsource Bank. Every day, you'll find us working to strengthen the communities we serve. We're passionate about helping our customers live better lives.

  • LG&E Logo

    Powered by LG&E. Diversified energy services company serving natural gas and electric customers in the metro area and surrounding counties.

Gold Sponsors:

  • Fourth Street Live! logo
  • Louisville Logo

Silver Sponsors:

  • Ford logo
  • UAW logo
  • Jim Beam logo

Bronze Sponsors:

  • Hines 400 West Market logo
  • Axxis logo
  • Hyatt logo
  • USA Images logo
  • Metro PCS logo
  • Kroger logo

Media Sponsors:

  • 106.9 Play Radio logo
  • Louisville Magazine logo
  • Outfront Media logo
  • WLKY logo
  • Courier Journal logo
  • Mayor's Office of Special Events Logo
  • Louisville Downtown Partnership logo

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