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The Ultimate Guide to Holiday Fun in Louisville – 2018 Edition

Published on Nov 15, 2018 at 6:46 pm in Fun Stuff.


The holiday season is upon us again, and it’s time for fluttering snow, snuggly sweaters, eggnog, bright holiday wrapping, constant Christmas carols, meals upon meals of delicious foods, friends, loved ones, hot chocolate, and that worry of “What the heck can I buy Grandma this year?” It’s a wonderful time of year– but also a stressful one. If you’re feeling a bit of stress about what to do this holiday season, what events to take the kids to, where you should buy a tree, or where’s a good place to take your friends out for drinks, we’ve got you covered.

At Thomas Law Offices, we love the holiday season and we love Louisville. Christmas in Louisville is a sight to behold, and there are so many things to do and enjoy. Almost too much, in fact. Our staff decided to put together an ultimate guide for Louisville residents and visitors like. Here it is– the Ultimate Guide to Holiday Fun in Louisville – 2018 Edition.

Below you’ll find information, dates, and links for all of our favorite local events, light shows, gift shops, shopping opportunities, charity events, restaurants, bars, plays, and concerts that help make Louisville one of the nation’s best cities to spend the holidays in. We’ve also included a list of some of the best places to bring home a freshly-cut tree or chop one down yourself.

We hope you enjoy our guide– and if you feel we’ve left anything out, feel free and drop us an email! We’ll gladly include any suggestions you may have. Local business owners, get in touch! We’d love to feature new shops and venues that cater to Louisville residents this holiday season.

Our Favorite Holiday Shows and Events in Louisville

Have you ever noticed that there’s a ton to do in Louisville around the holidays? Here’s proof– a list of nearly everything under the sun you can do, see, experience, and enjoy during the holiday season. We’ve included a bit of everything from light shows to children’s events, craft workshops, plays, concerts, family fun, and even a few things for the adults to enjoy. Events are mostly listed in order of occurrence.

Where to Shop Locally and Get Great Christmas Gifts in Louisville

One of the best ways to support Louisville’s businesses is to shop locally for the holidays. Here are some of the best local gift stores and boutiques we could find– a little bit of something for everyone on your list!

Where to Enjoy a Great Holiday Dinner or Drinks with Friends in Louisville

What would the holidays be without delicious food and drinks with friends? Here are some of our favorite local bars and restaurants along with a few places that will be running special holiday events.

  • Christmas at the Galt House Hotel – Multiple dinner shows and fine dining holiday options through December/New Year’s.
  • Dine with Santa – Breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner with Santa around Louisville – Reservations often needed.
  • Brasserie Provence– Family-owned and operated upscale casual dining and traditional French cuisine.
  • Eddie Merlot’s – Prime-aged beef and seafood, fabulous wine and spirits bar.
  • Bourbons Bistro – Voted as one of the best bourbon/whisky bars in the world, located in historic Clifton in a building dated back to the 1870s.
  • Le Moo – Award-winning local beef, pasta, seafood, desserts, and craft cocktails. Hot bar, 100 bourbons w/tastings.
  • Fork & Barrel – Southern-influenced restaurant that serves up homemade favorites, fine spirits, and plenty of southern hospitality.
  • Porcini – One of Louisville’s most famous Italian restaurants. Menu includes fresh, local options and an extensive wine menu. Our review.
  • Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse – Recognized as Louisville’s Best Upscale Steakhouse by Louisville Magazine. Boasts a Kentucky-inspired menu. Our review.
  • Commonwealth Tap – Tad’s favorite bar in Louisville, featuring five whole shelves of bourbon, plenty of beer and wine, and an atmosphere that makes every night feel like a holiday celebration. Our review.
  • Mercato Italiano Trattoria & Market – Tad’s favorite restaurant for the holidays. Featuring upscale Italian dishes in an open, airy restaurant.

Where to Buy a Freshly-Cut Tree in Louisville

If you’re in the market for a freshly-cut Christmas tree, here’s your go-to list. We’ve included local vendors as well as Christmas tree farms where you can drive a few miles and pick out a tree to chop down yourself.

From everyone at Thomas Law Offices, we wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a happy holiday season!

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Tad Thomas - Trial Lawyer

Tad Thomas

Managing Partner

Tad Thomas has dedicated his practice to representing plaintiffs in various types of civil litigation, including personal injury, business litigation, class actions, and multi-district litigation.

After graduating with his law degree in 2000 from Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University, Mr. Thomas immediately opened his own private practice and began representing injury victims.

In 2011, Thomas Law Offices was established in Louisville, Kentucky. Over the past decade, Mr. Thomas has expanded his firm and now has offices in three additional locations: Cincinnati, Ohio, Columbia, Missouri, and Chicago, Illinois. He is also a frequent lecturer on topics like trial skills and ethics and technology.

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