3 Kid Friendly Holiday Activities in Louisville

The Kentucky Derby, Louisville Sluggers, and bourbon.  All of those probably come to mind when you think of Louisville. But more than that you should think “Christmas”. Louisville makes a great holiday destination for families, especially families with little kids. Here are 4 great reasons to take your kids to Louisville for the holidays.

1. Christmas at the Galt House

Ultra-Wide "Fisheye" versions of KaLightoscope 2011 (Photo By Marty Pearl)

Christmas at the Galt House Hotel is one of the most magical experiences you can have during the holiday season. First of all, the Galt House Hotel itself is a beautiful hotel. The largest in Kentucky. At Christmas, the hotel comes alive with holiday favorites including dancing bellmen, Winter WonderLane, elf show, a Christmas Village. The best part is the kaleidoscope of Chinese lanterns that tell our favorite Christmas stories. A different story is featured every year. The year we went, it was the story of Ebeneezer Scrooge.

Update 2018: The kaleidoscope of Chinese Lanterns are no long a part of Christmas at the Galt House but the hotel is still a great option when traveling to Louisville.

2. Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus


People of all ages enjoy visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus while cruising the Ohio River on the riverboat Spirit of Jefferson! A delicious buffet breakfast is be served while a DJ  plays music. Kids have the opportunity to tell Santa what they want for Christmas and even get the chance to dance with him!

3. A Santa Safari at the Louisville Zoo

Santa Safari Louisville

The Zoo’s Gheens Room in the Islands Pavilion is transformed into a festive holiday wonderland that includes a visit by Santa, his elves and Frosty the Snowman. Mrs. Claus also makes an appearance delivering some tasty holiday refreshments for every guest. Each child is invited to participate in activities including creating a take-home holiday craft and sing-a-longs. Plus, families can chill out with the animals letting their Santa’s Safari Passport guide them along a discovery trail through the Zoo’s heated buildings for some special animal insights and encounters.  Safari Stations provide guests with the opportunity to have one-on-one interactions with Zoo educators with biofacts and select Zoo outreach animals.




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