Thanksgiving Day in Louisville

  • UPDATED Sep 06, 2018

Thanksgiving is a festival which was celebrated earlier to be thankful about the previous year’s harvests. It is a time to be spent with friends, family and loved ones. The holiday season starts with Thanksgiving and it is the time of family dinners and having turkey!

The fourth Thursday of every November in the US is celebrated as Thanksgiving Day. Louisville has its own set of parades and events to celebrate this festive affair. Many restaurants there bring out the special Thanksgiving menu too. It is a time of spreading happiness and indulging in the warm festive spirit with the people close to us.

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Are you planning to spend your Thanksgiving in Louisville this year? If so, then here is a list of must-do things which you need to know:

Witness the Light up at Louisville

There are a lot of light parades and events during Thanksgiving in Louisville. If you are planning to spend some quality time with your children, then Light up Louisville at Jefferson Park is the event for you. 

The trees and surroundings are decorated with fairy lights. It is indeed a festive affair there. Children will thoroughly enjoy themselves. There are entertaining performances as well as a Santa’s Workshop for the kids to enjoy. 

It is a traditional event in Louisville and a must go if you are spending Thanksgiving there. Make your evening worth remembering by attending this event and enjoying together with family and loved ones.

See the Bardstown Light up

Light Up Bardstown is celebrated in Court Square in Louisville every year. The whole place is decked up with lights and decorations. Kids have a delightful time at the Fun Christmas Corner. There are a lot of activities with balloons, face painting, cookie, hot chocolate, etc. There are live performances and entertainments. This too is a famous traditional even of Louisville. Take your children and family to witness and enjoy this event. You will cherish it forever.

Enjoy Ice Skating at Louisville

Thanksgiving means that the holiday season has begun and what are holidays without ice skating? The ice skating rink at Holiday Square is a favorite during Thanksgiving in Louisville. Go there with family and friends and enjoy a good skate. You may trip and fall but that too is fun! Children will enjoy it a lot too.

Do give this option a try when you visit Louisville this Thanksgiving.

Visit the Winter Ice Village

Evoke the spirit Thanksgiving by enjoying a glide across the ice at United Trust Ice Rink. There are Christmas decorations at Triangular Park to look and marvel at too. Skate with friends or family in the ice rink. Teach your children how to skate and see how much fun you have.

Pay a visit to the Louisville Zoo

The Louisville zoo decks up in Christmas lights and decoration from Thanksgiving. There are animal sculptures made with lights. Children are delighted to visit the zoo and participate in various activities during this time. The place looks like an enchanted forest and visitors are mesmerized.

This is a good option to spend Thanksgiving if one is in Louisville during that time.

Participate in the Louisville Turkey Trot

Are you looking to spend a fun but fit Thanksgiving? Then the Turkey Trot marathon is the perfect event for you. It is organized by the local YMCA. There are trots for kids too.  If you are a group of friends visiting Louisville, then why not take the challenge? Or you can even run with your family. It will be an experience worth remembering for sure. Those who do not want to run can watch from the side lines and cheer for their loved ones.

The Turkey Trot marathon is a famous event all across the country. It evokes team-spirit and makes your Thanksgiving healthy and fit.

Be a part of the Hungry Turkey 5K

This is another race organized within city limits by Kentucky. The fund raised from this race goes to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for fighting blood cancer. Evoke the spirit of Thanksgiving by participating in this race. It is running for a good and noble cause. 

Runners get a cinnamon roll if they finish the race. So, hurry up and enroll for it if you are in Louisville at that time.

Enjoy the Christmas at Gault House Hotel

This place is a great place to go and enjoy Thanksgiving, especially if you have children. There are wonderful Christmas decorations and fairy lights. There are gingerbread houses, train rides, and many other fun activities. You can even click a picture with Santa Claus!

Take your kids to this wonderful event and see how much they enjoy it. So do try out this place if you are spending the holiday season in Louisville.

Feast on a Thanksgiving dinner

The true essence of Thanksgiving lies in food. It is the time of having huge family brunches and dinners. Louisville has a number of restaurants where you can have your Thanksgiving dinner at. 

Celebrate Thanksgiving in one of the Mary M. Miller cruises on the Ohio River. The view is breathtaking. They provide a Thanksgiving buffet which you can gorge on during the two-hour cruise. It is a quite popular cruise so make your reservations before seats run out!

Other Thanksgiving dinner venues are Captain’s Quarters which is an open restaurant with a view of the Ohio river paired with a grand Thanksgiving buffet, the English Grill at Brown Hotel, Hyatt Regency, etc.


Spread warmth and happiness by celebrating Thanksgiving with the help of the events mentioned above. Sharing and caring is a big part of this festive affair. Make it an experience worth cherishing at Louisville.