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Bardstown Road Aglow: Most wonderful time of the year, Dec. 1

by Melissa Chipman

Bardstown Road Aglow is one of the most charming holiday traditions in town.

Aglow has been happening for 27 years, but even just a few years ago it felt like no big deal. But over the past couple of years — even despite crummy weather — the event has ballooned.  I haven’t missed an Aglow since I moved to Louisville six years ago, and over the past two or three years, the event has attracted such big crowds there are lines to  get into the more popular stores. Like Black Friday– only local! You have to love that!

And if you’re turned off by lines, there’s plenty of stuff going on in the streets to keep you occupied and entertained.

Things to look forward to this year:

  • Shops and restaurants will offer special Aglow discounts
  • Free Glow bracelets at participating locations — collect all of the colors!
  • Winston’s Aglow shuttle — Park at Winston’s restaurant at Sullivan University and ride to Aglow in a Winston’s Holiday Van
  • Holiday Decorating Contest with “Celebrity Judges”– A Winston’s Holiday Van will carry a motley crew of media and local notables including WHAS TV anchor Andy Treinen, LEO’s “Bar Belle” Sara Havens, Four Roses Master Distiller Jim Rutledge, the CJ’s Christa Ritchie,and yours truly!! who will judge the holiday decorating awards: the Grand Prize, Business Appropriate Award, and the Griswold Award.
  • Four Roses Bourbon Battle: vote for your favorite Four Roses Holiday Drink at participating bars and restaurants.
  • Holiday Tree Light-up: at 5:30 p.m. watch at the Wendy’s at Grinstead and Bardstown as the big spruce gets lit up.
  • Winter Wonderland at Bearno’s Pizza: Santa and his Elves will pedal their way from the Wendy’s tree to Bearno’s on the Thirsty Pedaler to the Park Community Credit Union Winter Wonderland at Bearno’s Pizza. $5 pictures with Santa from 6-8 p.m. to benefit Gilda’s Club.
  • 4th Annual Highlands Beer Festival at MidCity Mall: taste 100+ craft and import beers for $1 per 2oz sample or $20 for unlimited samples. Free souvenir glass for the first 500 participants. $5 admission to benefit the Academy at St. Andrews for kids with developmental disabilities.
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