There's even karaoke at the Aglow. | Courtesy of Bardstown Road Aglow
There’s even karaoke at the Aglow. | Courtesy of Bardstown Road Aglow

It was the first Saturday in December of 1985 when a group of Highlands merchants decided to put a glowing candle in their storefronts as a symbol that would welcome everyone, regardless of race or religion, to the neighborhood. That tradition has been carried on every year since, and it now goes by the trendy name Bardstown Road Aglow.

The 31st annual Aglow, sponsored by Maker’s Mark, will take place Saturday, Dec. 3, from dusk until about 10 p.m., and highlights include free trolley rides, a holiday light decorating contest, pictures with Santa, and a concert by The Fun Size Band, whose members are ages 11-15.

Get a wax-dipped glass at one of nine places. | Courtesy of Big Bar
Get a wax-dipped glass at one of nine places. | Courtesy of Big Bar

The concert will begin at the corner of Eastern Parkway and Bardstown Road at 6 p.m., and that’s where Santa will be holed up as well. The Big Spruce Light Up, as they call it, will start at 5:45 p.m. near the big tree in front of Wendy’s.

Also worth mentioning is the Maker’s Mark Giving Mug campaign, where you can get a keepsake green-wax-dipped glass at a participating bar or restaurant for $10, and a portion of the proceeds go to WaterStep, a local nonprofit that helps provide safe water to developing countries.

Participating establishments with the green glasses are: Big Bar, Bristol Bar & Grill, DiOrio’s Pizza, La Chasse, Molly Malone’s, Outlook Inn, Seviche, The Planet, and Uptown Café.

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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle (barbelleblog.com). She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."