When it comes to celebrating Christmas and New Year’s, there’s no better place to be in Louisville than Fourth Street Live! Before the big day, you can volunteer to help put together Christmas Turkey meals for those in need, and bring your kids downtown for a free picture with Santa Claus. Then, when it’s time to bring in 2018, the city’s most spectacular party originates at Fourth Street Live!.
One of the city’s most popular traditions is the Christmas Angel program, now in its 13th year. Volunteers from UAW/Ford Local 862 will be assembling meals, including a Christmas turkey, for 1,300 families on Dec. 21 and 22.
It’s an opportunity for the community to honor military families throughout the region. The meals go to area families who serve in the National Guard and at Ft. Knox. The Christmas Angel program also provides meals to victims of violence and other families in need.
The public is invited to come to Fourth Street Live! Dec. 22, starting bright and early at 5 a.m., to help assemble the 1,300 meals. Each box will include a 12-pound turkey, stuffing and more.
Of course, families with children who have been good this year will want to visit Fourth Street Live! and get a free photo with the Jolly One himself.
Santa will be available for photos on Fridays (5-9 p.m.), Saturdays and Sundays (Noon-5 p.m.) leading up to Christmas Day. Families will enjoy the spectacular Winter Wonderland created by Santa’s elves all along Fourth Street.
“Our Winter Wonderland event is one that puts a smile on the faces of everyone venturing down to Fourth Street Live! during the holiday season,” said Ed Hartless, President of Fourth Street Live!. “The children are ecstatic to meet Santa Claus and the parents enjoy seeing their kids have such an unforgettable experience.”
A visit to Santa provides a wonderful opportunity for the whole family to sample any of the 11 fine restaurants in the city’s premier dining and entertainment district.
Once all the Christmas celebrating is done, it’s time for party hats and noisemakers as Fourth Street Live! hosts the city’s best New Year’s Eve Party, featuring the only ball drop in town.
The party starts at 8:00 p.m. Sunday when From Paris, a band featuring vocalist Kimmet Cantwell, takes to the main stage. And while the band plays, revelers will be all decked out to ring in 2018 in style.
Fourth Street Live’s popular bars, including PBR Louisville, Tavern on Fourth, Tavern Hall, and the Sports and Social Club, are teaming up to offer VIP ticket packages that provide all-access admission, food and beverage and a champagne toast at midnight.
“Each year, we strive to create the most entertaining and exciting New Year’s Eve party for guests on Fourth,” said Hartless. “We want to give Louisville the perfect place to celebrate together with a combination of great music, food, drinks, and friends.”
You can join the street party for free, or pay just $75 per person or $140 per couple for VIP tickets. Tickets are available at www.nye-live.com/louisville. Use Promo Code INSIDER for $5 off!