Light Up Louisville kicks off 40 Nights of Lights


by Brooke Hasch

Posted on November 30, 2013 at 12:56 AM

Updated Sunday, Dec 1 at 12:23 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- With a click and a zip, dozens of children and their families hit the synthetic ice under Fourth Street Live Friday.

"I've been falling pretty much," Wyatt Nye said.

This night, however, was no ordinary night at the rink for Nye and his family.

"Tonight's a big night. We've been in touch with Santa Claus' office and he is coming here," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said.

"I am going to sit on Santa Claus' lap tonight and get a picture with him and I'm going to enjoy it," Nye said.

More than 10,000 Kentuckiana residents anxiously waited for the man of the hour, who lit up the night sky just after 8 p.m.

"This is actually been our first time down here so we're looking forward to the Light up Louisville events," Zachary Nye said.

"We're excited about the lights and the parade because I've always watched the Macy's Thanksgiving parade but never seen one in person," Debbie Carlile said.

For Carlile and her family, the main attraction was the evening's parade.

"All my children are here, with my grandbabies and my best friend," Carlile said.

The show kicked off at 6:30 p.m. on 4th Street with more than sports cars, cheer squads and more than 90 floats, each with something sweet to hand out to the crowd.
Then, the crowds parted for the man in the red suit.

With the plug in hand, the countdown began.

"This is actually my very first time seeing all of this. I'm really excited, very excited," Remedies said.

In an instant, four blocks of 4th Street lit up like a Christmas tree, with thousands of LED lights ready to shine for the next 40 nights.

You can view the light show each night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.