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'We look forward to this event every year': Shop local this Christmas at 'Bardstown Road Aglow'

The busy Highlands street will come alive on Saturday, Dec. 3 from noon to 10 p.m.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Saturday marks the return of an event that has drawn thousands of people and helps local businesses late into the night.

The 37th annual "Bardstown Road Aglow" gives shoppers the opportunity they need to shop local this holiday season.

This typically high-traffic street will soon be filled with live music, hot food and several local shops to support.

The largest night of commerce for the Highlands-area merchants starts at noon.

Sweet Spot owner Brian Wigginton says the annual celebration is much needed after dealing with the pandemic and inflation.

"We look forward to this event every year," Wigginton said. "Events like this is what really keeps us going throughout the year. To get people out and to learn about our business and then they come back time after time."

Patrons can enjoy special discounts on food, drinks and merchandise at participating restaurants and shops along Bardstown Road, Baxter Avenue, Barret Avenue and Douglass Loop. 

The "Barret Avenue Adventure" now extends the Aglow festivities from Breckinridge Street to Winter Avenue.

Now that the event is much larger, spanning across much of the Highlands, there are now free trolley rides with pickup locations throughout.

Live music will also take place at several pop-up locations along Bardstown Road, provided by the Louisville Federation of Musicians.

The annual Wendy’s Holiday Tree Lighting will reportedly happen at 6 p.m. just outside the Wendy's on the corner of Grinstead Drive.

Safai Coffee will be giving out free hot chocolate and The Thirsty Pedaler will also be on site with the Highlands' Reindeers.

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