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Festival of Trees and Lights
Frequently Asked Questions

Festival of Trees and Lights

Where do I park?

Festival of Trees and Lights parking is available all around the stadium. The main lot, which is free of charge, is next to Louisville Slugger Field at 401 E. Main St., at the Jackson Street and Main Street intersection.

Where do I enter?

The only entrance to the Festival of Trees & Lights is through the Jackson Street doors of Louisville Slugger Field. Guests can not access the event from Main or Preston streets.

Do you still offer a family discount for Friday night?

During Festival Family Night on the Friday evening of the Festival of Trees & Lights, we typically offer a discounted family admission of $25 for up to two adults and children of the same household. The $25 family price will continue to be offered at the door Friday night, however families of four or five are encouraged to purchase advance tickets online for greater savings.

What should I do if I am a guest with special needs?

We want to make the experience of each guest as memorable and enjoyable as possible. If you or a family member need assistance while visiting the event, please let us know by calling (502) 212-2589 during event hours, and we will do what we can to accommodate your needs. For smaller crowds and easier accessibility, plan to visit Friday during the day or Sunday morning.

Is the event outdoors?

The majority of the Festival of Trees & Lights takes place in the indoor corridor of Louisville Slugger Field. Guests will find restrooms and Elf Town outdoors along the covered stadium concourse.

What is Elf Town?

Elf Town is an outdoor attraction featuring several activities, including remote-controlled cars, “snow” ball toss, inflatable obstacle course and more! Elf Town admission is $3 for unlimited access for the day.

Do adults need a ticket to ride the train?

Adults riding with a child who requires assistance, such as children ages 2 and under, ride free with a child’s ticket. Tickets are $1 per ride. The gold pass includes unlimited rides.

What is a Festival of Trees and Lights gold pass?

The $5 gold pass is new for 2017. This wristband, issued at the event, allows for unlimited access to Elf Town and train rides for the day.

What activities are included with admission?

Every guest will enjoy the tree, wreath and Hanukkah displays, holiday entertainment on the festival stage and Louisville’s first appearance of Santa, plus a take-home photo included with the price of admission. Holiday crafts, including gingerbread house decorating, dreidel game and face painting are free for children 12 and under.

On the Friday night of Festival of Trees & Lights, a fireworks show with cider and hot chocolate is free for guests.

How do I buy a tree or other decorated item?

All trees, wreaths and decorated items are available for purchase either at the event or by calling (502) 212-2589 during event hours. The event will include an auction of a small selection of large trees. Bids can be placed in person or online at until 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12.

When can I pick up my purchased item?

Sold items remain on display for the duration of the event. Details regarding pickup and delivery will be provided with purchase, but plan to pick up or receive your item(s) on the Monday following Festival of Trees & Lights.

Is this event a fundraiser?

Yes, in 28 years the Festival of Trees & Lights has raised more than $7 million for Norton Children’s Hospital through the Children’s Hospital Foundation. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, money raised from ticket sales, trees and greenery, and the purchase of activities and other items at the event goes directly to Norton Children’s Hospital.

How can I help?

Sign up as a designer, volunteer or sponsor at

How can I participate as a vendor?

All vendor opportunities are part of an event sponsorship. If you are interested in participating in the Festival of Trees & Lights as a business, go to

What is new to the 2017 event?

Each year our Festival of Trees & Lights committee dreams up new ways to make the event special. This year, look for a new activity in Elf Town, a special opportunity to treat your little ones to fresh baked cookies and milk during a story time with Mrs. Claus on Festival Family Night, and the perfect place to pick up stocking stuffers and small, inexpensive gifts in our Very Merry Market.