LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Deck the streets of Downtown Louisville. With Santa's help, the Mayor and the city ushered in the holiday spirit with "Light up Louisville." The cold weather didn't keep people from venturing to Fourth Street Live!
Early Friday evening, performers' last minute fixes were buttoned up and larger adjustments made downtown. The stage was set for Light up Louisville.
"There's going to be a big tree lighting?" Asked Maureen Levin,of Chicago, Illinois. Her family was traveling for Thanksgiving and hadn't been to Louisville. So, they came to the River City. "That's what they'll be looking forward to."
There was much else to look forward to, in a new place at Fourth Street Live! The event moved this year from Jefferson Square.
"We're trying to make it to where it's more active every night. Jefferson Square is beautiful when it's lit up, but nobody would be there, except for this one day right after Thanksgiving," Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer explained. "So, we're trying to see if we can create more of a 40 nights of lights."
Beverly Williams was one of the thousands of people who were downtown for the event.
"I like it better," she said.
Mayor Fischer said the move impacts businesses in that downtown core.
"This is going to be better for the businesses along 4th street as well," Fischer explained. "We just thought this was something that would create more buzz and activity."
The buzz blossomed after sunset on ‘Santa Claus Lane' as the holiday parade began.
"The classic cars, actually," Nicholas Reimer, of Louisville said about what he enjoyed most during the parade. "They're cool."
Something else that was pretty cool and new was a synthetic ice skating rink that is right in the middle of Fourth Street Live! next to the Community Tree. Still almost everyone waiting anxiously.
"When they turn the lights on," said Jay Melgar, of Louisville as he explained his favorite part of the annual event.
"Santa Claus!" exclaimed Williams as she told WAVE 3 what she was waiting for. "I'm waiting for Santa Claus to come."
"I think I'm just going to watch him," Melgar's daughter about Santa as she was being held by her father.
Right on time, Santa arrived from the North Pole. The large crowd erupted in cheers as he made his way to the stage, grabbed the magical plug and worked to Light up Louisville.
"Beautiful. I loved it!" Williams said.
For Melgar the event and the season was about more than a pretty light display.
"Well, for us, it's remembering the birth of Christ. For us, it's that. And just sharing with family. Being thankful, you know?"
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