5K, parade to kick off Light Up Louisville

5K, parade to kick off Light Up Louisville
Mayor Greg Fischer (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Mayor Greg Fischer (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A race featuring ugly Christmas sweater, a parade and Santa Claus will kick off this year's Light Up Louisville.

On Friday Mayor Greg Fischer joined other city leaders to announce plans for the 36th annual celebration.

The event will kick off at 4 p.m. on Nov. 25 with the Run, Run Rudolph 5K.

A stage on Jefferson Street will provide live entertainment until the Lots of Lights parade at 7 p.m. The parade will start at Fifth and Jefferson Streets and march through Fourth Street Live!.

Santa Claus will appear at the end of the parade to help Fischer light the Christmas tree.

The fun doesn't stop that night. Holiday in the City will be held downtown until Dec. 23.

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This year the celebration is about much more than Christmas lights and Santa Claus. It is also about giving back.

"As you know, Louisville is an international model city for compassion and we will show once again how much we deserve that title during Holiday in the City with special promotions to benefit local charities such as Toys for Tots, Angel Tree, veterans and Project Warm," Fischer said.

The city is still looking for a tree to serve as the centerpiece for Light up Louisville.

Anyone with a 40-foot tall spruce or fir is asked to contact Louisville Metro Parks and Recreation.

For more information about Light Up Louisville and Holiday in the City, click here.

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