By MARY BARCZAK
Gold Standard Staff Writer
For the fourth year Lights Under Louisville returns to the Louisville MEGA Cavern, which is a man-made cave that includes 17 miles of underground passages.
Known for being the world’s only underground Christmas Light Show, the exhibit features more than 800 characters displayed over 1.2 miles. It has also been featured on the Travel Channel’s show “Christmas Crazy.”
While enjoying holiday music, patrons can see Christmas classics such as Santa and his reindeer, Toyland and Candyland. But new to this year’s viewing are the exhibits Snowball Mania and a Kentucky Christmas, which features memorable state icons such as the Louisville Bat Museum and the Belle of Louisville.
Spend some time with replicas of animals from the Louisville Zoo, one of the most popular displays in the show.
It takes about 25 to 30 minutes (depending on the wait time) to drive through the entire exhibit. Patrons may not exit their cars at any time.
Trey Moreau, director of sales and marketing at Louisville MEGA Cavern, encouraged visitors to come see the lights during the week because it is less crowded then.
“On a busy weekend we could have up to a three-hour wait,” he said.
The light displays are designed by an artist in Florida.
“We looked at many different pitches and this one just seemed to suit us the best,” Moreau said.
Every year the different light pieces are rotated in and out so that guests will not see the same show each year, he said. And don’t worry about bundling up for the cave, the temperature generally stays at 75 degrees year round.
This event is open until Dec. 30, Monday through Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m. The gift shop is open Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Admission is $25 for a car, truck and minivan; $35 for a van; $50 for a limousine or church bus and $75 for a school bus.
Coupons for $5 off admission are available at participating Kroger and Wendy’s Louisville locations or by purchasing a two liter of Canada Dry, Moreau said.
Besides the light show, the cavern also offers a ziplining course with challenge bridges. Military receive a $10 off on ziplining.
Visit www.louisvillemegacavern.com for more information.