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Kentucky Has the World’s Biggest Underground Light Show… And It’s Awesome

Kentucky is the home of the biggest underground light show in the world at 1841 Taylor Avenue in Louisville. The display is located in the renowned Megacavern, which was formerly known as Louisville Crushed Stone. Limestone was removed from the quarry for over 42 years, till its purchase in 1989 by private investors. Their plan was to turn it into an environmentally conscious storage facility with high security. They never dreamed it would become so much more than that.

Megacavern is indeed a very secure storage area in part, but that is just the beginning. During the spring and summer months, it offers activities like zip lining, dirt bike parks and other forms of athletic entertainment, ALL underground. In the winter months, from November 20th until January 3rd, the Megacavern becomes 17 breathtaking miles of twinkling, vividly colored displays, music and holiday cheer.

The ride takes around 30 to 45 minutes, depending on the night you visit. All visitors must stay in the vehicle the entire time for safety and event coordination. The cost is simple and broken down via vehicle size.  A basic carload or minivan pays $25 and a full size van pays $35. Those that like to ride in style can take a limo for $50. Churches can bring out part of the congregation in the church bus for $60 and a school bus load drives through for $100. The Wendy’s on the corner of Taylor and Popular Level provides $5 off coupons, so if you’ve driven a ways, grab a frosty and a discount.

We have all driven through a neighborhood at one time or another to look at the lights, but this is a whole new experience. Lights Under Louisville is a one of a kind light show that you just cannot see or participate in anywhere else. There are over 850 lit holiday characters and over 2,000,000 points of brilliant light. The entire journey is set to an array of festive holiday songs celebrating the season. The flashing lights and festive atmosphere just compels the holiday spirit to come out in everyone. This video shows a beautiful view of the show.

It is easy to get caught up and want to pause at certain spots, but the slow ride allows you to actually see and enjoy everything. Patrons can also bring in digital cameras and capture the experience on film. That way, you can relive those moments and check out your favorite parts whenever the mood strikes.

Normally, when we think caves or caverns, something this cheerful just doesn’t come to mind. The Lights Under Louisville event will change your perception of manmade caverns.  It is hard to believe that an old lime stone quarry could become something so festive and beautiful each holiday season. Kentucky’s Megacavern is a way for families to celebrate old traditions in a unique, yet modern way. It also has an appeal for both young and old alike. If you haven’t been to Lights Under Louisville, now is the time to visit. If you have visited, what was your favorite part of the ride?

Jenn Shockley
I am somewhat a cliche'. I grew up running around barefoot on a farm in Kentucky. I love writing, art, sunshine, all animals and my incredibly patient husband, who tolerates my "crazy animal lady" side.