Twenty six years ago a Louisville tradition was born on Bardstown Road when a candle was placed in a storefront window to welcome passersby and promote friendship in the community. Today that tradition is alive and well with Bardstown Road Aglow. Businesses along the busy Bardstown Road corridor open their doors from dusk until 10 PM on the first Saturday in December to offer deep discounts and treats for shoppers. Several businesses will have hot apple cider, chocolates, and candies for visitors. Trolleys will be available to pick up patrons from Douglass Loop to Lexington Road. Also, the Winston’s Holiday Van will be picking up visitors that park at Winston’s Restaurant at Sullivan University.
Visit with Santa and his elves at Bearnos Restaurant at 6 PM – he’ll be arriving in style in the 21C Museum Hotel Red Glitter Limo! Also, the 3rd Annual Highlands Beer Festival will be happening at Mid City Mall at 5 PM, with 150 beers from all over the world for only $1 per 2 oz. sample. Admission into the Beer Festival will be $5 and benefits local charities. This year, Bardstown Road businesses are expecting record crowds over 10,000 to 15,000 people. As always, rain or shine – the Bardstown Aglow must go on.
This wonderful event takes place in the historic Highlands Neighborhood of Louisville. This eclectic community contains a three mile stretch of businesses, nightclubs, and restaurants. Originally a turnpike, Bardstown Road became a shopping destination after a streetcar line came to the area in the 1890’s. The 1980’s brought revitalization to the street with new oddity shops and antique stores moving in. Soon the area became the city’s main entertainment district and the epicenter of eclectic Louisville. Today, the homes located off Bardstown Road are charming and beautiful, some of which are the most expensive homes in the city. The Highlands neighborhoods have some of the highest percentages of college graduates and income averages in Louisville.
The Highlands is made up of nine neighborhoods – Phoenix Hill, Original Highlands, Irish Hill, Cherokee Triangle, Tyler Park, Deer Park, Bonnycastle, Highlands-Douglass, and Belknap. Each neighborhood offers residents something different, but they are all historic and lovely. Nearly 33,000 people call the Highlands home and the area continues to be very desirable. Homes for sale or rent in the Highlands tend to occupy quickly.
Bardstown Aglow is just one of the many events in the Highlands; this is a neighborhood that loves to have fun. The Highlands and Bardstown Road are both treasured Louisville landmarks that are sure to be loved for some time to come.