Mega Cavern’s Lights Under Louisville

| December 2, 2010

Lights Under LouisvileWe always knew our friend Jessie Lowry’s dad had a cool job. In kindergarten he was “sighted” as Santa. In middle school there was speculation of him being an FBI Agent, and as we neared graduation, the truth finally came out.

Jim Lowry is one of the owners of the Louisville Mega Cavern. How cool is that?

The massive limestone quarry was acquired in 1989 by private investors and turned into an “environmentally-conscious high security commercial storage facility.” Because of its thick limestone walls and ceilings, the cavern has the ability to withstand tornados and other severe weather. During the Cuban Missile crisis, the cavern was suggested as a place to house up to 50,000 people in case of an attack.

Now this well-lit cave has become an anticipated holiday favorite. I happily went underground this past week for Lights Under Louisville.

Light seekers don’t usually have to venture underground to get their holiday decoration fix, but this spectacle of lights is like Indiana Jones meets “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”,  Visitors take a 30- to 40-minute car ride through underground passageways to see more than 2 million lights and 500 illuminated characters.

Lights Under Louisvile“This year’s light show is totally different than last year “¦ it is bigger and better than ever,” Lowry said.

“We have been interviewing our patrons as they depart the show and everyone agrees that this light show is even better than last year.”

Forget there is no snow on the ground and pile your family and friends into the car to experience Lights Under Louisville. The cost is $25 per car or $75 per bus.

And don’t worry about bundling up – this underground attraction boasts a constant temperature of 56 degrees.

So if snow angels and frost bite aren’t how you’d like to see Christmas this year, hop on over to the Mega Cavern. No one will whine, “Are we there yet?” on this road trip.

Lights Under Louisville is open 6 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Setting

The man-made cavern spans under a number of roadways and is part of 17 miles of corridors located beneath the city of Louisville.

Parking

No need. Driving is the name of the game. Pile up and caravan through the underground passages.

Everyone should see

The canopy of lights. It looks like you’re one turn away from the North Pole.

Sounds

Jolly jams and festive favs. Or keep your windows up and rock out to your very own playlist. Might I suggest “Holiday Road.”

Interesting Arcana

The 100-acre Mega Cavern has 4 million square feet of space and goes under all 10 lanes of the Watterson Expressway.

Contact the writer at (502) 498-2051 or ldepaso@voice-tribune.com

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Lauren DePaso
Voice-Tribune Staff Writer Lauren DePaso enjoys being a tourist in her own city, exploring the nightlife and cheering on the Cards. A Louisville native, she currently resides in St. Matthews.

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