Light Up the Northside

What is it, and why we’d like you to be involved

November 30, 11am-11pm

What is it?

  • We’re planning a multi-block holiday light display November 30—December 31.
  • The display will begin at Duncan Park and run up to the Arlington Lofts at North Broadway Park.
  • The lights will be on nightly through the end of the year.
  • The oldest tree in the North Limestone neighborhood is a Burr Oak in Castlewood Park and we are hoping to use this as our official holiday tree for the season.
  • We’ll plan a kickoff event on November 30 (Small Business Saturday), with the official lighting of the streets and holiday tree.
  • The intent is for the mayor to flip a switch at 6pm to kick off the light season.
  • Retailers along these blocks will be open special hours on November 30, offering giveaways and freebies (hot cocoa, ciders, etc) to launch the shopping season.
  • This kickoff coincides with Small Business Saturday, when small businesses are frequently already hosting special events, sales & general frivolity.
  • Details will be added as they develop, be sure to check back!

Who’s organizing this?

  • A newly-formed group (tentatively) known as North Side Loyalty — made up of vested business owners and stakeholders along North Limestone who want to encourage more exploration of the charms (and businesses) of the Northside neighborhoods while honoring the history and unique character of the area.

How your business can participate:

  • If you’d like to participate, send an email to
  • Consider how you could add holiday lights to your business. A simple approach is more than welcome, but we encourage you to get creative, and go big.

Most businesses will stay open 11am-11pm on November 30.

  • We intend to present a unified, consistent experience for people coming out to interact with participating businesses.
  • We’ll promote these hours as the window of time they can enjoy the festivities.
  • Businesses will have special promotions, free cocoa, incentives to come out and have fun.
List of participating locations
  1. Al’s Bar
  2. Arcadium
  3. Army Surplus
  4. ArtLab
  5. Beach House
  6. Broomwagon Coffee & Bikes
  7. Bullhorn
  8. Greyline Station
  9. Charmed Life Tattoo
  10. Cosmic Charlie’s
  11. Fleet Street Hair Shoppe
  12. Forage Plants
  13. Homegrown Press
  14. The Illustrated Barber
  15. J. Gumbo’s
  16. Kentucky for Kentucky
  17. Mediocre Creative
  18. Minton’s
  19. North Lime Coffee & Donuts
  20. PeriAve
  21. Restaurant Supply Store
  22. Rockhouse Brewing
  23. Sidecar
  24. Standing Room Only (SRO)
  25. Thrive Kombucha
  26. Varnish Nail Shoppe
  27. Wild Fig Books