Louisville Courier Journal
Published 8:16 PM EST Nov 29, 2019
For the 39th year in a row, Light Up Louisville is ushering in the Christmas season on the day after Thanksgiving.
The seven-hour event in downtown Louisville features a parade, photos with Santa Claus, a holiday marketplace, live entertainment and — of course — the Christmas tree lighting.
The massive 2019 Christmas Norway spruce was donated by Louisville native Janet Rodgers, who planted it on her property in 1999. It was a "ball and bucket" Christmas tree she and her family put in the ground next to her house.
"I was just really excited because it's really special. It's an honor," Rodgers said of being able to donate the tree to the city for the annual event.
She's been trying for a few years to have her tree chosen for the city's display, and she said it "finally reached the ultimate height" this year.
"It's a spectacular show," Rodgers said about Light Up Louisville. "Louisville goes all out."
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