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Metro Parks Newsroom 

WinterFest 2005

Friday December 2, 2005

Santa Claus to visit Iroquois Park on Dec. 9-11

LOUISVILLE (December 2, 2005) – Mayor Jerry Abramson and Louisville Metro Parks will once again spread holiday cheer at WinterFest, South Louisville’s most popular annual holiday event. This year’s free celebration – in the beautifully restored Iroquois Amphitheater on December 9-11, from 6 to 9 p.m. each night – includes a dazzling display of more than 200,000 lights, live entertainment, storytelling, reindeer rides, and Santa Claus.

Now in its 16th year, WinterFest will draw as many as 20,000 people to historic Iroquois Park over a three-day period. Holiday revelers can park in the Iroquois Amphitheater parking lot, located near the intersection of New Cut Road and Kenwood Drive, and join the fun from 6 to 9 p.m.

This year, Metro Parks has added a dazzling lineup of live holiday entertainment, featuring local performing groups made up of children and adults; the Festival of the Trees, featuring decorations made by participants in programs at 16 Metro Parks community centers; and a delightful, train-themed entrance.

“The recently-renovated Iroquois Amphitheater is the perfect venue for showcasing local professional and amateur performing groups to the thousands of visitors who attend WinterFest each year,” said Mayor Jerry Abramson. “With Santa Claus, live entertainment, and plenty of hot chocolate, we expect this year’s WinterFest celebration to help our hometown get into the holiday spirit.”

Information about WinterFest is available by calling the Iroquois Amphitheater at 502/368-5865, or online at