Monday, November 30, 2009

Lights UNDER Louisville

Now that the Christmas season is upon us, it's time to start planning that old family tradition of drving around to look at Christmas lights.
Every year, my family goes through this- we load up the kids, blankets and some hot chocolate then begin the drive around the county, seeking out neighborhoods with some Christmas spirit. Inevitably the kids get tired and cranky and the Christmas spirit falls victim to road fatigue.
The Louisville Mega-Caverns have solved this problem. They have a drive-thru light show underground.
Basically, the mega-caverns is a former underground quarry, that is now used as underground storage. A sort of subterranean warehouse. Tours are offered throughout the year as portions of the site were once a civil defense shelter.
For the Christmas season, they've set up 35 displays of lights. The kind of displays normally seen in front of churches or schools, not generally in people's front yards. $20 a carload gets you in a slow, underground drive that takes 20 to 30 minutes.
Then you go home. Genius.
That's right, $20 for a sure thing. Enough lights to keep your kids happy, all just a short drive away from anywhere in the mteropolitan area.
I wouldn't recommend a manual transmission, though. The constant stop and go, despite the cheery Christmas spirit, would make manual shifting very annoying. And no need to worry about fumes. Fans larger than your car are set up to keep air circulating.
A great time for sure, and way easier than driving back and forth, looking for lit up neighborhoods.

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