LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's an annual tradition during this time of the year, and Saturday it was time for St. Matthews to light up with the season. 

Families gathered at Brown Park for the annual Light Up St. Matthews celebration. 

There was a DJ, games, prizes, an ice skating rink, and a snow globe that families could stand in for photos.

Old St. Nick himself even made an appearance. 

Organizers said this year's event was a bit different than last year, because of the size of the crowd. 

"We added an extra hour, because we had such a difficult time making sure everybody could get through, and get pictures with Santa and get the hot chocolate and cookies, and just experience the family fun of this event," Michael Chesser, with the St. Matthews Chamber of Commerce, said. 

Organizers also told WDRB they handed out more than 5,000 cookies during the event. 

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