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Christmas in Alexandria - Pineville

Christmas in Alexandria - Pineville

The holiday season in Alexandria/Pineville, right in the heart of Louisiana, is Still Lit this year and we’d love for you to come visit! The 2020 festivities will be complete with sparking lights (check out our spirited Water Towers!), community parades, appearances by Santa Claus, and various performing opportunities to enjoy the arts. Whether it’s enjoying an old-fashioned Christmas celebration;  finding the “just right” gifts at our many locally-owned unique boutiques; enjoying festive foods/drinks at local cafes, breweries or the Food Truck Park; touring historic sites/homes; or listening to the sounds of the season that puts you in the holiday spirit, you can fi­nd it all in the Central Louisiana area.  So plan your trip today! Use the itinerary builder here to create a list of the events you don’t want to miss and then, if you plan to stayover, book a hotel room. If we can be of assistance in any way, please give us a call at 318.442.9546.  We’d love to help you celebrate the season! 

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11/27/2020

If you’re from Central Louisiana then you know that one of our most cherished and time-honored holiday traditions is the lighting of the water towers! The jellyfish-like glow of Alexandria’s water tower is a sure sign it’s holiday time once again. Be on the lookout, the City of Alexandria water tower is tentatively scheduled to be lit on Friday, November 27. 

Alexandria, LA 71301
 
11/27/2020

If you’re from Central Louisiana then you know that one of our most cherished and time-honored holiday traditions is the lighting of….the WATER TOWERS! The warm and inviting glow of the City of Pineville’s water tower is a sure sign it’s holiday time once again, and the only thing more local than knowing about it is getting a great picture! 

Be on the lookout, the City of Pineville water tower is tentatively scheduled to be lit at the end of November. 

City of Pineville
Pineville, LA 71360
 
11/27/2020

If you’re from Central Louisiana then you know that one of our most cherished  and time-honored holiday traditions is the lighting of….the WATER TOWERS! The warm and inviting glow of LSUA's water tower is a sure sign it’s holiday time once again, and the only thing more local than knowing about it is getting a great picture! 
 

Be on the lookout, the LSUA water tower is tentatively scheduled to be lit at the end of November. 

LSUA Campus
8100 Hwy 71 S
Alexandria, LA 71302
 
11/28/2020

Come shop local at the Merry Magnolia Market on Small Business Saturday!  Join us for a day of fun and socially distanced shopping supportting local makers this holiday season.  You'll experience a wide variety of items, from baked goods to custom art, health and beauty to jewelry. Merry Magnolia Market will even have a masseuse on-hand to help you unwind from the holiday stress! 

 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 28 

9 am - 6 pm 

*This is a social distanced event- tables will be spread out and masks are required. Please maintain social distancing guidelines when shopping Merry Magnolia Market. 

 

Best Western of Alexandria Inn & Suites & Conference Center
2720 N Macarthur Dr.
Alexandria, LA 71303
 
11/28/2020 | 11/29/2020

Join us for some holiday cheer! Watch the Red River Dance Theatre Company ballet dancers turn Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker Suite" into art!
Due to COVID-19, tickets are very limited. Public tickets go live on Monday, Nov. 23rd. 

Performances are on Saturday, November 28 at 2pm and 7pm and on Sunday, November 29 at 2pm.

Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center
1202 Third Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/01/2020

The Alexandria Museum of Art is offering FREE ADMISSION to the public for the month of December! 

For more information including museum hours and current exhibits, visit the museum website or Facebook page. 

The Alexandria Museum of Art
933 2nd Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
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Prepare to be transported into a vibrant, holiday wonderland...The Jewel box is unlike anything Central Louisiana has ever experienced!  The team at Stache' will be completely transforming The GEM in Downtown Alexandria for a magical Christmas Tea.  This event is for everyone! Bring your children, family, friends and coworkers for a new tradition in Alexandria.
 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 5 - WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 23

11am - 1pm | 2pm - 4pm

Admission includes assorted teas, pastries & sandwiches served in a magical setting. Come for the Christmas Tea, stay for the holiday photo ops!  

The Gem
1014 3rd Street #A
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/05/2020

Looking for a unique and thoughtful holiday gift for the art lover in your life? Or maybe hoping to find something to tuck in your own Christmas stocking? 
The Porch Sale at River Oaks Square Arts Center is right around the corner! 

Saturday December 5 from 9am-3pm.

The much-anticipated 2020 Annual Porch Sale will feature over twenty artists with sales stations on site as well as additional works from across the country including 2020 Guest Artist Katrina Szyszkoski, Colorado based painter and sculptor. Don’t miss the art sale of the season! The River Oaks Square Arts Center Annual Porch Sale continues to be a major shopping event for anyone who enjoys original art. See you there!

River Oaks Square Arts Center
1330 Second St.
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/06/2020

The Rapides Symphony Orchestra is thrilled to announce their first concert of the 2020-2021 Season! This year's performance was originally titled  "Brassy Holidays," but due to restrictions on wind instruments, the symphony's annual holiday concert will now feature a strings and percussion performance.

The concert will be held at Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center, both indoors (with a max capacity of 250) and outdoors (in a drive-in fashion). The venue has various sanitation and mitigation procedures in place, including masks and temperature checks for all patrons and musicians. 

 

SAVE THE DATE - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6 AT 2:30 PM 

More information on ticketing and seating will be available soon!

Coughlin-Sanders Performing Arts Center
1202 3rd Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/06/2020

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, and this magical event will not disappoint! This fun filled event will feature kid-focused activities hosted at the Hotel Bentley in downtown Alexandria.

Aimed to get the whole family ready for the Christmas season, Mrs. Clause and her magical elves have a program lined up that will have everyone up and singing. Children will have the opportunity to partake in lots of Christmas-themed stations, including writing letters to Santa, a hot chocolate station, preparing reindeer food, and even taking a picture with Santa!

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6 

10:30 am - 11:30 am | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

The Hotel Bentley of Alexandria
200 Desoto St
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/08/2020

How about a little coffee and cake to get you in the holiday spirit? Start your day by delighting the senses in a colorful Christmas wonderland at The Jewel Box. The Team at Stache' will be completely transforming THE GEM in Downtown Alexandria into a picture-perfect experience for you to enjoy. This is the perfect holiday setting for a quick gathering of friends or coworkers before a busy day of shopping or heading off to work.
 

DECEMBER 8 & 10 

8 am - 10 am 
Admission includes coffee or tea & choice of delicious locally made pastries, coffee cake or sweet breads.

The Gem
1014 3rd Street #A
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/09/2020

Bring your children to meet the big man himself at this perfect photo opportunity in a magical setting with Santa. The team at Stache' will be transforming THE GEM in Downtown Alexandria into a picture-perfect winter wonderland. 
 

DECEMBER 9, 16, & 21

10am - 12pm | 12pm - 2pm | 2pm - 4pm

Admission includes choice of milk, juice or coffee and cookies.
 

The Gem
1014 3rd Street #A
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/09/2020

Donuts with Santa at The Jewel Box will be a magical winter wonderland unlike anything Cenla has ever experienced! The team at Stache' will be completely transforming THE GEM in Downtown Alexandria for you and your family to enjoy. Donuts with Santa is a perfect opportunity for grandparents and family members to snap a photo in our festive holiday setting with Santa! 

To adhere to current Covid guidelines (subject to change) Santa will be placed on a 7’ couch and children will be placed at the opposite end for parents to take photos.

 

DECEMBER 9, 16, & 21

8 am - 10 am 

Admissions includes donuts and a choice of milk or juice.

The Gem
1014 3rd Street #A
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/11/2020

The holidays could not be any brighter than at The Jewel Box! Gather friends, family and colleagues to enjoy a delicious brunch in a picture-perfect setting unlike anything Cenla has ever experienced.
The team at Stache' will be completely transforming The GEM in Downtown Alexandria into a magical winter wonderland for you to enjoy.

 

DECEMBER 11, 13, & 20

11 pm - 1 pm 

Admission includes: choice of coffee, hot tea or juice and a glass of champagne along with a beaultiful selection of breakfast favorites.

The Gem
1014 3rd Street #A
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/12/2020

’Tis the season for Christmas parades, and Central Louisiana is ready to roll with a weekend of city parades that will have you cheering “Throw me Something, Santa!” 

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12

The Town of Ball Christmas Parade will start at 2:00pm. More details to come! 

Ball, LA 71405
 
12/13/2020

’Tis the season for Christmas parades, and Central Louisiana is ready to roll with a weekend of city parades that will have you cheering “Throw me Something, Santa!” 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13
City of Alexandria Christmas Parade kicks off at 2:00 pm

Alexandria, La 71301
 
12/14/2020

Tis the season for a champagne social! Bubbles & Nibbles is the perfect opportunity to meet with new or old friends to enjoy a little bubbly this holiday season.
The Jewel Box is unlike anything Cenla has ever experienced! The team at Stache' will be completely transforming The GEM in Downtown Alexandria for you to celebrate with friends and family in a chic, glamorous setting. Come for the bubbly, stay for the gorgeous photo ops! 

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 14

6:30 pm - 10 pm

Admission includes two glasses of champagne (bubbles) and one savory homemade side* (nibbles) served in a magical winter wonderland.

*Choice of sides: Gouda mac & cheese, baked potato chips or BLT pasta.

The Gem
1014 3rd Street #A
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/17/2020

It will be A-NOT-SO-SILENT-NIGHT at this Huckleberry Pop Up!

The Jewel box, located at The GEM in Downtown Alexandria is a magical winter wonderland unlike anything Cenla has ever experienced. Take a break from holiday shopping and ugly sweater parties to join us for a cold craft beer from our friends over at Huckleberry and to add to the fun a Taco Truck will be available for purchase streetside.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17

6:30 pm - 10 pm

Admission includes two craft beers, seasonal or flagship and tis’ the seasoned popcorn.

This one is definitely for the guys but of course the gals are welcome too!

The Gem
1014 3rd Street #A
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/18/2020

Cenlabration will return December 18-19, 2020!

Featuring live music, vendors market, tasty food, and beer releases at Huckleberry Brewing Co. 

There'll be a lot of fun on tap, so be sure to mark your calendars! Cheers!

Huckleberry Brewing Co.
4724 Sterkx Rd
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/21/2020

This event is for anyone looking for something different. Grab friends & family to celebrate the holidays in style at the Jewel Box!

Prepare yourself to be transported to a winter wonderland from the moment your walk through the doors. The team at Stache' will be completely transforming The GEM in Downtown Alexandria for you to warm up with a Hot Toddy at The Jewel Box. Come for the party, stay for the gorgeous photo ops! 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 21

6:30 - 12:30 pm

Admission includes: Choice of Hot Buttered Rum, Boozy Hot Chocolate or Hotty Toddy served with butter cookies, Brie & ginger bread.

The Gem
1014 3rd St #A
Alexandria, LA 71301