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Christmas in Alexandria - Pineville

Christmas in Alexandria - Pineville

The holiday season in Alexandria/Pineville is sure to bring both good tidings and great joy. The holiday extravaganza, in the heart of Louisiana will be complete with sparkling lights, community parades, appearances by Santa Claus, and performing arts. Whether it’s enjoying an old-fashioned Christmas, the annual Holiday Light Safari, the new AlexWinterFête, shopping for gifts, touring historic homes, or listening to Christmas carols that puts you in the holiday spirit, you can fi­nd it all in Alexandria/Pineville during their annual 12 Nights of Christmas.

So plan your trip today. Use the itinerary builder to create a list of events you don’t want to miss then book a hotel room. Merry Christmas!


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The City of Alexandria will be hosting their annaul Winterfête with ice skating, santa, live music and shopping. 

Downtown Alexandria

Join the Arts Council of Central Louisiana for a night of pure magic! 

If you enjoyed Cirque-tacular's performance of Snowkus Pocus last year, you will love Shimmer - A Winter Cirque Reverie.

Journey to a shimmering winter wonderland of circus spectacle and derring-do! Marvel at the bendy ballerina in her glistening snow globe. Find yourself aglow as the aerial snow ballet mesmerizes your senses. Astonishing acrobatics, dazzling specialty acts, and glittering costumes abound in a warm and whimsical world the whole family will enjoy! 

The incredible event will take place at Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center during the first night of AlexWinter Fête (Thursday, November 29th).

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors (65+), $10 for students/children (ages 3 & up), and $50 for a family (2 adults & 2 children). 

Contact for information about member discounts.

Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center
1202 Third Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
11/30/2018 | 12/01/2018 | 12/02/2018

A Calvary Christmas will for sure become one of the highlights of your Christmas season as we present a two-act visually stunning multimedia event. It will feature a cast and choir of over 400 people, a full orchestra, live animals, flying angels and much more! It is complete with all of your Christmas favorites, including the beautiful Living Nativity. At the heart of this production will be the simple story of Christmas-the manger, shepherds, Joseph and Mary, the Christ child-and the glorious hope we have in our Savior!

Calvary Baptist Church
5011 Jackson Street
Alexandria, LA 71303

The Annual Porch Sale is held on a major shopping weekend so guests have the opportunity to purchase unique, original works of art just in time for the gift giving season. Works may range from pottery, paintings, sculpture, fiber arts, mobiles, jewelry, photographs, mixed media etc. Every year the Sale expands to feature new artists from across the state. River Oaks is also home to a sales gallery which features exclusive works by the Louisiana Crafts Guild. Numerous artists are on-site during the event with sales tables and demonstration features. 

River Oaks Square Arts Center
1330 Second Street
Alexandria, LA 71301

Start your holiday season in spectacular fashion with the Rapides Symphony Orchestra and the Louisiana College Chorale on Sunday, December 2 at Louisiana College’s newly renovated Guinn Auditorium. It will be a concert filled with holiday favorites that the whole family can enjoy. Kris Kringle himself may even make an appearance! Visit to get your tickets today!

Guinn Auditorium - Louisiana College
1140 College Drive
Pineville, LA 71360

Alexandria Museum of Art
933 Second Street
Alexandria, LA 71301

The Parade will be on Friday, December 7, 2018 beginning at 7PM. The parade this year will begin on Main Street at Hospital/Napoleon Blvd., in front of Huey P. Long. It will then continue up Main Street to Military Highway and end at the Trotter Center (Military Highway at Claibornce Street). 

City of Pineville
Pineville, LA
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Bundle up and stroll through the Zoo's natural setting, aglow with thousands of glistening lights and "wild animal theme" light diplays. Enjoy train rides, Santa, activities for children, entertainment on select evenings, photo ops and more!

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301

Join us on Dec 8th at our beautiful new Journey Church Alexandria Campus to experience the story of Christmas with your family! Free activities for kids, free photo with Santa, live nativity, live music, food trucks, vendors and more! Stop by for your chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree! Learn more, connect with us, and register to win at

Journey Church Alexandria
1898 MacArthur Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
First Baptist Church Pineville
901 Main Street
Pineville, LA 71360

Join us at the Kent Plantation House for some FREE hot chocolate, cookies, and crafts! I have it on good authority that we will have a visitor in a dashing red suit! So invite your friends and family for this fun event full of plenty of take home crafts!


Kent Plantation House
3601 Bayou Rapides
Alexandria, LA 71301

Line up begins at 12:30pm at Paradise Elementary on Highway 165 (Monroe Highway) in Ball.

Town of Ball
Highway 165 (Monroe Highway)
Ball, LA 71405

This year's parade will once again start at Gus Kaplan Drive proceed up Jackson Street Extension and disassemble at the Alexandria Senior High School parking lot. The parade will start at 2pm and last until around 4pm.

Becky Deville, Co-Chairman 

Chris Chelette, Chairman

Alexandria, LA

Grammy award winner Jason Crabb will be special guest for the annual POA Christmas Concert. Tickets are on sale now! 

Sunday, December 9th at 6pm (doors open at 5pm)

Tickets prices: 

General Admission - $5.00 (+$1.25 ticket service fee)

VIP Seating - $15.00 (+1.75 ticket service fee) -VIP Sections are those sections closest to the stage. 

Children 4 years & older required to have a ticket. Anyone regardless of age, who takes up a seat, is required to have a ticket. *children 3 years or younger are allowed to sit in the lap of a parent/guardian and are not required to have a ticket. 

For questions or more information, call 318.427-6631

Pentecostals of Alexandria
2817 Rapides Avenue
Alexandria, LA 71301

The Garden District Neighborhood Foundation and the Alexandria Historic Preservation Commission present the 4th annual Holiday Tour of Homes on December 15th. This year the event starts and ends at St. James Church where folks can hop on the trolley and begin the tour of four beautifully decorated homes. The tour will run from 1pm to 5pm. Tickets are $20 before December 14th. 

St. James Episcopal Church
1620 Murray Street
Alexandria, LA 71301