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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, 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 area.

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!

 

E.g., 11/20/2019
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11/22/2019

This event serves as the Department of Music at Louisiana College’s annual Christmas production! From soloists and narrators to choral and instrumental ensembles, this is sure to be a a wonderful way to kickoff the Christmas season! All ages welcome as we will be visited by a special red-suited guest! Shows begin at 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM.

Martin Performing Arts Center
1140 College Drive
Pineville, LA 71360
 
11/23/2019

Meet Santa, Rudolph, and their character friends during Santa’s Arrival Party! Character greetings, & entertainment by Steps by Stephanie dancers. Goody bags and One FREE holiday train ride with the donation of a canned good to The Salvation Army during the event*.

*While supplies last, first 200 children. 12 and under please.

Alexandria Mall
3437 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
11/30/2019

Make plans to come out to our Christmas Edition of the 5th Saturday Market! Do your holiday shopping from local vendors featuring Holiday decor! Saturday, Nov 30th from 9am-2pm.

Main Street & Shamrock Street
Pineville, LA 71360
 
11/30/2019 | 12/01/2019

Red River Dance brings you The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky.
Performed by both professional and local ballet dancers, this Central Louisiana tradition is the perfect way to start the holiday season.

Couhglin-Saunders Performing Arts Center
1202 Third Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/02/2019

The 2019 Kansas City Southerner (KCS) Holiday Express train will be bringing joy and promoting goodwill in Pineville, LA this year. Pineville is one of the communities along the KCS rail network stopping in 20 communities in five U.S. states on 25 dates.

Guests to the train can visit with Snata Claus and walk through brightly lit rail cars filled with holiday displays. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

Pineville, LA
 
12/05/2019 | 12/06/2019 | 12/07/2019 | 12/08/2019

Hearn Stage in the Kress Theatre
1101 Third Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
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Alexandria Zoo is lighting up the season with Holiday Light Safari. Create wonderful holiday memories with a casual stroll through the Zoo’s colorful environment sparkling with thousands of lights and whimsical lighted animal figures.

Holiday Light Safari features hundreds of thousands of lights, holiday train rides, Santa, kids' activities, and more!

December 5-7, 12-14, 19-21 & 26-28, 2019
(Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays)

Alexandria Zoological Park
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
Holiday Light Safari 2019
 
12/05/2019

They’re back — The Arts Council of Central Louisiana presents Lightwire Theatre: A Very Electric Christmas!

LightWire Theatre: A Very Electric Christmas will be presented on Thursday, December 5th @ 7 PM at Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center.

Brighten your holidays this season and follow the story of a young bird named Max and his family as they begin their journey south for the winter. When Max gets blown off course and ends up at the North Pole, his adventure begins! Magical enough for all ages! A heartwarming story set to timeless holiday music.

Ticket pricing is as followed:
General Admission: $18 | Senior: $15 | Student/Child (ages 3+): $10 | Family (2 adults + 2 students): $45

Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center
1202 3rd Street, Al
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/05/2019 | 12/06/2019 | 12/07/2019 | 12/08/2019

In 1998, a few people from Emmanuel began “dreaming out loud” about a unique ministry to tell the story of Jesus’ birth. As other folks joined in the conversation, it grew into what we call “Pilgrimage to Bethlehem.” More than a Christmas pageant or a living nativity scene, Pilgrimage is a full-scale re-creation of 1st century Bethlehem. Hundreds of volunteers from the church and community put in thousands of hours to bring the city to life. In addition to the tour portion of the experience, musicians and actors present a continuously running Christmas program in the sanctuary for groups waiting to enter the city.

Since Pilgrimage requires upwards of 18 months of preparation, we typically schedule the event in alternating years.  All are invited. And as in years past, admission is absolutely free.

Emmanuel Baptist Church
430 Jackson Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
Pilgrimage 1
 
12/07/2019

The Annual Porch Sale is located in the historic Bolton Home which also houses the Center’s Gallery Gift Shop. 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.

The Annual Porch Sale Shopping Event on Saturday, December 7th from 9am – 3pm in the Bolton Home & Studio Annex Building featuring Original works of art just in time for the gift giving season!

River Oaks Square Arts Center
1330 Second Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/07/2019

Point Of Grace is bringing A Christmas Story Tour to Alexandria, LA for one night only!

Featuring Point of Grace, Aaron Shust and with special guest, Mallary Hope. Don’t miss this evening of Christmas Favorites as we celebrate the season of Jesus’ birth.

Calvary Baptist Church
5011 Jackson Street
Alexandria, LA 71303
 
12/08/2019

The Symphony performs its annual Holiday Concert including music from The Nutcracker and other Christmas favorites.

Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts
1202 Third Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/10/2019

Old Fashioned Christmas at Kent House is a FREE family event. There will be plenty of Christmas crafts for children to take home with them and they can decorate the Kent House Christmas Tree with old fashioned popcorn and cranberry garland and paper chains. There will be a visit from Papa Noel and free hot cocoa (or lemonade if it’s warm outside) and cookies for all to enjoy. Kent House is located at 3601 Bayou Rapides Road in Alexandria, LA 71303. For any questions, please call 318-487-5998.

Kent Plantation House
3601 Bayou Rapides Road
Alexandria, LA 71303
 
12/10/2019

On Tuesday evening, December 10, 2019, the Red River Chorale will present Celebrating Christmasat 7:30 P.M. at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in downtown Alexandria .

Set in the beautiful sanctuary of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, our annual Christmas concert will feature a joyful procession and a variety of Christmas and holiday music, both sacred and secular. In addition to unaccompanied selections, the chorus will sing music accompanied by piano, organ, and string ensemble.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students.

St. Francis Xavier Cathedral
626 Fourth Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
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Festival Times

Thursday 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 11:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Ice skating closes 1 hour before the festival closes.

Schedule

Thursday, December 12
5:00 P.M.-6:30 PMHoliday Magic & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
5:00 P.M.-10:00 PMMusical Entertainment & Ice Skate Rink Open

Friday, December 13
12:00 PM - 2:00 PMSpecial Needs Skating
1:00 PM -  4:00 PMVendors Set-Up
2:00 PM -  4:00 PMCorporate Sponsor Skate
4:00 PM -  10:00 PMEvent Kicks Off with Ice Skate Rink Open, Choo Choo Alex, Jolly Junction, Vendors Active, Musical Entertainment 
4:00 PM - 11:00 PMIndie Village

Saturday, December 14
8:00 AM5K Ugly Sweater Run
8:00 AM - 10:00 PMMusical Entertainment
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Employee Skating Day
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Vendor Set-Up
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Multicultural Village
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM -Ice Skate Rink Open, Choo Choo Alex, Jolly Junction, Vendors Active
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM Indie Village
12:00 PM - 4:00 PMAdopt-A-Pet (Jolly Junction Area)
2:00 PMGumbo Cook-Off Judging
3:00 PMCookie Eating Contest
10:00 PMFireworks

Sunday, December 15
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM DJ/Ice Skate Rink Open
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM - AMGA Holiday Parade

Downtown Alexandria
Alexandria, LA 71301
2019 AlexWinterFete
 
12/13/2019

More Info to come.

Downtown Pineville
Pineville, LA
Pineville Christmas Parade
 
12/14/2019

Bolton Conservatory Theatre
2101 Vance Avenue
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/14/2019

The Cenla Christmas Spectacular is back for its twelfth year; ready to bring you the same great yuletide
entertainment that you’ve come to expect. Completely homegrown here in Cenla. Featuring performing arts
organizations from all over Cenla, performances by the Lagniappe Theatre Company, and your two favorite Cajun radio hosts Dirty Coutille and Jean “the Clod” Claude. Don’t miss your chance to have your Christmas Spirit lifted and have your funny bone tickled!

Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts
1202 Third Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/14/2019

Beautiful homes and St. James Episcopal Church will be open for the tour in the historic Garden District, each with individual history and architectural character. Tour participants begin their tour at St. James Episcopal Church located on Murray Street, where they can park their car, pick up tickets, and hop on the “Spirit of Alexandria” trolleys. Tickets are $25 and are available for purchase online in advance at www.GardenDistrictNeighborhood.org or in person at Southern Chic and Main Dish & More in Alexandria. Tickets will also be available at the ticket booth the day of the event.

Various Houses
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/14/2019

Santa’s making his list – and probably making a lot of exceptions for us at #TabooHarley.  The big man himself will be here on Saturday, December 14th from 10am – 3pm for you to take a few snapshots before heading on your merry way! We’ll have Christmas cookies & hot cocoa to keep you toasty while supplies last.

Taboo Harley Davidson
2030 North Mall Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/15/2019

Christmas themed floats and entertainment. Join us for the Annual Alexandria Christmas Parade! The Alexandria Mardi Gras Association (AMGA) will host the Annual Alexandria Christmas Parade at 2:00 p.m.  This year's parade will move downtown! more information to come! 

Downtown Alexandria
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/19/2019

Bolton Conservatory Theatre
2101 Vance Avenue
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/20/2019

Get to The Pointe Ballet Academy invites you to join us on a magical multi genre dance interpretation of the Christmas favorite, Polar Express. Performed by students of each level of the academy under the direction of Sarah Ochs. Take a ride with us to kick off your Christmas season!

Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center
1202 Third Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/20/2019

Rock the Holidays with two Louisiana Music Hall of Famers! Zebra, Lillian Axe, and special guests Post Profit will perform LIVE at Rapides Parish Coliseum on Friday, December 20th!

Zebra is a hard rock band that formed in 1975 in New Orleans, LA. It features Randy Jackson (guitar and vocals), Felix Hanemann (bass, keyboards and vocals) and Guy Gelso (drums and vocals). Their mainstream debut on Atlantic Records in 1983 featured the singles “Tell Me What You Want” and “Who’s Behind The Door”. Like Twisted Sister, Zebra cut their teeth on the East Coast club circuit, frequently playing at clubs on Long Island, NY.

Zebra started their career by playing covers of Led Zeppelin, Moody Blues and Rush songs: it was their early fans’ reaction to their Led Zeppelin renditions that helped convince the band to bring their act to New York. They had introduced their original material into their cover sets years before they were signed to Atlantic Records, including “The La La Song”, “Free” and “Bears” (originally entitled “The Bears are Hibernating”).

Zebra had been noticed as an original act to contend with by local colleges and even had some of their early original performances recorded by Long Island FM radio station WBAB, culminating in the inclusion of one of their songs on a release of “WBAB’s Homegrown Album”, which commemorated some of the station’s best local acts and performances culled from their on-air “Homegrown Hour” program.

The band continued to tour throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and in 2003 released Zebra IV, their first album of all-new material since 1986. A DVD of recent live performances, mostly from a show at the House of Blues in New Orleans, was released in the summer of 2007. Zebra is a band of legendary status in two “hometown” areas, Louisiana and Long Island. They were inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2010.

Through big shot producers, major label record deals, MTV videos and quarter of a million record sales in the United States alone, New Orleans hard rock survivors Lillian Axe have persevered through the years and still to this day, record new music and tour.

From humble beginnings in 1983, the New Orleans-based hard rock act rose above the cream of the bands touring the southern U.S. club circuit. Within three years, the band’s live show had built a reputation that was becoming legendary throughout the south. While opening with Ratt, Poison, and Queensryche, the guys caught the eye of MCA Records executive Irving Azoff and also Marshall Berle (nephew of Milton Berle). Irving Azoff immediately signed Lillian Axe to MCA Records. Fueled by their hit single, “True Believer”, followed by their cover of the Badfinger classic, “No Matter What”, and VH1 Classic favorite video for “Show A Little Love”, Lillian Axe reached the upper 100 of the Billboard album charts.

Lillian Axe was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame on May 16, 2010, the first hard rock band inducted into the LMHOF.

Post Profit is an alternative rock band from Longview Texas, featuring Matt Jackson (Guitar/Vocals), Nick Hawner (Guitar/Vocals) Jordan Conley (Bass/Vocals), and Zach Hicks (Drums/Vocals). Hear their single, “Some Sad Song” here: https://youtu.be/8ciIpskKur4 

Rapides Parish Coliseum
5600 Coliseum Boulevard
Alexandria, LA 71303