The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann is brought to life in The Nutcracker Ballet. Peter Tchaikovsky’s music evokes images of swirling snow and fantastic characters. Sword fighting mice and soldiers, angels, and snowflakes give way to a succession of dancers portraying various characters in the “Land of Sweets.” Ladies and gentlemen dancing at a grand party, children opening gifts and watching a puppet show, gently falling snow . . . these scenes and more await you at The Nutcracker Ballet presented by the Red River Dance Theatre Company. Red River Dance Theatre Company will give their annual presentation of The Nutcracker Ballet at Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center Saturday, November 25 at 7 PM and Sunday, November 26 at 2 PM. Join Red River Dance Theatre Company and experience the magic of The Nutcracker Ballet – a holiday tradition!
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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!
Louisiana State University in Alexandria brings the pride and spirit of LSU to north Louisiana! This year, the college will be hosting Christmas on the Quad. Santa will begin the countdown to ignite the lights of the schools’ water tower and its’ Christmas tree and to begin the fireworks. There will also be caroling, cookies and hot chocolate for all guest to enjoy. This event is free and open to the public.
Ice skating, Santa, snow, Indie Village, live music, food, shopping and so much more! This family-friendly festival, named the 2016 Festival of the Year by the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association, is held in downtown Alexandria and takes place over three event-packed days. AlexWinterFete kicks off with Downtown Holiday Magic featuring local choirs and performing groups, the official lighting of downtown, the arrival of Santa, cookie-decorating event, and new this year - Snowkus Pocus! Ice skating, music, food, shopping and more events continue on Friday and Saturday. Experience a beautiful fireworks show over Red River on Friday night.
Based in New York City, with artists nationwide, Cirque-tacular Entertainment is considered one of the premiere acrobatic production companies in the United States!
In Snowkus Pocus, young Brianna is whisked away to an enchanted winter wonderland where she encounters the colorful characters that inhabit this magical world. This tale is told through dazzling cirque, breathtaking ballet, and incredible acrobatics that will amaze, inspire, and enchant your imagination.
This snow show for all ages will melt your heart! This incredible event will take place at Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center during the first night of AlexWinter Fête!
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 concert of sounds of the season for the whole family to enjoy. Returning to sing with the Symphony is Broadway performer Natalie Gallo.
Time: 2:30 PM
For seven years now, Kansas City Southern has transformed retired trains into a holiday spectacle. The six-car train is bedazzled in Christmas lights and consist of reindeer and a mini Christmas village, a gingerbread box car, an elf workshop, a reindeer stable, a flatcar that carries Santa's sleigh, a red caboose and a smiling tank car that leads the way.
At each stop, the Holiday Express donates warm clothes and other items that children need to the local Salvation Army. The Holiday Express will be arriving at 901 Melrose Street in Pineville at 4 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
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!
The Cenla Christmas Spectacular is back for its tenth year; ready to bring you the same great yuletide entertainment that you’ve come to expect. Completely home grown 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!
Alexandria's historic Garden District will feature homes open for tour, each with individual history and architectural character.