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December 2014

December 2014

2014 Events for the Family through the New Year!

The Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights has plenty of things to see and do now through the New Year's Day.

For the Adults: With six riverboat casinos, Shreveport-Bossier offers weekend entertainment and the perfect getaway. Rockin' Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters will hit the Sam's Town Live stage for an energetic start to your New Year, Dec. 31 at Sam's Town Casino and Hotel. Casino patrons will get the party started at 6 p.m. with Flashback 5 in Sam's Town Live playing a mix of top 40 songs. Rockin' Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters will take the stage at 10 p.m.

For the Kids: If you are looking for the perfect place where your kids can get into the festive Christmas spirit, look no further than the North Louisiana Children's Museum in West Monroe. During the holiday season the museum is transformed into Santa's Christmas Village, where children can ice skate, play with holiday decorations, and more. Alexandria/Pineville offers the Holiday Lights Safari for kids big and small. Walk through the lighted 33-acre park and get up close and personal with some of your favorite animals.

For Multi-Generations: The Gardens of the American Rose Center in Shreveport offers Christmas in Roseland for visitors young and old. Now through Dec. 28, on Fridays through Sundays, 5 to 9 p.m. wander through the hundreds of dazzling lights and see the creative Christmas cards designed by local school children. For the shopaholics, check out downtown Minden for one-of-a-kind antiques or visit historic Natchitoches for shopping along the Cane River. Every Saturday from now until New Year's, Natchitoches will offer fireworks starting at 7 p.m. From home tours to live music, the Louisiana Holiday Trail of lights has something for everyone! Check out our website for more upcoming events!

2014 A Picture Could Help You Win Big...

A picture says a thousand words and we want to see how you captured the spirit of the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights, Shreveport- Bossier, Minden, Monroe-West Monroe, Natchitoches or Alexandria/Pineville in 2014. If you or a loved one has a fun and creative holiday picture from the Trail, we want to see them!  If you are chosen at random, you could win a $50 gift card to the Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets, a family four pack of tickets to Sci-Port: Louisiana’s science Center in Shreveport-Bossier and the Alexandria Zoo for the Holiday Lights Safari, and much more! To enter this contest, it is as simple as this:

  1. Like our Facebook page
  2. Post a picture on our wall and make sure to use the hashtag #FalalalaLouisiana so we can find them!
  3. Do this between December 8 and December 14.
  4. We will pick a winner at random on Monday, December 15.

We will also choose our favorite pictures and post them from now until Christmas on our Facebook and Twitter accounts! Rules: Contest will begin on December 8, 2014 and end on December 14, 2014 at 12:00am (midnight). Winner will be chosen at random by a random number generator ( Each picture will be given a number based on the time stamp on the picture. Entries using the hashtag #FalalalaLouisiana will only be valid. By sharing your photo for this contest, you agree to release HTOL and all of its partners from any liabilities. By sharing your photo, you allow HTOL to use the photo for promotional purposes only on its website, social media channels, and other platforms. By sharing your photo, you agree that you have permission for all parties in the photo to be posted on social media.


Taste of the Trail: Sherry’s Diner has the Best Desserts.

Taste of the Trail: Sherry’s Diner has the Best Desserts.

If you are looking for downhome cooking in Shreveport-Bossier, Sherry’s Diner needs to be on your list to check out. This small eatery is tucked away in Shreveport’s Stoner Hill neighborhood but the big flavor has people coming from miles to eat.

One thing you have to know about Owner Sherry Jefferson is that she makes everything from scratch. You will never see her using a box mix for something that is just as easy to make on her own.

This restaurant is what we like to call a plate lunch kitchen. This means the menu changes every day and you will get your choice of a protein and two side items. On Tuesday’s, you can get your choice of a neckbone, meatloaf, or smothered pork chops. I had the meatloaf with mac and cheese and corn. I used to hate meatloaf before this experience, but have I changed my mind thanks to Sherry’s. The meatloaf was so tender that my fork glided through it and it paired beautifully with the mac and cheese, made with creamy Velveeta.

If you are looking for a great homemade dessert, you need to try the banana pudding that Sherry’s is known for.  This banana pudding is not the average pudding. The texture is more of a thick custard, which makes it more fluffy and dense. It’s like a little slice of heaven in your mouth that will have you begging for more once your bowl is empty!

If you are looking for a dessert recipe for the holidays, Sherry has given us that awesome banana pudding that you can use for your friends and family.

Sherry’s Diner Banana Pudding

  • 5 bananas
  • 1 Box (15 oz.) of vanilla wafers
  • 1 Can (14 oz.) of Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 Container (16 oz.) of Cool Whip
  • 1 Box (5 oz.) of instant vanilla pudding

Mix Cool Whip and Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk. Prepare pudding according to instructions on package. Slice bananas. In a bowl, layer pudding mixture, cookies, and bananas. Repeat until all pudding mixture is used and topped. Cover and refrigerate 3-4 hours until mixture sets. Serves 10.

2014 Holiday Home Tours Bring the Holidays Home

For the holidays, I like to see how others decorate their homes to get ideas for my own. This year on the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights, six of the cities will be offering holiday home tours. The first home tours start in Shreveport-Bossier spanning two weekends - Dec. 4-5 and Dec. 11-12. Step-on guide Jan Pettiet will take visitors through two private residences on the Candlelight Christmas Home Tours, which will include the Logan Mansion, a magnificent 1897 Queen Ann Victorian home, and the Davis Homeplace, which dates back to 1916.  Tour-goers can park at Festival Plaza in downtown Shreveport and board the trolley, which will take them to each home. The cost is $26 per person and tickets must be purchased in advance through Eventbrite. To the west of Shreveport-Bossier, Minden will be offering the Historic District Christmas Candlelight Holiday Tour of Homes, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Dec. 13. Visitors can meet at the Stewart Center, located at 521 East & West Street, to board the shuttle to the homes. The tour includes homes and churches that depict the architecture of downtown including Greek Revival, Spanish Colonial, Victorian and more. The cost is $10 per person and can be purchased on the day of the tour. Natchitoches is bringing back its popular Natchitoches Christmas by Candlelight Holiday Tour of Homes, Dec. 10, 12, 17 and 19. The hour-long tours start at 5 p.m. except Saturday tours, which are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 13 and 20. Tour-goers will receive a map to navigate from home to home in historic downtown. These tours showcase some of the most beautiful homes in the oldest settlement in Louisiana. Natchitoches celebrates its tri-centennial this year. The cost is $20 per person and can be purchased in advance by calling 800-259-1714. New to the Trail this year, the Holiday Tour of Homes in Alexandria's historic Garden District will open four homes - the Omar Bradley Home on Marye Street, Walter Hill Home on Albert Street, Bottle House on Polk Street and the Scott-Thomas-McDaniel Home on Barrister Street, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 13.  Participants begin their tour at the First United Methodist Church, located at 2727 Jackson Street, where they will board a trolley that stops at each home. The cost is $25 per person and tickets can be purchased in advance through For more holiday events, visit