Hey it’s me, Holly the Holiday Trail of Lights Elf! That’s right—straight from the North Pole and all the way to North Louisiana to celebrate the HOLLYdays the right way (that is, in the eight cities along the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights, he-he). I’m so excited to spend the Christmas season in such a cozy, hospitable place, and I’m even more excited to share my adventures with you! Last weekend, I went on the best trip in the whole world, and I traveled to each and every one of the cities along the Trail—it was AMAZING, to say the least! My friends and I had a blast, so let me tell you about it! We started out in Alexandria-Pineville with a tour of the Hotel Bentley, Forts Randolph and Buhlow (where I rode on a ship just my size!), and the Loyd Hall Bed and Breakfast; and we finished the day with dinner at Diamond Grill (I had the duck—it was ah-may-zing!).
I'm on a boat!
Then, we moseyed on over to the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum in Monroe-West Monroe to tour the Biedenharn Museum & Gardens and preview Santa’s Christmas Village (and, of course, test out the new Toboggan slide) before shopping along Antique Alley and stopping to grab lunch at Trapp’s.
10 out of 10 Elfs say the new Toboggan slide at Santa's Christmas Village at the Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum in Monroe is a must-try! Holly tested, Holly approved.
With a full belly, we traveled to Minden where we were greeted by over 100 life-sized nutcrackers (of course, these nutcrackers were giants to me, but they seemed harmless) and the mayor! After I met each and every one of the handsome nutcrackers, we toured the Germantown Colony Museum (where I chilled on a really old, comfy bed) and experienced the lights fantastic as we drove through downtown Minden and departed for the next city.
The beds at the Germantown Colony Museum in Minden were not too hard and not too soft. They were just right (and old).
Once we arrived in Shreveport-Bossier, we visited the American Rose Center and previewed the whimsical winter wonderland of Christmas in Roseland, filled with lighted displays and enormous Christmas cards! We stayed at the lovely Fairfield Bed and Breakfast, where I quickly made friends with the incredible collection of Staffordshire Spaniels displayed throughout the house. The next morning, after breakfast, we went shopping at Agora Borealis, the most magnificent and magical art gallery/marketplace in the whole world. It might’ve been cooler than Santa’s workshop, but don’t tell him I said that!
I met a friend from back home while touring Christmas at Roseland in Shreveport! #NorthPoleBFFs
To finish the trip, we made the quick drive over to Natchitoches, where we toured the Clementine Hunter exhibit at the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, did some shopping along Front Street, and went to the huge kickoff event, Turn On the Holidays. Turn On the Holidays was amazing! I got to see the Christmas Belles pull the switch to turn on the Christmas lights and the amazing fireworks light up the sky.
The Clementine Hunter exhibit was so neat! Painting is my favorite, but when I asked if I could paint myself into a few scenes, they said no. Maybe next time!
So, as you can see, there are SO MANY ACTIVITIES in the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights cities! These cities are way better than the North Pole—again, don’t tell Santa. In fact, I don’t know if I ever want to go back. But, anyway, please please please join me as I fly back and forth along the Trail and re-visit the cities and explore everything they have to offer! It’s going to be the best Christmas ever, I can feel it. Stay in touch with my whereabouts by following the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights on Facebook and Twitter. But, if you want a little something extra, subscribe to our e-newsletter and receive an update on what I’ve been doing.
Avid lover of all things Christmas, Holly the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights Elf enjoys traveling from city to city across North Louisiana and sharing her adventures with friends.
More fun facts about Holly:
Registered candy connoisseur
Able to quote every single Christmas movie ever made
Firm believer that North Louisiana is the best place in the whole World
Master of the #Elfie