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June 2017

June 2017

Group Tours Made Easy for the Holidays

Holiday home tours are popular along the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights.

There are fewer than two dozen weeks until Christmas. But you don’t have to wait until then to start planning your group’s holiday excursion.

The Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights is eight festive north Louisiana cities – on I-20 east to west (Monroe-West Monroe, Minden and Shreveport-Bossier) and on I-49 north to south (Natchitoches and Alexandria/Pineville). All of the cities are an easy one-hour drive of the other.

Planning can be extremely easy for church groups, motorcoach tours, girlfriend getaways, family reunions, or groups of 10 or more. The website at www.holidaytrailoflights.com has several themed itineraries. But if you are looking for a more personalized experience, you can reach out to a group tour sales person in any one of the cities. Here are some complimentary services that you can take advantage of:

  • Hotel Request for Proposal to save you from having to call multiple hotels in each city
  • Customized itinerary planning based on your dates, holiday events and group’s interests
  • Group-friendly restaurant and attraction suggestions to round out the itinerary and experience

To make trip planning easier, please contact a group tour sales manager from any of the following cities. You can rest easy knowing they will help you plan the entire trip from start to finish:

Alexandria-Pineville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Shirley Ingram, Tour & Travel, 800-551-9546 or shirley@apacvb.org

Monroe-West Monroe Convention & Visitors Bureau
Harolyn Falgoust, Group Tour Sales Manager, 800-843-1872 or hfalgoust@monroe-westmonroe.org

Natchitoches Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
Katherine Johnson, Groups and Events Consultant, 800-259-1714 or groups@natchitoches.com

Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau
Erica Howard Telsee, Group Tour Sales Manager, 800-551-8682 ext. 104 or etelsee@sbctb.org

Webster Parish Convention & Visitors Bureau
Johnnye Kennon, Administrative Assistant, 318-377-4240 or johnnye.kennon@att.net

For more information on the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights, visit www.holidaytrailoflights.com. For themed itinerary ideas, click here. Follow us on Facebook for trip inspiration.

How to Enjoy the Trail

Holiday Lights Safari and other attractions gear up for Christmas along the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights

Let’s get started planning the most amazing experiences for your group. The first thing you need to decide is how many days your group wants to experience the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights and if you will need hotel accommodations in Shreveport-Bossier, Minden, Monroe-West Monroe, Natchitoches and/or Alexandria/Pineville.

Tours can be one day of sightseeing or a week touring each of the eight cities. Most events are free and some have nominal admission fees. Parking is generally free in each city and a group tour sales staff can help your group navigate parking, find group-friendly restaurants, provide a list of free attractions, and suggest must-see events.

A group tour sales manager can make the decision process a one-stop-shop with hotel accommodations and itinerary building assistance. Based on the number of days you choose to enjoy the Trail, you can pick a signature event in one or all of the cities and plan your trip around that. Here are a few major events in each city:

Shreveport-Bossier

  • Rockets Over the Red Fireworks Festival - Nov. 25, 2017
  • Christmas in Roseland - Nov. 23-Dec. 10 (Fri.-Sun), Dec. 15-17, 2017

Minden

  • Self-driving Downtown Tour of Fasching Fifth Season Light Display - Nov. 18 -Jan. 5, 2017
  • Fasching Fifth Season Celebration - Dec. 9, 2017

Monroe-West Monroe

  • Monroe-West Monroe Bawcomville Redneck Parade - Dec. 2, 2017
  • Festival Weekend - Dec. 1-3, 2017

Natchitoches

  • Festival of Lights - Nov. 18-Jan. 6, 2018
  • 91st Annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival - Dec. 2, 2017

Alexandria/Pineville

  • Alex Winter Fete - Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, 2017
  • Cenla Christmas Spectacular - Dec. 9, 2017

For more information on the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights, visit www.holidaytrailoflights.com. For themed itinerary ideas, click here. Follow us on Facebook for trip inspiration.

Get a Glimpse of the Holiday Trail of Lights

Shopping experiences are abundant along the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights.

The Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights is a collection of experiences in north Louisiana. A quick video tour is sure to get you excited with all the exhilaration of fireworks in Natchitoches during the Festival of Lights, Holiday Lights Safari in Alexandria/Pineville, Fasching German celebration in Minden, shopping in Monroe-West Monroe and festivals and events in Shreveport-Bossier.

After you watch the video if you are inspired and would like to begin planning an itinerary, click on the tab at the top of www.holidaytrailoflights.com that says “Plan Your Holiday”. Here are a few steps to creating your own personalized itinerary.

Step 1 -Under Plan Your Holiday select your favorite city or “View All”

Step 2 - Filter events by region, event date, price, or event category

Step 3 - Review events and select the ones that interest your group and select “Add to Itinerary”

Step 4 - Click the red box in the left bottom corner that says “Click to View My Itinerary”

For more information on the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights, visit www.holidaytrailoflights.com. For themed itinerary ideas, click here. Follow us on Facebook for trip inspiration.