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November 2018

Celebrate The Holidays With Live Music in Shreveport-Bossier

Photo Caption: See A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage at the Strand Theatre on Dec. 20

 

Celebrate The Holidays With Live Music In Shreveport-Bossier

When it comes to holiday music, there is always plenty of back and forth about whether or not the original version of a song is better than any one of the hundreds of covers that have been done over the years. Regardless of what version you love the most, everyone should be able to agree that live music brings a different energy to a song that just can’t be translated over the radio. So if you’re in need of a boost to your holiday spirit, or you just love Christmas music, check out some of the live music events that Shreveport-Bossier has to offer this holiday season.

The James Burton Christmas Concert: Memories of Elvis is bound to be a holiday music experience like no other. This show will feature James Burton and Estelle Brown performing Christmas music as well as some of their favorite songs, including a special tribute to Elvis Presley. Before the show, VIP guests will get to watch and participate in an exclusive interview panel comprised of James Burton, Estelle Brown, and Elvis’s bodyguard, Sam Thompson. This unique concert experience will be held at Margaritaville Resort Casino at 8 p.m on Dec. 8. Tickets are $30 for general admission and $100 for VIP.

On Dec. 15, Bon Temps Coffeehouse is hosting Carols, Cookies and Cocoa. The audience will get to enjoy Christmas carols performed by Jeremy Pryor, complimentary Christmas cookies, and lots of Bon Temps hot cocoa. This fun Christmas event will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bon Temps Coffeehouse. Admission is free.

If you’re a fan of more traditional Christmas carols, Peace On Earth: A Christmas Concert is something you won’t want to miss. Hear carols such as “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Sing We Now of Christmas” as a full orchestra joins the First Baptist Shreveport Choir for this free concert. This annual concert will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 16 at First Baptist Church Shreveport.

On Dec. 20, A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live on Stage will bring the famous magic of Charlie Brown to life with the classic Vince Guaraldi music that has become synonymous with the holidays for so many. Watch your favorite Peanuts characters put on their own Christmas play and discover the true meaning of the season at the Strand Theatre at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35-$55.

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis has become a holiday tradition for many people over the last 30 years as he’s taken this tour across America. Chip Davis brings the spirit of the season to life by combining Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics with his original Fresh Aire music that introduced Mannheim to America. Catch Chip Davis in Shreveport at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium on Dec. 26 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40-$80.

For a complete list of the upcoming holiday events in Shreveport-Bossier, visit www.HolidayTrailofLights.com/Shreveport-Bossier or download our Holly Jolly Handbook.

 

Free Christmas Festivals in Shreveport-Bossier

See Santa at Christmas on Caddo Fireworks Festival, Dec. 1

 

Photo caption: See Santa at Christmas on Caddo Fireworks Festival, Dec. 1

Free Christmas Festivals in Shreveport-Bossier

With all of the craziness of the holidays, there’s nothing better than getting to take a weekend off to have fun. In Shreveport-Bossier, there are plenty of festivals that are put on so you can do just that. To make it even better, they’re all free!

This weekend, on Nov. 24, the annual Rockets Over the Red Fireworks Festival will be taking place on both sides of the Red River. Not only is it a free festival, but the first 500 children will also receive a free gift on both sides of the river.  Riverview Park will have food trucks such as Wonderstick and Miguelito Burrito, live entertainment by acts such as the Shreveport Metropolitan Concert Band and Willie Jones, and a cornhole bag toss tournament.  At Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets, you will get to enjoy live entertainment by Red River Pipes & Drums, Bossier Parish Community College Jazz Band, and more. You’ll also get the opportunity to catch all of the remaining Black Friday deals at the many stores along Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets. There will be pictures with Santa at both locations, just make sure you bring your own camera. The festival will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with fireworks starting at 6:45 p.m.

On Dec. 1, The Christmas on Caddo Fireworks Festival will be celebrating its 24th year of holiday entertainment. Not only will they have a top-of-the-line fireworks show, there will also be food vendors, arts and crafts booths, and a bounce house. To top it all off, Santa will be posing for pictures and giving gifts to the children. The festival will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Earl Williamson Park in Oil City. Fireworks are scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.

On Dec. 1, Vivian will also be hosting their annual Country Christmas Festival. This festival includes the lighting of the town, a holiday parade, the crowning of Miss Country Christmas, arts and crafts, and more. Santa Claus himself will also be there to take pictures with everyone at the festival. The Country Christmas Festival will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Vivian.

On Dec. 8, Benton is celebrating the holidays with the Benton Christmas on the Square Festival and Parade. They have many family-friendly activities planned including a parade, arts and crafts tables, horse rides, bounce houses, house tours, and more. They’ve also added a 5k run, health walk and kid’s fun run to the holiday festivities this year. The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Heritage Village Square.

On Dec. 15, Haughton will be putting on their 2nd Annual Christmas in Haughton Festival. This year’s festivities will include a parade, food trucks, a kid zone, and a variety of local vendors so you can get any last-minute holiday shopping done. The Haughton High School Archery Team will even be there to wrap your gifts for you. The festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Joe Delaney Memorial Park.

To see more of the many upcoming holiday events in Shreveport-Bossier, visit www.HolidayTrailofLights.com/Shreveport-Bossier or download our Holly Jolly Handbook.

Enjoy Fireworks, Food Trucks and Festive Fun at Rockets Over the Red

 

Enjoy Fireworks, Food Trucks and Festive Fun at Rockets Over the Red

If you are still going to have family in from Thanksgiving, the Rockets Over the Red Fireworks Festival on Nov. 24 is the perfect chance to show them the great things that Shreveport-Bossier has to offer. Rockets Over the Red is a unique festival that simultaneously takes place in both Shreveport and Bossier City. You can take part in the holiday celebrations and get a great view of the fireworks from Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets in Bossier City or at Riverview Park in Shreveport.

At Riverview Park, there will be an assortment of food truck vendors including Miguelito Burrito, Wonderstick, Garcon du Bayou, Johnny’s Pizza and Fair Food by Tracy Duck. Throughout the evening, entertainment will be provided by The Shreveport Metropolitan Concert Band, Willie Jones, Sweet Nae & The Christmas Belles, and Lance Thompson. Festival-goers can also participate in the double-elimination cornhole bag toss tournament that will start at 3 p.m. behind the Shreveport Aquarium.

Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets will have entertainment from Red River Pipes & Drums, Westwood Junior Leadership Team, Bossier Parish Talented Arts Program, and the Bossier Parish Community College Jazz Band. This location also offers the opportunity to shop all of the remaining Black Friday deals while you wait for the fireworks to start. From Build-A-Bear to Bass Pro Shops to Lane Bryant, there’s a store for everyone to explore and enjoy. Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets also offers a variety of restaurants to visit, whether you’re in need of a quick snack or you want to grab dinner for the whole family.

Both sides of the river will feature the largest outdoor Christmas trees in the region, which is where you will be able to find Santa if you want to take a picture with him. Kids can enjoy a donation-based bounce house put on by Warrior Network at both locations. Warrior Network will also be selling hot and cold beverages as a fundraiser to benefit local troops.

Regardless of which side of the celebration you decide to attend, it’s bound to be a night to remember for your whole family. The festival is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with fireworks starting at 6:45 p.m. Admission to the festival is free, and at both locations the first 500 kids to arrive will receive a free gift. Visit www.RocketsOvertheRed.com for more information and a full schedule of events. For more upcoming holiday events in Shreveport-Bossier, visit www.HolidayTrailofLights.com/Shreveport-Bossier.

 

Keep Your Holiday Shopping Stress-Free in Shreveport-Bossier

Keep Your Holiday Shopping Stress-Free in Shreveport-Bossier

Some people dread the holiday season growing closer because shopping for gifts can be so stressful and overwhelming that it takes away from the spirit of giving. Giving gifts should be something you get to enjoy as much as the person receiving them does. This year Shreveport-Bossier has an abundance of events that are designed to help put the fun back into giving gifts.

If you’re looking for one-of-a-kind gifts, Holidaze at Artspace would be the perfect place to start. From Nov. 8 to Dec. 22, Artspace will be filling their space with paintings, handmade ornaments, quilts, and more original art created by Northwest Louisiana artists. Holidaze at Artspace gives you the chance to support local artists, as well as make sure you’re giving gifts that you won’t find anywhere else. Artspace is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday. Visit www.artspaceshreveport.com to check their schedule of events and find out when you can enjoy live music as you shop.

Les Boutiques de Noel will turn the Bossier Civic Center into a one-stop, holiday shopping extravaganza from Nov. 15-18. In addition to handmade gifts and pop-up shops from local vendors, the Bossier Parish Community College Theatre Department will be performing excerpts from their Christmas show to keep you entertained while you find the perfect gifts. Les Boutiques de Noel will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $5-$20 and can be purchased at www.lesboutiquesdenoel.com.

If your holiday season tends to be hectic, you won’t want to miss Tinsel on Nov. 30. This shopping event features food, entertainment, exclusive discounts, and a chauffer service that takes shoppers to popular retailers along Line Avenue to make holiday shopping fun and easy. Tinsel will take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.tinselshreveport.com

Christmas and Cocktails is a unique, after-hours shopping experience in Bossier City on Dec. 7. Each participating location will have specialty cocktails, as well as a punch card that makes shoppers eligible for the grand prizing drawing that will take place during the after party at Flying Heart Brewery. Christmas and Cocktails will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit the event page on www.facebook.com/shopbirdwells.

If you can’t quite work any of those events into your schedule, Shreveport-Bossier has a variety of stores to make sure that you can get everyone on your shopping list crossed off.

The Agora Borealis is the perfect place to find artistic and locally sourced gifts. Find bath products, clothing, jewelry, art, and more that can all be traced back to the Ark-La-Tex region. The Agora Borealis is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Visit www.theagoraborealis.com for more information.

The Enchanted Garden has nine rooms filled to the brim with just about everything you could imagine. From toys and collectibles to Louisiana specialties and hand-crafted Mardi Gras masks, you’re bound to find something for everyone on your list. The Enchanted Garden is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. Visit www.enchantedgarden.com for more information.

Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets allows you to visit stores such as Bass Pro Shops, Build-A-Bear, Charming Charlies, as well as 60 other retail stores and restaurants, all without having to move your car. This one-stop-shopping experience is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday. Visit www.louisianaboardwalk.com for more information.

For a complete list of holiday events in Shreveport-Bossier, visit www.HolidayTrailofLights.com/Shreveport-Bossier and visit www.Shreveport-Bossier.org/Things-To-Do/Shopping to find all of the stores in town.

 

Elvis Fans Will Have a Blue Christmas If They Miss These Events in Shreveport-Bossier

Elvis 1954 first performance on Louisiana Hayride. Courtesy of LSUS Archives and Special Collections, Noel Memorial Library.
Photo caption: Elvis 1954 first performance on the "Louisiana Hayride." Courtesy of LSUS Archives and Special Collections, Noel Memorial Library.
 

Elvis Fans Will Have a Blue Christmas if They Miss These Events in Shreveport-Bossier

This holiday season, Elvis Presley fans will have the opportunity to stand on the stage where Elvis made his radio debut and attend a Christmas tribute concert featuring members of Elvis’s band.

Throughout November and December, Shreveport Municipal Auditorium will offer ticketed, public Backstage Music Tours of the historic venue. The auditorium is a National Historic Landmark known internationally for its role in music history. The iconic venue was once home to the radio broadcast program the Louisiana Hayride. From 1948 to 1960, the radio program launched the musical careers of some of the greatest names in American rock and roll and country music history including Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and most notably Elvis Presley. On October 16, 1954, Elvis Presley made his national broadcast debut on the Louisiana Hayride.

An expert tour guide will share stories and songs of the stars that have graced the stage of Shreveport Municipal Auditorium since its completion in 1929. The Backstage Music Tours will be held at 2 p.m., Nov. 11, Dec. 2, and Dec. 9 and 6:30 p.m., Nov. 29.

Elvis fans should not miss the James Burton Christmas Concert: Memories of Elvis, 8 p.m. on Dec. 8 at Margaritaville Casino’s Paradise Theater. The concert will feature Elvis’s guitarist James Burton and Estelle Brown who was a member of Sweet Inspirations, a women’s gospel quartet that sang back-up for Elvis from 1969 until 1977. The group is also well-known for singing backup for Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, and Bee Gees.

General admission tickets are $30 and VIP tickets are $100. VIP ticket holders will have access to a 6 p.m. pre-show featuring an interview and Q&A with James Burton, Estelle Brown, and Sam Thompson, Elvis’s bodyguard.

For a complete list of holiday events in Shreveport-Bossier, visit www.HolidayTrailofLights.com/Shreveport-Bossier or request a Holly Jolly Handbook to Shreveport-Bossier by calling (800) 551-8682.