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November 2019

November 2019

Ride the Jingle Bell Bus to and from Holiday Events in Shreveport-Bossier, Nov. 30

Jingle Bell Bus

On Nov. 30, the Christmas spirit is in the air in Shreveport-Bossier with all of the events that are taking place this Saturday. Rockets Over the Red Fireworks Festival, Small Business Saturday in Downtown Shreveport, Sno-Port at Sci-Port, FriendsWithYou Rainbow City at Caddo Common Park, Le Marche de Noel at Shreveport Aquarium, and the East Bank Golf Cart Parade and Shop Small Market are just some of the things that are coming up. With such a hectic schedule of events, you may have started trying to decide the best way to spend your weekend. However, the introduction of The Jingle Bell Bus, sponsored by SporTran, allows you to attend multiple events in one day throughout Downtown Shreveport and the East Bank District.

The Jingle Bell Bus will transport guests to both sides of the Red River, with five public bus stops at Festival Plaza, Shreveport Aquarium, the Red River District, Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets, and the East Bank District. The bus will run from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., circulating every 20 minutes. One-way tickets are $1.25 for adults and $.60 for children. Children under 37 inches ride free. Exact change for each ride is needed.

To view a full map of the Jingle Bell Bus Route, visit www.RocketsOvertheRed.com.

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

Win an Exclusive Shreveport-Bossier Holidays on the Red Giveaway

For the perfect holiday surprise, you can enter the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau’s Holidays on the Red giveaway between now and Dec. 4. This family getaway package includes a one-night stay at the Horseshoe Casino & Hotel, a $100 gift certificate to We Olive & Wine Bar, a $20 gift certificate to Fairfield Market & Café, a VIP pass to Christmas in Roseland, four passes to the Red River Express Cruise, and four passes to Sno-Port at Sci-Port Discovery Center. Altogether, this giveaway has a retail value of approximately $426, and the Tourist Bureau is giving it away for free.

It only takes about two minutes to enter, so don’t miss out on your opportunity to win this one-of-a-kind holiday experience. To enter the Holidays on the Red Giveaway, click here.

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

Season Long Events in Monroe-West Monroe

Season Long Events in Monroe-West Monroe

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! See light displays, meet Santa, and ride in a wagon through Monroe-West Monroe’s winter wonderland! MWM has it all this Christmas season.

Freedom Trees: The Freedom Christmas Trees are 5 lighted trees at the Chennault Aviation & Military Museum set to honor the service of the men & women of the 5 branches of the US military. The trees will be lit on November 9th and stay lit until December 31st.

Christmas at the Biedenharn: Enjoy the beautiful Christmas decorations throughout the Biedenharn Home and Elsong Gardens, decorated by the Monroe Garden Study League. Be sure to stop by during regular museum hours to see all that Biedenharn offers! Christmas at the Biedenharn will run from November 22 – December 31.

Candy Cane Lane: Candy Cane Lane is a mile-long wooded drive decorated with over One Million Christmas lights. Candy Cane Lane will be open daily Nov. 22 - Dec. 31 from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM.

Santa’s Christmas Village: Don't miss out on Santa's Christmas Village at the Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum! They’ve added a giant snow globe that you can get inside! Enjoy cookie decorating, visits with Santa, make and take holiday ornaments, rides down Mount Sneaux, and so much more! Santa’s Christmas Village runs from November 23 – December 22.

Open Wagon Rides: Ride through the festive lights in Monroe and West Monroe. The 30-minute rides begin at 5 PM every Friday and Saturday nights beginning Nov 29. The ride begins at Commerce Street and ends at Wood Street.

Christmas Tree Stroll: Enjoy a variety of Christmas trees decorating by local businesses! The Christmas Tree Stroll will be available for viewing from Nov. 30th to Dec. 31st. This year’s participants include The ULM Alumni Association, Chennault Aviation Museum, African American Museum, NELA Children’s Museum, and the Krewe of Janus!

Christmas Wishing Tree: Write down your wish or prayer at the downtown Christmas Wishing Tree! Over the next few days, your wish or prayer will be put in the tree. Something wonderful happens when we all wish and pray together. The Wishing Tree will be in Bry Park at the corner of Desiard and South Grand Street. The Christmas Wishing Tree will be on viewing from November 30 – December 25.

Monroe-West Monroe Christmas Lights: Lighted tunnels, beautiful trees, and holiday lights! The lights turn on November 18 and run through New Years day!

Don’t miss out! These events run all season long! 

Rockets Over the Red is Bigger and Better This Year

On Nov. 30, Rockets Over the Red Fireworks Festival returns to Shreveport-Bossier. This annual festival has continued to get better each year and this year is no exception. Both sides of the Red River are packed full of entertainment that will make for a great post-Thanksgiving celebration.

On both sides of the river, attendees will get to see the largest outdoor Christmas trees in the region, take free pictures with Santa, and end the night with an incredible fireworks show by Pyromania Fireworks. The first 500 children to arrive on each side of the river will also be given a free present. Bayou Bounce is also providing a Kid’s Zone area at each location where kids can get unlimited jump bands for $10.

At the Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets, the fun kicks off at 4 p.m. with a performance by the Bossier Parish Talented Arts Jazz Band. Magnolia Mae, a local folk band, will be performing throughout the rest of the evening. The Christmas Tree lighting, led by Bossier City’s Mayor Lo Walker, will take place at 5:50 p.m.

At Riverview Park, the day starts at 2 p.m. with a screening of “Elf,” followed by performances from The Syndicate, Lance Thompson and Tipsey the Band. Throughout the day, attendees can get their picture taken with the Coca-Cola Polar Bear and try free samples from Shreveport Coca-Cola. The night ends at 7 p.m. with the Christmas tree lighting and fireworks show.

This year, attendees will be able to ride the Jingle Bell Bus, sponsored by SporTran. This new partnership makes getting around for Rockets Over the Red Fireworks Festival much easier. It will transport guests to both sides of the river, with bus stops being located at Festival Plaza, Shreveport Aquarium, the Red River District, Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets, and the East Bank District. The bus will run from 2-9 p.m. and will continuously circulate every 20 minutes. One-way tickets are $1.25 for adults and $.60 for children.

For more information on this year’s Rockets Over the Red Fireworks Festival, visit www.RocketsOvertheRed.com where the full schedule of events will continue to be updated as the event grows closer.

 

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

Holiday Shopping is Made Easy in Shreveport-Bossier

For many people, one of the biggest stressors of the holiday season is the extensive shopping that inevitably has to happen. Between the long lines and inflated prices, it’s understandable how it can ruin the holiday spirit for some people. However, Shreveport-Bossier has some exciting events that will not only make holiday shopping easier, but also make it fun.

From Nov. 21-Nov. 23, Les Boutiques de Noel will fill the Shreveport Convention Center with all things Christmas to create this one-stop holiday shopping experience. For 45 years, merchants from all over Louisiana, Texas, and Arkansas have come to Shreveport-Bossier with a variety of holiday gifts and decorations to sell. Les Boutiques de Noel is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 for a one-day shopping pass and $20 for a three-day shopping pass. All proceeds benefit the Shreveport Opera.

From Nov. 29-Dec. 31, don’t miss the Boardwalk Blizzard at Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets. Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets houses stores such as Bass Pro Shops, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Bath & Body Works, Levi’s Outlet Store, and more. Throughout the day, shoppers will get to experience a snow flurry as part of the holiday celebrations. Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Boardwalk Blizzard takes place at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Monday-Friday; 12:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Saturday: and 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Sunday.

On Nov. 30, support local businesses at Small Business Saturday Downtown. Businesses in Downtown Shreveport like The Agora Borealis and Shreve Towne Studio will have special discounts and events to help you find a gift for everyone on your Christmas list. After getting your holiday shopping done, stop by downtown restaurants such as Retro Downtown Café or Nicky’s Mexican Restaurant for exclusive food and drink specials. Then, head to the East Bank District for their Shop Small Market and Golf Cart Parade. Small Business Saturday Downtown is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

On Dec. 6, Tinsel returns to Shreveport-Bossier. This VIP shopping experience allows shoppers a chance to visit popular stores along Line Avenue after their usual hours. Throughout the night, Tinsel shoppers are chauffeured to each store and offered complimentary food, drinks, entertainment, and exclusive discounts. The Tinsel Afterparty finishes the night with drink specials and good music. Tinsel is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $30.

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

Three New Holiday Events in Shreveport-Bossier the Whole Family Will Love

This year everyone’s favorite events like Rockets Over the Red and Christmas in Roseland are returning to Shreveport-Bossier, but equally exciting are the addition of two new events. FriendsWithYou Rainbow City Festival and Sno-Port are both events that you and your family won’t want to miss out on.

From Nov. 2-Dec. 8, visit the FriendsWithYou Rainbow City Festival art installation in the new Caddo Common Park. Attendees will be able to walk around 35 colorful, air-filled sculptures. These 50-feet-tall sculptures make the perfect background for holiday family photos. Throughout the six weeks Rainbow City is in Shreveport, there will be special events such as Healthy Wednesdays, brunch experiences and after-hours events with live music. Rainbow City is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission to the exhibit is free, with special events priced separately. 

From Nov. 30-Jan. 30, experience a variety of winter-themed interactive games at Sno-Port at Sci-Port Discovery Center. Learn the science behind snowflakes and other winter phenomena through eight new hands-on activities. Then head to the Planetarium to climb aboard the Red River Rocket sleigh to take an interactive virtual reality ride through a snow blizzard. Sci-Port Discovery Center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday; and 12-5 p.m., Sunday. Admission is $5 for children and $12 for adults.

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

Top 10 Ways to Eat, Shop, & Play Holiday Style in Alexandria/Pineville

Alex Winter Fete

Eat Your Way

  1. Atwood’s Bakery: Atwood’s Bakery, baking memories since 1977, and sister-site Crave, located in downtown Alexandria, offers the yummiest of treats from their delicious cakes and pies to the brownie tower and petit fours. They also create their own homemade doggie treats for the four-footed (grand)child in your life!
  2. The Cottage: This tea-room style locally owned restaurant offers a variety of soups, salads, sandwiches, and plate lunches to warm any heart and stomach! Known for the Cream of Shrimp soup and sweet cornbread, The Cottage is a great place to stop for lunch in Alexandria.
  3. Tunk’s Cypress Inn: One of the best views for dinner is at Tunk’s Cypress Inn located on scenic Kincaid Lake. Dine inside the main dining room, downstairs in the Oyster Bar or out on the deck, in warmer weather, for great views while eating some of the area’s best seafood. Whether you experience the aroma of the Snapper Sandy or the flavors of Mamie’s Gumbo, your taste buds will thank you!

Shop Your Way

  1. Grab a Louisiana made souvenir from Southern Chic or Terra Home to feed your soul!  
  2. Sentry Drugs & Gifts is a staple in downtown Alexandria. The gift section offers unique gifts. Stop in Sentry Grill for a bite before heading out.
  3. Looking for a one-of-kind art piece or gift for everyone on your list, look no further than River Oaks Square Arts Center or the Alexandria Museum of Art gift shop. Both shops offer original art. And being located in the Cultural District, purchases on original art are tax-free!

Experience Your Way

  1. Weekends in December: Holiday Light Safari: Holiday Light Safari is unlike any other event in the area and features hundreds of thousands of lights, "wild animal theme" light displays, train rides, Santa, educational and craft activities for children, entertainment on select evenings, photo ops and much more!
  2. Pilgrimage to Bethlehem: Oh come, oh come, to Bethlehem. Experience music, drama and a guided tour of first Century Bethlehem in this live-action depiction of the birth of Christ.
  3. Holiday Tour of Homes: Tour several historic homes and offices located in Alexandria’s Garden District – each with its own story and architecture.
  4. Time to hit the streets! Nothing celebrates holidays in Louisiana like a good parade. The second weekend in December offers AlexWinterFete an annual festival hosting a skating rink, live music, arts and crafts for sale. This year the Alexandria Christmas Parade with be the official end of the event on Sunday, December 15. All of this is taking place in downtown Alexandria. Bring a picnic and enjoy the music, floats, and throws of the season!