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December 2019

December 2019

Check Out These Four Places to See Christmas Lights in Shreveport-Bossier

One of the best parts of the Christmas season is the lights that go up all around town. From individual houses to businesses, people all over Shreveport-Bossier have been hard at work creating displays and light shows that represent what the Christmas spirit means to them. Whether you’re looking for a festive Instagram photo or looking for inspiration for your own decorations, here are some of the best places to see Christmas lights this season.

The American Rose Center has been transformed into a winter wonderland for Christmas in Roseland. Visitors can walk through thousands of lights, multiple lighted displays, and see giant Christmas cards painted by local school children. Christmas in Roseland is from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday-Sunday until Dec. 15; and every night from Dec. 16-23. Admission is $5 per person or $20 per carload. The last car is admitted at 9:30 p.m. Stop by the Downtown Shreveport Visitor Center to pick up a $5 off car load coupon while supplies last.

Dec. 19-23, tour the beautifully decorated Shreveport Aquarium and celebrate the return of the holiday Laser Light Show under the dome of the arboretum. This laser show is a celebration of stunning choreographed laser beams and colorful light effects performed to traditional holiday favorites. Shows are at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8-$13 and include a tour of the Shreveport Aquarium, which is also decorated for the season.

Between now and Dec. 31, don’t miss the Boardwalk Blizzard at Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets. Throughout the day, shoppers will get to experience a snow flurry as part of the holiday celebrations. Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets houses stores such as Bass Pro Shops, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Bath & Body Works, Levi’s Outlet Store, and more. While you’re shopping, see one of the largest outdoor Christmas trees in the region and stroll through the streets lined with lights and wreaths. 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.

Let iShuttle show you some of the best light displays in Shreveport-Bossier on the Holiday Lights Tour. They will plan the transportation logistics so you can sit back and just enjoy the lighted displays with complimentary hot cocoa and holiday cookies. The Holiday Lights Tour is available through Dec. 29. Book your reservations at 318-872-2152.

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

Where to Find Santa Claus in Shreveport-Bossier

Where to Find Santa Claus in Shreveport-Bossier

The holiday season isn’t complete without a personal visit with Santa. Here is a list of some of the places Santa will be taking pictures and collecting Christmas wish lists over the next few weeks.

From now until Dec. 24, Santa’s Wonderland is open at Bass Pro Shops. The Santa’s Wonderland experience features remote control trucks, a laser and foam toy arcade, Lincoln Logs building areas, arts and crafts, coloring stations and the opportunity to write a letter to Santa. All guests will receive a free 4x6 picture with Santa Claus, and the option to purchase premium photo packages. Santa’s Wonderland is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free.

Every Friday-Sunday until Dec. 15 and every night Dec. 16-23, Santa will be at Christmas in Roseland. At this annual event, the American Rose Center is covered in thousands of lights, holiday displays, and Christmas cards to the community. The highly anticipated the Roseland Express train, Christmas Markets, live entertainment, and concession stands are returning this year. Christmas in Roseland is open from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., daily. Admission is $5 per person or $20 per car load.

Every Tuesday-Sunday until Dec. 22, visitors can join Santa at the Red River Express Cruise to the North Pole. On the way to pick up Mr. Claus, guests will drink hot chocolate, sing Christmas carols and listen to Mrs. Claus tell stories. Guests will receive a silver sleigh “believe” bell with ticket purchase, as well as a souvenir hot chocolate mug and commemorative polar bear for purchase separately. The Red River Express Cruise sets sail at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $25-$30.

On Dec. 7, Dec. 14 and Dec. 21, families can eat Breakfast with Santa at Jubilee Zoo. Guests visit with Santa, feed the animals, create their own stuffed animal, and enjoy a catered breakfast from Tejas. The first 50 people to sign up for each date will get personalized thank you notes from Santa. Breakfast with Santa at Jubilee Zoo is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tickets are $15-$38.

On Dec. 7, Christmas on Caddo Fireworks Festival will return for its 25th year at Earl G. Williamson Park. This family-friendly event includes a variety of artists, food vendors, live entertainment, and more. Children can play in a bounce house, receive a free gift from Santa after sharing their holiday wish list, and more. Christmas on Caddo Fireworks Festival is from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free.

The KCS Holiday Express will be stopping in Shreveport on Dec. 9. Each holiday season, this festive train brings Santa Claus and his elves to visit cities throughout the KCS railway network. Attendees can visit with Santa Claus and walk through train cars filled with holiday displays. The KCS Holiday Express will open at 4 p.m. and stay open as long as there are guests in line, weather permitting. Admission is free.

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