Come one, come all and enjoy a FREE hayride tour of Minden’s Historic District and the Holiday Trail of Lights on December 13th, 2019. The trail is just over two miles long and will begin at the Minden Civic Center. Hayrides will last from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Bring your cameras to capture the beautiful Christmas lights and holiday moments with your loved ones.
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Celebrate the Christmas season with the folks from Minden, the “Friendliest City in the South”. Experience the Old World charm of historic downtown Minden with its original brick streets lined with hundreds of life-sized nutcrackers, thousands of twinkling lights, and Disney characters. Enjoy the holidays by visiting Santa, shopping at locally owned antique stores and specialty shops, and touring the local museums and art galleries. Named “A Roadside Treasure Hunt”, by Southern Living Magazine, Minden combines a distinctive holiday experience with unique shops and boutiques, fireworks, parades, concerts, and tours of historic downtown and the historic residential district within walking distance.
In November, Minden kicks things off with its Main to Main Trade Days. From dawn until dusk, visitors mosey along a 50+mile stretch of Highway 371 from Minden to the Springhill and the Arkansas state line. Spend two days picking through art, antiques, home furnishings, jewelry and more. In Minden, downtown shops move their store specials outside for a festival-like atmosphere of food and craft vendors.
The most unique event Minden puts on for the holidays is its "Christmas Market on Main". Minden is all dressed up for Christmas and ready to receive visitors as part of the North Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights. The activities begin at 10am as the downtown antique, specialty shops and galleries open for business! You'll love shopping along the historic brick streets of beautiful downtown Minden. Tour the Historic Residential District, see the lights and make the stops on our Annual Candelight Tour of Homers. It also kicks off the Old World Christmas Lights Spectacular featured at dusk every night through New Year’s Day in historic downtown Minden.
While in town be sure to check out a few local restaurants like Roma Italian Bistro, The Grace Estate, Habacu’s Mexican Restaurant, and Geaux Fresh.
So plan your trip today. Use the itinerary builder to create a list of events you don’t want to miss then book a hotel room. Merry Christmas! For additional information contact Becky White, City of Minden Main Street 318-377-2144, Ext. 258.
Who makes the best appetizer? Let your taste buds decide the winners for BEST IN SWEET, BEST IN SAVORY and the BEST OF BOTH WORLDS! Tasting begins at 2:00 PM and awards will be announced at 4:30 PM. Stick around to enjoy the Christmas Parde and lighting of the Christmas Tree!
The enchanting Candlelight Christmas Tour of Ivy Vale Plantation, circa 1816, 1850 will detail the evolution of frontier life and antebellum plantation life in North Louisiana. Bring your cameras to capture the beauty of this historic home.
Tour dates include November 30th, December 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th
Tours will take place from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM and the length of the tour will be between 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Admission is $10 for adults, children under 12 years of age get in free.
For booking please reach out to Ivy Vale Plantation at (225) 287-8085.
Complete your Christmas shopping and enjoy live entertainment at this unique retail event at the Minden Civic Center in Historic Downtown Minden. Discover clothing, accessories, unique gifts, decor and more!
Come enjoy the Holiday Trail of Lights in Historic Downtown Minden. Participate in the lighting of the Christmas Tree, the Magical Music of Christmas Parade and exquisite firework show!