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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 German-inspired celebration - the Fasching Fifth Season Celebration complete with German food, beer gardens, live German music, a carnival, arts and crafts, and more. Weihnachtsmann (Santa Claus) also makes a special appearance. 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, and Habacu’s Mexican Restaurant.
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.