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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!

E.g., 10/01/2016
E.g., 10/01/2016
11/04/2016 | 11/05/2016

Over 50 miles of crafts, antiques, food and fun stretching from Main Street Springhill to Main Street Minden. 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Minden to Springhill, Louisiana
Main Street, Minden, LA
Minden, LA 71055
 
11/19/2016

Celebrate the holidays German style at the Minden Fasching Fifth Season Festival. Downtown Minden will be all dressed for the holidays for a great family celebration of Minden’s German heritage. Enjoy German food, music, clowns, face painting, arts, crafts and a carnival! Enjoy a variety of music all day long from Um-Pa-Pa to country. 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Adults, join your friends at the Beer Garden or Hof Brauhouse.
Children, Weihanchatsmann will be in Minden all day for photos.
History buffs may enjoy free tours of the Germantown Colony Museum and the Dorcheat Historical Museum.

The King and Queen and royalty of the Krewe de Ambassadeurus
will be on hand for fun and photos throughout the day. Stay all day and enjoy a grand fireworks display at dusk.

Downtown Minden
Main Street, Minden, LA
Minden, LA 71055
Minden Fasching Fifth Season Festival - Holiday Trail of Lights
 
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The City of Minden kicks off this regional holiday event in historic downtown Minden on November 19 with fireworks at dusk.

The switch will be flipped to illuminate thousands of Christmas lights throughout the city beginning the Old World Christmas Lights Spectacular. 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Over 100 life-size nutcrackers will be on display. Shop and restaurants open nightly. Historic homes decorated for tours. The lights will remain on until January 7, 2017. For more information, contact Wanda Pittman at (318) 377-2144.

Downtown Historic District
520 Broadway Street
Minden, LA 71055
Old World Christmas Lights in Minden - Holiday Trail of Lights
 
11/26/2016

Christmas on Main Street begins by shopping at one of our many local shops followed by a Christmas Parade on Main Street and ending with Santa Claus. Get free photos taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus and visit his workshop. 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Main Street
214 North Main Street
Springhill, LA 71075
 
12/03/2016

Night time lighted parade with bands, floats throughout the downtown historic district. Hundreds of lifesize nutcrackers. Shops and restaurants are open late. 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Downtown Historic District
520 Broadway Street
Minden, LA 71055
Minden Parade Holiday Trail of Lights
 
12/03/2016

Chili Cook-Off, live entertainment, car show, parade and much more. 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Downtown
210 Vine Street
Sarepta, LA 71071
Sarepta Christmas Parade Holiday Trail of Lights
 
12/17/2016

Lots of fun to be had by all. Forums, swap tables. Great food and door prizes throughout the day. 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Minden Civic Center
520 Broadway Street
Minden, LA 71055
Ham-Fest Holiday Trail of Lights
 
01/11/2017

Unexpected floats and treats in Springhill during their annual Mardi Gras Parade. Fantasy Island is the 2017 theme. 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Downtown Historic District
210 Vine Street
Springhill, LA 71075
 
02/11/2017

Minden will celebrate its German heritage and host the Fasching Karneval "Mardi Gras" and Parade on Saturday, February 11 This will be the 20th year that Minden Main Street has produced the Minden Mardi Gras Parade and the 5th year Minden will celebrate "Fasching". Fasching in the German version of Mardi Gras.  A full day of festival activities is planned beginning at 10:00 AM in historic downtown Minden with carnival rides, clowns, stilt walkers and face painting, culminating with the parade at 5:30 PM. Admission is free. "The Fasching is a family friendly and safe parade, with free and easy parking". For more information call Wanda Pittman at 318-377-2144, ext 43 or Renae Simmons at (318)268-2264 or drs25@bellsouth.net. 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Downtown Historic District
520 Broadway Street
Minden, LA 71055
Mardi Gras Fasching