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Monroe - West Monroe

Monroe - West Monroe

Monroe-West Monroe is the proud home of the Robertson family, stars of A&E's hit show “Duck Dynasty”. For the holidays, the sister cities turn into a winter wonderland. Christmas on the River in Monroe-West Monroe is chocked full of family-friendly events and attractions including: two parades, a variety of shops, a spectacular fireworks show, ballet performances, and other great holiday events.

Don’t miss the festive light displays on Antique Alley and throughout downtown Monroe-West Monroe, as well as Christmas at the Biedenharn and Santa’s Christmas Village at the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum.

Duck into Monroe-West Monroe’s Antique Alley and be sure to leave time to shop and dine. But it’s the shopping that you need the most time for as it has more than 30 classic antique shops and trendy boutiques stocked full of clothing, furniture, home décor, spices, and so much. But what makes this shopping experience so special is that you don’t have the hassle of the typical shopping experience of leaving the store, finding your car, loading your car, driving all the way to the next stop, and then doing it all over again. Just park, explore, and shop till you drop. With so many options, this is the place to find the perfect gift all season long!

Monroe-West Monroe has tons of other recommended shops -The Spice & Tea Exchange, Mojo Boutique, and so many others. Be sure to check our celebrity chef Cory Bahr’s restaurant Cotton or the reigning Louisiana Seafood King Blake Phillips at Restaurant Sage.  Other popular local restaurants include: Cheniere Shack, Catfish Cabin, and Warehouse No. 1 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., 12/09/2018
E.g., 12/09/2018
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Candy Cane Lane is a mile-long wooded drive decorated with over One Million Christmas lights, located in Calhoun, LA. Candy Cane Lane will be open nightly November 16 - December 31 from 6-10 PM. No trailers and vehicles over 25ft must have prior approval.

Candy Cane Lane
170 Highway 151 North
Calhoun, LA 71225
 
12/06/2018 | 12/07/2018 | 12/08/2018 | 12/09/2018

Returning to a tradition started years ago by Strauss, celebrate the Christmas season in “Cottonland Christmas” featuring area soloists, ensembles, and dance groups, all sharing the joys of the season. Come get in the spirit of Christmas!

Strauss Theatre Center
1300 Lamy Lane,
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/09/2018

Stop by the Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum on December 9th for a Gingerbread House Workshop! Limited seating so pre-registration is required.

Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum
323 Walnut Street
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/09/2018

Stop by Antique Alley on December 9th for an afternoon of family fun! There will be crafts from Black Bayou and Masur Musuem, a jump house, zoo animals, games, and a special appearance from Santa and Mrs. Clause!

Antique Alley
100-400 blocks of Trenton Street
West Monroe, LA 71291
 
11/17/2018 | 11/18/2018 | 11/22/2018 | 11/23/2018 | 11/24/2018 | 11/25/2018 | 11/29/2018 | 11/30/2018 | 12/01/2018 | 12/02/2018 | 12/06/2018 | 12/07/2018 | 12/08/2018 | 12/09/2018 | 12/13/2018 | 12/14/2018 | 12/15/2018 | 12/16/2018 | 12/20/2018 | 12/21/2018 | 12/22/2018 | 12/23/2018

A holiday wonderland with snow, ice skating, make and take ornaments, cookie decoration, rides down Mount Sneaux, the Coca Cola Christmas Village train exhibit, a festive outdoor light show, and special visits with Santa. Don't miss the new photo booth fun every Thursday evening from 5-8 pm.

Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum
323 Walnut Street
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/07/2018 | 12/09/2018 | 12/15/2018 | 12/16/2018

SYAA actors and actresses head back to Broadway for their 6th installment of their annual holiday cabaret to celebrate Christmas, Broadway style! Featuring holiday classics like “White Christmas,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and “Counting Down to Christmas,” these Broadway standards and some secular favorites will have you feeling the magic of theatre and leave you in the perfect Christmas spirit.

Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts
1300 1/2 Lamy Lane
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/01/2018 | 12/04/2018 | 12/05/2018 | 12/06/2018 | 12/07/2018 | 12/08/2018 | 12/11/2018 | 12/12/2018 | 12/13/2018 | 12/14/2018 | 12/15/2018 | 12/18/2018 | 12/19/2018 | 12/20/2018 | 12/21/2018 | 12/22/2018 | 12/25/2018 | 12/26/2018 | 12/27/2018 | 12/28/2018 | 12/29/2018

Enjoy the beautiful Christmas decorations throughout the Biedenharn Home and Elsong Gardens thanks to the Monroe Garden Study League. Be sure to come by during regular museum hours to take your family Christmas snapshots.

Biedenharn Museum and Gardens
2006 Riverside Drive
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/13/2018

Biedenharn Museum Executive Director, Ralph Calhoun, will discuss 12 interesting Christmas Plants, their history, and how to grow and care for them. Included on the list are holiday favorites like Poinsettias, Christmas cactus, and the Christmas pickle.

Biedenharn Museum and Gardens
2006 Riverside Drive
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/14/2018

Mark your calendars! Dec 14th Flying Tiger will be having a Christmas Vacation Quote Along to National Lampoons Christmas Vacation! Enjoy a surprise food truck, door prizes and an Ugly Sweater Competition! The categories for the ugly sweater contest include: Ugliest, Most Creative, Most Rash Inducing, and Most Flammable.
Movie starts at 8! 21 and older.

Flying Tiger Brewery
506 North 2nd Street
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/14/2018

Join the Louisiana Delta Ballet on a comedic journey that leads to Ebeneezer Scrooge realizing that friends and family are more valuable than material possessions. A Christmas Carol, the Charles Dickens holiday classic, is sure to impress! This is the perfect outing during the holiday season. Tickets available at www.louisianadeltaballet.com, the Monroe Civic Center Box Office, or at the door.

 

 

Jack Howard Theater
401 Lea Joyner Expy
Monroe, LA 71201
 
11/23/2018 | 11/24/2018 | 11/30/2018 | 12/01/2018 | 12/08/2018 | 12/14/2018 | 12/15/2018 | 12/21/2018 | 12/22/2018 | 12/28/2018 | 12/29/2018

Landry Vineyard is once again providing its wonderful wagon so everyone can take a 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 23. The ride begins at Commerce Street and ends at Woods Street.

Antique Alley
100-400 blocks of Trenton Street,
West Monroe, LA 71292
 
12/14/2018 | 12/15/2018 | 12/16/2018

He’s mean, he’s green, and he’s back! Don’t miss the Grinch, Buddy the Elf, Mr. Mayor, and the rest of Whoville as they help us discover what Christmas is all about. Please note that all tickets are available for a donation to the ministry and are valid for a specific showing. Visit theassembly.cc/grinch for tickets

The Assembly West Monroe
102 Blanchard St
West Monroe, LA 71291
 
12/15/2018

Come by The Monroe Mercantile and get all your shopping done in one place! They will have Miss Louisiana Holli Conway in store from 2-4pm for meet and greets and the big red Jolly Man may even make an appearance! Light refreshments will be served!

The Monroe Mercantile
1902 Forsythe Ave
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/15/2018

Live Nativity, ornament making, cookie decorating, s’mores, food trucks & more!

Anna Gray Noe Park
251 Oak Street
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/15/2018

Come enjoy the second holiday movie night under the stars and massive Christmas lighting in Antique Alley. Snacks will be available for purchase. The lineup includes: A Chipmunk’s Christmas, A Christmas Carol, and Frosty the Snowman. Sponsored by CenturyLink.

Downtown West Monroe
Trenton St.
West Monroe, LA 71292
 
12/15/2018

Stop by Louisiana Purchase Zoo on December 15th for Jingle Bells at the Zoo! Enjoy carols, candy, activies, and an apperance from Santa!

Louisiana Purchase Zoo
1405 Bernstein Park Road
Monroe, LA 71202
 
12/15/2018 | 12/16/2018

Begin a new family tradition at the Northeast Louisiana Christmas Celebration. You’ll experience the sights of sounds of all that Christmas brings as well as experience the Christmas story in a new, fresh way. Hundreds of singers, musicians, and dancers will get you completely ready for Christmas! The NELA Christmas Celebration is free and open to the community as a gift from First West. Learn more at nelachristmas.com for more information, directions, and parking information.

First West Baptist Church
500 Pine Street
West Monroe, LA 71291
 
12/15/2018

December 15, 2018 is the first annual Truck Park Christmas! Santa will be available for pictures and there will be hot chocolate, cookies, and we’ve heard there may be snow! All proceeds from booth fees will benefit local non-profit, Our HOME - Honor, Opportunity, Mindset, which provides services to our local veterans.

Willie's Food Truck Park
7423 Highway 165 N
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/15/2018

Join Evil Visions Haunted House as they bring you a completely new experience! X-Mas Nightmare is an interactive haunted experience where YOU get to help Santa save Christmas by taking out Krampus and his elves using state of the art Laser Gun equipment!

 

 

Evil Visions
501 DeSiard St
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/03/2018 | 12/08/2018 | 12/17/2018

Get in the spirit of the season as we learn to roll, cut, bake and decorate 6 delicious cookies just for Santa! Any age is welcome to attend! Pre-registration is required. Call today to reserve your spot (318)396-0015.

Allbritton's Cake House & Catering
3620 Cypress St
West Monroe, LA 71291
 
12/19/2018

The Lighted Coke Truck will be parked on the 2000 block of Riverside Drive right in front of the Coke Museum. There will be entertainment, and all museum buildings will be open. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in attendance to hear last-minute Christmas list requests in the Welcome Room. Bring your camera to take photos with Santa!

Biedenharn Museum and Gardens
2006 Riverside Drive
Monroe, LA 71201