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Monroe - West Monroe

Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas on the River in Monroe-West Monroe! Our holiday season 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. Enjoy special holiday happenings at Christmas at the Biedenharn and Santa’s Christmas Village at the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum.

Shop along West Monroe’s Antique Alley where you’ll find classic antique shops and trendy boutiques stocked full of clothing, furniture, home décor, spices, and so much more. Continue shopping at the Monroe RiverMarket along the beautiful Ouachita River with vendors of all types and fun special events throughout the season.

Hungry? We’ve got something for everyone on our menu like fried chicken, fresh seafood, smothered pork chops, po’boys, burgers, hotwater cornbread, banana caramel pudding, and more!. Be sure to check out celebrity chef Cory Bahr’s Parish Restaurant and other popular local restaurants like the Cheniere Shack, Waterfront Grill, 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!

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The Freedom Christmas Trees are 5 lighted trees at the Chennault Aviation & Military Museum set to honor the service of the men & women of the 5 branches of the US military. The trees will be lit on November 9th and stay lit until December 31st.

Chennault Aviation and Military Museum
701 Kansas Lane
Monroe, LA 71201
 
11/18/2019

Every year, a different national forest is selected to provide a tree to appear on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol building for the holiday season. The Carson National Forest in partnership with nonprofit partner Choose Outdoors will bring this special gift from New Mexico to Washington, D.C. for the 2019 season, involving more than 25 communities along the way including an appearance in Monroe, Louisiana, Monday, November 18, 2019, from 5:00 pm until 7:00 p.m. at the Monroe Civic Center, located at 401 Lea Joyner Expressway. Festivities during the tree’s visit to Monroe, LA on (November 18) will include the City of Monroe annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, Christmas songs featuring the J.S. Clark Elementary School Choir, Hot Chocolate & Cookies, holiday characters provided by KNOE TV-8, a guest appearance by Santa Claus, and the first 500 visitors will receive a FREE Christmas ornament. Activities are open to the public and free for all to enjoy.

Monroe Civic Center
401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway
Monroe, LA 71201
 
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Candy Cane Lane is a mile-long wooded drive decorated with over One Million Christmas lights. Candy Cane Lane will be open daily Nov. 22 - Dec. 31 from 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM.

Candy Cane Lane
170 Highway 151 North,
Calhoun, LA 71225
Candy Cane Lane
 
11/23/2019

For the past 14 years Sunny 98.3 has hosted Santa Stop. They welcome you to meet Santa, enjoy food, games, prizes and make great memories!

Stephens Media Group
1200 North 18 Street,
Monroe, LA 71201
 
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Don't miss out on Santa's Christmas Village at the Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum!
Santa's Village Includes:
Cookie decorating, Visits with Santa, model train village,Make and Take holiday ornament, Snow Shows, Festive light display, Rides down Mount Sneauz, Photo ops, the new giant snow globe, and all exhibits!

Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum
323 Walnut Street
Monroe, LA 71201
 
11/29/2019

What could be better than watching one of your favorite Christmas movies in Antique Alley under the magical Christmas lights? The Holiday Outdoor Movie is free for everyone!

Alley Park
200 Natchitoches
West Monroe, LA 71291
 
11/29/2019 | 11/30/2019 | 12/05/2019 | 12/06/2019 | 12/07/2019 | 12/13/2019 | 12/14/2019 | 12/20/2019 | 12/21/2019 | 12/22/2019

Landry Vineyards 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 29. The ride begins at Commerce Street and ends at Wood Street.

Antique Alley
100-400 blocks of Trenton Street
West Monroe, LA 71291
 
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Enjoy a variety of Christmas trees decorating by local businesses! The Christmas Tree Stroll will be available for viewing from Nov. 30th to Dec. 31st. This year’s participants include The ULM Alumni Association, Chennault Aviation Museum, African American Museum, NELA Children’s Museum, and the Krewe of Janus!

Downtown Riverwalk
316 South Grand
Monroe, LA 71201
Christmas Tree Stroll
 
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Write down your wish or prayer at the downtown Christmas Wishing Tree! Over the next few days, your wish or prayer will be put in the tree. Something wonderful happenes when we all wish and pray together. The Wishing Tree will be in Bry Park at the corner of Desiard and South Grand Street. Come stop by and write down your wish!

Bry Park
110 DeSiard Street
Monroe, LA 71201
Christmas Wishing Tree
 
11/30/2019

Join the Downtown Monroe Alliance on Nov. 30th for its first ever holiday stroll from 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM! Get in the Christmas spirit by strolling down Desiard Street with the launch of the holiday shopping season. Come out and enjoy the culture of Monroe through food, arts, shopping, and music! Santa Claus will even be making an appearance! Don’t miss out!

Downtown Monroe
100 DeSiard Street
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/01/2019

Don't miss out on Cookies and Cocoa with Santa at the Hamilton House on Dec. 1st!

Hamilton House
318 Trenton Street
West Monroe, LA 71291
 
12/03/2019

Come and watch the City light up City Hall and Christmas trees decorated by local schools as they welcome the Christmas holiday season with hot coco and cookies. There will be singing by school choirs, local pageant queens and fire and police vehicles to tour.

 

West Monroe City Hall
2305 N. 7th Street
West Monroe, LA 71291
 
12/05/2019 | 12/06/2019 | 12/07/2019

Sanders Family Christmas is the sequel to Connie Ray and Alan Bailey’s wildly successful bluegrass gospel musical Smoke on the Mountain. It’s Dec. 24, 1941 and America is going to war. So is Dennis Sanders, of the Sanders Family Singers. Join Pastor Mervin Oglethorpe and the rest of the Sanders Family as they send Dennis off with hilarious and touching stories and twenty-five Southern Gospel Christmas favorites. Ticket includes entry to show, a full course meal, and complimentary beer and wine.

Strauss Theatre Center
1300 Lamy Lane
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/06/2019 | 12/07/2019 | 12/08/2019

Join Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts as their SYAA stage is transformed into a big Hollywood soundstage ready to celebrate the holidays. In their seventh annual holiday cabaret, their SYAAers travel back to Hollywood and back in time to the late 60s and the days of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. With high energy, silly jokes, and a captivating set full of color, pattern, and one or two surprises along the way, Hollywood Holiday 2 is sure to ring the jingle bells in all of us. Featuring songs such as “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” “Silver Bells,” “Making Christmas,” and “Put a Little Love In Your Heart,” your heart will be singing and your soul will be celebrating the spirit of the season. . Come “Laugh-in” the holidays with SYAA, and they will show you how they do Christmas with a twist.

Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts
1300 1/2 Lamy Lane,
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/07/2019

Parade like no other! You'll enjoy floats with fun-loving redneck themes and throws that range from beads to toys to other surprises! Parade starts at 10:00 AM. 

S&J Farm and Feed
1505 Thomas Road
West Monroe, 71291
 
12/07/2019

Get in the Christmas spirit and enjoy the annual Christmas fireworks! The fireworks start at 6:00 PM.

RiverMarket
316 South Grand
Monroe, LA 71201
Fireworks in MWM
 
12/07/2019

For fifty years the dancers of Twin City Ballet have been entertaining thousands of school-aged children from area schools and this year will another exciting performance! Under the direction of the talented Joe Istre, area children will enjoy a brand new TCB performance, The Santa Claus. As part of this iconic season, Twin City Ballet will present Act II of the Nutcracker on Gala night, a favorite of our beloved director, Linda Lavender Ford. Don't miss out on the annual Christmas Gala!

Jack Howard Theater
401 Lea Joyner Expy
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/07/2019

Come enjoy Christmas in DoMo, a classic event to celebrate the holidays with the whole family from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Origin Bank RiverMarket! The community flocks downtown to enjoy live music, pictures with Santa Claus, and a little last-minute shopping. Vendors from across the area sell their gifts all day leading up to the Christmas fireworks display at 6 p.m.! Activities for this event include the Little Miss Christmas in DoMo pageant, Christmas Pet Pageant, Kid's Talent Show, Ugly Christmas Sweater contest, Christmas Story time, Pearl Harbor Memorial, Ford Trucks, and a performance by Miss Louisiana 2019, Meagan Crews!

Downtown Riverwalk
316 South Grand,
Monroe, LA 71201
Christmas in DoMo
 
12/07/2019

Join the RiverMarket at Christmas in DoMo for their first annual Kid's Talent Show! Show them your unique talent! Age categories will be Kindergarten - 3rd and 4th through 7th with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Registration is $10.

RiverMarket
316 South Grand
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/07/2019

Walk through the Twin Cities Krewe de Rivière floats, drink hot cocoa and meet Santa at Krewe de Riviere's Christmas open house! Don't miss out on this fun event!

Krewe de Riviere's Den
500 Ouachita Avenue,
Monroe, LA 71291
 
12/07/2019

Dress your pet up in their holiday best and bring them out to strut their stuff! Join us at Christmas in DoMo for this exciting event. The pet pageant will start at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 7th at the Origin Bank RiverMarket. There will be 2 categories: small breed & large breed. Register your pet by Nov. 22! To register, call Jessica Manes at 318-807-1735. Come show us your pet’s talents!

Downtown Riverwalk
316 South Grand
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/07/2019

Amdocs Downtown River Jam returns Dec. 7th! Come spread holiday cheer and enjoy the Christmas Fireworks while listening to The Cadillac Kings perform at the Skent N Dent Stage! This event is free to the public and located at the Downtown RiverWalk. Sponsored by Doe's Eat Place, Progressive Bank, Matt's Music, Azalea Estates, Skent N Dent, Choice Brands, Century Marketing Solutions, Amdocs, Northeast Louisiana Insurance, and Mitchell's Body and Frame. The Downtown River Jam is a project of the Downtown Monroe Alliance.

Downtown River Jam
515 N 3rd St.,
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/07/2019

Come enjoy the holiday floats, bands, dancers, and more at the annual Christmas Parade! You might even see Santa! Parade starts at 3:30 PM.

Monroe-West Monroe
Louisville Avenue and Trenton Street
Monroe & West Monroe
 
12/07/2019

Start off your holiday festivities with the Little Miss Christmas in DoMo Pageant. There will be six different age divisions for girls 0 to 12 years old. Check in begins at 1 p.m. and the pageant starts at 2 p.m. Registration is $40 before November 22 and $50 for late registration after November 23.
Age Divisions:
•0-11 Month - Baby Miss
•12-23 Month - Toddler Miss
•2-3 Years - Tiny Miss
•4-6 Years - Sassy Miss
•7-9 Years - Little Miss
•10-12 Years - Pre-Teen Miss

RiverMarket
316 South Grand
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/14/2019

What could be better than watching one of your favorite Christmas movies in Antique Alley under the magical Christmas lights? The Holiday Outdoor Movie is free for everyone!

Alley Park
200 Natchitoches
West Monroe, LA 71291
 
12/20/2019 | 12/21/2019 | 12/22/2019

Experience all the sights, sounds, and feelings of Christmas! Don't miss out on the First West Northeast Louisiana Christmas Celebration on December 20-22.

First West
500 Pine Street
West Monroe, LA 71291
 
12/20/2019

See the Polar Express Ballet at the Monroe Civic Cener on December 20th! Don't miss out on this performance by the Louisiana Delta Ballet Company.

Monroe Civic Center
401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/21/2019

This fun 10K and 5K that start at Forsythe Park in Monroe benefits the youth involved with the programs of Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, and Venturing.
Registration is available online at https://runsignup.com/Race/LA/Monroe/MonroeJingleBellRun

Forsythe Park
Riverside Drive & Forsythe Avenue,
Monroe, LA 71201