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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., 10/21/2018
E.g., 10/21/2018
11/10/2018

Celebrate Veterans Day with Chennault Aviation and Military Museum as we honor the brave sacrifices of our military veterans. Admission is free. There will be live music, various community and state dignitary speakers, and the evening will culminate with a special Christmas tree lighting with trees representing the five branches of the military. The public is invited to tour the restoration hangar and get up-close to historic jets and airplanes. The museum will host an open house for tours throughout the day beginning at 9:00 a.m. Museum admission is free, but the museum operates on donations and memberships.

 

 

Chennault Aviation and Military Museum
701 Kansas Lane
Monroe, LA 71201
 
11/10/2018

Holiday shoppers each year strive to find unique gifts for everyone on their list. The Craft Show Before Christmas is all about making that as easy as possible! Only artisans and specialty vendors will participate in this first annual event that celebrates handmade, healthy, and local shopping.

RiverMarket
316 South Grand
Monroe, LA 71201
 
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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
 
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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
 
11/19/2018

Christmas is coming and so is the one and only Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker: Dove of Peace Tour! Presenting world class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, and a 2 dancer Dove of Peace with a 20 foot wingspan. The Great Russian Nutcracker brings the Christmas spirit to life for all ages, “Kids wide-eyed with delight!” says the New York Times. Experience the Dove of Peace Tour, spreading goodwill in over 100 cities across North America in 2018. Get seats now for the whole family and make memories for a lifetime at Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker!

 

 

W.L. "Jack" Howard Theatre at the Monroe Civic Center
401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway
Monroe, LA 71201
 
11/23/2018 | 11/24/2018 | 11/30/2018 | 12/01/2018 | 12/07/2018 | 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
 
11/24/2018

What would be better than a holiday movie in Antique Alley under the magical Christmas lights. Snacks will be available for purchase. (*Rain Date: December 15, same time)

Downtown West Monroe
Trenton St
West Monroe, LA 71292
 
11/28/2018

In its 18th annual trip across Kansas City Southern’s (KCS) U.S. rail network, the Holiday Express train is planning to stop at Third & Desiard Street in Monroe, La. at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28, 2018. The six-car train will bring Santa Claus for a visit with kids and offer visual displays inside and out for young and old alike. This event is free and open to the public. Additionally, at each stop, KCS will make a donation to the local Salvation Army.

Downtown Monroe
100 DeSiard Street, Monroe
Monroe, LA 71201
 
11/30/2018

A night-time parade featuring children in costume on decorated bikes, floats and wagons! The parade is open to all pre-school and elementary school age children. Parents must be present. Float, bike or wagon entries are $5.00 each. Prizes for best decorated float, bike and costume! (*Rain Date: December 15, same time)

Antique Alley
100-400 blocks of Trenton Street
West Monroe, LA 71291
 
12/01/2018

This is a parade like no other! You'll enjoy floats with fun-loving redneck themes and throws that range from beads to toys and other surprises!

Downtown Bawcomville
Smith Street
Bawcomville, LA 71292
 
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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
 
12/01/2018

Children all over the world become more and more involved with video games, sports and tweets... they believe less and less in things they can’t see. Santa’s Magical Hope Chest holds the beliefs for all the children in the world, and it’s almost empty! Watch, as Jack Frost, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and other protectors aid Santa in the search for one special child, who can once again fill his Magical Hope Chest with enough belief for the whole world. Choreographer is Jos Istre. 

Monroe Civic Center
401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/01/2018

Christmas in DoMo is a classic event to celebrate the holidays with the whole family! The entire community flocks downtown to enjoy live music, pictures with Santa Claus, and a little last minute shopping. Vendors from across the area sell their wares all day leading up to the Christmas fireworks display during the evening!

 

 

Downtown Riverwalk
316 South Grand
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/01/2018

The 4th Annual Christmas in DoMo Pet Pageant will be held at the Origin Bank RiverMarket along the historic Ouachita River. This is the puurrrrfect opportunity to dress up your furbaby in your favorite Christmas attire!

RiverMarket
316 South Grand
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/01/2018

Start off your holiday festivities with the first annual 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. Registration is $40 before November 23 and $50 for late registration after November 23.

Downtown Riverwalk
316 South Grand
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/01/2018

Come enjoy the holiday floats and Christmas Parade!

Downtown Monroe and West Monroe
DeSiard and Trenton Streets
Monroe and West Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/01/2018

Enjoy the beautiful fireworks display along the banks of the Ouachita River. Fireworks will be shot from the Endom bridge.

 

 

RiverMarket
316 South Grand
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/06/2018 | 12/08/2018

Enjoy the beautiful Christmas decorations throughout the Biedenharn Home and Elsong Gardens thanks to the Monroe Garden Study League, entertainment by local musicians, refreshments, and photos with Santa Claus.

Biedenharn Museum and Gardens
2006 Riverside Drive
Monroe, LA 71201
 
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
 
12/08/2018

Continuing to wow audiences of all ages, The Prophecy, a 12-year running tour, continues to gain a larger audience every year! The Denial 3 band pays tribute to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and performs some of your favorite TSO music. Experience the power, the magic and the music.

Ike Hamilton Expo Center Arena
501 Mane Street
West Monroe, LA 71292
 
12/08/2018

Thousands of candy canes will be scattered around the park and hidden for children from walkers to 8 years of age. Several of the canes will be specially marked and can be redeemed for a new holiday surprise. The event will be filled lots of candy, toys, face painting, Christmas card crafts, music, and fun with friends. Santa will make a special appearance and pictures will be available.

Kiroli Park
820 Kiroli Road
West Monroe, LA 71291
 
12/08/2018

Come enjoy the second holiday movie night under the stars and massive Christmas lighting in Antique Alley. Snacks will be available for purchase. (*Rain Date: December 15, same time)

Downtown West Monroe
Trenton St.
West Monroe, LA 71292
 
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