This holiday themed program will explore the long history of the Christmas tree and eleven other Christmas plants including Poinsettias, Christmas Cactus and even the Christmas Pickle! 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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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!
Celebrate the beginning of holiday cheer at the River Market’s Holiday Kids’ Fest. Bouncy houses, crafts, a kid’s musical showcase, and so much more are sure to keep your little one entertained while you shop for unique holiday finds. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
A holiday wonderland with ice skating, snow, make and take ornaments, cookie decoration, rides down Mount Sneaux, the Coca Cola Christmas Village trains exhibit, a festive outdoor light show, and special visits with Santa. Don’t miss the new photo booth fun every Thursday evening from 5-8pm and your chance to meet two real live reindeer on November 19th.
Thursday & Friday: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm.
Saturday: 10:00 am - 8:00pm.
Sunday: 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Don’t miss the lights in Downtown Monroe & West Monroe or Tree Jays at the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum each night. Walk through the tunnels of lights at the Wonderland of Lights or our newest display Throwback Christmas. 5:00 pm
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. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Presented by the Downtown Arts Alliance, eight art galleries in downtown Monroe and West Monroe are open all evening for the public to enjoy great art, food, drink, and music. Original art for sale, tax free. Admission is free. 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
This is a parade like no other! You’ll enjoy floats with fun-loving redneck themes and throws that range from beads to toys to other surprises. 10:00 am
This 5k run is sponsored by Family Church in West Monroe and benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Louisiana. 9:00 am - 11:00 am.
Come hear carols sung by local choirs, join in on the Ugly Sweater contest, be amazed by a magical Magician, and taste the holiday drinks as you enjoy the local vendors along the River! Don’t forget about the Christmas Pet Pageant as well as getting a picture taken with Santa. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Experience the sights and sounds of the world of the first Christmas through a 20 minute walk-thru Christmas drama. The journey features over 100 characters in costume, live animals, 1st century shops, and a live nativity. 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
In this Year’s An Annie Christmas, Daddy Warbucks wants to make sure Annie and her friends find out exactly what Christmas is all about as he takes them on a whirlwind adventure to celebrate this holiday. Together, they discover the joy of giving and that friends make the best family. The Gala will also feature Leaia Alsup’s beautifully choreographed joyous tribute to this December miracle. 7:00 pm
Enjoy an evening of beautiful Christmas decorations throughout the Biedenharn Home and Elsong Gardens thanks to the Monroe Garden League, entertainment by local musicians, refreshments, and photos with Santa Claus. 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm.
KNOE and the City of Monroe present the 2nd annual Magic of Christmas event with light displays and a live nativity. Kids can also visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, the Grinch, and many more Christmas characters! 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Be part of the glitter. Decorate your bicycles and pedal through both our cities. Everyone 12 years and older is welcome to participate. So light up your bikes and join us for a night of laughs and fun. May the best bike shine! Parade begins at Commerce and Wood Streets in Antique Alley. 7:00pm.
(*Rain Date: December 17, same time)
What would be better than holiday movie in Antique Alley under the magical Christmas lights. Popcorn and hot chocolate will be available for purchase. Check the website for what’s playing. 5:30 pm
Come enjoy the second holiday movie night under the stars and massive Christmas lighting in Antique Alley. Hot chocolate and popcorn will be available for purchase. Check the website for what’s playing. 5:30 pm
Take a stroll down memory lane on Antique Alley. The shops will display different eras through window exhibits and merchants’ costumes. There will be tours throughout the day led by a local historian, providing the history of the buildings and this fascinating area. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Come and paint an 8x10 canvas for $10 or a larger canvas for $15. Choose from a variety of paintings (lots of Christmas paintings) with step by step instructions or you can just paint anything you’d like. 9:00 am - 12:00 pm