Start off the season with the tree lighting ceremony of the Chennault Aviation & Military Museum Freedom Trees honoring veterans with a patch, ribbon, medal, or photo from their military service. On November 11, the trees will be turned on at a Special Ceremony at 5 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!
Candy Cane Lane is a drive-through Christmas light display located in Calhoun, La featuring over one million lights on a mile-long wooded road.
Bring the family to make holiday memories at The Children' Museum! Decorate a Christmas cookie, play in our "snow", write a letter to Santa, ride Mount Sneaux, make/take an ornament, play in the museum and visit with Santa. Ice skate (extra fee) and enjoy the Tree Jay's musical show outside too. Thursdays and Fridays from 5-8pm, Saturdays 10-8pm, Sundays 1-6pm.
What would be better than a holiday movie in Antique Alley under the magical Christmas lights? Popcorn and hot chocolate will be available for purchase. (*Rain Date: December 23, same time)
Want to express your inner Adele or Bruno, Miranda or Luke or just watch a wanna-be on stage? Come join the fun in Antique Alley.
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.
Come hear the joyful noise of Christmas carols sung by local choir groups. Prepare for battle with your decorated ugly sweater for the Ugly Sweater Contest. Be jolly as you enjoy holiday drinks such as cider, egg nog, hot chocolate and much more provided by the Monore Civic Center Bar. Donate a toy for a child in need this Christmas. Take part in our combination kids and pet parade. Take a picture with Santa and as always, there will be Fireworks and a Christmas Parade to end the day.
Enjoy this beautiful fireworks display along the banks of the Ouachita River. Fireworks will be shot from the Endom bridge.