Christmas in Roseland is a winter wonderland with more than one million twinkling, bright lights adorned throughout the 26-acre rose park. Visitors will love the eight-foot singing Christmas tree and beautiful, life-size Christmas cards. Kids can take photos with Santa, enjoy a magical train ride, and experience a "snow blizzard." Nightly performers keep the crowds entertained. Concessions are available. Group-tour friendly. The park is open every Friday through Sunday from Nov. 24-Dec. 17. Encore nights are Dec. 18-23. $20 per carload or $5 per person - ages 2 and under get in free. Ask about group tour discounts.
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It's easy to plan your next visit to one or several of the cities along the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights. First, check out the map and decide which part of the trail you'd like to start on and where you would like to end. Then, select a region or choose from several options to find your favorite offerings and build your itinerary. Then, visit our lodging section and select a region to book your hotel accommodations and stay awhile. You can also select a themed itinerary to make your travel planning experience even easier and enjoy the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights.
Rockets Over the Red Fireworks Festival, an annual holiday fireworks extravaganza held on the riverfront in Shreveport-Bossier, will be held, 3-7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 25. The event offers festivities on both sides of the Red River – in downtown Shreveport’s Riverview Park, as well as at the Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets in Bossier City. Admission is free.
Both sides of the Red River will feature great firework viewing areas at Riverview Park in Shreveport and along the Riverfront Promenade at Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets in Bossier City. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to get good parking and a great spot on the riverfront for fireworks viewing. Both viewing areas will offer live entertainment, kids’ activities, food vendors and arts and crafts booths. All restaurants and shops in the area of the festival will be open before and after the fireworks show. The official event hashtag for social sharing is #RocketsOverTheRed.
Projections, costumes and characters are faithfully brought to the stage against a backdrop of nostalgic set designs for Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, 7 p.m., Nov. 27 at the Municipal Auditorium. The 12-foot-plus-tall Abominable Snow Monster is jaw-dropping. The cast brings high energy to classic songs and dialogue, while irresistible and loveable puppets highlight the charming “roughness” from the television show’s stop-motion effects. Flom says, “The familiar story elements from the television special are addressed with a talented cast and puppet-eers who help recreate the magic on stage.” Since the special itself is a classic musical, the stage show does not feel at all like an adaptation and audiences are surprised and delighted when they see performances of songs such as “Fame and Fortune” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” that are heard but not performed in the TV special.
The story tells the tale of a young Rudolph who, because of the appearance of his bright, shining nose, is excluded from the Reindeer Games. He flees Christmastown and meets up with new friends Hermey the Elf and Yukon Cornelius. After finding The Island of Misfit Toys, Rudolph journeys home, where a snowstorm of epic proportions is threatening Christmas. Can Rudolph rescue his family and friends and help Santa save the holiday? Tickets range from $30 to $60.
The annual Christmas Tree event will be held at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum. Shreveport’s third grade students decorate Christmas trees with ornaments constructed from various materials in their classrooms. These trees are on display for all to enjoy at the museum. Completed in 1939 as one of the New Deal’s Public Works projects, the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum is an architectural jewel, in the ultra modern style of the times. Museum hours are 9 am - 4 pm.
Tinsel shoppers will be chauffeured to multiple stops along Line Avenue, shopping in the area's most popular stores, in a private after-hours environment starting at 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1. Participating stores will offer a variety of complimentary food, beverage, entertainment, and discounts to Tinsel shoppers. The evening ends at the official Tinsel After-Party. The ticket price is $25. For more information call 318-272-3139.
The annual Christmas on Caddo Fireworks Festival offers one of the best fireworks displays in all of northwest Louisiana. It's perfect set to the backdrop of the majestic Caddo Lake. Concession booths open at 3 p.m. Bands perform on the main stage. Fireworks start at 6:30 p.m. at Earl G. Williamson Park in Oil City.
Celebrate Christmas out in the country. The annual Country Christmas Festival promises to entertain guests with delicious food, entertainment, crafts and so much more. This event is free. For more information, call 318-393-3858. 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
The annual Benton Christmas on the Square Festival celebrates the holidays in the charming town of Benton, Louisiana. This annual festival is in an outdoor event that provides traditional, family-oriented activities such as food, entertainment, arts and crafts, parades and much more. Starts at 10:00 am.
Annually, the Town of Benton really goes all out for Christmas. The 29th annual parade, organized by the Benton Rotary Club, is enjoyable for kids of all ages. The parade starts at 3 p.m. in the town square and coincides with the Benton Christmas on the Square Festival. The festival opens at 10 a.m with a 5k Christmas run and a 1 mile kids run. The day includes entertainment, food vendors and crafts.
The 4th Annual Cowboy Christmas event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 16 at Faith Farm and Arena in Elm Grove. It will feature a live nativity scene, food, entertainment, dancing, contests and more. The event time is 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.