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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Plan Your Holiday
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.
Sip, Shop & Save. Antique Alley is hosting their 4th Annual Champagne Stroll. Come out for a fun evening event, enjoy the Christmas Lights, and SHOP your favorite stores. Additional savings on your purchases at select merchants. Grab you girlfriends and Shop The Alley!
Minden is all dressed up for Christmas and ready to receive visitors as a part of the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights. The Old World Christmas Lights Spectacular is featured at dusk every night through New Years Day in historic downtown Minden and is best enjoyed as a self-driving tour. Hundreds of life-sized nutcrackers line the streets, a nod to Minden's German heritage. Shops and restaurants are open late for your shopping pleasure. For more information visit www.visitwebster.com or call (318) 377-4240.
Les Boutiques de Noel presents The Best Wholiday Ever which offers 100 plus vendors, holiday popups, food, and free valet parking. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday.
Natchitoches will be unveiling and dedicating the rue Beauport Riverfront area that has undergone a $4 Million restoration to include a new Festival Stage and Amphitheatre seating, handicap ramps, new restrooms and a brick promenade that runs along the Cane River.
Fireworks every Saturday Night!
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.
Natchitoches will be “Turning on the Holidays” with the official start of the Holiday Season by “Flipping the Switch” and “Turning the Lights on”. Over 300,000 lights and over 100 set pieces will be lit along with live entertainment and our famous fireworks.
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.
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.
Enjoy Christmas activities at Jubilee Zoo including a “sno” pit, hot chocolate, bounce houses, Carol to the Critters hayride, and more. Operation hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m..
Holidaze transforms three floors of Artspace into a Winter Wonderland of art and extravagance featuring an exhibit by William Joyce, “Bizaare Bazaar” holiday market, and a fine arts sales exhibition. This exhibition is free.
Find everything you will need this holiday season at the Fleur de Lis Arts & Crafts Show. The Fleur de Lis Arts & Crafts Show features a wide variety of unique, hand-made items from more than 100 artists indoors at the Natchitoches Events Center.
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.
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King by E.T.A. Hoffmann is brought to life in The Nutcracker Ballet. Peter Tchaikovsky’s music evokes images of swirling snow and fantastic characters. Sword fighting mice and soldiers, angels, and snowflakes give way to a succession of dancers portraying various characters in the “Land of Sweets.” Ladies and gentlemen dancing at a grand party, children opening gifts and watching a puppet show, gently falling snow . . . these scenes and more await you at The Nutcracker Ballet presented by the Red River Dance Theatre Company. Red River Dance Theatre Company will give their annual presentation of The Nutcracker Ballet at Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center Saturday, November 25 at 7 PM and Sunday, November 26 at 2 PM. Join Red River Dance Theatre Company and experience the magic of The Nutcracker Ballet – a holiday tradition!
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.
For more than 25 years Northwestern State University has produced a world-class Christmas extravaganza to highlight the talents of the students in the Creative and Performing Arts program. The Annual Christmas Gala delights audiences young and old with an evening of song, dance and performances including the ever popular marching toy soldiers, NSU Rockettes, NSU Percussion Ensemble, and the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra. Santa Claus, his elves and a few other favorite Christmas characters have also been known to make an appearance or two.
Ice skating, Santa, snow, Indie Village, live music, food, shopping and so much more! This family-friendly festival, named the 2016 Festival of the Year by the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association, is held in downtown Alexandria and takes place over three event-packed days. AlexWinterFete kicks off with Downtown Holiday Magic featuring local choirs and performing groups, the official lighting of downtown, the arrival of Santa, cookie-decorating event, and new this year - Snowkus Pocus! Ice skating, music, food, shopping and more events continue on Friday and Saturday. Experience a beautiful fireworks show over Red River on Friday night.
Based in New York City, with artists nationwide, Cirque-tacular Entertainment is considered one of the premiere acrobatic production companies in the United States!
In Snowkus Pocus, young Brianna is whisked away to an enchanted winter wonderland where she encounters the colorful characters that inhabit this magical world. This tale is told through dazzling cirque, breathtaking ballet, and incredible acrobatics that will amaze, inspire, and enchant your imagination.
This snow show for all ages will melt your heart! This incredible event will take place at Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center during the first night of AlexWinter Fête!
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.
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.
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 second annual Butterflies in Motion Holiday Pop-Up Shop invites everyone to kick off the shopping season by supporting small/local businesses. Operation hours are from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
December 2, the official “Christmas Festival Day” will take place and include the Christmas Parade that will feature the “610 Stompers” from New Orleans as the parade Grand Marshals, Live entertainment and Fireworks. Download the Christmas Brochure for a list of events.
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.
Get into the Christmas spirit at Christmas on Caddo Fireworks Festival on Saturday, Dec. 2 at Earl G. Williamson Park in Oil City. Families can enjoy local entertainment, a bounce house, clowns, food booths, and arts and crafts. There will be a Santa Claus who will pose for pictures and provide a gift for each child. Concession booths will open at 3:30 p.m.
This year's featured band is What the Funk, a Northwest Louisiana based cover band specializing in rock, “old school” R&B, 80's, funk and soul cover tunes – along with a little dash of Top 40. This five-member group is all about having fun and getting people on their feet.
Entertainment on the main stage will begin at 3:30 p.m. Fireworks start at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Christmas on Caddo was created to promote the Christmas spirit of joy and giving to the very deserving communities in Northwest Louisiana.
Step back in time at Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historical Site as they host Christmas on the Cane formally known as Fe’te de Hiver. Christmas on the Cane will take visitors back to the 18th century time period to experience traditional 18th century Christmas celebrations. The celebrations will feature historical talks about the time period, re-enactors, and period merchants.
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
Enjoy this beautiful fireworks display along the banks of the Ouachita River. Fireworks will be shot from the Endom bridge.
The Annual Porch Sale is held on a major shopping weekend so guests have the opportunity to purchase unique, original works of art just in time for the gift giving season. Works may range from pottery, paintings, sculpture, fiber arts, mobiles, jewelry, photographs, mixed media etc. Every year the Sale expands to feature new artists from across the state. River Oaks is also home to a sales gallery which features exclusive works by the Louisiana Crafts Guild. Numerous artists are on-site during the event with sales tables and demonstration features.
Celebrate the season with Broadway and TV star Sutton Foster who has won two Tony Awards for her performances in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Anything Goes. The performance time is 7:30 p.m.
The annual concert of sounds of the season for the whole family to enjoy. Returning to sing with the Symphony is Broadway performer Natalie Gallo.
Time: 2:30 PM
Get together with your family, church group, or friends at this concert to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Casting Crowns and For King & Country are bringing their "A Glorious Christmas Tour" to Bossier City. Purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com.
Visitors to Natchitoches can tour our most famous historic homes beginning December 7, 2017 as part of the Holiday Tour of Homes. Homes on the tour include the Steel Magnolias House, which was featured in the film Steel Magnolias; the Prudhomme Rouquier House, built circa 1790 and the only known two and one-half story bousillage structure on the North American continent; and the Steamboat House, which was reportedly constructed from materials taken from two dismantled steamboats, and many more. Tours are held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from December 7 to December 16. Saturday tour ticket holders will receive complimentary admission to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum.
Tchaikovsky's lustrous music and the magnificent choreography of Marius Petipa have made this beloved story a must-see for children of all ages. Showtime is 7 p.m.
Bundle up and stroll through the Zoo's natural setting, aglow with thousands of glistening lights and "wild animal theme" light diplays. Enjoy train rides, Santa, activities for children, entertainment on select evenings, photo ops and more!
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.
This yearly tradition features a pancake breakfast, hayride to visit and feed the animals, “sno” pit, a stuff-your-own friend from the Making Friends Factory, and, of course, Santa Clause. Pre-registration is required. Children must be accompanied by at least one ticketed adult guardian. Each child admission includes Reindeer Pancake Activity & Breakfast, Santa visit, a mini hayride and food for the animals, Bouncey Houses, Sno Pit play, and a new stuff-your-own Christmas "friend" from our Making Friends Factory. The cost is $38 per child and $10 per adult. Operation hours are 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturdays.
Take advantage of the many shopping specials from local merchants located downtown on Main Street in Minden. Shop the boutiques, bridal shops, and antique shops as they offer holiday specials!
The Minden Historic Residential District's Tour of Homes is Saturday, Dec. 9. Four homes, all in the heart of the historic district surrounding Academy Park, will be featured on this year's home tour. Two of the homes have never been on the tour and have recently undergone extensive renovations. Tour these historic homes from 2 pm-7 pm. Tickets are $10. For more information, contact Leslie Daniels at (318) 294-0238.
The Cenla Christmas Spectacular is back for its tenth year; ready to bring you the same great yuletide entertainment that you’ve come to expect. Completely home grown here in Cenla. Featuring performing arts organizations from all over Cenla, performances by the Lagniappe Theatre Company, and your two favorite Cajun radio hosts Dirty Coutille and Jean “the Clod” Claude. Don’t miss your chance to have your Christmas Spirit lifted and have your funny bone tickled!
Songs of the Season offers an iconic experience with a mixture of Christmas fun and a Broadway show all wrapped into one incredible production. Showtimes are 7 p.m., Dec. 13-15; and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Dec. 16-17.
Alexandria's historic Garden District will feature homes open for tour, each with individual history and architectural character.
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.