The Freedom Christmas Trees are 5 lighted trees at the Chennault Aviation & Military Museum set to honor the service of the men & women of the 5 branches of the US military. The trees will be lit on November 9th and stay lit until December 31st.
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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, as well as learn about about shopping opportunities on the Louisiana Shopping Trail.
New York, Toronto, Hong Kong, Miami and now Shreveport! See Rainbow City, an outdoor experience featuring 35 whimsical, colorful, air-filled sculptures soaring 50 feet into the sky during a six-week festival celebrating the opening of The Common Park.
This vibrant collection of soaring air-filled sculptures is a perfect holiday backdrop for a family-friendly experience. This festival will have various events throughout the week including a parade, an artistic exercise walk, "After Hours" with live music, and special brunch events.
Admission is free. Special events priced separately. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit website for full schedule of events.
Children of all ages are invited to visit Santa at Santa’s Wonderland, featuring crafts and photographs with Santa. Admission and activities are free. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Les Boutiques de Noel is the annual one-stop, holiday shopping extravaganza. This arts and crafts show features a variety of items for holiday gifts and decorations.
Tickets are $5-$20. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday-Saturday.
Candy Cane Lane is a mile-long wooded drive decorated with over One Million Christmas lights. Candy Cane Lane will be open daily Nov. 22 - Dec. 31 from 6:00 PM - 10:00 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 special events throughout the season.
Step into a magical winter wonderland as Dark Woods transforms for Christmas In The Park, Natchitoches’ newest holiday attraction. Gates open Friday, November 22, 2019 to kick off the Christmas season.
Experience over 8 acres of enchanting, lighted walkways with over 250,000 LED lights and displays that bring the woods to life! Our 128 foot lighted footbridge, along with snowflakes and a canopy of twinkling ice lights, will let you explore the beauty of nature like you’ve never seen it.
Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or coffee and indulge in our signature “melt in your mouth” miniature donuts.
Meet and get your picture with Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, The Frozen Princess and her reindeer at our Kringle Outpost.
Gates are open 6-9pm Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 6-10pm on Friday-Sunday nights during November and December.
For more information please call 318-332-8546. Embrace the magic of the woods and spirit of the holidays with “Christmas In The Park“ in Natchitoches, La!
This event serves as the Department of Music at Louisiana College’s annual Christmas production! From soloists and narrators to choral and instrumental ensembles, this is sure to be a a wonderful way to kickoff the Christmas season! All ages welcome as we will be visited by a special red-suited guest! Shows begin at 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM.
FREE admission to Front Street and Downtown Riverbank
10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. “Turn on the Holidays!” Join us for the official start to the Natchitoches Christmas season as we turn on the Christmas lights for the first time. This all day event features live musical entertainment, children’s activities, and fireworks!
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Cookies with Santa - Downtown Riverbank - Purchase tickets HERE
4:00-7:00 p.m. Holiday Open House – Historic District Business Association Shops & Attractions Open Late
4:30-7:00 p.m. Entertainment – Cane River Soul - Downtown Riverbank
7:00 p.m. Fireworks over Cane River Lake
7:20-9:30 p.m. Entertainment – Louisiana Red – Downtown Riverbank
For the past 14 years Sunny 98.3 has hosted Santa Stop. They welcome you to meet Santa, enjoy food, games, prizes and make great memories!
Meet Santa, Rudolph, and their character friends during Santa’s Arrival Party! Character greetings, & entertainment by Steps by Stephanie dancers. Goody bags and One FREE holiday train ride with the donation of a canned good to The Salvation Army during the event*.
*While supplies last, first 200 children. 12 and under please.
Don't miss out on Santa's Christmas Village at the Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum!
Santa's Village Includes:
Cookie decorating, Visits with Santa, model train village,Make and Take holiday ornament, Snow Shows, Festive light display, Rides down Mount Sneauz, Photo ops, the new giant snow globe, and all exhibits!
Catch an evening “blizzard” on the banks of the Red River at the Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets. It’s fun for the kids and the entire family starting on Black Friday and going through New Year’s Eve.
Monday-Friday: 6:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Saturday:12:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Sunday: 12:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
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. Prizes for best decorated float, bike and costume!
Line up at 5:00 PM in Alley Park.
Rain Date: Dec. 6.
From the day after Thanksgiving until the weekend before Christmas, the American Rose Center is transformed into a whimsical winter wonderland! The display includes thousands of twinkling lights, dozens of lighted displays, giant Christmas Cards to the Community, nightly entertainment, photos with Santa, rides on the Roseland Express train, and tons of fun for the whole family! The Gift Shop and concession stand are open during the event so visitors can shop for trinkets, or hot chocolate, corn dogs and funnel cake.
Santa will be in the garden every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. The annual vendor market will be Dec. 6-7. Attractions night is Dec. 13.
From Nov. 29-Dec. 15, Christmas in Roseland will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday-Sunday.
Encore Nights are Dec. 16-23, so Christmas in Roseland will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., nightly.
The last car is admitted at 9:30 p.m.
Pick the perfect Christmas tree and have Christmas fun with a "sno" pit, hot chocolate, bounce houses, a sing-along hayride, and more.
Tickets are $6-$8. 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday.
What could be better than watching one of your favorite Christmas movies in Antique Alley under the magical Christmas lights? The Holiday Outdoor Movie is free for everyone!
Inspired by the German Christ kindle Markets in Europe, Le Marche de Noel brings European Christmas Markets to Shreveport with a Louisiana flare. Le Marche de Noel is the area’s first open air Christmas market taking place along the banks of the Red River. Select craftsman will present high quality, self-designed and self-made objects in a unique shopping experience offering all the bustling atmosphere of a European market. In addition to the marketplace, daily entertainment will help create a festive holiday atmosphere. The market boasts hand-made goods for purchase. It is the charming, quaint atmospheric feeling that makes the market certainly worth a visit!
Le Marché de Noel is open from 5-9 p.m., Fridays and 12-9 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free.
Landry Vineyards 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 29. The ride begins at Commerce Street and ends at Wood Street.
Celebrating its second year of Christmas magic, the Red River Express Cruise will embark on an enchanting journey to the “North Pole.” The holiday experience will delight both the young and the young at heart. Complete with hot chocolate, cookies and a very special guest, this event is sure to make you believe in the spirit of Christmas.
Experience a variety of winter-themed interactive games and exhibits, ad then climb aboard the Red River Rocket Sleigh to take an interactive virtual reality ride through a snow blizzard.
Tickets are $5-$12. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays; and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays.
Make plans to come out to our Christmas Edition of the 5th Saturday Market! Do your holiday shopping from local vendors featuring Holiday decor! Saturday, Nov 30th from 9am-2pm.
The enchanting Candlelight Christmas Tour of Ivy Vale Plantation, circa 1816, 1850 will detail the evolution of frontier life and antebellum plantation life in North Louisiana. Bring your cameras to capture the beauty of this historic home.
Tour dates include November 30th, December 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th
The length of the tour will be between 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Admission is $10 for adults, children under 12 years of age get in free.
For booking please reach out to Ivy Vale Plantation at (225) 287-8085.
Enjoy a variety of Christmas trees decorating by local businesses! The Christmas Tree Stroll will be available for viewing from Nov. 30th to Dec. 31st. This year’s participants include The ULM Alumni Association, Chennault Aviation Museum, African American Museum, NELA Children’s Museum, and the Krewe of Janus!
Write down your wish or prayer at the downtown Christmas Wishing Tree! Over the next few days, your wish or prayer will be put in the tree. Something wonderful happenes when we all wish and pray together. The Wishing Tree will be in Bry Park at the corner of Desiard and South Grand Street. Come stop by and write down your wish!
Join the Downtown Monroe Alliance on Nov. 30th for its first ever holiday stroll from 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM! Get in the Christmas spirit by strolling down Desiard Street with the launch of the holiday shopping season. Come out and enjoy the culture of Monroe through food, arts, shopping, and music! Santa Claus will even be making an appearance! Don’t miss out!
The Bossier Arts Council (BAC) is hosting a new event for the holidays - East Bank Golf Cart Parade during Shreveport-Bossier's annual Rockets Over the Red Fireworks Festival and Shop Small Market. This family-friendly event will take place in the 600 block of Barksdale Boulevard and offer a premier view of the fireworks. Don’t miss the variety of food trucks and various vendors during this event.
For more information about the East Bank Golf Cart Parade, please email the Bossier Arts Council at email@example.com, or call 318-741-8310
This event will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Admission to Downtown Riverbank after 1:00 p.m., $6 ages 12 and over.
9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fleur de Lis Arts & Crafts Show at Natchitoches Event Center, 750 Second Street. FREE.
10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank, $ (costs associated)
4:30-7:00 p.m. Entertainment – LaCour Trio – Downtown Riverbank
7:00 p.m. Fireworks over Cane River Lake
7:20-9:30 p.m. Entertainment – Amanda Shaw – Downtown Riverbank
Celebrate the holiday season at Rockets Over the Red Fireworks Festival on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019 at Riverview Park in Shreveport and Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets in Bossier City! Both viewing areas will feature the largest outdoor Christmas trees in the region and an amazing fireworks show. Admission is free. Rockets Over the Red Festival is presented by Shreveport-Bossier ~ Louisiana's Other Side, the City of Shreveport, the City of Bossier City, Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets and Pyromania Fireworks, LLC.
There will be a Kid’s Zone by Bayou Bounce at both locations for children ages 12 and under. The Kid’s Zone will include an obstacle course, slide, and a bounce house. Unlimited jump wristbands are $10 per child. Come to Riverview Park to have your picture taken with the Coca-Cola Polar Bear and the Coca-Cola Christmas Truck, courtesy of Shreveport Coca-Cola. Elves will be passing out free samples while supplies lasts. Bring your own camera!
Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets Entertainment Schedule
4-4:30 p.m. Bossier Parish Talented Arts Jazz Band
5:30-5:50 p.m. Magnolia Mae
5:50-6 p.m. Christmas Tree Lighting by Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker
6-6:30 p.m. Magnolia Mae
7 p.m. Fireworks Show
7:30-8:30 p.m. Magnolia Mae
Riverview Park Entertainment Schedule
2 p.m. Outdoor Movie Screening of “Elf,” brought to you by SPAR
4-4:45 p.m. The Syndicate
5-5:45 p.m. Lance Thompson
6-6:45 p.m. Tipsey the Band
7 p.m. Christmas Tree Lighting & Fireworks Show
Rockets Over the Red Fireworks Festival is presented by Shreveport-Bossier ~ Louisiana's Other Side, the City of Shreveport, the City of Bossier City, Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets and Pyromania Fireworks, LLC.
Share your festival memories on social media with the hashtag #RocketsOverTheRed.
Businesses throughout Shreveport’s historic downtown will have special discounts and events to encourage people to shop small and local. From Louisiana specialty items and locally produced paintings and home decor to gift certificates for a night of film, we’ll have it all! Afterward, enjoy food and drink specials at downtown restaurants.
Small Business Saturday will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Red River Dance brings you The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky.
Performed by both professional and local ballet dancers, this Central Louisiana tradition is the perfect way to start the holiday season.
Don't miss out on Cookies and Cocoa with Santa at the Hamilton House on Dec. 1st!
This show will be an evening of upbeat Nashville-dipped pop hits, country and western standards, incredible Southern harmonies and quick witted humor.
Tickets are $20-$300. 3 p.m.
The 2019 Kansas City Southerner (KCS) Holiday Express train will be bringing joy and promoting goodwill in Pineville, LA this year. Pineville is one of the communities along the KCS rail network stopping in 20 communities in five U.S. states on 25 dates.
Guests to the train can visit with Snata Claus and walk through brightly lit rail cars filled with holiday displays. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
The Lagniappe Brass, featuring brass players from the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, ULM, Grambling University, and others will kick off the holiday season with a night of holiday-themed selections. This will be a great concert to make your spirits bright!
Enjoy all that December Downtown Artwalk – Holiday Edition has to offer, just in time for Christmas! Jump on the free Santa Trolley for stops all over downtown, purchase one-of-a-kind artwork for everyone on your holiday list, sing holiday carols, try food and drink specials, and learn to love Christmas shopping all over again.
December Downtown Artwalk will take place from 5 pm. to 9 p.m.
Rainforest Art Foundation at Marlene Yu Museum is hosting a holiday market for artists and makers during the Shreveport Downtown Holiday Artwalk on December 4, 2019. This Artwalk, sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority, focuses on providing attendees with a chance to do their holiday shopping from local businesses, and the Museum will host booths for local creatives who work within the Rainforest Art Foundation's mission to increase appreciation of nature through art. The RAF Holiday Market will be open Wednesday evening, December 4, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
Applications for booth space in the Holiday Market are due by November 20, 2019, at noon. Interested vendors can find further details and apply at www.rainforestartfoundation.org/booths.
Rainforest Art Foundation's most recent photo exhibit, Waterfalls, will be on display in the RAF Gallery during the market. This exhibit features breathtaking waterfalls from all around the globe.
The Natchitoches/Northwestern Christmas Gala showcases more than 300 Northwestern State students, faculty and staff in the NSULA Creative & Performing Arts Department. The show is based on the long-running Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular.
Wednesday, December 4th 7p.m.
Thursday, December 5th 7 p.m.
Friday, December 6th 7 p.m. & 9 p.m.
Natchitoches Events Center, 700 Second Street, Natchitoches, LA.
For additional information, ticket prices and to order advance tickets contact Teresa at (318) 357-4522 or Ladell at (318) 357-5773.
Celebrate the true spirit of Christmas with this perfect holiday event. This new, original production of Charles Dickens’ classic pairs haunting special effects and beloved music of the season with a timeless message. Features stunning sets, puppetry, song, dance, humor and a flawless performance of Scrooge by award-winning, 40-year theater veteran Scott H. Severance.
Show will start at 7 p.m.
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.
Alexandria Zoo is lighting up the season with Holiday Light Safari. Create wonderful holiday memories with a casual stroll through the Zoo’s colorful environment sparkling with thousands of lights and whimsical lighted animal figures.
Holiday Light Safari features hundreds of thousands of lights, holiday train rides, Santa, kids' activities, and more!
December 5-7, 12-14, 19-21 & 26-28, 2019
(Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays)
They’re back — The Arts Council of Central Louisiana presents Lightwire Theatre: A Very Electric Christmas!
LightWire Theatre: A Very Electric Christmas will be presented on Thursday, December 5th @ 7 PM at Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center.
Brighten your holidays this season and follow the story of a young bird named Max and his family as they begin their journey south for the winter. When Max gets blown off course and ends up at the North Pole, his adventure begins! Magical enough for all ages! A heartwarming story set to timeless holiday music.
Ticket pricing is as followed:
General Admission: $18 | Senior: $15 | Student/Child (ages 3+): $10 | Family (2 adults + 2 students): $45
In 1998, a few people from Emmanuel began “dreaming out loud” about a unique ministry to tell the story of Jesus’ birth. As other folks joined in the conversation, it grew into what we call “Pilgrimage to Bethlehem.” More than a Christmas pageant or a living nativity scene, Pilgrimage is a full-scale re-creation of 1st century Bethlehem. Hundreds of volunteers from the church and community put in thousands of hours to bring the city to life. In addition to the tour portion of the experience, musicians and actors present a continuously running Christmas program in the sanctuary for groups waiting to enter the city.
Since Pilgrimage requires upwards of 18 months of preparation, we typically schedule the event in alternating years. All are invited. And as in years past, admission is absolutely free.
Sanders Family Christmas is the sequel to Connie Ray and Alan Bailey’s wildly successful bluegrass gospel musical Smoke on the Mountain. It’s Dec. 24, 1941 and America is going to war. So is Dennis Sanders, of the Sanders Family Singers. Join Pastor Mervin Oglethorpe and the rest of the Sanders Family as they send Dennis off with hilarious and touching stories and twenty-five Southern Gospel Christmas favorites. Ticket includes entry to show, a full course meal, and complimentary beer and wine.
A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage is a fresh take on the timeless classic that gives the audience a completely new way of experiencing the storyline as portrayed by real actors who maintain the integrity and spirit of each Peanuts character.
This Emmy and Peabody award-winning story by Charles M. Schulz has been a longstanding tradition, warming the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television over 50 years ago. Now, the live on-stage adaptation of the classic animated television special brings all your favorite characters to life - all set to the unforgettable sounds of the Vince Guaraldi musical score.
A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage encompasses each of your favorite scenes from the original animated television show. It even expands the storyline into greater detail with more fun, more music, more finding the true Christmas spirit. This Peanuts Experience also includes an intermission and, after the final bow, the show crescendos into a celebration of song as the audience is invited to join the Peanuts gang in singing Christmas favorites.
So, join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang in their journey to uncover the true meaning of Christmas.
The show will start at 7 p.m.
Watch the fire crackle and enjoy the sounds of smooth, seasonal jazz as you sample flights of holiday beverages. The flavors of the season- marshmallow, chocolate, peppermint, eggnog, and more-will be made into one-night-only adult beverages, with alcohol-free options available.
This holiday beverage event will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Join Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts as their SYAA stage is transformed into a big Hollywood soundstage ready to celebrate the holidays. In their seventh annual holiday cabaret, their SYAAers travel back to Hollywood and back in time to the late 60s and the days of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. With high energy, silly jokes, and a captivating set full of color, pattern, and one or two surprises along the way, Hollywood Holiday 2 is sure to ring the jingle bells in all of us. Featuring songs such as “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” “Silver Bells,” “Making Christmas,” and “Put a Little Love In Your Heart,” your heart will be singing and your soul will be celebrating the spirit of the season. . Come “Laugh-in” the holidays with SYAA, and they will show you how they do Christmas with a twist.
Tinsel shoppers begin and end at Superior Steakhouse, and are chauffeured to multiple stops along Line Avenue, shopping in the area’s most popular stores, in a private after-hours environment. Participating stores offer a variety of complimentary food, beverage, entertainment, and discounts to Tinsel shoppers. The evening ends at the official Tinsel Afterparty.
iShuttle, LLC returns as the Transportation Sponsor, providing patrons with private chauffeur service along the Line Avenue corridor. Superior’s Steakhouse will host the Official Afterparty, which will include drink specials for participants. We will announce this year’s participating retailers soon. Your $30 Tinsel ticket includes: private transportation, after-hours access to all participating retailers; food, beverage, and exclusive discounts provided by the retailers; and access to the afterparty including drink specials.
Tinsel will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
93rd Annual Christmas Festival, Louisiana’s Premiere Holiday Event. Enjoy our daylong festival filled with live music, arts, crafts and food vendors, a parade and a magnificent fireworks show choreographed to holiday music over the riverbank of Cane River Lake.
Admission armbands are required for entry to Front Street & Downtown Riverbank - $10 for ages 12 & up – $8 for advanced armbands, available for purchase November 1st.
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Christmas on the Cane at Fort St. Jean Baptiste SHS, Celebrate Christmas 18th century style with historians, re-enactors and period merchants – $ 4 ages 12-62.
10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. LA Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum, $6 adults; $5 seniors, students and active military; children 6 and under admitted free.
1:00 p.m. Festival of Lights Parade - Grand Marshall Rick Rowe, television personality
3:00-6:00 p.m. Entertainment – Mike McKenzie Band – Downtown Riverbank
6:00 p.m. Fireworks over Cane River Lake
Parade like no other! You'll enjoy floats with fun-loving redneck themes and throws that range from beads to toys to other surprises! Parade starts at 10:00 AM.
The Annual Porch Sale is located in the historic Bolton Home which also houses the Center’s Gallery Gift Shop. 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.
The Annual Porch Sale Shopping Event on Saturday, December 7th from 9am – 3pm in the Bolton Home & Studio Annex Building featuring Original works of art just in time for the gift giving season!
This annual tradition features a pancake breakfast, stuff-your-own friend from the Making Friends Factory and visits with Santa Claus.
Tickets are $10-$38. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Get in the Christmas spirit and enjoy the annual Christmas fireworks! The fireworks start at 6:00 PM.
For fifty years the dancers of Twin City Ballet have been entertaining thousands of school-aged children from area schools and this year will another exciting performance! Under the direction of the talented Joe Istre, area children will enjoy a brand new TCB performance, The Santa Claus. As part of this iconic season, Twin City Ballet will present Act II of the Nutcracker on Gala night, a favorite of our beloved director, Linda Lavender Ford. Don't miss out on the annual Christmas Gala!
Join the RiverMarket at Christmas in DoMo for their first annual Kid's Talent Show! Show them your unique talent! Age categories will be Kindergarten - 3rd and 4th through 7th with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Registration is $10.
Walk through the Twin Cities Krewe de Rivière floats, drink hot cocoa and meet Santa at Krewe de Riviere's Christmas open house! Don't miss out on this fun event!
The Christmas On Caddo Fireworks Festival is celebrating 25 years of holiday entertainment on Saturday, December 7 at Earl G. Williamson Park in Oil City located on Highway 1. The festival will open at 3:30 p.m. with a variety of food vendors, children's activities and live music. At 6:30 p.m. the skies above Caddo Lake will light up with a fireworks display presented by Pyromania Fireworks, LLC.
The festival will take place from 3:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
Join Downtown West Monroe as they begin the Christmas on The River Festival. Race begins at 7:30am. Entry fee is $30 and includes a long sleeve runners T-shirt. Their 5K loop runs through downtown West Monroe and along the River.
Sponsored by CFWM Athletic Club.
Dress your pet up in their holiday best and bring them out to strut their stuff! Join us at Christmas in DoMo for this exciting event. The pet pageant will start at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 7th at the Origin Bank RiverMarket. There will be 2 categories: small breed & large breed. Register your pet by Nov. 22! To register, call Jessica Manes at 318-807-1735. Come show us your pet’s talents!
This family-friendly Christmas festival includes food vendors, arts and crafts, a Santa meet and greet, holiday lights, a parade, and more.
The festival will take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Amdocs Downtown River Jam returns Dec. 7th! Come spread holiday cheer and enjoy the Christmas Fireworks while listening to The Cadillac Kings perform at the Skent N Dent Stage! This event is free to the public and located at the Downtown RiverWalk. Sponsored by Doe's Eat Place, Progressive Bank, Matt's Music, Azalea Estates, Skent N Dent, Choice Brands, Century Marketing Solutions, Amdocs, Northeast Louisiana Insurance, and Mitchell's Body and Frame. The Downtown River Jam is a project of the Downtown Monroe Alliance.
You don’t want to miss the annual Festival of Trees, featuring beautifully decorated trees of all sizes and more! Enjoy pre-performance refreshments from Marsala Beverage and more while you stroll through the North Pole, browsing designer Christmas trees and special mystery boxes. Purchase Chinese raffle tickets for your chance to win one of the gorgeous full-size trees.
Step inside beautiful historic Highland homes filled with the warmth of the holidays and the grace of the bygone eras.
A holiday trolley will transport you to the magical homes of the Highland and Fairfield Historic Districts on Saturday, Dec. 7. The trolley is provided compliments of the State Fair of Louisiana and Kilpatrick's Rose Neath Funeral Home.
The fun starts at the Woman's Department Club, which celebrates its centennial this year. From there, hop on the holiday trolley to visit an array of neighborhood homes decked out for the holiday season. Details on specific homes can be found at www.restorehighland.org this fall. Tickets will go on sale in mid-November.
This event will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Enjoy breakfast with characters from The Santa Claus make reindeer food, crafts and more. Professional pictures with Santa to be taken by Samuel Bourland. Twin City Ballet will be offering a matinee performance of The Santa Claus in conjunction with Holly Jolly Breakfast. Tickets available at both studio locations of Linda Lavender School of Dance, as well as twincityballet.org.
Come walk through a Bethlehem scene free of charge and see the reenactment of the time in which Jesus was born.
Come enjoy the holiday floats, bands, dancers, and more at the annual Christmas Parade! You might even see Santa! Parade starts at 3:30 PM.
Start off your holiday festivities with the Little 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. and the pageant starts at 2 p.m. Registration is $40 before November 22 and $50 for late registration after November 23.
•0-11 Month - Baby Miss
•12-23 Month - Toddler Miss
•2-3 Years - Tiny Miss
•4-6 Years - Sassy Miss
•7-9 Years - Little Miss
•10-12 Years - Pre-Teen Miss
Join Downtown West Monroe to remember and honor Pearl Harbor Day with a Remembrance Ceremony by The Blue Star Mothers of NELA. You will Lay Roses as Community in Memory of the Louisiana Casualties that day.
Point Of Grace is bringing A Christmas Story Tour to Alexandria, LA for one night only!
Featuring Point of Grace, Aaron Shust and with special guest, Mallary Hope. Don’t miss this evening of Christmas Favorites as we celebrate the season of Jesus’ birth.
The Symphony performs its annual Holiday Concert including music from The Nutcracker and other Christmas favorites.
7:30 p.m. Lessons and Carols with NSU Chamber Choir at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Church, FREE.
Old Fashioned Christmas at Kent House is a FREE family event. There will be plenty of Christmas crafts for children to take home with them and they can decorate the Kent House Christmas Tree with old fashioned popcorn and cranberry garland and paper chains. There will be a visit from Papa Noel and free hot cocoa (or lemonade if it’s warm outside) and cookies for all to enjoy. Kent House is located at 3601 Bayou Rapides Road in Alexandria, LA 71303. For any questions, please call 318-487-5998.
On Tuesday evening, December 10, 2019, the Red River Chorale will present Celebrating Christmasat 7:30 P.M. at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in downtown Alexandria .
Set in the beautiful sanctuary of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, our annual Christmas concert will feature a joyful procession and a variety of Christmas and holiday music, both sacred and secular. In addition to unaccompanied selections, the chorus will sing music accompanied by piano, organ, and string ensemble.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students.
Thursday 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 11:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Ice skating closes 1 hour before the festival closes.
Thursday, December 12
5:00 P.M.-6:30 PM - Holiday Magic & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
5:00 P.M.-10:00 PM - Musical Entertainment & Ice Skate Rink Open
Friday, December 13
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Special Needs Skating
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Vendors Set-Up
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Corporate Sponsor Skate
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM - Event Kicks Off with Ice Skate Rink Open, Choo Choo Alex, Jolly Junction, Vendors Active, Musical Entertainment
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM - Indie Village
Saturday, December 14
8:00 AM - 5K Ugly Sweater Run
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM - Musical Entertainment
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Employee Skating Day
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Vendor Set-Up
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Multicultural Village
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM -Ice Skate Rink Open, Choo Choo Alex, Jolly Junction, Vendors Active
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM - Indie Village
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Adopt-A-Pet (Jolly Junction Area)
2:00 PM - Gumbo Cook-Off Judging
3:00 PM - Cookie Eating Contest
10:00 PM - Fireworks
Sunday, December 15
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM - DJ/Ice Skate Rink Open
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM - AMGA Holiday Parade
The Christmas Tour of Homes is a holiday tour of uniquely decorated homes in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The event, will feature docent led commentaries on the history of each property as well as the unique holiday decorations. This unique tour consists of homes located in the Natchitoches Historic District.
The Christmas Tour of Homes is a walking tour. Thursday and Friday night tours are sponsored by Maglieaux's and will feature a complimentary glass of wine at the end of the tour.
We invite you to experience the charm of historic Natchitoches during this annual holiday event. Proceeds from the Tour benefit restoration of properties in the Natchitoches Parish area.
A list of participating tour stop and ticket purchasing information can be found HERE.
CenturyLink Center will be transformed into a landscape of interactive, holiday, confectionery BLISS! Christmas in CandyVille will include activities, crafts, food, fun, and photos with Mrs. Claus!
During this three day event participants will become real-life game pieces while visiting the enchanted lands of: Gummy Gallery, Cake Pop Shop, Camp Candy Corn, Gingerbread
Gymnasium, Jawbreaker Junction, Pop Rock & Roll Theatre, Mentos Mines, and Peppermint Palace!
Sponsorship Opportunities Available!
Christmas in Candyville is from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday; and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday.
This night-time race will be entirely lit with the famous Natchitoches Christmas lights! Route starts in front of the riverbank stage, runs south past Santa Clause Lane, turns west on Amulet, north on 2nd Street, and east on Lafayette which will run back down to the riverbank. 1 of these laps will be the end of the Fun Run. 3 laps will complete the 5k.
You are encouraged and incentivized to run in your Christmas best! That might be a Christmas costume; it might be an ugly sweater… get creative and have FUN! Prizes will be awarded for Best Christmas Spirit! Team themes will be considered.
PACKET PICK-UP PARTY
Save time at registration, and pick up your race packet Thursday, December 12th from 5:00-7:00pm at Maglieaux's Riverfront Restaurant.
No one is leaving empty handed! All runners leave with stuffed swag bags, courtesy of Lang Orthodontics. Swag bags include: race t-shirt, glow necklace. More details coming soon.
Loosen your limbs with a light warm-up led by a local trainer beginning at 5:30. This is also the time to pick up your race packet if you were unable to make the pick-up party.
Stick around for awards for each age bracket and Best Christmas Spirit, plus food booths, a DJ and kid zone on the banks of the beautiful Cane River, where 100+ Christmas light set pieces reflect on the water.
The Light the Way 5k & Fun Run is organized by the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds from this event benefit the A+ Coalition, a Chamber initiative to advance education in Natchitoches Parish. Click here to learn more or to join the movement: apluscoalition.com
Who makes the best appetizer? Let your taste buds decide the winners for BEST IN SWEET, BEST IN SAVORY and the BEST OF BOTH WORLDS! Tasting begins at 2:00 PM and awards will be announced at 4:30 PM. Stick around to enjoy the Christmas Parde and lighting of the Christmas Tree!
The Cenla Christmas Spectacular is back for its twelfth 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!
This family-friendly event will feature a parade, food trucks, music, and a special kid zone in the heart of Haughton.
Admission is free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Complete your Christmas shopping and enjoy live entertainment at this unique retail event at the Minden Civic Center in Historic Downtown Minden. Discover clothing, accessories, unique gifts, decor and more!
Admission to the Downtown Riverbank beginning at 1 p.m. – $6 Ages 12 & up. Advanced armband sales will be available for purchase November 1.
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Christmas for Children – Prud’homme-Roquier House hosted by Natchitoches Historic Foundation, FREE
10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank, $ (costs associated)
10 a.m.-6:00 p.m. – Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest Louisiana History Museum
4:30-7:00 p.m. Entertainment – Smackwater Band- Downtown Riverbank
7:00 p.m. Fireworks over Cane River
7:20-9:30 p.m. Entertainment – Jaryd Lane & The Parish- Downtown Riverbank
Beautiful homes and St. James Episcopal Church will be open for the tour in the historic Garden District, each with individual history and architectural character. Tour participants begin their tour at St. James Episcopal Church located on Murray Street, where they can park their car, pick up tickets, and hop on the “Spirit of Alexandria” trolleys. Tickets are $25 and are available for purchase online in advance at www.GardenDistrictNeighborhood.org or in person at Southern Chic and Main Dish & More in Alexandria. Tickets will also be available at the ticket booth the day of the event.
Come enjoy the Holiday Trail of Lights in Historic Downtown Minden. Participate in the lighting of the Christmas Tree, the Magical Music of Christmas Parade and exquisite firework show!
Santa’s making his list – and probably making a lot of exceptions for us at #TabooHarley. The big man himself will be here on Saturday, December 14th from 10am – 3pm for you to take a few snapshots before heading on your merry way! We’ll have Christmas cookies & hot cocoa to keep you toasty while supplies last.
With more than 100 local dancers and music performed by the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet will bring the holiday classic The Nutcracker to life.
Tickets are $25-$45. 6:30 p.m.
It's fun and excitement for all ages as the MSO is joined by the Monroe Symphony Chorus and the Monroe Symphony Youth Orchestra to celebrate the holidays! You won't have to go "over the river and through the woods" to have a great time; there will be plenty of moments to cheer the heart and warm the spirit as the MSO performs holiday classics, both new and old, in the spectacular concert event.
Be sure to grab extra tickets for your family and friends!
Christmas themed floats and entertainment. Join us for the Annual Alexandria Christmas Parade! The Alexandria Mardi Gras Association (AMGA) will host the Annual Alexandria Christmas Parade at 2:00 p.m. This year's parade will move downtown! more information to come!
The Lighted Coke Truck will be parked on the 2000 block of Riverside Drive right in front of the Coke Museum. There will be entertainment, and all museum buildings will be open. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in attendance to hear last-minute Christmas list requests in the Welcome Room. Bring your camera to take photos with Santa!
Tour the beautifully decorated aquarium and then celebrate the return of the spectacular holiday Laser Light Show under the dome, a spectacular celebration of stunning choreographed laser beams and colorful light effects performed to traditional holiday favorites.
Goga is an internationally acclaimed singer and musician. Enjoy a beautiful performance of traditional Christmas music overlooking the Red River. Food and beverages available for purchase.
The concert will start at 6 p.m.
Experience all the sights, sounds, and feelings of Christmas! Don't miss out on the First West Northeast Louisiana Christmas Celebration on December 20-22.
Get to The Pointe Ballet Academy invites you to join us on a magical multi genre dance interpretation of the Christmas favorite, Polar Express. Performed by students of each level of the academy under the direction of Sarah Ochs. Take a ride with us to kick off your Christmas season!
Rock the Holidays with two Louisiana Music Hall of Famers! Zebra, Lillian Axe, and special guests Post Profit will perform LIVE at Rapides Parish Coliseum on Friday, December 20th!
Zebra is a hard rock band that formed in 1975 in New Orleans, LA. It features Randy Jackson (guitar and vocals), Felix Hanemann (bass, keyboards and vocals) and Guy Gelso (drums and vocals). Their mainstream debut on Atlantic Records in 1983 featured the singles “Tell Me What You Want” and “Who’s Behind The Door”. Like Twisted Sister, Zebra cut their teeth on the East Coast club circuit, frequently playing at clubs on Long Island, NY.
Zebra started their career by playing covers of Led Zeppelin, Moody Blues and Rush songs: it was their early fans’ reaction to their Led Zeppelin renditions that helped convince the band to bring their act to New York. They had introduced their original material into their cover sets years before they were signed to Atlantic Records, including “The La La Song”, “Free” and “Bears” (originally entitled “The Bears are Hibernating”).
Zebra had been noticed as an original act to contend with by local colleges and even had some of their early original performances recorded by Long Island FM radio station WBAB, culminating in the inclusion of one of their songs on a release of “WBAB’s Homegrown Album”, which commemorated some of the station’s best local acts and performances culled from their on-air “Homegrown Hour” program.
The band continued to tour throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and in 2003 released Zebra IV, their first album of all-new material since 1986. A DVD of recent live performances, mostly from a show at the House of Blues in New Orleans, was released in the summer of 2007. Zebra is a band of legendary status in two “hometown” areas, Louisiana and Long Island. They were inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2010.
Through big shot producers, major label record deals, MTV videos and quarter of a million record sales in the United States alone, New Orleans hard rock survivors Lillian Axe have persevered through the years and still to this day, record new music and tour.
From humble beginnings in 1983, the New Orleans-based hard rock act rose above the cream of the bands touring the southern U.S. club circuit. Within three years, the band’s live show had built a reputation that was becoming legendary throughout the south. While opening with Ratt, Poison, and Queensryche, the guys caught the eye of MCA Records executive Irving Azoff and also Marshall Berle (nephew of Milton Berle). Irving Azoff immediately signed Lillian Axe to MCA Records. Fueled by their hit single, “True Believer”, followed by their cover of the Badfinger classic, “No Matter What”, and VH1 Classic favorite video for “Show A Little Love”, Lillian Axe reached the upper 100 of the Billboard album charts.
Lillian Axe was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame on May 16, 2010, the first hard rock band inducted into the LMHOF.
Post Profit is an alternative rock band from Longview Texas, featuring Matt Jackson (Guitar/Vocals), Nick Hawner (Guitar/Vocals) Jordan Conley (Bass/Vocals), and Zach Hicks (Drums/Vocals). Hear their single, “Some Sad Song” here: https://youtu.be/8ciIpskKur4
See the Polar Express Ballet at the Monroe Civic Cener on December 20th! Don't miss out on this performance by the Louisiana Delta Ballet Company.
Admission to Downtown Riverbank beginning at 1 p.m. – $6 Ages 12 & up. Advanced armband sales will be available for purchase November 1.
10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank, $ (costs associated)
10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. – Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest Louisiana History Museum open
4:30-7:00 p.m. Entertainment – Paul & Pete Band – Downtown Riverbank
7:00 p.m. Fireworks Cane River Lake
7:20-9:30 p.m. Entertainment – Rockin’ Doopsie – Downtown Riverbank
Broadway star Hugh Panaro from Broadway's Phantom of the Opera, teams up with Louisiana favorite, Sarah Jane McMahon, for a lively evening of holiday magic. Michael Butterman will be the conductor.
Tickets are $26-$66. 7:30 p.m.
This fun 10K and 5K that start at Forsythe Park in Monroe benefits the youth involved with the programs of Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, and Venturing.
Registration is available online at https://runsignup.com/Race/LA/Monroe/MonroeJingleBellRun
This PAC-12 and ACC post-season Division I college football game includes lots of tailgating and fun for the entire family.
Tickets are $15-$45. 12:30 p.m.
Join us for a special New Year's Eve event, including an aquarium tour with complimentary champagne and a delicious gourmet meal. Afterwards get a special viewing of the Laser Light Show, a spectacular celebration of stunning choreographed laser beams and colorful light effects performed to traditional holiday favorites.
This event will be from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.