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The holidays are still lit in the cities along the Holiday Trail of Lights! This holiday season, events and attractions have been reimagined to be social distancing-friendly. Plan your next visit to one or several of the cities along the trail. 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 shopping on the Louisiana Shopping Trail.

E.g., 10/31/2020
E.g., 10/31/2020
11/01/2020

Stroll the Alley on a beautiful Fall Afternoon. Shop antiques, boutiques, specialty shops, & more. Antique Alley has something for everyone!

Antique Alley
100-400 blocks of Trenton Street
West Monroe, LA 71291
 
11/06/2020

Seeking one-of-a-kind antiques, trendy holiday home decor, or the perfect family outfits for your Christmas card photos?​

Look no further!​

The annual Alexandria/Pineville Holiday Open House has over 25 unique local businesses ready to help you find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Beat the holiday shopping crowds and take advantage of the exclusive deals and promotions happening ALL WEEKEND LONG! ​


WHEN​
Friday November 6 - Sunday November 8 ​ ​
That’s right- Central Louisiana’s premiere holiday shopping event has been extended this year, giving you THREE WHOLE DAYS of amazing holiday sales from your favorite local businesses!​


WHERE ​
Participating retailers in Alexandria/Pineville ​

​Visit cometogetherlocally.com for all of the details including a list of all participating businesses and store hours.


 

Participating Central Louisiana retailers
Alexandria, La
 
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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 11th and stay lit until January 1.

Chennault Aviation & Military Museum
701 Kansas Lane
Monroe, LA 71201
 
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Get in the Christmas spirit and check out all the magical lights in Monroe-West Monroe! The Freedom Trees will be lit on November 11 with other displays around Monroe-West Monroe turning on November 21. 

Monroe-West Monroe
 
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Candy Cane Lane is a mile-long wooded drive decorated with over one million lights.
Open nightly November 13-January 2.
No trailers. No vehicles over 30 ft. in length without prior approval.

Candy Cane Lane
170 Highway 151 North
Calhoun, LA
 
11/14/2020

Saturday, November 14 from 11am-1pm

The Alexandria Mall will be spreading a little “Extra Merriment” to their shoppers!

Grab your FREE Swag Bag and stroll though stores as you sip hot cocoa, enjoy live music and enter to WIN a $100 mall store gift card! 

 

The Alexandria Mall
3437 Masonic Dr.
Alexandria, LA 71301
A Merry Little Shop & Stroll at the Alexandria Mall
 
11/19/2020

Join Bless Your Art for a night of fun and crafty Christmas cheer at The Hub Music Hall and paint your own ceramic lighted Christmas tree or another one of their lighted holiday ceramics! Cash bar provided!
Sip, paint and enjoy a night making memories with your favorite people, your family, a girl’s night or for your work Christmas party by reserving a table or section!

The Hub
201 Washington St.
Monroe, LA 71201
 
11/19/2020

Stroll the Alley on November 19! Shop over 40 locally-owned antique shops, boutiques, and specialty stores on Trenton Street in West Monroe.

Antique Alley
100-400 blocks on Trenton St.
West Monroe, LA 71291
 
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Why not discover Natchitoches’ newest Holiday attraction, Christmas in the Park this year? Bring the entire family and celebrate the true meaning of this magical season amid this walk-through explosion of light and sound. Transforming seven acres of park into a true woodland winter is over 300,000 LED lights, decorated sets, tasty holiday treats, nightly Christmas character meet and greets, the Mistletones singing trees, and much more! Please visit ChristmasInTheParkLa.com for more information.

Christmas in the Park
4343 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
11/21/2020

11:00 am - 6:00 pm

A visit with Santa is an unforgettable experience for children and families! 

Bring your family and friends for professional photos with Santa and a chance for children to share their holiday wishes. There will be plenty of fun and magic as well as a focus on the health and well-being of everyone! Best practices will be followed- maintaining social distance, face masks required for everyone and enhanced cleaning between visits. Your visit with Santa this year will create memories for years to come! 

Visits with Santa are scheduled to begin November 21 and will continue through Christmas Eve (December 24th).

The Alexandria Mall
3437 Masonic Dr.
Alexandria, La 71301
 
11/21/2020

Don't miss out on a day of shopping, food, and live music at the Christmas Market.

Monroe Civic Center
401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway
Monroe, LA 71201
 
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Santa’s Christmas Village includes cookie decorating, visits with Santa, a model train village, make and take holiday ornaments, snow shows, festive light displays, photo ops, and more!

Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum
323 Walnut Street
Monroe, LA 71201
 
11/21/2020

Turn on the Holidays!
10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Holiday Shopping Open House - Historic District Business Association Shops & Attractions Open Late
4:00 p.m. Entertainment
7:00 p.m. Fireworks and Lighting Event

Downtown Natchitoches Riverbank
102 rue Beauport
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
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BELIEVE – The Magic of Christmas will be a totally immersive holiday experience for Shreveport and the surrounding area. The Shreveport Aquarium will be transformed into a winter wonderland complete with snowdrifts, icicles, and dancing Christmas lights synchronized to favorite Christmas music and broadcast via FM radio transmitter. Along with Santa’s help, experience the magic of Christmas with elaborate decorations and interactive technology that will truly make the magic of Christmas come to life in front of your very eyes. 

Shreveport Aquarium
601 Clyde Fant Parkway
Shreveport, LA 71101
 
11/27/2020

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.

Antique Alley
100-400 blocks of Trenton St.
West Monroe, LA 71291
 
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 Christmas in Roseland is celebrating our 37th year as a holiday family tradition in the Ark-La-Tex! We have added even more new lighting this year! Come out and enjoy some family fun outdoors - giant Christmas Cards to the Community, marshmallow roasting, live entertainment and more lights than you can count! To see our nightly events, visit www.christmasinroseland.org.

Safety: We ask all visitors to please wear a mask while in the park, social distancing is also required with markers and signs throughout the gardens. Hand sanitizers will also be placed throughout the gardens. Bathrooms will be sanitized numerous times each night. The Roseland Express train will be sanitized between each use. Safety practices will be posted on www.christmasinroseland.org. 

American Rose Center
8877 Jefferson Paige Rd
Shreveport, LA 71119
 
11/27/2020

If you’re from Central Louisiana then you know that one of our most cherished and time-honored holiday traditions is the lighting of the water towers! The jellyfish-like glow of Alexandria’s water tower is a sure sign it’s holiday time once again. Be on the lookout, the City of Alexandria water tower is tentatively scheduled to be lit on Friday, November 27. 

Alexandria, LA 71301
 
11/28/2020

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!

Antique Alley
100-400 blocks of Trenton St.
West Monroe, LA 71291
 
11/28/2020

9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Fleur de Lis Arts & Crafts Show - Natchitoches Events Center, 700 Second Street
4:00 p.m. Entertainment
7:00 p.m. Fireworks

Natchitoches Downtown Riverbank
102 rue Beauport
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
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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 28. The ride begins at Alley Park. Rides are $5 per person.

Alley Park
200 Natchitoches St.
West Monroe, LA 71291
 
11/28/2020

Historic Downtown West Monroe’s holiday wonderland is your home for shopping small and loving local on Shop Small Saturday and throughout the holidays! The holidays are all about family and community! Shops open until 7 pm every Friday and Saturday from Thanksgiving until Christmas.

Not just antiques, their boutiques are brimming with the latest fashions, modern décor, art and spa products.

Antique Alley
100-400 blocks of Trenton Street
West Monroe, LA 71291
 
12/01/2020

The City of West Monroe's annual Christmas Tree Lighting will be December 1 at 6:00 PM.

West Monroe City Hall
2305 N. 7th St.
West Monroe, LA 71291
 
12/01/2020

The Alexandria Museum of Art is offering FREE ADMISSION to the public for the month of December! 

For more information including museum hours and current exhibits, visit the museum website or Facebook page. 

The Alexandria Museum of Art
933 2nd Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/03/2020 | 12/04/2020 | 12/05/2020 | 12/06/2020

Don't miss out on A Christmas Carol at Strauss Little Theatre on December 3-8!
Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" reminds us of the spirit of Christmas in its 177 year-old-story. From a cruel-hearted quintessential miser to the loving uncle and citizen of the city - thanks for Marley's efforts and the influence of the three Ghosts of Christmas - Past, Present, and Future, your heart will be touched by Tiny, Tim, Bob Cratchit and the entire community of people who help Scrooge find his heart.
 

Strauss Theatre Center
1300 Lamy Lane
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/04/2020 | 12/11/2020

The East Bank District and Plaza in partnership with the City of Bossier, KTBS, and The Bossier Arts Council will be hosting a Holiday Market with themed vendors, food trucks, live music, and of course, Santa! Current COVID-19 safety guidelines will be in place during the event. 

East Bank Plaza
400-1100 Blocks of Barksdale Blvd.,
Bossier City, LA 71111
 
12/05/2020

7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Mistletoe Marketplace - City Bank parking lots, Second Street
1:00 p.m. Entertainment
7:00 p.m. Fireworks

Natchitoches Downtown Riverbank
102 rue Beauport
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
12/05/2020

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.

 

S&J Farm and Feed
1505 Thomas Road
West Monroe, LA 71292
 
12/05/2020

Don't miss out the Christmas Fireworks in Monroe-West Monroe! Best viewed from either downtown Monroe or West Monroe, the fireworks will be shot from the Endom Bridge.

Downtown Monroe-West Monroe
Desiard and Trenton Streets
Monroe and West Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/05/2020

The drive-in Christmas on Caddo Fireworks Festival will be held at Earl G. Williamson Park in Oil City on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 3:30 p.m. Admission is free. This festival celebrates Christmas with food, children’s activities, live music, and fireworks show that lights up Caddo Lake.  

Earl G. Williamson Park
11425 LA Hwy 1
Oil City, LA 71061
 
12/05/2020

Join Downtown West Monroe as they begin the Christmas on The River Festival. Race begins at 8:30am. The 5K loop runs through downtown West Monroe and along the River.

Antique Alley
100-400 blocks of Trenton St.
West Monroe, LA 71291
 
12/05/2020

Make plans to attend Twin City Ballet's annual Festival of Trees, featuring beautifully decorated trees of all sizes and more! Wander through Whoville, and enjoy pre-performance refreshments while browsing designer Christmas trees and special mystery boxes. Purchase Chinese raffle tickets for your chance to win one of their gorgeous full-size trees. Admission is free.

 

Monroe Civic Center
401 Lea Joyner Expy.
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/05/2020 | 12/06/2020 | 12/12/2020 | 12/13/2020

Join Strauss Youth Academy of the Arts for their performance of Holiday Hoedown 2: Christmas Around the Campfire!

Kiroli Park
820 Kiroli Road
West Monroe, LA 71291
 
12/05/2020

Take the whole family on a stroll through Whoville to meet the Grump, Max and many more characters from TCB’s “Where Are You Christmas?” On your journey to find the true meaning of Christmas, you’ll enjoy many stops along the way including Max’s Grocery Store where you’ll make your own reindeer food, write a letter to Santa in the Post Office, make crafts throughout the city and so much more! Your last stop brings you to a matinée performance of “Where Are You Christmas?” in the Civic Center Theatre. Professional pictures with Santa will be available by Samuel Bourland. Visit twincityballet.org for tickets and more information!

Monroe Civic Center
401 Lea Joyner Expy.
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/05/2020

Don't miss out on the Annual Kiwanis Christmas Parade! This years theme is Christmas in Paradise!

Downtown Monroe-West Monroe
Desiard and Trenton Streets
Monroe and West Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/05/2020

Looking for a unique and thoughtful holiday gift for the art lover in your life? Or maybe hoping to find something to tuck in your own Christmas stocking? 
The Porch Sale at River Oaks Square Arts Center is right around the corner! 

Saturday December 5 from 9am-3pm.

The much-anticipated 2020 Annual Porch Sale will feature over twenty artists with sales stations on site as well as additional works from across the country including 2020 Guest Artist Katrina Szyszkoski, Colorado based painter and sculptor. Don’t miss the art sale of the season! The River Oaks Square Arts Center Annual Porch Sale continues to be a major shopping event for anyone who enjoys original art. See you there!

River Oaks Square Arts Center
1330 Second St.
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/05/2020

Tinsel will be held all along the Line Avenue Shopping District on Saturday, Dec. 5 starting at 5 p.m. This exclusive shopping experience chauffeurs participants to locally-owned retailers along Line Avenue. Tickets are $30 and include private transportation, after-hours access to all participating retailers, food, beverage, exclusive discounts provided by the retailers, and access to the afterparty including drink specials. 

Line Avenue Shopping District
Shreveport, LA
 
12/05/2020

Join Twin City Ballet on their 51st Anniversary, with the colorful Christmas production of ‘Where Are You Christmas?’ In Act I, watch as a man’s stone cold heart turns from Ho-Hum to Hallelujah! With the help of all the townspeople, a little magic and a man’s best friend! In Act II, Peace on Earth, celebrate the true gift of Christmas, as you enjoy this beautifully choreographed piece by Leaia Alsup. Your soul and spirit will surely be filled with peace, love and joy.
Visit twincityballet.org for ticket information.

 

Jack Howard Theater
401 Lea Joyner Expy.
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/05/2020

Join Twin City Ballet on their 51st Anniversary, with the colorful Christmas production of ‘Where Are You Christmas?’ In Act I, watch as a man’s stone cold heart turns from Ho-Hum to Hallelujah! With the help of all the townspeople, a little magic and a man’s best friend! In Act II, Peace on Earth, celebrate the true gift of Christmas, as you enjoy this beautifully choreographed piece by Leaia Alsup. Your soul and spirit will surely be filled with peace, love and joy.
Visit twincityballet.org for ticket information.

Jack Howard Theater
401 Lea Joyner Expy.
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/11/2020

’Tis the season for Christmas parades, and Central Louisiana is ready to roll with a weekend of city parades that will have you cheering “Throw me Something, Santa!” 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11
City of Pineville Christmas Parade will get the festivities rolling at 7:00 pm*

Pineville, La 71360
 
12/12/2020

Downtown West Monroe presents An Artisan Christmas: Market, Music, and Holiday Outdoor Movie on December 12! Don't miss out on an Artisan Market with music in Alley Park from 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM. Stay around for a holiday outdoor movie in Alley Park at 5:30 PM!

Downtown West Monroe
Trenton St.
West Monroe, LA 71291
 
12/12/2020

The Bossier Holiday Night Market returns Saturday, December 12, 3-9 p.m., at Pierre Bossier Mall.  More than 175 vendors, more than a dozen food trucks, free admission, free family fun, free kids' activities, and free Bossier swag and giveaways. With 100,000+ twinkling lights, enjoy food and live music while shopping for market goods, unique food, holiday shopping, wood crafts, jewelry, art, jams, fall gifts, boutiques, jelly, salsa, Cajun Axe-Throwing, clothing, vintage, ceramics, accessories, spice and seasoning blends, food trucks, metal and stone craft, wreaths, furniture, fruits, vegetables, paintings, decor, skincare, baked goods, candy, handcrafted soap, candles, crochet, honey, hot coffee, cider, cocoa, kids activities, and much more. This pet-friendly event includes a seating area and free parking.

Pierre Bossier Mall
2950 E Texas St
Bossier City, LA 71111
 
12/12/2020

Don't miss out on a performance of A Cajun Nutcracker on December 12!

 

Jack Howard Theater
401 Lea Joyner Expy.
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/12/2020

4:00 p.m. Entertainment
5:30 p.m. Lighted Boat Parade | Watch boats and barges adorned in Christmas lights parade down Cane River Lake | Sponsored by the Natchitoches Rotary Club
7:00 p.m. Fireworks

Downtown Natchitoches Riverbank
102 rue Beauport
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
12/12/2020

The Winter Wonderland Christmas Party will be held at the Holiday Inn Downtown Shreveport on Saturday, December 12 at 7 p.m. Adult admission is free. The Winter Wonderland Christmas Party will be a night of fun, partying and sharing with friends, family, and coworkers. The dress attire is formal or semi-formal. Everyone attending must bring a wrapped unisex gift valued at $30.   

Holiday Inn Shreveport Downtown
102 Lake St
Shreveport, LA 71101
 
12/13/2020

’Tis the season for Christmas parades, and Central Louisiana is ready to roll with a weekend of city parades that will have you cheering “Throw me Something, Santa!” 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13
City of Alexandria Christmas Parade kicks off at 2:00 pm

Alexandria, La 71301
 
12/18/2020 | 12/19/2020 | 12/21/2020 | 12/22/2020

Celebrate Christmas at Kiroli Park this holiday season with a walk-through Christmas light display, hot cocoa, smores and holiday activities.

Kiroli Park
820 Kiroli Road
West Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/19/2020

4:00 p.m. Entertainment
7:00 p.m. Fireworks

Downtown Natchitoches Riverbank
102 rue Beauport
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
12/19/2020

Wear your favorite holiday vintage or ugly sweater while shopping with the Downtown West Monroe merchants!

 

Downtown West Monroe
Trenton St.
West Monroe, LA 71291
 
12/26/2020

4:00 p.m. Entertainment
7:00 Fireworks

Downtown Natchitoches Riverbank
102 rue Beauport
Natchitoches, LA 71457