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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.

E.g., 09/20/2019
E.g., 09/20/2019
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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 9th and stay lit until December 31st.

Chennault Aviation and Military Museum
701 Kansas Lane
Monroe, LA 71201
 
11/10/2019

This Christmas give your family the gift of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! Step into a simpler time filled with sweet dreams and Christmas magic. With world-class artists, more than 200 dazzling costumes, stunning sets, towering puppets and soaring birds, this classic show will take your breath away. 

The Strand Theatre
619 Louisiana Avenue
Shreveport, LA
Moscow’s Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker
 
11/16/2019

Join us for the Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets – Bass Pro Shops Annual Santa Parade and Opening of Santa’s Wonderland. The parade will begin at Courtyard by Marriott Shreveport-Bossier City/Louisiana Boardwalk at 4:30 p.m. and end at Bass Pro Shops, where Santa will light up the store to start the holiday season.

Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets
540 Boardwalk Blvd
Bossier City, LA 71111
Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets-Bossier City
 
11/16/2019

Winner of the 2016 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, this stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South is “one of the greatest revivals ever” according to New York Magazine.  It is a soul stirring, Grammy®-winning score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues.

The Strand Theatre
619 Louisiana Avenue
Shreveport, LA
the color purple shreveport strand theatre
 
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Children of all ages are invited to visit Santa at Santa’s Wonderland, featuring crafts and photographs with Santa. Admission and activities are free.

Bass Pro Shops
100 Bass Pro Dr.
Bossier City, LA
Santa’s Wonderland
 
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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.

Candy Cane Lane
170 Highway 151 North,
Calhoun, LA 71225
Candy Cane Lane
 
11/23/2019

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!

Stephens Media Group
1200 North 18 Street,
Monroe, LA 71201
 
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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!

Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum
323 Walnut Street
Monroe, LA 71201
 
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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.

The Boardwalk Blizzard is located in front of Cheesecake Bistro near the dancing fountain at the Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets
540 Boardwalk Blvd
Bossier City, LA
 
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Get in the Christmas Spirit by visiting Christmas in Roseland during our 36th year! Every year is bigger and better than ever - more lights, more music and more fun! We will have special encore nights Dec. 16-22 prior to our final weekend. As always Santa will be in the garden every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening from 6-9 PM. We will have shopping at our annual vendor market - Dec. 6-7, our attractions night Dec. 13, and more special events will be announced in the coming months. Be sure and check out the latest news at our website, www.christmasinroseland.org!

American Rose Center
8877 Jefferson Paige Road
Shreveport, LA
 
11/29/2019 | 12/01/2019 | 12/06/2019 | 12/08/2019 | 12/13/2019 | 12/15/2019 | 12/20/2019 | 12/22/2019

Explore the newest downtown holiday tradition, the enchanting Christmas Market! Pick up local gifts, wander around food stands, listen to music, sip on warm drinks and soak up the heart-warming magical atmosphere similar to traditional European holiday markets. In the first time ever an 80 foot ferris wheel will provide fun for the entire family. A highlight is the scenic ride on the 80 ft Ferris Wheel!

Shreveport Aquarium
601 Clyde Fant Pkwy., Shreveport
 
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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!

Riverview Park behind Shreveport Aquarium
601 Clyde Fant Pkwy.,Shreveport
Le Marche de Noel
 
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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 and will make you believe in the spirit of Christmas, complete with hot chocolate, cookies and a very special guest! 

Shreveport Aquarium
601 Clyde Fant Pkwy., Shreveport
 
11/30/2019

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 and various vendors during this event. For more information about the East Bank Golf Cart Parade, please email the Bossier Arts Council at bossierarts@bossierarts.org, or call 318-741-8310

East Bank District
600 block of Barksdale Blvd
Bossier City, LA
 
11/30/2019

Celebrate the holiday season with fireworks over the Red River, Christmas music, food trucks, Santa Claus, and more. 

Riverview Park and Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets
601 Clyde Fant Pkwy
Shreveport, LA 71101
Rockets Over the Red Fireworks Festival
 
11/30/2019

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.

Start at The Agora Borealis and include multiple locations
421 Lake St.
Shreveport, LA
 
11/30/2019 | 12/01/2019

Come out and enjoy this magnificent day. It will be fun filled with envelopes full of prizes and surprises. The first 100 people to enter Bass Pro Shops will get an opportunity to receive a gift. So you better hurry while supplies last!

Bass Pro Shops
100 Bass Pro Dr.
Bossier City
 
12/02/2019

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.

Pineville, LA
 
12/04/2019

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.

Artspace
708 Texas St.
Shreveport, LA
 
12/05/2019

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.

The Strand Theatre
619 Louisiana Avenue
Shreveport, LA
 
12/05/2019 | 12/06/2019 | 12/07/2019

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)

Alexandria Zoological Park
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
Holiday Light Safari 2019
 
12/06/2019

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. The performance will expand 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.

Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
705 Elvis Presley Ave.
Shreveport, LA
A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage
 
12/06/2019

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, pumpkin, s’mores, cranberry and more - will be made into one-night-only adult beverages. Designated drivers are covered, too, with virgin choices and steaming mugs of Starbucks peppermint mocha coffee!

Shreveport Hilton Hotel
104 Market St.
Shreveport, LA
 
12/06/2019

This exclusive shopping experience chauffeurs participants to locally-owned retailers along Line Avenue. Tinsel shoppers can enjoy food, entertainment, discounts, and more. 

Line Avenue Shopping District
Shreveport, LA
Tinsel Holiday Shopping Experience
 
12/07/2019

Parade like no other! You'll enjoy floats with fun-loving redneck themes and throws that range from beads to toys to other surprises!

S&J Farm and Feed
1505 Thomas Road
West Monroe, 71291
 
12/07/2019

The entire community flocks downtown to enjoy live music, pictures with Santa Claus, and a little last minute shopping. Vendors from across the area sell their wares all day leading up to the Christmas fireworks display during the evening!

 

Downtown Riverwalk
316 South Grand,
Monroe, LA 71201
Christmas in DoMo
 
12/07/2019

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.

RiverMarket
316 South Grand
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/07/2019

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!

Krewe de Riviere's Den
500 Ouachita Avenue,
Monroe, LA 71291
 
12/07/2019

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.

Earl G. Williamson Park
11425 LA Hwy 1
Oil City, LA 71061
Christmas on Caddo Fireworks Festival
 
12/07/2019

The annual Country Christmas Festival entertains guests with delcious food, entertainment, crafts, holiday lights, and more.

100 Front St
Vivian, LA
Country Christmas
 
12/07/2019

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.

Downtown River Jam
515 N 3rd St.,
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/07/2019

Step inside beautiful historic Highland homes filled with the warmth of the holidays and the grace of the bygone eras.

Our 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.

Woman’s Department Club
802 Margaret Pl.
Shreveport, LA
Highland Candlelight Holiday Home Tour
 
12/07/2019

Come enjoy the holiday floats, bands, dancers, and more at the annual Christmas Parade! You might even see Santa!

Monroe-West Monroe
Louisville Avenue and Trenton Street
Monroe & West Monroe
 
12/07/2019

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.
Age Divisions:
•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

RiverMarket
316 South Grand
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/12/2019 | 12/13/2019 | 12/14/2019

More information to come soon. 

Downtown Alexandria
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/13/2019

More Info to come.

Downtown Pineville
Pineville, LA
Pineville Christmas Parade
 
12/13/2019

See the Polar Express Ballet at the Monroe Civic Cener on December 13th! Don't miss out on this performance by the Louisiana Delta Ballet Company.

Monroe Civic Center
401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/14/2019

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!

Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center
1202 Third Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/19/2019

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.

Shreveport Aquarium
601 Clyde Fant Pkwy., Shreveport
 
12/19/2019

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.

Shreveport Aquarium
601 Clyde Fant Pkwy., Shreveport
 
12/21/2019

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

Forsythe Park
Riverside Drive & Forsythe Avenue,
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/31/2019

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.

 

Shreveport Aquarium
601 Clyde Fant Pkwy., Shreveport