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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, as well as learn about about shopping opportunities on the Louisiana Shopping Trail.

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11/10/2018

Christmas is coming and so is the one and only Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker: Dove of Peace Tour! Presenting world class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, and a 2 dancer Dove of Peace with a 20 foot wingspan. The Great Russian Nutcracker brings the Christmas spirit of life for all ages, "Kids wide-eyed with delight!" says the New York Times. Experience the Dove of Peace Tour, spreading goodwill in over 100 cities across North America in 2018. Get seats now for the whole family and make memories for a lifetime at Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker. Starts on Saturday November 10, at 3 p.m.

Strand Theatre
619 Louisiana Ave
Shreveport, LA 71101
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
 
11/17/2018

Join us for the official start to the Natchitoches Christmas season. This event features musical entertainment, children's activities, and fireworks! 

10am-10pm - "Turn on the Holidays" activities, Free admission
10am-4pm - Visit Santa's Live Reindeer on the Riverbank, $
4-7pm - Holiday Shopping Open House at Historic District Business Association shops and attractions
4:30-7pm - Music: Cane River Soul on the Riverbank Stage
7pm - Fireworks
7:15-9:15pm - Music: 92Twenty on the Riverbank Stage

 

Front Street & Rue Beauport
100 Rue Beauport
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Christmas lights in Natchitoches by Karen Hoyt
 
11/17/2018

Join the ladies of Les Amies for their annual Christmas Treasures Arts and Crafts Show! Enjoy great holiday shopping before heading downtown for "Turning on the Holidays"!

FREE ADMISSION - Donations Accepted and Appreciated
Silent Auction, Local Vendors, Santa Claus & much more!!

Natchitoches Events Center
750 2nd Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Arts & Crafts Show
 
11/23/2018 | 11/24/2018

Friday, November 23

3-9pm - Holiday Kids Fest on the downtown Riverbank, $
5:30-8:30pm - DJ on the Riverbank Stage

Saturday, November 24

10am-9pm - Holiday Kids Fest on the downtown Riverbank, $
4:30-7pm - Music: LaCour Bros Trio
7pm - Fireworks
7:15-9:30pm - Music: Chicken on the Bone

Rue Beauport
100 Rue Beauport
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Festival entertainment on the Riverbank Stage
 
11/24/2018

A Large Arts & Crafts show with hundreds of vendors all under one roof at the Natchitoches Event Center. The Fleur de Lis Arts & Crafts Show is held twice a year in Natchitoches. 

Natchitoches Events Center
750 2nd Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Arts & Crafts Show
 
11/28/2018 | 11/29/2018 | 11/30/2018

Inspired by New York’s Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, the Christmas Gala showcases the talents of students and faculty in NSU’s world-class music, theatre, dance and art programs. The show is a perennial favorite and is sure to delight audiences of all ages with Christmas songs, skits and dance numbers that celebrate the magic of Christmas, such as the wildly popular Nutcracker dance, the NSU Jazz Orchestra, the Percussion Ensemble and several other featured musical and vocal ensembles.

Wednesday 7pm
Thursday 7pm
Friday 7pm & 9pm

A.A. Fredericks Auditorium, NSU Campus
150 Central Avenue
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Natchitoches/Northwestern Christmas Gala
 
12/01/2018

Enjoy the daylong festival filled with music, entertainment, arts and crafts, food vendors, parade, and the famous fireworks show choreographed to holiday music over Cane River Lake. Admission armbands are required for entry to Front Street and Rue Beauport Riverfront.

7:45am - Natchitoches City of Lights 5K Run starting at NSU
10am-6pm - Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest LA Museum open, $
1pm - Festival of Lights Parade - Wayne Toups Grand Marshall
2:45pm-4:30pm - Music: Louisiana Sidemen
4:30-6pm - Music: Wayne Toups
6pm - Fireworks over Cane River Lake

Front Street & Rue Beauport Riverfront
100 Rue Beauport
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Natchitoches Christmas Festival by Karen Hoyt
 
12/01/2018

The Benton Christmas on the Square Festival and Parade celebrates the holidays in the charming town of Benton and provides traditional, family-oriented activites such as food, a 5k run, entertainment, arts and crafts, a parade, and more. Admission is free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Heritage Village Square
417 Sibley Street
Benton LA 71006
2018 Benton Christmas on the Square Festival and Parade
 
12/01/2018

The Christmas on Caddo Fireworks Festival is celebrating 24 years of holiday entertainment on Saturday December 1. The event will be held at Earl G. Williamson Park in Oil City, located on HWY 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 being presented by Pyromania Fireworks, LLC. Festival-goers will have the opportunity to shop the wide selection of arts and crafts and feast on fair-styled foods. The foods include gumbo, red beans and rice, Cajun chili and more. Children can visit with Santa to share their holiday wish list and receive a free gift from him. Photos with Santa will be available for purchase, too. Other children's activites include a jumpy houe, clowns and more. 

Earl G. Williamson Park
11425 LA Hwy. 1,
Oil City, LA 71061
Christmas on Caddo Firework Festival
 
12/01/2018

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. 

River Oaks Square Arts Center
1330 Second Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/04/2018

Lessons and Carols with the NSU Chamber Choir at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Church.

Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Church.
145 Church Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
12/06/2018 | 12/13/2018

President and Mrs. Chris Maggio invite you to a special night of Christmas magic at Northwestern State University. Join the Maggios at the Presdient's Home as you are welcomed to the historic campus, founded in 1884 as Louisiana State Normal School. Walk past the three remaining columns of the Bullard Mansion, a symbol of the university. Built in 1832, the mansion was the site of the Louisiana State Normal School. Watch for popup performances by the Creative & Performing Arts students and be sure to ask about the Legend of Isabella. The Old President's Home, built in 1927, is now the home of the Alumni Center. After visiting the Alumni Center, step next door to lovely Varnado Hall.

December 6 & 13, 5-8pm

Northwestern State University
Normal Drive
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Holiday Tour of Homes
 
12/06/2018

6-7pm NSU Elementary/Middle Lab School Orchestra Christmas Concert on the Riverbank Stage.
7-8pm Natchitoches Central High School Orchestra Christmas Concert on the Riverbank Stage.

Rue Beauport, Riverbank Stage
100 Rue Beauport
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
12/07/2018 | 12/08/2018

Friday, December 7

3-9pm - Holiday Kids Fest on the downtown Riverbank, $
5:30-8:30pm - DJ on the Riverbank Stage

Saturday, December 8

10am-9pm - Holiday Kids Fest on the downtown Riverbank, $
4:30-7pm - Music: Mike McKenzie Band
7pm - Fireworks
7:15-9:30pm - Music: Maggie Rose

Front Street & Rue Beauport
100 Rue Beauport
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
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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!

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/07/2018 | 12/14/2018

Few things are better than Natchitoches at night during the Christmas season! Showing true Southern hospitality are Laureate House and Bayou Amulet House. The actual bayou was first called Bayou a la Mule. This is where mules were tied while their owners were conducting business. French and Spanish traders used this area as a meeting point. Laureate House and Bayou Amulet House are both located on Poete Street. Laureate House was built in 1840 and contains a cellar that was connected to the bayou. The house was restored in the 1950s. Bayou Amulet House was built in the 1850s and is surrounded by gardens. Poete Street is a lovely walking area with festive decorations!

December 7 & 14, 5-8pm

Laureate House & Bayou Amulet House
Poete Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Holiday Tour of Homes
 
12/08/2018

Bring your children and enjoy a historic setting full of Christmas fun! Cornhusk doll making, Christmas themed carnival games, performances by local groups, and treats available. Service organizations in Natchitoches will provide education and entertainment for young and old alike.

December 8, 10am-1pm

Prudhomme-Rouquier House
446 Jefferson Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
12/08/2018 | 12/15/2018

Step back in time to life in historic Natchitoches. Our downtown area is home to some fabulous stories! We invite you to step into The Cunningham Law Firm, now the Natchitoches Historic Foundation home, to hear about small business life in the late 1800s. The building has twin chimneys in the center of the building that were used to heat both sides of the duplex offices. Trinity Episcopal Church boasts the story of the fighting bishop. Join us to hear this fascinating tale! Construction of the Old Courthouse began in 1896. It is a lovely example of Romanesque Revival architecture.

December 8 & 15, 1-4pm

The Cunningham Law Firm/ Natchitoches Historic Foundation
550 2nd Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Trinity Episcopal by Lane Luckie
 
12/14/2018 | 12/15/2018

Friday, December 14

3-9pm - Holiday Kids Fest on the downtown Riverbank, $
5:30-8:30pm - DJ on the Riverbank Stage

Saturday, December 15

10am-9pm - Holiday Kids Fest on the downtown Riverbank, $
4:30-7pm - Music: Southbound 71
7pm - Fireworks
7:15-9:30pm - Music: Jaryd Lane

Front Street & Rue Beauport
100 Rue Beauport
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Christmas downtown lights by Karen Hoyt
 
12/20/2018

Join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the whole Peanuts gang in this all-new touring stage adaption of Charles M. Schulz's classic Emmy and Peabody Award-winning animated television special. This is all set to Vince Guaraldi's unforgettable music. Join the gang as they put on their own Christmas play, including a concert of beloved Christmas carols, and discover the true meaning of the season. There's no better way to experience Christmas magic. A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage is a present the whole family can enjoy. The show lasts from 7 p.m.-10 p.m.

The Strand Theatre
619 Louisiana Ave
Shreveport, LA 71101
A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage
 
12/21/2018 | 12/22/2018

Friday, December 21

3-9pm - Holiday Kids Fest on the downtown Riverbank, $
5:30-8:30pm - DJ on the Riverbank Stage

Saturday, December 22

10am-9pm - Holiday Kids Fest on the downtown Riverbank, $
4:30-7pm - Music: Paul & Pete Band
7pm - Fireworks
7:15-9:30pm - Music: Johnny Earthquake & the Moondogs

Front Street & Rue Beauport
100 Rue Beauport
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Christmas downtown by Karen Hoyt
 
12/27/2018

Walk-On's Independence Bowl will be held at Independence Stadium in Shreveport. Kick-off is at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 27, with pre- and post-game activities scheduled at Independence Stadium and throughout Shreveport-Bossier.

Independence Stadium
3301 Pershing Blvd.,
Shreveport, LA 71109