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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.

E.g., 11/17/2018
E.g., 11/17/2018
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
 
11/16/2018 | 11/17/2018

Come join the fun at this year's Annual Mistletoe & More Show! Start your Christmas shopping off early with over 70 booths filled with something for everyone's taste, style, & budget. Bring the kids to see The Grinch and Minnie & Mickey Mouse on Saturday. Receive a free gift while supply last on both Friday and Saturday with paid admission. Door Prizes will be given away hourly! Booth space is still available for this show. For more information visit the website www.shoptiludropla.com

West Monroe Convention Center
901 Ridge Avenue
West Monroe, LA 71291
 
11/16/2018 | 11/17/2018 | 11/18/2018 | 11/19/2018 | 11/20/2018 | 11/21/2018 | 11/22/2018 | 11/23/2018 | 11/24/2018 | 11/25/2018 | 11/26/2018 | 11/27/2018 | 11/28/2018 | 11/29/2018 | 11/30/2018 | 12/01/2018 | 12/02/2018 | 12/03/2018 | 12/04/2018 | 12/05/2018 | 12/06/2018 | 12/07/2018 | 12/08/2018 | 12/09/2018 | 12/10/2018 | 12/11/2018 | 12/12/2018 | 12/13/2018 | 12/14/2018 | 12/15/2018 | 12/16/2018 | 12/17/2018 | 12/18/2018 | 12/19/2018 | 12/20/2018 | 12/21/2018 | 12/22/2018 | 12/23/2018 | 12/24/2018 | 12/25/2018 | 12/26/2018 | 12/27/2018 | 12/28/2018 | 12/29/2018 | 12/30/2018 | 12/31/2018

Candy Cane Lane is a mile-long wooded drive decorated with over One Million Christmas lights, located in Calhoun, LA. Candy Cane Lane will be open nightly November 16 - December 31 from 6-10 PM. No trailers and vehicles over 25ft must have prior approval.

Candy Cane Lane
170 Highway 151 North
Calhoun, LA 71225
 
09/29/2018 | 10/06/2018 | 10/13/2018 | 10/20/2018 | 10/27/2018 | 11/03/2018 | 11/10/2018 | 11/17/2018 | 11/24/2018 | 12/01/2018 | 12/08/2018 | 12/15/2018 | 12/22/2018 | 12/29/2018

Enjoy indoor market shopping at the Hometown Market of Haughton. There is a variety of vendors with vintage and antique furniture, seasonal and holiday decorations, clothing, houseware, handmade crafts, food, and when available, produce. Email mrshaughtonsanta@gmail.com to check produce availability. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

149 S. Elm St.
Haughton, LA 71037
 
11/13/2018 | 11/14/2018 | 11/15/2018 | 11/16/2018 | 11/17/2018 | 11/18/2018 | 11/19/2018 | 11/20/2018 | 11/21/2018 | 11/22/2018 | 11/23/2018 | 11/24/2018 | 11/25/2018 | 11/26/2018 | 11/27/2018 | 11/28/2018 | 11/29/2018 | 11/30/2018 | 12/01/2018 | 12/02/2018 | 12/03/2018 | 12/04/2018 | 12/05/2018 | 12/06/2018 | 12/07/2018 | 12/08/2018 | 12/09/2018 | 12/10/2018 | 12/11/2018 | 12/12/2018 | 12/13/2018 | 12/14/2018 | 12/15/2018 | 12/16/2018 | 12/17/2018 | 12/18/2018 | 12/19/2018 | 12/20/2018 | 12/21/2018 | 12/22/2018 | 12/23/2018 | 12/24/2018 | 12/25/2018 | 12/26/2018 | 12/27/2018 | 12/28/2018 | 12/29/2018 | 12/30/2018

This holiday season, iShuttle will once again be hosting their annual 'Holiday Lights Tour'. There are so many wonderful community events going on during this time of year. Let them work out the transportation logistics for you, your family and friends, while you enjoy a custom tailored holiday lights tour aboard one of their vehicles. Whether you reserve the trolly, a minibus or van, there is something for every budget. Book your reservation at 318-872-2152

Shreveport, Louisiana
 
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
 
11/15/2018 | 11/16/2018 | 11/17/2018 | 11/18/2018

The annual one-stop, holiday shopping extravaganza. This arts and crafts show features a variety of items for holiday gifts and decorations. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday

Bossier Civic Center
620 Benton Rd.
Bossier City, LA 71111
 
11/17/2018

Here comes Santa Claus! Santa will be flying in from the North Pole on a helicopter for a special visit and a day of fun with the kids - all happening at the Glenwood Medical Mall! The helicopter lands at 10, then stay for even more fun!
The event will include free pictures with Santa, a drumline performance, a live nativity, games, zoo animals, refreshments, and so much more!

Glenwood Medical Mall
102 Thomas Rd
West Monroe, LA 71291
 
11/17/2018 | 11/18/2018 | 11/22/2018 | 11/23/2018 | 11/24/2018 | 11/25/2018 | 11/29/2018 | 11/30/2018 | 12/01/2018 | 12/02/2018 | 12/06/2018 | 12/07/2018 | 12/08/2018 | 12/09/2018 | 12/13/2018 | 12/14/2018 | 12/15/2018 | 12/16/2018 | 12/20/2018 | 12/21/2018 | 12/22/2018 | 12/23/2018

A holiday wonderland with snow, ice skating, make and take ornaments, cookie decoration, rides down Mount Sneaux, the Coca Cola Christmas Village train exhibit, a festive outdoor light show, and special visits with Santa. Don't miss the new photo booth fun every Thursday evening from 5-8 pm.

Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum
323 Walnut Street
Monroe, LA 71201
 
11/19/2018

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 to 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!

 

 

W.L. "Jack" Howard Theatre at the Monroe Civic Center
401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway
Monroe, LA 71201
 
11/23/2018 | 11/24/2018 | 11/25/2018 | 11/30/2018 | 12/01/2018 | 12/02/2018 | 12/07/2018 | 12/08/2018 | 12/09/2018 | 12/14/2018 | 12/15/2018 | 12/16/2018 | 12/17/2018 | 12/18/2018 | 12/19/2018 | 12/20/2018 | 12/21/2018 | 12/22/2018 | 12/23/2018

Come celebrate Christmas in Roseland! Open 5:30-10 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, Nov 23-Dec 16; and nightly from Dec. 17-23.

The American Rose Center is transformed into a whimsical winter wonderland from the day after Thanksgiving until the weekend before Christmas. Featuring thousands of twinkling lights, dozens of lighted disaplays, giant Christmas Cards to the Community, nightly entertainment, photos with Santa, rides on the Roseland Express trains and tons of fun for the whole family!

Don't forget to visit the Gift Shop and our concession stand during your visit. You can enjoy hot chocolate, corn dogs, and funnel cake!

Santa is in the garden: Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from November 23 - December 23, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The last car is admitted at 9:30 p.m.

American Rose Center
8877 Jefferson Paige Rd
Shreveport, LA 71119
 
11/23/2018 | 11/24/2018 | 11/28/2018 | 11/29/2018 | 11/30/2018 | 12/01/2018 | 12/02/2018 | 12/05/2018 | 12/06/2018 | 12/07/2018 | 12/08/2018 | 12/09/2018 | 12/12/2018 | 12/13/2018 | 12/14/2018 | 12/15/2018 | 12/16/2018 | 12/17/2018 | 12/18/2018 | 12/19/2018 | 12/20/2018 | 12/21/2018 | 12/22/2018 | 12/23/2018 | 12/24/2018 | 12/25/2018

Natchitoches’ newest holiday attraction, Christmas In The Park, offers a family oriented, country Christmas walk-through nothing short of a winter wonderland on select dates from 6:00pm-9:00pm. Weather permitting.

Dark Woods
4343 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
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
 
11/23/2018 | 11/24/2018 | 11/30/2018 | 12/01/2018 | 12/07/2018 | 12/08/2018 | 12/14/2018 | 12/15/2018 | 12/21/2018 | 12/22/2018 | 12/28/2018 | 12/29/2018

Landry Vineyard 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 23. The ride begins at Commerce Street and ends at Woods Street.

Antique Alley
100-400 blocks of Trenton Street,
West Monroe, LA 71292
 
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
 
11/24/2018

What would be better than a holiday movie in Antique Alley under the magical Christmas lights. Snacks will be available for purchase. (*Rain Date: December 15, same time)

Downtown West Monroe
Trenton St
West Monroe, LA 71292
 
11/24/2018

Get in the holiday spririt with a spectacular fireworks display, Christmas music, Santa Claus, and more. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets and Riverview Park
 
11/28/2018

In its 18th annual trip across Kansas City Southern’s (KCS) U.S. rail network, the Holiday Express train is planning to stop at Third & Desiard Street in Monroe, La. at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28, 2018. The six-car train will bring Santa Claus for a visit with kids and offer visual displays inside and out for young and old alike. This event is free and open to the public. Additionally, at each stop, KCS will make a donation to the local Salvation Army.

Downtown Monroe
100 DeSiard Street, Monroe
Monroe, LA 71201
 
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
 
11/29/2018 | 11/30/2018 | 12/01/2018

The City of Alexandria will be hosting their annaul Winterfête with ice skating, santa, live music and shopping. 

Downtown Alexandria
 
11/29/2018

Join the Arts Council of Central Louisiana for a night of pure magic! 

If you enjoyed Cirque-tacular's performance of Snowkus Pocus last year, you will love Shimmer - A Winter Cirque Reverie.

Journey to a shimmering winter wonderland of circus spectacle and derring-do! Marvel at the bendy ballerina in her glistening snow globe. Find yourself aglow as the aerial snow ballet mesmerizes your senses. Astonishing acrobatics, dazzling specialty acts, and glittering costumes abound in a warm and whimsical world the whole family will enjoy! 

The incredible event will take place at Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center during the first night of AlexWinter Fête (Thursday, November 29th).

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors (65+), $10 for students/children (ages 3 & up), and $50 for a family (2 adults & 2 children). 

Contact julie@louisiana-arts.org for information about member discounts.

Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center
1202 Third Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
11/29/2018

See Christmas trees decorated with homemade ornaments by third grade students from 19 different Shreveport schools. These trees are on display for all to enjoy at the museum throughout the holiday season. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Louisiana State Exhibit Museum
3015 Greenwood Rd
Shreveport, LA 71109
 
11/30/2018 | 12/01/2018 | 12/02/2018

A Calvary Christmas will for sure become one of the highlights of your Christmas season as we present a two-act visually stunning multimedia event. It will feature a cast and choir of over 400 people, a full orchestra, live animals, flying angels and much more! It is complete with all of your Christmas favorites, including the beautiful Living Nativity. At the heart of this production will be the simple story of Christmas-the manger, shepherds, Joseph and Mary, the Christ child-and the glorious hope we have in our Savior!

Calvary Baptist Church
5011 Jackson Street
Alexandria, LA 71303
 
11/30/2018

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. Float, bike or wagon entries are $5.00 each. Prizes for best decorated float, bike and costume! (*Rain Date: December 15, same time)

Antique Alley
100-400 blocks of Trenton Street
West Monroe, LA 71291
 
11/30/2018

This exclusive shopping experience chauffeurs participants to multiple locally owned retailers along Line Avenue. Tinsel shoppers can enjoy complimentary food, entertainment, discounts, and more. Visit www.tinselshreveport.com for ticket pricing. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Line Avenue Shopping District
Line Ave
Shreveport, LA 71106
 
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

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

Downtown Bawcomville
Smith Street
Bawcomville, LA 71292
 
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
 
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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.

Biedenharn Museum and Gardens
2006 Riverside Drive
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/01/2018

Children all over the world become more and more involved with video games, sports and tweets... they believe less and less in things they can’t see. Santa’s Magical Hope Chest holds the beliefs for all the children in the world, and it’s almost empty! Watch, as Jack Frost, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and other protectors aid Santa in the search for one special child, who can once again fill his Magical Hope Chest with enough belief for the whole world. Choreographer is Jos Istre. 

Monroe Civic Center
401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/01/2018

Christmas in DoMo is a classic event to celebrate the holidays with the whole family! 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
 
12/01/2018

The 4th Annual Christmas in DoMo Pet Pageant will be held at the Origin Bank RiverMarket along the historic Ouachita River. This is the puurrrrfect opportunity to dress up your furbaby in your favorite Christmas attire!

RiverMarket
316 South Grand
Monroe, LA 71201
 
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 house, clowns and more. 

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

You don’t want to miss the annual Festival of Trees, featuring beautifully decorated trees of all sizes and more! Enjoy refreshments while you stroll through the North Pole, browsing silent auction packages, designer Christmas trees and special mystery boxes. Purchase Chinese raffle tickets for your chance to win one of our gorgeous full-size trees.

Monroe Civic Center
401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/01/2018

Enjoy breakfast with characters from The Guardians of Christmas, make reindeer food, crafts and more. Professional pictures with Santa to be taken by Sam Bourland Photography. The Twin City Ballet company will offer a matinee performance of The Guardians of Christmas in conjunction with Holly Jolly Breakfast.

Monroe Civic Center
401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/01/2018

Experience the sights and sounds of the world of that First Christmas! There will be 100+ characters in costumes, live animals, fresh food, and 1st century shops! Enjoy this 20 minute 'Walk Thru' Christmas drama at Pecanland Mall!

Pecanland Mall
4700 Millhaven Road, Suite 2000
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/01/2018

Start off your holiday festivities with the first annual 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. Registration is $40 before November 23 and $50 for late registration after November 23.

Downtown Riverwalk
316 South Grand
Monroe, LA 71201
 
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
 
12/01/2018 | 12/02/2018

Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet brings the holiday classic The Nutcracker to life on the historic  Strand Theatre stage. The Nutcracker will feature guest artists Jordana Daumac and Skylar Campbell from The National Ballet of Canada and a cast of more than 100 local dancers led by Artistic Director Kendra Meiki.

Tickets for The Nutcracker range from $25 through $45.

6:30 p.m. on Dec. 1

3 p.m. on Dec. 2

The Strand Theatre
619 Louisiana Ave
Shreveport, La 71101
 
12/01/2018

Come enjoy the holiday floats and Christmas Parade!

Downtown Monroe and West Monroe
DeSiard and Trenton Streets
Monroe and West Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/01/2018

Enjoy the beautiful fireworks display along the banks of the Ouachita River. Fireworks will be shot from the Endom bridge.

 

 

RiverMarket
316 South Grand
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/02/2018

Come delight in the Christmas spirit at the Hamilton House and enjoy Cookies & Cocoa with Santa! There will be an opportunity to take photos with Santa, decorate Christmas cookies, enjoy hot cocoa, treats, door prizes and more!

Hamilton House
318 Trenton Street
West Monroe, LA 71291
 
12/02/2018

The Bossier Arts Council and the Merchants of the East Bank District are teaming up once again to bring you a Sunday event filled with local art vendors, live music, kids activites, food trucks, and much more!

Bring the whole family and spend the day with us in the East Bank. 


10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free.

If you would like to set up a vendor spot-you may register at
https://conta.cc/2CZGJKZ.

East Bank District & Plaza
700 Block, Barksdale Blvd.
Bossier City, Louisiana
 
12/02/2018

Start your holiday season in spectacular fashion with the Rapides Symphony Orchestra and the Louisiana College Chorale on Sunday, December 2 at Louisiana College’s newly renovated Guinn Auditorium. It will be a concert filled with holiday favorites that the whole family can enjoy. Kris Kringle himself may even make an appearance! Visit rapidessymphony.org to get your tickets today!

Guinn Auditorium - Louisiana College
1140 College Drive
Pineville, LA 71360
 
12/02/2018 | 12/07/2018 | 12/08/2018 | 12/13/2018 | 12/16/2018 | 12/19/2018 | 12/20/2018 | 12/21/2018 | 12/22/2018 | 12/23/2018

 

While it’s not quite time to deck the halls with boughs of holly, ‘tis the season to book your tickets for the new Red River Express Cruise, part of Shreveport Aquarium’s new Christmas experience. Celebrating its first year of Christmas magic, The Red River Express cruise will depart on an enchanting journey for the “North Pole” on select dates throughout December. This magical boat ride will make you believe in the spirit of Christmas, complete with hot chocolate, cookies and a very special guest!

The 45-min long holiday experience will delight both the young and the young at heart. Once aboard, the conductor will punch each guest’s golden ticket while they enjoy tasty treats, sing Christmas carols and listen to stories while making the short boat journey around the bend to the “North Pole”. Once docked, Santa will board to greet passengers and give each child a special first gift of Christmas – a silver sleigh "Believe" bell.

 

The Red River Express departs from the Red River boat launch next to the aquarium in Downtown Shreveport at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. during 10 selected dates in December. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Nov. 5 and are anticipated to sell out quickly. Red River Express tickets can be purchased for $25. Find out more info and purchase tickets at www.shreveportaquarium.com/events

 

 

Shreveport Aquarium
601 Clyde Fant Pkwy
Shreveport, LA 71101
 
12/03/2018

This festive, six-car train brings Santa Claus and his elves to communities throughout the company’s U.S. rail network. Guests can visit with Santa Claus and walk through three cars filled with holiday displays. 

KCS Yard Gate 5
4500 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Shreveport, Louisiana
 
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

Alexandria Museum of Art
933 Second Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/06/2018 | 12/08/2018

Enjoy the beautiful Christmas decorations throughout the Biedenharn Home and Elsong Gardens thanks to the Monroe Garden Study League, entertainment by local musicians, refreshments, and photos with Santa Claus.

Biedenharn Museum and Gardens
2006 Riverside Drive
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/06/2018 | 12/07/2018 | 12/08/2018 | 12/09/2018

Returning to a tradition started years ago by Strauss, celebrate the Christmas season in “Cottonland Christmas” featuring area soloists, ensembles, and dance groups, all sharing the joys of the season. Come get in the spirit of Christmas!

Strauss Theatre Center
1300 Lamy Lane,
Monroe, LA 71201
 
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
 
12/06/2018

Small Biz Santa is a game designed to highlight small, local businesses and encourage holiday shoppers to #shopsmall. Every gift card in the prize packages for Small Biz Santa are from hotels, restaurants, retailers and more found right here in Shreveport-Bossier. Each package you could win is valued (on average) at $500 and includes a multitude of food, activity, lodging and shopping gift cards.

How the game works
​Check out the game board at www.smallbizsanta.com. Each square represents a dollar amount. Every dollar equals one chance. So, if you purchase a $20 square, you're name goes into the hat 20 times for a chance at one of our amazing small, local business prize packages! (Pro tip: Want to hedge your bets? Buy the larger dollar amounts!)

On December 6 at 5:05 pm at the Shreveport Chamber Open House, we'll draw the winning names and livestream it on our Facebook page! You don't have to be present to win. We'll notify the winners via phone and/or email. 

Shreveport Chamber of Commerce
400 Edwards Street
Shreveport, LA 71101
 
12/07/2018

The Parade will be on Friday, December 7, 2018 beginning at 7PM. The parade this year will begin on Main Street at Hospital/Napoleon Blvd., in front of Huey P. Long. It will then continue up Main Street to Military Highway and end at the Trotter Center (Military Highway at Claibornce Street). 

City of Pineville
Pineville, LA
 
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
 
12/07/2018 | 12/08/2018 | 12/14/2018 | 12/15/2018 | 12/16/2018 | 12/17/2018 | 12/18/2018 | 12/19/2018 | 12/20/2018 | 12/21/2018 | 12/22/2018 | 12/23/2018

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

A Better Blanchard presents “A Small Town Christmas.” The market will open at 4 p.m. Other festivities including choirs, children’s crafts, writing letters to Santa will start at 5 p.m.  Don't miss the lighting up of the town hall and the arrival of Santa!  Come tell Santa what’s on your list! Come early to shop and visit food vendors.

Blanchard Town Hall
110 N. Main Street,
Blanchard, LA, 71009
A Better Blanchard presents “A Small Town Christmas”
 
12/08/2018

Thousands of candy canes will be scattered around the park and hidden for children from walkers to 8 years of age. Several of the canes will be specially marked and can be redeemed for a new holiday surprise. The event will be filled lots of candy, toys, face painting, Christmas card crafts, music, and fun with friends. Santa will make a special appearance and pictures will be available.

Kiroli Park
820 Kiroli Road
West Monroe, LA 71291
 
12/08/2018

Enjoy cocktail buffets, an open bar, and live and silent auctions at this Broadway-themed biennial fundraiser for the Shreveport Regional Arts Council. 7 p.m.

Harrah's Louisiana Downs
8000 E. Texas St.
Bossier City
 
12/08/2018

Join us on Dec 8th at our beautiful new Journey Church Alexandria Campus to experience the story of Christmas with your family! Free activities for kids, free photo with Santa, live nativity, live music, food trucks, vendors and more! Stop by for your chance to win a $1,000 shopping spree! Learn more, connect with us, and register to win at www.cenlachristmas.com

Journey Church Alexandria
1898 MacArthur Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/08/2018 | 12/09/2018

El Karubah Shriners are hosting their first annual Christmas FEZ-tival. They will provide a Christmas themed Wonderland for the public to view and enjoy while trying to win one of many theme decorated Christmas Trees along with the presents provided by tree sponsors. There will be vendor booths selling crafts and other Christmas related items for the public to purchase. In addition,  food trucks and other food vendors  will be in the parking lot and around the event for the public to purchase items from as they browse, shop, and enjoy the holiday themed festivities. The entire building and property will be decorated for Christmas and attendees will be allowed to browse through the trees and enjoy the themes and decorations of each tree. Music and holiday themed entertainment will also be provided for attendees to enjoy. The hope is that this event will become a family tradition and groups will enjoy and look forward to returning each year to take part in the Christmas Fez-tival. Admission is free to children 15 years old and under and only $2.00 for adults.
Proceeds from this event will benefit El Karubah Shriners.

The FEZ-tival will take place from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday

El Karubah Shriners
6230 S. Lakeshore Dr
Shreveport, LA 71119
 
12/08/2018

Come enjoy the second holiday movie night under the stars and massive Christmas lighting in Antique Alley. Snacks will be available for purchase. (*Rain Date: December 15, same time)

Downtown West Monroe
Trenton St.
West Monroe, LA 71292
 
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
 
12/08/2018
First Baptist Church Pineville
901 Main Street
Pineville, LA 71360
 
12/08/2018

Join us at the Kent Plantation House for some FREE hot chocolate, cookies, and crafts! I have it on good authority that we will have a visitor in a dashing red suit! So invite your friends and family for this fun event full of plenty of take home crafts!

 

Kent Plantation House
3601 Bayou Rapides
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/08/2018

This concert features your favorite guitar player, Mr. James Burton, as well as Estelle Brown of the Sweet Inspirations and other very special guests. Johnny Earthquake is acting as Master of Ceremonies. The show will feature Christmas music as well as some of the artists’ favorite songs and, of course, a tribute to Elvis spotlighting James and Estelle. The Foundation is also thrilled to be presenting donated guitars again this year to veterans of our armed forces.

Tickets are $30 each for general admission, and $100 each for VIP. VIP tickets grant access to a very special experience at 6pm….a ‘pre-show’ interview and Q&A session with Elvis’ close friends, James Burton, Estelle Brown and Sam Thompson, Elvis’ bodyguard and Linda Thompson’s brother. Hear personal stories regarding Elvis and have a chance to ask YOUR questions to the panel.

 

Margaritaville's Paradise Theater
777 Margaritaville Way
Bossier City, LA 71111
 
12/08/2018

Line up begins at 12:30pm at Paradise Elementary on Highway 165 (Monroe Highway) in Ball.

Town of Ball
Highway 165 (Monroe Highway)
Ball, LA 71405
 
12/09/2018

This year's parade will once again start at Gus Kaplan Drive proceed up Jackson Street Extension and disassemble at the Alexandria Senior High School parking lot. The parade will start at 2pm and last until around 4pm.

Becky Deville, Co-Chairman beckyd9@suddenlink.net 

Chris Chelette, Chairman cc@valexfcu.org

Alexandria, LA
 
12/09/2018

Grammy award winner Jason Crabb will be special guest for the annual POA Christmas Concert. Tickets are on sale now! 

Sunday, December 9th at 6pm (doors open at 5pm)

Tickets prices: 

General Admission - $5.00 (+$1.25 ticket service fee)

VIP Seating - $15.00 (+1.75 ticket service fee) -VIP Sections are those sections closest to the stage. 

Children 4 years & older required to have a ticket. Anyone regardless of age, who takes up a seat, is required to have a ticket. *children 3 years or younger are allowed to sit in the lap of a parent/guardian and are not required to have a ticket. 

For questions or more information, call 318.427-6631

Pentecostals of Alexandria
2817 Rapides Avenue
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/13/2018

Biedenharn Museum Executive Director, Ralph Calhoun, will discuss 12 interesting Christmas Plants, their history, and how to grow and care for them. Included on the list are holiday favorites like Poinsettias, Christmas cactus, and the Christmas pickle.

Biedenharn Museum and Gardens
2006 Riverside Drive
Monroe, LA 71201
 
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
 
12/14/2018

Join the Louisiana Delta Ballet on a comedic journey that leads to Ebeneezer Scrooge realizing that friends and family are more valuable than material possessions. A Christmas Carol, the Charles Dickens holiday classic, is sure to impress! This is the perfect outing during the holiday season. Tickets available at www.louisianadeltaballet.com, the Monroe Civic Center Box Office, or at the door.

 

 

Jack Howard Theater
401 Lea Joyner Expy
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/15/2018

The Garden District Neighborhood Foundation and the Alexandria Historic Preservation Commission present the 4th annual Holiday Tour of Homes on December 15th. This year the event starts and ends at St. James Church where folks can hop on the trolley and begin the tour of four beautifully decorated homes. The tour will run from 1pm to 5pm. Tickets are $20 before December 14th. 

St. James Episcopal Church
1620 Murray Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/15/2018 | 12/16/2018

Begin a new family tradition at the Northeast Louisiana Christmas Celebration. You’ll experience the sights of sounds of all that Christmas brings as well as experience the Christmas story in a new, fresh way. Hundreds of singers, musicians, and dancers will get you completely ready for Christmas! The NELA Christmas Celebration is free and open to the community as a gift from First West. Learn more at nelachristmas.com for more information, directions, and parking information.

First West Baptist Church
500 Pine Street
West Monroe, LA 71291
 
12/15/2018

Saturday, December 15, the Centenary Gold Dome will play host to the Holiday Classic. There will be some highly competitive basketball games as Centenary Men's and Women's teams, East Texas Baptist University, LeTorneau, Northwestern State and Southern have already agreed to play games. Come on out and watch some of the best basketball in the area for a reasonable price. There will also be half court shots for fans to try and win prizes given away during each game. Doors open at 12 p.m.

Centenary College Gold Dome
3428 Dixie Dr
Shreveport, LA 71104
 
12/15/2018

The 2nd Annual Christmas in Haughton will be held at Joe Delaney Memorial Park in Haughton on Saturday, December 15 at 11 a.m. Admission is free.

This family fun event will include a parade, food trucks, music, and a kid zone.

Joe Delaney Memorial Park
555 N. Hazel Ave.
Haughton, LA 71037
 
12/15/2018

December 15, 2018 is the first annual Truck Park Christmas! Santa will be available for pictures and there will be hot chocolate, cookies, and we’ve heard there may be snow! All proceeds from booth fees will benefit local non-profit, Our HOME - Honor, Opportunity, Mindset, which provides services to our local veterans.

Willie's Food Truck Park
7423 Highway 165 N
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/16/2018

 

Harry Connick, Jr.'s career has exemplified excellence across multiple platforms in the entertainment world. He has received Grammy and Emmy awards as well as Tony nominations for his live and recorded musical performances, his achievements in film and television and his appearances on Broadyway as both an actor and a composer.

Over the past three decades, Connick has established himself as a musician, singer and composer par excellence, a legendary live performer and a best-selling artist with millions of recordings sold around the world. Highlights of his music career include several multi-platinum recordings such as "When Harry Met Sally," "Blue Light, Red Light (Someone's There)," "When My Heart Finds Christmas," "Come By Me," and "Only You."

The foundation of Connick's art is the music of his native New Orleans, where he began performing as a pianist and vocalist at the age of five. To honor his beloved hometown which turns 300 this year, Connick and his band will be performing some of his bigggest hits around the US on his "A New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration" tour. The tour will be stopping in Shreveport on Sunday, December 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
705 Elvis Presley Ave
Shreveport, LA 71101
 
12/16/2018

Join First Baptist Shreveport as they "Journey to Bethlehem" through popular Christmas music on Sunday, December 16 at 10:30 a.m. Members of the Shreveport Symphony will join with the First Baptist Church Choir to present this spectacular holiday musical. The audience will be transported to the birth of Jesus, through tunes like "The First Noel" and "Hark the Herald Angels Sing." The orchestra will also be performing "Sleigh Ride" and a selection by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Visit www.fbcshreveport.org for more information.

First Baptist Church Shreveport
543 Ockley Dr.
Shreveport, Louisiana
 
12/19/2018 | 12/20/2018 | 12/21/2018 | 12/22/2018 | 12/23/2018

Get into the Christmas spirit! Pick up local gifts, wander around food stands, sip on warm drinks and soak up the heart-warming atmosphere. Take a keepsake photo with Santa, listen to local choirs, decorate cookies and enjoy the return of the spectacular laser light show under the dome. 

Shreveport Aquarium
601 Clyde Fant Pkwy
Shreveport LA
 
12/19/2018

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!

Biedenharn Museum and Gardens
2006 Riverside Drive
Monroe, LA 71201
 
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
 
12/26/2018

The ultimate holiday tradition! Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis has been America's favorite holiday tradition for more than 30 years! Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features Mannheim Steamroller Christmas classics alongw ith a selection of compositions from Chip's groundbreaking Fresh Aire series which introduced the distinctive Mannheim sound to all of America. The program is a compilation of Christmas classics with some selected tracks of original Fresh Aire music and includes dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. Their holiday CD's have become synonymous with Christmas and continue to occupy top spots on Billboard's Seasonal Charts every year! 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
705 Elvis Presley Ave
Shreveport, LA 71101
 
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