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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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***CANCELED: Le Marche de Noel at Shreveport Aquarium has been canceled. 

Inspired by the German Christ kindle Markets in Europe, Le Marche de Noel brings European Christmas Markets to Shreveport with a Louisiana flare. Le Marche de Noel is the area’s first open air Christmas market taking place along the banks of the Red River. Select craftsman will present high quality, self-designed and self-made objects in a unique shopping experience offering all the bustling atmosphere of a European market. In addition to the marketplace, daily entertainment will help create a festive holiday atmosphere. The market boasts hand-made goods for purchase. It is the charming, quaint atmospheric feeling that makes the market certainly worth a visit!

Le Marché de Noel is open from 5-9 p.m., Fridays and 12-9 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free. 

Riverview Park behind Shreveport Aquarium
601 Clyde Fant Pkwy.,Shreveport
Le Marche de Noel
 
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Hearn Stage in the Kress Theatre
1101 Third Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
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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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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
 
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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 special events throughout the season.

Biedenharn Museum and Gardens
2006 Riverside Drive
Monroe
 
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From the day after Thanksgiving until the weekend before Christmas, the American Rose Center is transformed into a whimsical winter wonderland! The display includes thousands of twinkling lights, dozens of lighted displays, giant Christmas Cards to the Community, nightly entertainment, photos with Santa, rides on the Roseland Express train, and tons of fun for the whole family! The Gift Shop and concession stand are open during the event so visitors can shop for trinkets, or hot chocolate, corn dogs and funnel cake.

Santa will be in the garden every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. The annual vendor market will be Dec. 6-7. Attractions night is Dec. 13.

 

From Nov. 29-Dec. 15, Christmas in Roseland will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday-Sunday.

Encore Nights are Dec. 16-23, so Christmas in Roseland will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., nightly.

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

American Rose Center
8877 Jefferson Paige Road
Shreveport, LA
 
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Step into a magical winter wonderland as Dark Woods transforms for Christmas In The Park, Natchitoches’ newest holiday attraction. Gates open Friday, November 22, 2019 to kick off the Christmas season.

Experience over 8 acres of enchanting, lighted walkways with over 250,000 LED lights and displays that bring the woods to life! Our 128 foot lighted footbridge, along with snowflakes and a canopy of twinkling ice lights, will let you explore the beauty of nature like you’ve never seen it.

Enjoy a cup of hot chocolate or coffee and indulge in our signature “melt in your mouth” miniature donuts.

Meet and get your picture with Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, The Frozen Princess and her reindeer at our Kringle Outpost.

Gates are open 6-9pm Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 6-10pm on Friday-Sunday nights during November and December.

For more information please call 318-332-8546. Embrace the magic of the woods and spirit of the holidays with “Christmas In The Park“ in Natchitoches, La!

Christmas in the Park at Dark Woods
4242 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
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Pick the perfect Christmas tree and have Christmas fun with a "sno" pit, hot chocolate, bounce houses, a sing-along hayride, and more. 

Tickets are $6-$8. 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday.

Jubilee Zoo
6402 Hwy. 1 North
Shreveport
 
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Enjoy a variety of Christmas trees decorating by local businesses! The Christmas Tree Stroll will be available for viewing from Nov. 30th to Dec. 31st. This year’s participants include The ULM Alumni Association, Chennault Aviation Museum, African American Museum, NELA Children’s Museum, and the Krewe of Janus!

Downtown Riverwalk
316 South Grand
Monroe, LA 71201
Christmas Tree Stroll
 
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Write down your wish or prayer at the downtown Christmas Wishing Tree! Over the next few days, your wish or prayer will be put in the tree. Something wonderful happenes when we all wish and pray together. The Wishing Tree will be in Bry Park at the corner of Desiard and South Grand Street. Come stop by and write down your wish!

Bry Park
110 DeSiard Street
Monroe, LA 71201
Christmas Wishing Tree
 
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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
 
12/08/2019

The Symphony performs its annual Holiday Concert including music from The Nutcracker and other Christmas favorites.

Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts
1202 Third Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/07/2019 | 12/08/2019

Come walk through a Bethlehem scene free of charge and see the reenactment of the time in which Jesus was born.

Pecanland Mall
4700 Millhaven Road, Suite 2000
Monroe, LA 71201
 
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In 1998, a few people from Emmanuel began “dreaming out loud” about a unique ministry to tell the story of Jesus’ birth. As other folks joined in the conversation, it grew into what we call “Pilgrimage to Bethlehem.” More than a Christmas pageant or a living nativity scene, Pilgrimage is a full-scale re-creation of 1st century Bethlehem. Hundreds of volunteers from the church and community put in thousands of hours to bring the city to life. In addition to the tour portion of the experience, musicians and actors present a continuously running Christmas program in the sanctuary for groups waiting to enter the city.

Since Pilgrimage requires upwards of 18 months of preparation, we typically schedule the event in alternating years.  All are invited. And as in years past, admission is absolutely free.

Emmanuel Baptist Church
430 Jackson Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
Pilgrimage 1
 
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New York, Toronto, Hong Kong, Miami and now Shreveport! See Rainbow City, an outdoor experience featuring 35 whimsical, colorful, air-filled sculptures soaring 50 feet into the sky during a six-week festival celebrating the opening of The Common Park.

This vibrant collection of soaring air-filled sculptures is a perfect holiday backdrop for a family-friendly experience. This festival will have various events throughout the week including  a parade, an artistic exercise walk, "After Hours" with live music, and special brunch events. 

 

Admission is free. Special events priced separately. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit website for full schedule of events. 

Shreveport Common Park
869 Texas Ave
Shreveport
 
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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. Complete with hot chocolate, cookies and a very special guest, this event is sure to make you believe in the spirit of Christmas. 

Shreveport Aquarium
601 Clyde Fant Pkwy., Shreveport
 
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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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Experience a variety of winter-themed interactive games and exhibits, ad then climb aboard the Red River Rocket Sleigh to take an interactive virtual reality ride through a snow blizzard. 

Tickets are $5-$12. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays; and 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays.

Sci-Port Discovery Center
820 Clyde Fant Pkwy.
Shreveport
 
12/06/2019 | 12/07/2019 | 12/08/2019

Join Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts as their SYAA stage is transformed into a big Hollywood soundstage ready to celebrate the holidays. In their seventh annual holiday cabaret, their SYAAers travel back to Hollywood and back in time to the late 60s and the days of Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. With high energy, silly jokes, and a captivating set full of color, pattern, and one or two surprises along the way, Hollywood Holiday 2 is sure to ring the jingle bells in all of us. Featuring songs such as “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” “Silver Bells,” “Making Christmas,” and “Put a Little Love In Your Heart,” your heart will be singing and your soul will be celebrating the spirit of the season. . Come “Laugh-in” the holidays with SYAA, and they will show you how they do Christmas with a twist.

Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts
1300 1/2 Lamy Lane,
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/09/2019

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. 

Admission is free. 4 p.m.

KCS Yard Gate 5
4500 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Shreveport
 
12/09/2019

Sanders Family Christmas is the sequel to Connie Ray and Alan Bailey’s wildly successful bluegrass gospel musical Smoke on the Mountain. It’s Dec. 24, 1941 and America is going to war. So is Dennis Sanders, of the Sanders Family Singers. Join Pastor Mervin Oglethorpe and the rest of the Sanders Family as they send Dennis off with hilarious and touching stories and twenty-five Southern Gospel Christmas favorites. Ticket includes entry to show, a full course meal, and complimentary beer and wine.

Strauss Theatre Center
1300 Lamy Lane,
Monroe, LA 71201
 
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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. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Bass Pro Shops
100 Bass Pro Dr.
Bossier City, LA
 
12/10/2019

7:30 p.m. Lessons and Carols with NSU Chamber Choir at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception Church, FREE.

Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
145 Church Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
12/10/2019

Old Fashioned Christmas at Kent House is a FREE family event. There will be plenty of Christmas crafts for children to take home with them and they can decorate the Kent House Christmas Tree with old fashioned popcorn and cranberry garland and paper chains. There will be a visit from Papa Noel and free hot cocoa (or lemonade if it’s warm outside) and cookies for all to enjoy. Kent House is located at 3601 Bayou Rapides Road in Alexandria, LA 71303. For any questions, please call 318-487-5998.

Kent Plantation House
3601 Bayou Rapides Road
Alexandria, LA 71303
 
12/10/2019

On Tuesday evening, December 10, 2019, the Red River Chorale will present Celebrating Christmasat 7:30 P.M. at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in downtown Alexandria .

Set in the beautiful sanctuary of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, our annual Christmas concert will feature a joyful procession and a variety of Christmas and holiday music, both sacred and secular. In addition to unaccompanied selections, the chorus will sing music accompanied by piano, organ, and string ensemble.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students.

St. Francis Xavier Cathedral
626 Fourth Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
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Festival Times

Thursday 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 11:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Ice skating closes 1 hour before the festival closes.

Schedule

Thursday, December 12
5:00 P.M.-6:30 PMHoliday Magic & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
5:00 P.M.-10:00 PMMusical Entertainment & Ice Skate Rink Open

Friday, December 13
12:00 PM - 2:00 PMSpecial Needs Skating
1:00 PM -  4:00 PMVendors Set-Up
2:00 PM -  4:00 PMCorporate Sponsor Skate
4:00 PM -  10:00 PMEvent Kicks Off with Ice Skate Rink Open, Choo Choo Alex, Jolly Junction, Vendors Active, Musical Entertainment 
4:00 PM - 11:00 PMIndie Village

Saturday, December 14
8:00 AM5K Ugly Sweater Run
8:00 AM - 10:00 PMMusical Entertainment
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Employee Skating Day
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Vendor Set-Up
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Multicultural Village
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM -Ice Skate Rink Open, Choo Choo Alex, Jolly Junction, Vendors Active
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM Indie Village
12:00 PM - 4:00 PMAdopt-A-Pet (Jolly Junction Area)
2:00 PMGumbo Cook-Off Judging
3:00 PMCookie Eating Contest
10:00 PMFireworks

Sunday, December 15
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM DJ/Ice Skate Rink Open
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM - AMGA Holiday Parade

Downtown Alexandria
Alexandria, LA 71301
2019 AlexWinterFete
 
12/12/2019 | 12/13/2019 | 12/14/2019 | 12/19/2019 | 12/20/2019 | 12/21/2019

The Christmas Tour of Homes is a holiday tour of uniquely decorated homes in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The event, will feature docent led commentaries on the history of each property as well as the unique holiday decorations. This unique tour consists of homes located in the Natchitoches Historic District.

The Christmas Tour of Homes is a walking tour. Thursday and Friday night tours are sponsored by Maglieaux's and will feature a complimentary glass of wine at the end of the tour.

We invite you to experience the charm of historic Natchitoches during this annual holiday event. Proceeds from the Tour benefit restoration of properties in the Natchitoches Parish area.

A list of participating tour stop and ticket purchasing information can be found HERE.

 

550 2nd Tour
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
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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
 
12/13/2019 | 12/14/2019 | 12/15/2019

CenturyLink Center will be transformed into a landscape of interactive, holiday, confectionery BLISS! Christmas in CandyVille will include activities, crafts, food, fun, and photos with Mrs. Claus!

During this three day event participants will become real-life game pieces while visiting the enchanted lands of: Gummy Gallery, Cake Pop Shop, Camp Candy Corn, Gingerbread
Gymnasium, Jawbreaker Junction, Pop Rock & Roll Theatre, Mentos Mines, and Peppermint Palace!

Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

Christmas in Candyville is from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday; and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday.

CenturyLink Center
2000 CenturyLink Center Dr.
Bossier City
 
12/13/2019

THE ROUTE
This night-time race will be entirely lit with the famous Natchitoches Christmas lights! Route starts in front of the riverbank stage, runs south past Santa Clause Lane, turns west on Amulet, north on 2nd Street, and east on Lafayette which will run back down to the riverbank. 1 of these laps will be the end of the Fun Run. 3 laps will complete the 5k.

THE ATTIRE
You are encouraged and incentivized to run in your Christmas best! That might be a Christmas costume; it might be an ugly sweater… get creative and have FUN! Prizes will be awarded for Best Christmas Spirit! Team themes will be considered.

PACKET PICK-UP PARTY
Save time at registration, and pick up your race packet Thursday, December 12th from 5:00-7:00pm at Maglieaux's Riverfront Restaurant.

SWAG BAGS
No one is leaving empty handed! All runners leave with stuffed swag bags, courtesy of Lang Orthodontics. Swag bags include: race t-shirt, glow necklace. More details coming soon.

WARM-UPS
Loosen your limbs with a light warm-up led by a local trainer beginning at 5:30. This is also the time to pick up your race packet if you were unable to make the pick-up party.

FINISHER’S PARTY
Stick around for awards for each age bracket and Best Christmas Spirit, plus food booths, a DJ and kid zone on the banks of the beautiful Cane River, where 100+ Christmas light set pieces reflect on the water.

THE CAUSE
The Light the Way 5k & Fun Run is organized by the Natchitoches Area Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds from this event benefit the A+ Coalition, a Chamber initiative to advance education in Natchitoches Parish. Click here to learn more or to join the movement: apluscoalition.com

102 rue Beauport
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
12/13/2019

Come one, come all and enjoy a FREE hayride tour of Minden’s Historic District and the Holiday Trail of Lights on December 13th, 2019. The trail is just over two miles long and will begin at the Minden Civic Center. Hayrides will last from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Bring your cameras to capture the beautiful Christmas lights and holiday moments with your loved ones.

Minden Civic Center
520 Broadway
Minden, LA 71055
 
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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 29. The ride begins at Commerce Street and ends at Wood Street.

Antique Alley
100-400 blocks of Trenton Street
West Monroe, LA 71291
 
12/13/2019

More Info to come.

Downtown Pineville
Pineville, LA
Pineville Christmas Parade
 
12/14/2019

Bolton Conservatory Theatre
2101 Vance Avenue
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/14/2019

Who makes the best appetizer? Let your taste buds decide the winners for BEST IN SWEET, BEST IN SAVORY and the BEST OF BOTH WORLDS! Tasting begins at 2:00 PM and awards will be announced at 4:30 PM. Stick around to enjoy the Christmas Parde and lighting of the Christmas Tree!

Minden Civic Center
520 Broadway
Minden, La 71055
 
12/07/2019 | 12/14/2019 | 12/21/2019

This annual tradition features a pancake breakfast, stuff-your-own friend from the Making Friends Factory and visits with Santa Claus.

Tickets are $10-$38. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Jubilee Zoo
6402 Hwy. 1 North
Shreveport
 
11/30/2019 | 12/07/2019 | 12/14/2019 | 12/21/2019 | 12/28/2019

The enchanting Candlelight Christmas Tour of Ivy Vale Plantation, circa 1816, 1850 will detail the evolution of frontier life and antebellum plantation life in North Louisiana. Bring your cameras to capture the beauty of this historic home.

Tour dates include November 30th, December 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th

Tours will take place from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM and the length of the tour will be between 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Admission is $10 for adults, children under 12 years of age get in free.

For booking please reach out to Ivy Vale Plantation at (225) 287-8085.

Ivy Vale Plantation
2529 Highway 531
Minden, la 71055
 
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 homegrown 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
1202 Third Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/14/2019

This family-friendly event will feature a parade, food trucks, music, and a special kid zone in the heart of Haughton. 

Admission is free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Joe Delaney Memorial park
555 N. Hazel St.
Haughton
 
12/14/2019

Complete your Christmas shopping and enjoy live entertainment at this unique retail event at the Minden Civic Center in Historic Downtown Minden. Discover clothing, accessories, unique gifts, decor and more!

Minden Civic Center
520 Broadway
Minden, La 71055
 
12/14/2019

Admission to the Downtown Riverbank beginning at 1 p.m. – $6 Ages 12 & up. Advanced armband sales will be available for purchase November 1.
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Christmas for Children – Prud’homme-Roquier House hosted by Natchitoches Historic Foundation, FREE
10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank, $ (costs associated)
10 a.m.-6:00 p.m. – Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest Louisiana History Museum
4:30-7:00 p.m. Entertainment – Smackwater Band- Downtown Riverbank
7:00 p.m. Fireworks over Cane River
7:20-9:30 p.m. Entertainment – Jaryd Lane & The Parish- Downtown Riverbank  

102 rue Beauport
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
12/14/2019

Beautiful homes and St. James Episcopal Church will be open for the tour in the historic Garden District, each with individual history and architectural character. Tour participants begin their tour at St. James Episcopal Church located on Murray Street, where they can park their car, pick up tickets, and hop on the “Spirit of Alexandria” trolleys. Tickets are $25 and are available for purchase online in advance at www.GardenDistrictNeighborhood.org or in person at Southern Chic and Main Dish & More in Alexandria. Tickets will also be available at the ticket booth the day of the event.

Various Houses
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/14/2019

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!

Alley Park
200 Natchitoches
West Monroe, LA 71291
 
12/14/2019

Come enjoy the Holiday Trail of Lights in Historic Downtown Minden. Participate in the lighting of the Christmas Tree, the Magical Music of Christmas Parade and exquisite firework show!

Historic Downtown Minden
520 Broadway
Minden, La 71055
 
12/14/2019

Santa’s making his list – and probably making a lot of exceptions for us at #TabooHarley.  The big man himself will be here on Saturday, December 14th from 10am – 3pm for you to take a few snapshots before heading on your merry way! We’ll have Christmas cookies & hot cocoa to keep you toasty while supplies last.

Taboo Harley Davidson
2030 North Mall Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/14/2019 | 12/21/2019

With more than 100 local dancers and music performed by the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet will bring the holiday classic The Nutcracker to life. 

Tickets are $25-$45. 6:30 p.m.

Shreveport's Riverview Theater
600 Clyde Fant Pkwy.
Shreveport
 
12/14/2019

It's fun and excitement for all ages as the MSO is joined by the Monroe Symphony Chorus and the Monroe Symphony Youth Orchestra to celebrate the holidays! You won't have to go "over the river and through the woods" to have a great time; there will be plenty of moments to cheer the heart and warm the spirit as the MSO performs holiday classics, both new and old, in the spectacular concert event.

Be sure to grab extra tickets for your family and friends!

North Monroe Baptist Church
210 Finks Hideaway Rd
Monroe, LA 71203
 
12/15/2019

Christmas themed floats and entertainment. Join us for the Annual Alexandria Christmas Parade! The Alexandria Mardi Gras Association (AMGA) will host the Annual Alexandria Christmas Parade at 2:00 p.m.  This year's parade will move downtown! more information to come! 

Downtown Alexandria
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/15/2019

Come take the annual Tour of home “History with a Victorian Christmas Twist Tour” at one of Shreveport’s Grandest and Historically famous Victorian Mansions in downtown Shreveport. Take a step back in time while you enjoy the largest Queen Anne Victorian home in Northwest Louisiana all dressed up in her Christmas splendor! A collection of 12 beautiful Victorian- style Christmas trees will also be on display.

The Ogilvie-Wiener Mansion at 728 Austen Place in Shreveport, La. 71101 will be open on Sunday December 15th 2019 from 6 pm-8 pm and Saturday December 21st 2019 from 4-6 pm for a $10.00 per person donation. No reservations are needed. Tickets will be sold at the door. Light refreshments will be served. This is a must see for your Christmas Season! For more information call (318) 393-0668.

728 Austen Place
Shreveport
 
12/18/2019

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
 
12/19/2019

Bolton Conservatory Theatre
2101 Vance Avenue
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.

The concert will start at 6 p.m.

Shreveport Aquarium
601 Clyde Fant Pkwy., Shreveport
 
12/20/2019 | 12/21/2019 | 12/22/2019

Experience all the sights, sounds, and feelings of Christmas! Don't miss out on the First West Northeast Louisiana Christmas Celebration on December 20-22.

First West
500 Pine Street
West Monroe, LA 71291
 
12/20/2019

Get to The Pointe Ballet Academy invites you to join us on a magical multi genre dance interpretation of the Christmas favorite, Polar Express. Performed by students of each level of the academy under the direction of Sarah Ochs. Take a ride with us to kick off your Christmas season!

Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center
1202 Third Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/20/2019

Rock the Holidays with two Louisiana Music Hall of Famers! Zebra, Lillian Axe, and special guests Post Profit will perform LIVE at Rapides Parish Coliseum on Friday, December 20th!

Zebra is a hard rock band that formed in 1975 in New Orleans, LA. It features Randy Jackson (guitar and vocals), Felix Hanemann (bass, keyboards and vocals) and Guy Gelso (drums and vocals). Their mainstream debut on Atlantic Records in 1983 featured the singles “Tell Me What You Want” and “Who’s Behind The Door”. Like Twisted Sister, Zebra cut their teeth on the East Coast club circuit, frequently playing at clubs on Long Island, NY.

Zebra started their career by playing covers of Led Zeppelin, Moody Blues and Rush songs: it was their early fans’ reaction to their Led Zeppelin renditions that helped convince the band to bring their act to New York. They had introduced their original material into their cover sets years before they were signed to Atlantic Records, including “The La La Song”, “Free” and “Bears” (originally entitled “The Bears are Hibernating”).

Zebra had been noticed as an original act to contend with by local colleges and even had some of their early original performances recorded by Long Island FM radio station WBAB, culminating in the inclusion of one of their songs on a release of “WBAB’s Homegrown Album”, which commemorated some of the station’s best local acts and performances culled from their on-air “Homegrown Hour” program.

The band continued to tour throughout the 1980s and 1990s, and in 2003 released Zebra IV, their first album of all-new material since 1986. A DVD of recent live performances, mostly from a show at the House of Blues in New Orleans, was released in the summer of 2007. Zebra is a band of legendary status in two “hometown” areas, Louisiana and Long Island. They were inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2010.

Through big shot producers, major label record deals, MTV videos and quarter of a million record sales in the United States alone, New Orleans hard rock survivors Lillian Axe have persevered through the years and still to this day, record new music and tour.

From humble beginnings in 1983, the New Orleans-based hard rock act rose above the cream of the bands touring the southern U.S. club circuit. Within three years, the band’s live show had built a reputation that was becoming legendary throughout the south. While opening with Ratt, Poison, and Queensryche, the guys caught the eye of MCA Records executive Irving Azoff and also Marshall Berle (nephew of Milton Berle). Irving Azoff immediately signed Lillian Axe to MCA Records. Fueled by their hit single, “True Believer”, followed by their cover of the Badfinger classic, “No Matter What”, and VH1 Classic favorite video for “Show A Little Love”, Lillian Axe reached the upper 100 of the Billboard album charts.

Lillian Axe was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame on May 16, 2010, the first hard rock band inducted into the LMHOF.

Post Profit is an alternative rock band from Longview Texas, featuring Matt Jackson (Guitar/Vocals), Nick Hawner (Guitar/Vocals) Jordan Conley (Bass/Vocals), and Zach Hicks (Drums/Vocals). Hear their single, “Some Sad Song” here: https://youtu.be/8ciIpskKur4 

Rapides Parish Coliseum
5600 Coliseum Boulevard
Alexandria, LA 71303
 
12/20/2019

See the Polar Express Ballet at the Monroe Civic Cener on December 20th! Don't miss out on this performance by the Louisiana Delta Ballet Company.

Monroe Civic Center
401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway
Monroe, LA 71201
 
12/21/2019

Admission to Downtown Riverbank beginning at 1 p.m. – $6 Ages 12 & up. Advanced armband sales will be available for purchase November 1.
10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank, $ (costs associated)
10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. – Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame & Northwest Louisiana History Museum open
4:30-7:00 p.m. Entertainment – Paul & Pete Band – Downtown Riverbank
7:00 p.m. Fireworks Cane River Lake
7:20-9:30 p.m. Entertainment – Rockin’ Doopsie – Downtown Riverbank 

102 rue Beauport
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
12/21/2019

Broadway star Hugh Panaro from Broadway's Phantom of the Opera, teams up with Louisiana favorite, Sarah Jane McMahon, for a lively evening of holiday magic. Michael Butterman will be the conductor. 

Tickets are $26-$66. 7:30 p.m.

Shreveport's Riverview Theater
600 Clyde Fant Pwky.
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
 
12/26/2019

This PAC-12 and ACC post-season Division I college football game includes lots of tailgating and fun for the entire family. 

Tickets are $15-$45. 12:30 p.m.

Independence Stadium
3301 Pershing Blvd.,
Shreveport
 
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.

This event will be from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Shreveport Aquarium
601 Clyde Fant Pkwy., Shreveport
 
12/06/2020

Downtown Shreveport comes alive with artwalkers on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2020. Peruse artist wares, listen to live music, dance, and watch street performers. If that’s not enough, learn about downtown’s history, Sketch the City, and tour historic sites. Enjoy food and beverages at multiple restaurants along the way!

Downtown Shreveport
TBA
Shreveport, LA
January Downtown Artwalk