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Shreveport and Bossier bet you’ll have an amazing time for the holidays in the sister cities gaming and playing. The annual Louisiana Boardwalk Outlet’s Christmas Tree Lighting event ushers in the Christmas season. The crowds are awed by the bright lights on the largest outdoor tree in northwest Louisiana being flipped on and the fun gets dialed up with Santa, a “snow blizzard” and entertainment at this event.

Back by popular demand, Rockets Over the Red lights the riverfront up in November. Both sides of the riverfront are available for public viewing. Ample parking, restaurants and shopping make the Boardwalk an ideal place for families to view the fireworks.

For three decades, families have loaded up their vehicles and toured Christmas in Roseland, a 60-acre park filled with sparkling lights, 8-foot-tall community Christmas cards, carolers, a shopping bazaar, train rides, “snow” and pictures with Santa.

Speaking of Santa! Santa appears in some unusual places in Shreveport and Bossier, including Santa’s Wonderland at Bass Pro Shops and Christmas on Caddo Fireworks Festival.

The sister cities offer plenty of shopping opportunities, too. Les Boutiques de Noel is an annual holiday marketplace that features more than 100 vendors at the Bossier Civic Center. Shop for Louisiana specialty gifts at the Enchanted Garden, located among other unique shops in the Line Avenue Shopping District. The Shops at Bellemead shopping district in Shreveport features great local eateries nestled among shops and storefronts.

Why not shop and dine? Pick up cool gifts and sweet treats at Ralph & Kacoos, Art Space, Biscotti’s at Lewis Gifts, Wine Country Bistro and other great local eateries. Download the Eat Here: A Food Lover’s Guide to Shreveport-Bossier.

So plan your trip today. Use the itinerary builder to create a list of events you don’t want to miss then book a hotel room. For more Christmas-related events and ideas contact the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau and request a Holly Jolly Guide (link will come later) and a Shreveport-Bossier Visitors Guide to make trip planning easy. Merry Christmas!

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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
 
12/13/2018

The Shreveport-Bossier Choral Ensemble was started in 1927 by the Women's Department Club of Shreveport. They have performed concerts every year since that date, making them the oldest continuously performing women's chorus in the United States. Other women's groups might have been around long, but this is the only group that continued to sing throughout WWII when most ladies were working due to the men serving in the armed forces. Every single concert since the beginning has been performed completely from memory.

The ensemble's 91st annual Christmas concert is entitled "Christmas Potpourri" and will feature a montage of Christmas favorites. The selections will be of different musical styles, both old and new. The group is under the direction of Bryan C. Bierbaum and is accompanied by Aaron D. Wilson.

The choral ensemble will perform from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 13.

Woman's Department Club
802 Margaret Pl
Shreveport, LA 71101
 
12/13/2018

This Sportspectrum tradition will get everyone in the Christmas Spirit! Our unique 3 loop course (3.1 miles) takes you through, past, and amongst tens of thousands of Christmas Lights lining the course, lots of Christmas decorations, more Christmas music, elves running amuck along with caroling groups from Broadmoor Baptist Church. Come out and join us for a HO HO HO good time!

Registration fee from 11/26-12/8: $25

Registration fee from 12/9-12: $30

Day of registration fee: $40

Register online at www.sportspectrumusa.com

The race will start at 7 p.m. on Dec. 13 at the corner of Texas Street at Louisiana Street

The corner of Louisiana Street at Texas Street
Shreveport, LA
 
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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
 
12/14/2018

Christmas in Haughton is putting on its first Dashing Thru the Glow 5k & 1 Mile Fun Run this year. The course will run through Cornerstone subdivision and will begin/end at Joe Delaney Memorial Park. After the race, there will be door prizes and concessions. This is a glow run so wear your best glowing attire. 

Race fees:

Adults - $10

Kids - $5

Pre-order T-shirts - $15

Sign up for the race at runsignup.com/race/LA/Haughton/DashingThrutheGlow

Dashing Thru the Glow will be on Dec. 14 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

451 N. Hazel St
Haughton, LA 71037
 
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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
 
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Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with your friends at the Light House. The Christmas Bazaar will include vendors, door prizes, shopping and more than100 decorate Christmas trees. A very special benefit bake sale will benefit Watersprings Ranch, a children's home in Texarkana, Arkansas. Watersprings Ranch is home to more than 30 abused, neglected, and abandoned children. Purchase a delicious treat and share some Christmas love with the children.

Light House Christmas Bazaar and Tour of Trees will be held at the Lighthouse Mission Store in Vivian on Friday, November 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tour of Tree Hours:

Nov. 30 - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dec. 1 - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dec. 7, 14, 21 - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

105 W Louisiana Ave
Vivian, LA 71082
 
12/15/2018

The Bossier Holiday Night Market returns on Saturday, December 15, 2018. With more than 200 vendors and more than a dozen food trucks, there is sure to be something for everyone. Don't miss free family fun 100,000 twinkling lights, food and live music at the largest vendor event in the Ark-La-Tex.

Choose froem market goods, unique food, wood crafts, jewelry, art, james, gifts, jelly, salsa, clothing, vintage items, ceramic, accessories, spice blends, food trucks, metal and stone crafts, wreaths, furniture, fruits, vegetables, paintings, decor, skin care, baked goods, candy, handcrafted soap, candles, crochet, home decors, honey, hot coffee, cocoa, kids activities, and more. 

The Bossier Holiday Night Market is from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on December 15 in the Pierre Bossier Mall Parking Lot. Admission is free. 

Pierre Bossier Mall Parking Lot
2950 E Texas St
Shreveport, LA 71111
 
12/15/2018

This will be a night sure to put you in the Christmas spirit. Jeremy Pryor and friends will be serenading the audience with Christmas carols. Lots of yummy Bon Temps hot cocoa will be available and complimentary Christmas Cookies wil be served.

Carols, Cookies and Cocoa will be on Dec. 15 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bon Temps Coffeehouse. Admission is free.

Bon Temps Coffeehouse
450 Clyde Fant Memorial Pkwy. Ste. 700
Shreveport, LA 71101
 
12/15/2018

Don't miss this highly-anticipated revival of Grinched, a classic Christmas tale told through dance. Watch the dancers of Power & Grace School of Performing Arts dance through the story of the Grinch, Cindy Lou, the Whos, and many more of the classic Grinch characters. 

This performance will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 15.

The Strand Theatre
619 Louisiana Ave
Shreveport, LA 71101
 
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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
 
12/15/2018

Don't miss this one-of-a-kind, megical experience with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the historic 1897 Queen Anne Victorian Logan Mansion. Enjoy story time with Mrs. Claus, milk and cookies, a photo with Santa and a treat bag. 

For tickets, email evolutiontrwirl@gmail.com 

This fundraiser for Evolution Twirls will take place from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Dec. 15

Logan Mansion
725 Austin Pl
Shreveport, LA 71101
 
12/15/2018

The Shreveport Family Christmas Festival is a time of family fun, fellowship and love. This year's theme is "A Cajun Christmas" so it will feature Cajun favorites such as a second line band and a Lick the Pot GumboCook Off. Festival goers will enjoy live entertainment from several local bands, poets, acting guilds and more. The kidz zone will include a bounce ouse, cookie and ornament decorating, face painting, and a visit from Santa himself. The goal is to make sure each child understands the true meaning of Christmas by providing the opportunity for each child to make gifts for their loved ones. 

This free festival will be from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Dec. 15.

Red River District
Under the Texas St. Bridge
 
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
 
12/16/2018

 

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

One of the county's most sought-after leading men, two-time Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell, will bring his charismatic presence and warm baritone to the stage of the Strand to celebrate the holidays with you.

Michael Butterman, conductor. 

This holiday celebration will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 16.

The Strand Theatre
619 Louisiana Ave.
Shreveport, LA 71101
 
12/16/2018

A full orchestra will join with the First Baptist Church Choir to present this spectacular holiday musical. Carols will include "Breath of Heaven," "O Come All Ye Faithful," and "Sing We Now of Christmas." 

This concert will take place at First Baptist Shreveport on Dec. 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Admission is free.

First Baptist Church Shreveport
543 Ockley Dr.
Shreveport, Louisiana
 
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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
 
12/20/2018

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
 
12/20/2018

The Multicultural Center of the South's annual open house will be on Thursday, December 20th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This is a fun and free event that is open to the public and all ages. 

Enjoy delicious refreshments, music, meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, explore their cultural exhibits and see our stunning collection of Christmas trees from around the world. 

 

Multicultural Center of the South
520 Spring St.
 
12/21/2018

Ages 6-12 are invited to decorate a gingerbread house and have a ball at Sci-Port. Decorate, see a fun demosntration, and explore Sci-Port while you take a much needed break from the ho-ho-holiday hustle. Lunchwill be served.

Gingerbread House decorating Party will be held at Sci-Port Discovery Center on Dec. 21 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Sci-Port Discovery Center
820 Clyde Fant Pwky
Shreveport, LA 71101
 
12/21/2018

Drop the kids off at Breathe Yoga for Santa's Yoga Workshop on Friday, Dec. 21 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. They will enjoy a Christmas-themed yoga session and make snow, ornaments, reindeer food and more fun Christmas crafts. Sign up at Breathe Yoga or call 318-798-0677. 

Ages 4-8. Sign up at breatheyogashreveport.com or call 318-798-0677

Breathe Yoga
1935 E. 70th St
Shreveport, LA 71105
 
12/22/2018

This Broadway-style dance production will be put on by Vicki's Dancers performing group. This fabulous Christmas show is sure to get you and your family in the holiday spirit with different dances to upbeat Christmas music, dramatic interpretations of the Christmas story through dance, reading of a Christmas classic by local celebrity Doug Warner. The audience can also look forward to special guest performances from local singing favorites Shannon & Eddie Colvin as well as former American Idol contestand Garret Jacobs. This event will feature over 200 local dancers and is sure to be a holiday favorite by all.

This show will take place on Dec. 15 at 12 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The Strand Theatre
619 Louisiana Ave.
Shreveport, LA 71101
 
12/22/2018

Enjoy a one-night-only performance by two of country music's legendary artists, Janie Fricke and T.G. Sheppard.

The show will be at 7 p.m. on Dec. 22.

Sam's Town Hotel & Casino
315 Clyde Fant Pkwy
Shreveport, LA 71101
 
12/22/2018

Take a historic Christmas tour at two of the finest and most famous Victorian homes in Downtown Shreveport. Enjoy these beautiful Victorian homes all dressed up in their Christmas spendor. A collection of 12 Victorian-style Christmas trees will be on display at the Ogilvie-Wiener Mansion. Light refreshments will be served. Both homes will be open Saturday, Dec. 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for $10 per person, per home. No reservations needed. Tickets at the door. The address of the Ogilvie-Wiener Mansion is 728 Austen Place, Shreveport LA 71101 and the Logan Mansion address is 725 Austen Place, Shreveport LA 71101. They are across the street from each other. 

725 Austen Place
Shreveport LA 71101
 
12/23/2018

A Wild Christmas Comedy Jam will be held at the Strand Theatre in Shreveport on Sunday, Dec. 23 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and up.

Enjoy a night of comedy starring DC Young Fly, Chico Bean and Funny Mike.

The Strand Theatre
619 Louisiana Ave.
Shreveport LA 71101
 
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