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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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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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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
 
11/21/2019 | 11/22/2019 | 11/23/2019

Les Boutiques de Noel is the annual one-stop, holiday shopping extravaganza. This arts and crafts show features a variety of items for holiday gifts and decorations. 

Tickets are $5-$20. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday-Saturday.

Shreveport Convention Center
400 Caddo St.
Shreveport
 
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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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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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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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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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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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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
 
11/30/2019

The Bossier Arts Council (BAC) is hosting a new event for the holidays - East Bank Golf Cart Parade during Shreveport-Bossier's annual Rockets Over the Red Fireworks Festival and Shop Small Market. This family-friendly event will take place in the 600 block of Barksdale Boulevard and offer a premier view of the fireworks. Don’t miss the variety of food trucks and various vendors during this event.

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

This event will take place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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

Celebrate the holiday season at Rockets Over the Red Fireworks Festival on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019 at Riverview Park in Shreveport and Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets in Bossier City! Both viewing areas will feature the largest outdoor Christmas trees in the region and an amazing fireworks show. Admission is free. Rockets Over the Red Festival is presented by Shreveport-Bossier ~ Louisiana's Other Side, the City of Shreveport, the City of Bossier City, Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets and Pyromania Fireworks, LLC.

There will be a Kid’s Zone by Bayou Bounce at both locations for children ages 12 and under. The Kid’s Zone will include an obstacle course, slide, and a bounce house. Unlimited jump wristbands are $10 per child. Come to Riverview Park to have your picture taken with the Coca-Cola Polar Bear and the Coca-Cola Christmas Truck, courtesy of Shreveport Coca-Cola. Elves will be passing out free samples while supplies lasts. Bring your own camera!

Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets Entertainment Schedule 

4-4:30 p.m. Bossier Parish Talented Arts Jazz Band
5:30-5:50 p.m. Magnolia Mae
5:50-6 p.m. Christmas Tree Lighting by Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker
6-6:30 p.m. Magnolia Mae
7 p.m. Fireworks Show
7:30-8:30 p.m. Magnolia Mae

Riverview Park Entertainment Schedule

2 p.m. Outdoor Movie Screening of “Elf,” brought to you by SPAR
4-4:45 p.m. The Syndicate
5-5:45 p.m. Lance Thompson
6-6:45 p.m. Tipsey the Band
7 p.m. Christmas Tree Lighting & Fireworks Show

Rockets Over the Red Fireworks Festival is presented by Shreveport-Bossier ~ Louisiana's Other Side, the City of Shreveport, the City of Bossier City, Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets and Pyromania Fireworks, LLC.

Share your festival memories on social media with the hashtag #RocketsOverTheRed.

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

Businesses throughout Shreveport’s historic downtown will have special discounts and events to encourage people to shop small and local. From Louisiana specialty items and locally produced paintings and home decor to gift certificates for a night of film, we’ll have it all! Afterward, enjoy food and drink specials at downtown restaurants.

Small Business Saturday will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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

This show will be an evening of upbeat Nashville-dipped pop hits, country and western standards, incredible Southern harmonies and quick witted humor. 

Tickets are $20-$300. 3 p.m.

The Strand Theatre
619 Louisiana Ave.
Shreveport
 
12/04/2019

Enjoy all that December Downtown Artwalk – Holiday Edition has to offer, just in time for Christmas! Jump on the free Santa Trolley for stops all over downtown, purchase one-of-a-kind artwork for everyone on your holiday list, sing holiday carols, try food and drink specials, and learn to love Christmas shopping all over again.

December Downtown Artwalk will take place from 5 pm. to 9 p.m.

Artspace
708 Texas St.
Shreveport, LA
 
12/04/2019

Rainforest Art Foundation at Marlene Yu Museum is hosting a holiday market for artists and makers during the Shreveport Downtown Holiday Artwalk on December 4, 2019. This Artwalk, sponsored by the Downtown Development Authority, focuses on providing attendees with a chance to do their holiday shopping from local businesses, and the Museum will host booths for local creatives who work within the Rainforest Art Foundation's mission to increase appreciation of nature through art. The RAF Holiday Market will be open Wednesday evening, December 4, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM.

Applications for booth space in the Holiday Market are due by November 20, 2019, at noon. Interested vendors can find further details and apply at www.rainforestartfoundation.org/booths.

Rainforest Art Foundation's most recent photo exhibit, Waterfalls, will be on display in the RAF Gallery during the market. This exhibit features breathtaking waterfalls from all around the globe.

Marlene Yu Museum
710 Travis St.
Shreveport
 
12/05/2019

Celebrate the true spirit of Christmas with this perfect holiday event. This new, original production of Charles Dickens’ classic pairs haunting special effects and beloved music of the season with a timeless message. Features stunning sets, puppetry, song, dance, humor and a flawless performance of Scrooge by award-winning, 40-year theater veteran Scott H. Severance.

Show will start at 7 p.m.

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

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage is a fresh take on the timeless classic that gives the audience a completely new way of experiencing the storyline as portrayed by real actors who maintain the integrity and spirit of each Peanuts character.

This Emmy and Peabody award-winning story by Charles M. Schulz has been a longstanding tradition, warming the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television over 50 years ago. Now, the live on-stage adaptation of the classic animated television special brings all your favorite characters to life - all set to the unforgettable sounds of the Vince Guaraldi musical score.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live On Stage encompasses each of your favorite scenes from the original animated television show. It even expands the storyline into greater detail with more fun, more music, more finding the true Christmas spirit. This Peanuts Experience also includes an intermission and, after the final bow, the show crescendos into a celebration of song as the audience is invited to join the Peanuts gang in singing Christmas favorites.

So, join Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang in their journey to uncover the true meaning of Christmas.

The show will start at 7 p.m.

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

Watch the fire crackle and enjoy the sounds of smooth, seasonal jazz as you sample flights of holiday beverages. The flavors of the season- marshmallow, chocolate, peppermint, eggnog, and more-will be made into one-night-only adult beverages, with alcohol-free options available.

This holiday beverage event will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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

Tinsel shoppers begin and end at Superior Steakhouse, and are chauffeured to multiple stops along Line Avenue, shopping in the area’s most popular stores, in a private after-hours environment. Participating stores offer a variety of complimentary food, beverage, entertainment, and discounts to Tinsel shoppers. The evening ends at the official Tinsel Afterparty.

iShuttle, LLC returns as the Transportation Sponsor, providing patrons with private chauffeur service along the Line Avenue corridor. Superior’s Steakhouse will host the Official Afterparty, which will include drink specials for participants. We will announce this year’s participating retailers soon. Your $30 Tinsel ticket includes: private transportation, after-hours access to all participating retailers; food, beverage, and exclusive discounts provided by the retailers; and access to the afterparty including drink specials.

Tinsel will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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

The Christmas On Caddo Fireworks Festival is celebrating 25 years of holiday entertainment on Saturday, December 7 at Earl G. Williamson Park in Oil City located on Highway 1. The festival will open at 3:30 p.m. with a variety of food vendors, children's activities and live music. At 6:30 p.m. the skies above Caddo Lake will light up with a fireworks display presented by Pyromania Fireworks, LLC.

The festival will take place from 3:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Earl G. Williamson Park
11425 LA Hwy 1
Oil City, LA 71061
 
12/07/2019

This family-friendly Christmas festival includes food vendors, arts and crafts, a Santa meet and greet, holiday lights, a parade, and more.

The festival will take place from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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

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

A holiday trolley will transport you to the magical homes of the Highland and Fairfield Historic Districts on Saturday, Dec. 7. The trolley is provided compliments of the State Fair of Louisiana and Kilpatrick's Rose Neath Funeral Home.

The fun starts at the Woman's Department Club, which celebrates its centennial this year. From there, hop on the holiday trolley to visit an array of neighborhood homes decked out for the holiday season. Details on specific homes can be found at www.restorehighland.org this fall. Tickets will go on sale in mid-November.

This event will be from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Woman’s Department Club
802 Margaret Pl.
Shreveport, LA
Highland Candlelight Holiday Home Tour
 
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
 
12/13/2019 | 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
 
12/14/2019

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 | 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
 
12/19/2019

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
 
12/21/2019

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
 
12/26/2019

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