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Shreveport - Bossier

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 Chrismtas 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, Christmas on Caddo Fireworks Festival, breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Sci-Port Discovery Center and IMAX show Santa vs. Snowman.

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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Christmas in Roseland is a winter wonderland with more than one million twinkling, bright lights adorned throughout the 26-acre rose park. Visitors will love the eight-foot singing Christmas tree and beautiful, life-size Christmas cards. Kids can take photos with Santa, enjoy a magical train ride, and experience a "snow blizzard." Nightly performers keep the crowds entertained. Concessions are available. Group-tour friendly. The park is open every Friday through Sunday from Nov. 23-Dec. 21. $20 per carload or $5 per person - ages 2 and under get in free. Ask about group tour discounts.

American Rose Center
8877 Jefferson-Paige Road
Greenwood, Louisiana 71033

Rockets Over the Red Fireworks Festival, an annual holiday fireworks extravaganza held on the riverfront in Shreveport-Bossier, will be held, 3-7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 25. The event offers festivities on both sides of the Red River – in downtown Shreveport’s Riverview Park, as well as at the Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets in Bossier City. Admission is free.

Both sides of the Red River will feature great firework viewing areas at Riverview Park in Shreveport and along the Riverfront Promenade at Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets in Bossier City. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to get good parking and a great spot on the riverfront for fireworks viewing. Both viewing areas will offer live entertainment, kids’ activities, food vendors and arts and crafts booths. All restaurants and shops in the area of the festival will be open before and after the fireworks show. The official event hashtag for social sharing is #RocketsOverTheRed.

Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets
540 Boardwalk Blvd.
Bossier City, LA 71111
Rockets Over the Red Fireworks Festival
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The annual Christmas Tree event will be held at the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum. Shreveport’s third grade students decorate Christmas trees with ornaments constructed from various materials in their classrooms. These trees are on display for all to enjoy at the museum.  Completed in 1939 as one of the New Deal’s Public Works projects, the Louisiana State Exhibit Museum is an architectural jewel, in the ultra modern style of the times. Museum hours are 9 am - 4 pm.

Louisiana State Exhibit Museum
3015 Greenwood Road
Shreveport, LA 71109

Tinsel shoppers will be chauffeured to multiple stops along Line Avenue, shopping in the area's most popular stores, in a private after-hours environment starting at 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1. Participating stores will offer a variety of complimentary food, beverage, entertainment, and discounts to Tinsel shoppers. The evening ends at the official Tinsel After-Party. The ticket price is $25. For more information call 318-272-3139.

Line Avenue Shopping District
Line Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71106
Tinsel shoppers make multiple stops along Line Avenue's Shopping District in Shreveport, Dec. 1.

The annual Christmas on Caddo Fireworks Festival offers one of the best fireworks displays in all of northwest Louisiana. It's perfect set to the backdrop of the majestic Caddo Lake. Concession booths open at 3 p.m. Bands perform on the main stage. Fireworks start at 6:30 p.m. at Earl G. Williamson Park in Oil City.

Earl G. Williamson Park
11425 LA Hwy. 1
Oil City, LA 71061

Celebrate Christmas out in the country. The annual Country Christmas Festival promises to entertain guests with delicious food, entertainment, crafts and so much more. This event is free. For more information, call 318-393-3858. 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Vivian Town Square
100 Front Street
Vivian, LA 71082
Country Christmas in Vivian - Holiday Trail of Lights

The annual Benton Christmas on the Square Festival celebrates the holidays in the charming town of Benton, Louisiana. This annual festival is in an outdoor event that provides traditional, family-oriented activities such as food, entertainment, arts and crafts, parades and much more. Starts at 10:00 am.

Downtown Benton
417 Sibley Street
Benton, LA 71006
Benton Christmas on the Square Festival and Parade

The 4th Annual Cowboy Christmas event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 16 at Faith Farm and Arena in Elm Grove. It will feature a live nativity scene, food, entertainment, dancing, contests and more. The event time is 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Faith Farm and Arena
1185 Highway 527
Elm Grove, LA 71051
Cowboy Christmas Festival