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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 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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11/16/2017

Les Boutiques de Noel presents The Best Wholiday Ever which offers 100 plus vendors, holiday popups, food, and free valet parking. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday.

Bossier Civic Center
620 Benton Rd.,
Bossier City, LA 71111
 
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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. 24-Dec. 17. Encore nights are Dec. 18-23. $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
 
11/24/2017 | 12/01/2017 | 12/08/2017 | 12/15/2017

Enjoy Christmas activities at Jubilee Zoo including a “sno” pit, hot chocolate, bounce houses, Carol to the Critters hayride, and more. Operation hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m..

Jubilee Zoo
6402 Hwy. 1 North
Shreveport, LA 71107
 
11/24/2017 | 12/01/2017 | 12/08/2017 | 12/15/2017 | 12/22/2017

Holidaze transforms three floors of Artspace into a Winter Wonderland of art and extravagance featuring an exhibit by William Joyce, “Bizaare Bazaar” holiday market, and a fine arts sales exhibition. This exhibition is free.

 

 

Artspace
708 Texas St
Shreveport, LA 71101
 
11/25/2017

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
 
11/27/2017

Projections, costumes and characters are faithfully brought to the stage against a backdrop of nostalgic set designs for Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, 7 p.m., Nov. 27 at the Municipal Auditorium. The 12-foot-plus-tall Abominable Snow Monster is jaw-dropping. The cast brings high energy to classic songs and dialogue, while irresistible and loveable puppets highlight the charming “roughness” from the television show’s stop-motion effects. Flom says, “The familiar story elements from the television special are addressed with a talented cast and puppet-eers who help recreate the magic on stage.” Since the special itself is a classic musical, the stage show does not feel at all like an adaptation and audiences are surprised and delighted when they see performances of songs such as “Fame and Fortune” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” that are heard but not performed in the TV special. 

The story tells the tale of a young Rudolph who, because of the appearance of his bright, shining nose, is excluded from the Reindeer Games. He flees Christmastown and meets up with new friends Hermey the Elf and Yukon Cornelius. After finding The Island of Misfit Toys, Rudolph journeys home, where a snowstorm of epic proportions is threatening Christmas. Can Rudolph rescue his family and friends and help Santa save the holiday? Tickets range from $30 to $60.

Municipal Auditorium
705 Elvis Presley Ave.
Shreveport, LA 71101
 
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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
 
12/01/2017

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.
 
12/02/2017

The second annual Butterflies in Motion Holiday Pop-Up Shop invites everyone to kick off the shopping season by supporting small/local businesses. Operation hours are from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Sissy’s Playhouse
2328 Barksdale Blvd.,
Bossier City, LA 71111
 
12/02/2017

Get into the Christmas spirit at Christmas on Caddo Fireworks Festival on Saturday, Dec. 2 at Earl G. Williamson Park in Oil City. Families can enjoy local entertainment, a bounce house, clowns, food booths, and arts and crafts. There will be a Santa Claus who will pose for pictures and provide a gift for each child. Concession booths will open at 3:30 p.m.

This year's featured band is What the Funk, a Northwest Louisiana based cover band specializing in rock, “old school” R&B, 80's, funk and soul cover tunes – along with a little dash of Top 40. This five-member group is all about having fun and getting people on their feet.

Entertainment on the main stage will begin at 3:30 p.m. Fireworks start at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Christmas on Caddo was created to promote the Christmas spirit of joy and giving to the very deserving communities in Northwest Louisiana.

Earl G. Williamson Park
11425 LA Hwy. 1
Oil City, LA 71061
Christmas on Caddo Fireworks Festival, Dec. 2
 
12/02/2017

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
 
12/02/2017

Celebrate the season with Broadway and TV star Sutton Foster who has won two Tony Awards for her performances in Thoroughly Modern Millie and Anything Goes. The performance time is 7:30 p.m.

Shreveport Riverview Theatre
600 Clyde Fant Pkwy.,
Shreveport, LA 71101
 
12/07/2017

Get together with your family, church group, or friends at this concert to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year. Casting Crowns and For King & Country are bringing their "A Glorious Christmas Tour" to Bossier City. Purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com.

CenturyLink Center
2000 CenturyLink Center Dr.,
Bossier City, LA 71111
 
12/07/2017

Tchaikovsky's lustrous music and the magnificent choreography of Marius Petipa have made this beloved story a must-see for children of all ages. Showtime is 7 p.m.

Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
705 Elvis Presley Ave.
Shreveport, LA 71107
 
12/08/2017
The Shoji Tabuchi Christmas Show, on a limited holiday tour from Branson, Missiouri, stars Shoji and his wife Dorothy in a sparkling, family variety show at the Strand Theatre, Dec. 8.
 
Shoji’s many TV appearances include NBC’s “60 Minutes” and CBS’s “Good Morning America”. A former Bossier City resident, his music includes country, bluegrass, big band, Cajun, Broadway and movie tunes, pop, swing, classical, and even some Led Zeppelin! An exciting addition to the show has been the rhythmic phenomenon of the Japanese Taiko drums. For 27 years, Shoji has reigned supreme with the grand show-to-beat-all shows. Every minute is a work of art.
 
Ticket prices range from $20 to $52.50.
 
Strand Theatre
619 Louisiana Ave.
Shreveport, LA 71101
 
12/09/2017

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
 
12/09/2017

Annually, the Town of Benton really goes all out for Christmas. The 29th annual parade, organized by the Benton Rotary Club, is enjoyable for kids of all ages. The parade starts at 3 p.m. in the town square and coincides with the Benton Christmas on the Square Festival. The festival opens at 10 a.m with a 5k Christmas run and a 1 mile kids run. The day includes entertainment, food vendors and crafts.

 

 

Downtown Benton
417 Sibley Street
Benton, LA 71006
Benton Christmas Parade
 
12/09/2017 | 12/16/2017

This yearly tradition features a pancake breakfast, hayride to visit and feed the animals, “sno” pit, a stuff-your-own friend from the Making Friends Factory, and, of course, Santa Clause. Pre-registration is required. Children must be accompanied by at least one ticketed adult guardian.  Each child admission includes Reindeer Pancake Activity & Breakfast, Santa visit, a mini hayride and food for the animals, Bouncey Houses, Sno Pit play, and a new stuff-your-own Christmas "friend" from our Making Friends Factory.  The cost is $38 per child and $10 per adult. Operation hours are 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturdays.

Jubilee Zoo
6402 Hwy. 1 North
Shreveport, LA 71107
 
12/13/2017

Songs of the Season offers an iconic experience with a mixture of Christmas fun and a Broadway show all wrapped into one incredible production. Showtimes are 7 p.m., Dec. 13-15; and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Dec. 16-17.

Community Church Shreveport
5720 Buncombe Rd.
Shreveport, LA 71129
 
12/16/2017

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