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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 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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Come and enjoy indoor market shopping. We have 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
 
11/10/2018

Before Santa begins his annual holiday visits with children, Bass Pro Shops is celebrating his arrival with their annual Christmas parade. The parade will start at 4:30 p.m. at Courtyard Marriott and end at Bass Pro Shop with the lighting of their SantaLand.

Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets
540 Boardwalk Blvd
Bossier City, Louisiana 71111
 
11/10/2018

Christmas is coming and so is the one and only Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker: Dove of Peace Tour! Presenting world class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, and a 2 dancer Dove of Peace with a 20 foot wingspan. The Great Russian Nutcracker brings the Christmas spirit of life for all ages, "Kids wide-eyed with delight!" says the New York Times. Experience the Dove of Peace Tour, spreading goodwill in over 100 cities across North America in 2018. Get seats now for the whole family and make memories for a lifetime at Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker. Starts on Saturday November 10, at 3 p.m.

Strand Theatre
619 Louisiana Ave
Shreveport, LA 71101
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
 
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The annual one-stop, holiday shopping extravaganza. This arts and crafts show features a variety of items for holiday gifts and decorations. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday

Bossier Civic Center
620 Benton Rd.
Bossier City, LA 71111
 
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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
 
11/24/2018

Get in the holiday spririt with a spectacular fireworks display, Christmas music, Santa Claus, and more. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets and Riverview Park
 
11/29/2018

See Christmas trees decorated with homemade ornaments by third grade students from 19 different Shreveport schools. These trees are on display for all to enjoy at the museum throughout the holiday season. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Louisiana State Exhibit Museum
3015 Greenwood Rd
Shreveport, LA 71109
 
11/30/2018

This exclusive shopping experience chauffeurs participants to multiple locally owned retailers along Line Avenue. Tinsel shoppers can enjoy complimentary food, entertainment, discounts, and more. Visit www.tinselshreveport.com for ticket pricing. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Line Avenue Shopping District
Line Ave
Shreveport, LA 71106
 
12/01/2018

The Benton Christmas on the Square Festival and Parade celebrates the holidays in the charming town of Benton and provides traditional, family-oriented activites such as food, a 5k run, entertainment, arts and crafts, a parade, and more. Admission is free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Heritage Village Square
417 Sibley Street
Benton LA 71006
2018 Benton Christmas on the Square Festival and Parade
 
12/01/2018

The Christmas on Caddo Fireworks Festival is celebrating 24 years of holiday entertainment on Saturday December 1. The event will be held at Earl G. Williamson Park in Oil City, located on HWY 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 being presented by Pyromania Fireworks, LLC. Festival-goers will have the opportunity to shop the wide selection of arts and crafts and feast on fair-styled foods. The foods include gumbo, red beans and rice, Cajun chili and more. Children can visit with Santa to share their holiday wish list and receive a free gift from him. Photos with Santa will be available for purchase, too. Other children's activites include a jumpy house, clowns and more. 

Earl G. Williamson Park
11425 LA Hwy. 1,
Oil City, LA 71061
Christmas on Caddo Firework Festival
 
12/03/2018

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. 

KCS Yard Gate 5
4500 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Shreveport, Louisiana
 
12/08/2018

Enjoy cocktail buffets, an open bar, and live and silent auctions at this Broadway-themed biennial fundraiser for the Shreveport Regional Arts Council. 7 p.m.

Harrah's Louisiana Downs
8000 E. Texas St.
Bossier City
 
12/08/2018

This concert features your favorite guitar player, Mr. James Burton, as well as Estelle Brown of the Sweet Inspirations and other very special guests. Johnny Earthquake is acting as Master of Ceremonies. The show will feature Christmas music as well as some of the artists’ favorite songs and, of course, a tribute to Elvis spotlighting James and Estelle. The Foundation is also thrilled to be presenting donated guitars again this year to veterans of our armed forces.

Tickets are $30 each for general admission, and $100 each for VIP. VIP tickets grant access to a very special experience at 6pm….a ‘pre-show’ interview and Q&A session with Elvis’ close friends, James Burton, Estelle Brown and Sam Thompson, Elvis’ bodyguard and Linda Thompson’s brother. Hear personal stories regarding Elvis and have a chance to ask YOUR questions to the panel.

 

Margaritaville's Paradise Theater
777 Margaritaville Way
Bossier City, LA 71111
 
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

Join First Baptist Shreveport as they "Journey to Bethlehem" through popular Christmas music on Sunday, December 16 at 10:30 a.m. Members of the Shreveport Symphony will join with the First Baptist Church Choir to present this spectacular holiday musical. The audience will be transported to the birth of Jesus, through tunes like "The First Noel" and "Hark the Herald Angels Sing." The orchestra will also be performing "Sleigh Ride" and a selection by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Visit www.fbcshreveport.org for more information.

First Baptist Church Shreveport
543 Ockley Dr.
Shreveport, Louisiana
 
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
 
12/26/2018

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