Holly, the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights Elf, at AlexWinterFête press conference held to announce the new winter-season festival to the area.
Alexandria/Pineville will be hosting an amazing, new winter festival in conjunction with its 12 Nights of Christmas for the very first time this year from Dec. 3-5. Described as “3 days of winter wonderland,” AlexWinterFête will take over downtown Alexandria, filling the streets with lights, an ice skating rink, a Cultural Village, a gigantic snow globe, and so much more! 12 Nights of Christmas has been going on for more than 16 years, and Kelli West, Marketing Manager for the Alexandria/Pineville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, explained that these events are a “community holiday-season staple in Alexandria.” So, what better way to enhance the holiday experience than with a 3-day festival to accompany these ever-popular events?! “AlexWinterFête,” West added, “is bringing a lot of the things that are great in Alexandria all to downtown.” Attractions such as the gigantic snow globe photo op, Vendors’ Village retail and food, street performers, and snow will be available throughout the festival, so leave time to check out everything that AlexWinterFête has to offer! It’s going to be an amazing holiday adventure, so start planning now. Here is a preview of just a few things planned for each day of the festival:
- 3, AlexWinterFête commences alongside Holiday Magic Downtown, the event beginning 12 Nights of Christmas, to celebrate the official lighting of Alexandria’s downtown at 5 p.m. Following the official lighting of the Griswoldian Christmas tree and downtown lights, the festival will take over the downtown area. Ice skating will be available from 6-10 p.m., with skates and ice provided free of charge, and a performance by Robin Barnes with members of the Rapides Symphony Orchestra will begin at 7 p.m.
- 4, AlexWinterFête re-opens at 4 p.m. with streets full of vendors to help you with your holiday shopping. At 5:30 p.m., the AlexWinterFête winter wonderland expands with ice skating until 10 p.m., along with Christmas lights, snow, live performances, and plenty of activities for the kids. A fireworks show will be held at 9 p.m., so don’t miss it!
- 5, the Ugly Sweater 5k Run and Contest begins at 8:30 a.m., and the festival continues with performances, snow, shopping, and food all day. Ice skating will be available from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Also, AlexWinterFête will feature a Cultural Village with booths displaying the various cultures found in the Alexandria/Pineville community.
West confessed that, out of everything AlexWinterFête has to offer, she is most looking forward to the ice skating and snow, explaining that because “we do not see a lot of snow in this area of Louisiana … any chance for a piece of winter, like snow, is exciting.” However, I am most looking forward to exploring the Cultural Village to catch a glimpse of the amazing heritage and culture found in Central Louisiana. Not only do I recommend attending this amazing, new festival in your holiday travel plans, but I also suggest fitting in some of the 12 Nights of Christmas events so that you and your family can truly experience an Alexandria/Pineville Christmas along the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights. For more ideas as you plan your holiday, visit the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights website, Facebook, and Twitter—you never know what great events and attractions you’ll find!