The 2013 holiday season in Alexandria/Pineville is sure to bring both good tidings and great joy. The holiday extravaganza, in the heart of Louisiana, will be complete with sparkling lights, community parades, appearances by Santa Claus, and performing arts. Whether it’s experiencing an old-fashioned Christmas, driving through a live nativity scene, shopping for gifts, or listening to Christmas carols that puts you in the holiday spirit, you can find it all in Alexandria/Pineville during their annual 12 Days of Christmas.
A Calvary Christmas
The 12th Night in the 12 Nights of Christmas. Sponsored by Calvary Baptist Church. The sounds of Calvary’s adult choir, student choir, children’s choir, praise team, band and orchestra will combine for this year’s gift of hope and joy to you and our community. A Calvary Christmas is a weaving of carols, timeless classics and new inspiring worship songs that lead us to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
Breakfast with Santa
Follow the Star
Annual 12 Nights of Christmas
The City of Alexandria turns on the Christmas lights for this holiday season in Alexandria complete with live entertainment for the annual 12 Nights of Christmas. Families can listen to storytelling and vintage music, take a picture with Santa Clause, make their own old-fashioned ornaments, enjoy refreshments and more. For more information call 318-449-5051.
Christmas on the Bayou
The Nutcracker Ballet
Frosted: An Evening to Sweets and Treats
The 5th Night of the 12 Nights of Christmas. Sponsored by Atwood’s Bakery. Join us for a fun filled evening for the young and young at heart. Children will be able to assemble and decorate their very own mini gingerbread house with all the holiday sweets and goodies that their imaginations can hold. While the kids are playing, adults can step inside Atwood’s Winter Wonderland. There they can enjoy a sampling of holiday goodies and beverages, while listening to festive music.
Pet Pics with Santa
City of Alexandria’s Holiday Magic
The kickoff and first night of the 12 Nights of Christmas. Community caroling, school choirs, a visit from Santa Claus, and the annual lighting of the downtown Christmas tree. Sponsored by the City of Alexandria Division of Community Services.
Holiday Light Safari
See the Zoo in a different light with thousands of glistening lights will transform the Zoo into a sparkling winter wonderland. Visit with Santa, warm up by the bonfire, and enjoy holiday treats from the cafe. Musical entertainment will be held on select evenings. Sponsored by the City of Alexandria and FOTAZ. Open 6-9 p.m., Dec. 6-30.
City of Pineville Christmas Parade
An Old Fashioned Christmas
River Oaks Annual Christmas Porch Sale
Annual sale showcasing original works of art by Resident, Local and Regional Artists. Over 150 visual artists and fine craftsmen will be featured in this unique holiday shopping opportunity. Artists will also be on-site demonstrating their work during the sale and a special class/project with New Orleans artist, Alex Beard will take place the same day of the event.
Rapides Symphony Holiday Concert
Enjoy holiday selections performed by the Rapides Symphony Orchestra whose community-wide love of music goes back for many generations in Alexandria, to the Opera House (later the Paramount Theater) built on Third Street prior to World War I, and to the Community Concert Association which came into existence immediately following World War II. For more information call 318-442-9709.
Alexandria Christmas Parade
A Pilgrimage to Bethlehem
Polar Express Pajama Movie Party
A Cenla Christmas Spectacular
The only event of its kind in Central Louisiana – This Christmas variety show is in the vein of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York City. Featuring performances from your favorite dance troupes, choirs, theatre groups, and many more! Bring the whole family to this event which will keep the jingle bells ringing in your heart all the way through Christmas season!
The Live Nativity
The 9th Night of the 12 Nights of Christmas. Sponsored by the First United Methodist Church of Alexandria. Relive the story of the first Christmas during this drive through nativity, which features Christmas music, candlelight and live animals. It takes 10-15 minutes to drive through.