Joining us for the holiday? Take a look at some of the great events happening this holiday season and make your holiday wishlist of brilliant lights, great food, awesome music, festivals and parades as only we can do in Louisiana.
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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.
Christmas at Inglewood
Pet Pics with Santa
Discover the Holiday Spirit Through the Arts
Christmas Candlelight Tour
Celebrate all things German at the Minden Fasching Fifth Season Festival. The party starts on Saturday, November 16th at 10:00 a.m. and ends at dark with the illumination of thousands of Christmas lights and a fireworks display. Saturday, bring the family and enjoy ice skating, German food, entertainment, arts, crafts and a beer exhibition. Begin your holiday season in Minden at the Fasching Fifth Season Festival!
Contact Info. 1-318-371-4258
Winter Wonderland Festival
Winter Wonderland Festival will be held at The Farm at 419 E. Union Street in Minden. This new event will feature jewelry makers, candy makers, artists, craftsmen, and doll makers. Beginning at 12:00 Noon you can shop until 7:00 PM for unique and one of a kind Christmas gifts. Admission is free.
Christmas on Main
Little Miss Christmas on the River Pageant
Santa’s Christmas Village
Come and enjoy the many activities like walking through the snow, ice skating, make-and-take ornaments, cookie decorating, and pictures with the Snowman. Don’t forget about mailing letters to Santa at the Peppermint Post Office and story time with Mrs. Claus. And most of all, you will want to visit with Santa! For more information call 318-361-9611.
Dancing Lights and Downtown Light Displays
Downtown Gallery Crawl
7th Annual Bawcomville Redneck Christmas Parade
Quachita Independent Bank Fireworks Extravaganza
Bah Humbug 5K Run
West Monroe Christmas Parade sponsored by Ouachita Independent Bank
Downtown River Market Days Holiday Market
Ouachita Independent Bank Christmas Parade Presented by the Kiwanis Club
Holiday Evenings at the Biedenharn
Every year the Monroe Garden Study League decorates the historic Biedenharn Home for Christmas. This year the theme is “Fa La La Louisiana” and will feature rooms decorated to represent the variety of festivals held throughout the state. Enjoy holiday music, festive lights, yuletide cheer and of course Santa Clause!
A Tuna Christmas
In this hilarious sequel to Greater Tuna, it’s Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas. Radio station OKKK news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on various Yuletide activities, including hot competition in the annual lawn display contest. In other news, voracious Joe Bob Lipsey’s production of “A Christmas Carol” is jeopardized by unpaid electric bills. Many colorful Tuna denizens, some you will recognize from Greater Tuna and some appearing here for the first time, join in the holiday fun.
Enjoy shop owners dressed in the days of old as you shop in beautiful Antique Alley for all of your holiday gifts. From glassware, furniture, pottery, unfinished furniture to dinnerware, old coins, records, kitchen items, jewelry, vintage clothing, sterling some of the treasures you’ll find. Items past and present, from Europe to America are available. For more information call 800-843-1872.
Antique Car Cruise & Show
It’s a Commander Christmas at the Community Trust Bank RiverMarket! It will be a Happy, Happy, Happy day for you! From live music, a Duck Commander Look-a-Like contest judged by Sadie and John Luke Robertson, a Christmas flotilla with the stars of Duck Dynasty, a Duck Commander Duck Derby and a laser light show there will be tons of holiday cheer. Don’t miss out on the last minute Christmas shopping and RiverMarket of the season! Event times are as follows, RiverMarket opens at: 10:00 am; Look-a-Like contest: 2:00 pm; Duck Commander Derby: 3:00 pm; Flotilla: 6:30-7:30; Laser Light Show: 7:30; Trey Hawkins Band: 9:00-11:00 pm.
Monroe Symphony Orch & Halie Loren (Jazzy Sounds &Holiday Classics)
Little Match Girl
All new and original ballet celebrating the opening of its 10th Season, Louisiana Delta Ballet brings the enchanting and heart-warming story for all ages The Little Match Girl to the stage! Special School performances for all area schools with a Gala Performance on the evening of December 20th.
The Grinch That Couldn’t Stop Christmas
Include in your Christmas activities for this year a visit to The Assembly West Monroe’s fifth annual production of The Grinch That Couldn’t Stop Christmas. The production is a takeoff from Dr. Seuss’s Christmas classic and is full of music, humor, surprises and an array of both cartoon and movie characters. The Grinch That Couldn’t Stop Christmas is a night of fun for the entire family. Cast includes children from age 3 years to the age of Santa Claus, whatever that might be. Performances to be held on: December 19th & 20th at 7:00 pm; Dec. 21st at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm; and Dec. 22nd at 7:00 pm. Don’t miss out on this Christmas classic. For ticket prices call (318) 387-1500.
Turn on the Holidays to “Turn on the Holidays” Natchitoches’ Tri-Centennial Kick-Off and Fireworks
Festival of Lights
Discover the historic district on a carriage tour,and taste delicious cuisine from food vendors along the way. Enjoy live entertainment and fireworks each Saturday night.
Contact Info. 1-800-259-1714
Snow Fest, Nov. 30, Dec. 13-14, Dec. 20-21
Natchitoches/ Northwestern Christmas Gala
The Gala features performances by the NSU Choirs, the NSU Department of Theatre and Dance and the Natchitoches-Northwestern Symphony Orchestra. The Out on a Limb Improv Troupe, Northwestern State Jazz Orchestra, NSU Rockettes, NSU Percussion Ensemble, NSU Blast and students from the Department of Fine and Graphic Arts also perform.
Contact Info. 1-800-259-1714
87th Annual Christmas Festival
Holiday Tour of Homes
Fete de Hiver
“Presents” Exhibit at Artspace
Santa vs. the Snowman IMAX Film
Les Boutique De Noel
Les Boutique De Noel – sponsored by the Shreveport Opera Guild, presents the 38th annual event. This arts and crafts shopping extravaganza features a variety of holiday gift and decoration ideas. The market features more than 100 shops from a nine-state area and is well attended by more than 10,000 shoppers. For more information call 318-861-6554.
Boardwalk Christmas Lighting Ceremony
The Louisiana Boardwalk in Bossier is getting into the holiday spirit lighting Shreveport-Bossier’s largest Christmas tree. The big guy, Santa Claus himself will take a break from the holiday rush at the North Pole to make an appearance. After the lighting ceremony enjoy retail/outlet shopping, a ride on the trolley, dinner and a movie. For more information call (318) 752-1455.
The Strand Theatre presents Memphis
Memphis won four Tony Awards in 2009-2010, for best book, best score and best orchestrations and won the Drama Desk Award for best musical and best orchestration. Memphis is soulful, exhilarating and exciting. A smash hit on Broadway, the show features energetic choreography and hard charging musical numbers with the powerhouse funk of James Brown, the hot guitar riffs of Chuck Berry, the smooth harmonies of the Temptations and the silken, bouncy pop of the great girl group of the period. Set in place where rock’n roll was born in the 50s. For more information, call 318-226-1481.
Christmas in Roseland
The Gardens of the American Rose Center are transformed into a whimsical winter wonderland featuring more than a million twinkling lights, dozens of lighted displays, giant Christmas Cards to the Community created by area school children, Santa’s Candy Shop and much more. This multi-weekend event features nightly entertainment, photos with Santa, rides on the Roseland Express train, a model train display and tons of fun for the whole family!
Individual admission is $5 per person or $20 per carload. Ages 2 and younger are free.
- $35 per minibus (Up to 25 people)
- $75 per charter bus, please call 318-938-5402 ext. 223 to make a reservation
PHOTOS WITH SANTA
Photos with Santa are $10 each. No personal photography allowed. Santa is located in the Administration Building. Tickets may be purchased online or in the Gift Shop.
ROSELAND EXPRESS TRAIN
Roseland Express tickets are $5. Tickets may be purchased online or in the Gift Shop.
AMERICAN ROSE CENTER GIFT SHOP
Visit our gift shop and do some Christmas shopping. It’s the perfect place to pick up stocking stuffers or gifts for your loved ones.
26th Annual Greening of the Museum
The 25th Annual Greening of Louisiana State Exhibit Museum will take place Wednesday, Dec. 4. After a fun-filled morning of performances, making ornaments and giving away prizes for the 24, third grade classes that have designed and decorated a holiday tree displayed throughout the museum until the end of December.
Steve Lippia Christmas Concert
Reminiscent of the young Sinatra, Bobby Darin and Harry Connick Jr., Steve Lippia and his 10-piece band move from swing tunes to ballads, interpreting Frank Sinatra’s favorite Christmas songs and classics. This show will leave you with the true Christmas spirit. For more information call 318-226-1481.
1st Saturday Tour: Christmas
Christmas tour explores works with a Christmas or winter theme, accompanied by inspirational stories of the season – “Joy Stories”. Free to the public for enjoyment and enlightenment, The R.W. Norton Art Gallery features original works of American and European art. With the addition of the South Wing in 1991 and the North Wing in 2003, the Norton has continued to expand its permanent collection and bring outstanding art exhibitions from all over the country. For more information call 318-865-4201.
KCS Holiday Express
”The Nutcracker” 2013
The Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet presents its annual holiday classic, “The Nutcracker”, Dec. 7-8, 2013 at Shreveport’s Riverview Theatre. The Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet was founded in 1973 to promote and preserve the art of classical ballet in the community. As one of the oldest arts organizations in Shreveport-Bossier, the Ballet strives to present full-length classical ballet performances at affordable ticket prices. For more information call 318-221-8500.
Christmas on Caddo Fireworks Festival
Country Christmas Festival
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Celebrate the Christmas season in the country with a full day of activities for the entire family. Activities include, beauty pageant, food booths, arts and crafts, live entertainment and more. Festivities culminate with a parade in the quaint town of Vivian. For more information call 318-631-0182 or go to www.vivian.la.us.
Cajun Christmas Festival
First-ever Cajun Christmas Festival in north Louisiana. Bring your family and friends out for this event that includes a gumbo cook off, beer tasting, Cajun band, and other special performances. Jolly Ole St. Nick will be available for kids to have their holiday photo made with him. Craft vendors will be set up for the kids to enjoy and holiday shopping for the adults. All children 5 and under will get in free.
Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus
Ho, ho, ho! Bring the whole family to Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center to meet our special guests from the North Pole! There’s fun for the entire family! Make eggshell snowballs, ornaments, gum drop atoms and more! Dance in the Space Dome to holiday tunes and play Santa bingo for prizes. For more information, call 318-424-3466.
Shoji Tabuchi Christmas Show
One of the most in-demand Branson entertainers in history returns to some of his early roots. Born in Japan, Shoji began playing the violin as a Suzuki student at age 7. Inspired by country music star, Roy Acuff, Shobi migrated to the U.S. and has played across the country from San Francisco to Nashville to Branson. He has become a staple on the Branson stage playing an eclectic mix of country, bluegrass, Big Band, Cajun, Broadway tunes, pop, jazz, swing and classical. For more information, call 318-226-1481.
Holiday Under the Bridge with Nights of a Thousand Lights
Under the design direction of local Christmas lighting enthusiast, Owen Holman, thousands of lights will dance to the music played in the District creating a merry holiday atmosphere. Leading up to Christmas, each Friday and Saturday night (Dec. 13, 14, 20 & 21) from 5:00 – 8:00 pm, the lights will dance to live music performed on the RRD stage.
December 14: Holiday Karaoke with DJ Willie Boom
December 20: Holiday songs with Airheart
December 21: AJ and the Two Tones Blues Band
Benton Christmas on the Square Festival
A full day of family fun is planned with a dash around the square 5k run. There will be a large children’s area with inflatables, face painting, arts, crafts and games and a musical performance. The kids can take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus with Santa’s little red wagon. There will be a food court and Christmas parade. For festival information call 318-230-6356.
TNT Express Trolley
This tour is an explosion of culture and history with stops at several of the 15 cultural attractions throughout downtown Shreveport. The holiday edition also features shopping and holiday lights tours. Learn exciting facts and local history with tour guide Jan Pettiet, Thursday, December 19.
Toy Making Workshops
Help alleviate some of the stress on Santa’s elves this holiday season! In the Toy Making Workshops at Sci-Port: Louisiana’s Science Center, kids will have the chance to use their science and engineering skills to make to toys including recycled rocket launchers and rockets. For more information, call 318-424-3466.