Plan Your Holiday


The 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 enjoying an old-fashioned Christmas, experiencing a pilgrimage to Bethlehem, 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 Nights of Christmas.

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Celebrate the Christmas season with the folks from the “Friendliest City in the South,” Minden. Enjoy the holidays by visiting Santa, shopping at locally owned antique stores and specialty shops, and touring the local museums and art galleries. Thousands of Christmas lights and hundreds of nutcrackers are part of this year’s Christmas displays. Minden combines a distinctive holiday experience with ­fireworks, parades, Christmas concerts, and tours of historic downtown and residential districts, which are all decked out for the holidays. In November, Minden celebrates its German heritage during the Fasching Fifth Season Celebration with German food, beer exhibitions and more.

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Monroe-West Monroe

Get in the spirit of the season at Christmas on the River in Monroe-West Monroe with two parades, unique shopping, a spectacular ­fireworks display, festive ballet performances, and fun activities for the entire family. Don’t miss the dancing light displays on Antique Alley and throughout Downtown Monroe & West Monroe, as well as Christmas at the Biedenharn and Santa’s Christmas Village at the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum.

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Celebrate the joy of the Christmas season with a visit to Natchitoches, the oldest permanent settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. Natchitoches will wrap up its Tri-Centennial Celebration with the annual Christmas Festival and Festival of Lights. Thousands of twinkling lights illuminate the downtown district and Cane River Lake. During the six-week holiday season, experience Natchitoches traditions such as carriage tours through the National Historic Landmark District, ­fireworks extravaganzas, parades, and the Christmas by Candlelight Holiday Tour of Homes. Holiday shopping, live entertainment, carolers, and food and craft vendors create a festive atmosphere for all to enjoy throughout the holiday season.

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Christmas in the sister cities involves twinkling lights, fi­reworks, parades and lots of shopping. Holiday happenings kick off in mid-November with the lighting of a 40-foot Christmas tree at the premier Outlets at Louisiana Boardwalk. During the holidays, make time to dine at local restaurants, visit area family attractions, tour historical homes adorned in Christmas decorations, and shop your heart out.

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It’s easy to plan your next visit to one or several of the cities along the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights.

  • First, check out the map and decide which part of the trail you’d like to start on and where you would like to end.
  • Then, use the filtering system below to search events by region, dates you plan on visiting, price, or interest to build a fun and exciting itinerary.
  • Finally, if you are staying overnight, you’ll need to book your hotel accommodations. Just click one of the destinations at the bottom of the page to visit the city’s website and get a complete list of hotels.

Select a themed itinerary to make your travel planning experience even easier and enjoy the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights.

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