Christmas-time in the sister cities of Shreveport and Bossier City is a time to enjoy twinkling lights, holiday cheer, festive community celebrations, and incredible shopping. Holiday favorites including the lighting of a 40-foot Christmas tree, Christmas in Roseland at the Gardens of the American Rose Center, performances of “The Nutcracker”, and the Highland Restoration Association’s Christmas Tour of Homes have been brought back due to popular demand. Shreveport-Bossier has so much to offer this holiday season and is a wonderful place to celebrate with family and friends.
“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.