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The holidays are still lit in the cities along the Holiday Trail of Lights! This holiday season, events and attractions have been reimagined to be social distancing-friendly. Plan your next visit to one or several of the cities along the trail. 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, select a region or choose from several options to find your favorite offerings and build your itinerary. Then, visit our lodging section and select a region to book your hotel accommodations and stay awhile. You can also select a themed itinerary to make your travel planning experience even easier and enjoy the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights, as well as learn about shopping on the Louisiana Shopping Trail.

E.g., 10/18/2021
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11/20/2021

Santa's arrival at the Alexandria Mall! Stay tuned for more information!

Alexandria Mall
3437 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
11/20/2021

3:00-7:00 pm - Music on the Riverbank Stage

4:30pm-9:30pm  - “Turn on the Holidays!” – Join us for the official start to the Natchitoches Christmas season. This event features musical entertainment and fireworks!

4:00pm-7:00pm  -  Holiday Open House – Historic District Business Association. Shops Open Late

7:00pm  -  Fireworks over Cane River Lake and the official lighting ceremony

Downtown Natchitoches
781 Front Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
11/26/2021 | 11/27/2021 | 12/03/2021 | 12/04/2021 | 12/05/2021 | 12/10/2021 | 12/11/2021 | 12/12/2021 | 12/17/2021 | 12/18/2021 | 12/19/2021 | 12/22/2021 | 12/23/2021 | 12/26/2021 | 12/27/2021 | 12/28/2021 | 12/29/2021

See Alexandria Zoo in a different light at Holiday Light Safari. Create wonderful holiday memories with a casual stroll through the Zoo’s colorful environment sparkling with thousands of lights and whimsical lighted animal figures, hop aboard the train for a merry ride with holiday music, and share your wish list with Santa.

Alexandria Zoo is lighting up the season on select days in November and December, beginning Thanksgiving weekend. Holiday Light Safari will be open November 26-27 and December 3-5, 10-12, 17-19, 22-23, and 26-29 from 5:30 – 9 p.m. (last entry 8 p.m.). The extra nights of lights this year will allow guests even more opportunities to safely enjoy one of Cenla’s favorite holiday traditions.

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
11/27/2021

9:00am-4:30pm  -  Fleur de Lis Christmas Craft Mall, Natchitoches Events Center | FREE

10:00am-4:00pm  -  Cookies with Santa

10:00am-9:00pm  -  Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank

3:00-7:00pm - Music on the Riverbank Stage

7:00pm  -  Fireworks over Cane River Lake 

Downtown Natchitoches
781 Front Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
11/27/2021 | 11/28/2021

Red River Dance Theatre Company presents The Nutcracker! More information to follow.

Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center
1202 Third Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/02/2021 | 12/03/2021 | 12/04/2021 | 12/05/2021

We are excited to announce that A Calvary Christmas is back for 2021. This will be a highlight of your Christmas season you won’t want to miss! Tickets go on sale on October 11. At the heart of this production, will be the true story of Christmas-the manger, shepherds, Joseph and Mary, the Christ child-and the glorious hope we have in our Savior! Tickets sell out fast, so follow our website and socials for announcements.

Calvary Baptist Church
5011 Jackson Street
Alexandria, LA 71303
 
12/03/2021

Part of the City of Alexandria's 12 Days of Christmas! Join us in making Christmas ornaments, crafts and cookie
decorating! Come celebrate the season at T.R.E.E. House!
$7 per person, Pay at the door

TREE House Children's Museum
1403 Third Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/03/2021 | 12/04/2021

GTTP Ballet Academy is proud to present: "Rudolph!", classical ballet with the original choreography of Sarah Lavana Ochs.

Friday, December 3 at 7 pm; Saturday, December 4 at 2 pm and 7 pm

Hearn Stage at Kress Theatre
1101 Third Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/04/2021

 

Celebrate the Christmas season in Louisiana’s oldest city. Enjoy our daylong festival filled with music, entertainment, arts and crafts, food vendors, and our famous firework show choreographed to holiday music over Cane River Lake. Admission armbands are required for entry to the Downtown Riverbank.

12:00-6:00pm - Music on the Riverbank Stage

1:00pm  -  Festival of Lights Parade​

6:00pm  -  Fireworks over Cane River Lake

Downtown Natchitoches
781 Front Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
12/04/2021

Join us for a day of Christmas shopping and fun! We will have a vendor market set up with a great variety of items to purchase for yourself or gifts. Food trucks will be available to purchase lunch and snacks, too! We'll end the day with a Christmas program where we'll gift you some of our favorite things! The vendor market is free admission. Tickets to the extravaganza are $25 each...but you'll get that back plus more in gifts!

The vendor market will be open from 10 am-1:30 pm and the program will begin at 2 pm.

Pineville Park Baptist Church
2455 Highway 28 East
Pineville, LA 71360
 
12/05/2021

‘TIS THE SEASON
SUNDAY | DECEMBER 05 | 2021 | 2:30 PM

Join us for a festive afternoon at our annual holiday concert, filled with traditional favorites, a carol sing-a-long, and a visit from St. Nick himself!

Venue: Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center
1202 3rd St, Alexandria, LA 71301

Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center
1202 Third Street
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/05/2021 | 12/06/2021 | 12/07/2021 | 12/08/2021 | 12/09/2021 | 12/10/2021 | 12/11/2021 | 12/12/2021 | 12/13/2021 | 12/14/2021 | 12/15/2021 | 12/16/2021 | 12/17/2021 | 12/18/2021 | 12/19/2021 | 12/20/2021 | 12/21/2021 | 12/22/2021 | 12/23/2021

6:00pm - 8:30pm | FREE (Saturday visits will require an armband for Riverbank access) 

Visit with Santa in his house on the South end of the Downtown Riverbank

Santa Claus House
101 rue Beauport
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
12/09/2021 | 12/10/2021 | 12/11/2021 | 12/12/2021

Alex Winter Fête is back with several returning favorite attractions along with new activities for everyone to enjoy. This winter celebration is FREE to all ages with numerous must-see events.

More information coming soon! Visit our Facebook page or website for updates!

Downtown Alexandria
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/09/2021 | 12/10/2021 | 12/11/2021 | 12/16/2021 | 12/17/2021 | 12/18/2021

The Christmas Tour of Homes is a holiday tour of uniquely decorated homes in Natchitoches, Louisiana.  The event will feature docent-led commentaries on the history of each property as well as the unique holiday decorations. The Christmas Tour of Homes is a self-guided walking tour. You may begin at any of the properties. There will be docents to guide you through the interior of each venue.

We invite you to experience the charm of historic Natchitoches during this annual holiday event. Proceeds from the Tour benefit restoration of properties in the Natchitoches Parish area.

Various location
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
12/10/2021

The time is upon us again for the Pineville Christmas Parade!  The Parade will be on Friday, December 10, 2021, beginning at 7 PM.  The Parade will begin on Main Street at Hospital/Napoleon Blvd., in front of Huey P. Long.  The parade will continue up Main Street to Military Highway and end at the Trotter Center (Military Highway at Claiborne Street).

Main Street
Pineville, LA 71360
 
12/10/2021 | 12/11/2021 | 12/12/2021

Lagniappe Theatre Company presents this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids–probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdman’s collide with the Christmas story head-on!

Lagniappe Theatre Event Center
7521 Coliseum Boulevard
Alexandria, LA 71303
 
12/11/2021

Holiday shopping event with 3 great locations, lots of vendors to choose from, all indoor, food vendors at each location!

Stop #1: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church - 1024 Highway 1207, Deville

Stop #2: Crossroads New Life Tabernacle - 1001 Highway 1207, Deville

Stop #3: Longview Baptist Church - 973 Highway 1207, Deville

Deville Farmers Market
Highway 1207
Deville, LA 71328
 
12/11/2021

Alexandria’s Garden District Neighborhood Foundation has been working hard to present the Annual Garden District Holiday Tour of Homes to be held on Saturday, December 11, 2021, from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

More information coming soon!

Various Homes in the Garden District
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/11/2021

10:00am-4:00pm  -  Cookies with Santa​

10:00am-9:00pm  -  Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank​

3:00-7:00pm Music on the Riverbank Stage

7:00pm  -  Fireworks over Cane River Lake 

Downtown Natchitoches
781 Front Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
12/11/2021

The Town of Ball Christmas Parade will take place on Saturday, December 11 at 2 pm. Line up begins at 12:30 pm on Monroe Highway at Paradise Elementary.

Monroe Highway
Ball, LA 71405
 
12/12/2021

Christmas-themed floats and entertainment. Join us for the Annual Alexandria Christmas Parade! The Alexandria Mardi Gras Association (AMGA) will host the Annual Alexandria Christmas Parade at 2:00 p.m.  More information to come!

Downtown Alexandria
Alexandria, LA 71301
 
12/18/2021

10:00am-9:00pm  -  Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank​

3:00-7:00pm Music on the Riverbank Stage​

7:00pm  - Fireworks over Cane River Lake

Downtown Natchitoches
781 Front Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457
 
12/24/2021

10:00am-9:00pm  -  Holiday Kids Fest on the Downtown Riverbank

3:00-7:00pm - Music on the Riverbank Stage

7:00pm - Fireworks over Cane River Lake

Downtown Natchitoches
781 Front Street
Natchitoches, LA 71457