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Plan Your Holiday

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.

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Alexandria - Pineville

The 2021 festivities will be complete with sparking lights (check out our spirited Water Towers!), community parades appearances by Santa Claus, and various performing opportunities to enjoy the arts.
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Logansport

Celebrate your Christmas holiday with a visit to the historic community of Logansport in DeSoto Parish. Located on the Sabine River you’ll enjoy the hard work that turns Logansport into a wonderland of lights from late November through the New Year.

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Minden

Experience the Old World charm of historic downtown Minden with its original brick streets lined with hundreds of life-sized nutcrackers, thousands of twinkling lights, and Disney characters.
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Monroe-West Monroe

Our holiday season is chocked full of family-friendly events and attractions including two parades,a variety of shops, a spectacular fireworks show,ballet performances and other great holiday events.
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Natchitoches

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, fireworks and live entertainment,
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Ruston

The holiday magic is alive in Ruston with carriage rides, visits with Santa, beautifully decorated downtown shops, streets lined with twinkling lights, a Christmas parade, and more festive fun throughout the entire parish!
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Shreveport-Bossier

From dazzling fireworks at the drive-in Christmas on Caddo Fireworks Festival to twinkling light displays at Christmas in Roseland, there are many ways to make the season bright in Shreveport-Bossier.
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Upcoming Events


Children’s Parade

Dec 10, 2021

Light up your bikes, trikes, wagons and battery-powered cars for a parade under the Christmas lights in downtown West Monroe!

Elf Jr.

Dec 10, 2021

Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts presents Elf Jr! Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the

City of Pineville Christmas Parade

Dec 10, 2021

Fri, 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

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Dec 10, 2021 - Dec 12 2021

Fri, 12/10/2021 Sat, 12/11/2021 Sun, 12/12/2021 Lagniappe Theatre Company presents this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is

2021 Bossier Holiday Night Market

Dec 11, 2021

The 2021 Bossier Holiday Night Market will be held at Pierre Bossier Mall in the south parking lot on Saturday, December 11, from 3-9 pm.

Grinched: A Christmas Tale in Dance

Dec 11, 2021

Grinched performance will be held at the Strand Theatre in Shreveport on Saturday, December 11 at 4 p.m. Tickets are $25 and up. Grinched is

Pet Photos with Santa

Dec 11, 2021

The howlidays are here, which means it’s time to get your canine crew to The Biedenharn for photos with Santa!

Christmas in Minden

Dec 11, 2021

Our Christmas Spirit will be showcased on December 11, as we celebrate Christmas in Minden with ornament making, storytelling, Christmas Parade, Tree Lighting Ceremony and

Holiday Hoopla

Dec 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

Holiday Tour of Homes

Dec 11, 2021

Sat, 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,

Natchitoches Christmas – December 11

Dec 11, 2021

Sat, 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

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Town of Ball Christmas Parade

Dec 11, 2021

Sat, 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

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Village of Dry Prong Annual Christmas Parade

Dec 11, 2021

VILLAGE OF DRY PRONG Christmas Parade The Biggest Event of the Year! FREE DRINKS AND SNACKS Contact Dry Prong Town Hall at 899-5341 or 201-1710

Saturday Program: Polar Express

Dec 11, 2021

Join us as we read the Polar Express! Craft to follow. Included in the cost of admission.

City of Alexandria Christmas Parade

Dec 12, 2021

Sun, 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

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer the Musical

Dec 15, 2021

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer The Musical will be at The Strand Theatre in Shreveport on Wednesday, December 15 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $45 and up.

Downtown Christmas Run

Dec 16, 2021

The Downtown Christmas Run will begin at Rhino Coffee Downtown Shreveport on Thursday, December 16 at 7 p.m. Registration is $22 and up. The Sportspectrum

Louisiana Delta Ballet Presents “The Enchanted Christmas”

Dec 17, 2021

Louisiana Delta Ballet Presents “The Enchanted Christmas”!

Come Home for Christmas Concert

Dec 18, 2021

Join us for our Come Home for Christmas Concert on December 18, 2021, at 6:30 pm. The Josh Blakesley Band will be playing all of

Natchitoches Christmas – December 18

Dec 18, 2021

Sat, 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

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Here Comes Heaven

Dec 19, 2021

Join us for a Sunday full of intimate, powerful worship as we celebrate Christmas together! December 19 at 9:30 am at our Alexandria Campus, and

Coca-Cola Truck Night

Dec 22, 2021

The Lighted Coke Truck will be parked on the 2000 block of Riverside Drive right in front of the Coke Museum. There will be entertainment,

Natchitoches Christmas – Christmas Eve Edition

Dec 24, 2021

Fri, 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

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Holiday Open House

Nov 06, 2022

Get into the holiday spirit with a Sunday shop and stroll on The Alley to kick off the Christmas season! There will be refreshments to

Holidays in CedarTown

Nov 10, 2022 - Nov 12 2022

Holidays In CedarTown is the premier holiday shopping market of North LA. Holidays in Cedartown is a one-stop shop to complete your holiday gift buying needs.

Candy Cane Lane

Nov 11, 2022 - Dec 31 2022

Candy Cane Lane is a mile-long wooded drive decorated with over one million Christmas lights. Candy Cane Lane will be open daily November 11-December 31

Freedom Trees

Nov 11, 2022 - Dec 31 2022

Get into the Christmas spirit and check out the Freedom Trees at the Chennault Aviation & Military Museum. These patriotic themed trees honor veterans and

Holiday Open House

Nov 17, 2022

Get a head start on your Christmas shopping as shops in Historic Downtown Ruston offer a night of extended store hours and special holiday sales.

Champagne Stroll

Nov 17, 2022

Stroll The Alley on a beautiful fall afternoon while sipping champagne. Shop antiques, boutiques, specialty shops, and much more. Take part in the holiday festivities

Logansport Christmas Festival Premiere Night

Nov 19, 2022

The beautiful Logansport Riverfront lights up and becomes a “Winter Wonderland”. When the lights are turned on and the faces of little ones makes it

2022 Natchitoches Festival of Lights

Nov 19, 2022 - Jan 06 2023

More than 100 lighted set pieces and 350,000 Christmas lights illuminate downtown Natchitoches and Cane River Lake every evening at dusk through January 6, 2023.

Santa Stop

Nov 19, 2022

Santa’s switching out his sleigh for a helicopter today! He will be landing the helicopter and taking photos with the children. You can drive through

Logansport Festival of Lights

Nov 20, 2022 - Dec 31 2022

Come enjoy this year’s theme a Winter Wonderland  in this rural community.  Located on the Sabine River in northwest Louisiana you can experience the Christmas spirit throughout

Land of Lights

Nov 21, 2022 - Dec 31 2022

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Check out all the light displays in Downtown Monroe & West Monroe beginning at 5:30 pm each

Christmas in Roseland

Nov 25, 2022 - Dec 23 2022

Christmas in Roseland returns to the American Rose Center this holiday season! Watch as we transform the gardens into a whimsical winter wonderland from the

Christmas light displays, life-size Christmas cards are enjoyed by guests.

BELIEVE! Lights the Night

Nov 25, 2022 - Dec 18 2022

BELIEVE! Lights the Night returns to Shreveport Aquarium in downtown Shreveport on November 25 & 26 and December 2 &3, 9 and 16-18, running from

Sno-Port

Nov 25, 2022 - Jan 29 2023

Sno-Port will be held at Sci-Port Discovery Center in Shreveport beginning Friday, November 25 at 9:00 a.m. Admission is $6 and up. Visitors from across

Antique Adoption Black Friday Trade Days

Nov 25, 2022 - Nov 26 2022

First time ever Christmas Trade Days!  Come enjoy 2 days of dozens of vendors with Christmas everything.  Plan on staying later on Saturday for a

Holiday Wagon Rides

Nov 25, 2022 - Dec 23 2022

Take a wonderful wagon ride through the festive twinkling Christmas lights in downtown West Monroe! The rides begin at 5:00 p.m. every Friday and Saturday

Christmas at Kiroli

Nov 25, 2022 - Dec 25 2022

Make the season bright! Drive through a wonderland of Christmas lights at Kiroli Park beginning Friday, November 25! The drive-thru lights display will be open

KCS Holiday Express & Holidays on Main Marketplace

Nov 25, 2022

The KCS Holiday Express returns to the rails this holiday season! This is a festive, six-car holiday train, with intricate displays inside and out. Visitors

Christmas on Art Alley

Nov 25, 2022

In conjunction with the KCS Holiday Express and Holidays on Main Marketplace, there will be Christmas on Art Alley. Free hot cocoa and kid’s crafts

Rockets Over the Red Fireworks Festival

Nov 26, 2022

Rockets Over the Red Fireworks Festival will return to Riverview Park in Shreveport on Saturday, Nov. 26 from 4-7 p.m. Admission is free. Celebrate the

Orange, pink, and gold fireworks explode over the Bakowski Bridge of Lights as it glows purple.

Christmas Stroll

Nov 26, 2022

Join Ruston Art Encounter and NCLAC as they host a one-of-a-kind Christmas experience in Historic Downtown Ruston. The festivities provide fun for the whole family

Kickoff to Christmas

Nov 26, 2022

Join Downtown Ruston for their annual Kickoff to Christmas featuring festive activities, holiday tunes, the tree lighting ceremony, and a special visit from Santa! Patrons

Shop Small Saturday

Nov 26, 2022

Historic Downtown West Monroe’s holiday wonderland is your home for shopping small and local on Shop Small Saturday and throughout the holidays! Shops are open

A Christmas Carol

Dec 01, 2022

A Christmas Carol will be held at the Strand Theatre in Shreveport on Thursday, December 1 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 and up. A

Rows of red theatre chairs curve into the gorgeous, golden walls and ceilings of The Strand Theatre.

Lincoln Lights Up The Pines

Dec 01, 2022 - Dec 03 2022

This event is the perfect activity for the whole family, allowing you to see vintage campers decorated for the season and light displays sponsored by

ELF the Musical – Presented by RCT

Dec 01, 2022 - Dec 04 2022

Get ready to see your favorite elf LIVE with the whole family! In this musical, Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of

Santa’s Christmas Village

Dec 01, 2022 - Dec 23 2022

Don’t miss out on Santa’s Christmas Village at the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum! Santa’s Village Includes: Cookie decorating, Visits with Santa, model train village, Make

Christmas Open House at the Biedenharn

Dec 01, 2022 - Dec 03 2022

Santa, festive decorations, bright lights, trees, shopping, Coca-Cola, and Christmas galore! Christmas Open House at The Biedenharn is a wonderland of fun. Make the Biedenharn

A Boy Band Christmas

Dec 02, 2022

A Boy Band Christmas will be held at Margaritaville Resort Casino in the Paradise Theater in Shreveport on Friday, December 2 at 8 p.m. Tickets

Back Alley Community Theatre presents …

Dec 02, 2022 - Dec 04 2022

“NOT A CREATURE WAS STIRRING, NOT EVEN A MOOSE” Enjoy the Christmas spirit and let the Yuletide ring in your heart.  Join the reporters at

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Dec 02, 2022

Join the City of Monroe as they come together as a community and hold the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. The tree lighting festivities will

East Bank Holiday Market

Dec 03, 2022

The Bossier Arts Council once again hosts the East Bank Holiday Market in the East Bank Plaza on Saturday, December 3 at 4 p.m. Admission

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Breakfast with Santa

Dec 03, 2022 - Dec 17 2022

Enjoy a pancake breakfast with big guy himself, Santa! Breakfast with Santa will be held at Shreveport Aquarium in downtown Shreveport on Dec. 3, 10

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Christmas on Caddo Fireworks Festival

Dec 03, 2022

Join us for the 28th Annual Christmas on Caddo Fireworks Festival on December 3rd! Festival Opens at 3:30 p.m. | Fireworks Begin at 6:30 p.m.

North Louisiana Makers and Producers Christmas Market

Dec 03, 2022

North Louisiana Makers and Producers Market is working to bring artisans, makers, crafters, livestock producers, and food producers together in North Louisiana. This is a

Christmas on the River 5K & Walk

Dec 03, 2022

Get your jingle on at the Christmas on the River 5K & Walk in Alley Park! This fun race kicks off the Christmas on the

Christmas on the River Fireworks

Dec 03, 2022

Don’t miss out on the Christmas Fireworks in Monroe-West Monroe! Best viewed from either downtown Monroe or West Monroe, the fireworks will be shot from

Twin City Ballet Christmas Gala

Dec 03, 2022

Do you need a little holiday magic? If so, you must see Twin City Ballet’s Christmas Gala performance! The annual Festival of Trees and Patron

Bawcomville Redneck Christmas Parade

Dec 03, 2022

Celebrate Christmas Redneck Style! The Bawcomville Redneck Christmas Parade is a parade like no other! You’ll enjoy floats with fun-loving redneck themes and throws that

Kiwanis Club of Greater Ouachita Christmas Parade

Dec 03, 2022

Come enjoy the holiday floats, bands, dancers, and more at the annual Christmas Parade! This year’s theme is Christmas past and present. You might even

Grand Cane Christmas Parade

Dec 03, 2022

Come enjoy historic Grand Cane for a Christmas Parade and Holiday Market with shops and restaurants decorated for the holidays and a hometown parade.  8AM –

Front Porch Tour of Homes

Dec 03, 2022

Historic Grand Cane invites the public to visit during the Front Porch Tour of Homes featuring the Cook Hill B&B & 4 other historic homes.

2022 KCS Holiday Express

Dec 04, 2022

The KCS Holiday Express Train will stop in Shreveport on Sunday, December 4 at 4 p.m. Admission is free. The festive, six-car holiday train features

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96th Annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival

Dec 04, 2022

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

Fireworks over Cane River Lake

World Ballet Series Nutcracker 2022

Dec 07, 2022

The World Ballet Series Nutcracker will be held at the Shreveport Municipal Auditorium on Wednesday, December 7 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 and up.

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Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular

Dec 08, 2022 - Dec 18 2022

Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular will grace the main stage at Shreveport Little Theatre in Shreveport Thursday, Dec. 8 – Sunday, Dec. 18. The play

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Back Alley Community Theatre presents …

Dec 08, 2022 - Dec 10 2022

“NOT A CREATURE WAS STIRRING, NOT EVEN A MOOSE” Enjoy the Christmas spirit and let the Yuletide ring in your heart.  Join the reporters at

Christmas Tour of Homes

Dec 08, 2022 - Dec 10 2022

December 8th-10th December 15th-17th Tickets will be available each day of the tour.  $25 Per Person. *Children 12-and-under FREE! The Christmas Tour of Homes is

Holiday Sing-Along

Dec 09, 2022

Join together to sing holiday music featuring a Community Chorus in Railroad Park! Sing along and have a holly jolly time! Free and fun for

Christmas Gala Night

Dec 09, 2022

The Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Heritage Museum is hosting its Christmas Gala Night. Purchase tickets now and celebrate this holiday season immersed in local

Pet Photos with Santa

Dec 10, 2022

Go to the Biedenharn Gardens to get your pets’ photo taken with Santa Claus! All well behaving pets are welcome. Dogs must be on a

Bossier Holiday Night Market

Dec 10, 2022

The Bossier Holiday Night Market returns on Saturday, December 10th, from 3-9 p.m.! 200+ vendors, 12+ food trucks, free admission, free family fun, free kids’ activities, and

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The Nutcracker

Dec 10, 2022 - Dec 11 2022

The Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet presents its holiday classic, “The Nutcracker,” at Riverview Theater. Performances will be held on Saturday, December 10 from 6:30-9 p.m. and

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Cookies with Santa

Dec 10, 2022

Bring the kids to Railroad Park for cookie decorating and a visit from Santa! Santa will be available for Christmas wishes and photos while Uptown

2022 Calhoun Christmas Parade

Dec 10, 2022

It’s that time of year again for the annual Calhoun Christmas Parade! This year’s theme is Christmas Movies- Old and New. Get ready to see

Holidays with the MSO

Dec 10, 2022

Celebrate the holiday season with the Monroe Symphony Orchestra. Soloists Kristen Oden and Blake Oden will lend their vocal beauty to fill the season with

Holiday Outdoor Movie

Dec 10, 2022

What could be better than watching one of your favorite Christmas movies in Antique Alley under the magical Christmas Lights? The Holiday Outdoor Movie is

Santa in the Park

Dec 11, 2022

Enjoy a cheerful afternoon celebrating Christmas and all that entails! Santa in the Park will have live entertainment and food trucks, with appearances by Santa

Christmas Tour of Homes

Dec 15, 2022 - Dec 17 2022

December 8th-10th December 15th-17th Tickets will be available each day of the tour.  $25 Per Person. *Children 12-and-under FREE! The Christmas Tour of Homes is

Christmas Market on the Alley

Dec 17, 2022

Downtown West Monroe presents Christmas Market on the Alley! Don’t miss out on an artisan market with live music and food trucks in Alley Park

Jingle Bell Run

Dec 17, 2022

The Monroe Jingle Bell Run was established in 2015 and began as a Half-marathon & 5K. This year the Monroe Jingle Bell Run will consist

Christmas Movie Series at the Dixie

Dec 19, 2022 - Dec 23 2022

Get ready for Christmas as the Dixie presents a Christmas movie series for the whole family! $5 admission per person for each movie. All tickets

Coca-Cola Truck Night

Dec 21, 2022

Bring the whole family and enjoy some Christmas fun at the Biedenharn with the lighted Coca-Cola Christmas Truck! The 18-wheeler lighted Coca-Cola truck will be

Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl

Dec 23, 2022

The 46th Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl returns to Independence Stadium in Shreveport on Friday, December 23, 2022 at 2 p.m. The matchup for the 2022

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