Santa’s Christmas Village in Monroe to Open on Nov. 18

Child Playing At Christmas Village


Sheila M. Snow, Vice-President of Communications

Monroe-West Monroe Convention & Visitors Bureau

ssnow@monroe-westmonroe.org or 800-843-1872

Victoria N. Horton, Intern

Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights

vhorton@sbctb.org or 318-222-9391 ext. 144

October 17, 2017

Santa’s Christmas Village in Monroe to Open on Nov. 18

The Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museums’ annual holiday exhibit includes ice skating, music, Santa, and much more

MONROE, LA – The Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum will open Santa’s Christmas Village on Saturday, Nov. 18. It will be open until Dec. 23 from 5-8 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays; and 1-6 p.m. on Sundays. The museum is located at 323 Walnut Street, Monroe.

Year round the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum houses exhibits that are fun and educational for children. Years ago a local man shared his idea to create Santa’s Christmas Village, and it has prospered ever since.

“We loved the idea of having a place in our hometown where families could make holiday memories together, so we began Santa’s Christmas Village,” said Melissa Saye, director of the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum. “Each year, our numbers grow and we just love it!”

When visitors arrive, there will be a synthetic ice skating rink in the parking lot, as well as Mount Sneaux, a 30-foot inflatable slide. Inside children will be able to write letters to Santa, decorate cookies, enjoy story time with Ms. Claus, and play in the “snow” that falls every hour. Santa’s Christmas Village also features a talking Christmas tree talk show entitled “Tree Jays.” This year, new decorations have been added and a new photo opportunity will be available.

“One of our favorite parts of doing this event each year is seeing our Santa in family Christmas cards that are shared,” said Saye. “It truly is a magical time of year, and we are so thankful to be a witness to so many happy family memories.”

Admission to Santa’s Christmas Village is $7 per person for ages 1 and up. Families can participate in ice skating for $5 per skater. There is no time limit on how long one person can skate. The exhibit will close at 6 p.m. on Dec. 23. For more information about Santa’s Christmas Village at the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum, visit www.nelcm.org or call 318-361-9611. Monroe-West Monroe is a partner in the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights, which includes Shreveport-Bossier, Minden, Natchitoches, and Alexandria/Pineville. To learn more about events and holiday happenings visit www.holidaytrailoflights.com.


NOTE MEDIA: High quality images are available for the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights cities. Visit the FlickR page for images or email bevans@sbctb.org for additional photos.

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