Northeast Louisiana knows how to celebrate the season with style and tradition. Area downtowns are decked out in holiday lights and cheer. From Christmas tree lightings to fireworks diplays and parades, Northeast Louisiana offers much in the way of yuletide spirit!
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Monroe-West Monroe Holiday Activities and Displays
Nov. 11- Dec. 31 – Freedom Trees
Celebrate the season with the Christmas trees, honoring veterans with a patch, ribbon, medal, or photo from their military service.
Chennault Aviation and Military Museum | 701 Kansas Lane, Monroe, LA 71201 | Hours: Tuesday – Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.| Cost: Free
Nov. 18-Dec. 23 – Santa’s Christmas Village
Bring the family to make holiday memories at The Children’s Museum! Decorate a Christmas cookie, play in our “snow,” write a letter to Santa, ride Mount Sneaux, make/take an ornament, play in the museum and visit with Santa. Ice skate (extra fee) and enjoy the Tree Jay’s musical show outside too. On December 23, Santa’s Christmas Village will be closing at 6 pm so Santa can get back to the North Pole.
Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum | 323 Walnut Street, Monroe |
Hours : Thursdays and Fridays from 5-8pm, Saturdays 10-8pm, Sundays 1-6pm | Cost: $7 per person ages 1 and up, skating $5 per person
Nov. 23-Dec. 31 – Holiday Lights at Christmas on the River
Don’t miss the lights in Downtown Monroe & West Monroe or TreeJays at the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum nightly. Walk through the tunnel of lights at the Land of Lights, reminisce at Throwback Christmas, and delight at the Roe City Riverboat.
Louisville Avenue in Monroe and Trenton Street in West Monroe | Hours : after 5:00 pm nightly | Cost : Free
Nov. 24 -Dec. 23 – Evening Wagon Rides
Landry Vineyards is once again providing its wonderful wagon so everyone can take a ride through the festive lights in Monroe and West Monroe. The 30-minute rides begin at 5 PM every Friday and Saturday, starting Nov 24th through December 23rd.
Antique Alley | 100-400 blocks of Trenton Street, West Monroe |
Hours : 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm | Cost : Adults $3; Children $2.
Dec. 1-31 – Christmas at the Biedenharn
Enjoy the beautiful Christmas decorations throughout the Biedenharn Home and Elsong Gardens, thanks to the Monroe Garden Study League. Be sure to come by to take your family Christmas snapshots.
Biedenharn Museum and Gardens | 2006 Riverside Drive, Monroe |
Hours: Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 5:00 pm | Cost : Adults- $6; Students under 12- $4
Dec. 14-17 and Dec. 21- Jan. 1 – Candy Cane Lane
Candy Cane Lane is a drive-through Christmas light display located in Calhoun, La., featuring over one million lights on a mile-long wooded road. For entrance to the park, take exit 103 off of I-20.
Candy Cane Lane | 170 Highway 151 North, Calhoun| 318.801.0670 |
Hours: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | Cost : Family vehicle- $20; Commercial vehicle (vans) – $40; no trailers
Dec. 14-15 – Miracle on 34th Street, Radio Version
A heartwarming holiday classic retold in the tradition of a live 1940’s era radio broadcast. When a department store Santa claims he’s the real Kris Kringle, his case gets taken all the way to the Supreme Court. Watch the miracle unfold when the belief of a little girl makes all the difference in this iconic story. Adapted from the 1947 Lux Radio Hour Broadcast and staged with live Foley effects and a score of holiday carols, Miracle on 34th Street is a beloved musical that will melt even the most cynical of hearts.
Strauss Theatre Center | 1300 Lamy Lane, Monroe | Hours : 7:00 pm |
Cost : $30 plus tax for Adult/$10 for Student
Dec. 15 – A Very Merry Oz Christmas
Join Dorothy, as she is swept away to the North Pole on Christmas Eve and re-discovers her Dear Friends in the Land of OZ! Dorothy soon realizes there really is NO PLACE LIKE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS!!!
W.L. “Jack” Howard Theatre at the Monroe Civic Center |401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway, Monroe |Hours: Patron Party at 6:30 pm; Theater Doors open at 7:00 pm | Cost: Ticket prices vary
Dec. 16 – Christmas in the Park
Christmas in the Park will be an extraordinary holiday event for the entire family. The event will consist of a living nativity from 4:30p.m.-6:30p.m. as well as family activities such as cookie decorating, s’mores making and a kiddie train ride from 4:00p.m.-7:00p.m. Food trucks will be on site and there will also be complimentary hot chocolate.
Anna Grey Noe Park | 251 Oak Street, Monroe|Hours: Starts at 4:30 p.m. | Cost: Free
Dec. 16 – Jungle Bells
Christmas at the Zoo. Admission will be provided by a donation made by Jeff Guerriero, The Injury Attorney!
Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo | 1405 Bernstein Park Road, Monroe | Hours: 12:00- 4:00 p.m.| Cost: Free
Dec. 16 – Jingle Bell Run Half Marathon & 5K
The 13.1 Half Marathon will begin near the River Market along the beautiful Ouachita River in Monroe. It will wind through historical Downtown Monroe and the Garden District. The 5K will also start near the River Market and the course will take you through historic Downtown Monroe.
RiverMarket |316 South Grand Street, Monroe |Hours: 8:00 a.m for Half Marathon, 8:30 a.m. for 5K Run/Walk | Cost : $75 Half Marathon until 11/25, $85 11/26-12/15 $95 Race Day; $25 5K Until 11/25 $30; 11/26-12/15 $35 Race Day
Dec. 17 – Cookies & Cocoa with Santa
Enjoy photos with Santa, Christmas cookie decorating, hot cocoa, treats, door prizes and more!
Hamilton House | 318 Trenton Street, West Monroe | Hours : 2:00 pm | Cost : $20 per child (0-17); 1 Free adult per child
Dec. 20 – Coca-Cola Christmas Truck at the Biedenharn Museum and Gardens
Don’t miss this special Coke moment while the Coca-Cola truck is on display at the museum. After viewing the truck, be sure to enjoy the beautiful Christmas decorations throughout the Biedenharn Home and Elsong Gardens thanks to the Monroe Garden Study League. The truck will be parked on Riverside in front of the museum.
Biedenharn Museum and Gardens | 2006 Riverside Drive, Monroe | Hours : 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm | Cost: Free
Dec. 14 – “A Tuna Christmas”
This hilarious two-man sequel to “Greater Tuna” tells the story of Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas.
The Norton Building | 207 W Mississippi Ave, Ruston | Hours: 7 p.m.|Cost: $10
Dec. 15 – Christmas at the Dixie
Come out and celebrate the season as Lawrence Gibbs and the Russ-Town Band jingle-bell rock the Dixie stage with holiday classics!
Dixie Center for the Arts | 212 N Vienna St, Ruston | Hours: 7 p.m. | Cost: donations accepted
Dec. 1-31 – Ice Skating
Ruston’s ice skating returns to Downtown Ruston! The rink will be open every weekend in December. Skating sessions are 45 minutes.
Historic Fire Station |220 E Mississippi Ave, Ruston, LA | Hours: Fridays: 3-10 p.m.; Saturdays: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Santa stops by Sundays: 4-10 p.m. | Cost:$10 per person; skates provided.
Dec. 1-31 – Bank of Ruston Holiday Art Exhibit
Stop by the Bank of Ruston’s “Mapping Out a Future for the Arts” exhibit featuring original works of art that incorporate maps found in Ruston’s historic Federal Building.
Bank of Ruston | 505 North Vienna Street, Ruston, LA | Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Cost: Free
Dec. 17 – Sip and See Event
Sip on hot apple cider and see what gifts you can find at the shops on Bastrop’s Courthouse Square and Main Street. Local shops around the square open their doors to accommodate last-minute holiday shoppers. Merchants deck out their stores and help customers find their last-minute Christmas gifts.
Bastrop Courthouse Square |North Washington Street, Bastrop | Hours: 1-5 p.m. | Contact: 318.283.2902 | Cost: Free
December 16 – Town of Marion Annual Christmas Parade
Enjoy an ole fashion Christmas Parade set to the theme of “A Christmas Story.” Santa Clause will make a guest appearance from the North Pole.
Downtown Marion in Union Parish | Hours: 6 pm