Holiday festivities in Monroe-West Monroe

By Nikki Henderson |

Published 11/20 2013 04:14PM

Updated 11/21 2013 08:49AM

It's time to enjoy colorful lights, decorations, music, delicious food and Christmas parades.

The Holiday Trail of Lights is underway in Shreveport-Bossier, Minden, Monroe and other cities around the ArkLaTex.

The trail spans across I-20 and down I-49 and all the cities that are a part of it are within close driving distance of one another.

Here's a look at some of the holiday festivities going on in the cities of Monroe-West Monroe:

Little Miss Christmas on the River Pageant
·    Event will be held at 2 p.m. on Nov.23 at Antique Alley on 100 Trenton Street
·     For more information call 800-843-1872 or email  

Santa's Christmas Village
·    Event takes place between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Nov. 23 - Dec.22 at the Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum on 323 Walnut St.
·    Walking through the snow, ice skating, make-and-take ornaments, cookie decorating, pictures with the Snowman, visit with Santa
·     For more information call 318-361-9611 - < Admission is $5 to $10

Dancing Lights and Downtown Light Display
·    Event starts at 5:30 p.m. and runs from Nov. 30 - Dec. 31 at Antique Alley on Trenton St.
·    Sing along as the lights dance to popular Christmas and check out  the lights and decorations in Downtown Monroe

Downtown Gallery Crawl
·    Event will be held at 5 p.m. on Dec. 5 at Art Alley & Antique Alley in Monroe and West Monroe
·    Enjoy the sights and sounds as you "Crawl" from one historic architectural jewel to the next - each gallery and studio filled with fine art and friendly faces - every Crawl features music, food and refreshments - Admission is FREE

7th Annual Bawcomville Redneck Christmas Parade
·    Parade begins at 10 a.m. in the Bacomville area at 100 Price St. and Smith St. in West Monroe
·    Enjoy floats with fun-loving redneck themes - throws that range from beads to toys

Quachita Independent Bank Fireworks Extravaganza
·    Incredible fireworks show begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Quachita River on South Grand St. in Monroe
·    The event is put on by the Downtown Renaissance - For more information call (800) 843-1872 - Admission is FREE

Kids' Alley
·    Event takes place between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Dec. 7 at Antique Alley
·    Enjoy fun activities for kids including demonstrations with rescue animals and bounce houses - Admission is FREE

Bah Humbug 5K Run
·    The run will take place at 9 a.m. Dec. 7 on Antique Alley on Trenton St.
·    Sponsored by the Family Church in West Monroe - benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Louisiana - entry fees apply

West Monroe Christmas Parade
·    Parade will be held at 3 p.m. and run from Trenton St. in West Monroe to DeSiard St. in Monroe - followed by fireworks show
·    The event is presented by the Kiwanis Club - Admission is FREE

Downtown River Market Days
·    Event takes place 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Dec. 7 on South Grand St.
·    Enjoy shopping, food and fun along the beautiful Ouachita River
·    For more information, call (318) 807-1735 - Admission is FREE

Christmas Gala
·    Performance begins at 7 p.m. on Dec. 7 at the Monroe Civic Center on 401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway
·    Members of Twin City Ballet Company will perform "Guardians of Christmas" and "Nutcracker Act II"

Holiday Evenings at the Biedenharn
·    Events will be held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday & Friday  and 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday - runs Dec. 12 to Dec. 14 at the Biedenharn Museum & Gardens 2000 Riverside Dr.
·    The Monroe Garden Study League decorates the historic Biedenharn Home for Christmas - this year's theme is "Fa La La Louisiana"
·    Features rooms decorated to represent the variety of festivals held throughout the state - enjoy holiday music and festive lights - Admission is $4 to $6

·    Production starts at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday & Friday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday - runs from Dec. 12 - Dec. 14 at the Strauss Theatre Center on 1300 Lammy Lane
·    Elves are full of Christmas Spirit and can't wait to spread some of the joy with you - Admission is $10 to $20

Old Fashioned Christmas
·    Event takes place from noon until 5 p.m. Dec. 14 at Antique Alley
·    Shop owners will dress in the days of old as you shop for gifts - there will be glassware, furniture, pottery, jewelry and vintage clothing

Antique Car & Cruise Show
·    Show starts at 1 p.m. Dec. 14 at Antique Alley - Admission is FREE

Commander Christmas
·    Event takes place from 10 a.m. until 11 p.m. at the Downtown Rivermark on 316 South Grand St.
·    Live music, a Duck Commander Look-a-Like contest, Christmas flotilla with the stars of Duck Dynasty, a Duck Commander Duck Derby and a laser light show - Admission is FREE

Monroe Symphony Orchestra & Halie Loren
·    Performance will start at 3 p.m. on Dec. 15 at the Monroe Civic Center on 401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway

Celtic Christmas
·    Event will be held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Hamilton House on 318 Trenton St.
·    Celebrate Celtic style Featuring Ed Miller with Jil Chambless and Don Penzien - beverages and light snacks will be served - Admission is FREE

Little Match Girl
·    Performance starts at 7:30 p.m. and runs from Dec. 17 - Dec. 20 at the Monroe Civic Center
·    Louisiana Delta Ballet brings the enchanting and heart-warming story for all ages to the stage - Admission is $20

The Grinch Couldn't Stop Christmas
·    Production times are 7 p.m. on Dec. 19 & Dec. 20,  2 p.m. on Dec. 21 and 7 p.m. on Dec. 22 at The Assembly West Monroe on 715 Cypress
·    The production is a takeoff from Dr. Seuss's Christmas classic and is full of music, humor, surprises and an array of both cartoon and movie characters

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