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Holiday festivities in Alexandria-Pineville

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

Annual 12 Nights of Christmas
·    Event times vary - dates are Dec. 5- Dec. 21 at different locations throughout the City of Alexandria
·    Enjoy Christmas lights, live entertainment, storytelling, pictures with Santa, make old-fashioned ornaments and refreshments
·    For more information call (318) 449-50000 - www.cityofalexandriala.com <http://www.cityofalexandriala.com/

Follow the Star
·    Event times are 6:15 p.m., 7:15 p.m. & 8:15 p.m. and runs from Nov. 28 - Nov. 29 at Louisiana College on 1140 College Dr. in Pineville
·    Experience the birth of Christ through a special musical called "Christmas on the Hill"
·    For more information call (318) 487-7011 - www.lacollege.edu http://www.lacollege.edu

The Nutcracker Ballet
·    Performance starts at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 & at 2 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Red River Dance Company on 1202 Third St. in Alexandria
·    For more information call (318) 443-7500 - www.redriverdance.org http://www.redriverdance.org

Holiday Light Safari
·    Event starts at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 - Dec. 7 at the Alexandria Zoological Park on 3016 Masonic Dr.
·    Zoo will transform into a sparkling winter wonderland - visit with Santa, warm up by the bonfire and enjoy holiday treats from the café - musical entertainment
·     Regular zoo admission - FREE with FOTAZ card
·    For more information call (318) 441-6810 - www.thealexandriazoo.com <http://www.thealexandriazoo.com

City of Pineville Christmas Parade
·    Parade begins at 7 p.m. Dec. 13 at Pineville High School - Follows Claiborne to Military Hwy - into Main St. and ends at Huey P. Long Hospital - Admission is FREE
·    For more information call (318) 449-5660 - www.pineville.net http://www.pineville.net

Alexandria Christmas Parade
·    Parade starts at 2 p.m. Dec. 8 - route begins at MacArthur Dr. down to Metro Dr. to Jackson St. continues to Alexandria Senior High School
·    Sponsored by the Alexandria Mardi Gras Association - Admission is FREE
·    For more information call (318) 623-7359 - www.alexmardigras.com http://www.alexmardigras.com

A Pilgrimage to Bethlehem
·    Event runs from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Dec.12 - Dec. 13, 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. Dec. 14 & 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Dec. 15 at Emmanuel Baptist Church on 430 Jackson St. in Alexandria
·    Step back in time to a place where a single event changed millions of lives forever - music and drama - stay for a guided tour of the dramatic recreation of First Century Bethlehem - Admission is FREE
·    For more information call (318) 442-7773 - www.emmanuelalexandria.org <http://www.emmanuelalexandria.org

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