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Holiday festivities in Shreveport-Bossier

The time to enjoy colorful lights, decorations, music, delicious food and Christmas parades is just around the corner.
The time to enjoy colorful lights, decorations, music, delicious food and Christmas parades is just around the corner.

This week the Holiday Trail of Lights kicks off in Shreveport-Bossier, Minden, Natchitoches 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 Shreveport-Bossier:

"Presents" Exhibit at Artspace
·    Includes festive decorations and offers gift wrapping. Every first and third Sat. we will have artist expression that offer hands on activities led by a local artist.
·    710 Texas Street - 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tues. - Fri. and Noon-5 p.m. Sat. - runs from Nov. 7 to Dec. 18 - Admission is FREE

Bass Pro Shops Christmas Parade at the Outlets at the Louisiana Boardwalk
·    Christmas parade includes Color guard from Barksdale, C.E. Byrd High School Choir, Airline High School Marching Band
·     4:15 p.m.-5p.m. - Saturday, Nov. 9. - parade goes from the Marriott Hotel to the Bass Pro Shops - parade ends when Santa Claus takes his seat at Santa's Wonderland inside of Bass Pro Shops - Admission is FREE

Boardwalk Christmas Lighting Ceremony
·    Lighting of Shreveport-Bossier's largest Christmas tree - Santa Claus will also make an appearance
·    Louisiana Boardwalk - 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21 - Admission is FREE
·    <http://www.louisianaboardwalk.com

Christmas in Roseland
·    The Gardens of the American Rose Center are transformed into a whimsical winter wonderland featuring more than a million twinkling lights, dozens of lighted displays, giant Christmas Cards Santa's Candy Shop, photos with Santa and Roseland Express train ride
·     8877 Jefferson Paige Road - 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. - Nov. 26 - Dec. 19
·    Individual admission is $5 per person or $20 per carload - ages 2 and younger are free
·    Group Rates - $35 per minibus (Up to 25 people) - $75 per charter bus, please call (318) 938-5402 ext. 223 to make a reservation

The 26th Annual Greening of Louisiana State Exhibit Museum
·    Performances, making ornaments and giving away prizes for the 24, third grade classes that have designed and decorated a holiday tree displayed throughout the museum until the end of December
·    3015 Greenwood Road - 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 - Admission is FREE
·    <http://friendsoflsem.org

Les Boutique De Noel
·    Shreveport Opera Guild presents the 38th annual event - arts and crafts shopping extravaganza features more than 100 shops
·    Bossier Civic Center - 620 Benton Road - 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 21, 8 p.m. Fri., Nov. 22, 5 p.m. Sat., Nov. 23
·    For more information call 318-861-6554
·    <http://www.lesboutiquesdenoel.com

Memphis
·    A musical that is soulful and exhilarating - features energetic choreography and hard charging musical numbers with the powerhouse funk of James Brown, the hot guitar riffs of Chuck Berry and the smooth harmonies of the Temptations 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27 at The Strand Theatre - Admission $20 to $68.50

Steve Lippia Christmas concert
·    Interprets Frank Sinatra's favorite Christmas songs and classics - 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Strand Theatre - $15 to $56
·    <http://www.thestrandtheatre.com


KCS Holiday Express
·    Santa and his elves pull into town aboard a locomotive - 4 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at KCS Yard on 4500 North Lakeshore Dr., Gate 5 - tour Santa's dazzlingly decorated train and posing for pictures with him and the elves - Admission is FREE
·     www.kcsouthern.com http://www.kcsouthern.com

1st Saturday Tour: Christmas
·    Christmas tour explores works with a Christmas or winter theme, accompanied by inspirational stories of the season - 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at R.W. Norton Art Gallery on 4747 Creswell Ave. - Admission is FREE
·    <http://www.rwnaf.org/calendar

Christmas on Caddo Fireworks Festival
·    Concession booths open at 3 p.m. and fireworks start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 on Caddo Lake at Earl G. Williamson Park on 11425 LA Hwy 1in  Oil City - Admission is FREE
·    <http://www.christmasoncaddofireworks.com

"The Nutcracker" 2013
·    Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet - 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8 at Shreveport's Riverview Theatre on 600 Clyde Fant Parkway - Admission $15 to $40
·        <http://www.shreveportmetroballet.org

Cajun Christmas Festival
Event starts at 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Dec 7 at the Cash Point "The Party Place" on 221 Cash Point Landing in Bossier City - includes a gumbo cook off, Cajun band, crafts and Santa will be available to take photos with children - Those under age 5 get in FREE, Admission is $5 
Country Christmas Festival
·    Parade starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 at 100 Front St. in Vivian - activities include beauty pageant, food booths, arts and crafts and live entertainment - Admission is FREE
·    <http://www.vivian.la.us/

Benton Christmas on the Square Festival
·    Festival takes place between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at Heritage Village on 417 Sibley St. in Benton 5k run, large children's area with inflatables, face painting, arts and a musical performance - Children can take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus - Admission is FREE
·    <http://www.bentonchristmasonthesquare.com

Shoji Tabuchi Christmas Show
·    Event starts at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 at the Strand Theatre - Shoji, who was born in Japan will play an eclectic mix of country, Big Band, Cajun, and Broadway tunes - Admission is $31-$52 

TNT Express Trolley
·    Tour runs from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 at Artspace on 710 Texas St. - stops at several of the 15 cultural attractions throughout downtown Shreveport - holiday edition features shopping and holiday lights tours - Admission is FREE

Toy Making Workshops
·    Event takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday - Dec. 21 - Dec. 30 at Sci-Port
·    Kids will have the chance to use their science and engineering skills to make to toys including recycled rocket launchers and rockets - Admission is FREE

Why Does Rudolph's Nose Glow?
·    Event takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday - Dec. 21 - Dec. 30 at Sci-Port
·    Learn how and why some animals and minerals emit light, examine glowing specimens and see chemical reactions - Admission is FREE




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