Merry Christmas

Santa’s Christmas Village

Dates: Through Dec. 23

Cost: $7 per person

Phone: 318-361-9611

Location: Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum, 323 Walnut Street, Monroe

A holiday wonderland with snow, make and take ornaments, cookie decoration, rides down Mount Sneaux, the Coca Cola Christmas Village train exhibit, a festive outdoor light show, and special visits with Santa.

Don’t miss the new photo booth fun every Thursday evening from 5-8 pm.

West Monroe to host

Tree Lighting Ceremony Nov. 29

The city of West Monroe plans to host a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 29.

The ceremony will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall located at 2305 N. 7th Street.

The public is invited to view the official lighting of the City Hall Christmas Tree as well as several live Christmas Trees decorated by local elementary schools.

The event will include the singing of Christmas Carols and complimentary cookies and cocoa. The lighting ceremony is free and open to the public. Attendees are asked to bring donations of non-perishable food items and unwrapped toys. Donated items will be distributed to needy families by the West Monroe Fire and Police Departments.

For more information about the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, please contact the West Monroe Mayor’s Office at (318) 396-2600.

Children’s Lighted Parade

Date: Nov. 30

Cost: $5 for parade entries

Location: Antique Alley, 100-400 blocks of Trenton Street, West Monroe LA 71291

A night-time parade featuring children in costume on decorated bikes, floats and wagons! The parade is open to all pre-school and elementary school age children. Parents must be present. Float, bike or wagon entries are $5.00 each. Prizes for best decorated float, bike and costume! Sponsored by Vanguard Realty. (*Rain Date: December 15, same time)

Christmas Gala: The Guardians

Location: Monroe Civic Center 401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway, Monroe

Children all over the world become more and more involved with video games, sports and tweets... they believe less and less in things they can’t see. Santa’s Magical Hope Chest holds the beliefs for all the children in the world, and it’s almost empty! Watch, as Jack Frost, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and other protectors aid Santa in the search for one special child, who can once again fill his Magical Hope Chest with enough belief for the whole world. Choreographer is Joe Istre. Presented by Twin City Ballet.

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Holly Jolly Breakfast

Date: Dec. 1

Hours: 8 a.m.-noon

Cost: $15 per person, 2 and under free

Location : 401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway, Monroe

Phone: 318-329-2225

Enjoy breakfast with characters from The Guardians of Christmas, make reindeer food, crafts and more. Professional pictures with Santa will be taken by Sam Bourland Photography. The Twin City Ballet company will offer a matinee performance of The Guardians of Christmas in conjunction with Holly Jolly Breakfast.

Christmas in DoMo Pet Pageant

Date: Dec. 1

Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: RiverMarket, 316 South Grand, Monroe LA 71203

Phone: 318-807-1735

The 4th Annual Christmas DoMo Pet Pageant will be held at the Origin Bank RiverMarket along the historic Ouachita River. This is the puurrrrfect opportunity to dress up your furbaby in your favorite Christmas attire!

Annual Bawcomville Redneck Parade

Date: Dec. 1

Time: 10 a.m.

Location: Smith Street, West Monroe LA 71292

This is a parade like no other! You’ll enjoy floats with fun-loving redneck themes and throws that range from beads to toys and other surprises!

Annual Kiwanis Club Christmas Parade

Christmas “The Greatest Show on Earth”

Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018

It’s time for the annual Kiwanis of Greater Ouachita Christmas Parade

The day starts off with shopping on Antique Alley in downtown West Monroe.

On the stage at the corner of Natchitoches and Trenton:

A pre parade show will start at noon featuring Christian Hip Hop Artist “Main Main.”

Festivities will continue at 3 p.m. with the “Lisa Spann Band” playing throughout the parade.

Parade: “Christmas, the Greatest Show on Earth

The Kiwanis Christmas Parade will roll at 3:30 p.m. and make it way through the streets of Downtown West Monroe, across the Endom Bridge to Monroe, then Santa will make his way to Louisville and then on to Antique Alley’s Trenton Street before heading back to the North Pole.

Christmas at The Biedenharn

Dates: Dec. 1-Dec. 29

Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Location: Biedenharn Museum and Gardens, 2006 Riverside Drive, Monroe LA 71201

Phone: 318-387-5281

Enjoy the beautiful Christmas decorations throughout the Biedenharn Home and Elsong Gardens thanks to the Monroe Garden Study League. Be sure to come by during regular museum hours to take your family Christmas snapshots.

Fascinating Trees for Pre-K & K

Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge

480 Richland Pl Drive, Monroe

Learn more about the fascinating trees at Black Bayou on December 1st!

Date: Dec. 1

Hours: 10-11 a.m.

Location : 480 Richland Pl Drive, Monroe LA 71203

Phone: 318-387-1114

Santa Claus at Duck Commander

Date: Dec. 1

Hours: noon-2 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location : Duck Commander Warehouse, 117 Kings Lane, West Monroe LA 71292

Phone: 318-387-0588

Come see Santa Claus and enjoy free hot cocoa and cookies at Duck Commander warehouse on December 1st from 12pm-2pm. There will be store specials to help with your Christmas shopping needs!

Awesome Carolers

Dates: Dec. 1

Hours: noon-2 p.m.

Location: Antique Alley, 100-400 blocks of Trenton Street, West Monroe LA 71291

West Monroe High School Choral students will provide professional-level caroling in Antique Alley. Let the holiday music put you in the mood.

Amdocs Presents

Downtown River Jam with Louisiana Soul Revival

featuring Doug Duffey

Date: Dec. 1

Hours: 5-8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location : 316 S Grand St, Monroe LA 71201

Phone: 318-548-4562

Downtown River Jam, presented by Amdocs, will be held Saturday, December 1, from 5 PM to 8 PM at the Origin Bank Riverwalk. This show will finish the year off with a bang as Louisiana Soul Revival Featuring Doug Duffey plays on the Skent-N-Dent Stage before and after the fireworks show provided by the Monroe Renaissance in the heart of downtown Monroe. Choice Brands will have free beer samples available while Doe’s Eat Place will have beverages for purchase. Food vendors will also be on site. This family friendly event hosted by the Downtown Monroe Alliance is free and open to the public.

Louisiana Soul Revival featuring Doug Duffey is an exciting, award-winning, original music band based in the Mississippi Delta of Louisiana. National Blues Hall of Fame, and Louisiana Hall of Fame inductee DOUG DUFFEY leads this slammin’ multi-generational band through set after set of his internationally-celebrated songs.

Downtown Monroe Alliance would like to thank the following sponsors for their support: Amdocs, Matt’s Music, Lagniappe Media, Lamar Advertising, Choice Brands, Skent N Dent, Doe’s Eat Place, Progressive Bank, Patrick Electric, Century Marketing Solutions, and CenturyLink.

Battle of the Badges

Date: Dec. 1

Time: 6 p.m.

Cost: $10-$30

Location : 401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway, Monroe LA 71210

Phone: 318-329-2225

Monroe City Battle of the Badges is a non-profit amateur boxing show that features policemen versus firemen from all over the south .The purpose of the Monroe City Battle of the Badges is to raise money for selected charities.

Festival of Trees

Date: Dec. 1

Hours: 6-7:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: Monroe Civic Center, 401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway, Monroe LA 71210

Phone: 318-329-2225

You don’t want to miss the annual Festival of Trees, featuring beautifully decorated trees of all sizes and more! Enjoy refreshments while you stroll through the North Pole, browsing silent auction packages, designer Christmas trees and special mystery boxes. Purchase Chinese raffle tickets for your chance to win one of our gorgeous full-size trees.

Miss Christmas in DoMo Pageant

Date: Dec. 1

Hours: 10 a.m - 4 p.m.

Cost: $40

Location: 316 South Grand, Monroe La 71203

Phone: (318) 807-1735

Downtown Riverwalk

316 South Grand, Monroe

Start off your holiday festivities with the first annual Miss Christmas in DoMo Pageant. There will be six different age divisions for girls 0 to 12 years old. Check in begins at 1 p.m. Registration is $40 before November 23 and $50 for late registration after November 23.

The Monroe Renaissance Fireworks Extravaganza

Date: Dec 1

Hours: 6:30 p.m.

Location : 316 South Grand, Monroe LA 71203

Phone: (318) 807-9985

Enjoy the beautiful fireworks display along the banks of the Ouachita River. Fireworks will be shot from the Endom Bridge.

Strauss Theatre’s Christmas show tickets on sale

Strauss Theatre Center in Monroe is now selling tickets for its Christmas show, “Christmas on the River.”

For non-member adults, the ticket is $30. For students, the ticket is $10.

The show opens Dec. 7, with additional showings on Dec. 9 and Dec. 10. Showings are at 7 p.m., except on Sunday when showings are set for 2 p.m. Patron night is Dec. 6.

In “Christmas on the River,” characters celebrate the holiday in Louisiana style, gathering around rivers, bayous and lakes to recognize the cultural diverse traditions of celebrating Christmas. The Cottonland Christmas show will feature area soloists, ensembles and dance groups.

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