Celebrate a Louisiana Christmas Along the Holiday Trail of Lights

Many Louisiana towns have a local holiday lighting display, but north and central Louisiana take it a step further with the Holiday Trail of Lights.

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Minden Holiday Trail of Lights

Giant nutcrackers line the streets at the Minden Christmas Parade.

Natchitoches Christmas festival

Natchitoches Christmas festival lights up the barges with decorations and light displays.

Natchitoches Christmas Festival

Natchitoches Christmas Festival

The Holiday Trail of Lights includes Shreveport-Bossier City, Minden, Monroe-West Monroe, Natchitoches and Alexandria-Pineville. Festivities generally run mid-November to early January, and visitors can drive from one trail city to the next in about an hour.

Natchitoches is home to one of the state’s oldest and largest Christmas decorations displays. Beginning Nov. 23, 2019, the city’s downtown will transform into a holiday wonderland with hundreds of thousands of colored lights and set pieces at the 93rd Annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival – previously ranked as the 3rd “Best Holiday Light Show” behind Rockefeller Center and Disneyland by Yahoo! Travel. The festival has grown in recent years and spans multiple weekends. Now each December weekend offers downtown entertainment and fireworks. Other Natchitoches holiday events include the Christmas Tour of Homes, the Holiday Kids Festival and nightly visits with Santa Claus. Learn more about Natchitoches Christmas events.

This year’s holiday in Alexandria-Pineville is packed with festive activities for the 12 nights of Christmas. Enjoy the Holiday Light Safari, the Old Fashioned Christmas Celebration at the Kent House Plantation, the Pineville and Alexandria Christmas Parades, the Garden District Tour of Homes and much more. Shop for gifts, tour the historic homes, decorate cookies and go caroling, all to get you in the holiday mood! View all the events.

Shreveport-Bossier is aglow with the holiday lights. Venture into Christmas in Roseland, a 26-acre park that’s lit with one million twinkling lights, and don't miss the fireworks display at the Christmas on Caddo Fireworks festival. Between the copious shopping opportunities and the dazzling festivities, you will find something for everyone. Discover more events.

To the east, Minden’s offerings include the Minden Christmas Parade and Christmas Tour of Homes that wind through the historic district while hundreds of life-size Nutcrackers line the streets, and don't miss the Old World Christmas Lights Spectacular. Find more information here.

Monroe-West Monroe’s holiday celebrations include the Candy Cane Lane Drive-Thru Christmas Light Park, followed by must-experience events like the Santa's Christmas Village and the Christmas Parade that sets the town aglow. Head to the Biedenharn Museum to wander through the beautiful decorations and at night explore the city with wagon rides. Learn more about Monroe’s Christmas events.

Looking for even more Christmas fun? Learn more about Cajun Christmas Traditions, such as south Louisiana's tradition of building Christmas Eve bonfires on the Mississippi River levee.