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December 3

Multicultural Christmas Concert - December 3 at 7 p.m. The Louisiana Folklife Center at Northwestern State University, the NSU Office of Cultural Diversity and the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts will host the fifth Annual Natchitoches-NSU Multicultural Christmas Concert in Treen Auditorium at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts. The concert will include secular and sacred Christmas songs and will feature groups from the surrounding area. Admission is free and open to the public, but donations for Cane River Children's Services in Natchitoches will be accepted.

December 5

City of Alexandria Holiday Magic Downtown – December 5 at 5 p.m. The event will be held at Alexander Fulton Mini Park and will feature the official lighting of downtown Alexandria, food, fun, music and Santa. Admission is free. For more information call: (318) 449-5051

December 6

The Match Girl's Gift – December 6 at the Fox Theatre, 111 S Washington St, Marksville, LA. For more information, call: 318.359.2906

Jonesville Christmas Parade - CANCELLED due to expected bad weather.

Follow the Star & Christmas on the Hill Program at Louisiana College - The Christmas on the Hill production in the Martin Performing Arts Center on December 5th and 6th. Two showings are available at 6pm and 7pm Thursday evening. Friday evening there will be three showings: 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm. Admission is free. Due to inclement weather expected on Thursday and Friday the outdoor portion of Follow the Star has been canceled and is not set to occur this Christmas season.

December 7

Holiday Light Safari – December 7, 13-14, 20-23 and 27-30 at 5:30-8:30 p.m. Hundreds of thousands of lights adorn the Alexandria Zoo. There will be musical entertainment, Santa, train rides and more each night. Cost: $6. For more information call: (318) 441-6810

An Old Fashioned Christmas – December 7 at 4-6 p.m. The Kent Plantation House event will include storytelling, vintage music and dance, make your own old fashioned Christmas ornaments, Papa Noel and refreshments. Admission is free. For more information call: (318) 487-5998

Just Dance Drop and Shop: Cookies & Cocoa – December 7 at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 12- 4 p.m. Children ages 4-10 are invited to a Christmas session at Just Dance in Alexandria. The event will include Christmas-themed dances, games, music and cookie decorating. Cost is $25 to cover the cost of cookie supplies, pizza, snacks, and craft and game supplies. Two sessions are available with limited space in each. Registration forms are available at the studio.

Mansura Christmas Parade – December 7 at 1 p.m. For more information call: (318) 964-2152

Ward One Tree Lighting & Candy Cane Parade – December 7 at 3:30 p.m. For more information call: (318) 613-2274

Noel dans les Avoyelles (Christmas tour of Homes) – December 7 at 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. For ticket information call: 800.833.4195 or 318.964.2025

Simmesport Christmas Parade - December 7 at 3pm followed by Gumbo. Fireworks at Dusk at Avoyelles Port. For more information call: 318.359.4081

The Polar Express - Movie Showing at Fox Theater, 111 S Washington St, Marksville, LA.,  December 7, 9am – noon. Tickets: $10 child, Children under 3 require adult. For more information call: 318.359.2906

The 87th Annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival- The event begins Saturday, December 7 in downtown Natchitoches.  The Natchitoches Historic District Business Association and the City of Natchitoches will usher in the holiday season with children's activities, entertainment, parades, food vendors, and fireworks. The Mrs. Claus parade will begin at 11:00 a.m. and feature floats, spirit groups, and performers of junior high school aged and younger participants.  The Mrs. Claus parade will begin at the corner of Amulet Street and Jefferson Street and continue down Front Street turning left onto Lafayette Street and left onto Second Street ending at Amulet Street. The Santa Claus parade will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the corner of Jefferson Street and University Parkway.  The parade will feature floats of reigning Queens including Miss Merry Christmas and the Christmas Belles and local dignitaries, marching bands, dance lines, parade Grand Marshal Frank Foster and Santa Claus. At 6:00 p.m., the festivities will be capped off by a spectacular fireworks display over beautiful Cane River Lake and the lighting of thousands of lights, including two new set pieces for the Natchitoches Tri-Centennial Celebration and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame and Northwest Louisiana History Museum.  In addition, an electrifying light show will take place on the Church Street Bridge. Admission to the festival is $8 for adults (12 years of age and older) and $5 for children ages 6 to 11.  Children under 5 are admitted free to the festival. For more information, click here.

December 8

Christmas de la Louisiane: Alexandria Christmas Parade – December 8 at 2 p.m. Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne is this year's Grand Marshall of the Alexandria Christmas Parade. The parade will be on Jackson Street Extension. Admission is free. For more information call: (318) 442-7668

"Mary Did You Know" - Bunkie First Baptist Church, Sunday , December 8th at 6pm.

Hessmer Christmas Parade - December 8 at 1:30pm For more information call: 318.563.4511

Carols and Keys - December 8 at 6 p.m. The Music Ministry of First Baptist Church Pineville presents an evening of Christmas music featuring solos, duets and trios on piano and pipe organ. Enjoy Christmas favorites skillfully played in the rich, regal tones of the church's recently-refurbished pipe organ that is over a half century old. Admission is free and open to the community. For more information please call the church office at (318) 448-8221 or visit www.fbcpineville.net.

FBC Bunkie Christmas Musical - December 8 at 6 p.m. The adult choir of First Baptist Church, Bunkie, with the community choir will present the Christmas cantata "Mary Did You Know?" This year's traditional Christmas "kick-off" will be directed by Carroll Lowe of Alexandria. The public is invited to the event and there is no charge for admission. The church nursery will be open. All in attendance are invited to a reception with light hors d'oeuvres immediately after the music.

December 10

Alexandria Youth Orchestra String Concert – December 10 at 7 p.m. After recently returning from playing Carnegie Hall and West Point, the AYO will perform back at home at the Coughlin-Saunders Performing Arts Center. Cost: $5. For more information call: (318) 229-7631

Oakdale High School Band Christmas Concert - December 10 at 6:30 p.m. The concert will be held in the Oakdale High School Auditorium.

Oakdale Branch Library Community Open House - December 10 at 5:30 p.m. The Allen Parish, Oakdale Branch Library will host its Christmas open house featuring the Oakdale Elementary School Handbell Choir and the Oakdale Community Choir.

December 11

NSU Horn Choir concert - December 11 at 7:30 p.m. The NSU Horn Choir will perform a Christmas-inspired concert in the Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend. For further information, contact Dr. Kristine Coreil at coreilk@nsula.edu or at (318) 357-5765.

December 12

Pilgrimage to Bethlehem – December 12-15. Emmanuel Baptist Church presents a guided tour of a dramatic recreation of 1st Century Bethlehem complete with pre-tour music and drama. The event is scheduled for December 12-13 at 6-9 p.m., December 14 at 3-9 p.m. and December 15 at 2-6 p.m. Admission is free. For more information call: (318) 442-7773

Christmas Music Extravaganza - December 12 at 6 p.m. Fox Theater, 111 S Washington St, Marksville, LA., For more information call: 318.359.2906

Allen Parish Jail Christmas Open House - December 12 at 9-11 a.m. The Allen Parish Sheriff's Department will be providing transportation to the construction site for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Allen Parish Jail. Everyone is to meet at the Sheriff's Office Administration Building at 8:30 a.m.

December 13

Christmas Tour of Homes - Cottonport, Louisiana, Friday, December 13th. $20 person For more information call:318.876.3712

Christmas on the Bayou Festival - Cottonport, Louisiana, December 13,14 & 15. For more information call: 318.876.3485

Cirque Du Noel - Paragon Casino Resort, December 13 at 8pm $10 Tickets. For more information call: 800.745.3000

Snow Fest December - December 13 and 14. The festival of lights in Natchitoches continues with Snow Fest. The public can experience Frosty's Avalanche Slide with tubing down 110 feet of winter fun on the downtown riverbank. Those sliding down the hill must be at least 42 inches tall to participate. Frosty's Avalanche Slide will operate from 3 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 13, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Dec. 14. In addition, children's activities including bouncers, mechanical bulls, spider jumps, and an extreme gyro, as well as festival food vendors will be available along the downtown riverbank. The Santa Claus house will be open from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Live musical entertainment for Saturday's Snow Fest events includes Rivers Revue at 2:30 p.m. and the LaCour Trio at 5 p.m. Saturday's events conclude with a spectacular fireworks show over Cane River Lake at 7 p.m.  Admission of $5 will be charged to enter the riverbank after 2 p.m.

December 14

A Calvary Christmas – December 14 at 6 p.m. The event will include a weaving of carols, timeless classics and new inspiring worship songs that celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Cost: $5. For more information call: (318) 445-1426

Cirque Du Noel - Paragon Casino Resort, December 14 at 8pm $10 Tickets. For more information call: 800.745.3000

The Taking It 2 The Street Christmas Tour – December 14 at 10 a.m. Taking It 2 The Street will be touring downtown Alexandria and enjoying 10 different holiday performances along the way. The tour will begin at the Alexandria Museum of Art's Second Saturday Market at 933 Main Street in Alexandria. All media celebrity tour guides from the past three seasons will come together for this event.

Bunkie Christmas Parade - December 14, Parade starts at 4pm and Fireworks start at 6pm. For more information call: 318.346.2575

Second Evergreen Baptist Church Play and Concert - December 14 at 6 p.m. A Christmas Play and Concert with the theme "O Holy Night." Supper will be served and everything is free and open to the public.

Household Pottery Molding - Marksville State Historic Site, December 14 from 10am to 2pm. For more information call: 888.253.8954

Vernon Parish Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade - December 14 at 5:30 p.m. The parade will begin on Third Street in downtown Leesville. The theme this year is "Peace on Earth." For more information call the Chamber at (337) 238-0349.

Downtown Oakdale Christmas events - December 14 beginning at 8:30 a.m. The first Jingle Bell Walk through Downtown Oakdale will start at City Hall. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 9 a.m. Registration is due by December 10 to be guaranteed a t-shirt. The largest participating walking group or family will receive a special gift. At 10 a.m. there will be arts and crafts booths, food vendors and more in Downtown. At 12 p.m. noon there will be dancers, singers and karate demonstrations. Cookies and Cocoa with Santa will be at Chamber Office from 1-3 p.m. for $5. Photo opportunities with Santa will be available. The Christmas on Main Street parade will start at 4:30 p.m. with line up beginning at 3:30 p.m. The parade theme is "The Reason for the Season." Immediately after the parade there will be a free fireworks display.

Dry Prong Christmas Parade - December 14 at 2 p.m.

Boyce Christmas Parade and Town Christmas Party - December 14 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. The parade will be at Ulster St. beginning at 2 p.m. and is free of charge. The Town Christmas Party will be at the Julius Patrick Civic Center at 8 p.m. Bring your own food and drink to the party. Admission is $5 and tables can be reserved by calling (313) 793-2175.

December 16

Pineville Christmas Parade - December 16 beginning at 7 p.m.
The Parade will begin on Main Street at Hospital/Napoleon Blvd., in front of Huey P. Long, continue up Main Street to Military Highway and end at the Trotter Center (Military Highway at Claiborne Street). 

Information on the parade and the link to an online entry form for participating can be found at www.pineville.net  or www.pinevillepd.com.

Christmas Bake and Toy Sale - December 16-21. The annual Christmas Bake and Toy Sale at the J.W. McDonald Memorial Branch Library will be open during regular Library hours each day. Book cost will be $1.00 for hardbacks and 50 cents for paperbacks. Wednesday's book sale special is buy two books, get one free. Baked goods include cookies, cakes, candy, jellies and jams.

December 15

First United Methodist Church Live Nativity - December 15 at 6-8 p.m. The drive-through Nativity will feature music, candle light and live animals. First United Methodist Church is located at 2727 Jackson St. Admission is free. For more information call: (318) 443-5696

Cirque Du Noel - Paragon Casino Resort, December 15, 2013 at 3:00pm $10 Tickets. For more information call: 800.745.3000

December 17

Christmas at Inglewood - December 17 at 3-7 p.m. Family Farm day will include Inglewood Market, wagon rides, Christmas music, kids crafts and more. Admission is free. Inglewood Harvest Barn is located at 6233 Old Baton Rouge Hwy. For more information call: (318) 442-6398

December 19

Discover the Holiday Spirit through the Arts - December 19 at 5-8:30 p.m. The Alexandria Museum of Art will present a festive evening of art, food, music and storytelling celebrating holiday traditions from around the world. The event will include an Acoustic Concert Series with host John Wakefield. Admission is free. For more information call: (318) 443-3458

December 21

Christmas Candlelight Tour - December 21 at 6-8 p.m. The tour will be held at 135 Riverfront St. Pineville, Fort Randolph and Buhlow State Historic Site. The evening will include dulcimer music, Christmas music and a candlelight tour featuring reenactors reading letters to and from home. Admission is free. For more information call: (318) 484-2390 

Simpson Annual Christmas Parade - December 21 at 4 p.m. along Hwy. 8 in Simpson.

First United Methodist Longest Night Service - December 21 at 6 p.m. First United Methodist Church, Alexandria invites community to The Longest Night: A Service of Healing and Hope. The service will be held on the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year. Rev. Donnie Wilkinson said the service is held to acknowledge the pain many people experience this time of year from sickness, job loss, loneliness or the loss of a family member. The service will be a time of Scripture reading, music and prayer. The service will begin at 6 p.m. in the church sanctuary located at 2727 Jackson St. and the community is invited. For more information or to schedule an interview with Rev. Donnie Wilkinson, please contact Julie Bacon at (318) 443-5696 or jbacon@fumca.org

December 22

An Old Fashion Christmas - December 22 at 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Christ Church will present an Old Fashion Christmas with a Christmas program in the morning and Christmas Carols and hot chocolate in the evening.

December 24

Candlelight Christmas Eve Service - December 24 at 6 p.m. First Baptist Church Pineville will celebrate the season and the Savior with the annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. Admission is free and open to the community. For more information please call the church office at (318) 448-8221 or visit www.fbcpineville.net.

December 28

Prehistoric Mounds Tour - Marksville State Historic Site, December 28 at 10am and NOON $4adults (under 13, over 62 free) For more information call: 888.253.8954






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