Christmas and Holiday Event Blog for Cenla

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Published: Nov. 14, 2022 at 10:12 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 6, 2022 at 7:50 AM CST
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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - We are working to bring you a list of all of the local Christmas and Holiday-themed events happening around Cenla!

Check back for more updates as we add to our list. If you have an event that you’d like us to add, please email with the day, time and details.



Holiday Light Safari

December 1 - January 1

  • DeRidder Christmas Light Show (downtown DeRidder)
    • 5:30 p.m. - Midnight
    • Tune your radio to 101.1 FM

December 6

  • Christmas Extravaganza at the ASH Auditorium at 5 p.m.
    • Schools within the ASH feeder system will perform songs
    • School art projects will be displayed outside the auditorium

AlexWinterFete 2022 (Dec. 8 thru 11)

This free, family-friendly festival returns to Alexandria with many exciting activities that everyone will enjoy. Try a twirl on the outdoor skating rink, watch in wonder at the fireworks over the Red River, explore the children’s area known as Jolly Junction, and interact with talented stilt walkers, fire breathers, live bands, and more. Don’t miss the downtown shopping vendors and delicious food that Fetes have become known for as well. It all begins with the traditional lighting of the tree during Holiday Magic and Santa’s arrival at Santa’s Village at the Alexander Fulton Mini Park downtown on Friday, December 8 at 5 p.m. Other must-see events include the Ugly Sweater 5K on Saturday and the Alexandria Mardi Gras Association Christmas Parade downtown at 2 p.m. on Sunday.

  • Thursday, December 8 @ 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Friday, December 9 @ 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 10 @ 10 a.m. – midnight
  • Sunday, December 11, Alexandria Christmas Parade @ 2 p.m.
    • Ice Rink opens after the parade until 8:00 p.m.

December 9

  • Annual City of Pineville Christmas Parade
    • Starts at 7 p.m. and goes from Hospital Blvd on Main Street up to Claiborne Ave.

December 10

  • Town of Ball Christmas Parade
    • Monroe Highway at 2 p.m.
  • Philadelphia Baptist Church presents: “Did You Know?”
    • Join us for a community-wide holiday tradition at our Deville campus (722 Philadelphia Road in Deville)
    • December 10 at 6:30 p.m.
    • December 11 at 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
    • December 12 at 6:30 p.m.
    • Visit PBCMINISTRY.COM/CHRISTMAS to reserve your tickets and for more information. Tickets are free but required due to limited seating.
  • Pineville Christmas in the Pines Vendor Market
    • 2 p.m.-7 p.m. on Main Street in front of the Main Street Truck Park. Vendors, food, music and much more!
  • Christmas on Main (Glenmora)
    • 5k run at 7:30 a.m.
    • Festival at 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    • Music/Ashton Dupre at 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
    • Parade on Main at 5 p.m.
    • Showsland fireworks at 8:30 p.m.
    • To sign up for 5k call 337-522-8728
    • To sign up for a vendor call 318-623-0325
    • To sign up for a parade float text 337-375-1519
  • Light the World (Interfaith Community Christmas Event)
    • Christmas Music, Nativity Display and collection to warm those in need
    • Music by Kenedi Anderson and local musicians
    • Items to bring for donating: coats, blankets, stocking caps, gloves, etc.
    • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 611 Versailles Blvd. in Alexandria
    • 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Pictures with Santa
    • Black and Striving and Triple Flam3 hosting pictures with Santa from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. at Frank O Hunter Park
    • Pics with Santa, Giveaways, Goody Bags, Music, Face Paintings, Food and Drinks ($3 red beans and rice)
    • Two big raffles and two gift card raffles
    • Text 832-678-3501 for more information
  • Jingle Bell Fun Run
    • Pineville High School Track and Field at 9 a.m.
    • Games, Characters, Photo Booth, Fake Snow, Cookies and cocoa, Christmas stories and activities, tacky Christmas attire

December 11

  • Christmas on the Sarto Iron Bridge presented by Bayou Des Glaises Baptist Church
    • 5:30 p.m.
    • Christmas story, live nativity, Christmas hymns, jambalaya and dessert

December 18

  • Christmas in the Country
    • First Baptist Church in Lecompte from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Join us for food, crafts, hot chocolate, games, live music, jumpers and a live nativity.

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