ALEXANDRIA, La. (City of Alexandria) - The award-winning holiday festival AlexWinterFête returns to the City of Alexandria Dec. 12-15, offering a free, fun-filled, family-friendly festival filled with the activities that have made the event a major attraction, including ice skating, Santa’s village and a fireworks display as well as some new surprises.
Alexandria Winter Fete | Photo Source: KALB
“Through the years, AlexWinterFête has become recognized throughout the state as a signature holiday event,” said Alexandria Mayor Jeffrey W. Hall. “Unique activities you can’t get anyplace else, like the giant outdoor ice skating rink, have made AlexWinterFête a must-attend event not just for Central Louisiana residents, but for folks from throughout the state and even neighboring states. We’re pleased to bring back those traditional elements, and we have added some new things this year we hope attendees will enjoy.”
One of the new elements is the Jolly Junction, a special winter-wonderland area designed to delight and entertain children. Another new element is the addition of the Alexandria Christmas Parade which will be held downtown on Sunday, Dec. 15 to close out the 2019 AlexWinterFête.
“AlexWinterFête has been tremendously popular in the past, and we are doing everything we can to ensure this year’s event is every bit as entertaining as previous festivals while adding some new elements,” explained Thomas James Nash Sr., interim director of Community Services. “We’ll have the ice skating and the fireworks and the multicultural village and the stilt walkers and fire breathers and live bands, arts and crafts vendors and great food that people have enjoyed in the past while adding in some new wrinkles like the Jolly Junction and a gumbo cook-off.”
AlexWinterFête will open at 5 p.m. the evening of Dec. 12 with the traditional lighting of the city Christmas tree and Santa’s arrival in Santa’s Village at the Alexander Fulton Mini Park downtown on Third Street. Evening activities will wrap up at 10 p.m.
Activities resume at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, with retail, food and a variety of vendors ready to assist guests with their holiday shopping. Activities will include ice skating, children’s activities, street performers and live music on stage with the festival running until 11 p.m.
On Saturday, Dec. 14, the Fête will host the annual Ugly Sweater 5K run. Vendors and other AlexWinterFête activities will get started at 10 a.m. This year’s attendees will want to make sure they check out some of the new attractions, including Jolly Junction and the Gumbo Cook-off as well as enjoying traditional activities including ice skating and visiting Indie Village. Saturday night’s activities will culminate with a spectacular fireworks show over the Red River at 10 p.m. with booths closing at 11 p.m.
The festival wraps up on Sunday, Dec. 15 with the Alexandria Christmas Parade rolling downtown at 2 p.m.
The award-winning AlexWinterFête was recognized as the Festival of the Year in 2017 by the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association and in September AlexWinterFête was voted Best Local Event in the Cenla’s Choice Awards competition.
For more information, visit the website www.alexwinterfete.com.
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