December is probably one of my favorite months in Shreveport/Bossier City because there’s no shortage of things to do. The holiday season is in full swing. There are Christmas events galore. The halls are decked. The lights are lit. The carolers are singing (are there actually carolers though? I don’t even know.). It’s just a beautiful time to be in north Louisiana, and there are so many ways to celebrate the holiday season and ring in the new year.
CHRISTMAS IN ROSELAND
Confession: I’ve never been to the American Rose Center for anything other than Christmas in Roseland. They transform their grounds into a beautiful winter wonderland complete with beautiful Christmas displays and giant Christmas cards. There’s a trail of lights and live Christmas-y performances. You get to enjoy some delicious food, including funnel cake! My favorite thing to do is grab a warm cup of hot chocolate and walk around the displays. Santa comes to visit every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6-9 pm. Plus there’s a little train ride.
Christmas in Roseland costs $20 per carload or $5 per person. For more information about the event, check out their website.
Pack the whole family into the car and visit Jubilee Zoo to pick out a Christmas tree! With each tree purchase, you’ll receive a secret treasure ornament that contains a voucher or a prize valued up to $255. They’ll also have a “Sno” pit, perfect for family fun and photos. You can also warm up by the fire, drink some delicious hot cocoa or go on the sing-along hayride. On Saturdays, you can have breakfast with Santa!
For more information, including how you can have Breakfast with Santa, click here.
GO TO A CHRISTMAS SHOW
Now is the time to enjoy one of the many Christmas shows that are being held all throughout the month of December.
Russian Grand Ballet Presents “The Nutcracker” – December 7th at the Shreveport Municipal
Shoji Tabuchi Christmas Show – December 8th at the Strand Theatre
40th Anniversary of Shreveport’s Nutcracker – December 9-10 at Shreveport Riverview Theater
FINISH UP YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING
Instead of going from one store to another, take advantage of the many shopping events happening right here in Shreveport/Bossier City.
Shop Local Artists Week – December 3-9 in downtown Shreveport
Christmas in the Park – December 9 at Riverpark Church
Bossier Holiday Night Market – December 15-16 at Pierre Bossier Mall
Shop Til U Drop – December 16-17 at the Bossier Civic Center
TAKE A HOME TOUR
So many mansions and homes are decorated beautifully for the holiday season, and they want to invite you into their homes so you can enjoy it.
Highland Christmas Home Tour – December 9-10 in Highland and Fairfield Historic Districts
“A Glimpse of Christmas Past” Home Tour – December 9 in Minden, LA
Victorian Christmas Tour – December 16 at Austen Place
Christmas Tour of the Logan Mansion – December 17
GO TO A CONCERT
There’s always live music to see around Shreveport/Bossier City. Check out these awesome acts playing this month.
Casting Crowns and For King & Country: A Glorious Christmas Tour – December 7th at the CenturyLink Center
The Great Xscape Tour – December 10th at CenturyLink Center
Gladys Knight – December 16th at Horseshoe Riverdome
A Rockin’ Louisiana Christmas with James Burton, Wayne Toups & Jo-El Sonnier – December 20th at Margaritaville
Ronnie Milsap – December 29 at Horseshoe Riverdome
Starship feat. Mickey Thomas – December 30 at Margaritaville
GO TO THE INDEPENDENCE BOWL
Everyone loves a good football game, and if you’re in the area, you can enjoy a bowl game right here in Bossier City. Two days after Christmas, the stadium is packed with football fans who are excited to watch a good, live game. This year’s Independence Bowl is sponsored by Walk-On’s. They also have an F-16 Flyover scheduled for game day.
To see what teams are playing this year and for more information about the Independence Bowl, check out their official website.
HOLIDAZE AT ARTSPACE
One of Shreveport’s finest art galleries will be transformed into a winter wonderland. Visit artspace in downtown Shreveport for Holidaze. For more information, click here.
DOWNTOWN SHREVEPORT HOLIDAY ARTWALK
The Downtown Artwalk is held monthly in downtown Shreveport, and this December, you can enjoy a special holiday version! Join local art lovers on Wednesday, December 7 from 5-8 pm and enjoy this creative holiday event. It’s completely free, and complimentary shuttle service will be provided throughout the evening.
To see what stops are on the Artwalk and to find out more information about the event, click here.
CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD
Visit the Multicultural Center of the South in downtown Shreveport for the annual Christmas Around the World event. Children are dressed in their native attire as they place an ornament on the Unity Tree. For more information, click here.
GO TO A CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
There are festivals galore happening in Shreveport/Bossier City and surrounding areas. You’re sure to find the perfect one for you and your family and friends to attend.
Benton Christmas on the Square Festival – December 9 in Benton, LA
A Better Blanchard’s Small Town Christmas – December 9 at Blanchard Town Hall
Christmas in the Park – December 15 in Greenwood, LA
2nd Annual Shreveport Family Christmas Festival hosted by GEYA – December 16 in Festival Plaza
Christmas in Haughton Parade & Festival – December 16 at Delaney Memorial Park in Haughton, LA
ATTEND A MURDER MYSTERY DINNER
Murder mystery dinners are always a blast, and there’s no shortage of them this month in Shreveport/Bossier City. STEM is host to several murder mystery dinners every month, and December is no exception. This month, they will have “The Unreal Housewives” murder mystery dinner. There are several dates throughout the month, check out their Facebook event page for more information.
Kawaii Pop will also be hosting a murder mystery dinner entitled “Maid for Murder” at Centenary College. They have two different showtimes on Sunday, December 10. For more information, check out their Facebook event page.
What events are you looking forward to this December?
Even though I grew up in many cities around the world, I’ve been calling Shreveport/Bossier City, Louisiana home since 2006. When people visit the city, they’re often underwhelmed by the amount of things to do, but as the third largest city in Louisiana, there’s a lot more to the area than meets the eye. In my series, Shreveport Sunday, I’m excited to share some of my favorite things about living (and eating) in Shreveport/Bossier City. For more posts about Shreveport/Bossier City, click here.