Celebrate Christmas 2021

November 20, 2021 – January 26, 2022

Natchitoches Christmas Festival of Lights – Natchitoches

November 26 – December 23, 2021

5:15-9:30pm – BELIEVE Lights the Night — Shreveport Aquarium, Shreveport

Weekends November 26 – December 29, 2021

5:30-8pm each day – Holiday Light Safari — Alexandria Zoological Park, Alexandria

November 26, 2021 – January 2, 2022

12pm-6pm each day – Boardwalk Blizzard — Boardwalk Boulevard, Bossier City

November 26, 2021 – February 27, 2022

9 am-5 pm – Sno-Port 2021: The Snow Factory – Sci-Port Discovery Center, Shreveport

November 27 – December 18, 2021 (Saturdays only)

Various Times – Santa’s Sleigh Ride (plus other Christmas activities) – South College Center, Lafayette

December 1, 2021 – January 1, 2022

5:30 pm-Midnight – Christmas Light Show – Downtown DeRidder

December 2 – 5, 2021

7 pm –  A Christmas Carol – Ruston Community Theatre at Dixie Center for the Arts, Ruston

December 3, 2021

4-9 pm – Snowflake Festival, 2021 – Main Post Exchange, Fort Polk

December 3, 2021

7 pm – Rudolph – Get to the Point Ballet Company at Kress Theatre — Alexandria

December 3 – 5, 2021

6-9 pm – A Night in Bethlehem – Living Nativity at Family Worship Center, Leesville

December 4, 2021

8:30am-9pm – Light Up the Lake Christmas Celebration – Lake Charles Civic Center, Lake Charles

9am – Miracle on Washington Street Festival – Washington Ave., Downtown DeRidder

9am-3pm – Annual Christmas Porch Sale –  River Oaks Square Arts Center, Alexandria

2:30 pm – Cajun Night Before Christmas – Beauregard Museum, DeRidder

7pm – The Bulls that Stole Christmas (rodeo) – Ted Johnson Arena, Hineston

8 am – 12 pm – Breakfast with Santa – St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, Leesville

December 9, 2021

5:30-7:30 – Christmas Candlelight Tour – John Jay French Museum, Beaumont, TX

December 10 – 11, 2021

5 – 8 pm – Holiday on the Bend – Toledo Bend Army Rec Site, Florien

7 pm – The Nutcracker – Joan Kathey Dance Center Stars at Leesville High School Auditorium, Leesville

December 10-12, 2021

Various Times — The Charitable Sisterhood — Impromptu Players at Wooten Theater, DeRidder

December 11, 2021

8 am – Reindeer Run – 5K Fun Run / Walk, Leesville

8am – 4 pm – Shop Small Christmas Festival – Downtown Leesville

10am – 7 pm – Christmas Around the Cabin – Railroad St., Merryville

2pm – Christmas on the Homefront – Mansfield State Historic Site, Mansfield

5:30 pm – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Parade – Downtown Leesville

6:30pm – The Nutcracker – Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet at Riverview Theatre, Shreveport

December 18, 2021

12 pm – Wreaths Across America — Cannon Cemetery, Merryville

1 pm- 5 pm – Christmas Extravaganza Pop Up – Martin Luther King Community Center – Leesville

It’s Fall, Y’all

Here in West Central Louisiana we’re starting to make plans for fall. The weather has turned cooler, the county fair has come and gone, and here in Vernon Parish we’re ready to celebrate. Next weekend we’re gonna do just that.

Derby DazeArmadillo Rally and Classic Car ShowWitch Way to Main

The fun will start on Saturday, October 30th, with the Armadillo Classic Car Show and Motorcycle Rally. Mayor Rick Allen, himself a classic car / motorcycle buff, will be there showing some of his cars. If you want to “Run with the Dillo” or enter a car, registration starts at 9am.

Derby Daze, the Louisiana State Derby Championship, will be starting at 10:00 am. The derby gives children ages 6-17 an opportunity to build their own cars –based on a specific plan—and race them down Third Street using gravity as their only source of power. This year prizes will be given for age division winners and one Grand Champion. 

Stop by and check out the custom-built racers and pick up some specs for building your own next year. The volunteers organizing the races, just like the classic car owners, are great talkers and always happy to share their knowledge, so please, don’t hesitate to stop the first one you see and ask your questions.

Don’t forget to stop by the Main Street Market while you’re downtown. You never know what you might find there – anything from farmers selling their produce, jams, and jellies to artisans selling their home-made goods. They’re open year-round on Saturdays from 8 am until 1 pm.

Also, be sure to check out the scarecrows on the Historic Courthouse lawn. The Mayor’s Women’s Commission are hosting their annual Scarecrow Contest, open to youth organizations in the area, so there should be some great examples.

And finally, Witch Way to Main Street, hosted by Leesville Main Street, will run from 6 to 9 pm. Local businesses will gather on Third Street, setting up booths with games and candy for the young Trick-or-Treaters, so dress the kiddies in their costumes and bring them downtown for family-friendly fun.