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Upcoming Events
Freedom Trees
11/11/2014 to 01/1/2015
Start off the season with the tree lighting ceremony of the Chennault Aviation & Military Museum Freedom Trees honoring veterans with a patch, ribbon, medal, or photo from their military service. On November 11, the trees will be turned on at a Special Ceremony at 5 pm.

Art with a Downtown View
11/21/2014
Celebrating its 13th anniversary, Art with a Downtown View will showcase both local artists with art for viewing and purchase, live auction, cocktails, food, and music. Proceeds benefit the Monroe Symphony Orchestra.

Santa's Christmas Village
11/22/2014 to 12/21/2014
A holiday wonderland with ice skating, snow, make and take ornaments, cookie decorating, and special visits with Santa! Don’t miss the talking and singing Tree-Jays, an interactive light display that the kids will love.

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Events
Freedom Trees
Nov 11, 2014 to Jan 1, 2015
Time:5:00pm
Start off the season with the tree lighting ceremony of the Chennault Aviation & Military Museum Freedom Trees honoring veterans with a patch, ribbon, medal, or photo from their military service. On November 11, the trees will be turned on at a Special Ceremony at 5 pm.
Venue:Chennault Aviation and Military Museum
Address:701 Kansas Lane
Monroe LA, 71201
Admission Cost:Free
Email:www.chennaultmuseum.org
Phone:(318) 362-5540
Web:http://chennaultmuseum.org/


Art with a Downtown View
Nov 21, 2014
Time:6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Celebrating its 13th anniversary, Art with a Downtown View will showcase both local artists with art for viewing and purchase, live auction, cocktails, food, and music. Proceeds benefit the Monroe Symphony Orchestra.
Venue:Vantage Tower Ballroom
Address:130 Desiard Street
Monroe LA, 71203
Admission Cost:$50 per ticket
Phone:(318) 812-6761
Web:www.monroesymphonyorchestra.com


RiverMarket Days: Praise & Gospel Fest
Nov 22, 2014
Time:10:00 am-4:00 pm
Enjoy this destination to shop and gather on the picturesque Ouachita River. This french-style market has a variety of culture, education and entertainment. The RiverMarket offers produce, artisan handmade items, food, and entertainment in a “town square” setting. Don't miss out on all the fun!
Venue:RiverMarket
Address:316 South Grand
Monroe LA, 71203
Admission Cost:Free
Phone:318-807-9985
Web:http://downtownrivermarket.com/


Little Miss Christmas on the River Pageant
Nov 22, 2014
Time:12:00pm
Enter your little princess or cheer on your favorite contestant at our Little Miss Christmas on the River Pageant. Every contestant will feel like a queen!
Venue:Pecanland Mall
Address:4700 Millhaven Road, Suite 2000
Monroe LA, 71203
Admission Cost:free
Email:info@monroe-westmonroe.org
Phone:800-843-1872
Web:www.pecanlandmall.com


Dancing Lights
Nov 22, 2014 to Jan 1, 2015
Monroe-West Monroe is shining with festive light displays painting each city bright! Drive the trail of light shows that tell jokes, dance and more. See the map for locations.
Venue:Downtown Monroe and West Monroe
Address:DeSiard and Trenton Streets
Monroe and West Monroe LA, 71201
Admission Cost:Free
Email:www.christmasontheriver.org
Phone:800-843-1872


Santa's Christmas Village
Nov 22, 2014 to Dec 21, 2014
Time:Thursday-Friday 5:00-8:00pm; Saturday 10:00am-8:00pm; Sunday 1:00-6:00pm
A holiday wonderland with ice skating, snow, make and take ornaments, cookie decorating, and special visits with Santa! Don’t miss the talking and singing Tree-Jays, an interactive light display that the kids will love.
Venue:Northeast Louisiana Children's Museum
Address:323 Walnut Street
Monroe LA, 71201
Admission Cost:$5 to enter; $10 to skate
Phone:(318) 361-9611
Web:www.nelcm.org


RiverMarket Days: Christmas at the RiverMarket
Nov 29, 2014
Time:10:00 am-4:00 pm
"Shop 'Til You Drop" at the Monroe RiverMarket and start your holiday shopping with unique vendors offering clothing, art, pottery, food, and more. Don't miss the first annual Dachshund Dash, a race for our foot-long, four legged friends, as well as the Jingle Bell 5K Run.
Venue:RiverMarket
Address:316 South Grand
Monroe LA, 71203
Admission Cost:Free
Phone:318-807-9985
Web:www.downtownrivermarket.com


Holiday Outdoor Movie
Nov 29, 2014
Time:5:30 pm
Enjoy a family friendly holiday movie under the Christmas lights in Downtown West Monroe's Antique Alley.
Venue:Antique Alley
Address:Corner of Natchitoches and Trenton Streets
West Monroe LA, 71292
Admission Cost:Free
Phone:(800) 843-1872
Web:www.antiquealleyshops.org


Kansas City Southern Holiday Express
Nov 30, 2014
Time:4:00 pm
The KCS Holiday Express will make a stop in Downtown Monroe. Don’t miss this festive six car train featuring the smiling tank car “Rudy”; a flatcar carrying Santa’s sleigh, reindeer, and a miniature village; a ginger bread boxcar; an elves’ workshop; the reindeer stable; and a little red caboose. Guests are invited to tour the train and visit with Santa!
Venue:Downtown Monroe
Address:100 DeSiard Street
Monroe LA, 71201
Admission Cost:Free
Phone:318-807-9985
Web:www.downtownmonroe.org


Downtown Gallery Crawl
Dec 4, 2014
Time:5:00pm-9:00pm
Santa's helpers in downtown Monroe's Gallery District have been busy this year creating one of a kind, original works of art to fill those Christmas stockings. A highlight of the winter season, the Downtown Gallery Crawl with nine galleries offer an exciting night for feasting on the delights to please the most discriminating buyers. Come visit the nine galleries while the selectioin is best and beat the last minute shoppers!
Venue:Downtown Monroe and West Monroe
Address:DeSiard and Trenton Streets
Monroe and West Monroe LA, 71201
Admission Cost:Free
Phone:318-503-5125


Kevin D. Alexander presents Downtown River Jam
Dec 4, 2014
Time:6:00PM - 9:00PM
Join Downtown Monroe Alliance for River Jam a popular live concert series held in the heart of downtown Monroe. The event features a variety of local and national acts. So, join us for some live music, cold brews, and a beautiful view of downtown!
Venue:Bry Park
Address:110 DeSiard Street
Monroe LA, 71201
Admission Cost:Free
Phone:318-329-4947


Scrooge!
Dec 4, 2014 to Dec 6, 2014
Time:7:00 pm nightly
The streets of this small town in England are brought to life in this theater performance with live music and the stunning Celtic and Couples dancers. Enjoy this Broadway experience that will touch and entertain you!
Venue:Family Church
Address:320 Laird Street
West Monroe LA, 71291
Admission Cost:Free to attend
Phone:(318) 396-7959
Web:www.familychurch.org


Christmas at the Biedenharn
Dec 5, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014
Time:Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm through Decmber 26; Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm after December 23
Enjoy the beautiful Christmas decorations throughout the Biedenharn Home and ELsong Gardens thanks to the Monroe Garden Study League. This year's theme is "O Christmas Tree." Be sure to come by during regular museum hours to take your family Christmas snapshots. The museum will be open until 6:00pm through December 23 so that visitors may enjoy the lights.
Venue:Biedenharn Museum and Gardens
Address:2006 Riverside Drive
Monroe LA, 71201
Admission Cost:Adults $6; Children $4
Phone:(318) 387-5281
Web:www.bmuseum.org


Bah Humbug 5K Run
Dec 6, 2014
Time:9:00am
This 5K run is sponsored by Family Church in West Monroe and benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Louisiana.
Venue:Antique Alley
Address:100 Trenton Street
West Monroe LA, 71292
Admission Cost:Entry fees apply.
Web:www.ovrrc.com


8th Annual Bawcomville Redneck Parade
Dec 6, 2014
Time:10:00am
This is a parade like no other! You'll enjoy floats with fun-loving redneck themes and throws that range from beads to toys to other surprises!
Venue:Downtown Bawcomville
Address:Smith Street
West Monroe LA, 71292
Admission Cost:Free
Email:www.christmasontheriver.org


RiverMarket Days: Kids Christmas Market Day
Dec 6, 2014
Time:10:00 am-4:00 pm
When counting the days to Christmas, a visit to the RiverMarket in Downtown Monroe is a fun experience for little ones. We will have special programs geared for children that will appeal to the whole family as well. Here, right on the Ouachita River, you can find bounce houses, a lunch with Santa Claus at 11:30am, a Christmas pet parade, and fireworks as well as many children clothing vendors. The First Baptist Church in Downtown Monroe will join us with their choir for a beautiful holiday performance at 4:30pm.
Venue:RiverMarket
Address:316 South Grand
Monroe LA, 71203
Admission Cost:Free
Phone:318-807-9985
Web:www.downtownrivermarket.com


Journey to Bethlehem
Dec 6, 2014 to Dec 7, 2014
Time:2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Experience the sights and sounds of the world of the first Christmas through a 20 minute walk-thru Christmas drama. The journey features over 100 characters in costume, live animals, 1st century shops, and a live nativity.
Venue:Pecanland Mall
Address:4700 Millhaven Road, Suite 2000
Monroe LA, 71203
Admission Cost:Free
Phone:(318) 396-4953
Web:http://ccbchurch.org/#/ministries/journey-to-bethlehem


Kiwanis Club of West Monroe Christmas Parade sponsored by Bancorp South
Dec 6, 2014
Time:3:00pm
Come enjoy the Holiday floats and Christmas Parade in Downtown Monroe and West Monroe sponsored by Bancorp South.
Venue:Downtown Monroe and West Monroe
Address:DeSiard and Trenton Streets
Monroe and West Monroe LA, 71201
Admission Cost:Free
Email:www.wmkiwanis.org
Phone:800-843-1872


Kevin D. Alexander presents Downtown River Jam
Dec 6, 2014
Time:5:00PM - 9:00PM
Join Downtown Monroe Alliance for River Jam a popular live concert series held in the heart of downtown Monroe. The event features a variety of local and national acts. So, join us for some live music, cold brews, and a beautiful view of downtown!
Venue:Bry Park
Address:110 DeSiard Street
Monroe LA, 71201
Admission Cost:Free
Phone:318-329-4947


Up on the Rooftop Party
Dec 6, 2014
Time:6:00-9:00pm
Don't miss out on this night to remember. Everyone will sure to be entertained with a wide variety of festivities from Santa and his sleigh, a raffle prize drawing, and a fun interactive photo booth. Start off the fun with a choir ensemble, then get the best seat for the Christmas fireworks and finally end the night with live music entertainment! All proceeds go to benefit the Downtown Renaissance.
Venue:Vantage ONB Tower Parking Garage
Address:130 DeSiard Street
Monroe LA, 71201
Admission Cost:Ticket prices vary
Phone:318-324-0001


Monroe Renaissance Fireworks Extravaganza Sponsored by Bancorp South
Dec 6, 2014
Time:7:00pm
Enjoy this beautiful fireworks display along the banks of the Ouachita River. Fireworks will be shot from the Endom bridge.
Venue:Downtown Monroe
Address:100 DeSiard Street
Monroe LA, 71201
Admission Cost:Free
Phone:318-807-1177
Web:www.facebook.com/MonroeRenaissance


The Christmas Gala
Dec 6, 2014
Time:7:30 pm
This Twin City Ballet Performance features an evening of pure Christmas joy that will appeal to all ages. A Winter’s Night will fill friends and families with awe and true Christmas wonder during Leaia Alsup’s beautifully choreographed spiritual tribute to the miracle of that most magical winter night so long ago. Santa’s Spy – New York-based choreographer, Joe Istre, is at it again, bringing a brand new Christmas production. Twin City Ballet Company’s Christmas performance is a long-time favorite holiday tradition for thousands of school children. This all-new mixed-media production is no exception. Join us as our mischievous elf visits children everywhere to see who is being naughty or nice.
Venue:W.L. "Jack" Howard Theatre at the Monroe Civic Center
Address:401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway
Monroe LA, 71210
Admission Cost:Ticket prices vary
Phone:(318) 388-3011
Web:www.twincityballet.org


Scrooge!
Dec 11, 2014 to Dec 14, 2014
Time:7:00 pm Thursday-Saturday; 3:00 pm on Sunday
The streets of this small town in England are brought to life in this theater performance with live music and the stunning Celtic and Couples dancers. Enjoy this Broadway experience that will touch and entertain you!
Venue:Family Church
Address:320 Laird Street
West Monroe LA, 71291
Admission Cost:Free to attend
Phone:(318) 396-7959
Web:www.familychurch.org


Holidays at the Biedenharn
Dec 11, 2014 to Dec 13, 2014
Time:10:00 am to 8:00 pm
Enjoy the beautiful Christmas decorations during special evening hours with entertainment.
Venue:Biedenharn Museum and Gardens
Address:2006 Riverside Drive
Monroe LA, 71201
Admission Cost:$6 adults; $4 children
Phone:(318) 387-5281
Web:www.bmuseum.org


The Music Man
Dec 11, 2014 to Dec 13, 2014
Time:7:00 pm nightly
Celebrate the Season with Strauss Theatre Center, in collaboration with Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts, as they bring you one of the most beloved musicals of all time, Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man. A fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, poses as a boys’ band organizer and leader when he arrives in River City, Iowa. After conning the citizens into buying non-existent instruments and uniforms, his plans are to skip town with the cash, but he falls in love with Marion the librarian who transforms him into a respectable citizen.
Venue:Strauss Theatre Center
Address:1300 Lamy Lane
Monroe LA, 71201
Admission Cost:Ticket prices vary.
Phone:(318) 323-6681
Web:www.strausstheatrecenter.com


RiverMarket Days: Christmas at DOMO
Dec 13, 2014
Time:10:00 am-4:00 pm
Shop at the RiverMarket for Christmas gifts, décor, and more! Decorate your wagons/floats and put on your holiday costumes because today is the annual Kids Christmas parade at the market. The parade begins at 11:00am and there will be prizes given for costumes and float décor. We will also host an “Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest”, at 1pm, at the market on this day. Get out your hot glue guns and tacky décor and come see us at the market. Prizes will be given for first, second and third place winners.
Venue:RiverMarket
Address:316 South Grand
Monroe LA, 71203
Admission Cost:Free
Phone:318-807-9985
Web:www.downtownrivermarket.com


Kids Alley
Dec 13, 2014
Time:2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Enjoy fun activities including buggy rides, crafts, zoo animals, bounce houses and a visit with Santa.
Venue:Antique Alley
Address:100 Trenton Street
West Monroe LA, 71292
Admission Cost:Free
Phone:318-388-3930
Web:www.antiquealleyshops.org


Holiday Outdoor Movie
Dec 13, 2014
Time:5:30 pm
Enjoy a family friendly holiday movie under the Christmas lights in Downtown West Monroe's Antique Alley.
Venue:Antique Alley
Address:Corner of Natchitoches and Trenton Streets
West Monroe LA, 71292
Admission Cost:Free
Phone:(800) 843-1872
Web:www.antiquealleyshops.org


Sounds of the Season
Dec 14, 2014
Time:3:00 pm
Be there for Monroe’s favorite holiday musical tradition as the Monroe Symphony Chorus and the Monroe Symphony Orchestra celebrate the holidays with Sounds of the Season. Share it with family and friends, and marvel in the season with conductor Clay Couturiaux and chorus director Deborah Chandler.
Venue:West Monroe Convention Center
Address:901 Ridge Avenue
West Monroe LA, 71291
Admission Cost:Ticket prices vary
Phone:(318) 812-6761
Web:www.monroesymphonyorchestra.com


Louisiana Delta Ballet's "The Ice Palace"
Dec 15, 2014 to Dec 19, 2014
Time:Show performance times vary.
This all new ballet takes place in a “frozen” kingdom with all of your favorite icy characters that will bring this enchanting story to life. Based on the popular Hans Christian Anderson story, “The Snow Queen”, this ballet is sure to please all bringing love and Compassion to your hearts this Christmas season.
Venue:W.L. "Jack" Howard Theatre at the Monroe Civic Center
Address:401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway
Monroe LA, 71210
Admission Cost:Ticket prices vary.
Email:mail@louisianadeltaballet.com
Phone:(318) 345-1155
Web:www.louisianadeltaballet.com


Strauss Theatre Center presents The Music Man
Dec 18, 2014
Time:7:00 pm
Celebrate the Season with Strauss Theatre Center, in collaboration with Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts, as they bring you one of the most beloved musicals of all time, Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man. A fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, poses as a boys’ band organizer and leader when he arrives in River City, Iowa. After conning the citizens into buying non-existent instruments and uniforms, his plans are to skip town with the cash, but he falls in love with Marion the librarian who transforms him into a respectable citizen.
Venue:Strauss Theatre Center
Address:1300 Lamy Lane
Monroe LA, 71201
Admission Cost:Ticket prices vary.
Phone:(318) 323-6681
Web:www.strausstheatrecenter.com


Old Fashioned Christmas
Dec 20, 2014
Time:10:00 am tp 5:00 pm
Stroll down Trenton and Cotton Streets, stopping in your favorite shops to see the merchants dressed in period costumes and drink in the ambience, a fun way to get your last minute shopping done.
Venue:Antique Alley
Address:100 Trenton Street
West Monroe LA, 71292
Admission Cost:Free to attend
Phone:318-388-3930
Web:www.antiquealleyshops.org


Strauss Theatre Center presents The Music Man
Dec 20, 2014
Time:2:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Celebrate the Season with Strauss Theatre Center, in collaboration with Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts, as they bring you one of the most beloved musicals of all time, Meredith Wilson’s The Music Man. A fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, poses as a boys’ band organizer and leader when he arrives in River City, Iowa. After conning the citizens into buying non-existent instruments and uniforms, his plans are to skip town with the cash, but he falls in love with Marion the librarian who transforms him into a respectable citizen.
Venue:Strauss Theatre Center
Address:1300 Lamy Lane
Monroe LA, 71201
Admission Cost:Ticket prices vary.
Phone:(318) 323-6681
Web:www.strausstheatrecenter.com






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