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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.

Dancing Lights
11/11/2014
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.

Annual Mistletoe and More Show
11/14/2014 to 11/15/2014
Enjoy a free glass of wine while you shop over 76 booths filled with gifts for everyone's taste, style, and budget. Tasty foods for your holiday parties, jewelry, small home based businesses, hair bows, holiday decor, bath & body, candles, home decor, and so much more!

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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:chennaultmuseum.org


Dancing Lights
Nov 11, 2014
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
Phone:800-843-1872


Annual Mistletoe and More Show
Nov 14, 2014 to Nov 15, 2014
Time:9:00am- 2:00pm
Enjoy a free glass of wine while you shop over 76 booths filled with gifts for everyone's taste, style, and budget. Tasty foods for your holiday parties, jewelry, small home based businesses, hair bows, holiday decor, bath & body, candles, home decor, and so much more!
Venue:West Monroe Convention Center
Address:901 Ridge Avenue
West Monroe LA, 71291
Admission Cost:$4
Phone:318-396-5000
Web:shoptilyoudropla.com


RiverMarket Days: GumboFest
Nov 15, 2014
Time:10am-4pm
Cajun Country, get your taste buds ready…. November 15th is GumboFest at the RiverMarket. The Pilot Club will host a gumbo cook off, with the winners announced in the closing announcements. Great live music from the infamous Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas will fill the market. Take it from us, this is a day that you don’t want to miss!
Venue:RiverMarket
Address:316 South Grand
Monroe LA, 71203
Admission Cost:Free
Phone:318-807-1735
Web:http://downtownrivermarket.com/


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


North LA Motorcyclist for Kids 35th Annual Toy Run
Nov 22, 2014
Time:Registration from 10:00am-12:30pm; Motorcycles leave at 1:00pm
Rain, sun, or snow, this event must go! Come ride with us for the North LA Motorcyclist for Kids 35th Annual Toy Run. Gathering at Lampkin Convenience store 4 miles noth on 165 North, Monroe, LA. Must bring 1 NEW toy and 4 can goods or minimum $10.00 CASH to Ride. There will be many prizes and free chili at the Big Top Restaurant.
Venue:Patsy's Big Top Restaurant
Address:2055 Old Natchitoches Rd
West Monroe LA, 71292
Admission Cost:$10
Phone:318-325-9578


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
PDF:2014 Little Miss Christmas on the River Pageant Application


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


City of Monroe’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Nov 22, 2014
The public is invited to join Mayor Jamie Mayo & the Monroe City Council, Miss Monroe, the J.S. Clark Elementary School choir and others for a fun time of seasonal songs, hot chocolate & cookies, and a special visit by Santa Claus (trading in his sleigh for an exciting ride on top of a Monroe Fire engine).
Venue:Monroe Civic Center
Address:401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway
Monroe LA, 71210
Phone:318-329-2225
Web:www.ci.monroe.la.us/monroe-civic-center.php


RiverMarket Days: Praise & Gospel Fest
Nov 22, 2014
Time:10am-4pm
The RiverMarket will kick of the weekend of Saturday, November 22nd with its “Praise & Gospel” festival, an alcohol-free day dedicated to the faith community. There will be various praise and gospel groups and individuals as well as dance groups and choirs back to back all day.
Venue:RiverMarket
Address:316 South Grand
Monroe LA, 71203
Admission Cost:Free
Phone:318-807-1735
Web:www.downtownrivermarket.com


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


Christmas in Calhoun
Nov 27, 2014 to Dec 31, 2014
Time:6:00-9:00 pm
Travel through the hills of Calhoun and enjoy lighted displays and decorations. On Saturdays in December from 6:00-9:00 pm delight in hot chocolate with Santa and cookies with Mrs. Claus. A true holiday special!
Venue:Christmas in Calhoun
Address:1190 Beulah Church Road
Calhoun LA, 71225
Admission Cost:Free
Phone:318-307-8156


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


RiverMarket Days: Shop 'Til You Drop
Nov 29, 2014
Time:10am-4pm
Shop local and unique at our “Shop ‘Til You Drop” day. Wear your comfy shoes and come join us. When you start to feel tired out, visit one of the delicious food and drink vendors to get pep back in your step, then keep on shopping. On your mark, get set, GO weenies!! The RiverMarket will hold its first ever “Dachshund Dash”, a race just for our foot long, four-legged friends at 2pm. Dirty South Running will host the “Jingle Bell Run” 5k at the RiverMarket. For more information about the 5k contact Tara Jeffirs at Dirty South Running. There will be great shopping and live entertainment throughout the day, featuring the Youth Group at Strauss Theatre.
Venue:RiverMarket
Address:316 South Grand
Monroe LA, 71203
Admission Cost:Free
Phone:318-807-1735
Web:www.downtownrivermarket.com


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, 71291
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


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


RiverMarket Days: First Baptist Church Choir
Dec 6, 2014
Time:4:30pm
The choir of the First Baptist Church in Downtown Monroe will provide a beautiful holiday performance.
Venue:RiverMarket
Address:316 South Grand
Monroe LA, 71203
Admission Cost:Free
Phone:318-807-9985
Web:downtownrivermarket.com


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:Monroe Civic Center
Address:401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway
Monroe LA, 71210
Admission Cost:Ticket prices vary
Phone:(318) 329-2225
Web:http://www.ci.monroe.la.us/monroe-civic-center.php


Outdoor Concert
Dec 6, 2014
Time:After parade, before fireworks
One of our excellent local brands will perform on the outdoor stage.
Venue:Antique Alley
Address:100-400 blocks of Trenton Street
West Monroe LA, 71292
Admission Cost:Free
Web:www.antiquealleyshops.org


RiverMarket Days:Kids Christmas Market Day, Lunch with Santa and Pet Parade
Dec 6, 2014
Time:10am-4pm
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. At 5pm, the Downtown River Jam will begin at the river walk with great live entertainment. Downtown River Jam will be followed by fireworks on the Endom Bridge.
Venue:RiverMarket
Address:316 South Grand
Monroe LA, 71203
Admission Cost:Free
Phone:318-807-1735
Web:www.downtownrivermarket.com


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 throughout the Biedenharn Home and Elsong Gardens thanks to the Monroe Garden Study League. Be sure to come by during regular museum hours to take your family Christmas snapshots. This year’s theme is “O Christmas Tree.”
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


Strauss Theatre Center Presents 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


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


RiverMarket Days: Christmas in DoMo
Dec 13, 2014
Time:10am-4pm
Ho, Ho, Ho! Santa Claus says to get on your Santa hats and come visit the market on December 13th, and you don’t want to be put on his naughty list! There is no better place to shop than 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. Prizes will be given for first, second and third place winners.
Venue:RiverMarket
Address:316 South Grand
Monroe LA, 71203
Admission Cost:Free
Phone:318-807-1735
Web:www.downtownrivermarket.com


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 Frozen Kingdom"
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


Celtic Christmas in Antique Alley
Dec 16, 2014
Time:6:00pm-8:00pm
The Ed Miller Trio from Edinborough, Scotland will bring a Celtic touch to our Louisiana Christmas. Presented by the West Monroe/West Ouachita Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by Glenwood Regional Medical Center.
Venue:Hamilton House
Address:318 Trenton Street
West Monroe LA, 71291
Admission Cost:Free
Phone:318-325-1961
Web:www.hamiltonhouseinn.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


Christmas in Costume
Dec 20, 2014
Time:10:00 am tp 5:00 pm
Stroll down Trenton and Cotton Streets, stopping in your favorite stores to see the merchants dressed in costumes depicting their favorite movies. Feel free to come dressed as your favorite Christmas character. This will be 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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