Monroe-West Monroe, Louisiana
Events Calendar
Freedom Trees
Dates: From 11/11/2016 to 12/31/2016
The Chennault Aviation & Military Museum showcases Freedom Trees honoring veterans with a patch, ribbon, medal, or photo from their military service.
Address:  701 Kansas Lane
Monroe, LA 71201
Time: 5:00pm
Phone: (318) 362-5540


Santa’s Christmas Village
Dates: From 11/19/2016 to 12/23/2016
A holiday wonderland with ice skating, snow, make and take ornaments, cookie decoration, rides down Mount Sneaux, the Coca Cola Christmas Village trains exhibit, a festive outdoor light show, and special visits with Santa. Don’t miss the new photo booth fun every Thursday evening from 5-8pm and your chance to meet two real live reindeer on November 19th.
Address:  323 Walnut Street
Monroe, LA 71201
Time: Thursday- Friday 5:00pm-8:00pm; Saturday 10:00am-8:00pm; Sunday 1:00pm-6:00pm
Cost: $7 ages one and up, $10 Skate rental
Phone: 318-361-9611


Holiday Lights
Dates: From 11/21/2016 to 12/31/2016
Don’t miss the lights in Downtown Monroe & West Monroe or Tree Jays at the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum each night. Walk through the tunnels of lights at the Wonderland of Lights or our newest display Throwback Christmas.
Address:  DeSiard and Trenton Streets
Monroe and West Monroe, LA 71201
Time: 5:00pm
Cost: Free
Phone: 800-843-1872


Christmas at the Biedenharn
Dates: From 12/1/2016 to 12/31/2016
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. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
Address:  2006 Riverside Drive
Monroe, LA 71201
Time: 10:00am-5:00pm
Phone: 318-387-5281


Warhawk Football: ULM vs. UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns
Dates: 12/3/2016
Come and cheer on the Warhawk Football team as they take on rival ULL Ragin' Cajuns! From the tailgate to the game this evening full of fun will have you cheering the whole time!
Address:  514 Warhawk Way
Monroe, LA 71203
Time: 2:00pm
Cost: Lower Bench (Sections 101-107) - $25; Upper Chairback (Sections 202-206) - $25; General Admission (upper WEST or EAST) - $15; GROUP PRICING AVAILABLE; for ticket packages visit the ULM football website.
Phone: 318-342-1000


Bah-Humbug 5k Run
Dates: 12/3/2016
This 5k run is sponsored by Family Church in West Monroe and benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Louisiana.
Address:  100-400 blocks of Trenton Street
West Monroe, LA 71291
Time: 9:00am-11:00am
Cost: $18 pre-registration, $20 day of race


Twin City Ballet Christmas Gala
Dates: 12/3/2016
In this year’s "An Annie Christmas", Daddy Warbucks wants to make sure Annie and her friends find out exactly what Christmas is all about as he takes them on a whirlwind adventure to celebrate this holiday. Together, they discover the joy of giving and that friends make the best family. The Gala will also feature Leaia Alsup’s beautifully choreographed joyous tribute to this December miracle.
Address:  401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway
Monroe, LA 71210
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: Prices vary
Phone: 318-329-2225


Rickey Smiley Comedy Show "Live"
Dates: 12/3/2016
Northeast Louisiana get ready to get your laugh on Saturday December 3rd at the Monroe Civic Center Arena as Rickey Smiley and friends return to Monroe, La. for the Rickey Smiley Comedy Show "Live"! Doors open at 6:30pm and show time is 7:30pm.
Address:  401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway
Monroe, LA 71210
Time: 7:30pm-10:00pm
Cost: $15 General Admission, $30 Risers, $40 Floor and $50 VIP
Phone: 318-329-2225


Winter Birds at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Dates: 12/3/2016
Come out to Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge and learn more about the birds that you might see during the winter months. For 6-12 year olds.
Address:  480 Richland Pl Drive
Monroe, LA 71203
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
Phone: 318-387-1114


Winter Birds at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge
Dates: 12/3/2016
Come out to Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge and learn more about the birds that you might see during the winter months and make a craft to take home. This event is for 3-5 year olds.
Address:  480 Richland Pl Drive
Monroe, LA 71203
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Cost: Free
Phone: 318-387-1114


Steve Trash Magic Show
Dates: 12/3/2016
Join world famous eco-magician Steve Trash as he performs at Pecanland Mal on the stage near the food court and carousell. Showtimes begin at 10:30am, 11:30am, and 12:30pm. This free event will be sure to amaze you.
Address:  4700 Millhaven Road, Suite 2000
Monroe, LA 71203
Time: 10:30am, 11:30am, and 12:30pm
Phone: 318-322-4635


Journey to Bethlehem
Dates: From 12/3/2016 to 12/4/2016
Experience the sights and sounds of the world’s 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.
Address:  4700 Millhaven Road, Suite 2000
Monroe, LA 71203
Time: 2:00pm-5:00pm
Cost: Free
Phone: 318-396-4953


Tool Demonstration At Poverty Point World Heritage Site
Dates: 12/4/2016
“Go Back In Time” and learn about an ancient culture, the Poverty Point inhabitants, that once lived in Northeast Louisiana over 3,500 years ago and how they developed and created implements used in their everyday lives in order to survive.
Address:  6859 Highway 577
Pioneer, LA 71266
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Cost: $4, Children (12 and under) and senior citizens (62 and over) are admitted free.
Phone: 888-926-5492


Cottonland Christmas Star-Spangled USO Show
Dates: From 12/4/2016 to 12/7/2016
Strauss Theater Center and Chennault Aviation Museum are joining forces to celebrate the memory of The 75th Anniversary of the Bombing of Pearl Harbor with the recreation of Bob Hope’s USO Show. Cottonland Christmas Star-Spangled USO Show will be a production the entire family will enjoy. Reserve your tickets today and get ready for a swell time!
Address:  1300 Lamy Lane
Monroe, LA 71201
Time: Sunday 2:00pm, Monday & Tuesday 7:00pm, Wednesday 3:00pm
Cost: Adult $25, Student $10
Phone: 318-323-6681


Pet Night with Santa
Dates: 12/5/2016
Bring your four-legged friend to see Santa at Pecanland Mall and pose for a photo! Cats and dogs only, please.
Address:  4700 Millhaven Road, Suite 2000
Monroe, LA 71203
Time: 4:00pm-8:00pm
Phone: 318-322-4635


Story Nights with Santa
Dates: 12/6/2016
Join Pecanland Mall for story time with Santa and his helpers! This is a free event that fills up quickly so come early! Once the stories are over, attending families will have the opportunity to take a one of kind photo of their child being read to by Santa.
Address:  4700 Millhaven Road, Suite 2000
Monroe, LA 71203
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Cost: Free
Phone: 318-322-4635


The Magic of Christmas
Dates: 12/8/2016
KNOE and the City of Monroe present the 2nd annual Magic of Christmas event with light displays and a live nativity. Kids can also visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, the Grinch, and many more Christmas characters!
Address:  401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway
Monroe, LA 71210
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Phone: 318-388-8888


Christmas Evenings at the Biedenharn
Dates: From 12/8/2016 to 12/10/2016
Enjoy an evening of beautiful Christmas decorations throughout the Biedenharn Home and Elsong Gardens thanks to the Monroe Garden League, entertainment by local musicians, refreshments, and photos with Santa Clause.
Address:  2006 Riverside Drive
Monroe, LA 71201
Time: 5:00pm-8:00pm
Phone: 318-387-5281


"Winter Wonderland, a Holiday Cabaret" at Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts
Dates: 12/9/2016
Featuring timeless classic such as “Let It Snow” and “Sleigh Ride,” this musical journey will have you tapping your feet to modern holiday tunes such as “Once Upon a December” and “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” You might even get to celebrate the joys of summer with a certain snowman from Arendelle. Oh, and did we mention there’s a 90% chance of winter precipitation?
Address:  1300 1/2 Lamy Lane
Monroe, LA 71201
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: $12 Adult, $8 Student
Phone: 318-812-7922


Wagon Tour of Lights
Dates: From 12/9/2016 to 12/10/2016
Take an open air ride through the lights and sights of our twin cities. The 30-minute rides begin at 5:00 PM and conclude by 9:00 PM every Friday and Saturday nights beginning Nov 25, with the exception of Christmas Eve.
Address:  Commerce & Wood Streets
West Monroe, LA 71291
Time: 5:00pm-9:00pm
Cost: $3 for adults; $2 for kids 12 and under


Nothing Runs Like A Deere 5K
Dates: 12/10/2016
Join Goldman Equipment's 1st Annual "Nothing Runs Like A Deere 5K". Come out to support the runners, shop Christmas toys, and take a picture with Santa. Proceeds of this event will benefit Family Promise Of Ouachita.
Address:  511 Mane Street
West Monroe, LA 71292
Time: 8:00am Family Fun Run, 8:30 5k
Cost: $25 5k, $20 1 Mile Fun Run


Kids Alley Sponsored by Centric Federal Credit Union
Dates: 12/10/2016
A day of everything fun for kids: buggy rides, games, Masur Museum crafts, Zoo animals, bounce house, visits with Santa and more. For more information, call: 318-388-3930.
Address:  Commerce and Wood Streets
West Monroe, LA 71291
Time: 2:00pm-5:00pm
Cost: Free
Phone: 318-388-3930


The Snowman: A Winter Holiday Pops
Dates: 12/10/2016
Inspired by the short story told through pictures, Howard Blake's movie short The Snowman comes to life in a vibrant way this Holiday season, with the Monroe Symphony performing the soundtrack live as the movie is shown!
Address:  401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway
Monroe, LA 71210
Time: 7:00pm-9:30pm
Cost: $5-$30
Phone: 318-329-2225


Get Out & Fish
Dates: 12/10/2016
This free event hosted by Kiroli Park, the City of West Monroe and LDWF will include fun fishing activities for all ages including a mobile touch tank, casting inflatable and more. The first 100 youth participants to register will receive a goody bag so make sure to get there early.
Address:  820 Kiroli Road
West Monroe, LA 71291
Time: 7:00am-12:00pm
Phone: 318-396-4016


"Winter Wonderland, a Holiday Cabaret" at Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts
Dates: 12/10/2016
Featuring timeless classic such as “Let It Snow” and “Sleigh Ride,” this musical journey will have you tapping your feet to modern holiday tunes such as “Once Upon a December” and “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” You might even get to celebrate the joys of summer with a certain snowman from Arendelle. Oh, and did we mention there’s a 90% chance of winter precipitation?
Address:  1300 1/2 Lamy Lane
Monroe, LA 71201
Time: 2:00pm
Cost: $12 Adult, $8 Student
Phone: 318-812-7922


Outdoor Movie: Home Alone, sponsored by The Hamilton House.
Dates: 12/10/2016
What would be better than a holiday movie in Antique Alley under the magical Christmas lights? Popcorn and hot chocolate will be available for purchase.
Address:  Natchitoches and Trenton Streets
West Monroe, LA 71291
Time: 5:30pm
Cost: Free
Phone: 800-843-1872


NEW: A Magical Bike Parade Sponsored and Hosted by The Bike Source
Dates: 12/10/2016
Be part of the glitter. Decorate your bicycles and pedal through the lights in both our cities. Everyone 12 years and older is welcome to participate. So light up your bikes and join us for a night of laughs and fun. May the best bike shine! (*Rain Date: December 17, same time)
Address:  Commerce and Wood Streets
West Monroe, LA 71291
Time: 7:00pm
Phone: 318-387-5691


Christmas in DOMO
Dates: 12/10/2016
Come hear carols sung by local choirs, join in on the Ugly Sweater contest, visit with your favorite magical characters, and taste the holiday drinks as you enjoy the local vendors along the River! Don’t forget about the Christmas Pet Pageant as well as getting a picture taken with Santa.
Address:  316 South Grand
Monroe, LA 71203
Time: 10:00am-4:00pm
Cost: Free
Phone: 318-807-9985


10th Annual Bawcomville Redneck Parade
Dates: 12/10/2016
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.
Address:  Smith Street
West Monroe, LA 71292
Time: 10:00am- end of parade
Cost: Free


MORNING HIKE AT POVERTY POINT WORLD HERITAGE SITE
Dates: 12/10/2016
Visitors to Poverty Point World Heritage Site are invited to take part in a ranger-led hike which will directly engage hikers with the mounds, earthworks, and nature found in the park. Beginning at 10 a.m. in the museum, there will be an introductory video, followed by the 1-2 hour hike (depending on the pace of the group).
Address:  6859 Highway 577
Pioneer, LA 71266
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Cost: $4 Children (12 and under) and senior citizens (62 and over) are admitted free.
Phone: 888-926-5492


"Winter Wonderland, a Holiday Cabaret" at Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts
Dates: 12/11/2016
Featuring timeless classic such as “Let It Snow” and “Sleigh Ride,” this musical journey will have you tapping your feet to modern holiday tunes such as “Once Upon a December” and “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” You might even get to celebrate the joys of summer with a certain snowman from Arendelle. Oh, and did we mention there’s a 90% chance of winter precipitation?
Address:  1300 1/2 Lamy Lane
Monroe, LA 71201
Time: 3:00pm
Cost: $12 Adult, $8 Student
Phone: 318-812-7922


Pet Night with Santa
Dates: 12/12/2016
Bring your four-legged friend to see Santa at Pecanland Mall and pose for a photo! Cats and dogs only, please.
Address:  4700 Millhaven Road, Suite 2000
Monroe, LA 71203
Time: 4:00pm-8:00pm
Phone: 318-322-4635


Story Nights with Santa
Dates: 12/13/2016
Join Pecanland Mall for story time with Santa and his helpers! This is a free event that fills up quickly so come early! Once the stories are over, attending families will have the opportunity to take a one of kind photo of their child being read to by Santa.
Address:  4700 Millhaven Road, Suite 2000
Monroe, LA 71203
Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Cost: Free
Phone: 318-322-4635


Acoustic Christmas
Dates: 12/15/2016
Join the WMWO Chamber of Commerce as they host Acoustic Christmas: A Free Community Concert. This one of a kind Christmas concert will feature Dan Sumner and John Farmer with special guest Betsy Lowe.
Address:  102 Thomas Rd
West Monroe, LA 71291
Time: 6:00pm-7:45pm
Cost: Free
Phone: 877-726-9355


Louisiana Delta Ballet Presents “Twas the Night Before a Cajun Christmas”
Dates: 12/16/2016
An Original Ballet, created by Artistic Director Missy Crain, this is a Louisiana twist on a classic Christmas story. Watch what happens when Santa lands in Louisiana on Christmas Eve. Kids and adults alike will enjoy this performance.
Address:  401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expressway
Monroe, LA 71210
Time: 7:30pm
Cost: $25
Phone: 318-345-1155


Louisiana State Games: Middle School Basketball Championships
Dates: From 12/16/2016 to 12/17/2016
Join in on the fun at the Louisiana State Games Middle School Basketball Championships.
Address:  100 Warhawk Way
Monroe, LA 71203
Phone: 318-342-5305


Wagon Tour of Lights
Dates: From 12/16/2016 to 12/17/2016
Take an open air ride through the lights and sights of our twin cities. The 30-minute rides begin at 5:00 PM and conclude by 9:00 PM every Friday and Saturday nights beginning Nov 25, with the exception of Christmas Eve.
Address:  Commerce & Wood Streets
West Monroe, LA 71291
Time: 5:00pm-9:00pm
Cost: $3 for adults; $2 for kids 12 and under


Driven Desires Toy Drive
Dates: 12/17/2016
Show an unopened toy and receive free entry into the Driven Desires car show!
Address:  102 Thomas Rd
West Monroe, LA 71291
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
Phone: 877-726-9355


Origin Bank presents the Kiwanis Club of West Monroe Christmas Parade
Dates: 12/17/2016
Come enjoy the holiday floats and Christmas Parade.
Address:  100-400 blocks of Trenton Street
West Monroe, LA 71291
Time: 10:00am
Cost: Free


Origin Bank presents the Monroe Renaissance Fireworks Extravaganza
Dates: 12/17/2016
Enjoy this beautiful fireworks display along the banks of the Ouachita River. Fireworks will be shot from the Endom bridge.
Address:  316 South Grand
Monroe, LA 71203
Time: 7:00pm
Cost: Free
Phone: 318-807-9985


Jingle Bell Run Half Marathon and 5K Sponsored by the Boy Scouts
Dates: 12/17/2016
This great half marathon will begin at the RiverMarket on the beautiful Ouachita River and wind its way through historical Downtown Monroe and the Garden District. The 5K will begin at the RiverMarket and take you through historical Downtown Monroe. For more information contact Greg Covington at 318-325-4634
Address:  316 South Grand
Monroe, LA 71203
Time: 8:00am for Half Marathon, 8:30am for 5K
Cost: Prices Varies
Phone: 318-325-4634


Step Back in Time
Dates: 12/17/2016
Take a stroll down memory lane on Antique Alley. The shops will display different eras through window exhibits and merchants’ costumes. There will be tours throughout the day led by a local historian, providing the history of the buildings and this fascinating area.
Address:  100-400 blocks of Trenton Street
West Monroe, LA 71291
Time: 10:00am-5:00pm
Cost: Free
Phone: 800-843-1872


"Winter Wonderland, a Holiday Cabaret" at Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts
Dates: 12/17/2016
Featuring timeless classic such as “Let It Snow” and “Sleigh Ride,” this musical journey will have you tapping your feet to modern holiday tunes such as “Once Upon a December” and “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” You might even get to celebrate the joys of summer with a certain snowman from Arendelle. Oh, and did we mention there’s a 90% chance of winter precipitation?
Address:  1300 1/2 Lamy Lane
Monroe, LA 71201
Time: 2:00pm & 7:00pm
Cost: $12 Adult, $8 Student
Phone: 318-812-7922


The Candy Cane Hunt
Dates: 12/17/2016
Join Macaroni Kid Monroe-West Monroe at Kiroli Park for their first Candy Cane Hunt! Enjoy photo opps with Santa, kids’ activities & crafts, zoo animals, food, and music by 88.7 The Cross & Power 927.FM. This is one unique holiday event not to be missed!
Address:  820 Kiroli Road
West Monroe, LA 71291
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm
Cost: $1 admission to Kiroli Park
Phone: 318-321-3639


"Winter Wonderland, a Holiday Cabaret" at Strauss Youth Academy for the Arts
Dates: 12/18/2016
Featuring timeless classic such as “Let It Snow” and “Sleigh Ride,” this musical journey will have you tapping your feet to modern holiday tunes such as “Once Upon a December” and “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” You might even get to celebrate the joys of summer with a certain snowman from Arendelle. Oh, and did we mention there’s a 90% chance of winter precipitation?
Address:  1300 1/2 Lamy Lane
Monroe, LA 71201
Time: 3:00pm
Cost: $12 Adult, $8 Student
Phone: 318-812-7922


Wagon Tour of Lights
Dates: 12/23/2016
Take an open air ride through the lights and sights of our twin cities. The 30-minute rides begin at 5:00 PM and conclude by 9:00 PM every Friday and Saturday nights beginning Nov 25, with the exception of Christmas Eve.
Address:  Commerce & Wood Streets
West Monroe, LA 71291
Time: 5:00pm-9:00pm
Cost: $3 for adults; $2 for kids 12 and under


Up on the Rooftop, Down by the River
Dates: 12/30/2016
Enjoy a night of great food, spirits, live music, and the best seat in the house for the fireworks at this great holiday event.
Address:  130 Desiard St
Monroe, LA 71201
Time: 7:00pm-11:00pm
Cost: $100
Phone: (318) 807-1177



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