It’s beginning to look and — with a change in the weather — feel a lot more like Christmas so get out and enjoy the holidays with some of the festive events offered in the area.
Enjoy an interactive magical Christmas at the Shreveport Aquarium, stroll through the gardens of The American Rose Center for a number of special events, and enjoy the winter happenings at the newly renovated Sci-Port Discovery Center.
Mark your calendar for these exciting events:
BELIEVE! Lights the Night: Dec. 16-18
Celebrating its third year of Christmas magic, this event offers an interactive magical Christmas journey held at the Shreveport Aquarium in downtown Shreveport. Attendees are gifted a magic motion-activated Christmas wand that turns on lights, makes music, lights a fireplace, creates reindeer footprints, jingles bells, and more. Guests can even use their wand to find out if they are on the naughty or nice list. Photo opportunities will be available with a cast of costumed characters including Mrs. Claus, Santa’s jolly elves, the new beautiful Snow Mermaid, Glacielle and the big guy himself, Santa. Decorating inspiration will be available by gazing at the beautiful community-decorated Christmas Trees with the chance to vote for a favorite tree to win money for charity. Enjoy Mrs. Claus’ delicious cookies and hot cocoa, and make a holiday craft with one of the jolly elves.
Christmas in Roseland: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays – Nov. 25 – Dec. 18 from 5:30-10:00 p.m.; last car admitted at 9:30 p.m.; ENCORE NIGHTS will be every evening Dec. 19-23
The excitement returns to the American Rose Center this holiday season as the gardens transform into a whimsical winter wonderland from the day after Thanksgiving until the weekend before Christmas. The American Rose Center will be featuring millions of twinkling lights, dozens of lighted displays, giant Christmas cards to the community, nightly entertainment, photos with Santa, train rides, marshmallow roasting, and fun for the whole family!
Special events include Princesses in the Gardens on Saturday, Dec. 17; Postal Workers & Delivery Driver Appreciation Night on Sunday, Dec. 18 (all USPS and delivery drivers will receive $5 off a carload admission into the gardens with their ID); a Candlelight Sing-a-Long on Friday, Dec. 23; and Light up the Gardens: Finale Fireworks on Friday, Dec. 23.
Every night, guests can enjoy the Marshmallow Station – where they roast a jumbo marshmallow in the roasting station. Tickets are available for $2 each and s’mores kits are available for $4.
Admission to the 39th Annual Christmas in Roseland is $10 per person or $30 per carload. Ages 2 and younger are free. Purchase tickets online at www.christmasinroseland.org or www.outhousetickets.com. Tickets can be purchased at the gate with cash or card.
Santa will be in the gardens every night from 6-9 p.m. for photos, which are $10 each. No personal photography allowed. Santa is located in the Klima Rose Hall Gift Shop.
Roseland Express Train tickets are $5 per ride.
Sno-Port: until Jan. 29, 2023
Visitors from across the area have engaged in snow-themed, science-based activities housed in an interactive science “playground” known as Sno-Port at the Sci-Port Discovery Center since 2019. Sno-Port, redesigned annually, represents the imaginations and creations of local artists and has become a favorite holiday experience. General admission is $10, $15 pp combo, or $8 for Sno-Port only.
Top Gun: Maverick will be shown in the Goodman IMAX Dome on Dec. 16.
On Dec. 17, there will be Cocoa and Cookies with Santa & PJ Contest. Your $10 admission includes photo with Santa while the $15 combo includes general admission, cocoa bar, cookie bar, and photo with Santa. An additional option is seeing Polar Express IMAX Dome movie for $8. Photos with Santa, cocoa and cookies, and the costume contest will take place from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
There will also be 10:00 a.m. and noon showings of Ancient Caves in the IMAX Dome.
There are many more festive holiday events happening in Shreveport-Bossier City and around the area on the Holiday Trail of Lights! Visit HolidaysOnTheRed.com to see a full list of attractions and events.