Alexandria WinterFete, Christmas parades return to Cenla for holiday fun this week

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Holiday activities are in full swing. Here's what's happening this week.

Ongoing

Alexandria

The Holiday Light Safari: Dec. 10-12, Dec. 17-19, Dec. 22-23 and Dec. 26-29. at the Alexandria Zoo on Masonic Drive. Hours are 5:30-8 p.m. The event closes at 9 p.m. General admission is $8; Friends of the Alexandria Zoo pay $6 and those 3 and younger get in free. Visit thealexandriazoo.com for more information.

Pineville

Christmas Light Show: Journey Church, 2900 Donahue Ferry Road, features an 80-foot drive-thru tunnel and several walk-thru tunnels, a 20-foot tree, 8-foot candy canes and magical snow. The show is from 6-9 p.m. every night in December. The event is free and no tickets are required. Free glow-in-the-dark wristbands will be given out while supplies last. Free family portraits until Dec. 21. Special nights are Dec. 10-11 and Dec. 17-18 with live nativity, hot chocolate and food trucks.

Visit CenlaChristmas.com for more information.

Tuesday

Pet Pictures with Santa: 5-7 p.m. at Montgomery Animal Hospital + Hotel, 4116 Highway 28 East, Pineville. Complimentary 5x7 photo of pets, pet owners and Santa with a donation of five nonperishable food items. Hot chocolate and cookies will be handed out.

Check this out: Montgomery Animal Hospital in Pineville opens pet friendly hotel

Ice skating at the outdoor ice skating rink will again be part of Alex WinterFete which begins Thursday and concludes Sunday.
Ice skating at the outdoor ice skating rink will again be part of Alex WinterFete which begins Thursday and concludes Sunday.

Saturday

Town of Ball Christmas Parade: 2 p.m. Route begins on Highway 164 near Mug & Brush and ends near Ball Foods.

Thursday-Sunday

Alexandria WinterFete: Musical artists will be featured throughout the WinterFete in downtown Alexandria; free ice skating at an outdoor rink; a scavenger hunt; a Polar Express mini-train; a Holly Trolley; Jolly Junction Hot Cocoa Station; caroling karaoke; Santa's Workshop; a movie night; cookie cake eating contest; Letters to Santa Claus; arts and crafts stations; multicultural village and various vendors.

Thursday

Lighting of the city Christmas tree: 5 p.m. in the Downtown Mini-Park.

Friday

Pineville Christmas Parade: 7 p.m. in downtown Pineville.

Saturday

Gumbo Cook-off: Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Alexandria.

Ugly Sweater 5K: 8 a.m. Starts in front of City Hall on Murray Street. Dance-off begins afterward.

Learn more: The history of ugly Christmas sweaters

Garden District Holiday Tour of Homes: 4-7 p.m. Starts at First United Methodist Church on Jackson Street in Alexandria. Tour features houses in the Garden District National Register District and the Alexandria Post-War Suburbs National Register Historic District. $25 per ticket. For more information or tickets visit eventbrite.com.

"A Tuna Christmas": 7 p.m. on the Hearn Stage in the Kress Theatre in downtown Alexandria.

The Alexandria Museum of Art WinterFete Illuminated Procession: Line up at 8:45 p.m. and roll at 9:30 p.m. leading everyone to the Amphitheater for the fireworks. All who want to participate are welcomed. Contact AMoA at (318) 443-3458 for more information.

Alex WinterFete fireworks: 10 p.m. over the Red River in downtown Alexandria.

Sunday

Alexandria Christmas Parade: 2 p.m. The route will be the same as the Children's Mardi Gras Parade. It will begin on the corner of 10th and Murray Streets, turn left on Fifth Street, right on Jackson, right on Third Street and conclude just past St. James Street.

This article originally appeared on Alexandria Town Talk: WinterFete, Christmas parades return to Cenla for holiday fun Dec. 7-12

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