It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Alexandria/Pineville and we’d love to help you celebrate the season! Use this guide to create a list of the attractions, restaurants and events you don’t want to miss and then, if you plan to stay over, book a hotel room.
WHERE TO SHOP
Find the perfect gift in Alexandria/Pineville for everyone on your list! Our locally-owned shops and boutiques showcase the latest trends in holiday clothing and decor. Be sure to visit the Alexandria Mall and bring the family by for kid-friendly holiday happenings! See a list of Alexandria Mall Events HERE.
The Alexandria/Pineville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is an official partner of the Holiday Trail of Lights - A family tradition for over 30 years! Join the chorus and get in the holiday spirit as 8 of Louisiana's most festive cities have decked the halls just for you and your family. Visit the website for all things holiday including itineraries, lodging, food, shopping, and events.
HOLIDAY EVENTS & TRADITIONS
Experience the holiday traditions that make Central Louisiana unique – an Old-Fashioned Christmas celebration at Kent House; Teddy Bear Tea at the historic Hotel Bentley, the River Oaks Arts Center Porch Sale, and Garden District Holiday Tour of Homes. Whether you’re seeking a dazzling date night or looking for a new way to celebrate with family and friends, we highly recommend you add these events to your “Must-Do” List:
EAT, DRINK, AND BE MERRY
Looking for the perfect spot to celebrate with family or friends?
Here are a few of our holiday favorites:
This month, the award-winning craft brewery Huckleberry Brewing Co is tapping a seasonal fan favorite, the Sticky Bandit Cinnamon Wheat! Named for the classic Home Alone villains themselves, this American wheat ale is brewed with organic cinnamon and maple syrup to help warm you up to the holiday season!
In Pineville, Fighting Hand Brewing Co. is serving up specialty beers and sodas with weekly movie nights screening holiday hits such as Die Hard and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. As always, brewery guests are invited to BYOF (Bring Your Own Food)!
With more than 140 restaurants to enjoy in the area, we’ve got you covered whether you’re in the mood for dine-in, take-out, or delivery.
WHERE TO STAY
No matter your price point, we have a number of overnight options with most of the major hotel chains represented such as The Holiday Inn, Best Western Convention & Suites, as well as several RV Parks for your consideration.
The grand Hotel Bentley is a beautiful piece of living history centrally located in Downtown Alexandria. Enjoy a holiday meal at The Bentley Room, cocktails at the historic Mirror Room, step back in time at the mini-WWII Museum, or bring your littles to the Teddy Bear Christmas Tea with Mrs. Claus!
LIVE CONCERTS & PERFORMANCES
This December, Alexandria’s downtown Arts District is making spirits bright with a yuletide lineup of concerts and events! Listen to the sounds of the season with live holiday performances from the Rapides Symphony Orchestra, Lagniappe Theater Company, Red River Dance, and more.