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December 04 12:15 PM

Five rural Louisiana towns celebrate Christmas with festivals

If you and your family are looking to slow down and relax this holiday season, check out the free Christmas festivals in the rural towns surrounding Shreveport- Bossier. Each festival offers traditional, rustic family fun and an escape from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

Don’t miss the Country Christmas Festival on Dec. 1 in downtown Vivian. This festival includes the lighting of the town, a holiday parade, the crowning of Miss Country Christmas, arts and crafts, and more. Santa Claus himself will also be there to take pictures with everyone at the festival. The Country Christmas Festival will take place from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Nearby the Country Christmas Festival is the Christmas on Caddo Fireworks Festival also taking place on Dec. 1 at Earl Williamson Park in Oil City. This year, Christmas on Caddo Fireworks Festival will be celebrating its 24th year of holiday entertainment. Not only will they have a top-of-the-line fireworks show over Caddo Lake, there will be food vendors, arts and crafts booths, and a bounce house. To top it all off, Santa will be posing for pictures and giving gifts to the children. The festival will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fireworks are scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.

Benton is celebrating the holidays with the Benton Christmas on the Square Festival and Parade on Dec. 8 at Heritage Village Square. The festival has many family-friendly activities planned including a parade, arts and crafts tables, horse rides, bounce houses, home tours, and more. They’ve also added a 5K run, health walk and kid’s fun run to the holiday festivities this year. The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A Small Town Christmas returns to Blanchard on Dec. 8 at Blanchard Town Hall. The community will be celebrating the lighting of the town hall and the arrival of Santa Claus. Other festivities include a marketplace, live music, children’s crafts, and writing letters to Santa. The festival will take place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Haughton will be putting on its annual Christmas in Haughton Festival on Dec. 15 at Joe Delaney Memorial Park. This year’s festivities will include a parade, food trucks, kid zone, and a variety of local vendors, perfect for any last-minute holiday shopping. The Haughton High School Archery Team will be on-hand wrapping gifts purchased during the festival. The festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For a complete list of holiday events in Shreveport-Bossier, visit www.SBFunGuide.com or request a “Holly Jolly Handbook to Shreveport-Bossier” by calling (800) 551-8682.

Shreveport-Bossier is a partner in the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights, which also includes Minden, Monroe-West Monroe, Natchitoches, and Alexandria/ Pineville. To learn more about events and holiday happenings visit www.HolidayTrailofLights.com.

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