Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Christmas planning kicks off in July


Minden is returning to the Holiday Trail of Lights for a second year. Details of holiday events planned for five regions of northern Louisiana – Alexandria-Pineville, Minden, Monroe-West Monroe, Natchitoches and Shreveport-Bossier City – were announced at news conferences this week.

"We are thrilled to partner again this year with other regions in north Louisiana to bring residents and visitors a spectacular event schedule this holiday season," said Minden Main Street Director Pattie Odom. "It is an exciting time and we are looking forward to our second year on the Holiday Trail of Lights."

Organizations across Minden and Webster Parish were credited by Odom for making Minden's participation in the Trail a success.

"Support from the tourism bureau, Mayor Bill Robertson, the Historic District Commission, the Main Street programs, our city crews and volunteer orginations like YCP (Youth Challenge Program) are what makes Fifth Season happen," Odom said. "All areas of the community work together with pride to hang lights in public spaces and on homes. Everyone's efforts really make Minden a beautiful place during the holiday season."

This year's Trail will offer a growing roster of events that includes festivals, holiday markets, live music events and more in each of the five regions.

The group also worked collaboratively on a new event "Turn on the Holidays: A Bicentennial Celebration," November 17 in historic downtown Natchitoches featuring live entertainment by Grammy®-nominated and Louisiana native Tab Benoit, accompanied by bands and special performances representing each of the five regions.

In addition to live entertainment, there will be a marketplace featuring artisans from each of the regions, as well as kid-friendly activities throughout the day.

Minden will kick off its own celebration at dust November 9, when the switch will be flipped, turning on thousands of lights. At the annual Fasching Fifth Season Festival, November 10 and 11, all things German will be celebrated.

"This unique festival offers up German food, a beer exhibition, historic tours and fireworks," Odom said. "We are excited to bring our special German heritage to light during the Fifth Season."

Dishes representing Minden at the press conference were German Chocolate Brownies, made by Charlotte Martin and Bratwurst, made by Ponchatoula's Catering of Minden.

To view more Holiday Trail of Lights events, see photos from past events or sign up for e-mail alerts, visit www.holidaytrailoflights.com. Holiday Trail of Lights information can also be found on Facebook by searching "Holiday Trail of Lights."

Visit Minden websites, www.mindenusa.com, www.mindenfasching.com or call 318-371-4258 for more information.






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