As Christmas quickly approaches, this weekend will be filled with plenty to do even as Old Man Winter creeps in.
Saturday morning will start off as Santa visits Lakeview United Methodist Church for a pancake breakfast and pictures with children. The event is free to the public and guests will be welcome from 8 a.m. until noon.
Heading outside, visitors will need to bundle up as they ride on the horse-drawn trolley downtown and throughout the Tour of Homes. The tour begins at 11 a.m. and has eight properties for sightseers to enjoy. Tickets may be purchased on the trolley ride or at any property location.
706 Elm Street-The Jamieson-Isgitt home (built in the late 1800's to early 1900's)
704 Main Street-Citizens National Bank (1920)
419 East Union Street-The Frederick Moess home, located at The Farm
1001 Broadway-The Minden Presbyterian Church (built 1923)
116 Pearl Street-The Dorcheat Historical Museum
410 East and West Street-The Gray-Fowler home-(1939)
416 Broadway-The Miller-Inabnett home (mid 1950's)
521 East and West Street-The Stewart Center (early 1920's)
Tour-goers can also visit the downtown shops and stores for the annual Wrap it Up Downtown. Stores will have extended hours and sales. Visitors will enjoy delightful melodies sang by Minden Community Chorus at City Art Works.
To find the perfect, unique Christmas gift tour-goers and visitors can visit The Winter Wonderland Festival held at The Farm at 419 East Union Street. The festival will be held from noon until 7 p.m. Visitors can buy unique handmade jewelry, handmade dolls and arts and crafts. Admission is free.
Not only will local visitors and traveling guests enjoy Christmas festivities in Minden, but Sarepta will hold its Christmas Festival at 210 Vine Street. Live entertainment, a chili cook-off, car show and much more will entertain visitors.
For those not brave enough to face Old Man Winter, visitors can stay warm in their car as they discover the real meaning of Christmas. A drive through presentation of "Journey to Bethlehem," a story of Jesus' birth, will be held on Saturday and Sunday from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. in Arcadia. Cars will enter at the corner of Second Street (Highway 80) and Maple Street.
The finale of Saturday will be "The Nutcracker" presented by Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet at Shreveport's Riverview Theater at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at www.shreveportmetroballet.org or by calling 221-8500.
According to the National Weather Service, Saturday's forecast includes a chance of freezing rain before noon, then a chance of rain. It will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 38 degrees. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.
Saturday night, there is a chance of rain or freezing rain. Low temperatures will be around 32 degrees. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.
The wet weather will continue into Sunday, with a 50 percent chance of rain or freezing rain and a high temperature near 42 degrees.