Christmas in Minden

Christmas in Minden, presented by Gibsland Bank & Trust, will be held Friday, December 8th – Sunday December 10th, 2023 Downtown Minden!

Due to the weather forecast on Saturday, December 9th, we have made changes to our Christmas in Minden schedule below.

Friday, December 8th

Mrs. Claus at Germantown Museum
2-4pm 200 Museum Road FREE
Step back in time at Germantown Colony and experience Christmas circa 1835 with free tours of the grounds and special appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Enjoy cookies and don’t forget your Christmas lists and cameras to capture a photo for your keepsake!

Hot Chocolate and Hot Donuts
5-8pm Brick Street Coffee $

Tree Lighting Ceremony
5:30pm Minden Civic Center FREE
Join us as we light up the City Christmas Tree and kick off the exciting Holiday weekend!

Holiday Wine Walk
5:30pm-8:00pm Downtown Minden $25
Join us for a delightful wine tasting experience and stroll through Downtown Minden to visit 15+ stops where you’ll encounter delicious snacks, captivating entertainment, exclusive discounts, and so much more. Proceeds from this event will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House in Shreveport.

Thank you to our Wine Walk sponsors – Minden Family Dental and Minden Foundation.

Wine Walk Participants will receive a map and wristband!

Holiday Trail of Lights Hayride
6-9pm Minden Civic Center Parking Lot FREE
Take a tractor-pulled hayride tour of the Historic District and enjoy Christmas Lights and caroling hosted by Visit Webster Parish & Dorcheat Museum.

Rehab Reindeer Run 5K
6:00pm MMC Rehab 1120 Homer Road $25-35
It’s time for our annual REINDEER RUN hosted by Minden Medical Center Rehab Services. This years’ participants will run/walk through the Ridgewood neighborhood at night to take in all of the Christmas lights lining the course! Enter and run individually or enter individually and run with friends, co-workers, family, etc. as a TEAM! THE BEST TEAM THEME will win a basket full of goodies! Come join us for a jolly good time to kick off 2023 Christmas in Minden weekend!

Saturday, December 9th

Festive Christmas Brunch
9am-1pm Geaux Fresh $

Hot Chocolate and Coffee
10am-5pm The Broken Bean $

Presents on Pearl Vendor Market
10am-6pm The Venue on Pearl $
Check off your Christmas list at our handmade arts and craft vendor booths.

Santa Claus at Germantown Museum
10am-Noon 200 Museum Road FREE
Step back in time at Germantown Colony and experience Christmas circa 1835 with free tours of the grounds and special appearances by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Enjoy cookies and don’t forget your Christmas lists and cameras to capture a photo for your keepsake!

Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus
11am-2pm The Warehouse – Easley Studios Courtyard 105 pear Street FREE
Stop by and give Santa your list. You may take your own photos.

Kids Ornament Crafting
12pm-3pm Dorcheat Historical Museum FREE
Create your very own ornament to hang on the tree. All supplies provided by Webster Parish Libraries.

5:00pm  Minden Civic Center FREE
Energetic Louisiana fiddler Amanda Shaw blazes trails with her clever songwriting and exciting performances.

6pm First Baptist Minden FREE
We have a Savior Christmas Concert
The First Baptist choir and orchestra will weave the enchanting story of Christmas through music.

Sunday, December 10th

Christmas Parade
4pm Downtown Minden

This year’s theme will be “Let It Snow”. Entries should feature your favorite song or Christmas scene with snow as inspiration. Build a float or other parade entry to illustrate the theme. Have music playing for an extra touch! You may add lights and colors to make your entry unique. The parade will begin promptly at the corner of Second Street and Main Street and ends at the same location. Line up begins at 2:00pm. Lineup will begin at corner of Second Street and Main Street and continue down to McDonald Street and continue down College Street. (Entire parade route is attached) PLEASE DO NOT BRING VEHICLES, TRAILERS, OR FLOATS TO LINE UP BEFORE 2:00PM! To Drop off participants to get to their floats, please drop off at Academy Park. Pick up will be in same location at Academy Park.

Questions? Contact: Stephanie Barnette at (318) 377-4240 or (318) 510-1610 or email [email protected]

ENTRY DEADLINE: All parade entry forms must be completed and returned to the Greater Minden Chamber by Wednesday, December 6th at 4:00pm.

Parade Awards
5:15pm Minden Civic Center

2023 Award Winners:

Best Marching Group: TNT Allstars
Best Band: Minden High School
Spectacular Sparkles: Living Word Minden
Santa’s Award: Calvary Baptist Church

5:30pm Fireworks Show (from the Webster Parish Courthouse parking lot)



Presenting Sponsor: Gibsland Bank & Trust

North Pole Sponsor:
Barksdale Federal Credit Union
Fibrebond Corporation
Home Federal Bank
Minden Medical Center
Split Sea Marketing
Under Dawgs Sports Grill
Yocum Law Firm

Winter Wonderland Sponsor:
Heritage Housing
Interstate Building Materials

Christmas Cards to the Community

Christmas in Minden is the premiere holiday event in the Greater Minden area. We are excited to bring back a well-loved Christmas tradition and offer you an opportunity to highlight your
business/organization while using the creative talents of those within your organization.

Christmas Cards to the Community is a unique way to showcase your business, organization, church, school (the list goes on and on!) to the thousands of cars and visitors that will pass through downtown Minden during the Christmas season.

Check out our Greater Minden Chamber Facebook page for a sneak peek at all the cards displayed in Downtown Minden!