Christmas in Minden

Christmas in Minden, presented by GBT, will be held Friday, December 16th – Saturday December 17th, 2022 downtown Minden!

Click on each event below to view full details.

Friday, December 16th

Tree Lighting Ceremony

5:30pm Minden Civic Center

Join us as we light up the City Christmas Tree and kick off the exciting Holiday weekend!

Holiday Trail of Lights Hayride

6-9pm Minden Courthouse FREE

Take a tractor-pulled hayride tour of the Historic District and

enjoy Christmas Lights and caroling hosted by Webster Parish Tourism & Dorcheat Museum.

Young Women’s Service Club will be serving Hot Chocolate for $1

Rehab Reindeer Run 5k

Hosted by Minden Medical Center Rehab & Physical Therapy, this year we hope to get everyone in the Christmas Spirit! We will run/walk through downtown Minden, down Elm Street and back, and through Minden’s beautiful historic district all while enjoying Christmas lights, decorations, and music. Come join us for a Jolly Good Time!

Register to Run

Starting Time: Friday, December 16, 2022 6:00pm

Registration: Early Registration is $30 until November 28th. All participants who register by November 28th will receive a long sleeve official Rehab Reindeer Run T-shirt. Late Registration is $35 on November 29th until Race Day. Student Price is $25 at all times. You may pay with a Credit Card online at or with cash, check, or card at MMC Business Office at 346 Homer Road in Minden or Sportspectrum in Shreveport at 6970 Fern Avenue. IPICO timing system is included in registration fee.

Race Course: The course will begin and end at the entrance to Minden Medical Center, #1 Medical Plaza, Minden, LA. Participants will run/walk through downtown Minden, down Elm Street and back, and through Minden’s beautiful historic district all while enjoying Christmas lights, decorations, and music.

Packet Pickup: Thursday, December 15th, 9:00-5pm, in MMC’s Front Lobby at #1 Medical Plaza and on Race Day in front of the hospital Noon-5:30pm before the race.

Race Day Parking: Participants may park in the Minden Medical Center Parking Lot

Age Group Awards: A male and female in each of the following age groups will receive awards: 12 and under, 13-18, 19-25, 26-30, 31-35, 36-40, 41-45, 46-50, 51-55, 56-65, 66+. There will also be an overall 1st place male & 1st place female award.

Post Race Party: Following the race we will have complimentary food and drink items provided by local vendors.

Inclement Weather: Check or call 371-3297 for updates on race day weather.


Saturday, December 17th

Festive Christmas Brunch

9am-1pm Geaux Fresh $

Habacu's Mexican Restaurant Brunch

9-11am (20% Special discount on Gift Certificates)

Mimosa’s, Bloody Mary’s & Bailey’s Hot Chocolate




Eggs-pico de gallo

Eggs – pork sausage

Rice and beans with all of the above

And Sausage & egg burrito or bacon & egg burrito

Hot Chocolate and Coffee

10am-5pm The Broken Bean $

Enjoy a festive cup of Hot Cocoa with all the fixings or Coffee.

Ornaments at Dorcheat Museum

10am-3pm keepsake ornament making for adults while you watch Christmas movies and enjoy refreshments. $10

Reindeer Games Children’s Area

10am-2pm Downtown Minden

Visit and explore activities for all ages including Bounce Houses, Pony Rides and more! $

Presents on Pearl

10am-5pm Pearl Street

Check off your Christmas list and shop down Pearl Street at our art and craft Vendors.

Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus

11am-2pm Logan McConathy State Farm Agency

Stop by and give Santa your list. You may take your own photos.

Kids Ornament Crafting

Noon-3pm Ornament Crafting City Art Works FREE

Create your very own ornament to hang on the tree. All supplies provided by Main Street. FREE

Kids Face Painting & Smore’s

Noon-3pm The Courtyard FREE

Junior Service League will be providing Smores to roast over the fire for a sweet snack before the parade! Area art students will be painting festive designs for kids to choose from.

Storytime, Music and Games with Santa and Mrs. Claus

1-2pm Webster Parish Library – Stewart Center FREE

Experience classic holiday magic by listening to the enchanting reading of

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. The Hurley Music from Centenary College will play in between reading and interactive games to follow. Self-guided Book walk will be set up along Main Street from MMC to the library.

Photos with Rudolph and Friends

2-4pm Jacqueline Park

Meet Rudolph and friends and snap a photo before the parade begins!

Christmas Parade

4pm Downtown Minden

This year’s theme will be “Rudolph’s Holly Jolly Christmas.” Entries should feature your favorite Rudolph song or image 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. 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.


To fill out the entry form online, click here!

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 14th at 4:00pm.

Parade Awards

5:30pm Parade Awards Minden Civic Center


6pm Fireworks Show

Movie in the Park

6:30pm Miller Quarter Park

Bring a quilt or chair and enjoy watching Rudolph the Red Noes Reindeer on the big screen! Popcorn and concessions $



Booth spaces are located in Downtown Minden  with paved streets, historical buildings open for tour, live entertainment, and varied kids activities. All activities are open to the public. Attendance varies from 1000 – 2500 people.

If you are interested in setting up as a craft vendor, please fill out the attached form. We are limiting the number of vendors to no more than 15 (fifteen). If you want to secure your spot, please return this form and payment at your earliest convenience. Once your form and payment are submitted, we will contact  you with the set up location.
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