Brought To You By the City of Alexandria
The award-winning holiday festival AlexWinterFête returns to the City of Alexandria Dec. 8-11, offering a free, fun-filled, family-friendly festival filled with the activities that have made the event a major attraction, including ice skating, Santa’s village and a fireworks display.
“AlexWinterFête is recognized throughout the state as a signature holiday event,” said Alexandria Mayor Jeffrey W. Hall. “Visitors enjoy unique activities you can’t get any place else, like the giant outdoor ice skating rink. AlexWinterFête truly is a must-attend event not just for Central Louisiana residents, but for folks from throughout the state and even neighboring states.”
“When people think of AlexWinterFête they think of an outstanding, fun-filled holiday experience. The event has a well-earned reputation, and we are doing everything we can to ensure this year’s event is every bit as entertaining as previous festivals,” explained Marvinette Holly, interim director of Community Services. “We’ll have all of the popular
attractions people have come to expect, including ice skating, fireworks, Jolly Junction, Santa’s Village, live bands, arts and crafts vendors and great food. And we’ll have some new things that you’ll have to come out and see.”
AlexWinterFête will open at 5 p.m. the evening of Thursday, Dec. 8, with the traditional lighting of the city Christmas tree and Santa’s arrival in the Rapides Women’s & Children’s Hospital Santa’s Village at the Alexander Fulton Mini Park downtown on Third Street. Evening activities will wrap up at 9 p.m.
Activities resume at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, with retail, food and a variety of vendors ready to assist guests with their holiday shopping. Activities will include ice skating on the CHRISTUS Cabrini Ice Rink, the Rapides Women & Children’s Hospital Santa’s Village, children’s activities, street performers and live music on stage with the festival running until 11 p.m.
On Saturday, Dec. 10, the Fête will host the annual Rapides Urgent Care Ugly Sweater 5K run. Vendors and other AlexWinterFête activities will get started at 10 a.m. Saturday night’s activities will culminate with a spectacular fireworks show over the Red River at 9 p.m. with booths closing at midnight.
Activities wrap up on Sunday, Dec. 11, with a final chance to ice skate and the Alexandria Mardi Gras Association Christmas Parade. The parade will start at 2 p.m., with ice skating available from 1-2 p.m. before the parade and from 4-8 p.m. following the parade.
The award-winning AlexWinterFête was recognized as the Festival of the Year in 2017 by the Louisiana Travel Promotion Association. In 2019 AlexWinterFête was voted Best Local Event in the Cenla’s Choice Awards competition. This year, AlexWinterFête was voted Best Festival/Fair in The Town Talk’s Best of the Best awards competition.
For more information, visit the website www.alexwinterfete.com.