The Shreveport Family Christmas Festival is back, and this year, it promises a weekend filled with holiday cheer, family traditions, and the spirit of giving. The festivities kick off on Friday, December 22, 2023, with the Heroes of the Heart Yule Ball and Awards Dinner—an evening dedicated to honoring local unsung heroes who embody the heart of Christmas throughout the year.

Heroes of the Heart Yule Ball and Awards Dinner (December 22, 2023) 7pm @ MS KICK: The festival commences with the Heroes of the Heart Yule Ball and Awards Dinner, a delightful event to recognize and celebrate 15 remarkable individuals from our community who selflessly serve with the heart of Christmas. Join us as we applaud their contributions during an unforgettable night filled with live music, gourmet dining, and heartfelt recognition.

Family Pajama Jam (December 23, 2023): On Saturday, December 23, the festival continues with the Family Pajama Jam—an all-day extravaganza that brings families together in the true spirit of the season. 3pm-7pm in Riverview Park. The day’s highlights include:

  • Lick the Pot Gumbeaux Cook-Off: Local chefs and culinary enthusiasts will showcase their gumbo mastery in a friendly competition that promises to tantalize taste buds.

  • Family Gingerbread House Competition: Unleash your creativity in our gingerbread house competition—a chance for families to bond, create, and showcase their festive architectural skills. The family that wins, will win a FREE Family Vacation!
  • Live Music: Enjoy the sounds of the season with live musical performances that will set the perfect holiday ambiance.
  • Random Acts of Kindness Giveaway: Embracing the ethos of giving, the festival will feature a Random Acts of Kindness Giveaway, spreading joy and goodwill throughout the event. So be sure to stop by the registration table and grab your raffle ticket!
  • Family Christmas Movies: Grab your blankets and cozy up with loved ones and indulge in a lineup of heartwarming Christmas movies that will surely add to the festive atmosphere.