The Prettiest Lights You’ll See

All of the locations that put the light in delightful.

holiday-lightsMonroe-West Monroe is an official partner with the state’s Holiday Trail of Lights, which basically means we have lights everywhere. From dancing elves, to lighted tunnels, to Christmas trees from every decade—we’ve got it in lights. If you’re a fan of the Christmas twinkle, here are the locations you can go to bask in the holiday glow.

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Adding a little Christmas spirit to your Christmas shopping.

1. Antique Alley- 100-400 blocks on Trenton Street, West Monroe

This location is a classic go-to spot for Christmas light lovers. For years, the already charming area on Trenton Street decks itself out. The stores each create festive window displays, and the whole street is covered in a canopy of lights. Last year’s updated design included lights draped over the street in a criss-cross fashion. The new look has added a unique sparkle to the alley’s already dazzling look.

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Winter wondering where all the Christmas lights are? They’re here.

2. Winter Wonderland of Lights- Corner of Commerce and Wood Streets, West Monroe

Located behind Antique Alley, this display features light tunnels and many other displays wrapped around a field. Take pictures with the enormous JOY letters, or shoot a video of you and a friend walking through the lighted tunnel. Christmas music plays around you while the lights twinkle along to the songs.

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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has a very shiny nose and a very wide vocal range.

3. Downtown Monroe- Desiard Street/South Grand Street, Monroe

Santa’s hidden talent is on display here in the “Christmas Rocks” display at Palace Park. With the help of two of his friends, ol’ St. Nick puts on a show spreading Christmas cheer for all to hear. Walk throughout the downtown area to see lights dripping from the trees, and more lights hanging over the streets. You can also visit the Downtown RiverMarket who lights up for the occasion.

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4. Santa’s Christmas Village- 323 Walnut Street, Monroe

The Holiday Tree-Jays Chris and Christina narrate a delightful, animated light show in front of the Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum. There are many activities to do here, including cookie decorating, ice skating, and visiting with Santa. The lights dance along to the music, and the Tree-Jays merrily chat in between.

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Where is Jacob now? We need to know if he saw the reindeer.

5. Throwback Christmas- 1 Olive Street, Monroe

The newest kid on the MWM Christmas display block is also the coolest. This display features memorabilia and music from decades past. Throwback Christmas is a great destination for Christmas lights lovers, and also a perfect photo opportunity for an epic #tbt Instagram post. Located near the Warehouse No.1 Restaurant, this walk-through display takes you through time. Starting from 1916, jumping to 1966, and then carrying on through each decade until 2016. You can reminisce on holidays past without being visited by that ghost from “A Christmas Carol.”

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Thank you to our veterans and soldiers. We hope that yours is a particularly merry Christmas.

6. Freedom Trees- 701 Kansas Lane, Monroe

Visit the Freedom Trees at the Chennault Aviation and Military Museum for a patriotic light display honoring those who serve and have served our country. These lights twinkle and dance in red, white, in blue. Along with classic Christmas ornaments, the trees are decorated with pictures and profiles of war heroes who sacrificed so much for our freedom. This display is in remembrance and gratitude to them.

 

You don’t have to travel far to see magical Christmas displays. The lights can be found everywhere, which means that the photo ops are endless. Post your pictures on Instagram with the hashtag #mwmholidays for a chance to be featured on our page! Check out our official Christmas on the River website.

 

Miss Kay’s Sweets and Eats Now Open!

“Food is the language. I know how to speak it.”- Miss Kay

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Miss Kay’s Sweets and Eats is open!

Antique Alley in West Monroe got a little sweeter today with the opening of Miss Kay’s Sweets & Eats! The new shop, founded by Miss Kay and the “beardless brother” Alan Robertson of A&E’s hit TV show Duck Dynasty serves breakfast, drinks, coffee, and specialty goodies including Phil’s Pralines and Miss Kay’s biscuits.

You only have to drive for just a bit down Trenton Street before you see a covered patio across the street from Roma’s Italian Bistro. Once you arrive at Miss Kay’s, you’ll find adorable multicolored chairs, rocking chairs, and even a checker board on their patio!

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Too many sweets to pick just one!

Inside is an urban coffee shop vibe mixed with a downhome bakery feel. Enjoy the sweets or a cup of joe with friends at the couches, around tables, or even at the bar along the wall with a great window view of Antique Alley. Order a handcrafted espresso drink, or keep it simple with one of Mamaw Kay’s biscuits ….or treat yourself with both! We recommend an iced chai latte with a warm praline cinnamon roll- so delicious!

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The full menu waiting to be unwrapped.

Throughout the Christmas season, their menu is limited to serve only holiday treats. This includes pecan pies, sugar cookies, Phil’s pralines, and the Carmelitas. When the grand opening takes place in January, they’ll have the full menu available! So keep an eye out for that.

In the meantime, you can buy your Christmas cookies here to guarantee that when Santa Claus eats them, he’ll be happy, happy, happy!

Even though Miss Kay isn’t the one cooking and baking in the kitchen, she has tested every recipe. So everything still tastes as good as if Miss Kay made it herself, Jack! Treat your sweet tooth today to some delectable goodies because the bakery is now open from 7am-6pm Tuesday- Saturday.