Blast off at Rockets Over the Red

The biggest Christmas festival in Northwest Louisiana keeps getting bigger!

Take two great cities and bring them together for the Christmas season with a spectacular fireworks show. Rockets Over the Red blasts off on the Saturday after Thanksgiving over the Red River between Bossier City and Shreveport. You can do a little Christmas shopping or enjoy a family meal at the Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets in Bossier City. Magnolia Mae and the Bossier Parish Talented Arts Jazz Band takes the stage at the Boardwalk. On the other hand (side), you can enjoy Christmas music by local bands, the Coca-Cola Christmas Truck, a special screening of Elf (2:00 pm) and more at Riverview Park. Oh yeah, Santa will be there. Bring your camera for some great photos. Best of all, it’s free to come out!

Let the kids have fun at the Kids Zones on both sides of the river! Admission to the bounce houses, obstacle courses and more is $10. The first 500 kids at both locations receive a free gift.

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During the festivities,the two largest Christmas trees in North Louisiana will be lit at Shreveport’s Riverview Park (7:00 pm) and the Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets (5:50 pm). At 7:00 pm, everyone can gather around the banks of the Red River for one of the greatest fireworks shows in the area presented by Pyromania Fireworks.

New for 2019 will be the Jingle Bell Bus. Hop on board a special Sportran bus and ride between the East Bank District and the Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets in Bossier City across the river to Sci-Port,  and the Red River District and Riverview Park in Shreveport. Ride for $1.25 per adult and 60 cents for kids from 2-9 pm.

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Tips and Tricks to make it a great Rockets Over the Red…

We asked Chris Jay, Social Media and Public Relations Manager of the Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau, about the best places to be. He says that if you want to see the big production with an emcee and music, you should be at Riverview Park. If you want to spread out, head to the carousel area at the Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets. Watch out for traffic. Clyde Fant Parkway in Shreveport will be closed starting at 3:30 pm. For more information, you can see all of the fun at

It’s a great event to bring the family after an amazing Thanksgiving. This will truly get you into the holiday spirit.

The Rockets Over the Red Fireworks Festival is presented by the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau, the City of Shreveport, the City of Bossier City, Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets, Pyromania Fireworks, KSLA, KMJJ 99.7 and 101.1 KRMD.

Created in partnership with the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau.

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