Bossier Parish Community College, in collaboration with the City of Bossier City, will present their 26th Annual Christmas Show Wednesday, Nov. 29, and Thursday, Nov. 30, at the Bossier Civic Center.

Bossier Parish Community College, in collaboration with the City of Bossier City, will present their 26th Annual Christmas Show Wednesday, Nov. 29, and Thursday,  Nov. 30, at the Bossier Civic Center.

This “gift to Bossier City” has been entertaining children of all ages since 1992.

“It’s truly a Christmas spectacle. It’s a fun and exciting way to kick off the holidays,” Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, Dean of Communication and Performing Arts at BPCC, said. “We anticipate a thousand people per night, but there’s room for everybody. The more the merrier!”

This year’s show, “The Magic of Christmas,” is sure to be a treat for everyone! The Civic Center doors open at 6p.m. and the show will begin at 7 p.m.

From the moment guests arrive, they enter a winter wonderland. The Civic Center lobby is filled with Christmas trees, each decorated by elementary schools in Bossier Parish. Once in the auditorium, guests can enjoy cookies and juice while listening to live holiday music performed by the BPCC Jazz Ensemble. Performing groups include the the Cavalier Players Chorus, the BPCC Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, the BPCC Gospel Choir, BPCC staff, the Cavalier Cheerleaders, the Ladies in Gold danceline.

Children will also be able to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus after the show.

“Santa will be in the lobby after the show to hear all your Christmas wishes,” Crawford said. “This would be the time to tell him what you want for Christmas!”

One of Crawford’s favorite moments in the show is inviting the children to sit around the stage to listen as he reads “’Twas the Night before Christmas.”

The annual Christmas show has become a tradition for many families.

“We don’t really have a definitive start to the holiday season, but many people have made this the start,” Crawford said. “It’s after Thanksgiving and the weather is usually a little cooler. It’s something people really look forward to in Shreveport-Bossier. It’s really nice for us to know that we are part of family traditions.”

Admission is free and the entire community is invited to attend. Canned food donations for The Northwest Louisiana Food Bank are welcome.

“The more we can give to the food bank, the more rewarding it is for us,” Crawford said. “BPCC’s Student Government Association decorates the food boxes and loads them up after the show. It really does their hearts good to see those boxes full. It’s easy to grab a can of food or box as you leave the door to come. It’s a great way to get children involved in giving back with this donation. It sends a nice message.”

The Bossier Civic Center is located at 620 Benton Road.