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Christmas shopping season is here


Seasonal bazaars highlighted by Les Boutiques de Noel

The holiday shopping season is officially here.

Les Boutiques de Noel has become the signature event that kicks off the holiday season in the Ark-La-Tex.  This year, the holiday extravaganza will transform the Bossier Civic Center into the New Orleans French Quarter for an experience that attracts thousands of shoppers and vendors from around the country.

Meg Goorley, publicity chair, said Les Boutiques de Noel is a one-stop shop to find all your holiday gift needs.

“Shoppers enjoy coming to the show every year because of the variety of vendors and the prices fit any budget,” she said.

Opera Guild volunteers spend many hours planning, organizing, and working out every detail of the market. Vendors will be traveling to Bossier from around the country, as far north as Minnesota, for the show.

New this year, Goorley said, will be more items for men along with the large selection of items for women and children. Les Boutiques de Noel, which features 97 vendors this year, is known to attract more than 10,000 shoppers in the four days it’s open.

“We try not to pick the same kinds of booths in order to give a unique shopping experience,” she said.

All proceeds from Les Boutiques de Noel are dedicated directly to the Shreveport Opera. Programs like the Shreveport Opera Express (SOX), a touring group of the Shreveport Opera that performs nearly 100 educational shows for more than 50,000 school children in Bossier, Caddo, DeSoto and Webster Parishes each year,

Les Boutiques de Noel opens tonight with a preview party from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The cost is $125 per person and it’s a black tie optional event.

Free valet parking is available. The silent auction will have over 100 items to bid on and $20 raffel tickets will be sold for a chance to win 3 pieces of Sid Potts jewelry worth $11,000.

Market Place Shopping hours are Thursday, Nov., 21 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 22, 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is $10 (fre for ages 12 and under). Seniors and Military admission is $5. There will also be free valet parking every day during market shopping hours. Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

For more information on the 39th annual Les Boutiques de Noel, visit www.lesboutiquesdenoel.com.

Other local markets to look out for this season:


  • Rock n’ Shop Craft Bazaar

Saturday, November 23 through Sunday, November 24.

Come out and shop with some of the Ark-La-Tex’s most unique vendors and small businesses.  A raffle will be held to benefit Cypress Zoo.

Hot Wheels, 1902 Alfred Lane, Bossier

Cost: Free admission, food, raffle tickets and products available for purchase.

For more info: rockandshop@yahoo.com


  • Haughton Christmas Bazaar

Friday, December 6 – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Come out for your last minute Christmas shopping needs. Get unique gifts & Support your local vendors and artisans.

Some vendors include: Thirty-One, Premier, Scentsy, ACE, Celebrating Home and more. There will also be hot chocolate, candy canes, and fun!!!

7816 Dogwood Trail, Haughton, La

Admission is Free

For more info: https://www.facebook.com/haughtonchristmasbazaar

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Sean Green is managing editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune.