Serena Gray named new board chairman for Holiday Trail of Lights

By Paige Nash

It is hard to believe that it is almost that time of the year again, but Christmas is right around the corner. That means it is time to plan that family road trip to enjoy the annual Holiday Trail of Lights.  

Serena Gray, Executive Director of Webster Parish Convention and Tourism Commission has been named the new Board Chairman for the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights after serving on the board for the last five years. 

“I love all things Christmas, so I am really excited about that,” said Gray.  

The first media event was held this past Thursday, September 22 in downtown Alexandria.  

The City of Minden is a long-time participant, along with Alexandria/Pineville, Natchitoches, Shreveport-Bossier and Monroe/West Monroe. This year the trail has also added two new stops. Logansport and Ruston will now be hosting their own holiday celebrations from November through December along the trail. 

Each location hosts their own events throughout the holiday season, which includes anything from light displays, parades, shopping, firework shows, and tons of food. The Holiday Trail of Lights website includes a map of the destinations, which visitors can click on to view each city’s upcoming events. It also allows visitors to plan their itineraries with accessible links for lodging, shopping and dining.  

In past years Main to Main Trade Days usually symbolizes the official kickoff of the holiday season here in Minden. This is a two-day event where participants set up shop alongside Highway 371 from as far south as Sibley all the way to north of Springhill to the Arkansas state line.  

This year the 23rd Annual Main to Main will be held on November 5 and 6. Shoppers can find anything from clothing, jewelry, home furnishings, food, crafts and more.  

If you are interested in being a vendor for this event, please fill out the registration form at or contact City of Minden Main Street Director Mahala Hutto at (318) 377-4200 or Springhill Main Street Director Linda McDaniel at (318) 539- 5699.