Vivian is a small, quiet town that kicks off the first weekend in December with a bang. You can go on a biblically based Christmas tree tour, attend two Christmas festivals, and warm up with organic coffees and homemade chilis served at the one and only coffee shop in Vivian. You can pick and choose events, but honestly, there’s enough time to enjoy it all in one weekend.
The Light House Mission Thrift Store in downtown Vivian hosts their annual Tour of Trees event at 105 W Louisiana Street on the first Friday of December. This event will continue every Friday leading up to Christmas Day. The Tour of Trees consists of more than 80 Christian-inspired Christmas trees that cover the entire second floor of the Light House Mission Thrift Store. The decorations represent biblical stories, verses and ministry themes.
Last year, the tour began with a princess themed room complete with pinks, purples and sparkly decorations that highlight the importance of all the King’s daughters. There was also a cluster of trees in this particular room that are dedicated to Disney’s popular, multi-award winning movie, Frozen. Leading further into the store, a mermaid themed room artistically showcased the well-known Bible verse, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” The level of creativity captured in each tree will steal your heart and stimulate Christmas joy inside of everyone.
“Last year, we had over 300 visitors. We put a lot into these Christmas trees so that everyone who visits can experience a connection to Jesus,” said Donna Allen, executive director of The Light House Mission Thrift Store.
The Tour of Trees is just one way to spread Christmas joy across the town. There is a local coffee shop located right next door, Cool Beans Coffee Shop. They create their drinks with the use of organic coffee beans from local brands such as Louisiana Roasting Coffee and Mooringsport’s Plantation Gourmet Coffee. It is home to many popular holiday flavors such as mint chocolate, s’mores, maple, and gingerbread. You can have it served hot, on ice or even frozen. Along with their specialty drinks, Cool Beans offers a lunch menu, pastries, pie slices, chips and soft drinks. The affordable lunch menu consists of sandwiches and various soups and chilis to warm you up for the holidays.
On Saturday morning, visitors can wake up to Christmas in the country. The town of Vivian will start up their Country Christmas Festival in downtown Vivian. Activities include a concert, beauty pageant, food booths, arts and crafts, and ends with a parade traveling through downtown Vivian. Continue to spread the holiday cheer by attending the nearby fireworks festival that begins shortly after your country experience.
The Christmas on Caddo Fireworks Festival is about a 10 – 15 minute drive away from downtown Vivian. The festival takes place at Earl Williamson Park in Oil City from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. every year. Families can enjoy local entertainment, a jumping house, clowns, food booths, arts and crafts, and more. Make sure your child experiences professional photos with Santa! And lastly, you can complete your Christmas weekend in Vivian with a firework show.
To learn more about The Tour of Trees or The Light House Thrift Store please call 318-422-3622 or visit www.facebook.com/lighthousemissionthrift. For more information on Cool Beans Coffee Shop visit www.facebook.com/coolbeansvivian or call 318-936-9947. As for the Country Christmas Festival, please visit www.holidaytrailoflights.com/event/country-christmas-festival or call 318-375-5300 for information, and you can learn more about the Christmas on Caddo Fireworks Festival by visiting www.christmasoncaddofireworks.com or call 318-631-0182. To explore overnight accommodations along the Boom or Bust Byway, visit www.shreveport-bossier.org/hotels or call 1-800-551-8682.