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Minden gearing up for ‘Wrap It Up Downtown’

by Minden Press-Herald

Getting in the mood for Christmas doesn’t have to be that difficult when you have a day already planned for wrapping it all up.

City officials say Minden is all dressed up for Christmas and ready to receive visitors as a part of the North Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights and Wrap It Up Downtown.

“Enjoy a shuttle ride through our Historic Downtown, Historic Residential District and our Art and History Cultural District where you can experience a variety of Christmas activities, wrap up your shopping, tour historic homes and businesses, see Santa and sing some carols,” Minden Main Street Director Pattie Odom said.

“Then wrap up your Christmas shopping in Minden,” she added.

Activities begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, as downtown antique, boutique, specialty shops and galleries open for business. Shoppers can buy everything from bikes, bows to bangles in downtown Minden along the brick streets.

“Christmas At The Farm” located on Highway 80 will open at 10 a.m. featuring many arts and craft vendors and a children’s art area.

End the day by catching a shuttle at the Webster Parish Library, 521 East & West Street, from 4 until 7 p.m. for the Historic District Christmas Tour of Homes.

The tour includes homes and churches with varied architecture including Greek Revival, Spanish Colonial, Farm House and Victorian. For $10 you will be able to tour:

The Longino-Culpepper Home –1201 Broadway, circa 1900 – Featuring seven Christmas Trees

The Turner-Hollingsworth Home– 1205 Broadway, circa 1900 – Featuring a Louisiana Tree

The Miller-Michael Home- 208 Pearl Street, circa 1918 – A Bungalow Christmas

The Frederick Moess Home – 419 E. Union. Circa 1930 – A Simple Christmas at the Farm

St. Paul’s Catholic Church – 410 Fincher Road – Featuring a hand carved altar

The Stewart Center – 521 East & West Street, circa 1920 – Spanish Colonial Mansion

Dorcheat Historical Museum – 116 Pearl Street – History of Minden.

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