Experience peak holiday joy this year in Ruston and Monroe–West Monroe. From incredible shopping and fantastic locally owned restaurants to the awe-inspiring Holiday Trail of Lights, everyone will find something to love. 

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The satisfying breakfast sandwich with sweet potato hash at Grown and Grazed.

Local Dining in Ruston 

Whether it’s a table for two or a big family affair, the restaurants around Ruston offer scrumptious dishes and Bayou State favorites. Not far from the Christmas light installation at Railroad Park, try the twin food trucks of Staple Sandwich Co. and Grown and Grazed. Staple Sandwich Co. uses freshly made focaccia for offerings like the muffuletta, Cuban and pimiento cheese.

At Grown and Grazed, find breakfast and lunch items that include Louisiana Sweet Potato Hash and several Smith Family Farms beef hamburgers. (Don’t miss the Patty Melt!)

Each with its own comfortable atmosphere, Trio’s Ruston and White Lightnin’ Cocktail & Culinary Co. serve up fancier plates. At Trio’s (which also has a location in Monroe), try the Blackened Grouper & Crab; at White Lightnin’, pair one of the Prohibition-era cocktails with New Orleans’ favorite BBQ Shrimp & Grits or Creole Fish Meunière.

For a casual meal of pizza and locally brewed beer, don’t miss Utility Brewing Co., conveniently located next door to the Dixie Center for the Arts.

Must-Dos in Ruston

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Some of the dazzling holiday lights displays along the Holiday Trail of Lights include the Land of Lights in Monroe

Attractions & Experiences

Downtown carriage rides, the Lincoln Parish Park drive-through light display, art markets and the Christmas Parade are just a few of the holiday events in Ruston. You can also take the family to see popular films like It’s a Wonderful Life and Polar Express at the Dixie Center for the Arts. Nearby, you can stroll the downtown shops, restaurants and boutiques. Creative Exchange and Ruston Artisans offer local art, while Patton’s Downtown is an ideal place to pick up clothing or gifts for loved ones. After shopping, relax and recharge at Railway Coffee with a mug of hot chocolate and a sweet treat.

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Driving through Monroe’s Candy Cane Lane

Holiday Trail of Lights

It’s seven metros and one magical holiday experience! For three decades, these areas have joined together for the Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights: Alexandria/Pineville, Logansport, Minden, Monroe–West Monroe, Natchitoches, Ruston and Shreveport-Bossier. Catch a horse-drawn carriage ride in Ruston, shop at Antique Alley in West Monroe or take a cruise through the nearby Candy Cane Lane in Monroe. Theatrical performances, parades and dazzling fireworks displays fill out the schedule. For details, visit holidaytrailoflights.com.