Once again, Winter Fête has come and gone, leaving us longing for just a little more. As usual, Downtown Alexandria, LA was transformed into a real Christmas experience, filling the streets with countless marvels and activities.

This year's Winter Fête was titled A Magical Winter Wonderland and contained elements encapsulating mystery and cultivating excitement. There were magical keys hidden throughout the festival that held riddles leading to treasure, an enchanted forest filled with magical lights and hot cocoa, and captivating street performers who left the crowds in awe. Of course, you can't have Winter Fête without the festival's classics – Santa's House, Snow Alley, Ice Skating, Indie Shopping, Live Music, Snow Machines, the Polar Express, Horse and Buggy rides, and unique dining experiences.

Winter Fête, along with its twin River Fête, is unique to Alexandria because it was made by and for locals and never ceases to make an impact within the community. We couldn't enjoy this experience every year if it weren’t for both the City of Alexandria and the City of Pineville, local businesses, volunteers, and everyone that claims Winter Fête as THEIR winter festival. We are so lucky to be a part of this brand and help shape its memory.