Christmas in the Sky!
Winner of the SPECIAL EVENTS INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINE
“BEST GALA IN THE WORLD” award,
CHRISTMAS IN THE SKY, is produced every other year
by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council.
Returning Saturday, December 10, 2016!
TICKETS ON SALE IN NOVEMBER
A team of more than 500 VOLUNTEERS produces CHRISTMAS IN THE SKY during an 18-month production period. The production of CHRISTMAS IN THE SKY requires an organization comprising 25 separate volunteer committees working tirelessly throughout the year to secure auction donations and corporate sponsorships, as well as design and create sets, properties, costumes, invitations, food displays, and entertainment venues.
Volunteers are invited to the CHRISTMAS IN THE SKY Workspace every Tuesday and Wednesday night from 5:00-9:00 pm to assist the designers and production team with creating the sets for the big event. The Workspace is located at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs in Bossier. Upon entering the parking area, the Workspace is in a small building to the right of the Casino. Here are some photos from the kickoff of the Workspace on July 10th!
CHRISTMAS IN THE SKY is created by a team of 18 professional designers – artists, interior designers, architects, and department store display professionals – from all over Shreveport and Bossier who volunteer their time to bring this extraordinary event to life!! Much of the event is built “on site” because the sets are so large (each piece averages 16’ tall by 8’ wide) and there are so many of them that it takes 10 separate Diesel Driving Academy 18 wheelers filled to the brim.
Harrah’s Louisiana Downs is transformed to completely convey the theme of the event from the valet parking area through the lobby and two floors of the Racetrack. There are 16 auction areas, 10 stages, 12 bars, and 11 themed buffets. The event features a LIVE and SILENT Auction. Costumed characters and entertainers dazzle guests and encourage high bidding! The gala showcases the Harrah’s Louisiana Downs’ creative culinary team; ice and lard sculptures capture the overall theme of the event and fabulous buffets beckon guests to dine on hot and cold hors d’oeuvres that are designed to mirror the theme of the event!
More than 2,000 guests from across the nation (New York, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Antonio, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Little Rock, St. Louis, and Canada) as well as our friends in the “Ark-La-Tex” region who purchase tickets at $280 each to support the every other year gala, which is sold out within two weeks. A corporate community of more than 200 BUSINESSES AND INDIVIDUALS contributes $500,000 to underwrite this GALA. In addition to the sponsorships, more than 900 area businesses, artists, and individuals have donated items or services for the auction.
The annual Economic Impact of the Nonprofit Cultural Arts Community in Northwest Louisiana is $90 million dollars, with 2,400 full time job equivalents, $55 million in household income, and returning $13 million in local and state government revenue.