AWARD WINNING GALA:  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 at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs on the second Saturday in December: 

The Tony award winning theme for

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The CHRISTMAS IN THE SKY 2018 theme brings SHOWMANSHIP to new, STAR STUDDED heights where the SKY is literally the limit when it comes to staging a cast party of unbridled proportions. Guests will experience the HUSTLE and BUSTLE of Times Square before rubbing elbows with Broadway DIVAS and DASHING LEADING MEN on the Great White Way.  Get up close and personal with the likes of Andrew Hamilton and “say hello” to Dolly.  Drink a toast “TO LIFE” and avoid the pot pies prepared by SWEENEY TODD. Kick up your heels like the Rockettes and BID like the DEMON BARBER of Fleet Street. Get your coveted FRONT ROW SEATS early, lest the other 2,499 guests leave you with “STANDING ROOM only” choiceswhen you PARTY ON…

2018 celebrates the 18th biennial, black-tie, glitzy, glamorous, internationally award-winning, fundraiser for the Shreveport Regional Arts Council.

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Christmas in the Sky features a gigantic LIVE and SILENT Auction with over 900 items and services donated by Businesses and Artists in Shreveport-Bossier and all over the World!  The LIVE Auction features one of a kind experiences such as international and national trips with airfare provided that are “WICKEDLY adventurous--full of wonder, mystery and danger!” Toys and Jewels and customized and personal services.  There are 15 Silent Auction areas featuring jewelry, accessories, parties, sports memorabilia, wine, and children’s items.

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Look for your favorite Broadway Cast of Characters who will dazzle guests and encourage high bidding!  Ten (10) stages feature live professional entertainment.  The gala showcases the Region’s generous “spirited” libations team with 13 bars provided by Republic National Beverage Company, Eagle Distributing Company, and Coca Cola Bottling Company United of Shreveport. The Creative Culinary team is led by Food and Beverage Director Ryan Gillespie and features 11 themed hot and cold buffets.  Ice sculptures capture the overall theme, “FROZEN” style, and fabulous buffets will have guests miming “OLIVER” and saying, “Please sir, May I have another?”


December 8 Schedule


It all started when…

ACT I - 7:00 pm

  • BID on 750 items in 11 Broadway Sections on 2nd and 3rd floors!

  • Purchase RAFFLE TICKETS (Golden Paddle & Sid Potts Timesquare Timepieces”)

  • Eat and Drink throughout 2 floors, Mix, Mingle and BID more!

  • “Let Us Entertain You” - Stages throughout the 2nd and 3rd floors

ACT II - 9:00 pm

  • THE LIVE AUCTION with the Cabaret Performers in the KIT KAT KLUB - 3rd floor (SEATING 8:30 pm • Auction 9:00pm )
    featuring David Goodman, Auction Results

  • THE “GOLDEN PADDLE” DRAWING in the LIVE AUCTION…you must be present in the Live Auction, KIT KAT KLUB - 3rd floor- to win!

  • WINDSTORM BAND - Dancing! - PHANTOM - 2nd floor

  • SILENT AUCTION BIDDING continues on 2nd floor & 3rd floor

“After the LIVE AUCTION”

Drawing for the Sid Potts “Times Square Timepiece” Raffle -
KIT KAT KLUB - 3rd floor (You don’t need to be present to win)

SILENT AUCTION CLOSINGS in the following order:

1. 3rd floor WICKED and LITTLE SHOP
3. 2nd floor MY FAIR LADY and SPIDERMAN
4. 2nd floor HAIRSPRAY and HAMILTON
5. 2nd floor PHANTOM
6. 2nd floor MOULIN ROUGE


  • DISCO CABARET with That Girl DJ - in the KIT KAT KLUB
    - 3rd floor

  • ROCKIN’ THE POLE with Heather & Rachael - ROCK OF AGES
    - 2nd floor

  • WINDSTORM BAND - Dance! - PHANTOM - 2nd floor



Go to the Bank on the 1st floor (same area as check-in) and retrieve your receipt. Step over to the AUCTION REDEMPTION Center (Red River Room)to receive your Auction Item!

FINALE - 2:00 AM