Red River Express to the North Pole

All Aboard! Shreveport’s Best Annual Christmas Experience Awaits!

Celebrating its second year of Christmas magic, the Red River Express boat ride will embark on an enchanting journey to the “North Pole”. This magical boat ride will make you believe in the spirit of Christmas, complete with hot chocolate, cookies and a very special guest!


As the 2019 P.R.I.D.E. award winner for Outstanding Event of the Year, this 45-min long holiday experience will delight both the young and the young at heart. Once aboard, the conductor will punch each guest’s golden ticket while they enjoy tasty treats, sing Christmas carols and listen to Mrs. Claus tell stories while making the short boat journey around the bend to the “North Pole” to pick up a very special passenger.


Once docked, Santa will board to greet passengers and give each child a special first gift of Christmas – a silver sleigh "Believe" bell. What wonderful memories will be made on this unforgettable adventure...


Dates: Nov 29 - Dec. 22

Days: Tuesday - Sunday

Times: 5 pm, 6 pm, 7 pm

Cost: $25 Tues - Thurs

          $30 Fri - Sun

Commemorative 8 1/2" Polar Bear "Red" $18

Tickets on Sale Now 

Souvenir Hot Chocolate Mug $12


  • According to the US Coast Guard rules for passenger vessels, all passengers will need a ticket no matter what the age. No lap children/babies are allowed without a ticket. Each cruise has a 30 passenger maximum.

  • The Red River Express departs at the Red River boat launch a few blocks from the aquarium. Please arrive at the boat launch at least 15 minutes before your departure to check in. The boat will not wait for late passengers. There are no restroom facilities onboard, so please plan accordingly.

  • At check-in you will turn in your email tickets (if you did not receive your tickets via email please check your junkmail folder) Remember, everyone needs a ticket including lap children/babies. 

  • In case of heavy rain/bad weather, we will do our best to reschedule or allow guests a refund. Please check this web page for status updates.

  • Please dress warm, pajamas are perfectly acceptable (and preferred!). Hot chocolate and cookies will be served.

  • If you pre-purchased a commemorative mug and/or Red River Express Bear, they will be available for pick up at checkin at the boat launch.

  • Please remember to bring a camera/iphone to get some great photos of your child with Santa!

  • We recommend coming early to tour the beautifully decorated aquarium! Last entry to the aquarium is 5 p.m.  Allow yourself an hour to tour the aquarium and another 10 minutes to walk to the boat launch from there. Aquarium tickets are just $13 adults, $9 kids 3-12 and 2 and under are free.

  • On Dec. 7, 8, 20, 21 & 22, the Laser Light Show Spectacular of stunning choreographed laser beams and colorful light effects performed to traditional holiday favorites will be happening in the dome of the aquarium at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30

  • You can walk down to the boat launch from the aquarium/Riverview Plaza or drive and park in the dirt lot across from 820 Clyde Fant Pkwy. See parking map.

  • Tickets are nonrefundable within 10 days of departure. To request a refund visit Approved refunds will take 5-7 days depending on your financial institution.

  • There is no wheelchair accessibility on the boat.

Shreveport Aquarium


601 Clyde Fant Parkway

Shreveport, Louisiana 71101