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WEST MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - It's not even Thanksgiving yet, and already Christmas in the Twin Cities is a hot topic.

Tuesday, the Monroe-West Monroe Convention Center and Visitors' Bureau announced the entire line-up of events for this year's "Christmas on the River" festival.

It includes everything from an outdoor holiday movie to the Bah Humbug 5K.

And the theme this year, "Happy, Happy, Happy Holidays," as the "Duck Dynasty" family helps get the Twin Cities in the Christmas spirit.

There will be more than 30 events this year, and almost all are free.

Events will be kicking off November 11 with the Freedom Tree lighting at the Chennault Aviation Museum honoring the military.

But opening weekend will be November 30th with the lighting ceremony at West Monroe's Antique Alley. Festival weekend will be December 7th with a 5K, the same weekend as Bawcomville's Redneck Christmas Parade.

December 14  "A Commander Christmas" will hit the Monroe Downtown Rivermarket.  A "Duck Dynasty" flotilla and laser light show will be featured. But events for that weekend also include a rubber duck derby and an old fashioned car show.

There will be a special performance by country singer Chancie Neal with her hit song "Ducks in a Row."

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