Experience Holiday Cheer in Southwest Louisiana!
Fireworks, snow, parades, performing arts, Christmas concerts, and shopping events – holiday cheer is underway throughout cities and communities in Calcasieu Parish. Make a list and check it twice so that you don't miss out on the fun this season.
If you’re looking to jump into the Christmas shopping spirit, the Holiday House at Christmas Under the Oaks with the preview party on Thursday, Dec. 2, followed by the shopping experience on Friday – Saturday, Dec. 3 – 4. Sulphur’s Christmas Under the Oaks features carnival rides, shopping, live music, over 35 vendors, a tree lighting ceremony, and snow, with the festival days being Friday – Saturday, Dec. 3 – 4. Within walking distance, you can stroll through the decorated Grove Park and up and down Pecan Street for a view of Sulphur's most decorated street!
A myriad of events will take place as part of the City of Lake Charles’ Light Up the Lake Christmas Celebration such as a hot chocolate fun run, Santa’s Workshop on the lakefront, a tree lighting ceremony and fireworks over the lake on Saturday, Dec. 4.
The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury is decking the halls in preparation for the “Christmas at the Courthouse” celebration, a free event that will take place from 3-7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3, at the Historic Calcasieu Courthouse. Santa and Mrs. Claus, along with other holiday characters, will be on site to spread Christmas cheer and to pose for photos with residents of all ages.
On Saturday, Dec. 4, the DeQuincy Railroad Museum Park will be decked out for Christmas, with the DeQuincy Christmas Parade taking place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4. Snow is also expected in DeQuincy along with a DeQuincy Farmer’s Market along with food, crafts and more.
The Vinton Christmas Celebration will be in full swing on Saturday, Dec. 4, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. with a market, family fun, live music, and crafts in downtown Vinton.
In addition, the Moss Bluff Christmas Parade hits the streets on Saturday, Dec. 11, and the Christmas at First Baptist Church in Moss Bluff festivities take place on Wednesday, Dec. 8, complete with snow, live music, fire pits, a Christmas train, fun jumps and pictures with Santa.
Several performing arts events are also on the holiday calendar including Handel’s Messiah, on Sunday, Dec. 5; “The Nutcracker” as presented by Lake Area Ballet Theatre, Thursday – Saturday, Dec. 9-11; the Lake Charles Symphony’s Holiday Jazz & Java on Sunday, Dec. 12; and A Christmas Carol presented by ACTS Theatre on Dec. 17-19.
The Imperial Calcasieu Museum will be hosting an inaugural event, Art Under the Oak, on Sunday, Dec.12 from 12-3 p.m. featuring live music, art vendors, pictures with Santa, beignets and coffee from Coffee:30, and more!
For a full view of the various events taking place throughout the holiday season, please log on to www.visitlakecharles.org/CajunChristmas.
*Photos by Lindsey Janies, Chad Moreno, Victor Monsour and Angie Manning