Keeping it local during the Christmas season  is what I’m all about! No Black Friday crazy lines at big retail outlets or camping out for door buster deals for me! Forget Cyber Monday! You can score those perfect presents at various holiday markets sponsored by local organizations. You’ll find a myriad of artists, authors, and master craftsmen selling their unique creations. These events will help you get started. ​
 
Holiday House at Christmas Under the Oaks
The city of Sulphur plans quite a party when it comes to holiday festivities. Christmas Under the Oaks takes place December 1-3 at the Brimstone Museum and Henning Cultural Center at 923 Ruth St. in Sulphur. Over 30 delightful “shops” will put festival-goers in the Christmas spirit, according to Thom Trahan, Executive Director of the Center.  A Preview Gala will take place Thursday, Dec. 1, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets for this private catered reception and preferred shopping event are $35. On Friday and Saturday, events include live entertainment, carnival rides, and of course, holiday shopping. At 6 p.m. Friday evening, line up along Cypress St. to watch the magical Kiwanis Lighted Balloon Parade.​
 
Christmas in Sulphur includes activities from across the community. For more information, go to www.christmasinsulphur.org.
 
 
Holiday Art Market
The Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana will host a Holiday Art Market Friday, Dec. 9, 3-7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 11, 12 – 5 p.m. A wide variety of artists will display and sell original artwork. Items at this event are sold tax-free. 10% of proceeds will benefit the Family & Youth Counseling Agency. Live performances will entertain shoppers and Spoonful of Sugar bakery will be onsite with holiday treats. The event is held at the Central School Arts and Humanities Center.
 
I enjoy supporting our local businesses. Plus, they have all of the Louisiana-centric gifts that my friends who live out of state enjoy so much this time of year! I love to send (and receive) food treats during the holiday. Who doesn't? 
 
Food companies and restaurants like Big Easy Foods and Leonard's Food Quarters ship all the mouthwatering Cajun dishes and meats around the world. Leonard's gourment gift basket includes boudin, shrimp etoufee, gumbo, rice dressing, smoked sausage and more! Merry Cajun Christmas!! If that is not an amazing gift, I don't know what is. Several of the stops along the Southwest Louisiana Boudin Trail also ship. 
 
Leonard's Gourment Cajun gift basket ordered from Lake Charles, Louisiana.
 

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