For Immediate Release:    November 8, 2018

For Further Information Contact 

Denise Fasske, Arts & Cultural Events Director

Historic City Hall Arts and Cultural Center 337-491-9159

 

The City of Lake Charles Announces plans for the

 Light up the Lake Christmas Celebration

 

LAKE CHARLES- Santa Claus is coming to town during the annual Light up the Lake Christmas Celebration on Friday, November 30. This year’s event will mark the City’s first lighted night parade through historic downtown Lake Charles. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., local groups will join Santa for a festive journey from Mill Street, south on Ryan, concluding at 7th Street. Lake Charles Toyota/Scion is the official sponsor of this year’s street parade.

After the parade, the fun will move to the Lake Charles Civic Center as residents gather around the front lawn for a lighting ceremony led by Mayor Nic Hunter. Local girl scouts groups and the Barbe High String Orchestra will entertain the crowd with everyone’s favorite Christmas carols. At 8 p.m., Mayor Hunter will flip the switch to light up the tree as well as the many brilliant ornaments positioned at the Civic Center entrance. The City has been enhancing the Christmas lighting program in the Downtown Lakefront District for many years. Since 2012 the City has invested almost $390K in lighted displays and additional $326K in infrastructure to assist with this wonderful experience.

Captains are called upon to round up the crew for the annual lighted boat parade at 8:15 p.m.  An assortment of boats reflecting the spirit of the season will parade past spectators along the Lakefront Promenade.  Awards and prizes will be given for the best decorated boats 35 ft. & under and 36 ft. & over. Categories include first-third place, best of show and best crew.  

At 8:45 p.m. tune into KBYS 88.3 FM McNeese Radio for the simulcast music as the fireworks extravaganza will light up the lake.  Food vendors will be available on the lakefront this evening.

Two weeks later on December 15, Santa's Workshop will take place from 12 to 3 p.m. in the Civic Center Coliseum. Thanks to the support of Entergy, kids are invited to join in the reindeer games with prizes and gifts as well as arts & crafts, food, activities, storytelling, music and much more. Concessions will be sold.

 

All events are free for attendees as well as participants. Additional support is provided by a grant from the Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau. For entry forms or more information, please contact the City of Lake Charles at 337-491-9159, www.cityoflakecharles.com.                   

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12 Days of Christmas In Sulphur

NOVEMBER 23rdThe Mines Theatre presents The Christmas Guest. Showtime is at 7:00 PM. For more information, contact The Mines at 337-215-1602.
NOVEMBER 24TH- The Mines Theatre presents The Christmas Guest. Showtime is at 6:00 PM. For more information, contact The Mines at 337-215-1602.
NOVEMBER 25thThe Mines Theatre presents The Christmas Guest. Showtime is at 2:00 PM. For more information, contact The Mines at 337-215-1602.
NOVEMBER 28THHouston River Baptist Church and Iglesia Hispana de Sulphur present: Spanish Language Church Service at The Grove. For more information, contact Jose Us at 337-718-1750.
NOVEMBER 29TH Holiday House preview gala with music by Chester Daigle. 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM. Tickets $35. For more information, contact Thom Trahan at 337-527-0357
November 30thHoliday House open from 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM, entry is $5. For more information, contact Thom Trahan at 337-527-0357. Kiwanis Club of Sulphur Annual Christmas Parade at 6:00 PM. Live Nativity begins in the grove at 6:30, for more information contact Heather Kramer at 337-513-7797. Bag of Donuts will take the stage under the pavilion at 7:00 PM before the lighting of the Christmas tree in The Grove at 8:00 PM. Carnival open 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM, wristbands $20, for more information contact Thom Trahan at 337-527-0357.
DECEMBER 1st Holiday House open from 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM, entry is $5. Carl & Hollier live under the pavilion at Heritage Square 12:00 PM, followed by other favorite local live acts into the evening featuring Louisiana Express at 6:00 PM. Live Nativity begins in The Grove at 6:00 PM, for more information contact Heather Kramer at 337-513-7797. 100% Chance of Snow at Heritage Square at 7:30 PM. Carnival open 12:00 PM – 10:00 PM, bracelets are $20 for 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM and $20 for 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM, for more information contact Thom Trahan at 337-527-0357.
DECEMBER 4TH – Old Tyme Christmas Brunch for Seniors at the West Cal Event Center from 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM. For more information, contact Jody Barilleaux at 337-794-3113.
December 7th Scotty Blackwell presents “Glory Divine” a community Christmas musical hosted by Houston River Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Sulphur, and Maplewood First Baptist Church. For more information, contact Scotty Blackwell at 318-426-0136 or musichrbc@gmail.com
 

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NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:
Amanda Reeves, public relations manager
Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
(337) 436-9588 or 800-456-7952

 

                                               

DeQuincy Decks the Halls

DEQUINCY, La. (Nov.­ 8, 2018)— Christmas is just around the corner and plans are underway to celebrate the joy of the season as well as the city of DeQuincy’s 115th Anniversary. DeQuincy Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Christmas Parade on Saturday at 10:30 a.m., with line-up at Nichol’s parking lot. This year’s parade theme is “DeQuincy Christmas Past, Present and Future.”

After the parade, there will be a multitude of special events happening downtown on Pine St., brought to you by the Chamber of Commerce and the City of DeQuincy. Enjoy performances by local dancers, a handbell choir, gospel groups, sign language performers, an acapella choir, jazz guitarist, DeQuincy High School Band and much more.  Wrap up the evening with fireworks at the DeQuincy Ballpark at 6:30 p.m.

Additionally, The DeQuincy News, DeQuincy’s hometown newspaper, is gathering old photos from businesses that were located in downtown DeQuincy and will have these displayed on banners on Pine St. These historic photos will be used to commemorate the city’s 115th Anniversary, as well as the News’ 95th Anniversary.

Christmas at the DeQuincy Railroad Museum, 400 Lake Charles Ave, will be held from Nov. 30 - Dec. 31 and will include thousands of exterior lights and multiple indoor trees that all can be viewed from the drive-through area in front of the museum.

For more information or to have a booth downtown during the Christmas festivities, please contact the DeQuincy Chamber of Commerce, at (337) 786-6451.

 

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NEWS RELEASE      
For immediate release
For more information, contact
Shelley Johnson, executive director
Or
William Precht, media relations manager
Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
(337) 436-9588 or (800) 456-7952

Calling all Gingerbread House Builders!
Deadline for Registration – Nov. 16


LAKE CHARLES, La. (Nov. 8, 2018) - The aroma of holiday spices, candy canes, sugar gumdrops, and gingerbread will soon swirl through the air. The annual Gingerbread House Contest sponsored by the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), is a wonderful way for visitors to feel the community’s Christmas spirit when they see the houses on display at the CVB’s Welcome Center, 1205 N. Lakeshore Drive, throughout the month of December.

Entry forms are now available for the Gingerbread House Contest, which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, with the award ceremony taking place at noon at the CVB’s Welcome Center. The deadline to register for the contest is Friday, Nov. 16.

Entry divisions include amateur, professional, school group, and club/organization. The gingerbread houses will remain on display at the bureau throughout the month of December, and all visitors during that time will be able to vote on the People’s Choice Award to be announced Wednesday, Dec. 26.

Entries must be delivered to the CVB’s Welcome Center between 1 – 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30. To register, contact Melissa Trahan with the CVB at 337-436-9588 or visit www.visitlakecharles.org/gingerbread.

 

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News Release
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:

Angie S. Manning
Communications Director, CDME
Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana
Convention & Visitors Bureau
(337) 436-9588 or 800-456-7952

 

2nd Annual Mini Christmas Tree Decorating Contest

Register by Monday, Nov. 19

SULPHUR, La. (Nov. 8, 2018)—As everyone is getting ready to deck the halls, you can also try your hand at decorating a mini Christmas tree for the 2nd Annual Christmas Tree Decorating Contest. Christmas trees for this contest are provided free of charge, but they are limited in supply, and the deadline to register and pick up trees is Monday, Nov. 19, by 5 p.m.

Trees are 18 inches tall, and they must be picked up at Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point, 2740 Ruth St., starting Thursday, Nov. 1, through Monday, Nov. 19, during normal business hours. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Creole Nature Trail Adventure Point and the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau and are partnering with the Brimstone Museum Complex and the City of Sulphur to present the 2nd Annual Mini Christmas Tree Decorating Contest to be held at the Brimstone Museum Complex with judging taking place on Saturday, Dec. 8, with the award ceremony at noon, complete with an appearance by Gumbeaux Gator!

Trees must be decorated and delivered to the Brimstone Museum Complex located at 900 S Huntington St., Sulphur, LA, by Friday, Dec. 7, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. First place receives $50; second receives $25, and third place receives $15. Decoration theme ideas include Louisiana culture, Louisiana history, seafood, music, Cajun, Creole or festivals.

For more information and detailed contest rules and regulations, log onto www.VisitLakeCharles.org/ChristmasTree or e-mail Shanna Landry, project manager, at slandry@visitlakecharles.org.

 

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MOSS BLUFF CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS IN THE BLUFF
The Ward One Economic Development Board and the Moss Bluff Civic Club will sponsor the Moss Bluff Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. in Moss Bluff.  The parade will begin at Market Basket and travel along Sam Houston Jones Parkway and end at Sam Houston High School. Line-up will begin at 1 p.m. at Sam Houston High School. 


“We want to encourage all area groups to get involved,” said economic board president, Michelle McInnis.  “We want the whole community to get involved, come in festive dress, or just come out and catch some goodies,” McInnis said. 


In addition to the parade, we will be celebrating “Christmas in the Bluff” on Saturday, December 8th, from 10:00am -5:00pm at the Moss Bluff Recreation Complex.  There will be crafts and vendors at the market, kid’s activities and games, and a sweet shop.  Hosted by the Moss Bluff Women’s League, admission is free and open to the public.

For applications and more information visit www.mossbluff.webs.com or www.mossbluffcivicclub.webs.com or like us on Facebook/mossbluffcivicclub or Facebook/mossbluffeconomicboard; Facebook/mbwomensleague


For additional information contact:
Civic Club, Robert Landry, rlandry0@bellsouth.net 
Economic Development Board, Michelle McInnis, mmacinthebluff@gmail.com
Economic Development Board, Mark Senegal, playmakersla@aol.com
Women’s League, Renee Bailey, mbwomesleague@gmail.com

Michelle McInnis, President
Ward One Economic Development Board
 

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NEWS RELEASE

For immediate release

For more information, contact:

Amanda Reeves, public relations manager

Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau

(337) 436-9588 or 800-456-7952

 

 

Starks Christmas Parade, Dec. 1

 

STARKS, La (Nov. 8, 2018) —The community of Starks will spring into the Christmas spirit with the annual Starks Christmas Parade to be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m.

 

The parade starts and ends at VFW Post #4759 on Hwy. 12 in Starks. Following the parade at 3:30 p.m., there will be hotlinks on a bun with chips and beverages, hosted by the VFW Auxiliary and VFW Post #4759.

 

For more information or to request a parade entry form, contact Mary Johnson at (337) 287-3886.

 

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NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:

Colten Miller, publications/systems manager
Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
(337) 436-9588

www.VisitLakeCharles.org

 

SWLA Christmas Lighting Festival

Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event

 

LAKE CHARLES, La. (Nov. 8, 2018) —The Southeast Tourism Society (STS) recently honored the Southwest Louisiana Christmas Lighting Festival as a 2018 Top 20 Event. The festival features holiday activities and events throughout Calcasieu Parish that take place during the season. The festival includes the Lake Charles Light Up the Lake Christmas Celebration, Sulphur’s Christmas Under the Oaks, parades in Westlake, DeQuincy, Vinton, Moss Bluff and Starks, plus an array of other events.

The Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau is a member of STS, an organization that promotes travel to and within the southeastern part of the United States. The bureau nominates all area fairs, festivals and events quarterly. The STS Top 20 Events marketing program highlights the “best of the best” from submitted entries.

Events are selected from each of the following STS member states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. The Top 20 Events publication is sent to over 1,600 media outlets each quarter, including web, magazines, radio stations, TV stations, AAA publications and newspapers. The combined circulation of organizations using the publication is well into the millions. Therefore, the potential media coverage of these events has made the Top 20 Events list a coveted honor.

For more information on holiday events, contact the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau at 337-436-9588, or visit www.VisitLakeCharles.org/CajunChistmas

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NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
For more information, contact:

Shelley Johnson, executive director
or
Angie S. Manning, Communications Director
Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
(337) 436-9588 or 800-456-7952

 

Sulphur’s Christmas Under the Oaks Festival

 

SULPHUR, La. (Nov. 8, 2018) —Let it snow! Sulphur jumps into the Christmas spirit with “snow” and festive events. Experience Sulphur’s Christmas Under the Oaks Festival, located at the Brimstone Museum Complex, 923 Ruth Street, in the heart of Sulphur at Heritage Square where music, carnival rides and holiday shopping are at their height!

 

Festival dates are Friday-Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, with shopping available at the Holiday House on Friday and Saturday. The Holiday House will have over 40 vendors, including Food Network star, Jay Ducote. The event will also feature a preview party, Thursday, Nov. 29, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. with tickets at $35, available for advance purchase. Shopping hours are 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

 

Carnival rides run from 5 - 10 p.m. on Friday and noon - 10 p.m. on Saturday. Friday, enjoy Louisiana’s only lighted balloon parade at 6 p.m. down Cypress St. Live entertainment on Friday night includes Bag of Donuts at 6 p.m. and the tree lighting at 8 p.m.

 

Saturday cranks up with Carl & Hollier at noon with entertainment throughout the afternoon leading into Louisiana Express taking the stage at 6 p.m. with a 100% chance of snow at 7:30 p.m.

 

“We are excited to continue this wonderful event in Sulphur,” says Mayor Mike Danahay, “I highly encourage all of Southwest Louisiana to visit us and experience Christmas Under the Oaks firsthand.”

 

For more information on Sulphur’s Christmas events, contact the Henning Cultural Center at 337-527-0357. For details on entertainment, contact the City of Sulphur at 337-527-4500 and visit www.sulphur.org. To learn more about Christmas events in Southwest Louisiana, www.visitlakecharles.org/cajunchristmas or contact the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-456-7952.

 

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NEWS RELEASE

For immediate release

For more information, contact:

Angie S. Manning, Communications Director

Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau

(337) 436-9588 or 800-456-7952

 

 

Vinton Christmas Community Celebration, Dec. 14

VINTON, La. (Nov. 8, 2018)—Christmas is coming to the Town of Vinton with a variety of holiday events scheduled for Friday, Dec. 14, with the Vinton Christmas Parade kicking off the festivities at 5 p.m. 

The parade will start near Vinton High School and proceed north to the corner of Horridge St. and Hwy 90. There, the community Christmas Tree will be on display, and the Vinton Ministerial Alliance will host Community Christmas in the Park.

Everyone will enjoy merriment with caroling, hot dogs, cookies and hot chocolate along with the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree. There will also be an opportunity for community members to decorate an ornament in memory of a loved one as a keepsake. A Live Nativity will also take place at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1502 Industrial Street, on Dec. 14 and 15, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

“The Town of Vinton is gearing up for the Christmas season, and our celebration will get all residents and visitors filled with the Christmas spirit and ready for the holidays,” said Mayor Kenny Stinson.

For more information or to participate in the Vinton Christmas Parade, contact Vinton City Hall at (337) 589-7453.

 

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NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release
For more information, contact:

Amanda Reeves, public relations manager
Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
(337) 436-9588 or 800-456-7952

 

 

Westlake Christmas Parade, Dec. 8

WESTLAKE, La. (Nov. 8, 2018) — Everyone in town is bustling about getting ready for the Westlake Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 8. The festive holiday parade will kick off at 1 p.m. at the Westlake High School Football Stadium.

Candy and Christmas fare will fly through the air, and spectators will be dazzled by the Christmas spirit in Westlake. The parade will roll down Sampson Street and will be immediately followed by a Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Westlake City Hall.

For more information, call (337) 433-0691 or the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau, (337) 436-9588 or visit www.visitlakecharles.org/cajunchristmas.

 

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