Santa and his elves will march into Moss Bluff Saturday, Dec. 14.

A Cajun Christmas in Southwest Louisiana includes a variety of holiday parades beginning Friday, Dec.6 and running through Saturday, Dec. 14. The excitement kicks off with the parade in downtown Vinton on Friday, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. followed by family friendly activities, a gumbo cook-off, and a visit from Old St. Nicholas. The DeQuincy Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade begins on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m. followed by Christmas in the Park at 6:15 p.m. and fireworks at 7:30 p.m.
 
Stay in the holiday spirit with five more Christmas parades on Saturday, Dec. 7. The Starks Christmas Parade begins at 2 p.m. and will end at the Starks VFW 4759 where everyone can enjoy a Christmas gumbo.

The Light Up the Lake Christmas Lighting Festival street parade in downtown Lake Charles will also take place Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. beginning at the Lake Charles Civic Center.  Stick around to enjoy other free activities for the whole family and the Lighted Boat Parade at the seawall at 6:30 p.m. topped off by fireworks at 7:15 p.m.

Sulphur's Kiwanis Christmas Balloons on Parade begins at 3 p.m. on Dec. 7.  Giant, colorful balloons and floats will proceed down Cypress Street coinciding with the Christmas Under the Oaks Festival and Holiday House. 

The jammed pack weekends don't end there. Iowa's Christmas Parade begins at 4 p.m. on Dec. 7 followed by Christmas in the Park at Lawrence Toups Memorial Park Pavilion at 5 p.m. with a chili cook-off, choirs and Santa Claus. 

The West Cal Kiwanis Christmas Parade rolls through downtown Westlake at 10 a.m. on Dec 7. The Moss Bluff Christmas Parade ends the holiday parade season through downtown Moss Bluff Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. 

For more information and a complete list of Christmas events, call tourist information at the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau at (337) 436-9588 or log on to www.visitlakecharles.org/cajunchristmas.

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