Winter Guide to Lake Charles

Mild temperatures blanket festive celebrations 🎄🎁

We may not have winter chills, but we have winter thrills in Lake Charles – Louisiana’s Playground!™  Southwest Louisiana is blessed with a usually mild climate and pleasant temperatures this time of year, making Lake Charles and the surrounding area a perfect place for a holiday getaway – indoors or out!

Spend some time exploring the area’s art museums, galleries and performing arts venues, then enjoy great local shopping, spas, and restaurants. Catch a fun holiday parade, winter festival or dazzling light display – either from the comfort of your car, in the back of a horse-drawn carriage or on the deck of a pontoon.

When you’re ready to run and play, check out local recreation and entertainment centers, or tee up to play a round (or three) on stunning resort golf courses open all winter long. Several are at top-notch Lake Charles casino resorts that combine award-winning courses with fantastic restaurants, live entertainment, amenities, and plush accommodations.

A winter getaway in Lake Charles? Yeah, that’s cool.

Winter Fun for Families

It's Gumbo Weather!

Gumbo is a type of spicy stew typical of Louisiana. It is a staple that is cooked up in big cast iron pots and stirred with large wooden spoons—or boat oars, depending on how many people are going to be fed. It's the perfect dish to warm the body and soul on a cool winter day!

Christmas & Holiday Festivals

If you don’t plan to be home for the holidays, come visit Southwest Louisiana’s home for some of the region’s top Christmas and winter festivals. We’ll have the hot cocoa ready! Here are just a few Lake Charles-area celebrations you won’t want to miss.