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Follow the Lights to Holiday Cheer
12/1/2017 5:41:05 PM
Christmas Lights

If you want to get into the holiday spirit, follow the lights! Christmas lights, that is; there are plenty of places to ooh and ahh over the colors and magic of holiday lighting.

The City of Lake Charles kicks off the holiday season with its annual Light up the Lake Celebration on Dec. 2 at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Holiday events take place throughout the day (see for details), but stick around for the much-anticipated Lighting Ceremony, from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m., where thousands of colorful lights will set the Civic Center aglow in holiday cheer. Features of the light display include an impressive Christmas tree in front of the Civic Center. You’ll also enjoy the whimsical Twelve Days of Christmas, a pirate ship, toys and gifts, and of course, Santa. Then head to the Lakefront Promenade along Bord du Lac Drive. at 6:30 for the Lighted Boat Parade, with a fabulous Fireworks Extravaganza to follow at 7:15 p.m. that will truly light up the lake! Red and green lit lamp posts by noted iron artist Josh Guillory add to the merriment.

Sulphur’s Christmas under the Oaks Festival takes place Dec. 1-2, including music, carnival rides, and holiday shopping, as well as lights, snow, and tree lighting at 8:00 p.m. Friday! 923 Ruth Street. Lighted balloon parade on Friday, 6:00 p.m. down Cypress Street. 

Shell Beach Drive is a holiday tradition, as you cruise past the grand mansions and massive live oaks lit up in holiday glory. Many of these homeowners hire professionals to design and string light displays over their homes, yards, and trees.

Drive through the 40-some blocks of the historic Charpentier District. Many of these quaint cottages, Colonial Revivals, and southern plantation style homes display brightly-lit Christmas finery during the holidays. 

Don’t miss the annual light display at Prien Lake Park, located at 3100 W. Prien Lake Rd.

Also in south Lake Charles, Trinity Baptist Church and Lights of the Lake Area present NOEL, a 10-minute light show, Dec. 4 – 25, 5:30-11:00 p.m. (weather permitting). 1800 Country Club Rd.

In DeQuincy, see the annual Christmas lighted parade sponsored by the DeQuincy Chamber of Commerce at 5:30 p.m., Dec. 1, followed by Christmas in the Park at 6:30 p.m. and fireworks at 8:00 p.m. Christmas at the Railroad Museum, 400 Lake Charles Ave, will be held from Dec. 2-31 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.

Iowa Christmas Parade and Christmas in the Park, Dec. 9. Christmas Parade begins at 3 p.m. from the VF Mall and travels to the Lawrence Toups Memorial Park. Christmas in the Park will be after the parade, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.,  and includes kid events, arts and crafts, shopping and more. (337) 309-7914.

The Lake Charles Symphony Holiday Home Tour will take you along spectacular Shell Beach Drive on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2-4 p.m. Admission $50 per person. For tickets, call 337-433-1611 or see their website,

Many private citizens throughout Lake Charles take great pride in their spectacular light displays and welcome the public to view. Fred Roeder and his neighbors host Lake Area Light Show in Lake Charles at 5721 Alder St. 

Visit the Fontenot Family Christmas, 708 Briarwood Drive, and the Richards on Canal Street, Lake Charles.

In Sulphur, look for Christmas on the Hill at 2151 Lynn Trahan Road, Carlyss Light Show Spectacular, 1372 Carl Lyons Rd., and the Pecan Street neighborhood next to Heritage Square. 

No matter where you choose to enjoy the Christmas lights of SWLA, you truly are in for a holiday treat.
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