Louisiana Christmas Traditions

Amber Crowe

Louisiana is a state that’s rich with culture and tradition. Christmas is no exception. Different Christmas events take place all over The Boot, celebrating the holidays in big ways.

In Lutcher, Louisiana, something called the Festival of Bonfires takes place on December 14-16. It can be traced back to the 1800s and started with the French and the German’s tradition of igniting bonfires around the Christmas holidays. Along with the bonfires, the festival includes carnival rides, food, and live entertainment.

On November 18 through December 31, the Cajun and Creole Christmas Celebrations happen in Lafayette, Louisiana. People celebrate with symphony orchestras, tree lighting ceremonies, and Christmas parades. Another festival that Lafayette holds is the Noel Acadien au Village; more than 500,000 lights are lit. You can take pictures with Santa Claus and delight in the nightly entertainment.

Lake Charles has many festivals that take place. The Cajun Christmas Festival is from November 15 to December 31. In Sulphur, the 12 Days of Christmas has a holiday theater with concert performances, live music, carnival rides, a balloon parade, and something called the Spectacle of Lights. For Christmas Under the Oaks of Sulphur Festival, you can eat breakfast with Santa himself as well as some delicious Community Coffee. Light up the Lake Christmas Celebration kicks off with a street parade. A lighting ceremony and a Lighted Boat parade, topped with a fireworks finale, caps off the festival.

A celebration that spans various cities across central and northern Louisiana is the Holiday Trail of Lights. The cities that it takes place in are Alexandria, Pineville, Minden, Monroe, West Monroe, Natchitoches, and Shreveport-Bossier. Not all the Holiday Trail of Lights celebrations are the same in each city. For example, while they have the Downtown Takeover in Minden, in Natchitoches they hold the Northwestern Christmas Gala.

If you aren’t able to travel across the state for a Christmas event, there are many things to do around Baton Rouge. You can go to the Creole Christmas at Magnolia Mound Plantation, you can watch The Nutcracker: A Tale From the Bayou at the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, and you can go Ice Skating on the River at the Raising Cane’s River Center. There are many things to do during the Christmas holidays in Louisiana, but the most fun you can have is by spending time with family. So make sure to spend time with those that you love and have a Merry Christmas!