Santa's Workshop

Light up the Lake Christmas Celebration 🎄kicks off at the Lake Charles Civic Center, with family-friendly events all day that open to the public all day starting at 8:30 am. Santa’s Workshop opens at 3 p.m. at the Arcade amphitheater complete with children’s activities, food trucks, and live entertainment. The St. Louis High School Show Choir performs at 4 p.m., followed by the Lake Charles Community Band at 5 p.m. and a pre-show highlight of The Nutcracker that will be performed by the Lake Area Ballet Theatre at 6 p.m.

Each child 3-12 will receive a Christmas stocking full of goodies from Santa, followed by the annual SWLA Christmas lighting ceremony led by Mayor Nic Hunter. Head to the front lawn of the Civic Center at 7:30 p.m. for a performance of various girl scouts groups and the Messiah Chorus singing all our favorite Christmas carols.

The fireworks extravaganza Lights Up the Lake starts at 8:30 p.m. Feel free to find a good spot to watch the entire display and bring your lawn chairs or blankets. Please note, ice chests and pets are not allowed. For more info click here.

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Are you ready to get into the holiday spirit? Are you ready for some Christmas cheer? If the answer is yes, then we have a huge list of Christmas events going on in Lake Charles and Southwest Louisiana.

Sulphur Louisiana's Christmas Under the Oaks takes place on December 3rd and 4th and features live music with country music star Sammy Kershaw. It will also have carnival rides, shopping, a tree lighting ceremony, and snow.

The DeQuincy Railroad Museum Park will be on December 4th complete with the DeQuincy Christmas Parade taking place at 11:00 am. and the DeQuincy Farmer’s Market along with food, crafts, and more.

The Vinton, Louisiana Christmas celebration will be in full swing on Saturday, December 4th from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm with a market, live music, and arts & crafts. The celebration will take place in downtown Vinton.

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In Moss Bluff, they will have a Christmas Parade Saturday, December 11th. There will also be Christmas festivities at the First Baptist Church in Moss Bluff on Wednesday, December 8th with snow, live music, fire pits, a Christmas train, fun jumps, and the kids can even take pictures with Santa.

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With the holiday spirit in the air, it’s the perfect time to dive into the history of iconic holiday gifts. Using national toy archives and data curated by The Strong from 1920 to today, Stacker searched for products that caught hold of the public zeitgeist through novelty, innovation, kitsch, quirk, or simply great timing, and then rocketed to success.