This Saturday (Dec.6th) is Lake Charles' annual 'Light Up The Lake' Christmas Celebration, including a performance from Lake Charles teen sensation Blake.

(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Don't miss all excitement of the annual 'Light Up The Lake' Christmas Celebration in Lake Charles.  Friday December 5th from 1pm - 4pm Gingerbread Houses will be on display at the Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau Welcome Center, from the annual Gingerbread Contest.  The sweet creations will be judged based on theme, originality and construction and Saturday December 6th, Gumbeaux Gator will announce the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. The houses will remain on display the entire month for everyone to enjoy.

Saturday December 6th, Santa is coming to town and will ride through downtown Lake Charles in the annual Christmas parade, which will begin at 1pm.  The parade route will travel from Mill Street, south on Ryan, concluding at 7th Street.  This years Grand Marshal will be 8-year old Carter King Sarro representing the Up-4-Downs organization which provides support, education, and vocational development, for individuals with Down Syndrome.  Look for Lake Charles teen singing sensation Blake, as she will joins Santa's annual Christmas Parade throwing T-Shirts with her new CD attached.

Lake Charles Toyota/Scion will award prizes for best floats, marching bands, decorated vehicles, right on down to specialty groups participating in the parade.  The Christmas Celebration continues at the Lake Charles Civic Center with a host of festivities immediately after the parade.  Kids 6-12-years of age, can play in Santa's Workshop from 2-5 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall.  Sponsored by Entergy, children are invited to games for prizes and gifts, plus enjoy arts & crafts, a variety food, activities, storytelling, music and much more.

Leading up to the lighting ceremony, the Lake Charles Community Band will perform Christmas classics beginning at 3:30 p.m. on the second floor Mezzanine of the Civic Center.  Then gather the family around the Civic Center front lawn to listen to Christmas carols from the Barbe High School Show Choir at 5 pm, Blake will perform her Christmas song titled “It’s Finally Here” and Mayor Randy Roach will flip the switch at 6 pm to "Light Up The Lake".

At 6:30 pm don't miss the annual boat parade, as area residents sail across the lake in the boats decked out in Christmas lights.  As the boats pass spectators along the Lakefront Promenade, the vessels will judged and later awarded for the best decorations and lights. Stick around for the grand finale, as the fireworks display will get underway at 7:15 p.m. officially ringing in the Christmas season.

The 'Light Up The Lake' Christmas Celebration is brought to you by The City of Lake Charles and SWLA Convention and Visitors Bureau, all events are free and open to the public.

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