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Louisiana is a great place for a true southern holiday experience. The holiday season just seems to have a little extra kick to it here in Lake Charles. Perhaps it’s the bit of Cajun spice that we add to our festivities. Louisiana truly knows how to celebrate and we go all the way for the holidays with festivals, parades and concerts. Check out our list of the stops you just have to make during your Lake Charles holiday celebration.
Light it up!
An event in this area of Louisiana you will not want to miss is the Light up the Lake Christmas Celebration. Local groups get together to participate in the annual lighted boat parade. Prizes are awarded for the best floats that truly show the spirit of the season. The parade will take a route along the illuminated Lakefront Promenade. Afterwards, an extravagant firework display lights up the sky. Be sure to stay for the community band’s annual Christmas concert.
Snow in Lake Charles?
One thing that is not often seen in Louisiana is snow. Most people in the south can only dream of a white Christmas, but at a certain Christmas Festival it is a reality. Enjoy the freshly falling snow as you experience the Spectacle of Lights. The only balloon and lighted parade in Louisiana will be held at the festival. Heritage square will also hold a carnival, live music, and carriage rides to get you in the holiday spirit.
If you prefer to remain indoors this holiday season, a theatrical experience may be the option for you. This holiday season, Lake Charles is presenting Tchaikovsky’s classic holiday performance of The Nutcracker through the Department of Performing Arts at McNeese State University. After the spectacular presentation, head over to the Isle of Capri Casino Hotel® Lake Charles to continue enjoying the warmth throughout the casino.
With all the festive activities taking place around Lake Charles this holiday you are sure to work up an appetite. Nothing hits the spot like indulging in Louisiana’s famous Cajun style seafood. We’re excited to tell you about the new Isle of Capri Farmer’s Pick Buffet® which serves up a new all-you-can-eat feast. You’ll find Cajun-style food sneaking onto our buffet for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Things get extra special on Friday and Saturday nights when our dinner buffet serves up a special seafood spread complete with Canadian crab.
If you know you’ll be entertaining, spice things up with a Louisiana holiday favorite – Cajun baked ham with a sugar cane bourbon glaze. The glaze is a simple combination of sugar cane, brown sugar, bourbon, Creole mustard, cloves, and cinnamon. Christmas dinner needs more than ham, so compliment the delightful ham with a favorite recipe that has been passed from generation to generation in Louisiana. Cajun rice, also known as dirty rice, is a special dish that goes well with almost any meal and is never forgotten at any Cajun themed gathering.
With this list of Cajun holiday ideas you’ll never have a dull holiday every again! Spice things up this season!