A Louisiana Christmas

Christmas in Louisiana is a special time of year. From the traditional Southern holiday events like the Christmas on the River parade in West Monroe to the snow sports of the North Louisiana region, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Louisiana comes alive with holiday spirit during Christmas time, with carols filling the air and twinkling lights on the trees.

Whether you’re in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, or some small town in between, there is no shortage of Christmas traditions and activities to enjoy. Many cities hold Christmas parades, featuring floats adorned with lights and decorations, marching bands, and of course, Santa himself! New Orleans hosts the world-famous “Christmas on the River” parade, which has been an annual tradition since 1999. This parade features an array of floats and participants from all over the South, culminating in a fireworks spectacular and musical performance.

Want a small town Christmas feel like you see in movies? The Annual Natchitoches Christmas Festival

Is for you! Over 300,000 lights and 100 plus set pieces are on display every night at dusk in the six week celebration that starts on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. It is an amazing celebration that encompasses the Christmas feeling of merriment and family.

For those looking to beat the cold weather, Louisiana has plenty of winter activities for the whole family. From skiing and snowboarding at Ski LaBelle and Snow Trails in the North Louisiana region, to ice-skating in Lafayette, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the season. In addition to the winter sports, there are many holiday festivals going on throughout the state. In Shreveport, the Festival of Lights and the Christmas Tree Lighting attract thousands of visitors every year. Further south, the Bayou Country Christmas Festival in Houma includes a carnival with rides and games, live music, and of course the traditional lighting of the Christmas tree.

Of course, Christmas in Louisiana isn’t just about parades and festivals. Family and friends also come together to celebrate this special time of year. From traditional holiday dinners of jambalaya and gumbo, to exchanging gifts and enjoying each other’s company, Louisiana families make sure to make the most of the season. Homes become alive with Christmas decorations, and for some, with the sound of Cajun music in the background.

Whatever your holiday plans are, there is no denying the power of Christmas in Louisiana. As we gather to celebrate with family and friends, let us not forget the reason for the season. While all of the lights, decorations, and festivities are wonderful, let us remember that Christmas is a time to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

From the Christmas parades in the cities to the winter sports of the northern regions, to the family dinners and gift exchanges, Christmas in Louisiana is a special time of year. As we come together to celebrate, let us not forget the true meaning of Christmas: the birth of Jesus Christ, who came to save us from our sins. This season, let us remember Jesus, and rejoice in his birth. Merry Christmas!

Photo: ROBBIE CAPONETTO, source: WeTravel.com