There is always something fun to do in Louisiana. And since this sentiment rings especially true in the holiday season, we’ve mapped out some of our editor’s picks to make your 2018 Christmas in Louisiana the best yet.
Louisiana Holiday Trail of Lights ranks high as a “must-see”. The trail is located along eight north Louisiana cities Shreveport-Bossier, Minden, Monroe-West Monroe, Natchitoches and Alexandria-Pineville which are all an easy drive down I-20 and I-49. The festivities start in mid-November and run through December. You may ask, what’s the best way to explore the twinkling trail? We suggest a three day sightseeing tour . First, you need to decide where to start on your adventure and where to end. A good place to start is down the Cane River in Natchitoches at the Festival of Lights slated for November 17 through January 6. The Natchitoches Christmas Festival is ranked 3rd “Best Holiday Light Show” behind Rockefeller Center and Disney Land by Yahoo! Travel. Visitors can be mesmerized by over 300,000 lights illuminating downtown Natchitoches. You can enjoy Natchitoches traditions such as carriage tours through the National Historic Landmark District and fireworks each Saturday.
The Alex Winterfete is an excellent choice for your next stop. Here you and the “fam” can enjoy ice skating, Santa and live music in downtown Alexandria on November 30 through December 1. The Alex Winterfete holiday magic includes, local choirs and performing groups, the official lighting of downtown, the arrival of Santa, and a cookie-decorating event. If you are a “Snowkus Pocus” fan, stay tuned there will be something special at this year’s Winterfete. Where to next? There is nothing like a spectacular firework show to kick off the holiday season. Check out Christmas on Caddo Fireworks Festival which is celebrating 24 years of entertainment on December 1 in Oil City. Make sure you have a good seat because at 6:30 pm the skies light up with a firework display above the Caddo Lake.
Let’s head south for the next two picks. We suggest you brush up on your Cajun French to celebrate the Cajun & Creole Christmas, cher. You can ring in the holiday season with Lafayette’s Creole Christmas which rolls out November 1 through New Year’s Eve. Or go back in time, with a visit to the LSU Rural Life Museum in Baton Rouge to celebrate the holidays with a 19th century flair.
No matter where you are in Louisiana , a jolly good time awaits. Pack up the family and plan a road trip to experience Christmas in Louisiana at its best!