Happenings Around Louisiana

There’s lots to do and see in Louisiana in the weeks before Christmas. We get visitors all the time who use New Orleans as a base and then they make day trips to other parts of the state. Within two hours drive, there are wonderful festivals and events that you may want to include in a mini vacation to our state. Some plan a combined trip. A day or two in North Louisiana, then a few days in the Crescent city. Here is a list of festivals and activities over the next few weeks that are being held around the state, provided by Louisiana Cookin’ magazine:

Bogalusa-One hour

Christmas in the Park 

November 26 – 29

Held at Cassidy Park. The festival runs from Thanksgiving through Christmas and is also called the Festival of Holiday Lights. You can drive or walk through the festive display. Santa is there nightly with over a million lights and concessions onsite.

For more information, visit the calendar.

Delcambre– Two hours

Delcambre Holiday Gumbo Cook-off & Boat Parade 

December 5

Held at Shrimp Festival Grounds. Gumbo cook-off & Christmas boat parade on the bayou, with Santa Claus.

For more information, visit iberiatravel.com

Grand Cane-Five hours

Pioneer Christmas Parade & Trade Day   

December 5, 10:00am

Featuring an all horse/mule vehicle drawn parade, plus vendor booths, entertainment, pioneer demonstrations, food, and more.

Houma-One hour, fifteen minutes

Once upon a Cajun Christmas Parade 

December 4, 7:00pm

This annual 20-float parade is sponsored by Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government, and follows a route from Terrebone High School, down Main Street, and ends at Courtsquare where “Papa Noel” (Santa Claus to those outside the area) and Mrs. Claus are greeted by crowds and cheers.  The event culminates in the singing of traditional carols and the lighting of the town Christmas tree.


Metairie-Twenty minutes

Beaujolais Day, Corks N Canvas Painting & Wine Soiree, and Live Music 

November 21, 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Held at Whole Foods Market Veterans. The Whole Foods Market Veterans store will unveil its exclusive Beaujolais Nouveau 2009 label. Guests will sample the Beaujolais as well as other French wine and cheese pairings. Corks N Canvas will be on-hand to facilitate a contest for guests to paint the exclusive 2009 Beaujolais Nouveau label and Some Like It Hot will provide live music.

For more information, call Corks N Canvas to reserve a spot at (504) 832-5536.

New Iberia-Two hours

New Iberia Christmas Parade 

November 30, 6:00pm

Located on Main St. This event features a Christmas parade with Santa Claus, marching bands, and dance groups, and much more.

For more information, visit iberiatravel.com

New Orleans-Ten minutes

XXXVI State Farm Bayou Classic 

November 28, 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Held at the Louisiana Superdome. This is a unique family fellowship that exists within a football game. This has become the greatest and most distinguishable sporting event in all of Black America. It’ll be another terrific game this year as the Grambling State University Tigers and Southern University Jaguars football teams line up on the field to battle it out!

For more information, visit mybayouclassic.com

New Orleans – Ten minutes

Kentucky Colonel 

December 3, 6:30pm

Located at Bourbon House. The State of Kentucky is bestowing the honor of “Kentucky Colonel” to Dickie Brennan for all he’s done to promote and foster an appreciation of Bourbon. To celebrate, this is a 5 course dinner paired with bourbon plus cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

For more information, email nobs@bourbonhouse.com

Patterson– One hour, thirty minutes

Idlewild Plantation Christmas Lighting 

November 29 – December 31, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Held at Kemper Williams Park. Take a driving tour along a path filled with elaborate displays of Christmas lights, with holiday music enhancing the drive.

Robert-One hour, fifteen minutes

Louisiana Renaissance Festival

November 27 – 29

Located at Village of Albright. Enjoy live jousting, free-flying birds of prey, seven stages of Renaissance entertainment, glassblowing, blacksmithing and pottery demonstrations, along with over 100 merchant booths.

For more information, visit larf.org

Shreveport -Five Hours

Rockets Over the Red 

November 28

Located at RiverView Park. Fantastic fireworks show shot from two barges in the Red River and from the Texas Street Bridge kicks off the holiday season in downtown Shreveport. There will be live entertainment, the KCS Holiday Express, Party Central games for the kids, and food and beverage vendors.


St.Francisville-Two Hours

Chamber Music Series 

December 4, 7:00pm

Held at Hemingbough. The St. Francisville Symphony Association presents the 2009-2010 Chamber Music Series, featuring the musicians of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra.

For tickets, call 225-383-0500.

The Avenue Inn Bed and Breakfast is now accepting reservations for the last week of November through Christmas weekend. Call now for our Papa Noel rates starting at $79 per night weekdays for a traditional queen accommodation with private bathroom.

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