Things To Do in Louisiana This Weekend

Whether you are a culture seeker, food aficionado, outdoor adventurer or history lover, Louisiana is filled with opportunities for you to #FeedYourSoul. 
 

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Holiday Bonfired

Light the way for Papa Noel! Experience a prelude to the famous Christmas Eve Bonfires: A tradition unique to St. James Parish. 

Holiday Trail of Lights in Louisiana

Get in the Christmas spirit with beautiful displays of holiday lights, parades, live music and more with the Holiday Trail of Lights.

Celebration in the Oaks
New Orleans City Park

Explore 25 acres of dazzling lights and breathtaking, festive displays at Celebration in the Oaks at New Orleans City Park!

Here's a roundup of fun Louisiana events and activities.

With nine State Museums and 22 State Parks & Preserves, there is no shortage of things to do every day of the year in Louisiana.

Enjoy world-class fishing, boating and paddling. Get up close with nature on biking and hiking trails. You'll find excellent camping and picnic areas, including well-equipped cabins and RV parks at a Louisiana State Park. A few of our parks are undergoing renovations, so please check with the individual parks before visiting.

Discover the history of Mardi Gras, see Louis Armstrong's cornet, relive historical moments in Louisiana sports history and so much more when you visit a Louisiana State Museum. The Cabildo in New Orleans' Jackson Square is not only home to Napoleon's Death Mask, but once served as the Spanish seat of government in the United States. There are countless opportunities to immerse yourself in the culture that makes Louisiana such a special place.

Here are just a few #OnlyLouisiana events happening around the state this weekend. For a full list of this weekend's events, click here!

Celebration in the Oaks

New Orleans
November 24 - January 1

Located in New Orleans' iconic City Park, Celebration in the Oaks features one of the most spectacular holiday light shows in the country! Explore 25 acres of dazzling lights and breathtaking, festive displays. The Park, Botanical Garden, Storyland and Carousel Gardens Amusement Park are all captured with hundreds of thousands of lights to create a winter wonderland in the Big Easy. 

Enjoy the scene of illuminated oak trees with a driving tour throughout the park. Over a million lights are scattered throughout the 2.25-mile drive to set the scene for the holiday season. You can also book a walking tour, which includes access to Carousel Gardens Amusement Park and the Botanical Garden. 

Explore more New Orleans events and attractions here.

Christmas at Kiroli

West Monroe
November 25 - December 25

Make the season bright at Christmas at Kiroli! Drive through a wonderland of Christmas lights at Kiroli Park beginning Friday, November 25. The drive-thru lights display will be open every Thursday through Sunday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. through Christmas Day.

Season passes will be available to purchase online that allow unlimited trips through the park at night during the holiday season.

Discover more about Monroe here.

Dark Woods Christmas in the Park

Natchitoches
November 26 - December 25 

Dark Woods Christmas in the Park provides the perfect setting for family memories! This special holiday event runs select dates Black Friday through Christmas Day. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a hometown holiday while taking a leisurely stroll through 250,000+ dazzling LED lights twinkling lights.

Gather the whole family for homemade doughnuts and gourmet hot chocolate. Enjoy other seasonal favorites like caramel apples, campfire s’mores, Natchitoches meat pies and other delectable treats! From interactive fun for kids to uplifting holiday music, nightly entertainment even includes special meet-and-greet locations for the kids to see Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus and other holiday character favorites!

Explore more events in Natchitoches here.

Millennium Park Holiday Lights

Lake Charles
November 27 – January 8, 2023

The City of Lake Charles invites everyone to enjoy a new display of Millennium Park Holiday Lights beginning on Sunday, November 27, through Sunday, January 8. The display will stay open until 8 p.m. on Sundays and 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays during that timeframe.

Please note that the park display will be closed on Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1.

Check out more activities to do in Lake Charles!

Victorian Christmas at the Joseph Jefferson Home & Rip Van Winkle Gardens

New Iberia
November 28 – December 31 

Tour the beautiful Joseph Jefferson Home and Rip Van Winkle Gardens decorated for the holiday season. The Joseph Jefferson Mansion, built in 1870 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a charming Victorian style mansion, with a fourth-story cupola.

The home is an architectural treasure, harking to the Victorian age of elegance and grandeur. It stands as the centerpiece of the Gardens, and its richly appointed with heirlooms, period paintings, rare Louisiana pieces and fine examples of American and French Empire furniture. Once you've toured the home, take a stroll through approximately 15 acres of semi-tropical gardens nestled among 350 year old oak trees!

Experience all that Iberia Parish has to offer here.

Listening Room Film Festival

Baton Rouge
December 3 – 11

Prepare yourself for the sights and sounds of the Listening Room Film Festival! The festival focuses focuses on music and entertainment-driven features, shorts and music videos, with an emphasis on films and filmmakers from the Southeast area. A retrospective component will include films that were produced by local filmmakers that are important to the continuance of Louisiana filmmaking and its' history.

The focus of the festival is on people who were pioneers or influencers in the entertainment industry, as well as the performers, actors, entertainers in the films and musicians who provided music for soundtracks. The event will also showcase entertainment panels with industry executives in Louisiana.  

Experience more of Baton Rouge here!

Festival of the Bonfires

Lutcher
December 9 – 11

Come out and experience a prelude to the famous Christmas Eve Bonfires: A tradition unique to St. James Parish! Early French and German residents brought the custom to Louisiana and lit the bonfires to either guide ships along the river, provide a pathway for holiday church-goers or light the way for "Papa Noel," the Cajun Santa Claus. 

The tradition is carried on each year, building the bonfires in a cone or pyramid shape on the levee in a method rooted in tradition and passed and cherished from generation to generation. 

Learn more about the River Parishes here.

Delcambre Boat Parade

Delcambre
December 10 

The Port Town of Delcambre will host its annual Christmas celebration for all ages, the Delcambre Boat Parade! The parade is a lighted boat parade sure to bring the holiday cheer.

Attendees will enjoy the beautiful scene as these decorated boats parade in front of you while listening to Christmas music. Enjoy the fun for all ages! The boat parade is free to the public.

Check out other things to do in Iberia Parish here!

Christmas 'Round the Cabin

Merryville
December 10

Enjoy a day of holiday festivities at this year's Christmas 'Round the Cabin at the Merryville Museum. Enjoy a rural country setting and be entertained throughout the day!

An event for the whole family, the day will be filled with music, theater, shopping, Christmas activities, Santa visits and a lighted Christmas parade.

Learn more about Beauregard Parish here.

Holiday Art Under the Oak

Lake Charles
December 11

Celebrate the holidays  at Holiday Art Under the Oak! Held at the Imperial Calcasieu Museum, guests can expect a number of fun activities throughout the day. Santa will be coming to town and will be visiting with the good girls and boys under the Majestic Sallier Oak.

Additionally, there will be food and plenty of opportunities to shop. The event will feature an open-air market filled with local artists and artisans, as well as live music.

Explore more activities in Lake Charles here!

Ring in the Holidays

Statewide

Across the state, the holidays are celebrated with a zest of unique activities, sounds and sights only Louisiana could serve up. On the Holiday Trail of Lights, there are 10 towns to celebrate all the festivities of the season. They create the Christmas spirit with beautiful displays of holiday lights, parades, live music, theatre performances, visits from Santa and more. Enjoy the celebrations from November to January!

 

Check out other events and things to do across Louisiana here.