Under the twinkling holiday lights, a bit of snow will fall in Sulphur. Yes, it snows every year at Sulphur's Christmas Under the Oaks Festival, located at the Brimstone Museum Complex, 923 Ruth Street, in the heart of Sulphur at Heritage Square where music, carnival rides and holiday shopping are at their height.
Festival dates are Friday-Saturday, Nov. 30-Dec. 1, with shopping available at the Holiday House Friday and Saturday. The Holiday House will also feature a preview party, Thursday, Nov. 29, 6:30 p.m.– 9:30 p.m. with tickets at $35, available for advance purchase.
"Christmas Under the Oaks is a festival that grows every year. It's a magical time for the community to come together and enjoy the holiday atmosphere and historic setting of the grounds at the Henning Cultural Center. We invite everyone to take part in the many activities, music and events the first weekend in December," said Mayor Chris Duncan.
Festival hours are Friday, 4 p.m.– 10 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. On Friday, carnival rides start at 4 p.m., and on Saturday, carnival rides run noon – 10 p.m. Local dance groups will perform 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sulphur's famed Kiwanis Christmas Balloon Parade is slated to roll at 3 p.m.
Live entertainment includes headline acts such as music sensation Damon Troy and The Fantastics Friday night and Louisiana Express and party favorite Bag of Donuts Saturday evening. Also, Saturday is the traditional lighting of the tree with a 100 percent chance of snow.
For more information on Sulphur's Christmas events, contact the Henning Cultural Center at 337-527-0357.
For details on Christmas events in Southwest Louisiana, www.visitlakecharles.org/cajunchristmasor contact the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-456-7952.