LAKE CHARLES — Though Thanksgiving is not yet upon us, the 1911 Historic City Hall in Lake Charles was bedecked in Christmas cheer Thursday as representatives from throughout Calcasieu Parish announced upcoming holiday events in their municipalities.
Kevin White, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury vice president, urged everyone to slow down during the Christmas season. “Think about Christmas and what we’re celebrating,” he said. “Enjoy the time with family, friends and neighbors and spread the Christmas joy.”
Kaitlyn Gallegos, public relations representative for the City of Sulphur, Brimstone Historical Society Director Thom Trahan and Brimstone board member Howie Simon outlined some of the events planned through the end of December in Sulphur.
Gallegos said Sulphur’s festivities will kick off at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, with the Kiwanis Christmas Lighted Parade, featuring giant balloons, which will travel west down Cypress Street and end at The Grove, 1211 Ruth St. in the midst of Christmas Under the Oaks, which gets underway at 5 p.m.
From 6:30-8 p.m. that night, Houston River Baptist will stage their annual Living Nativity Scene in the Grove and the band Bag of Donuts will perform, at 7 p.m. The Christmas tree lighting is set for 8 p.m.
On Saturday, Dec. 1, Christmas Under the Oaks reopens and will offer a variety of food booths, bands, including the W.W. Lewis Show Choir, and Foot in the Door, and a carnival. Louisiana Express will open their set at 6 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. there will, once again, be a 100 percent chance of snow. For more information visit www.sulphur.org. “Come check it out,” Gallegos told the gathering. “Cross the bridge. I promise it will be worth it.”
Brimstone Museum will hold a preview party from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at the museum complex, 900 S. Huntington St., for their annual Holiday House. Preview tickets are $35 each. The Holiday House is comprised of more than 35 different shops featuring gifts, ornaments, decorations and more from local vendors. Shopping is from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday and admission for those days is $5.
“The admission fees and other money raised at this event benefit the Brimstone Museum Complex and help us fund our programs,” said Trahan. For more information visit www.brimstonemuseum.org.
Simon announced that actress Nadia Bjorlin of NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” will make an appearance at the Holiday House Preview Night for a meet and greet, and will be available to sign autographs for a few hours each day of the event.