Louisiana Christmas Lights for 2018

Here’s out annual list of the best Christmas Light displays in Louisiana for 2018!

The annual Christmas Festival of Lights in Natchitoches is widely regarded as one of the finest events of its type anywhere. The city lights up the banks of the Red River to create an unforgettable holiday scene.


Holiday Light Safari
Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, Louisiana 71301
Dec. 8-9, 15-23.
Hundreds of thousands of lights, animal-themed light displays, train rides, activities and more.
Hours:                5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Cost:                  $7 per person..
More information:

Baton Rouge (Also see West Baton Rouge)

Baton Rouge Festival of Lights
100 North Blvd
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
December 1st – New Year’s.
Magnificent Christmas tree and lights surround North Boulevard Town Square. Lighting festival on December 2nd.
Hours:                Evenings from dark until 9 p.m.
Cost:                Free
More information:

Zoo Lights
BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo
3601 Thomas Rd.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
November 25 – December 30
Hours:        5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Cost:          Regular Zoo Admission.
More Information:

Bossier City

(Please see Shreveport/Bossier City)


Safari of Lights
Zoo of Acadiana
Broussard, Louisiana
December 1-3, December 8-30
Zoo pathways are in lights for Christmas! Train rides, lighted animal figurines and more.
Hours:                5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost:                $6 per person for ages 3 and above.
More information:


Candy Cane Lane
170 Highway 151 North
Calhoun, Louisiana
Drive-through mile of CHristmas light featuring over one million lights!
Hours:        6:00 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Cost:          Family vehicle – $20; Commercial van – $50; No trailers.
More Information:


Christmas in Crowley (Not yet confirmed for 2018)
Historic Downtown
Parkerson Avenue
Crowley, Louisiana
December 1, 2016 – January 2, 2018
Over 200,000 Christmas lights synchronized to music. Tune your radio to 93.3 FM.
Hours:                5:30 p.m. – Midnight
Cost:                Free


DeRidder Christmas Light Show (Not yet confirmed for 2018)
768 Maul Road
DeRidder, Louisiana
Throughout December
Thousands of lights set to Christmas music. Tune your radio to 98.3 FM.
Hours:                5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

McMahon Spirit of Christmas
114 McCain Road
DeRidder, Louisiana
December 1 – 31
This residential light display is a family tradition the McMahon family hosts to spread Christmas cheer. Park in the road if
the yard is wet, park in the yard if it is dry (be respectful), turn off lights, and tune to 87.9 on your radio!
Hours:       6:00pm-11:00pm on Friday & Saturday 6:00- 9:00pm on Sun-Thurs.
Cost:         Free
More Information:

(See Great River Road)

Great River Road

(Baton Rouge to New Orleans)

Bonfires on the Levee
Best seen from east and west bank River Roads
(LA-44 and LA-13)
Gramercy, Lutcher & Paulina, Louisiana
December 24th.
Called Christmas bonfires, these magnificent bonfires are lighted along the Mississippi River levees on Christmas Eve to
light the way for Papa Noel (Santa Claus). They are a long-time Louisiana tradition and one of the state’s most beautiful
annual celebrations. (Also see Lutcher).
Hours:                After dark on Christmas Eve
Cost:                Free
More information:


Noel Acadian au Village
Acadian Village
200 Greenleaf Drive
Lafayette, Louisiana 70506
December 1 – December 23
500,000 Christmas lights illuminate the beautiful and historic Acadian Village. Food, carnival rides and more!
Hours:                5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost:                $10 at the gate (Active military with ID admitted Free; Kids under 4 admitted free)
More information:

Lake Charles

Lake Area Light Show
5721 Alder Street
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Nightly through December
A residential display featuring tens of thousands of Christmas lights set to music. Tune your radio to 94.9 FM.
Hours:                5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. nightly (until 10 p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays)
Cost:                Free
More information:

The Lights of the Lake Area Christmas Celebration
Trinity Baptist Church
1800 Country Club Road
Lake Charles, Louisiana
12/3 – Christmas Day
Thousands of Christmas lights set to music! Tune your radio to 88.9 FM.
Hours:                Evenings
Cost:                Free

Autumn Run Lightshow (Not yet confirmed for 2018)
2421 S. Savannah
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Through December
Thousands of lights set to Christmas music. Tune to 97.3 FM.
Hours:                6 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Fontenot Family Christmas (Not yet confirmed for 2018)
708 Briarwood Drive
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Through December
Thousands of lights set to Christmas music. Tune to 87.9 FM.
Hours:                After dark, nightly.


(Also see Great River Road)

Festival of the Bonfires
Lutcher Recreational Park
Lutcher Avenure/LA HWY 3193
Lutcher, Louisiana 70071
December 7
Enjoy a bonfire lighting each evening, plus great Louisiana food, live music, children’s activities and more!
Hours:               7 p.m. until.
Cost:                $25 in advance, $25 cash at the gate.
More information:


Old World Christmas Lights Spectacular (Not yet confirmed for 2018)
Downtown Historic District
520 Broadway Street
Minden, Louisiana 71055
November 19, 2016 – January 6, 2018
Minden celebrates a German-inspired season with thousands of lights, over 100 life-sized Nutcrackers and more!
Hours:                5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost:                Free, although some events charge admission.
More information:

Monroe/West Monroe

Holiday Lights
Downtown Monroe & West Monroe
DeSaird and Trenton Streets
Monroe and West Monroe, Louisiana 71201
November 23 – December 31.
Lights illuminate both downtowns as each hosts a variety of other events!
Hours:                Nightly, 5 p.m.
Cost:                Free
More information:

Santa’s Christmas Village
Northeast Louisiana Children’s Museum
223 Walnut Street
Monroe, Louisiana 71201
November 18 – December 23.
A wonderland featuring light shows, snow, ice skating and more!
Hours:        5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Thursday & Friday; Saturday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Cost:        $7 for ages 1 and up. Ice skating is a $10 skate rental.
More information:

Freedom Trees
Chennault Aviation and Military Museum
701 Kansas Lane
Monroe, Louisiana 71201
November 11, 2016 – December 31, 2018
The museum features Christmas trees decorated to honor veterans with patches, ribbons, medals and photos from their
military service.
Hours:                9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesdays – Saturdays
Cost:                Free

Monroe Renaissance Fireworks Extravaganza
Downtown Monroe and West Monroe
DeSiard Street and Trenton Street
Monroe and West Monroe, Louisiana
December 2, 2018
Fireworks will launch from the Endom Bridge to help you and your family celebrate Christmas with a bang!


Natchitoches Christmas Festival of Lights
Historic District & Riverbank
Natchitoches, Louisiana
November 18 – 2018 – January 6, 2019
Over 300,000 Christmas lights and more than 100 riverbank set pieces are on display in beautiful
Numerous special events are also planned, including a Tour of Homes, Fireworks, Carriage Tours and 8
Special Events:        Christmas Festival, 10 am-6 p.m. Dec2,Parade at 1 p.m.
Times:  Nightly
More information:

Christmas in the Park at Dark Woods
Dark Woods
4343 University Pkwy
Natchitoches, Louisiana 71457
December 18 – December 25 (Open Chrstmas Eve & Christmas Day)
A Christmas wonderland featuring displays and thousands of lights.
Hours:              6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday; 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Fridays & Saturdays.
Cost:                $5 per person and $5 parking.

Christmas Fireworks Displays
Downtown Natchitoches Riverbank
100 Rue Beauport
Natchitoches, Louisiana 71457
December 23
The biggest lightshow in Louisiana comes in the form of fireworks displays over Cane River Lake!
Hours:        See link below.
Cost:        Varies, see link below.
More information:

New Orleans

Celebration in the Oaks
New Orleans City Park
New Orleans, Louisiana
Wonderful lighting display that offers Christmas with a Louisiana touch. Home to the famed Cajun Night
Before Christmas display and many other life-sized displays including a tree with more than 46,000 lights.
Nov. 24-Jan 1 (Closed 11/28-11/30, 12/24 and 12/31).
Times:  Sunday – Thursday, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.;  Friday – Saturday, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Cost:  $8 per person (children under three admitted free).  Rides are $18 for unlimited, Train Tickets $5
More Information:

French Quarter in Lights
French Quarter
New Orleans, Lousiana
The French Quarter is decked out in beautiful lights and decorations for the season. The Roosevelt Hotel’s lobby is
decorated with ice-covered trees and thousands of twinkling lights.
When:                Nightly through December

Garden District at Christmas
Garden District
First, Second and Pleasant Streets
New Orleans, Louisiana
Throughout December
Drive past the beautifully decorated homes to enjoy the season.
Hours:                Evenings
Cost:                Free


Le Vieux Village in Lights (Not yet confirmed for 2018)
828 E. Landry Street
Opelousas, Louisiana
December 1 – New Year’s Day
Le Vieux Village is in lights for the season.
Hours:                Evenings
Cost:                Free


Kemper Williams Park Christmas Lights in the Park
Kemper Williams Park
264 Cotton Road
Patterson, Louisiana
November 24 – December 31.
Displays, music and thousands of lights illuminate the park for Christmas.
Hours:                5 p.m. – 9 p.m. nightly (until 10 p.m. on Fridays & Saturdays)
Cost:                $2 per car.


(See Great River Road)

St. Mary Parish

Christmas on the Cajun Coast
St. Mary Parish, Louisiana
November 20 – December31
Antebellum homes dressed up for the season, boulevards of live oaks lighted for Christmas and more.
Hours:                See link for more information.
Cost:                See link for more information.
More information:

Shreveport/Bossier City

Christmas in Roseland
Gardens of the American Rose Center
8877 Jefferson Paige Road
Shreveport, Louisiana 71119
November 25 – December 24.
Thousands of lights and lighted displays, giant Christmas cards, Roseland Express train and more!
Hours:        5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. (last car admitted at 9:30 pm.)
Cost:        $20 per carload or $5 per person (ages 2 and under admitted free). Train tickets are $5 each.
More information:

Louisiana Boardwalk Nightly Blizzard
Louisiana Boardwalk Outlets
540 Boardwalk Blvd.
Bossier City, Louisiana 71111
November 24, 2018 – January 1, 2019
Nightly snowfalls near one of the largest lighted outdoor Christmas trees in Louisiana!
Hours:                6:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Cost:                Free
More information:


Christmas on the Hill
2151 Lynn Trahan Road
Sulphur, Louisiana 70663
November 23 – December 31
Thousands of lights set to Christmas music. Tune your radio to 100.1 FM.
Hours:                Nightly after dark

Carlyss Light Show Spectacular
1372 Carl Lyons Road
Sulphur, Louisiana 70665
December 16 (approximate date) – January 5.
Thousands of lights set to Christmas music. Tune your radio to 93.9 FM.
Hours:        5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday – Thursday; 5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. Friday – Saturday.

West Baton Rouge

Reflections of the Season
West Baton Rouge Conference Center
West Baton Rouge, Louisiana
(Park at Louis Mouch Multipurpose Arena, 152 Turner Rd. as there is no parking on the grounds. Shuttle service is free.)
Fantastic walk or drive through Christmas displays, “Trevor” the talking reindeer inside, carnival rides on the grounds.
December 8 – 11, December 15 – 23.
Hours:                5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost:                $5 per car, Passenger Vans & Buses $1 per person.
More information:


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