It's the last weekend before Christmas and it's time to have some fun while you're wrapping up your last-minute holiday details. Many of us have been cooped up for months due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. This puts us in a pretty unusual position because us Louisiana folks like to get out and about at this time of year. If you feel like busting out for some adventure, safely of course, then the folks at our Louisiana Tourism Department have some amazing suggestions for you this weekend, December 18-20. If a stay-cation is your thing, then check out some of the fun events below across Louisiana. I'm adding in a few favorites of my own, and updating if I see more merry things scheduled.

  • New Orleans Holiday Art Market. Saturday, December 19, and Sunday, December 20. City Park's Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Local and regional artists and artisans offer unique handmade items for that special someone on your list. The last market of the year, so don't miss out!
  • Victorian Christmas at the Joseph Jefferson Home and Rip Van Winkle Gardens. New Iberia.Through December 31. Take a stroll back in time at one of Louisiana's most historic and beautiful homes, built in 1870 and all decked out in the Christmas finery of yesteryear. Purchase tickets in advance for this truly gorgeous event.
  • Natchitoches Christmas Festival. November 21-January 2. This is the 94th year for the festival of lights along the Cane River in Louisiana's oldest city
  • Old Time Winter Celebration at Vermilionville, Lafayette. Through December 30. Experience the simple cajun and creole holiday traditions of Christmas past with open hearth cooking demonstrations, bousillage ornament making, and visiting with Papa Noel.
  • Christmas Fireworks in the Town of Many. Saturday, December 19 at 6:00 pm. This annual holiday event invites families to enjoy the Bucky Slay Memorial Fireworks show in or around your car this year at the Many fairgrounds. A true spectacular!



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