Holiday At Home: Louisiana Christmas Traditions

As the holiday good times roll on so do the  at home favorites. From parish to parish and festival to festival, Louisiana Christmas traditions light up a festive holiday season.

Acadian Village~ photo: Meg McKinney

Holiday at home in Louisiana themed decorations, lights, treasures, treats, and reminders find their way into my holiday thoughts and decor.

From  mid November through early January, 2013 the Natchitoches, Louisiana Landmark Historic District along the Cane River is illuminated in over 300,000 Christmas lights and 100 riverbank set pieces in celebration of the Christmas Festival of Lights. Shopping, dining, antiquing, horse drawn carriage rides, live entertainment, and legendary fireworks displays each Saturday night make this one of the most anticipated traditions of the holiday season.

Sleigh Ride by the Louisiana born, raised, and swingin’  Harry Connick, Jr.

These vintage snaps are blasts from Louisiana Christmas past of my mother and brother, uncles and cousins and yours truly with the Claus.

Dave the Builder and I took a Christmas light walking tour through our neighborhood a couple of evenings ago, and this Christmas nativity display captured the essence of the season for both of us.

The large glass pine cone and Santa ornaments cast a vintage feel, taking me straight back to the country Christmases spent at my maternal grandmother’s house.


New Orleans knows how to throw a  party and a holiday celebration! No trip to New Orleans, the French Quarter, and the French Market would be complete without a visit to Aunt Sally’s Creole Pralines Shop. Believe me, Christmas time is the perfect time for a box or two of New Orleans’ signature candy. Ca c’est bon, y’all!

My small but cherished collection of hand-painted Louisiana cypress Santas add a dash of Louisiana seasoning to the holiday scheme each year.


Do you incorporate a touch of at home in your holiday decor and celebrations?


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2 thoughts on “Holiday At Home: Louisiana Christmas Traditions”

  1. Darleen, these photos are great! I remember going to Natchitoches, to the festival, every year and seeing the “Boat Floatilla” at night. These photos bring back such great memories. I love those fabulous plates on your table. Wherever did you find those?

  2. I am so glad the pictures brought back good memories, Shenita. That’s a Christmas present to me! The quaint town of Natchitoches knows how to light up the Christmas time nights, and the small town vibe during the holidays adds so much more to this time of year.

    I found the Biltmore For Your Home plates at Belk last year. I purchased the salad plates before Thanksgiving at full price, but luckily found the dinner plates on clearance. Merry Christmas to me!

    Thank you for the wonderful comments you are so kind to leave, each and every one!

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