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Louisiana Christmas Celebrations

A Louisiana Christmas Journey


During December, the LDMA is heading out on a virtual Louisiana Christmas Journey.  Louisiana is the home to a variety of unique Christmas celebrations around the state.  LPB’s Louisiana: The State We’re In has captured the sights and sounds of these special events through the years.  As you prepare for this year’s festivities, relive the memories of past Christmases with the LDMA!  You can also learn more about Hanukkah and Kwanzaa celebrations from LPB’s Folks series!



Christmas Heritage Festival at Madewood Plantation


Madewood Plantation (1978)

Take in the sights of the Christmas Heritage Festival at Madewood Plantation near Napoleonville in Assumption Parish.



Food at the Magnolia Mound Christmas Celebration


Magnolia Mound Plantation (1982)

Enjoy a recreation of an early 19th century south Louisiana Christmas celebration at Magnolia Mound Plantation in Baton Rouge.  You can also enjoy visits from 1978, 1979, and 1984.



Christmas at Acadian Village


Acadian Village (1983)

See highlights from the 4th Annual Christmas Comes Alive celebration at Acadian Village in Lafayette. You can also enjoy a 2010 visit.



Al Copeland's Christmas Display


Al Copeland’s Christmas Display (1983)

View one of Popeye’s Fried Chicken founder Al Copeland’s famous Christmas displays at his home in Metairie.



Christmas Festival of Lights in Natchitoches


Festival of Lights (2010)

Tag along for a visit to the Christmas Festival of Lights in Natchitoches.  You can also see visits from 1978, 1979, and 1983.



Bonfires on the Levee


Bonfires on the Levee (2010)

Enjoy a visit to the Christmas Eve Bonfires on the Levee as the residents of Lutcher, Gramercy, and Paulina in St. James Parish light the way for Papa Noel.



Christmas in Roseland - Shreveport


Christmas in Roseland (2010)

Enjoy a visit to the Christmas in Roseland festivities at the Gardens of the American Rose Center in Shreveport.



Christmas at the LSU Rural Life Museum



Rural Life Christmas (2010)

Find out how Louisianans celebrated Christmas in the 19th century at the LSU Rural Life Museum in Baton Rouge.



Setting up the Christmas lights in Natchitoches


How Do You Set Up 300,000 Lights? (2014)

See how the city of Natchitoches prepares for its annual Christmas Festival of Lights.



A Celtic Christmas with Danny O'Flaherty and Friends


A Celtic Christmas with Danny O’Flaherty and Friends

Throughout the month of December, you can also enjoy a performance of traditional Celtic Christmas songs performed by Danny O’Flaherty and friends!



Kwanzaa Story from 1981


Kwanzaa (1981)

Learn more about the seven principles of Kwanzaa, an African American holiday that is celebrated from December 26th through January 1st.






The Hanukkah Story (1984)

See Rabbi Barry Weinstein share the Hanukkah story during his annual visit to the Runnels School in Baton Rouge.




To see more stories, check out the complete Christmas in Louisiana topic.