Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day are not complete without one million lights brightening the holidays at the 12th annual Big, Bright Light Show, Nov. 20, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018.
From 6 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 20, don’t miss out on the opening ceremony, otherwise known as “Lagniappe” or Creole for “a little something extra,” happening on East Fourth and Main streets. Check out what merchants have in store for Lagniappe, and then stroll the city to see the building facades that are decorated in more than one million lights that shine in the night. The night also includes strolling carolers, horse-drawn carriage rides – and, of course, a visit from Santa, Mrs. Claus and some of their reindeer.
Colors like red, yellow, orange, blue and green spread across downtown during this opening ceremony and and for weeks beyond.
The holiday fun of this light display starts during Lagniappe, but continues through Jan. 7, 2018. The buildings will be lit every night (5 p.m.-midnight) and most stores remain open Monday through Saturday till 9 p.m.
This annual event has everything needed to bring families closer for the holidays. You have the entire season to do so.
This post was originally published in 2016 and is updated regularly.