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Light up the Lake Christmas Celebration

December 2, 2017

Lake Charles Community Band Christmas Concert at Trinity Baptist Church

The Lake Charles Community Band Christmas Concert will be held on Saturday, December 2 at 1:00 pm at Trinity Baptist Church of Lake Charles, 1800 Country Club Rd.  This concert, held in conjunction with the Lake Charles Light up the Lake Celebration, is free to all ages.  Band spokesperson, Brenda Harrington said, “This concert is traditionally held at the Civic Center so please take note of the temporary change of venue for this year.”

The program will feature the Our Lady Queen of Heaven School choir under the direction of Colette Bulber Tanner. The Trinity Baptist Visual and Musical Ministries will provide special seasonal effects for this concert.

The concert will begin with the setting of John Wasson’s powerful Festive Fanfare for Christmas. It opens up with a brilliant brass fanfare and then blossoms into a showcase for the entire ensemble incorporating the familiar carol “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Joy to the World”.  Concert goers will delight in fun tunes such as “Grinch: A Christmas Choral Medley” and “Jingle Bells”. A Rhapsody on Christmas Carols presents a medley of eight popular sacred tunes highlighting the virtuosity of the band. There will be Broadway holiday favorites and much more.

The Community Band has a history which began over a century ago. Throughout the years, the size and instrumentation have varied. After several years of inactivity, the band was reorganized in 1978. Current conductor, Fredrick Roeder, was handed the baton in August 2016. Retired band director Leo Murray assists with conducting duties. The make-up of the band includes band directors, teachers, retirees, housewives, craftsmen, professionals, and students. The band is an all-volunteer group which is dedicated to sharing a love of music with the public.

The next scheduled concert will be held in March 2018. Check out Lake Charles Community Band on Facebook. For more information on Light up the Lake go to


The City of Lake Charles Announces plans for the Light up the Lake Christmas Celebration

Press Release – LAKE CHARLES- Santa Claus is coming to town during the annual Light up the Lake Christmas Celebration Saturday, December 2, 2017. Beginning at 11 a.m. local groups will join Santa for the journey from Mill Street, south on Ryan, concluding at 7th Street. Lake Charles Toyota/Scion will award prizes for best in floats, marching bands, decorated vehicles and specialty groups.

After the parade, festivities will take place at the Lake Charles Civic Center. Santa’s Workshop will take place from 1-5 p.m. with tiny tots in the Exhibition Hall and ages 6-12 in the Coliseum. Thanks to the support of Entergy, kids are invited to join in the reindeer games with prizes and gifts as well as arts & crafts, food, activities, storytelling, music and much more. Concessions will be sold.

Gather around the front lawn at 5 p.m. for the lighting ceremony with entertainment leading up to Mayor Nic Hunter flipping the switch at 6 p.m. to light up the many brilliant ornaments positioned at the Civic Center entrance. The City has been enhancing the Christmas lighting program in the Downtown Lakefront District for many years. Since 2012 the City has invested almost $390K in lighted displays and additional $326K in infrastructure to assist with this wonderful experience.

Captains are called upon to round up the crew for the annual lighted boat parade at 6:30 p.m.  An assortment of boats reflecting the spirit of the season will parade past spectators along the Lakefront Promenade.  Awards and prizes will be given for the best decorated boats 30 ft. & under and 31 ft. & over. Categories include first-third place, best of show and best crew.  Saxophonist Mickey Smith will perform on the seawall.  At 7:15 p.m. tune into 92.9 The Lake FM for the simulcast music as the fireworks extravaganza will light up the lake.  Food vendors will be available on the lakefront this evening.

All events are free for attendees as well as participants. Additional support is provided by a grant from the Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau. For entry forms or more information, please contact the City of Lake Charles at 337-491-9159,


December 2, 2017
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