One of the Louisiana Krewe’s Christmas traditions for a few years has been visiting our local Christmas Under the Stars. (A new tradition will be those delightful trains!) It’s a low-key but fun evening where we see Santa, write and mail a letter to the North Pole, and look at decorations and Christmas scenes by people in our town. This year the weather was absolutely perfect (to me, anyway!)– chilly enough to feel like Christmas, but not so cold that we were freezing! (Forgive me, but I have a hard time feeling super Christmas-sy if I’m in flip-flops. South Louisiana problems…)
Up first was our visit to Santa. The baby got bribed to stand still with a candy cane (which was then all she was interested in), and her older brother was having nothing to do with any of it. Strangers observing him were dying laughing; I tell myself that it will bring back memories, right?!
Up next was a letter-writing session to said Santa; many requests were made, some of the outlandish variety, so I’m pretty sure expectations about what Santa is bringing aren’t too high.
Set up around the park are four scenes inside little houses with glass fronts: a Christmas feast, Santa’s workshop, Papa Noël (Cajun Father Christmas), and a Nativity scene.
The Cajun Christmas scene has crab nets for a tree, and a crab and crawfish boil for the Christmas dinner (as well as gators and other swamp animals). And of course a light sculpture of a crawfish.
The rest of the park is covered with about 50 Christmas trees decorated with different themes, as well as other lights. We spent about an hour there, and made some more Christmas memories.
Santa will no longer be there, but the lights be will up through January 2nd, so if you’re nearby come stroll among the lights and get a small taste of a Cajun Christmas!
Griffith Park in Olde Towne Slidell
333 Erlanger Ave, Slidell, LA 70458