I don't know about you, but just driving around looking at Christmas lights is an annual tradition for me. I have great memories of going "Christmas light looking" with my family. There were a few neighborhoods where everyone decorated and we would join the long lines og "gawkers: that kept traffic tied up for the entire experience.

It seems that, back then, we had to fend for ourselves when it came to finding neighborhoods with the best lights. Word would get around that a certain group of neighbors got together and decorated a few streets in the neighborhood and the race was underway.

I'll never forget the area of Port Arthur known as "Candy Cane Lane." It was a fairly large sub-division and every single house in the area was decorated beyond imagination. I don't know if Candy Cane Lane even still exists, but here are some great parts of the Lake Area where you and the family can go catch some Christmas spirit.

Bundle up, get some hot chocolate and try these area neighborhoods for you Christmas light adventure.

Lake Charles

Lake Charles Civic Center
900 Lakeshore Drive

Prien Lake Park
3700 West Prien Lake Road

Trinity Baptist Church
1800 Country Club Road

Sulphur

Sulphur's Christmas of the Hill
2151 Lynn Trahan Road

Carlyss

Carlyss Light Show Spectacular
1372 Carl Lyons Road

Lawton Christmas Display
Choupique Road

Moss Bluff

Cruze's Christmas light show
Tune your car radio to 88.1FM from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. until Dec. 31
2193 W. Armand St.

Christmas light show
1345 Mohican Drive

Jennings

Founder's Park
Main Street

Lake Arthur

LeJeune's House of Lights
Tune your card radio to 91.7FM from 6 p.m. to Midnight (weather permitting)
515 Mill Street

Children are welcome to get down and take pictures with the ornaments. People can also leave non-perishable items in a wagon, which will be distributed to needy families in the community.

DeRidder

Downtown DeRidder Christmas Light Show, until Jan. 3, 2017.
Tune your car radio to 101.FM

Crowley

3,000 Dazzling Holiday Lights dancing to festive holiday music.
Tune your car radio to 93.3FM from 5:30 p.m. to Midnight beginning Thursday, Dec. 1 until Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, as you drive through Crowley's Historical Downtown, Main Street and Parkerson Avenue.

 

Many thanks to the folks at KPLC for providing such a great list ,