IF YOU ARE LOOKING for some Cajun flair, warm personalities, trendy night spots and more this holiday season, be sure to plan a visit to Lake Charles in Southwest Louisiana. The town is decorated for the season, and special events include Mistletoe & Moss Holiday Market, Nov. 20-22, and the Holiday House market held during the Christmas Under the Oaks Festival in Sulphur, Dec. 5-6. The festival is the only place around where it â??snowsâ? every year and features a lighted-balloon street parade called The Light Up.

Plus, itâ??s no secret that casinos are always a sure bet for the holidays, with seasonal decorations, promotions and menu offerings. Donâ??t miss Delta Downs Racetrack, Casino & Hotel in Vinton, where you can enjoy live Thoroughbred racing and off-track betting options, slot machines, restaurants and entertainment. The Isle of Capri Casino & Hotel in Westlake features concerts, gaming action, restaurants and more and the luxurious Lâ??Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles has a spa, an immaculate Pete Dye-designed golf course, shops, a full Vegas-style casino, entertainment and dining options. Finally, the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino is scheduled to open in December and will feature restaurants, a golf course, retail shops, a spa and full casino options.

If you havenâ??t been to Lake Charles, or havenâ??t been in awhile, be sure to check it out. Itâ??s becoming a major attraction for Southern gamers and travelers alike.

For more information on events and attractions, go to VisitLakeCharles.org or call 1-800-456-SWLA.