Re: Baton Rouge/New Orleans
During my 4 years in New Orleans (during college), I remember the winters as being wet and cold but that was usually January and February. Decembers were never really too bad, as I recall.
My wife and I visited New Orleans during December about 4 years ago and were greeted with beautiful sunny weather the entire time we were there. We did have to wear light jacktets during the daytime hours and a little bit heavier coats after dark though.
Here is a list of things going on in NOLA and vicinity during December:
Christmas-New Orleans Style: Dec. 1-31, New Orleans. Tours of historic homes, candlelight caroling, madrigal dinners, chefs' demonstrations. 522-5730.
A Bayou Christmas: Dec. 5-6, Larose, Larose Regional Park. Evening boat parade, children's events, snowfield, music, Cajun food and more. (985) 693-7355.
Christmas Extravaganza Arts & Crafts Expo: Dec. 5-7, St. Tammany Parish Fair Grounds, 1304 N. Columbia St. Hundreds of craft booths, food and a Christmas village. (985) 796-5853.
Plaquemines Parish Fair and Orange Festival: Dec. 6-7, Buras, historic Fort Jackson. Cajun music, arts and crafts, citrus displays, orange-peeling and -eating contests. (985) 564-2951.
St. Lucy Festival of Lights: Dec. 14, St. Martinville, St. Martin d'Tours Church Square. Holiday light displays, crafts, food, children's games, music, street and boat parades. (337) 394-2233.
Festival of the Bonfires: Dec. 12-14, Lutcher/Gramercy, Knights of Columbus Home and on the levee. Cajun food, music, jambalaya cook-off, crafts and nightly bonfires. 800-367-7852/www.festivalofthebonfires.org.
Once Upon a Cajun Christmas: Dec. 6, Houma, downtown. Christmas parade with Papa Noel, caroling, entertainment, tree lighting and more. 800-688-2732.
Bonfest: Dec. 23, Port Allen, Court Street at the levee. Seasonal bonfires, food, appearance by Santa Claus, children's activities, live music, fireworks, a Christmas Village and more. 800-654-9701.