Junior League’s Mistletoe and Moss ends Saturday

By By Jordan Gribble / Special to the American Press

It’s official, the holiday season is

upon us. As soon as the last bites of turkey are eaten on Thanksgiving,

people will flock

to stores in droves to begin holiday gift shopping in earnest. For

those who want to miss the rush and pick up a unique gift,

the Mistletoe and Moss Holiday Market will offer hundreds of

possibilities.

The market, hosted by the Junior League of Lake Charles, will celebrate its 20th anniversary when it opens Wednesday-Saturday,

Nov. 14-17. The market will be at the Lake Charles Civic Center and will cost $8 per person.

“We’re kicking off the holiday season

with over 75 merchants from across the country on hand selling an

incredible array of

items,” said Melanie McMullen, the Junior League’s public

relations head. “You’ll be able to get everything from jewelry,

apparel, art, home decor and specialty gifts. It’s basically like

walking down the street into several boutiques, only they’re

all in one place.”

Vendors will include A Little Bit Gaudy, Ah’ Sha Baby, Bedazzled Boutique, Classy Cowgirl Dreams, Southern Designs and The

Candle Cart.

In addition to other activities, Ladies

Night will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16. Guests will enjoy a free

glass of champagne

and hors d’oeuvres provided by Luna Bar & Grill and will be

entertained by band Beauregard’s Courtesy. Tickets are $25 per

person and can be purchased at the Civic Center before the event.

Children will be able to enjoy sweets

with Santa Claus on Saturday, Nov. 17, during Donuts with Santa at 8:30

a.m. and 10:30

a.m. or Cookies with Santa at 2 p.m. While children are sitting on

Santa’s lap and having their pictures taken, adults will

be entertained by a performance by Lake Charles Dance Academy.

Tickets are limited and can be purchased at the Civic Center

for $10 per person, with children 1 and younger admitted for free.

Operating hours will be 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Nov. 15-16, and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17.

Online: www.jllc.net.