Snow returns for 2022 Christmas Under the Oaks

Published 11:14 am Monday, November 28, 2022

Don’t merely dream of a white Christmas. See snow. In Sulphur on Saturday, Dec. 3, bundle up and bring the family out to Sulphur’s largest and merriest celebration of the year, Christmas Under the Oaks, a community endeavor from Brimstone Historical Society, City of Sulphur and Sulphur Parks and Recreation.

The fun kicks off in Heritage Square on Thursday, Dec. 1, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. with the Holiday House Preview Gala. The $35 price includes the opportunity to be the first to shop, catered food and drinks from Roderick Stutes and  live music from Jarius Daigle, son of the late Chester Dagle. Proceeds benefit Brimstone Historical Society.

Friday, Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Holiday House shopping is only $5 per person. This year promises to be even better than years past, touting 40 local retail, crafting and nonprofit vendors. At 5 p.m., the carnival opens. The Barbe High School String Orchestra performs at 6 p.m. and the Christmas tree will be lit at 8 p.m.

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Saturday, Dec. 3, Holiday House opens for shopping at 10 a.m. The Kiwanis Christmas Parade rolls at 11 a.m.  The 2022 Grand Marshal is Randy Broussard.

At 12 p.m., Sulphur Cajun Ramblers take the stage and the carnival opens. W.W. Lewis Show Choir entertains at 2 p.m., Kendall Shaffer at 3 p.m. and Logan Soileau & the Cards at 4 p.m. Enjoy L.A. Roxx at 6:30 p.m. and a 100 percent chance of snow at 8:30 p.m. Plan for a carriage ride down Pecan St. to see the Christmas lights and decorations.

“Through the years, vendor spaces for the Holiday House at Christmas Under the Oaks have grown to fill two buildings, plus outdoor space,” said Oneida Loup, event chair since 2004.

One of the buildings used in the past to accommodate the massive number of vendors was the Brimstone Museum.

“We lost our beloved museum after the hurricanes. It housed a permanent display that told the story of Sulphur’s past including highlighting information about the Sulphur Mines,” Oneida Loup said. “All proceeds from vendor shopping admission – the Holiday House at Christmas Under the Oaks – go to the Brimstone Historical Society. It is the major fundraiser for this nonprofit.”

It was the late Al Prebula and his wife Patricia who made The Holiday House Preview Party possible, according to Loup. Then it was the late Evelyn Gay Duhon who made it happen.

“My favorite things to shop for are food and decor,” Loup said. “But food and decor are only the tip of the iceberg. Tom and I work to attract a variety of vendors offering great gifts for all and at a range of price points. Many of our vendors return year after year, and a couple have been with us since it began, some before I began.”

Loup said an event of this magnitude couldn’t happen without the Christmas Under the Oaks committee made up of board members, city workers and Sulphur Parks and Recreation.

“Past SPAR executive director, Norman Farr, helped tremendously in getting this event off the ground, and I am looking forward to working with Laurie Koelzer, our new SPAR executive director,” Loup said.

Children 12 and under admitted free of charge. No strollers in the building.