Gingerbread House contest People's Choice Winners announced

The following is a news release from the Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau:

LAKE CHARLES – The annual Gingerbread House Contest People's Choice winners were announced Tuesday, Dec. 28, at the Lake Charles/Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau's welcome center, 1205 N. Lakeshore Drive.

The contest, held in conjunction with the annual Southwest Louisiana Christmas Lighting Festival, features awards in different categories including amateur and school groups.

In the Children's Division, visitors selected Marci Smith's class from DeQuincy Elementary School. The class created a replica of the DeQuincy Railroad Museum, complete with the rails!

In the adult division, the gingerbread house by Mona Holman, Melanie Evers, Angie Newell and Stephanie Hoffpauir earned the votes from visitors to the welcome center. The entry was an intricately detailed living room of the "Night Before Christmas," complimented by a little tray of cookies and milk waiting for Santa.

The bureau would like to give a special thanks to sponsors for contributions and prizes: A Piece of Cake, Big Daddy's Sports Grill, Booda's Bistro, Children's Museum, Children's Theatre Company, Club Tabby, Jon Margeaux, Jo's Party House, Skate City, Southern Spice Restaurant and Grill, Superior Limo, Swashbucklers, The Louisiana Market and the Perfect Gift.

For more information, contact the Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau at (337) 436-9588 or check out