Kiwanis of South Lake Charles Christmas Festival Underway - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Kiwanis of South Lake Charles Christmas Festival underway

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Lake Charles Civic Center - at least for this weekend. The Kiwanis Club of South Lake Charles opened the doors to its 40th Annual Christmas Festival.

It's a great place to get in some early holiday shopping. This year's event features more than 100 vendors. Most of the vendors feature one-of-a-kind hand made products. Shopper Jeanie Johnson is on the hunt for unique items for the entire family.

"I'm shopping for my future husband. We will be getting married soon. Of course, my children and family. I just feel store bought stuff is not the same. The stuff on display here is about somebody putting some effort in it, putting the time into it and it shows their talent. And I like that," said Johnson.

Event chairperson Ryan Navarre explained this is the Kiwanis Club of South Lake Charles' main fundraiser. He said all of the proceeds go back to the community for programs that help children.

"One that is close to our heart is that we are able with a portion of this money give needy families in the area a good Christmas. And the more people that come out today, tonight at tomorrow the more children we can help in this community," said Navarre.

The event also includes an outside carnival with rides and booths. The festival resumes Sunday at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

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