Welcome Papa Noel - Bonfires on the Levee

The holiday season brings to light one of the oldest holiday traditions in the United States - Christmas Eve bonfires. Held all along the Mississippi River levees since the 1720s, these bonfires line the river for miles and attract thousands of visitors to the towns of Reserve, Garyville, Gramercy, Lutcher and Paulina - and some say to light the way for Papa Noel (Santa Claus). The first European settlers brought the custom with them, and our roots continue to flourish as families work together to create bonfires each year into amazing works of art.
Find out more about the Bonfire Season.