The Mardi Gras season makes its flamboyant entrance with the Twelfth Night Parade Extravaganza inside the Lake Charles Civic Center Coliseum on Friday, Jan. 6, with doors opening at 6 p.m.



Starring: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard

Directed by: Pablo Sarrain

Rated: PG-13


Zac Wilkerson

Zac Wilkerson with special guests Midnight River Choir will perform at Courville’s (1744 Rose Lane, Beaumont) on Thursday, Dec. 29, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $40, which includes Courville’s buffet dinner.


For those who want to bring in 2017 in the friendly confines of their own home or set sail to a house party, there are plenty of drink options available at your local liquor store. And of course, we recommend any of the Messina brothers’ stores, with five great locations throughout Southeast Texas including three in Beaumont (2525 College; 6666 Phelan; 1412 Magnolia) and two in Port Arthur (3748 Gulfway and 2606 Memorial).

Over at the Golden Nugget in Lake Charles, Las Vegas entertainer Frankie Moreno

Still undecided about what to do on New Year’s Eve? Concerts? Casino? Stay at home and watch the ball drop? Well, you have plenty of options.

If you like to go out, every nightclub throughout Southeast Texas will be open and have some sort of event, whether it’s a band, balloon drop, DJ, champagne toast at midnight or all of the above.