Only in Louisiana: ‘Cajun Christmas’ display of shrimp boat sleigh with ‘reingators’ returns

Only in Louisiana would you see a Christmas display like this!

Everything is just different down in Louisiana, even the Christmas decorations. One Louisiana town celebrates the holidays with the return of a popular Cajun Santa display.

Source: Robbie Keller LeBlanc via Facebook

Morgan City resident and sculpture artist Lee Romaire surprised his hometown in 2018 with a special “Cajun Christmas” display for its annual Christmas lighting ceremony that went viral.

Now, the popular display greeting people as they drive along Brashear Avenue through Morgan City returns with a few updates, KATC reports.

Romaire added new fiberglass presents to the display decorated with fish in Christmas wreaths, holiday-themed shrimp and crabs, and Mardi Gras snowmen.

“We cannot thank Lee Romaire and Romaire Studios enough for this tremendous contribution to Morgan City,” Mayor Frank “Boo” Grizzaffi said in a press release. “It truly reflects Christmas in our city and has brought many people and tourists to our beautiful river-front area. Our residents love it and the tourists do,too!”

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas—a Cajun Christmas in Morgan City, Louisiana. Sculptures by Lee Romaire and artists of Romaire Studios.Video by Vincent Gil #leeromaire #romairestudios #mymorgancity #Christmas #CajunChristmas #Alligator

Posted by Vincent Gil on Sunday, December 16, 2018

This display is truly Cajun style, swapping out reindeer for “reingators,” including “Rouxdolf.” It’s a one-of-a-kind Christmas display with Cajun Santa and his elves in a three-gator sleigh. You’ll even find crabs sitting on top of one of the gators — a cool, Cajun replacement for antlers.

Source: Robbie Keller LeBlanc via Facebook

“So instead of reindeer we’re using alligators and everything about the display is really themed towards Louisiana,” Romaire said about the display in 2018. He now lives in Hollywood and makes sculptures for theme parks.

See also: Only in Louisiana: Massive alligator takes shape ahead of Christmas Eve Bonfires on the Levee

Photo courtesy: Dave McNamara

Santa’s alligators are specially named too. “The largest alligator is named Doc after Doc Brownell who created the original Santa Claus. The second alligator is named Green after a local artist Mr. Greenwood who created the second Santa Claus and finally Rudolph because we couldn’t really change Rudolph’s name,” Romaire explained.

Photo courtesy: Dave McNamara

The sculpture was unveiled on Thanksgiving Day at the “Spirit of Morgan City” shrimp boat location Brashear and Federal Avenues. The display will remain up until early January.

So go on down to Morgan City and ask “Cajun Santa” if you’ve been on the good list this year.


Stay connected with NOLA Weekend!

NOLA Weekend is the ultimate destination for New Orleans food, things to do, culture, and lifestyle.

Like us on Facebook | Contact us | Download our FOX 8 News app