THAT is how they make the huge gingerbread house, or maybe we should call it a mansion, at L'Auberge Casino Resort in Lake Charles to decorate for the Christmas season. It's pretty impressive, but so are the ones that were entered into the 2017 Gingerbread House Contest held in conjunction with the Southwest Louisiana Christmas Lighting Festival.

At least 20 award-winning gingerbread houses are on display at the Lake Charles/ Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors' Bureau Welcome Center. All that's left to decide is which ones will take home the People's Choice Award!

Winners, both professional and amateur, from across the Lake area were announced on Saturday, December 2nd. They were judged based on theme, originality, and construction.

Residents and visitors are invited and encouraged to visit the Welcome Center from now through December 26th to choose the one they feel is the best of the best. The winner will be announced at 10AM on December 26th.