BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Festival of Lights returned to Baton Rouge for the first time since 2019.

In 2020, the event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the return did not disappoint the hundreds of people who attended the event.

Madeline Murphy and Caroline Heard are used to the fun. After almost two years of mandates and a lockdown, they said it finally feel like the holidays.

“The Christmas tree, we love the Christmas tree and caroling, we love caroling. It feels like the sense of normalcy again. Ever since Covid you know, I haven’t been able to come out here and experience this and now I can and it makes me very happy and brings joy,” said Murphy.

“This is like a really wholesome way to celebrate the season with friends and family,” said Heard.

The Festival of Lights is one of the oldest holiday traditions in Baton Rouge and for a mother-daughter duo, that tradition is a part of them.

“It just feels great watching everyone come together, it’s a nice tradition downtown and I just love it,” said Jessica Armstrong.

The sight of good Ol’ Saint Nick, mixed with the lights illuminating the sky made for the perfect holiday harmony.

If you missed the Festival of Lights event, the tree will be lit nightly throughout the holiday season.