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January Events in Lake Charles

While northern states shiver and are forced to hibernate in January, here in Lake Charles we can enjoy a nice, mild January (usually—let’s not talk about last winter)! If you’re experiencing the blues now that the holiday season is over, there’s nothing better than getting out and enjoying some of these January events in Lake Charles. Stop by 171 Nissan if you see any of these events and let us know how they were!

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Mardi Gras 12th Night

Where: Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601
Tuesday, January 6th at 6:30pm
In order to prepare you for Mardi Gras, 12th Night celebrates the three kings’ arrival at the nativity 12 days after Jesus’ birth with a grand promenade. Tickets are $5   in advance (available at Joseph’s Electric, Gordon’s Drug Store, and Party Time Store on Lake Street), and $6 at the door. Each attendant receives a piece of king cake—12     of which contain grand prizes hidden inside.

Color Vibe 5K

Where: Lake Charles Civic Center, 900 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Charles, LA 70601
Saturday, January 10th at 9:00 am
You might only be 10 days into your New Year’s fitness regime, but this can be the point where you start to drag. Sign up for the Color Vibe 5K to give you                     something to train for. You’ll show up for this fun run nice and clean, and leave covered in multiple paint colors which are thrown at you as you run. Registration is $65     online and $75 in person, but the memories of the day will be priceless.

Charlestown Farmers’ Market

Where: Historic City Hall, 1001 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, LA
Every Saturday from 1:00pm – 5:00pm
If you’ve never checked out Charlestown Farmers’ Market, make January the time you start. Here, you’ll find a variety of goods; like local produce, homemade jams, jellies, pickles, and sauces; potted plants and trees; baked goods; homemade candles, soap, and bath products; and local arts and crafts. Entry is free, and we bet you won’t leave without sampling something delicious and locally made!

Craigslist Maxima: A Story for the Ages


When you make a short film that’s designed to poke a little fun at the marketing strategy of the maker of a certain car, it’s got to come as quite a surprise when that automaker is the one to step in and support your endeavor.

It was surely a surreal moment for Luke Aker when Nissan contacted him. He had made a short film about his 1996 Nissan Maxima as a funny way to promote it after he offered it for sale on Craigslist.

The film features various close-ups of the car, looking quite derelict: torn interior, ripped bumper and a strap holding the hood in place. This contrasts with the voiceover describing the car—in a low, quiet, serious tone—as luxurious.

The video went viral, racking up 200,000 views in the first week.  Eventually, someone at Nissan saw it and the automaker contacted Aker to make an offer. Certainly, he first thought someone was pranking him.

Nissan not only purchased the car from Luke, the company also donated $1,000 to his charity of choice. As if that wasn’t enough, Nissan went on to fix up the car, now known as the Craigslist Maxima, and give it back to Luke.

We here at 171 Nissan simply love this story and urge you to check out the original video here! It is certainly amusing.