Cajun & Creole Christmas

A Cajun and Creole Christmas 

Cajun Country is transformed into a winter wonderland throughout the month of December with "A Cajun and Creole Christmas" as Acadiana presents festivals of light, parades, tours of homes and holiday events. Use our annual "A Cajun & Creole Christmas" brochure as a guide to attractions featuring holiday programming.

2014 Schedule
 

Country Christmas
November 1
Sugar Mill Pond Town Center, Youngsville. 1-3 p.m.
Ring in the Holiday season with free photos with Santa printed onsite; train rides; fun jumps; live music; arts and crafts & of course a traditional favorite – roasted marshmallows. 337-856-2323, www.sugarmillpond.com.

Noel on the Prairie
November 8-9
Throughout the City of Eunice. Sat. 9-5 p.m. & Sun. 1-5 p.m. Free.
Largest shopping event with discounts throughout the city. Local merchants participate. Look for the red signs. Register to win an app. $600 shopping spree. 337-546-6776.

Kemper Williams Park Christmas Lights in the Park
November 24-December 31
264 Cotten Rd., Patterson. Sunday – Thursday 5-9 p.m., Saturday – Sunday 5-10 p.m. $2 per car.
Enjoy the beautiful displays, lights and music throughout the park as you ride and gaze upon the Christmas Nights and Holiday Lights. 985-395-2298.

Downtown Alive! Official Lighting of the City Tree
November 26
Parc Sans Souci, 201 E. Vermilion St., Lafayette. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free.
Join the Pine Leaf Boys for a special Thanksgiving Eve Holiday celebration at Downtown Alive! where the Mayor, Joey Durel will light the official city Christmas tree! 337-291-5566.

Christmas on the Cajun Coast
November 27-December 25
Various locations in St. Mary Parish. 800-256-2931, www.cajuncoast.com/christmasevents.

Safari of Lights
November 28-29 & December 5-29
Zoo of Acadiana, 5601 US Hwy. 90 E., Broussard. 5-9 p.m. 3 years old and above $6.
Stroll the glistening pathways of the Zoo at night as Christmas music fills the air sure to put you in the spirit of the holidays. View still and animated lighted animal figurines, North Pole Express Train ride, hot cocoa or hot cappuccino at the Elves Eatery. 337-837-4325, www.zooofacadiana.org.

Breaux Bridge Merchant Christmas Open House
November 29
Historic Downtown Breaux Bridge. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Kick off your holiday season in Breaux Bridge. Southern hospitality at its finest. Refreshments served throughout the day. 337-332-8500.

Sounds of the Season with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra
November 30
St. Peters Catholic Church, 108 E St. Peter St, New Iberia. 3-4:30 p.m.
Free Christmas concert by the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra presented by Iberia Cultural Resources Association, featuring familiar Christmas songs as well as classical selections. 337-364-1603, www.iberiacultural.org.

Breaux Bridge Christmas Parade
November 30
Downtown Main Street. 2 p.m. Free.
Annual Christmas Parade always the Sunday after Thanksgiving, kicks off the Holiday Season. 337-332-8500.

Christmas Shoppe
November 30
Willow Wood Park Recreation Center, 113 Willow Wood Dr, New Iberia. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Come shop for loved ones at the "Christmas Shoppe", several local crafters displaying handcrafted jewelry, beauty products, handmade candles & soap, food products and much more. 337-229-4254.

Noël Acadien Au Village
December 1-23
Acadian Village, Lafayette. 5:30-9 p.m. $9 at the gate; $7 in advance.
24-night festival fundraiser with half a million lights, displays, food, entertainment, and holiday shopping. 337-981-2364, www.acadianvillage.org.

Victorian Christmas at Grevemberg House Museum
December 2, 3, 4 & 6
407 Sterling Rd., Franklin. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Adults $10,
Seniors & Students $8, Children 12 and under $5.
Grevemberg House Museum will be decorated in the Victorian fashion with toys and dolls, Christmas tree, garlands, and floral arrangements. 337-828-2092.

Victorian Christmas at the Joseph Jefferson Home
December 1-31
Rip Van Winkle Gardens of Jefferson Island, New Iberia. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission.
Tours of the Joseph Jefferson Home & Rip Van Winkle Gardens decorated for the Holiday Season. 337-359-8525, www.ripvanwinklegardens.com.

Christmas in Scott
December 3
St. Aubin Park, Scott. 6 p.m. Free.
Come and join us for the official lighting of our Christmas tree and a visit/photo op with Santa Clause. This is the perfect event to put you in the Christmas Spirit and enjoy great entertainment. 337-269-5155, www.cityofscott.org.

Christmas in Crowley
December 3
Historic Downtown, Parkerson Ave., Crowley. 6-8 p.m. No Admission.
Over 200,000 dazzling animated Holiday lights synchronized to music. Tune your radio to 93.3 fm and listen to the lights! 337-783-0824.

Festival of Light
December 5
Oil Center, Lafayette. 5-10 p.m.
Celebrate as the switch is pulled to light the colossal Santa, sleigh and reindeer over Coolidge Blvd. Enjoy music, food and fun, and of course shopping! For children of all ages…Santa will be in hand to take pictures. Behold the living Nativity and enjoy an outdoor snow yard. You do not want to miss Lafayette’s most loved holiday tradition. 337-232-1267, www.theoilcenter.com.

Lighting of the Village
December 5
828 East Landry St., Opelousas. Free.
The historical village comes alive with lights. Vendors, live reindeer, Santa, choir, balloon artist and more! 800-424-5442, www.cityofopelousas.com.

Ribbons & Rice
December 5-6
Crowley Merchants. All day – special shopping hours observed. No admission.
Merchants in the Crowley area will offer in-store giveaways, drawings and special discounts. 337-788-0177.

Christmas at Coteau
December 5-6
Schools of the Sacred Heart, Grand Coteau. Market 12/5: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; 12/6: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Gourmet Luncheon 12/5: 11 a.m. seating or 1 p.m. seating, reservations required. Holiday Market $8, Gourmet Luncheon $50, Eat, Drink and be Merry luncheon 12/6: $35, Gala on the Gounds $100. Gourmet luncheon will feature the cuisine of Ruffino’s on the River. www.sshcoteau.org.

Christmas at the Alexandre Mouton House
December 5-30
1122 Lafayette St., Lafayette. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5 Adults, $3 Seniors, $2 Students.
The Alexandre Mouton House will be decorated for Christmas with period decorations. 337-234-2208.

Carencro Country Christmas
December 6
Carencro Community Center, 5115 N. University Ave., Carencro. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.
Children’s Christmas Parade at 2 p.m. Arts & crafts, food, choirs and entertainment. Parade contact 337-896-4147, general information contact 337-280-9570.

St. Lucy Festival of Light and Christmas Parade
December 6
St. Martin de Tours Church Square, St. Martinville.
Food, arts & crafts, musical entertainment. 337-394-2233.

Delcambre Holiday Gumbo Cook-off
December 6
Delcambre Shrimp Festival Grounds, 411 S Richard St. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sample all you can eat gumbo and enjoy music and fun booths (caricature, face painting, photo, etc.). Soft drinks, water, hot chocolate, hot dogs, chips and homemade sweets will also be sold. Cooking begins @ 9 a.m. judging and serving @ 2:30 pm. Live entertainment through the day. 337-658-2422.

Tour of Oaklawn Manor
December 6-January 6
3296 East Oaklawn Dr., Franklin. Tues.-Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Adults $15, Students $10.
Each room of the home is beautifully decorated with trees and themes of the holiday season. 337-828-0434.

Sacre' Coeur Kaycee Auxiliary Annual Christmas Shopping Extravaganza
December 6
Corner of South Ave. E. and Elm St., Crowley. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $1 per person, 12 years and younger Free.
46 vendors from throughout area, new & interesting items, door prizes, concession. Shopping and dining under one roof. 337-783-9076.

The Nutcracker
December 6-7
Heymann Performing Arts Center, Lafayette. Sat. 7 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Admission.
Lafayette Ballet Theatre’s presentation of this full-length ballet is a timeless holiday classic. 337-262-0444, www.lafayetteballettheatre.org.

Merry Making Season at the Shadows
December 6-31
Shadows-on-the-Teche, New Iberia. Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission.
Tours of Shadows-on-the-Teche Plantation & Gardens Decorated for Holiday Season. 337-369-6446, www.shadowsontheteche.org.

Jeanerette Christmas Parade
December 7
Main St., Jeanerett. 1-3 p.m.
Christmas parade with Santa Claus, marching bands, dance groups and more. 337-579-2153.

Sonic Christmas Parade
December 7
Downtown to the Oil Center, Lafayette. 1-3 p.m. Free.
One of the oldest Christmas activities in Acadiana. Parade features over 20 floats, High School Marching Bands and the official arrival of Santa Claus to Lafayette. 337-988-5301.

Kiwanis Christmas Parade
December 7
Begins near St. Martinville Sr. High School down Main Street and ends off Denier Street. 2 p.m. Free.
Community event to kick-off the festive holiday season. 337-394-9767, 337-552-5090.

Downtown Opelousas Children’s Christmas Parade
December 11
Downtown Opelousas. 800-424-5442, www.cityofopelousas.com.

Living Bethlehem
December 12-14
Sugar Mill Pond Town Center, 120 Waterview Rd., Youngsville. 7-8 p.m. Free.
The Living Bethlehem is a live nativity drama, held outdoors at Sugar Mill Pond and features a cast of children, live animals and a children’s choir. 337-856-2323, www.sugarmillpond.com.

New Iberia Christmas Parade
December 13
Main St, New Iberia. 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Christmas Parade, with Santa Claus, Marching Bands and Dance Groups. 337-365-1428.

Yuletide on the Bayou
December 13
Boulingy Plaza, 102 W Main St, New Iberia. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Gingerbread House Competition among Girl Scouts Pine to the Gulf. 337-369-2330, www.iberiatravel.com.

Delcambre Holiday Boat Parade
December 13
Boat Docks, 307 Isadore St., Delcambre. 4-9 p.m.
Fun for the whole family as you watch lighted boats of all sizes cruise Bayou Carlin while listening to Christmas music. 337-658-2422, www.delcambreboatparade.com.

Christmas on the Lake
December 13
South end of Arthur Ave. & Lake Arthur Park. Noon-9:30 p.m. Free.
Hall of trees display at City Hall for two weeks. Gumbo cook-off, vendors on Main Street for Christmas shopping. Parade at 6 p.m. followed by fireworks. 337-774-2211.

Old-Time Christmas at Vermilionville
December 13
300 Fisher Rd., Lafayette. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily. (Family Day-Dec. 14) Regular admission $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 students and children 6 & under enter free. Group rates available.
Experience the simple warmth and beauty of Christmas past as our historic village brings to life the holiday traditions of yesteryear. You can meet Papa Noël, learn how to make wax candles, sing along to Christmas carols, watch popcorn stringing and even get a taste of apple cider! Perfect for student field trips. 337-233-4077, www.vermilionville.org.

The Singing Christmas Tree
December 13-16
First Baptist Lafayette, 1100 Lee Ave., Lafayette. 12/13: 7 p.m., 12/14: 3 & 7 p.m., 12/15: 3 p.m., 12/16: 7 p.m. Adults $15, Children/Students $10.
It’s a complete new show this year, with original music and drama. The setting is London during WWII. Includes a spectacular light show, choir, and orchestra. For info 337-593-3757, To order tickets 800-965-9324.

Lessons & Carols
December 14
914 St. John Street, Lafayette. 7:30 p.m. Free.
Traditional candlelight service of readings and choral music for the Christmas season in the beautiful ambiance of St. John Cathedral. 337-232-1322, www.saintjohncathedral.org.

Delcambre Christmas on the Bayou
December 14
Main Street, Delcambre. 2-4 p.m. Delcambre Street Parade.
Begins at corner of Main Street & S. Pelloat to Delcambre Shrimp Festival Bldg. 337-519-2541, www.iberiatravel.com.

Magic on Main and Gingerbread Tea
December 14
New Iberia. 1-3 p.m. Admission.
A gingerbread man will greet children ages four through ten and adults will enter into a magically decorated gingerbread themed room.  There will be singing, a visit by Santa, storytelling, tea, hot chocolate and adult beverages are available along with delicious tea sandwiches and sweets. Holiday Tea Party attire is requested for this special occasion. 337-369-6446, www.iberiatravel.com.

City of Broussard Christmas Parade
December 14
Begins at the intersection of S. Morgan-Albertson Pkwy. 1-5 p.m. 337-837-6681.

Mamou Rotary Cajun Christmas Parade
December 13
Begins at Mamou High School, runs through business district on 6th St. and ends back at the school. 5:30 p.m. Free.
Parade to feature visiting Queens, marching bands, Cajun music bands, and Santa Clause pulled by Egrets – the official bird of Cajun Country. 337-224-8400, 337-305-0616.

A Fireside Christmas
December 18
Heymann Performing Arts Center, Lafayette. 7 p.m. Admission.
The holiday concert season brings a warm fireside performance with guest artists, baritone Kevin Deas, the ASO Youth Orchestra and local middle and high school choruses. The Christmas concert features selections from Chadwick and Handel, along with a Christmas spiritual medley and traditional holiday favorites. www.acadianasymphony.org.

New Year’s Noon
December 31
Children’s Museum of Acadiana, Lafayette. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 337-232-8500, www.childrensmuseumofacadiana.com.