Cajun & Creole Christmas
A Cajun and Creole Christmas
Cajun Country is transformed into a winter wonderland during the holiday season as Acadiana presents festivals of light, parades, tours of homes and holiday events. Voted a Top 20 December Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, "A Cajun and Creole Christmas" is celebrated the entire month of December. Use our annual "A Cajun & Creole Christmas" brochure as a guide to attractions featuring holiday programming.
11/9-10 – Noel on the Prairie. 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.
11/17 – Country Christmas. 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.
11/23-12/21 – Festival of Christmas. 411 Clara St., Jennings. Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 1-4 p.m. Adults $5, Children $1. The Zigler Museum is decorated for Christmas with more than 25 trees and decorations. This is the last Z.A.M. Festival of Christmas. 337-824-0114.
11/24-12/31 – Kemper Williams Park Christmas Lights in the Park. 264 Cotten Rd., Patterson. 5-9 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.
11/27 – Downtown Alive! Official Lighting of the City Tree. 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.
11/28-1/3 – Christmas in Crowley. Historic Downtown, Parkerson Ave., Crowley. 5 p.m.-Midnight. 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.
11/29-12/30 - Safari of Lights. 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.
11/30 – Breaux Bridge Merchant Christmas Open House. 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.
11/30-12/23 - Noël Acadien Au Village. 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.
11/30-12/14 – Holiday Magic. Jennings Retail Stores. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (Hours may vary) No admission. Open House; Christmas sales at area retail businesses. 337-824-0933.
12/1 – Breaux Bridge Christmas Parade. Downtown Main Street. 2 p.m. Free. Annual Christmas Parade always the Sunday after Thanksgiving, kicks off the Holiday Season. 337-332-8500.
12/1 - Christmas Shoppe. 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. 337-229-1982.
12/1 - Sounds of the Season with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. 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.
12/1-31 – Victorian Christmas at Grevemberg House Museum. 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.
12/1-31 - Victorian Christmas at the Joseph Jefferson Home. 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.
12/2-31 - Merry Making Season at the Shadows. 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.
12/3 - New Iberia Christmas Parade. Main St, New Iberia. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Christmas Parade, with Santa Claus, Marching Bands and Dance Groups. 337-365-1428.
12/4 – Christmas in Crowley “A Holiday Affair”. Historic Downtown, Parkerson Ave., Crowley. 6-8 p.m. Free. 5th annual holiday lights synchronized to music, pictures with Santa, live nativity, Christmas carolers and bell choirs and much more! 337-783-0824.
12/4 – Christmas in Scott. 916 Cayret St., Downtown Scott near the railroad tracks. 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. 337-233-1130.
12/6 - Festival of Light. 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.
12/6 – Lighting of the Village. 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.
12/6-31 - Christmas at the Alexandre Mouton House. 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.
12/6-1/6 – Tour of Oaklawn Manor. 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.
12/6-7 – Ribbons & Rice. 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.
12/7 – City of Broussard Christmas Parade. Begins at the intersection of S. Morgan-Albertson Pkwy. 1 p.m. 337-837-6681.
12/7 - Carencro Country Christmas. 5115 N. University, Carencro. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Family oriented traditional event with choirs, singers, arts and crafts, food booths, and pictures with Santa. Christmas Children’s Parade begins at 2 p.m. 337-896-6686, 337-280-9570.
12/7 - Yuletide on the Bayou. 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.
12/7 - Delcambre Holiday Gumbo Cook-off. 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.
12/7 - Sacre' Coeur Kaycee Auxiliary Annual Christmas Shopping Extravaganza. 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.
12/8 - Sonic Christmas Parade. 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.
12/8 – Kiwanis Christmas Parade. 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.
12/8 - Delcambre Christmas on the Bayou. 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.
12/8 - St. Lucy Festival of Light and Christmas Parade. St. Martin de Tours Church Square, St. Martinville. Food, arts & crafts, musical entertainment. 337-394-2233.
12/8 - Jeanerette Christmas Parade. Main St. 1-3 p.m. Christmas parade with Santa Claus, marching bands, dance groups and more. 337-579-2153.
12/8 – Magic on Main Gingerbread Tea. Sliman Theater, 129 Iberia St., 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.
12/8 - Magic on Main. Shadows-on-the-Teche, 317 E Main St., New Iberia. 4-7 p.m. Admission. Tour beautiful private homes during the annual Holiday Tour of Homes. Hosted by the Shadows-on-the-Teche, join hundreds of visitors in celebrating the wonders of Christmas season. Call for ticket and event details. 337-369-6446.
12/9 – 2013 Advent Mission. St. Peter Catholic Church, Carencro. 6:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Free. Father Brian Mullady, O.P. will be preaching the Advent Mission. Father is a regular on EWTN, and a professor of theology and philosophy. Come prepare for the Graces of Christmas. 337-896-9408.
12/10-21 – Old-Time Christmas at Vermilionville. 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.
12/12-15, 19-22, 26-29 – “A Tuna Christmas” Stage Play. Cité des Arts, 109 Vine St., Downtown Lafayette. Thurs.-Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. $15. A comedy set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas. Two actors play the entire cast of our 20 characters of both genders and various ages. An affectionate comment on small town, Southern life. 337-291-1122.
12/13-15 – Living Bethlehem. 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.
12/13-16 – The Singing Christmas Tree. 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.
12/14 – Christmas on the Lake. 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.
12/14 – Mamou Rotary Cajun Christmas Parade. 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.
12/14 - Delcambre Holiday Boat Parade. 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.
12/14-15 - The Nutcracker. 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.
12/15 – Lessons & Carols. 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.
12/31 - New Year’s Noon. Children’s Museum of Acadiana, Lafayette. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 337-232-8500, www.childrensmuseumofacadiana.com.
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