Cajun & Creole Christmas

The heart of Cajun & Creole Country, Lafayette, LA, is transformed into a winter wonderland throughout the months of November and December with a Cajun and Creole Christmas. From light shows to parades, tour of homes, performances, carolers and much more you can be sure to find something to get the family in the holiday spirit. If you enjoy riding around admiring homes decorated for Christmas be sure to check out LafayetteLights.com, a website and app that provides a map of decorated homes that even lets you vote on your favorites.

Below, you will find a list of events and activities both in Lafayette and the surrounding areas. Don't see your event listed? Just click here to let us know and we'll be sure to add it!

 

2019 Cajun & Creole Christmas Events

Lafayette Parish

November 24 - 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, and of course a traditional favorite – roasted marshmallows. 337-856-2323, SugarMillPond.com.

November 30 - December 23 - Noël Acadien Au Village. Acadian Village, Lafayette. 5:30-9 p.m. $10 at the gate; $8 in advance. Festival fundraiser with half a million lights, displays, food, entertainment, and holiday shopping. 337-981-2364, AcadianVillage.org.     

December 1 - Christmas in Scott. City Hall, Scott. 125 Lions Club St. 3-6 p.m. Free. Farmer’s Market opens for shopping. 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, CityOfScott.org.                                                 

December 1-31 - 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, LafayetteMuseum.com.

December 4 - Broussard Lighting of the Tree. Broussard City Hall, Broussard. 5:30-8 p.m. Come out and celebrate the kickoff of the Christmas season in Broussard at our annual "Lighting of the Tree" celebration! 337-837-6681.

December 6 - Old Fashioned Christmas at City Hall. 210 E Saint Peter St., Carencro. 6-8 p.m. Lighting of the Christmas tree, caroling, cookies, and hot chocolate. (337) 896-6686, Carencro.org.

Dec 6 - Christmas with The Boss. Parc Sans Souci, 201 E Vermillion St., Lafayette. 6-9 p.m. Free. Lighting of the Christmas tree featuring Keith Frank. 337-291-5566, DowntownLafayette.org.

December 7 - Carencro Country Christmas. Carencro Community Center,  5115 N University Ave. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Family oriented traditional event, choirs ,singers, arts and crafts, food booths. 10 a.m. Pictures with Santa, 8 a.m. Carencro High School Bears 5K. Bins will be available for toy donations. 337-896-6686, Carencro.org.

December 7 - January 6 - Christmas Tree Extravaganza. Parc International. Envision 50+ live Christmas trees decorated throughout Parc International. Winner announced December 21 at Parc International. Open daily from 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. DowntownLafayette.org.

December 8 - Deck the Halls, A Christmas Home Tour. 6 p.m. See the most beautiful homes across Acadiana decked to the nines for the holidays. Savor the sights and sounds of the Christmas season as you make your way from home to home. Featuring music at each home by Youth Orchestra members from the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. 337-232-4277. AcadianaSymphony.org.

December 8 - Sonic Drive-In Christmas Parade. Downtown to the Oil Center, Lafayette.1 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. Photos at Parc International following parade. 337-261-5566, DowntownLafayette.org.

December 8 - City of Broussard Christmas Parade. Begins at the intersection of South Morgan down Albertsons Pkwy. 1 p.m. 337-837-6681.

December 9-21 - 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 and 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, Vermilionville.org.

December 12-15 - Crossroads Church presents The Real Story of Christmas. Crossroads Church, 150 Verona Dr., Lafayette. Dec 12-13 at 7 p.m., Dec 14 at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m., and Dec 15 at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. Free Admission. The Real Story of Christmas is a fun, Broadway-style stage production that retells traditional stories of Christmas. The stories come alive in a way that has everyone laughing and singing along until the climax of the show when Santa and Mrs. Claus call for the REAL story of Christmas to be shared with a beautiful nativity scene with live camels and sheep. Pictures with Santa and characters following the performance. 337-234-4308, MyCrossroads.org.

December 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, SugarMillPond.com.

December 14 - Christmas at Couret. Couret Farms, Bourdette Drive at Abilene Lane, Lafayette. 6-9 p.m. Free. You and loved ones will enjoy live entertainment, Christmas shopping from local pop-up shops, kids activities, pictures with Santa and more. You'll also have the opportunity to explore life at Couret Farms. Lawn chairs and blankets are allowed for seating. Facebook.com/CouretFarms.

December 14-15 - The Nutcracker. Heymann Performing Arts Center, 1373 S College Rd., Lafayette. 337-262-0444 or 337-291-5555, LafayetteBalletTheatre.org.

December 15 - Lessons & Carols. St. John Cathedral, 914 Saint John St., Lafayette. 3 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, SaintJohnCathedral.org.

December 19 - An Acadiana Christmas Night. Heymann Performing Arts Center, 1373 S College Rd., Lafayette. 7 p.m. A Christmas celebration for the whole family! Keep the tradition alive or start a new one with us! Featuring your favorite selections of the season. ASO will take the magic of Christmas to another level with beautiful instrumental and vocal selections including F. Handel and I. Berlin. Plus, Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys give Christmas an Acadiana twist and when ASYO and the youth chorus join the stage. This celebration is guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit! 337-232-4277 ext 1. AcadianaSymphony.org.

December 31 - New Year’s Noon Carnival & Countdown. Children’s Museum of Acadiana, Lafayette. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Ring in the New Year at the stroke of noon with fun for the whole family. 337-232-8500, ChildrensMuseumOfAcadiana.com.

St. Landry Parish

November 23 - Lighting of the Oaks. Courthouse Square, 118 S Court St., Opelousas. 3:30-6:30 p.m. Santa Claus will also be on site for holiday photos. Other activities include a petting zoo, storytelling, and a choral performance by the Our Lady Queen of Angels Church Choir. Attendees can also stroll around the square to view public art and visit food and craft vendors. 337-948-5227, CajunTravel.com.

November 30 - Grand Noel. Downtown Grand Coteau. 2-8 p.m. Start your Christmas shopping with a visit to the streets of historical Grand Coteau. There will be a blessing of the life-size nativity scene on display. The gift shops will be open for your convenience offering refreshments and unique gift items. Enjoy holiday traditions including carriage rides, live music at various locations and photos with Santa. Popular food trucks will be on hand offering their specialties. Bring the entire family for a memorable evening. 337-945-4314, CajunTravel.com.

December 5-6 - Eunice Community Concert Band & Choir Christmas Concert. Liberty Center for the Performing Arts, 200 Park Ave., Eunice. 7 p.m. Eunice Community Concert Band & Choir presents the 2019 Christmas concert and includes a variety of styles. This family-friendly event is designed to get everyone in the holiday mood. 337-457-1776, ECCBC.org.

December 6-7 - Christmas at Coteau. Schools of the Sacred Heart, Grand Coteau. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Every year, The Academy of the Sacred Heart offers a little Christmas cheer, holiday shopping, and amazing local cuisine. At the Holiday Market, shoppers have first selection from as many as 75 unique vendors offering antiques, estate jewelry, Christmas accessories, handmade items, artwork, children’s apparel, and home and garden accessories. SSHCoteau.org.

December 6 - Annual Lighting of the Village. 828 E Landry St., Opelousas. 5-8:00 p.m. Free. The annual lighting of the historic Le Vieux Village celebrates the season with children’s activities, Christmas carols and a visit from Papa Noël! 800-424-5442, CityOfOpelousas.com.

December 7 - Christmas Choir Concert. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 308 Church St., Washington. Get a little Christmas cheer from one of the few early music ensembles in the state of Louisiana, Baton Rouge Early Vocal Ensemble. 337-826-7337, CajunTravel.com.

December 12 - Children’s Christmas Parade. Begins at Saint Landry Catholic Church on Union and Main Street, rolls through downtown Opelousas and ends on Creswell Lane. 6 p.m The annual holiday event features colorfully lit Christmas themed floats, marching bands, costumed characters and of course everyone’s favorite, Santa Claus! 800-424-5442, CityOfOpelousas.com.

St. Martin Parish

December 1-31 - St Martin de Tours Lighting of the Square. St. Martin de Tours Church Square, St. Martinville. 337-394-2235, StMartinville.org/Festivals.html.

December 1 - Breaux Bridge Christmas Parade. Downtown Main Street. 2 p.m. The Bayou comes to life with the holiday spirit with floats, live entertainment and caroling. The parade will start at the Armory Hall on Bridge Street turning on Rees Street and ending on Refinery Road. 337-332-8500.

December 1 - Christmas Tour of Homes. Duchamp Opera House,  200 S Main St., St. Martinville. St. Martinville's Garden Club hosts an annual Tour of Homes, which includes several local historic and modern homes, along with a local business, decorated with a Christmas theme. Always the first Sunday of the month. 337-394-2235, StMartinville.org/Festivals.html.

December 6 - Supper on the Square. St. Martin de Tours Church Square, St. Martinville. Stroll around the historic square stopping at numerous historic sites to enjoy a taste of some of the best cajun and creole food in Acadiana. 337-394-2235, StMartinville.org/Festivals.html.

December 7 - Breaux Bridge Official Lighting of the Christmas Tree. 100 S Main St., Breaux Bridge. 10 a.m. Santa will be there to help start our holiday season by officially lighting the Christmas Tree & the military Christmas tree in downtown Breaux Bridge.

Iberia Parish

November 30 - Let it Sneaux Holiday Festival. Isle of Iberia RV Resort, 911 NW Bypass (Hwy. 3212), New Iberia. 10-3 p.m. Craft show, live entertainment, holiday festival activities for families and lots more. (337) 256-8681, IberiaTravel.com.

November 30 - Christmas in the Village. Loreauville Town Hall, 103 S Main St. 6-9 p.m. A great small-town family Christmas event. Lightning of the Christmas tree, food, craft vendors, photos with Santa and special surprises. (337) 519-1331, IberiaTravel.com.

December 1 - Sounds of the Season with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. St. Peter's Catholic Church, 108 E Saint Peter St., New Iberia. 3-4:30 p.m. Free Christmas concert featuring familiar Christmas songs as well as classical selections. 337-364-1603, IberiaCultural.org.

December 2-31 - 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 and Rip Van Winkle Gardens decorated for the Holiday Season. 337-359-8525, IberiaTravel.com.

December 2-31 - Shadows Merry Making Season. Shadows-on-the-Teche, 317 E Main St., New Iberia. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission. Tours of Shadows-on-the-Teche Plantation & Gardens decorated for the holiday season. 337-369-6446, ShadowsOnTheTeche.org.

December 6-15 - IPAL presents “Yes Virginia, There is A Santa Claus.” IPAL Essanee Theater, 126 Iberia St., New Iberia. 7:30-10 p.m. Admission. Live theatre production, concessions. 337-364-6114, IPALTheater.com.

December 7 - Very Berry Christmas Quest. Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce, 111 West Main Street, New Iberia. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Family scavenger hunt with activities throughout the day and prize drawings. 337-364-1836, IberiaTravel.com.

December 7 - New Iberia Christmas Parade. Historic Downtown, New Iberia. 5:30-8 p.m. The New Iberia Downtown Alliance presents the annual New Iberia Christmas Parade. The Lighting of the Community Christmas Tree is at 5:30 p.m. in front of City Hall, followed by the parade at 6 p.m. There are Christmas floats, visiting royalty, dance schools and school band performances throughout the parade route along with plenty of Christmas throws. 337-207-5670, IberiaTravel.com.

December 7 - Pancakes & Pjs with Santa. Sliman Theatre, 129 E Main St., New Iberia. 8-11 a.m. Admission (advance tickets only). The New Iberia Downtown Alliance, co-sponsored by New Iberia McDonald’s, presents Pancakes & PJs with Santa, free face painting and prizes. (337) 207-5670, IberiaTravel.com.

December 8 - Delcambre Main Street Christmas Parade. Main Street, Delcambre. 2-4 p.m. Parade begins at the corner of Main Street & S. Pelloat to Delcambre Shrimp Festival Bldg. 337-519-2541, IberiaTravel.com.

December 14 - Delcambre Christmas Boat Parade. Delcambre Docks. 411 S Richard St. 7 a.m.-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.

December 19 - A Shadows Christmas. Shadows-on-the-Teche, 317 E Main St., New Iberia. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Admission. Tour the Shadows-on-the-Teche decorated for the holiday season while exploring holiday traditions on the Weeks family plantations. Enjoy old-fashioned peppermint sticks, gingerbread, and other holiday fare while strolling through the gardens with a glass of apple cider or syllabub in hand.Tours offered at 5:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m., & 6:30 p.m. 337-369-6446, ShadowsOnTheTeche.org.

Acadia Parish

December 4 - Christmas in Crowley. Historic Downtown, Parkerson Ave., Crowley. 6-8 p.m. Over 200,000 dazzling animated holiday lights synchronized to music. Tune your radio to 93.3 FM and listen to the lights! 337-788-0177

December 5 - Annual Kiwanis Christmas Parade. Historic Downtown, Parkerson Ave., Crowley 6 p.m. 337-788-0177

St. Mary Parish/Cajun Coast

November 17 - City of Patterson’s Annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree. Morey Park, Main St. Hwy. 182 Downtown Historic District Patterson at 5:30 p.m. 985-395-5205, CajunCoast.com.

November 29 - December 31 - Kemper Williams Park Christmas Lights in the Park. 264 Cotten Rd., Patterson. Sun.-Thurs. 5-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 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, CajunCoast.com.

December 3-5 & 7 - Victorian Christmas at Grevemberg House Museum & Shadowlawn. 407 Sterling Rd., Franklin. Free tours starting at 9 a.m. and last tour at 11:40 a.m. Grevemberg House Museum will be decorated in the Victorian fashion with toys and dolls, Christmas tree, garlands and floral arrangements. 337-828-2092, GrevembergHouse.com.

December 1-31 - Christmas on the Cajun Coast. Various locations in St. Mary Parish. Elegant antebellum homes decked in Victorian holiday finery, boulevards of live oaks twinkling with white lights, traditional holiday performances, and Christmas parades. 985-380-8224, CajunCoast.com.

December 3 - January 3 - Tour of Oaklawn Manor. 3296 E Oaklawn Dr.(off Irish Bend Rd.), 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, CajunCoast.com.

Vermilion Parish

November 30 -  Pictures with Santa. Palmetto Island State Park’s Nature Center, Abbeville. Santa will drive through the campground 11-11:30 a.m., then take photos with kids until 2 p.m. Must bring your own camera!! $3 per person to enter the Park. 337-893-3930, FriendsOfPalmetto.org.

December 5 - Abbeville’s Annual Christmas Stroll. Downtown Abbeville. 5:30-8 p.m. Free. A family-oriented evening of strolling, visiting, shopping and dining. Santa Claus, music, white lights all within the decorated downtown historic district. 337-898-4110, MostCajun.com.

December 7 - Abbeville’s Christmas Parade. Downtown, Abbeville. Starts at 6 p.m. Free. Enjoy floats decorated for Christmas, marching bands playing holiday favorites and an appearance by Santa Claus. 337-652-0646, MostCajun.com.

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