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. 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!

2021 Cajun & Creole Christmas Events

Lafayette Parish

TBD - Mistletoe Holiday Market. Ballroom of Broussard. 405 Albertson Parkway, Broussard, LA 70518. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Admission. Get a headstart on your Christmas shopping with Broussard’s local vendors. Facebook.com/TheBallroomBroussard.

November 18 - Making Spirits Bright. Acadian Village. 200 Greenleaf Dr., Lafayette LA 70506. 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm. Tickets $35. Join us for an evening of wine, shopping, music and Christmas lights. Presented by Acadian Village and Marcello's, this 21 and over event is the perfect date night out in preparation for the holidays! Whether you are stocking the bar or picking up last minute holiday gifts, this event will not disappoint. 337-981-2364, AcadianVillage.org.

November 20La fête de Noël" - Rebel Holiday Market. Teurlings Catholic High School. 139 Teurlings Dr., Lafayette, LA 70501. 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. Join us for a holiday celebration which includes shopping, food, and entertainment for the entire family. 337-235-5711. 

November 20 - Pictures with Santa in Sugar Mill Pond. Come take professional photos with Santa in Sugar Mill Pond! Photos will be taken by AbbyMarie Photography on November 20th, December 4th, and December 5th. Facebook.com/PicturesWithSanta

November 28 - Million Dollar Orchestra Christmas. Heymann Performing Arts Center, 1373 S College Rd., Lafayette. Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley come together again to celebrate the most wonderful time of year. Sun Records, now donned with Christmas tree, garland, and mistletoe, rings with the sounds of the season and the chart toppers that made these four famous. 337-340-2829 or 337-291-5555, LafayetteBroadway.com.

December 1-31 - Merry & Bright. Our Merry & Bright series is a month-long celebration in Downtown Lafayette complete with window displays, Christmas tree extravaganza, holiday decorations, and photo opportunities. Stay tuned for more info! DowntownLafayette.org.

December 2 - Lafayette Farmers & Artisans Market's Evening Holiday Market. Moncus Park. 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Stroll amid the Market Oaks at Moncus Park, under festive, twinkling lights – shop for great Christmas gifts with our Market Vendors. The Magnolia Sisters will be performing 5:30 - 8:30. Visit our popular 'Smores Corner - for a taste of a holiday favorite! Great food will abound! Be sure to get a pic with Santa & Mrs. Claus! MarketAtMoncusPark.com

December 3 - Twinkle Light Night. 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Children’s Museum of Acadiana. Tickets $8 per person, $4 for members. 12 months and under are free. Join the CMA for a fun night of memory-making, hands-on Christmas fun. There will be a flurry of activities in every corner of the Museum. 337-232-8500, ChildrensMuseumOfAcadiana.com.

December 3 - December 23 - Noël Acadien Au Village. Acadian Village, Lafayette. 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm. $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 4 - Jingle Bell Market. Hilliard Art Museum. 10:00 am. Free admission to the galleries for shoppers. The second annual Jingle Bell Market is a free family event open to the public! Shop at the market, snacks and hot chocolate, family photo opportunities, Christmas movies, creative gifts, and meet Lafayette Ballet Theater characters from The Nutcracker. 337-482-0811.

December 4 - Lighting of the Tree Concert ft. Chubby Carrier. Parc International. 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Free admission. This ultimate kick-off of the holiday season will be held in Parc International amidst a winter wonderland experience. Enjoy the lighting of the Downtown Christmas tree by Mayor-President Josh Guillory followed by live music from Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band on the main stage. Gates open at 5:00pm for this FREE, family-friendly event. Activities include: Photos by Exposure Selfies ft. Santa and Mrs. Claus, holiday crafts with the Children’s Museum of Acadiana, food by the Funnel Cake Factory and Cravinboudin.  DowntownLafayette.org

December 4 - Dash, Dance, and Prance 5k Race. Carencro Community Center,  5115 N University Ave. 8:00 am. Acadiana Fitness is excited to announce that we will be hosting our First Annual "Dasher Dancer Prancer 5K". Warm-Up will begin at 8:00, race will start at approximately 8:15am. The run will be in conjunction with Carencro Country Christmas. 337-565-2253. 

December 4 - Carencro Country Christmas. Carencro Community Center,  5115 N University Ave. 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Family oriented traditional event, choirs, arts and crafts, and food booths. Santa pictures will start at 10:00 am! Judging of homes and businesses for holiday decor will also take place. Bins will be available for clothings donations. 337-896-6686, Carencro.org.

December 4 - Noël à Broussard. Downtown Broussard. 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Join us in downtown Broussard for the 2021 Broussard Christmas Parade! The parade begins at the corner of Morgan Avenue and Albertson Parkway, and will head up Morgan Street, take a right onto Main Street, and end at Arceneaux Park. After the parade join us in front of Broussard City Hall for Reindeer Games, Face Painting and balloon artistry, Papa Noel's Market, and The Annual Lighting of the City Christmas Tree at 6:30pm. 337-837-6001, BroussardChamber.net.

December 5 - Sonic Christmas Parade. Downtown Lafayette, Jefferson St. 1:00 pm. Free admission. HO HO HO, Merry Christmas! The Sonic Christmas Parade is making a comeback as we officially welcome Santa to Lafayette. Parade will begin at 1:00pm on Jefferson Street, passing through Downtown and making its way into the Oil Center. DowntownLafayette.org.

December 5 - Sonic Christmas Parade After-Party. Parc International. 2:00 pm. Free admission. Keep the fun going and join us for an official after-party in Parc International beginning at 2:00pm. We’ll have activities for the entire family to enjoy: cookie decorating with Boukis Baker, arts and crafts with the Children’s Museum of Acadiana, inflatables, food, beverages, and so much more! DowntownLafayette.org

December 5 - Brunch with Santa. Social Southern Table & Bar. 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. Eat Brunch and take pictures with Santa. Reservations are needed. 337-456-3274. SocialSouthern.com.

December 5 - Deck the Halls, A Christmas Home Tour.  Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club. 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm. 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. There’ll be cookie decorating kits for the kids, a photo booth and pictures with Santa, and hot chocolate for all! Proceeds support the Acadiana Symphony Youth Orchestra. 337-232-4277. https://acadianasymphony.org/deck-the-halls/

December 7 & December 14 - Dinner with Santa. Charley G’s. 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. We will be welcoming a special guest from the North Pole for dinner. Reservations by phone, seating is limited. 337-981-0108. CharleyGs.com.

December 9 - 12 - Crossroads Church presents The Real Story of Christmas. Crossroads Church, 150 Verona Dr., Lafayette. Dec 9-10 at 7:00 pm, Dec 11 at 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 7:00 pm, and Dec 12 at 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm. 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 11 - Holiday Art Market at ArtWalk. 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm. This Holiday Market will include over 30 local vendors with one-of-a-kind artworks and crafts, perfect for gifting, along Polk Street near the Vermilion parking garage. There will also be live music! DowntownLafayette.org.

December 11-12 - The Nutcracker. Heymann Performing Arts Center, 1373 S College Rd., Lafayette. 337-262-0444 or 337-291-5555, LafayetteBalletTheatre.org.

December 15 - Candlelight Christmas. Parc International. 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm. Hear the narrated story of a Savior born in Bethlehem along with the singing of traditional Christmas carols, as led by local choir members and parishioners. Hot chocolate and other sweet treats will be available for purchase. DowntownLafayette.org.

December 16- 29 - Christmas in the Park. Moncus Park. 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm. Celebrate the season with a 12 night seasonal event that will have live music, as well as six separate activities for kids per night, a Santa Clause visit, selfie stations, a live art installation, local food vendors, and more. Visit the link for a full live music lineup. MoncusPark.org/Christmas.

December 16 - A Sleigh Ride Together. Heymann Performing Arts Center, 1373 S College Rd., Lafayette. 7 pm. A Christmas celebration for the whole family! Keep the tradition alive or start a new one with us! A musical celebration of Christmas featuring beloved holiday tunes and traditional favorites including Anderson’s Sleigh Ride and sing-along.  This celebration is guaranteed to get you in the Christmas spirit! 337-232-4277 ext 1. AcadianaSymphony.org.

December 17-19 - Christmas at the Bayou. The Bayou Church. 2234 Kaliste Saloom Rd., Lafayette. Celebrate the sounds of the season at The Bayou Church's annual Christmas Concert. This family-friendly event captures the essence of Christmas in Acadiana through a unique blend of musical styles performed by some of the area's finest musicians. Our pastor will share a brief message about the hope that was born on Christmas for all to receive. There are six in-person opportunities for you to experience this holiday tradition with your family and friends. We will also stream the concert via our Facebook page and our YouTube channel on Sunday, December 19 at 5:00 pm. Afterwards, the concert will be available to watch at your convenience online. 337-984-8291. TheBayouChurch.org/Christmas

December 18 - Movies in the Parc. Parc International. 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm. The final event of Downtown Lafayette’s Merry & Bright Holiday Series, Movies in the Parc ft. The Polar Express. There will also be children’s activities, popcorn, hot chocolate, and more. Movie will begin at 5:30 pm. DowntownLafayette.org.

December 18 - Christmas at West Village. 1001 Apollo Road, Scott, LA, 70583. Free.

December 31 - New Year’s Noon Carnival & Countdown. Children’s Museum of Acadiana, Lafayette. 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. 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 27 - Lighting of the Oaks. Courthouse Square, 118 S Court St., Opelousas. 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm. 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 27 - Grand Noel. Downtown Grand Coteau. 2:00 - 8:00 pm. 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 9-10 - Eunice Community Concert Band & Choir Christmas Concert. First Baptist Church, 331 Park Ave, Eunice, LA 70535. 7:00 pm. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for children under 12. Eunice Community Concert Band & Choir presents the 2021 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 2-4 - Christmas at Coteau. The Academy of the Sacred Heart and Berchmans Academy, Grand Coteau. 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. 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.

St. Martin Parish

November 26 - December 23 - Atchafalaya Christmas 2021. McGee’s Swamp Tours. 1337 Henderson Levee Rd. Breaux Bridge, LA 70517. Children’s tickets are $20 and adult tickets are $25. Papa Noël is headed back to the Atchafalaya Basin for the fourth year! McGee’s is again offering swamp tours led by Papa Noël (aka Santa Claus) himself for 13 days, starting November 26th! The 60-minute tour will share the story of "The Cajun Night Before Christmas." After each tour there will be family photos with Santa, ornament decorating (with a swamp-theme), hot chocolate, cookies, and candy-canes. All included in the price of your tour! 337-228-2384, mcgeesswamptours.com/atchafalaya-christmas

November 28 - Breaux Bridge Christmas Parade. Downtown Main Street. 2:00 pm. The Bayou comes to life with the holiday spirit with floats, live entertainment and caroling. The parade will lineup is at 601 W Bridge Street near Armory Hall, East on Bridge Street across the renovated Bridge, left on Rees Street to 1200 Rees Street to Parc Hardy!. 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. 10:00 am. Santa will be there to help start our holiday season by officially lighting the Christmas Tree & the military Christmas tree in downtown Breaux Bridge.

December 11 - Christmas ArtWalk in Paris a la breaux Bridge. Downtown Breaux Bridge. 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Stroll Downtown Breaux Bridge for an open-air market under festive street lights. The downtown shops, galleries, and restaurants will stay open late, while local artists will be showcasing their one-of-a-kind gifts and art for your Christmas shopping needs. BreauxBridgeLA.net.

Iberia Parish

November 28 - Sounds of the Season with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. Saint Peter's Catholic Church, 108 E Saint Peter St., New Iberia. 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm. Free Christmas concert featuring familiar Christmas songs as well as classical selections. 337-298-7964. IberiaCultural.org.

November 29 - December 31 - Victorian Christmas at the Joseph Jefferson Home. Rip Van Winkle Gardens of Jefferson Island, New Iberia. 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. 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 Holiday Harvest Home & Garden Tour. Shadows-on-the-Teche, 317 E Main St., New Iberia. Thurs.-Sat. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm Admission. Tours of Shadows-on-the-Teche Plantation & Gardens decorated for the holiday season. 337-369-644. ShadowsOnTheTeche.org.

December 4 - Christmas in the Village. Loreauville Town Hall, 103 S. Main St., Loreauville. 6:00 - 9:00 pm. A free small town family Christmas event with tree lighting, food, vendors, music, kids activities, photos with Santa and special surprises. (337) 519-1331, Facebook.com/LoreauvilleCommunityProject 

December 9-12 - IPAL presents “A USO Christmas Homecoming” IPAL Essanee Theater, 126 Iberia St., New Iberia. Thurs. - Sat. 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm; Sun. 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Admission. Live theatre production, concessions. 337-364-6114, IPALTheater.com.

December 11 - Pancakes with Santa. Steamboat Warehouse Pavilion, 128 W. Main St., New Iberia. 8:00 am - 11:00 am. Spend a morning picnic style with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Bring your own blanket and enjoy your hot pancakes and sausage provided by New Iberia McDonald's. Holiday face painting and story time with Mrs. Claus, photo-ops and a holiday train will also be available. 337-207-5670, IberiaTravel.com.

December 11 - Shadows Christmas Craft Market. Shadows-on-the-Teche, 317 E Main St., New Iberia. 9:00 am - 3:00 p.m. Finish up your Christmas shopping at Shadows-on-the-Teche’s Christmas Market. 337-369-6446, ShadowsOnTheTeche.org.

December 11 - Delcambre Christmas Boat Parade. Delcambre Docks. 411 S Richard St. 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Fun for the whole family as you watch lighted boats of all sizes cruise Bayou Carlin while listening to Christmas music. 800-884-6120 ext.7.

December 11 - Queen City Christmas Parade. Historic Downtown, Main Street, New Iberia. 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Street parade on Main Street New Iberia followed by a boat parade and fireworks on Bayou Teche. 100,000+ lights have been installed along the parade route, which runs from Torrido Village to Jefferson St. 337-207-5670, IberiaTravel.com.

December 11 - Very Berry Christmas Quest. Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce, 111 West Main Street, New Iberia. 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. A holiday twist to local shopping campaigns. Families who sign up are sent on an adventure throughout New Iberia, where they complete activities at different businesses and collect stickers as they go. Once they have enough stickers, participants drop off their cards for a chance to win some awesome prizes! 337-364-1836, IberiaChamber.org.

December 12 - Delcambre Main Street Christmas Parade. Main Street, Delcambre. 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Main Street Parade with Santa Claus, marching bands and dance groups. 337-519-2541, IberiaTravel.com.

St. Mary Parish/Cajun Coast

November 26 - December 31 - Kemper Williams Park Christmas Lights in the Park. 264 Cotten Rd., Patterson. Sun.-Thurs. 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm; 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 1-31 - Victorian Christmas at Grevemberg House Museum & Shadowlawn. 407 Sterling Rd., Franklin. 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. 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.

Vermilion Parish

December 2 - Abbeville’s Annual Christmas Stroll. Downtown Abbeville. 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm. 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 11 - Here Comes Santa 5k. 207 S. Magdalen Square, Abbeville, LA 70510. Junior Auxiliary of Abbeville would like to invite you to run, walk and jingle all the way at our 2nd Annual Here Comes Santa 5K and 1 mile fun run, which supports our numerous Children’s Project’s in Vermilion Parish! Sign up for 5k race here. 

December 11 - Abbeville's Cajun Christmas Celebration. 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Downtown Abbeville. Come out to Abbeville for their first Cajun Christmas Celebration. There will be live music in Magdalen Square along with photos with Santa and a kid's crafting corner, arts & crafts vendors along Concorde Street, and a Christmas parade starting at 5:30 pm from the train tracks on S. State Street. It will march north towards Edwards Street and then end back at the tracks by way of S. Washington Street. Facebook.com/AbbevilleCajunChristmasCelebration

December 11 -  Making Spirits Bright: A Holiday Light Trail. 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. 301 AA Comeaux Memorial Drive, Abbeville, LA 70510. $10 - $25 tickets. Attendees will enjoy a drive through Christmas Experience around the circle of AA Comeaux Park! You will also have the option to add on a Christmas Cheer Box for the whole family to enjoy Christmas treats & crafts. Trolley transportation will be available to the park from Magdalen Square following the town’s Christmas Parade. Purchase tickets here.

December 4 - Christmas in Erath. Downtown Erath. 115 E Edwards St. Erath, LA 70533. Join the Town of Erath for their annual holiday event that features food, music, kid's activities and the Christmas Tree Lighting at 6pm. 337-937-8401. MostCajun.com.

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