Cajun & Creole Christmas

*We do our best to ensure all events on our calendar are up to date. However, we ask that you please check the event website and social pages as well as contacting the event organizer for the most up to date details*

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!

2020 Cajun & Creole Christmas Events

Lafayette Parish

November 28 - Shop the Sweet Life. Youngsville. To support local shopping. YoungsvilleChamber.com.

November 30 - January 4 - Christmas Tree Extravaganza. Parc International. Envision 50+ live Christmas trees decorated throughout Parc International. Winner announced December 19 at Parc International during Movies in the Parc. Open daily from 10 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. DowntownLafayette.org.

November 30 - January 4 - Window Wonderland. Downtown Lafayette. A fine art installation in commercial display windows in Downtown Lafayette that brings together the community, business owners and local artists to celebrate civic pride and the holiday season by showcasing their creative talents in an artistic, family-friendly and festive format. DowntownLafayette.org.

December 3-6 - Crossroads Church presents The Real Story of Christmas. Crossroads Church, 150 Verona Dr., Lafayette. Dec 3-4 at 7 p.m., Dec 5 at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m., and Dec 6 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/Christmas.

December 4-23 - 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 4 – A Very Curley Christmas. Parc International, Lafayette. Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble will perform in Parc International at a LIVE, ticketed show. We’ll have “local celebrities” on hand for the lighting of the Downtown Lafayette Christmas tree. Tickets on sale soon. 337-291-5566, DowntownLafayette.org.

December 5 - 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. Crusaders Jingle Run 5K (CrusadersJingleRun.itsyourrace.com). Accepting donations of winter clothing. 337-896-8973, Carencro.org.

December 6 - Deck the Halls, A Christmas Home Tour. 5:30-8:30 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 15-27 - Old-Time Winter at Vermilionville. 300 Fisher Rd., Lafayette. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Regular admission $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 students and children 6 and under enter free. Group rates available. Reduced admission for Family Day (December 19th) is $5.  Experience the simple warmth and beauty of holidays past as our historic village brings to life the winter 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 x199, Vermilionville.org.

December 17 - Candlelight Christmas. Parc International. Downtown Lafayette. 6-7 p.m. Family-friendly event, featuring the telling of the story of the first Christmas, narrated by Reverend Max Zehner of First United Methodist Church, and interspersed with traditional carols led by a group of talented local musicians. Grab a cup of hot chocolate, light a candle, and join in song with friends and family in Downtown Lafayette. Tickets on sale soon. DowntownLafayette.org.

December 18-20 – Christmas at The Bayou. The Bayou Church, 2234 Kaliste Saloom Rd., Lafayette. Dec 18 at 7 p.m., Dec 19 at 3 p.m., 5 p.m., Dec 20 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. Free admission. 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. 337-984-8291, TheBayouChurch.org/Christmas.

December 19 - Movies in The Parc. Parc International. Join us for the grand finale of our Christmas series in Downtown Lafayette where we’ll screen the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas performance, followed by a showing of the classic “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.” Winners of the Window Wonderland and Christmas Tree Extravaganza competitions will be announced as well! Tickets on sale soon. DowntownLafayette.org.

December 19-20 - The Nutcracker. The Nutcracker presented by Lafayette Ballet Theatre, with Principal dancers from the Pacific Northwest Ballet. A live performance captured and streamed for your comfort, safety and enjoyment. Be on the lookout for virtual tickets, coming soon! 337-291-5555, LafayetteBalletTheatre.org.

TBD - 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.

TBD – Zoosiana’s Safari of Lights. 5601 US Hwy. 90 East, Broussard. 5-9 p.m. Stroll the glistening pathways of the Zoo at night as Christmas music fills the air putting 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, Zoosiana.com.

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

TBD - 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.

TBD - 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.

TBD - 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.

Canceled - 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.

Canceled - 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.

Canceled - Sonic 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.

Cancelled - 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.

St. Landry Parish

December 2-6 - Christmas at Coteau. The Academy of the Sacred Heart and Berchmans Academy will host their 36th annual holiday shopping market and Christmas at Coteau celebration.  While we are unable to welcome our guests and merchants on campus this year, we plan to infuse all of the Christmas at Coteau holiday spirit into off-site and virtual events both for our local businesses and our guests.  Shopping will be available through our Private Facebook Christmas at Coteau Shopping Group. 337-662-7062, SSHCoteau.org/Events/Christmas-at-Coteau.

Canceled - 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.

Canceled - 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.

Canceled - 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.

Canceled - 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.

Canceled - 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.

Canceled - 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

November 27-29, December 5-6, 12-13, 19-23 – Atchafalaya Christmas. McGee’s Swamp Tours, 1337 Henderson Levee Rd., Henderson. Tour departures at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Adults $25, Children (2-12 years old) $20, Children (0-2 years old) Free. Swamp tours led by Papa Noël (aka Santa Claus) himself! 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.

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

TBD - 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.

TBD - 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.

TBD - 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.

TBD - 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 29 - Sounds of the Season. Radio broadcast, 1240AM and 107.5FM. 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Due to Covid Restrictions, Iberia Cultural Resources Association will rebroadcast on KANE 1240AM or 107.5FM a previous Symphony Performance so we may still enjoy the beautiful Christmas Sounds of the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra from the comfort of our homes. 337-298-7964, IberiaCultural.org.

November 30 – December 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 4-6, 10-13 - Iberia Performing Arts League Presents, “The Death & Life of Larry Benson" IPAL Essanee Theater, 126 Iberia St., New Iberia.  Admission. Dec 4-5 at 7:30 p.m., Dec 6 at 2 p.m., Dec 10-12 at 7:30 p.m., Dec 13 at 2 p.m. Live theatre production, concessions. 337-364-6114, IPALTheater.com.

December 5 - Christmas in the Village. Loreauville Town Hall, 103 S Main St. 6-9 p.m. A great small-town family Christmas event. Lighting of the Christmas tree, food, craft vendors, photos with Santa and special surprises. (337) 519-1331, IberiaTravel.com.

December 6 - Delcambre Main Street Christmas Parade. Main Street, Delcambre. 2-4 p.m. Christmas on the Bayou Parade with Santa Claus, marching bands and dance groups. 337-519-2541, IberiaTravel.com.

December 12 - New Iberia Christmas Parade. Historic Downtown, Main Street, 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, school band performances throughout the parade route. 337-207-5670, IberiaTravel.com.

St. Mary Parish/Cajun Coast

TBD - 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.

TBD - 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.

TBD - 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.

TBD - 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.

TBD - 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

December 3 - 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.

TBD - 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.

Canceled - 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.

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