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.
2015 Schedule of Events
NOV 1-DEC 31 – Noel au Musee. Gueydan Museum. Free. A forest of decorated Christmas trees and Christmas goodies will be on display. 337-536-0443, MostCajun.com.
NOV 27-28, DEC 4-6, 11-30 – Safari of Lights. Zoo of Acadiana, 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. View still and animated lighted animal figurines, North Pole Express Train ride, hot cocoa or hot cappuccino at the Elves Eatery. 337-837-4325, ZooOfAcadiana.org. (NOV 29 – Members Day).
NOV 28-DEC 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.
NOV 29-DEC 31 – Kemper Williams Park Christmas Lights in the Park. 264 Cotten Rd., Patterson. Sun-Thur 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.
NOV 30-DEC-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, RipVanWinkleGardens.org.
TBA – 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.
DEC 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.
DEC 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, Christmas parades. 800-256-2931, CajunCoast.com/ChristmasEvents.
DEC 1-31 – 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.
DEC 2 – Christmas in Scott. St. Aubin Park, Scott. 6-8 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, CityOfScott.org.
DEC 2 – Christmas in Crowley. 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.
DEC 3 – Abbeville’s Annual Christmas Stroll. Downtown Abbeville. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas as local merchants open their businesses for holiday shopping, festivities and more. 337-898-6600, MostCajun.com.
DEC 4 – 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 on hand to take pictures. Behold the living nativity and enjoy an outdoor snow yard. 337-232-1267, TheOilCenter.com.
DEC 4 – Annual Lighting of Le Vieux Village. 828 East Landry St., Opelousas. Free. The historical village comes alive with lights. Vendors, live reindeer, Santa, choir, balloon artist and more! 337-948-6263, CityOfOpelousas.com.
DEC 4-5 – Christmas at Coteau. Schools of the Sacred Heart, Grand Coteau. This year’s schedule of events includes the Holiday Market, Coteau Café, Cookies at Coteau, Eat Drink & Be Merry Saturday Luncheon and the Friday gourmet luncheon. SSHCoteau.org.
DEC 5 – Carencro Country Christmas. 5115 N. University, Carencro. Parade starts at 2 p.m. followed by arts & crafts, food, choirs and entertainment. 337-280-9570, 337-896-8481.
DEC 5 – Sacre’ Coeur Kaycee Auxiliary Annual Christmas Shopping Extravaganza. Corner of South Ave. E. and Elm St., Crowley. 9 am.-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.
DEC 5 – 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 at 9 a.m. Judging and serving at 2:30 p.m. Live entertainment through the day. 337-519-4362, Vermilion.org.
DEC 6 – 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. 337-988-5301.
DEC 6 – Jeanerette Christmas Parade. Main Street. 1-3 p.m. Christmas parade with Santa Claus, marching bands, dance groups and more. 337-579-2153, IberiaTravel.com.
DEC 7-31 – Shadows Merry Making Season. 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, ShadowsOnTheTeche.org.
DEC 8-12, 15-18, 22-23 – Old-Time Christmas at Vermilionville. 300 Fisher Rd., Lafayette. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. (Family Day-Dec. 12) 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! 337-233-4077, Vermilionville.org.
DEC 10 – Downtown Opelousas Children’s Christmas Parade. Downtown Opelousas. 5 p.m. Parade features colorfully lit Christmas floats, area high school marching bands and, the person everyone is waiting for, Santa Claus! 800-424-5442, CityOfOpelousas.com.
DEC 11-13 - 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.
DEC 11-14 – The Singing Christmas Tree. First Baptist Lafayette, 1100 Lee Ave., Lafayette. 12/11: 7 p.m., 12/12: 3 p.m., 12/13: 3 p.m., 12/14: 7 p.m. Admission. Includes a spectacular light show, choir, and orchestra. 337-593-3757, FBCLaf.org.
DEC 12 - 3rd Annual Santa on the Bayou. Pastor Brothers Cajun Excursion, 1500 General Mouton Ave., Lafayette. Admission. Includes fun jumps, a petting zoo, games and prizes, boat rides on the Vermillion River, photos with Papa Noel and a line-up of live music. 337-205-3276, PastorBrothers.com.
DEC 12 – Christmas on the Lake. South end of Arthur Ave. & Lake Arthur Park. 4 p.m.-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.
DEC 12 - New Iberia Christmas Parade. Main St, New Iberia. 7-9 p.m. Christmas parade, with Santa Claus, marching bands and dance groups. 337-365-1428, IberiaTravel.com.
DEC 12 – Magic on Main and Gingerbread Tea. 320 E. Main 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, IberiaTravel.com.
DEC 12 – Delcambre Christmas Boat Parade. Delcambre Docks. 307 Isadore St. 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, IberiaTravel.com.
DEC 12 & 13 – The Nutcracker. Heymann Performing Arts Center, Lafayette. Tickets range from $22-$49. Lafayette Ballet Theatre with Principal guest artists from the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and the entire dance community, present the Holiday classic, The Nutcracker. A full-length classical ballet in two acts, based on the story of E. T. A. Hoffmann’s “Nutcracker and the King of Mice” with original music of Peter Tchaikovsky. 337-262-0444 or 337-291-5555, LafayetteBalletTheatre.org.
DEC 13 – City of Broussard Christmas Parade. Begins at the intersection of S. Morgan-Albertson Pkwy. 1 p.m. 337-837-6681. BroussardLA.com.
DEC 13 – Lessons & Carols. St. John Cathedral, 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, SaintJohnCathedral.org.
DEC 13 – Festival of Light and Christmas Parade. St. Martin de Tours Church Square, St. Martinville. Food, arts & crafts, musical entertainment. 337-394-2233, StMartinville.org/Festivals.html.
DEC 13 – Delcambre Christmas on the Bayou. Main Street, Delcambre. 2-4 p.m. Parade begins at corner of Main Street & S. Pelloat to Delcambre Shrimp Festival Bldg. 337-519-2541, IberiaTravel.com.
DEC 17 – Christmas Story: Rhythms of the Land. Heymann Performing Arts Center, 1373 South College Rd., Lafayette. 7 p.m. Admission. Marc Broussard collaborates with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra to present music that reminds us of the rich cultural roots of Acadiana. Local musician Danny Devillier will be featured as the composer of a commissioned work that incorporates world rhythms with local musical traditions. 337-232-4277 ext. 1, AcadianaSymphony.org.
DEC 31 – New Year’s Noon. Children’s Museum of Acadiana, Lafayette. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 337-232-8500, ChildrensMuseumOfAcadiana.com.
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