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.
Hanley-Guéno Neapolitan Presepio Exhibit
On-going exhibit; M-Th 9 a.m.-4 p.m., F 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Museum, Lafayette
Adults $3, Seniors $2, Children $1 (12 & Under)
The 18th century Italian Baroque Presepio displays a nativity tableau to remind people that the true meaning of Christmas centers on the birth of Christ.
C’est Jolie Flowers, Gifts, and Christmas Store
Open through Dec. 31; 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
203 E. Bridge St., St. Martinville
Complete Christmas store, trees, decorations, wreaths, swags. Call us for your home, office décor.
2nd Saturday ArtWalk
Nov. 10 & Dec. 8
Downtown Galleries, Lafayette
See the Art. Buy the Art during 2nd Saturday ArtWalk at over a dozen galleries in Downtown Lafayette where you never pay state sales tax on original art!
Lake Arthur Merchant’s Association Presents: Glitter & Garland
Nov. 16; 5-9 p.m.
Lake Arthur Main St. (Arthur Ave.)
Holiday shopping event, pictures with Mrs. Claus and refreshments.
Nov. 16; 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Parc International, Downtown Lafayette
Outdoor concert featuring Amanda Shaw and the Cute Boys at Parc International.
Nov. 16-17; 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Jeff Davis Parish Retail Stores
Pre-Christmas Open House at area gift shops throughout the parish.
Nov. 21; 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Parc Sans Souci, Downtown Lafayette
Outdoor concert featuring The Pine Leaf Boys and the official lighting of the City Christmas Tree with carriage rides and a fundraiser for Toys for Tots.
“A Tuna Christmas”
Nov. 21-25; Nov. 21-24 at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 25 at 2 p.m.
Cité des Arts, 109 Vine St., Downtown Lafayette
$12 General Admission, $10 Students & Seniors
A comedic play about Tuna, TX the third smallest town in the state. Two actors play multiple roles. An affectionate comment on small-town Southern life.
Christmas in Crowley Lights to Music Spectacular
Nov. 22-Jan. 3; 5:30 p.m.-midnight
City Hall, 425 N. Parkerson (93.3 FM)
337-783-0824 ext. 301, www.crowley-la.com
Over 50,000 dazzling animated holiday lights synchronized to music. You can listen to the lights by tuning in on your car radio!
Safari of Lights
Nov. 23-24, Nov. 30-Dec. 30; 5-9 p.m.
Zoo of Acadiana, 5601 US Hwy. 90 E, Broussard
$6 per person 3 & above
Stroll the pathways of the Zoo as its aglow with thousands of twinkling lights, animated & still animal figurines. Ride the North Pole Express train and enjoy hot cocoa from the Elves Eatery.
Christmas in Vermilion
Nov. 23-Jan. 1; Times vary with events
Throughout Vermilion Parish
Vermilion Parish will come alive this holiday season with events for all ages to get you into the Cajun Christmas spirit!
Movies in the Parc
Nov. 24; Dusk
Parc International, Downtown Lafayette
$2 or Free for kids 5 and under
Join the Griswolds for a holiday classic at Parc International for National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. The movie starts at dusk and you’re invited to bring blankets, chairs, snacks and whatever else you need to enjoy the movie.
Nov. 25; 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Willow Wood Park Recreation Center, 113 Willow Wood Dr., New Iberia
Several local crafters displaying handcrafted jewelry, beauty products, handmade candles & soap, food products and much more.
Breaux Bridge Christmas Parade
Nov. 25; 2 p.m.
Main Street, Breaux Bridge
Annual Christmas Parade always the Sunday after Thanksgiving, kicks off the Holiday Season.
Sounds of the Season with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra
Nov. 25; 2:30-4 p.m.
St. Peters Catholic Church, 108 E St. Peter St., New Iberia
Free Christmas concert by the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra presented by Iberia Cultural Resources Association, featuring Christmas songs as well as classical selections.
Idlewild Plantation Christmas Lighting Driving Tour
Nov. 25-Dec. 31; 6-9 p.m.
Kemper Williams Park, 264 Cotton Rd., Patterson
$2 per car
Take a driving tour along a path filled with elaborate displays of Christmas lights while Christmas music enhances the drive through Kemper Williams Park.
New Iberia Christmas Parade
Nov. 27; 6:30 p.m.
Main St., New Iberia
Christmas Parade, with Santa Claus, Marching Bands and Dance Groups.
Franklin’s Walking Parade & Lamplighter Ceremony
Nov. 29; 6 p.m.
Corner of Jackson & Main Streets, Franklin
Everyone is invited to walk the route, and those who own golf carts are asked to decorate them and participate in the parade. Bring your flashlights!
Christmas at the Alexandre Mouton House
Nov. 29-Dec. 29; Tu-Sa 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
1122 Lafayette St., Lafayette
$5 Adults, $3 Seniors, $2 Students
The Alexandre Mouton House will be decorated for Christmas with period decorations.
Christmas at Coteau
Nov. 30-Dec. 1; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Academy of the Sacred Heart, 1821 Academy Rd., Grand Coteau
A holiday celebration including vendors from around the state in addition to a gourmet luncheon all situated on the historic grounds of the Academy of the Sacred Heart.
20th Annual Christmas Shopping Extravaganza
Dec. 1; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Corner of South Ave. E. and Elm St., Crowley
$1 per person; 12 years and younger Free
48 booths of crafters throughout the area, unique and interesting items, door prizes every 15 minutes, concession (Gumbo, Brisket, Jambalaya, etc.).
Carencro Country Christmas
Dec. 1; 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Carencro Community Center, Carencro
Family oriented music, choirs, food and arts & craft booths. Carencro Lions Children’s Parade at 2 p.m.
Sweet Dough Pie Makin’ and Tastin’
Dec. 1; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
305 East La. Ave., Rayne
Donation accepted for Rayne Historical District
Let’s drink coffee and eat sweet dough pies, share stories. We encourage French speaking. Come visit us, Cher.
Christmas in Scott
Dec. 1; 4-6 p.m.
110 Benoit Patin Rd., Scott
Perfect event to put you in the Christmas Spirit. Free and open to the public. Come out and enjoy live local entertainment and tons of fun activities for the entire family with a visit from Santa Claus.
Noel Acadien au Village
Dec. 1-23; 5:30-9 p.m. nightly
LARC’s Acadian Village, Lafayette
$9 at the gate, $7 in advance
During this Acadiana holiday tradition, enjoy the splendor of over a half million lights, nightly entertainment, local cuisine, photos with Santa and kiddie carnival rides.
Victorian Christmas at Grevemberg House
Dec. 1-31; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
407 Sterling Rd., Franklin
$10 per person, $8 Seniors
Decorated in a Victorian Style Christmas; displays include a traditional Victorian Christmas tree and displays of traditional foods and fruits.
Oaklawn Manor Christmas
Dec. 1-Jan. 6; Tu-Su 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
3296 Oaklawn Dr., off Irish Bend Rd., Franklin
$15 Adults, $10 Students
The monumental plantation home is the residence of Louisiana’s former Governor and his wife, Mike and Alice Foster. Elaborately adorned for Christmas with a different tree in each room.
Victorian Christmas at the Joseph Jefferson Home & Rip Van Winkle Gardens
Dec. 1-Jan. 8; 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
5505 Rip Van Winkle Rd., New Iberia
$10 per person
Tours of the Joseph Jefferson Home & Rip Van Winkle Gardens decorated for the Holiday Season.
Candy Cane Lane Exhibit
Dec. 1-Feb. 28; Tu-Sa 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Children’s Museum of Acadiana, Lafayette
$5, 12 months and under Free
Visitors will be transported to a place full of holiday cheer and imagination where they can play in Santa’s Workshop, dress up as Elves’ & see a holiday village!
Christmas Tour of Homes
Dec. 2; 12:30-4:30 p.m.
Duchamp Opera House, Corner of Main & Port Street
A tour that showcases homes in Christmas décor that are either historically relevant or have a unique collection of holiday pieces.
Sonic Christmas Parade
Dec. 2; 1-3 p.m.
Downtown to the Oil Center, Lafayette
337-988-5301 ext. 232
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.
Magic on Main
Dec. 2; 4-7 p.m.
Main Street, New Iberia
Experience the magic of the season at Shadows-on-the-Teche Holiday Tour or Homes. Walk or ride the trolley to visit homes on New Iberia’s Historic Main Street.
Shadows Merry Making Season
Dec. 3-31; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
317 E. Main Street, New Iberia
Tours of Shadows-on-the-Teche Plantation Home & Gardens decorated for the Holiday Season.
Christmas in Crowley “A Holiday Affair”
Dec. 5; 6-8 p.m.
Historic Downtown, Parkerson Ave., Crowley
337-783-0824, ext. 301, www.crowley-la.com
Choirs, pictures with Santa, live Nativity, children’s activities, local merchants and civic groups, churches & schools participation and much, much more…Up & Down the Avenue.
Abbeville's 14th Annual Christmas Stroll
Dec. 6; 5:30-8 p.m.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas as local merchants open their businesses for holiday shopping, festivities and more!
Lil' Band O' Gold's The Return of the Annual Swamp Pop Christmas Pageant
Dec. 6 & 7; 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette
The Boys are back! If you missed LBoG’s Christmas special last year – here’s another chance. Bask in the golden sounds of C.C., Steve, Warren, David, Tommy and the gang in an all-new Christmas program – Louisiana style! You’d swear that all of Acadiana was covered in snow and holiday cheer. From covers like Dolly Parton’s Hard Candy Christmas to Swamp Pop originals, LBoG will leave you swooning and in good Christmas spirit.
Kaplan Area Spirit of Christmas
Dec. 6-8; Hours Vary
Admission to banquet
Begin our "Spirit of Christmas" season at the Annual Chamber Banquet featuring the Outstanding Citizenship Award. Then participating merchants open their doors for holiday shopping and door prizes. Also, Santa and the City lighting in Turnley Park.
18th Annual Festival of Light
Dec. 7; 5-10 p.m.
Oil Center, Lafayette
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.
Le Vieux Village’s 11th Annual Christmas Lighting
Dec. 7; 5-8:30 p.m.
828 E. Landry St., Opelousas
Enjoy this premiere lighting event that attracts all ages. Enjoy Christmas music, carols sung by a choir, shop with local merchants, refreshments & a horse-drawn buggy ride! Don’t forget Santa! Lights are on every evening thru Dec.
The Singing Christmas Tree
Dec. 7-10; 7, 8, 10 at 7 p.m., 8 & 9 at 3 p.m.
First Baptist Lafayette, 1100 Lee Ave., Lafayette
$10 Adults, $5 Students/Children
Broadway style Christmas show for the entire family with choir singing from a 24 foot tall Christmas tree with over 100,000 lights synchronized to music.
Dec. 8; 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Global Wildlife Center, Folsom
Free crafts, tour donations apply
Enjoy free holiday crafts & activities at Global Wildlife Center! Bring your camera & take free photos with Santa, then go visit his “Reindeer” on safari!
Yuletide on the Bayou
Dec. 8; 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Boulingy Plaza, 102 W Main St., New Iberia
Gingerbread House Competition among Girl Scouts Pine to the Gulf.
Lake Arthur Christmas Parade
Dec. 8; 6 p.m.
Lake Arthur Park
Gumbo cook-off, lighting of Christmas tree, parade, Hall of Trees, visit with Santa, and fireworks to close the night.
Christmas in the Park
Dec. 8; 6-9 p.m.
Free; Photos with Santa and Build A Toy, $2
Come enjoy this family-style Christmas event with caroling, parade, fun jumps, live nativity, hot chocolate, kids' activities, Santa Workshop with elves, hayride and more!
Delcambre Boat Parade
Dec. 8; 6-9 p.m.
Boat docks to bridge, Delcambre
Come enjoy the decorated boats that will parade down the Delcambre Canal, gumbo and refreshments will be for sale.
Dec. 8 & 9; Sa at 7 p.m., Su at 2 p.m.
Heymann Performing Arts Center, Lafayette
Lafayette Ballet Theatre’s presentation of this full-length ballet is a timeless holiday classic.
St. Lucy Festival of Light and KC Christmas Parade
Dec. 9; 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church
Food, arts & crafts, musical entertainment. Christmas parade at 2 p.m. Lighting of the Church Square at 6 p.m.
St. Martinville Christmas Parade
Dec. 9; 2 p.m.
Starts at St. Martinville Senior High – toward Main Street – End at Denier
Unique and outstanding Christmas parade with a labor of love from everyone.
Delcambre Christmas on the Bayou
Dec. 9; 2 p.m.
Main Street, Delcambre
Delcambre Street Parade. Begins at corner of Main Street & S. Pelloat to Delcambre Shrimp Festival Bldg.
Old-Time Christmas at Vermilionville
Dec. 11-20; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
300 Fisher Rd., Lafayette
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, santons or little saints, citrus pomanders and soap, sing along to Christmas carols, watch popcorn stringing and even get a taste of apple cider while listening to a reading of “A Cajun Night before Christmas.” Perfect for student field trips!
Opelousas Children’s Christmas Parade
Dec. 13; 6 p.m.
From St. Landry Catholic Church on Main St. to the Civic Center on Creswell Ln.
The annual Opelousas Children’s Christmas Parade consists of colorful floats and marching along with holiday dance groups and local royalty.
14th Annual “Love Light’s A Tree”
Dec. 13; 6-7 p.m.
201 Brashear Ave., Morgan City
MC Bank, along with the American Cancer Society will host and display ornaments to remember and honor those who have been affected by cancer.
Dec. 13; 7:30 p.m.
Heymann Performing Arts Center, Lafayette
Come to your musical home during the Christmas season and celebrate with your Acadiana Symphony, ASO children chorus and special guest artist, Sonny Landreth. Traditional holiday favorites will be mixed with original Louisiana music for a musical feast not to be missed!
Dec. 15; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Vermilionville, 300 Fisher Rd., Lafayette
$6 for adults, $4 for students (3-18) and 3 & under enter free
Get into the holiday spirit early with a Christmas celebration for the whole family at our historic village. There will be plenty to keep the kids busy including hands on family cooking class, decorating workshop where kids use natural and traditional items to make decorations, Christmas caroling in the village and a cookie decorating contest.
Lessons and Carols
Dec. 16; 7:30 p.m.
914 St. John Street, Lafayette
Traditional candlelight service of readings and choral music for the Christmas season in the beautiful ambiance of St. John Cathedral.
New Year’s Noon Countdown & Carnival
Dec. 31; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Children’s Museum of Acadiana, Lafayette
$6 per person
It’s the countdown to the Noon Year, just for kids with outdoor carnival booths, regular exhibits, confetti, cannons, and prize drops, what else could you ask for?
- Outdoor Adventure
- Live Music