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Holiday Events To Put You In The Christmas Spirit!

11/01/2012 03:33PM ● By ALS Editor

Events to Celebrate The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

By Barbara Gautreaux

Performances On Stage

Wednesday, Nov. 21

A Tuna Christmas, 7:30 p.m., Cité des Arts, 109 Vine St., Lafayette. Presenting a comedic play about Tuna, Texas, the third smallest town in the state. Two actors play multiple roles. Tickets $12, students $10. Also Nov. 22-24 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 25 at 2 p.m. Call 291-1122 for information.

Thursday, Nov. 29

Miracle on 34th Street, 7 p.m., Grand Opera House of the South, 505 North Parkerson, Crowley. Tickets $15 adult, $12 student. Also Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at 7 p.m., and Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. Call 785-0440 or visit

Thursday, Dec. 6

A Christmas Story from Iberia Performing Arts League, presenting Ralphie’s quest for a Red Ryder BB gun, onstage weekends of Dec. 6-16. The performances will be Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. Sundays. Essanee Theatre, 126 Iberia Street, New Iberia. Tickets available at select businesses or email the theatre at

Saturday, Dec. 8

The Nutcracker Ballet, 7 p.m., Heymann Performing Arts Center, Lafayette. Lafayette Ballet Theatre’s presentation of this full-length ballet is a timeless holiday classic. Tickets $20-$45, plus fees. Call 262-0444 for information.

Sunday, Dec. 9

The Nutcracker Ballet, 2 p.m., Heymann Performing Arts Center, Lafayette. Lafayette Ballet Theatre’s presentation of this full-length ballet is a timeless holiday classic. Tickets $20-$45, plus fees. Call 262-0444 for information.

Land of the Sweets, 5 p.m., IberiaBank Towers, 200 West Congress, Lafayette. Meet the cast of The Nutcracker Ballet, gourmet desserts, and photograph opportunities. Tickets $15 in advance through Lafayette Ballet Theater, call 262-0444.

Musical Events

Wednesday Nov. 21

Downtown Alive!, 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. Call 291-5566 or visit for information.

Sunday, Nov. 25

Sounds of the Season Christmas Concert, 3 p.m. St. Peters Catholic Church, 108 E St. Peter Street, New Iberia. Free Christmas concert by the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra presented by Iberia Cultural Resources Association.

Thursday, Dec. 6

Lil’ Band O’ Gold’s The Return of the Annual Swamp Pop Christmas Pageant, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette. Tickets $20-$30. Call 233-7060 or visit Also Dec. 7.

Friday, Dec. 7

Lil’ Band O’ Gold’s The Return of the Annual Swamp Pop Christmas Pageant, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Acadiana Center for the Arts, Lafayette. Tickets $20-$30. Call 233-7060 or visit

The Singing Christmas Tree, 7 p.m., First Baptist Church, 1100 Lee Avenue, Lafayette. Tickets $12 adults, $6 students and children. Christmas choir and 24-foot tall Christmas tree with 100,000 synchronized lights. Also Dec. 8-10 at 7 p.m., ans Dec. 8-9 at 3 p.m. Call 593-3757 for information

Saturday, Dec. 8

Light-Hearted Christmas, 7-11 p.m., Cyr-Gates Community Center, New Iberia City Park. Live music by TK Hulin, Steve Adams and Smoke, with live and silent auctions. Tickets $25, includes meal and cash bar. Dance is a fundraiser for Safety Net for Abused Persons, call 367-7627 for information.

Sunday, Dec. 9

Christmas Traditions, 3:30 p.m., Ducrest-Gilfry Auditorium at Angelle Hall, Lafayette. Presented by the Lafayette Concert Band. Tickets $10. Call 989-1279 for information.

Monday, Dec. 10

Chorale Acadienne’s Christmas by Candlelight, 7:30 p.m., Grand Opera House of the South, 505 North Parkerson, Crowley. Tickets $15 adult, $12 student. Call 785-0440 or visit

Thursday, Dec. 13

Louisiana Christmas, with Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, plus Sonny Landreth,7:30 p.m., Heymann Performing Arts Center, Lafayette. Tickets $60-$30 plus fees. For information, call the Heymann Ticket Office at 337-291-5555 or Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.

Sunday, Dec. 16

Lessons and Carols, 7:30 p.m., St. John Cathedral, 914 St. John Street, Lafayette. Traditional candlelight service of readings and choral music for the Christmas season. Free. Call 232-1322 for information.

Seasonal Shopping

Saturday, Nov. 10

New Iberia Vendor & Craft Christmas Event, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cyr-Gates Community Center, New Iberia City Park. Call 369-2337 for information.

2nd Saturday ArtWalk, 6-9 p.m., downtown art galleries, Lafayette. More than a dozen galleries in Downtown Lafayette and buyers never pay state sales tax on original art. Free admission. Visit for information.

Sunday, Nov. 25

Christmas Shoppe, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Willow Wood Park Recreation Center, 113 Willow Wood Dr., New Iberia. Local crafters displaying handcrafted jewelry, beauty products, handmade candles, soap and food products. Call 229-1982 for information.

Friday, Nov. 30

Christmas at Coteau, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Academy of the Sacred Heart, 1821 Academy Rd., Grand Coteau. Admission $7. Also Dec. 1 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 662-5275 for information. 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.

Saturday, Dec. 1

Christmas Shopping Extravaganza, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., corner of South Avenue E and Elm St., Crowley. Admission is $1, children free. Crafters from throughout the area, unique and interesting items, door prizes every 15 minutes, concessions include gumbo, brisket and Jambalaya. Call 783-9076 for information.

Thursday, Dec. 6

Christmas Stroll, 5:30-8 p.m., downtown Abbeville. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas as local merchants open their businesses for holiday shopping, festivities and more. Call 898-6600 for information.

Saturday, Dec. 8

2nd Saturday ArtWalk, 6-9 p.m., downtown art galleries, Lafayette. More than a dozen galleries in Downtown Lafayette and buyers never pay state sales tax on original art. Free admission. Visit for information.

Bring The Children

Friday, Nov. 23

Safari of Lights, 5-9 p.m., Zoo of Acadiana, 5601 US Highway 90 East, Broussard. Continues Nov. 24, then Nov. 30-Dec. 30. Admission $6 per person for age 3 and older. Stroll the pathways of the Zoo aglow with thousands of lights, animated and still animal figurines. Ride the North Pole Express train. Call 837-4325 for information.

Saturday, Nov. 24

Movies in the Parc, dusk, Parc International, downtown Lafayette. Admission $2, free for ages 5 and younger. Join the Griswolds for a holiday classic; bring blankets, chairs, snacks and whatever else you need to enjoy the movie. Call 291-5566 for information.

Sunday, Nov. 25

Breaux Bridge Christmas Parade, 2 p.m., Main Street, Breaux Bridge. Annual Christmas Parade always the Sunday after Thanksgiving, kicks off the Holiday Season. For information call 332-8500.

Tuesday, Nov. 27

New Iberia Christmas Parade, 6:30 p.m., Main Street, New Iberia. Christmas Parade, with Santa Claus, Marching Bands and Dance Groups. Call 365-1428 for information.

Thursday, Nov. 29

Franklin’s Walking Parade & Lamplighter Ceremony; 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 flashlight. Call 828-3631 for information.

Cajun Ice Skating, daytime and evenings, through Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Steamboat Pavilion, Bouligny Plaza, Main Street, New Iberia. Sponsored by the Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce, call 364-1836 for information.

Saturday, Dec. 1

Carencro Country Christmas, 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. Free admission. Call 255-7589 or 896-6686 for information.

Christmas in Scott, 4-6 p.m., 110 Benoit Patin Road, Scott. Enjoy live local entertainment and fun activities for the entire family with a visit from Santa Claus. Free and open to all. Call 233-1130 for information.

Noel Acadien au Village, 5:30-9 p.m. nightly through Dec. 23, Acadian Village, 200 Greenleaf Drive, Lafayette. Enjoy the splendor of over a half million lights, nightly entertainment, local cuisine, photos with Santa and kiddie carnival rides. Tickets $9 at the gate, $7 in advance, call 981-2364 or visit

Sunday, Dec. 2

Sonic Christmas Parade, 1-3 p.m., Downtown to the Oil Center, Lafayette. 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. For information call 988-5301 ext. 232.

Tuesday, Dec. 4

Candy Cane Lane Exhibit, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Children’s Museum of Acadiana, 201 East Congress, Lafayette. 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. Exhibit continues Tuesday-Saturday until Feb. 28. Admission $5. Call 232-8500 or visit for information.

Friday, Dec. 7

Festival of Light, 5-10 p.m., Oil Center, Lafayette. Celebrate as the switch is pulled to light the colossal Santa, sleigh and reindeer over Coolidge Boulevard. Enjoy music, food and fun, and Santa, living Nativity and an outdoor snow yard. Free admission. Call 232-1267 for information.

Le Vieux Village’s Annual Christmas Lighting, 5-8:30 p.m., 828 East Landry Street, Opelousas. Christmas music, carols sung by a choir, shop with local merchants, refreshments & a horse-drawn buggy ride. Lights are on every evening thru December. Free, call 948-5227 for information.

Saturday, Dec. 8

Yuletide on the Bayou, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Boulingy Plaza, 102 W. Main Street, New Iberia. Gingerbread House Competition among Girl Scouts Pine to the Gulf. For information call 369-2330.

Delcambre Boat Parade, 6-9 p.m., Boat docks to bridge, Delcambre. Decorated boats parade down the Delcambre Canal, gumbo and refreshments will be for sale. Call 898-6600 for information.

Sunday, Dec. 9

St. Lucy Festival of Light, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church, Main Street, St. Martinville. Free event including food, arts & crafts, musical entertainment. Christmas parade at 2 p.m. Lighting of the Church Square at 6 p.m. Call 394-9404 or 288-2784 for information.

St. Martinville KC Christmas Parade, 2 p.m. Starts at St. Martinville Senior High, down Main Street, ends at Denier. Call 394-9767 for information.

Delcambre Christmas on the Bayou, 2 p.m., Main Street, Delcambre. Street Parade begins at corner of Main Street & S. Pelloat to Delcambre Shrimp Festival Building. Call 519-2541 for information.

Tuesday, Dec. 11

Old-Time Christmas at Vermilionville, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette. Experience a simple Christmas past at historic village. Admission $6. 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.” Call 233-4077 for field trip information. Through Dec. 20.

Thursday, Dec. 13

Opelousas Children’s Christmas Parade, 6 p.m., from St. Landry Catholic Church on Main St. to the Civic Center on Creswell Lane. Visit for information.

Saturday, Dec. 15

Christmas Celebration, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Vermilionville, 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette. $6 for adults, $4 for students (3-18) and 3 and younger free. Call 233-4077 for information.

Monday, Dec. 31

New Year’s Noon Countdown & Carnival, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Children’s Museum of Acadiana, 201 East Congress Street, Lafayette. Admission $6. Countdown to the New Year at noon, just for kids with outdoor carnival booths, regular exhibits, confetti, cannons, and prize drops. Call CMA at 232-8500

See The Displays

Hanley-Guéno Neapolitan Presepio Exhibit, open daily Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Fridays from 9 a.m.-noon, Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist Museum, Lafayette. Admission for adults $3, seniors $2, children ages 12 and younger, $1. 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. Call 232-1322 for information.

Idlewild Plantation Christmas Lighting Driving Tour, 6-9 p.m., daily from Nov. 25-Dec. 31, Kemper Williams Park, 264 Cotton Road, Patterson. Take a driving tour along a path filled with elaborate displays of Christmas lights while Christmas music plays. Admission $2 per car. Call 985-395-2298 for information.

Christmas at the Alexandre Mouton House, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 1122 Lafayette St., Lafayette. Open Tuesday-Saturday, from Nov. 29-Dec. 29 with period decorations. Admission is $5 adults, $3 seniors, $2 students. Call 234-2208 for information.

Victorian Christmas at Grevemberg House, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 407 Sterling Road, Franklin. Open Dec. 1-31. Decorated in a Victorian Style Christmas; displays include a traditional Victorian Christmas tree and displays of traditional foods and fruits. Admission $10, $8 seniors. Call 828-2092 for information.

Oaklawn Manor Christmas, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 3296 Oaklawn Drive, off Irish Bend Road, Franklin. Open Tuesday-Sunday, Dec. 1-Jan. 6. Admission is $15 adults, $10 students. Call 828-0434 for information.

Victorian Christmas at the Joseph Jefferson Home & Rip Van Winkle Gardens, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 5505 Rip Van Winkle Road, New Iberia. Open daily, Dec. 1-Jan. 8. Admission $10. Call 359-8525 for information. Restaurant open 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 2

Christmas Tour of Homes 12:30-4:30 p.m., Duchamp Opera House, Corner of Main & Port Street, St. Martinville. A tour that showcases homes in Christmas décor that are either historically relevant or have a unique collection of holiday pieces. Tickets $10. Call 251-4623 for information.

Magic on Main, 4-7 p.m., Main Street, New Iberia. Call 369-6446 for information. Experience the magic of the season at Shadows-on-the-Teche Holiday Tour of Homes. Walk or ride the trolley to visit homes on New Iberia’s Historic Main Street. Tickets $25.

Shadows Merry Making Season, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 317 East Main Street, New Iberia. Open Dec. 3-31, admission charged. Call 369-6446 for information on tours of Shadows-on-the-Teche Plantation Home & Gardens decorated for the Holiday Season.

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