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Christmas Events

12/05/2012 01:11PM ● Published by Aimee Cormier

Performances On Stage­­

Friday, Dec. 7

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

A Dickens Christmas Carol: A Traveling Travesty in Two Tumultuous Acts, 7:30 p.m., Duchamp Opera House, 200 South Main Street, St. Martinville. Tickets $10 available at Shamrock Office Supply, call 394-5574. Also onstage Dec. 8, 14, 15 at 7:30 p.m., or Dec. 9 at 4 p.m., and Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. Produced by the Evangeline Players, visit EvangelinePlayers.org for more information.

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 291-5555 for more.

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, or 291-5555 for tickets.

Land of the Sweets, 5 p.m., Heymann Performing Arts Center, Lafayette. Meet the cast of The Nutcracker Ballet, gourmet desserts, and photograph opportunities. Tickets $20 in advance through Heymann Box Office, call 291-5555.

Musical Events­­

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 AcadianaCenterForTheArts.org.

The Singing Christmas Tree, 7 p.m., First Baptist Church, 1100 Lee Avenue, Lafayette. Tickets $10 adults, $5 students and children. Christmas choir and 24-foot tall Christmas tree with 100,000 synchronized lights. Also Dec. 8-10 at 7 p.m., and 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 TheGrandOperaHouse.org

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.

Friday, Dec. 14

Living Bethlehem, live nativity drama, 7 p.m., Sugar Mill Pond Town Center, 120 Waterview Road, Youngsville. Open to the public. Also Dec. 15 and Dec. 16. Visit www.sugarmillpond.com for information.

Christmas in Dixie, 7 p.m., Cornerstone Cowboy Church, 400 North Lewis Street, New Iberia. Free and family friendly. Hats and boots are welcome but not required. Call 365-9013.

Saturday, Dec. 15

Living Bethlehem, live nativity drama, 7 p.m., Sugar Mill Pond Town Center, 120 Waterview Road, Youngsville. Open to the public. Also Dec. 16. Visit www.sugarmillpond.com for information.

Gift of Music Festival, 5-8 p.m., Parc Sans Souci, Lafayette. Free. Bridge Ministry of Acadiana will also host gumbo cook-off, $5 for all-you-can-eat. Call 235-5565 for information.

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.

Living Bethlehem, live nativity drama, 7 p.m., Sugar Mill Pond Town Center, 120 Waterview Road, Youngsville. Open to the public. Visit www.sugarmillpond.com for information.

Jim Brickman On A Winter’s Night, 3 p.m., Heymann Performing Arts Center, Lafayette. Tickets $40-$70 plus fees. Call 291-5555 for information.

Tuesday, Dec. 18

Bayou Blend Chorus, 6 p.m., Chapel, Acadian Village’s “Noel Acadien au Village,” 200 Greenleaf, Lafayette. Tickets $9. Call LARC at 981-2364 or visit acadianvillage.org for information.

Sunday December 23

Lafayette High School presents Christmas Concert, Come out to the Heymann Performing Arts Center to hear the sounds of the holiday season by the Lafayette High School Choral Department. The concert is free and open to the public; however, they are asking for donations of cannned goods. Time: 4 pm.

Pampered Pets­­

Saturday, Dec. 8

Pet Photos with Santa, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Shadows-on-the-Teche, 317 East Main Street, New Iberia. Photo packages start at $5. Sponsored by Angel Paws Adoption Center (formerly Iberia Humane Society.) Call 369-6446 for information.

Seasonal Shopping

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.

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 downtownlafayette.org for information.

Friday, Dec. 14

Breaux Bridge Cajun Christmas, 5-8 p.m., Downtown Merchants After Hours event. Call 888-565-5939 for information.

Saturday, Dec. 15

Holiday Open House, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., A&E Gallery, 335 West St. Peter Street, New Iberia. Art making, refreshments and register for door prizes. Call 364-2645 for information.

Bring The Children

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.

Safari of Lights, 5-9 p.m., Zoo of Acadiana, 5601 US 90 East, Broussard. Tickets $6. Through Dec. 30, closed Dec. 24-25. Call 837-4325. Santa Clause visits Dec. 15.

Saturday, Dec. 8

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 or $7 in advance at area Shop Rite stores. Call 981-2364 or visit acadianvillage.org for dates of special events.

Yuletide on the Bayou, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Bouligny 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 & South Pelloat to Delcambre Shrimp Festival Building. Call 519-2541 for information.

Tuesday, Dec. 11

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 cmalaf.org for information.

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 corn husk nativity being made 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 cityofopelousas.com for information.

Saturday, Dec. 15

Wake Up With Santa, 9-11:30 a.m., Cyr-Gates Community Center, New Iberia City Park. Tickets $12, cost of photos with Santa extra. Children must be accompanied by adult. Pajamas welcome. For tickets call 277-2790.

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. Traditional activities for the entire family. Call 233-4077.

Santa Clause Coca-Cola Lighted 18-Wheeler at the Safari of Lights, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Zoo of Acadiana, 5601 US 90 East, Broussard. Tickets $6. Call 837-4325.

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.

C’est Jolie Flowers, Gifts, and Christmas Store, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., 203 East Bridge Street, St. Martinville. Complete Christmas store, trees, decorations, wreaths, swags. Open through Dec. 31.

Idlewild Plantation Christmas Lighting Driving Tour, 6-9 p.m., daily through 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, through 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 through Dec. 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 in December, closes 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, December through Jan. 8. Admission $10. Call 359-8525 for information. Restaurant open 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

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

Winter-Break Camps­­

Wednesday, Dec. 26

IREC Christmas Camp, 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Willow Wood Recreation Center, 113 Willow Wood Drive, New Iberia. Continues Dec. 27 and 28, and Jan. 2-4. Cost $100, or $20 per day for drop-ins. Call 365-6197 for registration information. Includes Field Trip, snack and lunch provided.

New Year’s News­­

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.

Fire & Ice Gala, 8 p.m., Rip Van Winkle Gardens, 5505 Rip Van Winkle Road, New Iberia. Tickets $100 per person, includes live music, open bar, food and surprises. Sponsored by Iberia On Tap to benefit 2013 Community Projects. Fire & Ice dress guidelines and information at www.iberiaontap.com.

Wayne Toups, 9 p.m., ROX, Cypress Bayou Casino, Charenton. Tickets $20 for non-members, member tickets $15, limit four tickets per person. Tickets may be purchased at Bizzute’s Gift Shop, through Ticketmaster or call 1-800-745-3000 (additional charges may apply). To reserve a booth in the Balcony call 337-923-7284 ext. 3300 for prices and availability.ROX dress code will be enforced. Must be 21 to enter.

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