‘Tis The Season To Be Social!
11/21/2014 08:37AM ● Published by Aimee Cormier
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The holidays have arrived and Acadiana has no shortage of celebrations. Use our holiday preview guide to make sure you never miss an event.
Friday, November 7
Merchants & Mistletoe Holiday Market - Sts. Leo-Seton Catholic School’s annual holiday event is held in their gymnasium at 502 St. Leo St., Lafayette. The market is open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tickets are $7 and give you access to holiday gifts, jewelry, home décor and accessories, indoor and outdoor metal art, monogrammed items, specialty items, women’s and children’s clothing, gourmet treats and more. For information visit leoseton.org.
Saturday, November 8
New Iberia Holiday Vendor Event - Make sure your holiday gifts are unique by shopping at the New Iberia Holiday Vendor Event. Vendors will have beauty and health products, handmade items, jewelry, fashion, artwork, cookware, candles and everything in between. All items are presented by local businesses. Food trucks will be onsite. Princesses and storybook characters will be available for photo opportunities. It all happens at New Iberia City Park, 300 Parkview Drive from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. For details call 577-2117 or visit
Thursday, November 13
Delcambre Holiday Market - Enjoy Christmas shopping from local vendors. The market will be held at Bayou Carlin Cove, 605 S. Railroad St., Delcambre from 5-9 p.m. Follow them at facebook.com/DelcambreMarket for updates.
Thursday, November 20
Hearts of Hope Festival of Trees Gala - Hearts of Hope will host the Festival of Trees Gala at City Club, River Ranch, 1100 Camellia Blvd., Suite 202, Lafayette, in the Fleur De Lis Ballroom. In addition to the opulently decorated Christmas trees, there will be delicious food and silent and live auctions. Keep up with this event at facebook.com/hohfestivaloftreesgala.
Wednesday, November 26
Thanksgiving Eve Dance
with Geno Delafose - Celebrate Thanksgiving Eve with Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie. This annual event takes place at Vermilionville’s Performance Center, 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $10 at the door. There are no presale tickets for this show.
Daily Nov. 28-29, Dec 5-7, Dec. 12-30
Safari of Lights - Zoosiana, Zoo of Acadiana, will be decorated and full of holiday spirit. Safari of Lights is open 7 days a week weather permitting, with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Advance tickets purchased before 4 p.m. are $6 for anyone 3 years and older. After 4 p.m. tickets are $7. You can purchase tickets from the zoo gift shop or call 837-4325.
Saturday, November 29
South College Center Celebrates 60 Years In Acadiana - South College Center is hosting a holiday event to celebrate 60 years of serving Acadiana. There will be plenty of holiday events like prizes and giveaways, Christmas tree lighting and a Jingle Bell fun run and walk. Join the fun from 3–6 p.m. at South College Center at the Corner of Johnston Street and South College.
Grand Noel - Get in the Christmas spirit and take care of your holiday shopping early at Grand Noel in historic Grand Coteau. Gift shops will be open offering refreshments along with antiques, jewelry, clothing, sweet treats, home décor and other unique gifts. There will be live music, food trucks and Christmas traditions like carriage rides and caroling. Bring the whole family from 4-8 p.m. For details call 945-4314.
Weekdays Nov. 29- Dec. 23
Noel Acadien au Village “A Blue Christmas” - The Acadiana tradition continues at 200 Greenleaf Drive, Lafayette. This year there will be half a million lights, animated displays, carnival rides, photos with Santa, live entertainment nightly, local cuisine and arts and crafts. All proceeds directly benefit LARC’s Acadian Village and the residential, vocational and community support and services at LARC. Visit Acadianvillage.org for ticket information. Noel Acadien au Village is open nightly from 5:30-9 p.m.
Sunday, November 30
Christmas Shoppe - From 11 a.m.-5 p.m. come to Willow Wood Park Recreation Center, 113 Willow Wood Dr., New Iberia. There will be several local crafters displaying jewelry, beauty products, handmade candles, soap, food products and more. For more information call 229-1982.
Sounds of the Season Christmas Concert - The annual Sounds of the Season concert features the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra. The free Christmas concert will be presented from 3-4:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. All are invited to attend the concert and help the community usher in the Christmas season. Check out all the details at iberiacultural.com.
Daily, December 1-31
Victorian Christmas at the Joseph Jefferson Home & Rip Van Winkle Gardens - Visit these historic spots decorated for the holiday season with the beauty of yesteryear from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at 5505 Rip Van Winkle Road, New Iberia. Admission is $10. For more information call 359-8525 or visit ripvanwinklegardens.com.
Tuesday, December 2
New Iberia Christmas Parade - The Parade starts at 5:30 p.m. with the lighting ceremony on the steps of City Hall. The route along Main Street begins at Prairie Avenue and ends at Railroad Avenue. There will be parade floats, bands, dance teams, fire trucks, boy scouts, Santa, plenty of food and hot and cold drinks. For details call 365-1428.
Thursday, December 4
Abbeville Christmas Stroll - Do your holiday shopping surrounded by Christmas spirit in downtown Abbeville from 5:30 – 8:15 p.m. There will be holiday decorations, music and refreshments to enjoy while you shop at local businesses. While you’re shopping, enter to win a gift basket. To learn more, contact Charlene Beckett at 898-4110.
Friday, December 5
Oil Center Festival of Lights - Experience the Festival of Lights in the Oil Center, Lafayette. Enjoy the live nativity scene, snow yard, sleigh and reindeer over Coolidge Boulevard, pictures with Santa and more! Call 232-1267 for more information.
Friday & Saturday
December 5 & 6
Christmas at Coteau - This event will be on the grounds of the Schools of the Sacred Heart at Grand Coteau. This year’s schedule of events includes the Holiday Market, Coteau Café, Gala on the Grounds, Eat, Drink & Be Merry Saturday Luncheon and the Friday gourmet luncheon featuring cuisine from Ruffino’s on the River. For updated information and tickets visit sshcoteau.org.
Saturday, December 6
Christmas Under The Lampposts – Come enjoy this 2014 Christmas parade and lamp-lighting ceremony in Franklin. The lineup for the parade will begin at 5 p.m. on Jackson Street and the parade will begin at 6 p.m. on the corner of Jackson and Main Street. The lamp-lighting ceremony will begin at the Courthouse Square immediately after the parade.
Saturday & Sunday
December 6 & 7
Lafayette Ballet Theatre Presents The Nutcracker - Lafayette Ballet Theatre with principal dancers from the Pacific Northwest Ballet presents the full-length holiday classic. The performance will be at the Heymann Performing Arts Center, 1373 S. College Road, Lafayette at 7 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com.
Sunday, December 7
Lafayette Ballet Theatre Presents Land of the Sweets - This event starts at 4 p.m. immediately following Lafayette Ballet Theatre’s presentation of the Nutcracker. It will be held in the Heymann Performing Arts Convention Center. There will be plenty of dreamy desserts and hors d’oeuvres from the Nutcracker kingdom. Breaux Studios will handle photographs. Ticket information is available on ticketmaster.com.
Sunday, December 7
St. Martinville Tour of Homes - Historic St. Martinville will be all lit up for Christmas. The St. Martinville Garden Club sponsors this event featuring tours of a few of Main Street’s most beautiful and historic homes and establishments. For ticket and time information, contact any Garden Club Member or call 394-6604.
Jeanerette Christmas Parade - The Christmas parade with Santa Claus, marching bands, dance groups and more will roll down Main Street, Jeanerette. For all the details call 579-2153.
Daily December 8 - January 31
Shadows Merry Making Season - 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 317 E. Main St., New Iberia. The Shadows will be decorated for the holidays. This is your chance to tour the first National Trust property in Louisiana. Regular hours and admission prices apply. The Shadows will be closed December 28 and Thursday January 1, 2015. For information call 369-6446.
Thursday – Sunday December 11-14
A USO Christmas Show - Iberia Performing Arts League Presents, “A USO Christmas Show” at Essanee Theatre, 126 Iberia St., New Iberia. The live theatrical performance includes popular and traditional music of the 40s and 50s a la Bob Hope. IPAL is dedicating this Christmas show to the veterans of WWII. Check out ipaltheater.com for ticket and show time information.
Friday – Sunday December 12-14
Living Bethlehem - Sugar Mill Pond, Youngsville hosts this unique Christmas event. It is available for viewing Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 7-8 p.m. The outdoor nativity drama features a cast of children, live animals and a children’s choir. Admission is free and open to the public.
Saturday, December 13
Yuletide on the Bayou - This event takes place at Bouligny Plaza, 102 W. Main St., New Iberia, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Girl Scouts showcase handmade gingerbread houses along with carol singing and other fun holiday activities. The New Iberia Main Street Program in partnership with the Girl Scouts Pines to the Gulf and the Louisiana Sugarcane Festival & Fair Association sponsors Yuletide on the Bayou. For more information visit cityofiberia.com.
Delcambre Boat Parade - See this Gala from 4-9 p.m. on the Delcambre Shrimp Docks. Privately owned boats will be decorated with the Christmas spirit as they pass through Delcambre Canal. Visit delcambreboatparade.com for more information.
Mamou Rotary Cajun Christmas - This year’s parade will feature visiting festival Queens, marching bands, Cajun music and Santa Claus. A flock of egrets, the official bird of Cajun Country, will pull Santa’s sleigh. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m. at Mamou High School, runs through the business district on 6th Street and ends back at the school. For more information call 224-8400 or 305-0616.
Thursday, December 18
A Fireside Christmas - The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra presents this holiday concert featuring Kevin Deas, Baritone, ASO Youth Orchestra and local middle and high school choruses. The performance starts at 7 p.m. at Heymann Performing Arts Center. It’s sure to be a warm fireside performance with selections from Chadwick and Handel, a Christmas medley and holiday favorites. Tickets are available at acadianasymphony.org.
Asleep at the Wheel Presents “Santa Loves to Boogie” - Asleep at the Wheel is known for introducing the western swing genre to a new generation. They’ll present their holiday series, “Santa Loves to Boogie” in the James Devin Moncus Theater at the Acadiana Center for the Arts. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are available at acadianacenterforthearts.org.