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The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year

11/18/2016 07:00AM ● Published by Robert Frey

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By Wynce Nolley 


Holiday Vendor and Craft Event
Nov. 12 @ 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Cyr Gates Community Center
300 Parkview Drive, New Iberia

Enjoy a craft and vendor holiday fair with prizes, vendor giveaways, food trucks, entertainment and kids activities.


Delcambre Holiday Market

Nov. 17 @ 5 - 8 p.m.

Bayou Carlin Cove Boat Landing and Pavilion

605 South Railroad St., Delcambre

Enjoy a seasonal market just in time for the holidays. 


Downtown Alive! - Pine Leaf Boys

Nov. 23 @ 5:30 p.m.

Parc Sans Souci 

Downtown Lafayette

Downtown Alive! (DTA!) welcomes Pine Leaf Boys for its annual tree lighting ceremony. It wouldn’t be proper Tree Lighting Ceremony in Downtown Lafayette without the four-time Grammy-Nominated Pine Leaf Boys lighting up the stage in Parc Sans Souci. The Pine Leaf Boys have breathed new life into Cajun music, reviving ancient songs and bringing them to the bandstand.


Christmas Holiday Kickoff

Nov. 25 @ 6 p.m.

Downtown Breaux Bridge

Santa will be present to help start the holiday season by officially lighting the Christmas Tree on top of the Bank in downtown Breaux Bridge. Braz Huval Children Band as well as Yvette Landry and Richard Comeaux Cajun Band will perform. They will have the Santa Coca-Cola Truck as well. Join them as we celebrate the beginning of the holiday season.


Sounds of the Season

Nov. 27 @ 3 - 4:30 p.m.

St. Peter’s Catholic Church

108 E. St. Peter St., New Iberia

Free Christmas concert by the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra presented by the Iberia Cultural Resources Association, featuring familiar Christmas songs as well as classical selections.


Christmas Shoppe

Nov. 27 @ 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Willow Wood Park Recreation Center

113 Willow Wood Drive, New Iberia

Several local crafters displaying handcrafted jewelry, beauty products, handmade candles & soap, food products and much more. For more information, call 

337-229-1982.


Breaux Bridge Christmas Parade

Nov. 27 @ 2 p.m.

Downtown Main Street, Breaux Bridge 

This Annual Christmas Parade is always held the Sunday after Thanksgiving and kicks off the Holiday Season. 


Victorian Christmas 

Nov. 28 - Dec. 31 @ 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Rip Van Winkle Gardens

5505 Rip Van Winkle Road, New Iberia

Tours of the Joseph Jefferson Home & Rip Van Winkle Gardens decorated for the Holiday Season.


Window Wonderland

Nov. 28 - Dec. 31 @ 9 a.m.

Historic Main Street

Downtown New Iberia

Storefront windows on New Iberia’s Historic Main Street play host to festive Holiday Magic on Main themes through the merry season. This year’s theme is The Nutcracker on the Bayou.


Noël Acadien Au Village

Dec. 1 - 23 @ 5:30 - 9 p.m.

Acadian Village, 

200 Greenleaf Drive, Lafayette. 

Enjoy a festival fundraiser with half a million lights, displays, food, entertainment and holiday shopping.


Christmas at the Alexandre Mouton House

Dec. 1-31 @ 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Lafayette Museum 

1122 Lafayette St., Lafayette 

The Alexandre Mouton House will be decorated for Christmas with period decorations. 


IPAL presents “A Christmas Carol”

Dec. 1 - 11 @ 7:30 p.m.

Essanee Theater

126 Iberia St., New Iberia

The Iberia Performing Arts League presents Charles Dickens’ immortal classic “A Christmas Carol.” This fresh approach to the classic tale introduces us to Charles Dickens, his family and some of his friends. As a Christmas Eve entertainment they perform the classic tale. Each of the ten cast members plays several roles.  There will be Christmas Carols and comedy and drama! A good time will be had by all – both the Dickens Family Party and the audience.


The Lighting of the Village

Dec. 2 @ 5 - 8:30 p.m.

Le Vieux Village

828 E. Landry St., Opelousas

The annual lighting of the historic Le Vieux Village celebrates the season with children’s activities, Christmas carols and a visit from Papa Noel.


Festival of Light

Dec. 2 @ 5 - 9 p.m.

LGMC Stage in the Oil Center

Corner of Coolidge St. & Hospital Dr., Lafayette

Celebrate the holidays as the switch is pulled to light the colossal Santa, sleigh and reindeer over Coolidge Boulevard. Enjoy music, food and fun, and of course shopping.


Delcambre Holiday Gumbo Cook-Off

Dec. 3 @ 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Shrimp Festival Grounds, 

411 S. Richard St., Delcambre

Sample all you can eat gumbo and enjoy music and fun booths. Soft drinks, water, hot chocolate, hot dogs, chips and homemade sweets will also be sold. 


Jeanerette Christmas Parade

Dec. 4 @ 1 - 3 p.m.

Main Street, Downtown Jeanerette

Enjoy this Christmas parade with Santa Claus, marching bands, dance groups and more.


Shadows Merry Making Season

Dec. 5 - 31 @ 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Shadows-on-the-Teche

317 East Main St., New Iberia

The plantation home will be decorated in the 19th century holiday style and the “merry making” tours will focus on family celebrations in the nineteenth century. 


First Baptist Lafayette presents 

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas”

Dec. 7 @ 7 p.m.

First Baptist Lafayette

1100 Lee Ave., Lafayette

December 7 marks the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and in recognition of this historic event, First Baptist Lafayette will present five performances of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” This presentation is free and will feature traditional Christmas and World War II era music in an exciting stage production. It is centered on the true meaning of Christmas as experienced by families in December 1941. In addition to the dramatic cast, the church choir, soloists and orchestra will be a part of the program. 


Opelousas Children’s Christmas Parade

Dec. 8 @ 6 p.m.

Downtown Opelousas

The annual holiday event features colorfully lit Christmas themed floats, marching bands, costumed characters and everyone’s favorite, Santa Claus. The parade begins at St. Landry Catholic Church on Union & Main Street, rolls through downtown Opelousas and ends on Creswell Lane.


A Cajun & Creole Christmas

Dec. 8 - 9 @ 7:30 p.m.

Acadiana Center for the Arts

101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette

A Cajun & Creole Christmas featuring local Cajun, Creole and Zydeco musicians performing some of their favorite holiday tunes.


Very Berry Christmas Quest

Dec. 10 @ 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce & New Iberia Main Street

111 W. Main St., New Iberia

The Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Downtown Business Association and Iberia Travel, will be hosting family-friendly activities to celebrate the Christmas season in Iberia Parish. Families will pick up Christmas hats, goody bags filled with coupons and holiday treats and their punch cards that track the activities they participate in throughout the day. Completed cards will be entered in a drawing to win prizes.


Magic on Main Christmas Parade

Dec. 10 @ 5 - 7 p.m.

Historic Main Street, 

Downtown New Iberia

Enjoy events throughout the day, including the Teche Area Farmers Market, Food Truck Festival, Christmas music and performances, crafts vendors and lighting of the Community Christmas Tree.


Delcambre Christmas Boat Parade

Dec. 10 @ 4 - 9 p.m.

Delcambre Docks, 

411 S. Richard St., Delcambre 

This night time parade is fun for the whole family as you watch lighted boats of all sizes cruise Bayou Carlin while listening to Christmas music. 


Lessons and Carols

Dec. 11 @ 3 - 4 p.m.

St. John Cathedral

914 St. John St., Lafayette

Traditional candlelight service of readings and choral music for the Christmas season in the beautiful ambiance of St. John Cathedral.


Delcambre Main Street Christmas Parade

Dec. 11 @ 2 - 4 p.m.

Main Street, Delcambre

Always 2nd Sunday in December, the Christmas on the Bayou Parade features Santa Claus, marching bands and dance groups.


Old Time Christmas

Dec. 13 - 23 @ 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.Vermilionville’s Historic Village 

300 Fisher Road, Lafayette

Experience the simple warmth and beauty of Christmas past as the historic village brings to life the holiday traditions of yesteryear with Vermilionville’s Old Time Christmas.  


It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Dec. 14 - 15 @ 7:30 p.m.

Acadiana Center for the Arts, 

101 W. Vermillion St., Lafayette

Be transported to Bedford Falls in this inspired retelling of everyone’s favorite Holiday movie. Complete with amusing jingles and classic sound effects produced right on stage, “It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” is performed in the style of a live 1940’s radio broadcast and has become an annual favorite in cities across America. The classic tale about the power of community features local actors and is directed by Joshua McClymont..


Magic of the Season

Dec. 15 @ 7 p.m.

Heymann Performing Arts Center

1373 S. College Road, Lafayette

The Acadiana Symphony Orchestra’s annual Christmas concert celebrates the magic of the season with cultural activist, poet and singer-songwriter Zachary Richard. 


Les Cadiens du Teche Christmas Party

Dec. 15 @ 7 - 11 p.m.

La Louisiane Banquet Hall

5509 Hwy 14, New Iberia

Les Cadiens du Teche (Cajun French Music Assoc.) celebrate the holidays with Wallace Trahan Rice and Gravy and chicken and sausage Gumbo. $10 per person. 


Broadway Christmas Wonderland

Dec. 21 @ 7:30 p.m.

Heymann Performing Arts Center

1373 S. College Road, Lafayette

“Christmas Wonderland” is one of the most delightful and enchanting Christmas shows ever. This most loved Christmas show features glittering costumes, a dazzling cast and the highest kicking Chorus Girls this side of the North Pole. Start Christmas in style as Santa and his merry helpers take you on an unforgettable nostalgic Christmas journey.


New Year’s Eve Dance with Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie

Dec. 31 @ 9:30 p.m. 

Vermilionville Performance Center

300 Fisher Road, Lafayette

Ring in the New Year with Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and admission is $35 (no table reservations; first come, first served). No outside food or beverage.  


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