The holiday season is just around the corner and the Parish of Lafayette has no shortage of holiday events and activities to get residents in mind.
Beginning in late November, residents can choose from a range of free and paid events, including school and public Christmas markets, tree-lighting ceremonies, children’s holiday events, and live performances. .
Read below for a selection of holiday and Christmas events around Lafayette Parish.
Teurlings Catholic High School is hosting its rebel Christmas market from 11 am to 2 pm on November 20 on the school campus at 139 Teurlings Drive. The holiday celebration will include shopping, food and family entertainment.
Lafayette Farmers and Artisans Market Holiday organizes its annual holiday market at Parc Moncus from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. , a S’mores Corner will be open and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for photos as visitors shop under twinkling lights.
The Acadiana Children’s Museum is hosting its seventh annual Twinkle Light Night on December 3 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Santa will be available for photos and kids will have a variety of hands-on activities to choose from, including including decorating cookies, decorating ornaments, making wreaths of hand prints and science experiments. Tickets are on sale in advance; tickets are available at $ 8 per person, or $ 4 for museum members, and children 12 months and under can enter for free. Advance ticket purchase is encouraged due to expected demand and same day admission may not be available due to limited capacity.
- Carencro Country’s annual Christmas will take place on December 4, sponsored by the Carencro Business Association. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Community Center, 5115 N. University Avenue, and will feature arts and crafts, food, choirs and holiday entertainment.
- The Hilliard Art Museum holds its annual Jingle Bell Market on December 4th. Buyers can enjoy free admission to the museum, hot chocolate and cookies. The dancers of the Lafayette Ballet Theater will be part of the art, posing in the gallery in their Nutcracker finery. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 710 East St. Mary Boulevard, Lafayette.
- Lafayette will celebrate its annual Lighting of the Tree concert from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Parc International, presented by The Evangeline Bank and Trust Co. President-Mayor Josh Guillory will lead the lighting of the tree, with a concert by Chubby Carrier and from the Bayou Swamp Band follow. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for the free event. Kids can enjoy photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus and holiday crafts provided by the Acadiana Children’s Museum, with food available from Funnel Cake Factory and Cravinboudin.
The Sonic Christmas parade is scheduled to return on December 5. The parade will take place at 1 p.m. on Jefferson Street, passing through downtown Lafayette before heading to the Oil Center. The parade will be followed by an official after party which will begin at 2 p.m. at the International Park. The after party will include cookie decorating with Boukis Baker, arts and crafts from the Acadiana Children’s Museum, inflatables, and food and drink.
Downtown Lafayette is hosting a holiday market at Parc Sans Souci from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on December 11, in tandem with ArtWalk in December. The market will feature over 30 local vendors selling art, crafts and other holiday items. The market will also include live performances.
Families can enjoy a traditional Christmas candlelit program at the International Park on December 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., with choral performances of traditional Christmas carols and a reading of the story of the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the event will start at 6 p.m. Hot chocolate and sweets will be on sale.
December 16 – December 29
Moncus Park will kick off its opening season with a holiday celebration, Christmas in the Park. The 12-night seasonal event will take place from Thursday, December 16 to Wednesday, December 29, 2021, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., excluding New Year’s Eve and Christmas Day. In addition to live music, the event will feature a wide variety of activities and entertainment for the whole family, including six separate activities for children per night, a visit from Santa Claus, a Christmas market and a general store, selfie stations, a live art installation, food vendors, specialty cocktails and drinks, and more.
Live entertainment will take place each evening with performances ranging from 30 minutes to over two hours featuring local school and church choirs and regional artists. Instead of a live performance, on Sunday, December 19, the event will feature the classic holiday movie, “Elf”, on the big screen.
Programming of the event:
- Thursday 12/16/7 p.m. Comeaux High School Choir, 8 p.m. Walter Wolfman Washington
- Fri, 12/17, 7:00 p.m. North Vermilion High School Choir, 8:00 p.m. Souled Out
- Sat 18/12 / 7pm Choir 8pm Wayne Toups
- Sun 19/12 / 19h ELF (movie night)
- Mon 12/20/7 p.m. Corale Des Amis 8:00 p.m. Blue Monday Allstars with Roddie Romero and Michael Juan Nunez
- Tuesday 12/21/7 p.m. Local Choir 8 p.m. Dyer Country
- Wed 12/22/7 p.m. Local choir 8 p.m. Josh Leblanc + Nicki Needham
- Thursday 12/23 / 7:00 p.m. Caroling with Dave Trainer, 8:00 p.m. The Good Dudes
- Sun 12/26/7:30 p.m. Chubby Carrier
- Mon 12/27 / 7:30 p.m. Kelli Jones + The Lindas
- Tue 12/28/7:30 p.m. Ray Boudreaux
- Wednesday 29/12/19:30 Rebirth Brass Band
Prepaid tickets cost $ 10 per person and can be purchased online. Tickets at the door will be $ 15 per person and can be paid for in cash or with a credit card. Additional ticketing options include family passes, with tickets for five people and nearby parking for $ 55, and VIP tickets that include access for two to the VIP tent, four free drinks, and on-site parking. place for $ 150. Family passes and VIP tickets must be purchased in advance. General admission ticket purchases include free parking at Cajun Field with a short shuttle ride to and from Moncus Park. To buy your ticket or find out more about Christmas in the park visit www.moncuspark.org/noel.
Downtown Lafayette will close its Merry and Bright Holiday series with a screening of “The Polar Express” at Parc International on December 18th. Doors open at 4 p.m. for a free screening of the film, with the film scheduled to be screened at 5.30 p.m. The event will include activities for kids, hot chocolate and popcorn. Early arrivals will receive a special gift, offered by sponsor Ochsner Lafayette General, while supplies last.