Holiday Season

Dec 7, 2012 12:03 PM by Melissa Canone

Christmas events in Acadiana for Dec 7 - Dec. 9

Here's a list of Christmas events and activities in the Acadiana area for the weekend:


Hub City Theater and Storytelling Festival

Cité des Arts, Theatre 810 and Acadiana Center for the Arts are presenting the Hub City Theater and Storytelling Festival, Thursday, Dec. 6 - Sun., Dec. 9, 2012. The Festival will consist of original works, plays, storytelling, readings, street performances, workshops and panels - and a Liars Contest (AKA The Honorable Practice and Art of the Tall Tale). The performances, workshops and group panels will be for writers, directors, actors, storytellers, teachers, parents and kids - and audiences of every character and spirit.

The HCTSF mission is to foster the Southern literary arts by supporting, encouraging and cultivating new and emerging voices in the performing arts, as well as, developing new audiences for these voices. It will take place at three locations: Cité des Arts, Theatre 810 and Acadiana Center for the Arts. Theatre 810 is hosting the first annual Entrances Student Theatre Festival where theatre students in our area can present their mid-year work to one another, network and attend workshops on both performance and technical aspects of theatre. For a copy of the schedule and to purchase tickets, go to www.cité . For more information call Christy Leichty, Cité des Arts Program Director, (337) 291-1122.

DECEMBER 6-9, 14-16

Jean Shepherd's A Christmas Story

Iberia Performing Arts League will present Jean Shepherd's A Christmas Story adapted by Philip Grecian as its third offering in its 2012-13 season. The show opens at IPAL's ESSANEE Theater in New Iberia on Thursday, December 6, 2012, and plays for two weekends, closing on Sunday, December 16. 2012. Curtain is at 7:30 PM on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and 3 PM on Sunday afternoons. Tickets are $10 and may be obtained at Delaune's Pharmacy, Paul's Flowers and Accentrics on Main Street, by calling the theater at 364-6114 and leaving a name and phone number.

A celebration of seasonal joys, the family friendly play is about growing up in the 1940's and Ralphie Parker's quests for a genuine Red Ryder BB Gun. All of the elements of the beloved motion picture are here, including the family's temperamental exploding furnace, Scut Farkas, the school bully, and Ralphie's father winning a lamp shapd like a woman's leg in a net stocking. Toys and Christmas presents today may be different, but a young boy's pursuit of his goal never changes!

Directed by Vincent P. Barras and Carmen Nicholson , the production has a host of adults including Jamie Castille, Jenny Gonsoulin, Lanie Marcantel, Virginia Molbert, La Doris Polite, Julaine Schexnayder and Bernard Terradot. Lead Ralphie Parker is played by 11 year old Nicholas LeBlanc and other younger actors include Thomas Beaullieu, Madicyn Boudreaux, Kaliana Brower, Carmen Gonsoulin, Ryan Michael Gonsoulin, Hilary Hebert, Christa Hulin , William Lambert, Kelbi LaShare, Andrew Lewis, Olivia Lopez, Camille Morvant, Hayden Patout, Aleece Patout, Parker Robichaux, Macie Ann Romero, Maddi Terradot, and Sydni Terradot.

For questions or additional information visit IPAL's website www.iberiaperforming or email



22nd Anniversary Christmas Concert:

The Eunice Community Concert Band & Choir is proud to announce our 22nd Anniversary Christmas Concert:

Good Tidings To All!

Thursday & Friday, 7:00pm at the Liberty Center (Corner of 2nd St. and Park Ave.)

The program will feature the community concert band and choir, community children's choir, and an art exhibit by the Fine Arts Council of Eunice (FACE).

Selections include: Sparklejollytwinklejingley, Everything That Santa Knows, Fall On Your Knees, 'Tis a Wonderful Thing, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Santa Baby, A Fireside Christmas, Christmas Sketches, Christmas on Broadway, and Jolly Christmas.

LIKE them on Facebook to stay in the loop:!/pages/Eunice-Community-Concert-Band-Choir/133011050054900



Merry Marketplace

Merry Marketplace will be held at the Top Shelf Sports Arena in Youngsville on Fri, Dec 7, 2012
from 9 am - 6 pm call 337 298 0564 for more information or click

Lafayette's newest holiday shopping event features 15,000 square feet of unique gift merchants, photos with the Merry Market elves and door prizes every 20 minutes! Portion of the proceeds will benefit The Children's Shelters of Acadiana Youth. Tickets $7 at the door. Like them on Facebook for more information at



Lil' Band O' Gold and The Return of the Annual Swamp Pop Christmas Pageant

The Boys are back - just in time for Christmas - at the Acadiana Center for the Arts.

It's the Lil' Band O' Gold and the return of their Annual Swamp Pop Christmas Pageant, set for a two-night stand in the Hub City, Thursday and Friday, Dec. 6 and 7 respectively, in the acoustically exquisite Moncus Theater.

If you missed LBoG's Christmas special last year - here's another chance. Bask in the golden sounds of C.C. Adcock, Steve Riley, Warren Storm, David Egan, Tommy McClain and the gang in an all-new Christmas program - Louisiana style!

You'd swear that all of Acadiana was covered in snow and holiday cheer. From covers like Dolly Parton's Hard Candy Christmas to Swamp Pop originals, LBoG will leave you swooning and in good Christmas spirit.

Food, in the form of Tony Chachere's Chicken & Sausage Gumbo, and drinks in the form of a stocked bar, as well as soft drinks and water, will be available for purchase.

Get tickets early - this show will sell out quickly. Tickets are $20, $25, $30 and are available online, by phone at 337.233.7060 or by visiting the AcA Box Office, 101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette.

Box Office hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 - 5 p.m.


Lighting of the Village

(Opelousas, LA) -Artists, art and craft vendors and merchants are invited to participate in this year's Lighting of the Village scheduled for Friday, December 7th from 5:00 - 8:30 p.m. in Opelousas.

The Lighting of the Village takes place in the historical Le Vieux Village located at
828 E. Landry Street, Opelousas . The official lighting of the historical village has been a favorite holiday activity of both children and adults, offering a family friendly environment.

The evening includes traditional choir music fun jumps, holiday photos, Santa Claus, and of course, the official "pulling of the switch," which will illuminate thousands of lights in the historical village. The event also provides a unique shopping experience where vendors offer a variety of goods including art & crafts, baby items, handmade jewelry, Christmas specialties, home décor, baked goods and decorative gifts.

For vendor applications or more information, contact Amisha Arceneaux at Opelousas Tourism at 337-948-5227 or email



The Singing Christmas Tree

The Singing Christmas Tree, December 7 - 10 at First Baptist Lafayette. This year's story, "Christmas in New York," is set amid the grandeur of Rockefeller Center and follows one man's journey to locate the father he has never known. Along the way he encounters unlikely characters that also help point his path to the Heavenly Father.

A tradition in Acadiana going back to the mid-1980's, The Singing Christmas Tree is a Broadway style Christmas show for the entire family. Several hundred people are involved in the production including a children's choir, the church orchestra, drama cast, and dancers.

Performances are Friday, December 7, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, December 8, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, December 9, at 3 p.m.; and Monday, December 10, at 7 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now at the church office as well as online at or by calling 1-800-965-9324. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children/students. For more information call 337-593-3757.



Oil Center Festival of Light will be held in the Oil Center on Friday, December 7th from 5-10pm.
Call 337-232-1267 or click for more information.

19th Annual Oil Center Festival of Light. Enjoy holiday performances including local schools, the Acadiana symphony orchestra, the GTO band, & T'Monde Cajun Band. Families can expect free pictures with Santa, view a live reindeer with Santa & his sleigh, play on Sneaux Hill, Kids Court includes fun jumps/rides/& more. There will be free children crafts in Santa's workshop, a living nativity, & more!!



Christmas Play

A Dicken's Christmas Carol: A Traveling Travesty in Two Tumultuous Acts from DEC 7-16
at the St. Martinville Duchamp Opera House from DEC 7-16. Friday/Saturday evenings at 7:30pm; Sunday, Dec. 9th at 4:00pm and Sunday, Dec. 16th at 2:00 pm.

call 337-394-5574 OR 337-394-6604 or click WWW.EVANGELINEPLAYERS.ORG




On December 8, 2012, Tour of Trees 2012 will be held from 2:00pm-6:00pm at the home of Iris Berry, 4312 Cantrell Drive in Berwick.

The event features 70 Christmas trees decorated in different themes.

The trees are in Berry's house on her walls, in a tent and even in a little cottage.

"It started years ago, and it just grew and grew," says Berry.

The local schools get involved by making ornaments and cards that are sent to children's hospitals.



Abbeville Sonic Christmas Parade

The Abbeville Sonic Parade will be rolling this Saturday, December 8, at 6 p.m. Parade starts at the railroad tracks on South State Street, travel north to Vermilion Street, turn left, travel to Washington Street, finally taking a left back to starting point.



Turkey Creek Christmas

The Village of Turkey Creek Christmas in the Village event, will consist of a parade, horseback trail ride, antique tractor pull, Cruisin' Christmas Hot Rod, Classic Car Show, an outdoor concert and fireworks display.

The village is relying on the donations of the public to help fund much of the event. Whatever you choose to give will be appreciated. Those making donations will be included on Christmas in the Village T-shirts.



Food and Toy Drive

Serenity's Closet is hosting the SCM Food and Toy Drive for the needy at the Northgate Mall will be held on December 8, 2012 starting at 7:00am call 337-330-3034 or click for more information.

You can donate food, clothes and toys. They are also looking for sponsors .



Boat parade

There will be Christmas Boat Parade on the Delcambre Canal on December 8th at 4:30 p.m. A children's carnival will be held before the parade beginning at 3 p.m. at the Shrimp Festival Building.

Pictures with Santa Claus will be available at the parade viewing area, North Pier Marina, 307 Isadore St.



Arnaudville Christmas Parade

December 8th beginning at sunset around 5:30 p.m.




Esterwood Christmas Parade

District 5 Fire Department is putting on a Christmas parade for Esterwood on December 8 at 2:00 pm.



Mermentau Christmas Parade

District 5 Fire Department is putting on a Christmas parade in Mermentau December 8 at 4:45 pm.



District 5 Fire Department is putting on a Christmas parade in Morse on December 9 at 3:00 pm.



Delcambre Christmas Parade

On December 9th Delcambre's Christmas street parade will roll down Main Street at 2 p.m.


Duson's Christmas parade will roll on December 9 2012 at 11am.



DSAA's Annual Christmas and Cooking Class

The DSAA presents Cool! I Can Cook! Continues! A program designed to teach people, ages 14 - adult, with Down syndrome to cook with the help of local chefs. This promotes independence, self esteem and confidence, and reinforces a positive quality of life through good eating habits.

Saturday, December 9, 2012. Class will be from 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM. At the Cena, 1042 Camellia Blvd. Ste. 9, Lafayette. Cost is $5.00 for Repeat participant DSAA member;

$10 for Repeat participant non-member;

$25.00 for New participant DSAA member;

$35.00 for New participant non-member.

After making their culinary goodies the individuals will walk across the street and greet the guest at the DSAA's annual Christmas party at the City Club at River Ranch from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM. The guest can sample their goodies and meet with Santa and Mrs. Clause and enjoy crafts, food, and dancing.

For more information, contact DSAA at (337) 234-3109 or go to



The Kiwanis of St. Martinville Community Christmas Parade will be held in St. Martinville December 9th at 2pm. The 21st annual parade will have more organizations and more musical performances.


DECEMBER 9, 2012

St. Lucy Festival of Lights

The St. Lucy Festival of Lights will be held in the St. Martin De Tours Church Square
from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Art, crafts, music and food. Mass at 5:00 P.M. Lighting of the square at I 6:00 P.M.


Pine Prairie Christmas Parade

Pine Prairie's Christmas parade will be held December 9, beginning at 2 p.m.

For more information, call (337) 599-2904.


Ville Platte Christmas Parade

The annual Ville Platte Christmas parade will be held Sunday, December 9, at 6 p.m. The parade will run along Main Street.


Patterson Christmas Parade

Patterson Christmas parade will start at 2 pm. The parade will begin at Place Norman Shopping Center and end at Patterson High School. After the parade there will be a free Christmas festival with food, games and more at the school. Weather permitting. Call 985-395-4422. Only Christmas music allowed.



The annual Broussard parade will be held on December 9, 2012 at 1:00pm.





The Lafayette Concert Band under the direction of Gerald Guilbeaux will present its annual "Christmas Traditions" Concert featuring renowned jazz trumpeter Graham Breedlove. The concert will held in the Ducrest/Gilfry Auditorium at Angelle Hall on Sunday, December 9 at 3:30pm.

Jazz Times magazine writes: "Breedlove has chops...and is the leader of a tight, forceful band". The International Trumpet Guild's Journal raves, " of the most exciting trumpet players on the planet!" Graham's compositions have been featured on NBC's Today show, Food Network's Emeril Live and the Washington Post has called it "...terrific...with luminous, fine-grained autumnal harmonies...".

Currently a trumpet soloist with the Army Blues in Washington, DC, Breedlove has performed with The Saturday Night Live Band, Ray Charles, Ramsey Lewis, Darius Rucker and Doc Severinsen. Graham is listed in the book Trumpet Greats, a biographical dictionary of about 2,000 famous trumpeters since the Baroque Era. Breedlove has appeared on more than 100 recordings, including back-to-back Grammy winning CDs in 2004 and 2005, and his own CD "Coming Home", available on iTunes and at

Mr. Breedlove has appeared as a guest soloist across the country, and has served on the faculties of Towson University, Catholic University of America and the National Jazz Workshop. Graham also appears on the Hal Leonard Jazz Play Along Series, with over 125 volumes currently available in music stores around the world. During the 2008 holiday season, Breedlove volunteered to participate in a USO concert tour of Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2011 he was honored by his undergraduate alma mater when he was inducted into the LSU Alumni Association Hall of Distinction as the 2011 Young Alumnus of the Year.

A graduate of Comeaux High School, Mr. Breedlove holds the Bachelor of Music degree from Louisiana State University, the Master of Music degree and Performer's Certificate from Indiana University, and has studied with world famous masters David Baker, Alvin Batiste, Byron Stripling, and Stephen Burns. For more visit

In addition to solos by Breedlove the band will perform traditional Christmas Carols along with an audience sing-a-long and an appearance by none other than - Santa Claus. General admission tickets may be purchased at the door the day of the concert for $10 and children under 12 will be admitted free of charge. For more information call 337-989-1279.


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