Holiday Season

Dec 13, 2012 1:53 PM by Melissa Canone

Christmas events in Acadiana

Here's a list of Christmas events happening in Acadiana:

Animated Christmas Lights

5th annual display of Animated Christmas Lights in Patterson. The lights are synchronized to music, which is being broadcast on 106.9fm - which can be picked up within a 200-foot radius of the house.

There will also be a collection of non-perishable food items to be donated to the St. Mary Outreach, stmaryoutreach.org.

The Location of the display is 305 Railroad Street, in Patterson. The show runs daily from dusk until 10PM, through January 1st, weather permitting.

There are over 35,000 lights on display. In addition Santa and Mrs. Claus hand out free hot cocoa and goodies for children.

Again this year - "Faux Sneaux!" - you will see a falling snow effect from a snow machines.

For our schedule of events, including when Santa will be visiting, and nights of Faux Sneaux, please check our calendar of events at www.ChristmasOnTheBayou.com or on Facebook. You will also be able to find a map, videos from previous years, and show information.

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DECEMBER 13

Opelousas Christmas Parade

The 2012 Opelousas Children's Christmas Parade is set for Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. Only Christmas music allowed for the event.
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DECEMBER 13

Christmas Concert

The Magnet Academy for Cultural Arts (MACA) instrumental music department will perform their annual Christmas Concert Thursday, December 13th at 6:00 P.M. in the MACA auditorium at 1100 East Leo in Opelousas. Admission is $5.00 for adults and $1.00 for students.
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ENDS DECEMBER 14

Days of Giving

Cox Communications in Acadiana is supporting a nationwide Cox holiday campaign to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of America this holiday season. "Days of Giving" makes it simple for Cox customers to donate toys to local children.

Customers can stop into any local Cox retail store to donate a new, unwrapped toy. Toys will be donated to local Boys & Girls Clubs in Abbeville, Lafayette and New Iberia. Each customer who donates receives an adorable plush Holiday Digeez doll. The campaign started November 23 and will run through December 14. Toys will be donated to local Boys & Girls Clubs on Wednesday, December 19 for distribution to Club kids.

Cox retail stores in Acadiana are located at:

* Abbeville - 1906 Veterans Memorial Dr., Abbeville, LA 70510
* Crowley - 2010 N. Parkerson Ave., Crowley, LA 70526
* Lafayette - 1906 Eraste Landry Rd., Lafayette, LA 70506
* New Iberia - 1017 Progress St., New Iberia, LA 70560
* St. Martinville -5512 Main Hwy., St. Martinville, LA 70582


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DECEMBER 13-16

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 13 through 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 artsleague.com or email ipal@cox.net

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DECEMBER 14-16

Live Nativity Scene

Living Bethlehem, a live nativity drama will be held outdoors at Sugar Mill Pond in Youngsville, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14, 15, 16 at 7 p.m. nightly. The drama will feature a cast of children, live animals, and a children's choir from Acadiana. Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information, call (337) 857-0018 or www.lafayettefirst.com

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DECEMBER 15

Ice skaters can find the kind of winter wonderland seen up North right here in South Louisiana in Carencro.

LA Ice, the ice skating rink on the I-49 N. Service Road in Carencro, has been transformed into a winter wonderland.

Stepping onto the rink is like stepping onto and skating on a frozen pond.
An unlikely sight in South Louisiana, but frozen pond skating is a popular winter past-time up North. There will be Christmas trees and holiday decorations throughout the rink and park benches placed in all four corners of the rink.

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DECEMBER 15

Mamou Christmas Parade

Mamou's Christmas parade will be held Saturday, December 15 at 5 p.m..

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DECEMBER 15

Old Time Christmas

Old Time Christmas will be held at Vermilionville, 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette, on December 15 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
For more information call (337) 233-4077 or click here www.vermilionville.org

Experience the simple warmth and beauty of Christmas past as Vermilionville's historic village brings to life the holiday traditions of yesteryear. Visitors will learn about the traditions and activities associated with the Christmas and New Year's holiday fro French Louisiana in the 17 & 1800s. There will also be plenty of hands on activities for the families as well as a cooking demonstration and more.

Timeline of events

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

-Old-Time Christmas Tour (see details below)

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

-Bousillage Ornaments with Dale Pierrottie

-Gingerbread Cookie Decorating ($1)


10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

-Christmas Storytime with Andy Hébert and Vicky Branton (English and French)

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

-Children's Performance with Henry Hample and Friends

1 - 3:30 p.m.

-Louisiana Folkroots housewarming music jam at their new office in the historic Begnaud House

Old Time Christmas Tour

Native American Giving at Maison des Cultures - learn how the Native Americans measured their worth by how much they gave others, not how much they possessed. It was believed that if you give your best possessions to others that it would be returned to you in other ways.

Soap Making at Beaubassin - Ingredients in soap making of the old days include lye and hog lard; lye comes from leaching water through wood ash and hog lard is the fat from the pig. Soap making was done in the winter after the boucherie when a hog was slaughtered. Hog lard was a byproduct from this process.

Meet Papa Noël at Le Petit Bayou - Papa Noël, the French Santa Claus, was actually a trapper that would deliver presents such as candy, money or small toys. Children would light a bonfire and leave their shoes by it so Papa Noël knew where to stop. They would also leave carrots for Papa Noël's donkey Gui, which is French for Mistletoe.

Natural Decorating at Beau Bassin - learn about how the Acadians decorated for Christmas using natural materials. They would bring in evergreen clippings from the outside to brighten things up since the weather was so dreary in the winter.

Christmas Carols at L'École - learn about and sing Christmas Carols including "Silent Night," "Jingle Bells," and "Go Tell it on the Mountain." Most of these carols are from the time period of 1765-1890.

Reindeer Food & Apple Cider at Mouton Kitchen - sample apple cider, a popular drink around this time because it was easy to make. Apple cider is different from apple juice in that it doesn't go through a filtration process. As a result it's foggy and chunky, doesn't last as long and tastes different from apple juice. Children will learn how to prepare reindeer food to help fuel them on their journey around the world delivering presents to kids.

Create Wishing Sticks at La Forge - create your own wish sticks as part of a village art project. Everyone will have the opportunity to decorate a bamboo stick and write a wish for the New Year on it. After it is decorated the wish stick will be hung in a tree very similar to cultural traditions found in many countries.

Candle Making at Maison Buller - Candles were a very important tool because there was no electricity and they could only be made in the winter when it was cold enough for the wax to keep its shape and not melt.

Popcorn Stringing & Le Réveillon at la Chapelle des Attakapas (Chapel) - learn about the tradition of popcorn stringing and Le Réveillon. Some families would gather for a nice dinner after mid-night mass on both Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve called Le Réveillon. Le Réveillon comes from the French word reveil, which means "waking."

Citrus Pomanders at Maison Boucvalt - learn how to make citrus pomanders, a Victorian era air freshener made with citrus fruits decorated with cloves. This house will be the only one decorated with a Christmas tree since most of the elements of modern Christmas are products of the Victorian era.
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DECEMBER 15

Coat Drive

Crowley's Civic and Social Organization of the Luxurious Ladies are teaming up with local law enforcement for a Coat Drive that will be held on Saturday, December 15, 2012 at the Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office. The event will be held in the Training Room at the Sheriff's Office from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and is open to all Acadia Parish residents.

Residents of Acadia Parish are asked to check their closets and donate slightly used coats for the drive.

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DECEMBER 15-16

Christmas at Rosedown

Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site will be ringing in the Christmas season on December 15-16, with the tenth annual "Christmas at Rosedown" event. The weekend has become one of the more popular featured events on the site's annual calendar.
Throughout the weekend, visitors will see the Main House decorated in 19th-century style as site staff relate stories of Christmas traditions at Rosedown that were passed down through the Turnbull and Bowman families. Each day, costumed living history presenters from around the area will be displaying various 19th-century crafts demonstrations and activities. Also featured will be musicians and carolers. In addition, children of all ages can enjoy hayrides, a marshmallow roast, and have a photo taken with Father Christmas.

Rosedown Plantation SHS is located on LA Highway 10 in St. Francisville, 30 minutes north of Baton Rouge, off US Highway 61. The site is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Guided tours of the main house are provided on the hour, beginning at 10 a.m. and concluding with the final tour of the day at 4 p.m. Admission prices are $10 for adults (ages 18-61), $8 for seniors (ages 62 and over) and $4 for students (ages 6-17). Children 5 and under are admitted free. Garden only is $5 (ages 18 and over).

For more information call 888-376-1867 or 225-635-3110, or visit www.LaStateParks.com.
- www.louisianatravel.com -

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DECEMBER 16

Holiday Concert

Jim Brickman On A Winter's Night (Holiday Concert) will be held on Sunday, December 16th 2012 at the Heymann Performing Arts Center at 3pm

For more information call 800-745-3000. To get tickets go to Ticketmaster.com
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DECEMBER 20-22

Dickens' classic revisited
in Carol: A Broken Chain

LAFAYETTE - Acadiana Repertory Theatre and Acadiana Center for the Arts present Carol, A Broken Chain - a decidedly modern retelling of Dickens' Victorian classic - Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 20-22, at the AcA's Moncus Theater.

The Massachusetts's playwright Ben Jolivet's work has been seen throughout the Northeast and he was a 2012 participant in the Stony Brook Summer Playwright's Conference.

Curtain is 7:30 p.m. for all shows.

Tickets are general admission and are $15; $10 for students student ID and are available through the AcA Box Office at 233-7060.

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DECEMBER 22

My Christmas Gift

The Delta Grand Theatre located at120 S. Market Street in Opelousas, LA 70570
337-407-1806 www.deltagrandtheatre.com. Starts at 7:00pm. Admission $10.00 in advance
$12.00 at the door. Instrumental and vocal music all surrounding the wonderful spirit of Christmas will be played. Most of the selections from my first release, "My Christmas Gift" on soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones, as well as singing some of my favorite spiritual songs. I will also be performing a couple of selections from my newest instrumental/vocal release, "I'll Fly Way: A Collection of Classic Hymns".

One of my favorite things about being on stage is interacting with the audience, so come prepared for a relaxed and enjoyable evening with an intimate setting. I will be talking in between numbers about some of the history of the songs we have grown to love so much during this season. You will also hear a some things about the birth of our Savior that I guarantee you've never heard before! I will also be taking you through a little of my past and present and how some of these experiences have impacted my life. The show will be a progression through the story of the miraculous birth of Jesus and ending with what we have to look forward to because of His incredible life and sacrifice.

Whether you enjoy instrumental music, vocal music, or storytelling, there will be something for everyone. After the show, I will have my two releases on sale and will be eager to meet and visit with you all. Again, I am looking forward to sharing this time with you and your family and can't wait to see you all on Dec. 22. Until then, Merry Christmas to you all.

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DECEMBER 24

You & your family are invited to join us at Lafayette Memorial Park Cemetery for our Annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service on Monday, December 24 at 5pm in the Peace Chapel Mausoleum. All children in attendance are welcome to participate in our live Nativity. Costumes will be provided. Please arrive early for costume fitting. Be sure to bring your ornaments for the Christmas tree in remembrance of your loved ones. We wish you & your family a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!


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