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Nov 24, 2009 11:59 AM by sleonard

Holiday Festivities in Lafayette

Celebrate the Holidays Downtown

'Twas the Light Before Christmas:
The holidays in Downtown Lafayette are always festive as attractions, retailers and restaurants open their doors to the Christmas shopper and to those celebrating the season. This year, the Downtown area focuses on the many events that make the season brighter with 'Twas the Light Before Christmas event series November 25-December 12.

November 25; Thanksgiving Eve DTA!:
Begin the holidays at Downtown Alive! on Thanksgiving Eve, November 25, 2009 in Parc Sans Souci. This special, holiday edition sets the stage for the lighting of the official city Christmas tree by City-Parish President, Joey Durel, while Toys for Tots will also be onsite accepting donations. For this DTA! Tradition, Filé, once again closes out the Fall series with the reunion of band members David Egan, piano and vocals; Ward Lormand; accordion and vocals; D'Jalma Garnier, fiddle, guitar and vocals; Kevin Shearin, bass and vocals; and Danny Kimball, drums.

November 28; Holiday Movie:
Families come together for Movies in the Parc showing Elf in Parc International on November 28, gates opening at 6 p.m. This family friendly event is the perfect backdrop for the season as patrons enjoy one of the most colorful Christmas blockbusters under the stars.

December 6; Christmas Parade:
For one of the oldest Christmas events in Acadiana, Downtown Lafayette is the starting point for the 2009 Sonic Christmas Parade on December 6 at 2 p.m. Make your way to Jefferson and East Cypress streets and be the first to witness the official arrival of Santa Claus to Lafayette along with floats, bands and area dignitaries.

December 12; Holiday Extravaganza:
The streets of Downtown will be full of holiday cheer for the December 2nd Saturday ArtWalk. In addition to galleries, shops and restaurants open for ArtWalk, a full day of events are scheduled throughout Downtown.

Free Museum Day:
The Lafayette Science Museum and the Alexandre Mouton House (Lafayette Museum) open their doors free of charge for the entire day. Families will be able to tour exhibitions at the Lafayette Science Museum, Lizards and Snakes Alive! and the Forensics Lab and view the Alexandre Mouton House dressed in Victorian holiday decorations.

Music, Carriage Rides, Santa and More...:
From 4 p.m.-8 p.m., Parc Sans Souci offers a fun-filled, festive experience with musical performances and a range of holiday activities. Get into the Christmas spirit with crafts by Pottery Alley, ornament creation and decoration by Clayfish Bisque, Wii and Guitar Hero from Game Stop and telescope viewings of Jupiter and its moons provided by the Lafayette Science Museum. Children of all ages can enjoy free photos with Santa Clause as he takes time out of his busy schedule to visit Downtown. Families will also be invited to step back in time and tour picturesque downtown on horse drawn carriages beginning at Parc Sans Souci.

2nd Annual Rudolph Run 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run:
Back by popular demand, the 2nd Annual Rudolph Run offers a unique way to spend time with family for the holidays on December 12, starting in Parc Sans Souci. This year's run will begin with a new addition, the 1 mile fun run at 3 p.m., and the 5K will follow at 3:30 p.m. The Cajun Road Runners Club will be on site to facilitate and monitor the race. Participants are invited to enter individually or as a family, and runners are encouraged to get into the holiday spirit by dressing in costume for the race. In addition to awards for best time, entrants can vie for the coveted, best costume award, which includes gift certificates from downtown businesses. For registration and more information, visit www.Downtown Lafayette.org or register on site beginning at 1:30 p.m. Registration is $25 in advance and $30 on race day for adults and $20 early registration and $25 on race day for children 10 and under.

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