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Grand Coteau kicks off holiday shopping

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Grand Coteau kicks off its holiday shopping season today with "Grand Noel" until 8 p.m. Saturday.

In the historic city today, candles will illuminate the streets, the scent of spiced apple cider will the air, and you will hear the clip clop of horse-drawn carriages beneath the enchanting oaks, organizers say.   

Lighting and decorations brighten Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, which serves as the town's main street, and also Church Street, which leads to the historic St. Charles Church and college.

The gift shops will be open offering refreshments and sales of antiques, jewelry, clothing, packaged sweets, home décor, and other unique gift items. Enjoy holiday traditions such as carriage rides and live music, including Christmas carols.  Children can take photos with Santa and with the Grinch; and the outdoor movie, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, will be shown in the snow village. 

A life-size nativity scene will be displayed, and there is food from local cafes and snacks from concession stands. 

The event marks a tradition of more than 15 years in the town. It's sponsored by Grand Coteau Cultural Foundation, a non-profit organization.  The event also receives support from the St. Landry Parish Tourism Commission. 

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