The Ultimate Guide to Family Holiday Events In and Around Lafayette

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! While there is always a lot for kids to do in Lafayette, the holidays are especially full of family friendly activities. There’s no end to the festivities and fun that the holiday season brings to Lafayette; we hope this holiday guide will help you fa la la la and ho ho ho happily through the busiest time of year. We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of family-friendly holiday events in and around Lafayette. Check back frequently; we will be adding more Lafayette and Acadiana area holiday events as they are announced. If you are looking for the best Christmas light displays or Lafayette neighborhoods with spectacular holidays lights, we have you covered there, too. 

The entire team at Lafayette Mom wishes you and your family a peaceful, festive, and fun holiday season. Be sure to make time to see the fabulous holiday lights around Acadiana, too.

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Gulfport Harbor Lights Winter Festival (November 25-December 31) :: If you’re looking for a day trip, Mississippi’s largest light show with over 1.5 million lights 1.5 million lights throughout 40 acres in Jones Park. Visitors can ride carnival rides, hop on a train at the Train Station, or enjoy the “Dancing Trees” Show. Visitors can even stroll through Santa’s Village to see working elves, Santa’s Headquarters, and visit with Santa Claus!

The 2022 Guide to Family Holiday Events In and Around Lafayette

Santa Photo Opps, Meet and Greets & Brunches

Santa photo opps, meet and greets, & brunches

Photos With Mr Grinch (November 12) :: Come on out and shop with local vendors and Get your PHOTO TAKEN WITH MR GRINCH. This event is put on by Ke Ke’s Photography from 10am-3pm. For a list of all of Santa and Mr. Grinch photo opportunities, click here.

Ke Ke’s Photography Pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus and Mr. Grinch (November 20) :: Featuring three separate set ups, come take your picture with Santa & Mrs Claus, Mr Grinch and a regular Christmas setup. $10 per family with your own camera or phone with options for professional photos available. Free Hot cocoa and candy canes will be served and don’t forget to drop your letters to Santa in Santa’s mailbox!

Meet & Greet {+ Take a Photo} with Santa (November 20 & December 4) :: Santa will be at All Seasons November 20, 2022 from 1-3pm and again December 4, 2022 from 1-3pm for a FREE Meet & Greet/Photos! Please bring your camera for your own photos.

Rouse’s Coca Cola Santa Truck (November 25) :: Bring the kids to meet Santa at the Rouse’s in Youngsville on E Milton Ave from 6p.m. – 8p.m. Take a free photo with the iconic Coca Cola Santa Truck!

Rouse’s Coca Cola Santa Truck (November 29) :: Bring the kids to meet Santa at the Rouse’s in Lafayette on Bertrand Drive from 7p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Take a free photo with the iconic Coca Cola Santa Truck!

Twinkle Light Night (December 2) :: The Children’s Museum of Acadiana’s 8th annual Twinkle Light Night is set for Friday, December 2, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Santa wants to hear your Christmas wishes and loves to take pictures! The CMA elves have been hard at work planning lots of memory-making, hands-on Christmas fun. There is a flurry of activities in every corner of the Museum. Admission is $10 per person; members $5 per person. Tickets are on sale November 5, 2022: purchase online at Cmalaf.org

Rouse’s Coca Cola Santa Truck (December 2) :: Bring the kids to meet Santa at the Rouse’s in New Iberia on E Admiral Doyle Dr. from 7p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Take a free photo with the iconic Coca Cola Santa Truck!

Santa & Ms Claus Adventure Christmas at Bridge Point (December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18) :: An adventure with Santa and Mrs. Claus right here in Lafayette, LA! This family friendly event includes adventures such as Cajun Night before Christmas told by Ms. Claus, Cookies & Juice with Santa, a picture with Santa, Train Ride on the Bridge Point Express Train, Bridge Point Souvenir cup, Face Painting, and handmade activities & crafts. Tickets are available to purchase on eventbrite.

Santa is Coming to Town (December 3) :: Celebrate the magic of Christmas, with photos with Santa and shopping hand-made goods from local vendors! Find your gifts, crafts decor, food and more! Photos provided by Ohh Snap Photo Booth!

Noël Acadien Au Village (December 3-23) :: Acadian Village, Lafayette. 5:30-9 p.m. $10 at the gate; $9 in advance. Festival fundraiser with half a million lights, displays, food, entertainment, and holiday shopping. Photos with Santa available to purchase when you visit, tickets for carnival rides will be purchased onsite (not at the gate), concessions and our famous hot chocolate will be sold.

Jingle Bell Noel (December 4):: Jingle Bell Noel is the Solitic Club’s only fundraising event which is held annually in December. All proceeds from the event are given back to the community through high school scholarships and charitable donations. Jingle Bell Noel will be held Sunday, December 4th at the Grand Opera House of the South in Crowley from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Tickets purchased in advance for the event are $20.00 + one new children’s book per family or tickets can be purchased on the day of event at the door for $30.00.

Santa is Coming to Don’s Seafood! (December 6, 11 & 18) :: Before he takes off from the North Pole, Santa is taking a Cajun Christmas Tour to Don’s Seafood. He will be making his stop in Lafayette on December 6 from 5:30pm – 8pm, December 11 from 11am – 2 pm and December 18 from 11am – 2pm. Kids are welcome to bring their wish list and get a free photo with the man in the red suit himself.

Pictures with Santa (December 9) :: Come walk downtown and enjoy our a Christmas event “Christmas in Crowley” hosted by Crowley Main Street. There will be many activities for the kids and The Vanilla Bean will have our annual pictures with Santa and crafts for the kids.

Christmas in Crowley (December 10) :: Join us on Saturday, December 10th from 4-7:00 PM, for an old fashioned Christmas celebration in Historic Downtown Crowley!!

Pancakes & PJs with Santa (December 10):: Bayou Tradtions in partnership with New Iberia McDonald’s present Pancakes & PJs with Santa. Spend a beautiful morning at the SLIMAN THEATRE with Santa and Mrs. Claus while enjoy your hot pancakes and sausage provided by New Iberia McDonald’s. There will be Holiday Face Painting! Be sure to bring your camera for photo-opts with Santa and other holiday setups.  Everyone (adults & children) will be served pancakes & sausage, so be sure to purchase a ticket for everyone who wishes to attend!

Tchoups MidCity Smokehouse Breakfast with Santa (December 10) :: Visit with Santa during a buffet style brunch consisting of bacon, eggs, grits, and pancakes; plus a hot-cocoa bar. Photos will be taken and provided by professional photographer, Carlie Faulk. Tickets are required to attend for ages 3 and older.

Pictures with Santa (December 10) :: Come dine-in with Chick Fil A in New Iberia from 11 am – 4pm, and take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus on December 10th. Bring your cameras to take your own! Backdrop will be provided as well as face painting!

Cajun Harley Davidson Pictures with Santa (December 10) :: Free pictures with Santa and train rides at Cajun Harley Davidson from 9-2.

Beignets & Cocoa with Santa (December 11) :: PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans, Broussard location will be serving beignets and hot cocoa from 3:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. with crafts such as reindeer feed and decorating Christmas ornaments. Receive a professional photo with Santa and Christmas themed Face painting. Tickets must be purchased on eventbrite

Holiday Performances

Holiday performances and the Nutcracker

How The Grinch Stole Christmas (November 12) :: Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical features Max the Dog as he narrates and the mean and scheming Grinch, who decides to steal Christmas away from the Holiday loving Whos. Discover the whimsical world of Whoville and this timeless story of the true meaning of Christmas.

Anastasia (November 17) :: Set in the 1920s, a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of an ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family.

The Pajama Party Murders (November 18 & 19) :: Wonderland Performing Arts presents The Pajama Party Murders! The Looking Glass Theater Co. has created an interactive murder mystery performance written by Eileen Moushey. Get comfy and wear your favorite PJs to join us for this entertaining night! This performance is best suited for mature audiences.

Sugar Jam Featuring Horace Trahan & The Ossun Express (November 19) :: Join us at the beautiful Town Center in Sugar Mill Pond for the Sugar Jam 2022 Fall music series, presented by NuNu’s Fresh Market! Gather your family and friends to experience live entertainment and explore the sights of Sugar Mill Pond! This family- friendly music series is free to the public. No outside food or beverages are allowed. Food and beverages will be for sale on-site during the event. Lawn chairs and blankets are allowed.

Crowley Community Choir Presents “Sing We Now of Christmas” (November 27) :: Under the direction of Christie Brammer, the Crowley Community Choir and several other choirs from Crowley join for their third annual FREE Christmas concert on Sunday, November 27th @ 3 PM. The concert will last about 60 minutes and is general admission. Doors will open at 2:30PM. Complimentary punch and refreshments following the concert.

Christmas by Candlelight (November 29 & December 2) :: Join Chorale Acadienne as we continue our 2022-2023 Season titled “Refresh” with our TWO Christmas by Candlelight Concerts! Both concerts are held at 7p.m. at St. John’s Cathedral in Lafayette. We are also elated to announce that this year’s Christmas by Candlelight Concerts will also be a special collaboration with Acadiana’s very own renowned gospel choir, The Acadiana Ecumenical Choir! Featuring traditional Christmas carols, selections from Handel’s Messiah, selections performed solely by the Acadiana Ecumenical Choir, and Chorale’s classic candlelit finale! Purchase tickets in advance or at the door!

Junie B’s Essential Survival Guide To School (November 30) :: Proudly sponsored by the Judy & Ted Carmichael Family and hosted by the Grand Opera House of the South. Now that Junie B. Jones has been going to school for over one-and a-half years, who better to write the book on everything you need to know? From bus rules and Band-Aids to carpools to cookies, Junie B. and friends deliver the definitive word on surviving and thriving in style. With a jillion tips, tricks, and trip-ups, Junie B. shares her hard-won expertise and shows us all how school is sometimes scary, sometimes super-fun, and ALWAYS something to sing about! Tickets available to purchase here.

Marc Broussard at the Grand Opera House of the South (December 2) :: Marc Broussard is back with his full band on Friday, December 2nd with opener Mid City Maven. Doors open at 6 P.M.

Lighting of the Tree Concert Featuring Curly Taylor (December 3) :: Join Downtown Lafayette for the Lighting of the Tree Concert, presented by The Evangeline Bank & Trust Co.! This ultimate kick-off of the holiday season will be held in Parc International amidst a winter wonderland experience. Enjoy the lighting of the Downtown Christmas tree followed by live music from Curly Taylor on the main stage. Gates open at 5:00pm for this FREE, family-friendly event. Activities include: Santa on a Scooter, and a photo opportunity with Mr. Grinch. Food for purchase by C’est Bon Manger and Landry Brothers Catering food trucks.

John Angotti’s “Prepare the Way for Christmas” (December 3) :: Supreme Rice proudly presents its inaugural Christmas concert featuring John Angotti with special local guests, Hunter Jon Lambert, Vanessa Benoit and Owen Broussard. Tickets are $15 and all proceeds will benefit Ms. Helen’s Soup Kitchen, a not-for-profit organization right here in Crowley, Louisiana that’s mission is to feed the hungry. Doors open @ 5:30PM. Jambalaya made with Crowley’s own Supreme Rice as well as other hors d’oeuvres will be available to all guests compliments of Supreme Rice. There will be a cash bar available. Performance begins at 7PM. Tickets can be purchased here.

The Real Story of Christmas (December 3-4, 10-11) :: Where can you see all of your favorite Christmas stories come to life in a way that is centered around the true story of Christmas? Crossroads Church is where! The Real Story of Christmas returns by popular demand and is quickly becoming one of Lafayette’s most-anticipated holiday traditions for families from all around. A Broadway-style musical, the show is a lively, interactive event with a powerful message for the whole family. Free general admission with multiple show times available.

Candlelight Christmas (December 8) :: Looking to celebrate a traditional Christmas program with family and friends? Join us for Candlelight Christmas in Parc International on Thursday, December 8. Hear the narrated story of a Savior born in Bethlehem along with the singing of traditional Christmas carols, as led by local choir members and parishioners. Hot chocolate and other sweet treats will be available for purchase. Parc gates open at 5:30 p.m. ft. Christmas Tree Extravaganza with a 6:00 p.m. kickoff of official programming.

The Singing Christmas Tree (December 9-12) :: An all new show with a Cajun flavor is set for this year’s presentation of The Singing Christmas Tree at First Baptist Lafayette. Bring the entire family to see Acadiana’s largest tree with over 100,000  lights and music by the choir and orchestra. Tickets are free for the performances December 9-12. Evening and matinee performances available so you can bring the kids. Performances are Friday, December 9, at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, December 10, at 3:00 p.m.; Sunday, December 11, at 3:00 p.m.; and Monday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m.

The Mischief Maker (December 10) :: Wonderland Performing Arts presents The Mischief Maker by Bayou Blend Chorus! Santa’s elves are hard at work getting ready for the big night. But one mischievous elf’s shenanigans cause quite a stir! Come join Bayou Blend Chorus for music, meschief, and laughter in a cappella style! Two showtimes available.

The Nutcracker (December 10 & 11) :: Lafayette Ballet Theatre with Principal dancers from the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and the entire dance community, presents the full-length holiday classic, The Nutcracker. More information: www.lafayetteballettheatre.org

Lafayette Concert Band’s Christmas in Crowley (December 11) :: The Lafayette Concert Band and the Grand Opera House gift to you a FREE Christmas concert on Sunday, December 11th at 3:30p.m. Doors will open at 3p.m.

Do You Hear What I Hear? (December 13) :: An event by the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and Conservatory of Music and held at the Heymann Center, enjoy the sounds of the holidays! A musical celebration of Christmas featuring beloved holiday tunes and traditional favorites featuring a revered local guest artist, Lafayette High School Choir and Chorale des Amis Youth Chorus of Acadiana. Attendees will also have a chance to meet and take pictures with Santa!

The Illusionists – Magic of the Holidays (December 14) :: The Illusionists dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.

Christmas in the Park (December 16-18) :: Experience the spirit of Christmas amid the beautiful setting of Lafayette’s largest green space this December at Moncus Park! Christmas in the Park is presented by First Horizon from 6p.m.-9p.m. each night. Live Music is as follows: Dec. 16 Chubby Carrier, Dec. 17 Gerald Gruenig and Gentilly Zydeco and Dec. 18 Wayne Toups. Listen to live music, local eats, and kid activities such as photos with Santa and Sleigh Rides. Parking is $10 on-site. 

Christmas Concert at the Bayou Livestream (December 16-18) :: Celebrate the sounds of the season at The Bayou Church’s annual Christmas Concert. We have six in-person opportunities to experience this holiday tradition with family and friends. Show times are December 16 at 7p.m., December 17 at 3p.m. and 5p.m., and December 18 at 1p.m., 3p.m. and 5p.m. A special stream of the concert will provide a virtual opportunity to watch the concert. The stream will be available to view on Sunday, December 18 at 5:00 p.m. via our Facebook page and our YouTube channel. Afterwards, the concert will be available to watch at your convenience online.

CATS (December 27) :: Rediscover this classic! CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn.

Holiday Festivals and Markets

Holiday Festivals and Markets and shopping in lafayette

Jingle & Mingle (November 5) :: An all day Christmas Shopping Extravaganza to Benefit the Grand Opera House. Pre-sale tickets are $25 per person and $35 at the door (kids under 5 are free). Ticket includes complimentary tote, refreshments, and non-alcoholic beverages. For a list of vendors you can expect, click here.

Fall Extravaganza! (November 6) :: Come out and enjoy a day of extravagant fun! Bring the kids! Food, Photos (Pumpkin Patch), Games and more! With local vendors set up both indoor and outdoors, come find the perfect gift for someone on your holiday shopping list!

November ArtWalk (November 12) :: Join us for November ArtWalk and enjoy an evening of art, food, live music, shopping, & activities in Downtown Lafayette! There is something to fit everyone’s interest and plenty of vendors with locally made art and handcrafted items.

Lafayette Nutcracker Market (November 12) :: Making Spirits Bright Holiday Shopping Extravaganza. Get a head start on all your Christmas shopping all while supporting local small business owners! There will be over 100 vendors so you are sure to find a gift for everyone on your list. Tickets can be purchased at the Cajundome Box office on event day for $8.

“La fête de Noël” – Rebel Holiday Market (November 19) :: Teurlings Catholic hosts this market Saturday, November 19 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Join us for a day of shopping with booths from local vendors. This holiday celebration will include shopping, food, and entertainment for the entire family.

Christmas at Couret Holiday Market (November 26) :: Visit the beautiful historic grounds of Couret Farms on Saturday, November 26th for Christmas at Couret Holiday Market from 9 am – 4 pm. We will have pictures with Santa, live music throughout the day and delicious food trucks adding to the ambiance of our market area with over 60 vendors. Our vendors will be featuring jewelry, clothing for adults and children, customized wreaths & t-shirts, bath and body products, baked goods, and more! This event is free to attend.

Santa’s Sleigh Ride, Shopping, & More (November 26) :: Santa’s Sleigh Rides and more will take place at the South College Center. Christmas Tree Lighting at Dusk, Santa’s Sleigh Rides (and every following Saturday through Christmas 10:00am-12:00pm, 1:00-3:00pm) Complimentary family-friendly events will be available such as free popcorn from Acadiana religious, sending letters to Santa via UPS, make your own reindeer food courtesy of Melodi’s Belles and Beaus and Wonderland students performing Christmas music. Come do your holiday shopping with us!

Opelousas Downtown Market with The Annual Lighting of the Nativity (November 26) :: The Opelousas Downtown Market is a place for St. Landry and surrounding city makers to have a place to display and sell their creations. Visitors of all ages can see, taste, smell & hear the best of what the area has to offer. Set to take place alongside the Annual Lighting of the Nativity Scene and Oaks on the Courthouse Square in downtown Opelousas. This year’s holiday event is scheduled from 3:30 til 6:30 pm and will include photos with Santa, train rides, and other activities.

Christmas at Coteau (December 1-3) :: We cannot wait to welcome you to our beautiful campus on December 1-3, 2022 for this beautiful holiday shopping market and tradition! With three days of events featuring varying activities! You can expect up to 85 incredible vendors, luncheons, live entertainment, a gumbo-cook off and Santa to spread Christmas Cheer! Purchase tickets here: www.ash1821.org/events/christmas-at-coteau

Carencro Country Christmas (December 2-3) :: This two day event brings family friendly holiday fun to Carencro! Join us for a White Christmas Friday December 2 from 6p.m.-8p.m. for the lighting of the City Christmas tree, pictures with Santa, stories with Mrs. Claus, holiday music, snow, cookies and hot chocolate. On December 3rd, we will host arts and crafts, choirs, and the Dasher, Dancer, Prancer 5K Run. The event is from 9a.m.-3p.m. at the Community Center.

Hilliard Art Museum’s Jingle Bell Market (December 3) :: Get all of your holiday shopping done and support the arts at the annual Jingle Bell Market! Vendors from across Louisiana will be in attendance. Shoppers can enjoy 10% off their purchase at the Museum store,  free admission to the museum, hot cocoa and cookies. Free gift-wrapping will be available on all purchases. To add to the holiday cheer, Lafayette Ballet Theatre dancers will be a part of the art, posing in the gallery in their Nutcracker finery.

Noel a Broussard (December 3) :: Join us in downtown Broussard for the 2022 Broussard Christmas Parade! The parade begins at the corner of Morgan Avenue and Albertson Parkway, and will head up Morgan Street, take a right onto Main Street, and end at Arceneaux Park. After the parade join us in front of Broussard City Hall for Reindeer Games, Face Painting and balloon artistry, Papa Noel’s Market, and The Annual Lighting of the City Christmas Tree.

Evening Christmas Market (December 8):: Mark your calendar for the Lafayette Farmers & Artisans Market’s annual Evening Christmas Market from 5-8pm. Stroll amid the Market Oaks at Moncus Park, under festive, twinkling lights – shop for great Christmas gifts with our Market Vendors. The Magnolia Sisters will be performing. Great food will abound! Be sure to get a pic with Santa & Mrs. Claus!

Sibley Designs Sip & Shop (December 9) :: Join Sibley Designs and Gram & Grain for a Sip & Shop. Come shop between 10a.m. – 5:30p.m. Sips, Treats, ON SITE MONOGRAMMING and Ginger Bites cookies will be available! Sugar the Elf will arrive at 3:30 to assist with writing letters to Santa! Reserve a letter for your child here.

Christmas Artwalk in Paris a la Breaux Bridge (December 10) :: Breaux Bridge Annual Event! Enjoy the ambiance of an ArtWalk in Paris (a la Breaux Bridge). Shops, Galleries, and Restaurants will be open late, while local artists will be showcasing their one-of-a-kind gifts for your Christmas shopping needs from 3p.m.-7p.m. Christmas ArtWalk in Paris (a la Breaux Bridge) is an open-air market with Bridge Street closed to provide a safe stroll for you and your family. For a list of vendors, click here.

 

Crafts, Baking, and Tasting Events

Christmas Crafts baking and tasting events in Lafayette

Gumbo & Chili Cook Off Hosted by Veterans of Foreign Wars (November 5) :: Come join Veterans of Foreign Wars at the Youngsville Sports Complex for the Annual Gumbo & Chili Cook Off. Entrance is $5 for 13 years of age and older. Veterans/Military ID and kids 12 and under are free!

Sweet Dough Pie Festival (November 12) :: A holiday pie festival to help you find the best pie for your holiday meals! There will be food, music, arts, crafts, and LOTS of pies, and even a pie contest!

Making Spirits Bright (November 16) :: Join us for our 4th annual Making Spirits Bright on Wednesday, November 16th. Enjoy a wonderful tasting event, featuring a delicious wine and food pairing, presented by Marcello’s Wine Market. Get a sneak peek of Noel Acadien au Village while enjoying live music by Blue Collar Boys. Get tickets in advance or the night of the event; doors open at 6 p.m. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Wineaux 2022 (November 18) :: Wineaux 2022 is presented by Milestone Mortgage. Come join this sip and taste event held in Sugar Mill Pond. Tickets are limited and available to anyone over 21 years of age. Tickets are on sale now at www.socialentertainment.net

Santa’s Milk and Cookies Cookie Class (November 19) :: A great cookie decorating class for beginners ages 10 and up hosted by It’s Just a Cookie! Learn how to decorate the perfect set of cookies to set out on Christmas Eve! Must register in advance here.

Baby Grinchmas Cookie Class (November 19) :: A great cookie decorating class for beginners ages 12 and up hosted by It’s Just a Cookie! Students may bring an apron and drink of their choice. All supplies are included. Class time will vary depending on the total skill set of the class. To register, click here.

Mrs. Claus’s Sweet Shop Cookie Class (November 20) :: A great cookie decorating class for beginners ages 12 and up hosted by It’s Just a Cookie! Students may bring an apron and drink of their choice. All supplies included. Each student will decorate and take home one of each: Mrs. Claus Face, Rolling pin, Cookie Sheet, Cup cake, Gingerbread man, Mixing Bowl, 2 tiered cake (shaped cookie),  and Piping Bag. To register, click here.

Christmas Cuties Cookie Class (November 27) :: A great cookie decorating class for beginners ages 10 and up hosted by It’s Just a Cookie! Beginners and up are welcome to decorate cookies for a winter wonderland. To register, click here.

Fourth Annual Christmas Pajama Party (December 3) :: Join us for The Fourth Annual Christmas Pajama Party at Melodi’s this Holiday Season! Saturday, December 3rd, slip on your favorite Christmas PJs and head on over to enjoy milk and cookies, a Christmas story time, and create a special ornament for your tree! While you’re here, take some cute photos of the kiddos in our festive photo area and even enjoy a sleigh ride with Santa in the shopping center! Kids of all ages welcome!

Mrs. Rudolph Cake Class (December 3) :: A great cookie decorating class for beginners ages 12 and up hosted by It’s Just a Cookie! Students may bring an apron and drink. Each student will complete from start to finish their very own Mrs. Rudolph Cake! 8″ cake, 3 thick layers tall, this cake will serve 12-18 people! Brown colored vanilla buttercream and Vanilla Butter cake make-up this sweet little face! Complete with red nose and glitter antler topper! This cake is perfect for the beginner decorator! You will learn how to level, fill, crumb coat and achieve a super smooth final coat with American buttercream! Learn simple fondant accents and how to create your own cardstock toppers! To register, click here.

Buddy the Elf Cookie Class (December 3) :: A great cookie decorating class for beginners ages 12 and up hosted by It’s Just a Cookie! Students may bring an apron and drink of their choice. All supplies included.  Each student will decorate and take home one of each: Elf Hat, Elf Legs, Etch-a-sketch, Syrup Bottle, Lingerie Top, Raccoon Face, Bowl of Spaghetti, Cup of Coffee. To register, click here.

Gingerbread Dreams Cookie Class (December 4) :: A great cookie decorating class for beginners ages 10 and up hosted by It’s Just a Cookie! Students may bring an apron and drink of their choice. All supplies included. Each student will decorate and take home one of each: Gingerbread boy (or girl), Gingerbread House, Cupcake, Tree, Star, Candy, and Heart. To register, click here.

Do you want to build a Snowman? Cookie Class (December 4) :: A great cookie decorating class for beginners ages 8 and up hosted by It’s Just a Cookie! To register, click here.

Boots, Beards and Buckles Cookie Class (December 10) :: A great cookie decorating class for beginners ages 12 and up hosted by It’s Just a Cookie! Students may bring an apron and drink of their choice. All supplies included. This is an original cookie class that’s coming back for the first time in 4 years! There will be various tweaks to this design that will make achieving the overall look much easier for the average student. To register, click here.

Fa la la la Llama Cookie Class (December 11) :: A great cookie decorating class for beginners ages 12 and up hosted by It’s Just a Cookie! Learn to decorate festive llama and cactus themed cookies. To register, click here.

Teddy Bear Tea (December 17) :: Moncus Park’s magic-filled Teddy Bear Tea is presented by Roots Pediatric Dentistry. It includes a speciality menu and entertainment designed for the young and the young at heart! Mrs. Claus welcomes families while they enjoy a presentation of delicious holiday food, tasty pastries, and unlimited mimosas for Mom and Dad! Tickets are required for either 10a.m. or 2p.m. presentation.

Misteletoe & Mystery Brunch (December 18) :: In this interactive mystery, guests will meet a slew of sleighing suspects, one of which is a merry murderer! Who of our investigators will crack the case and send Santa’s slayer to the top of the naughty list? There’s only one way to find out! Don your Christmas attire and be a part of this exciting event at Moncus Park for Mistletoe and Mystery! Tickets required. Two showtimes available at 10a.m. and 2p.m.

Other Holiday Merriment

Holiday Events and Parades in Lafayette and Acadiana

Movies in the Parc Featuring The Lion King (November 12) :: Join Downtown Lafayette for the Movies in the Parc, presented by Kiwanis Club of Lafayette. This FREE, family-friendly event is held in Parc International and starts at 3:30 p.m. Activities include: train rides, fun jumps by Acadiana Fun Jumps, crafts with the Children’s Museum of Acadiana, performances and dancing by The TMM Project, reptile display by Schoolhouse Safari and Stretch-n-Grow. Food Vendors available to purchase from Popalicious and Funnel Factory.

Cajun Cup 10K and 1 Mile Run (November 12) :: A fundraiser used to support the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Cross Country and Track teams. Help support Lafayette Catholic Services, donate your old running shoes to help those less fortunate. The collection will be at Geaux Run, Friday and race morning.

2022 Broussard Community Fair (November 19 & 20) :: Open from 10am until dark the Broussard Community Fair has free admission for the whole family! Paid activities include games for kids and adults, confetti eggs, gumbo, carnival rides, 5K race & Fun Run, raffle , silent auction, as well as food from vendors.

Camellia Crossing – Acadiana’s Gleaux 5K (November 23) :: On Thanksgiving Eve, light up the night sky with us by wearing things that GLEAUX as we run or walk down Camellia Blvd for the 19th annual Camellia Crossing: Acadiana’s Gleaux Run. All funds raised stay in Acadiana to fund our mission to help families fight, survive, and live with cancer. This night of family fun begins at 5:30pm in Town Square River Ranch. Click here to register to run or volunteer.

JPJ Memorial 1-mile Turkey Trot (November 24) :: A timed 1-mile run/walk Thanksgiving morning through Moncus Park in memory of JeanPaul Judice. Our mission is to continue to spread JeanPaul’s unconditional love and desire to help those in need.  We are happy to team up Catholic Charities of Acadiana to raise money for St. Joseph Diner. Since 1983, St. Joseph Diner has served meals to those experiencing hunger and food insecurity. We welcome all levels of runners and walkers. Strollers welcome also.

Christmas at Bridge Point (November 24 – December 24) :: We are beyond thrilled to host Acadiana’s FIRST drive thru Christmas light adventure. These memorable nights of family fun are guaranteed to make the magic of Christmas stay alive in Lafayette, Louisiana . With over half a million lights displayed at Bridge Point, driving around this beautiful new property will make your eye sparkle with wonder. Very familiar Christmas characters will be greeting and waving at the guests as they drive through and view 24 acres of Bridge Point Farms with Christmas lights and displays. Lit up bridges, a floating cabin, the Bridge Point Express Train and a vintage Carousel. Open from 6p.m. – 11 p.m. nightly. Admission is $25 a vehicle & $40 for commercial vehicles. Pay at the gate- cash only accepted.

Christmas Trail at Prehistoric Park (November 25-December 30) :: Get in the Christmas spirit at our 2nd annual lighted trail! Our 1/2 mile trail is filled with festive lights and photo ops  – you might even run into the Grinch or Elsa! This handicapped accessible trail is open from 5:30p.m. – 8:30p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children. Also be sure to catch Santa at the Cajun Fast Track – for dates and times, click here.

Cajun Country Run (November 26) :: A racing option for everyone with 5 levels available, including a 1 mile fun run for kids so they can meet Santa at the finish line! Christmas costumes are encouraged and awards will be given to the fastest as well as best dressed Santa and Mrs. Claus. Use the code LFTMOM for 15% off anything in the Trail store (such as race registration, rentals and merchandise). Code is valid until Christmas Day. Trail store purchases can be made online at https://www.latrail.org/trail-store. To sign up, click here.

2022 Christmas Tree Extravaganza (November 26 – January 2) :: Downtown Lafayette’s Christmas Tree Extravaganza brings together dozens of businesses, families, and nonprofits to spark holiday joy ALL MONTH LONG. Over 50 premium spruce trees will be decorated for the public to view, photograph, and vote for their favorite. The tree that receives the most votes throughout December will receive a $500 donation to the non-profit of its choice. You can register to sponsor/decorate a tree no later than November 21. Or simply vote for your favorite Christmas Tree December 1st-15th!

Holiday Pop Up Classes with Hello Music (Beginning November 30 & more):: Mama’s are you looking for something memorable and magical this Holiday Seson?!! You and your little one will make some fun Christmas themed music while bonding with you and celebrating with their friends!!! Let’s celebrate and create memories for years to come! All Pop-Up Classes are Grown Up & Me Classes for Ages 0-5 Years Old.

Dasher, Dancer, Prancer 5K (December 3) :: Dash, Dance or Prance your way through our Second Annual 5K.  Acadiana Fitness is excited to announce that we will be hosting our race on Saturday, December 3, 2022. The run will be in conjunction with the Carencro Country Christmas. After the race, stop in and partake in the Carencro Community Center’s Christmas Activities. This will be a fun family event for all. Costumes are welcome and encouraged but not required. 100% of all profits from this run will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. To sign up, click here.

Sonic Christmas Parade (December 4) :: The official arrival of Santa to Lafayette will take place on Sunday, December 4th in the annual Sonic Christmas Parade.  The parade will begin this year at 1:00pm in downtown Lafayette at the Jefferson Street underpass and will conclude in the Oil Center.  Santa is certainly the star of this event, but there will also be floats, high school marching bands and dance clubs.  Kids should bring their letters to Santa to the parade where they will be collected and mailed to the North Pole.  The Sonic Christmas Parade, a perfect opportunity to get into the holiday spirit.

Christmas Carnival (December 4) :: Come one, come all! Join us at the Merry & Bright Series Christmas Carnival in Parc International from 2p.m. – 5p.m. We are so grateful to the sponsors for their support in keeping spirits bright this holiday season: Coca -Cola, Meritus Credit Union, and Cox Communications.

Abbeville Cajun Christmas Celebration (December 10) :: Abbeville’s Second Cajun Christmas Celebration put on by community organizations and powered by the Rotary Club of Abbeville. A Christmas Parade begins at 5:30 p.m. from the train tracks on S. State Street. It will march north towards Edwards Street and then end back at the tracks by way of S. Washington Street. We will have live entertainment by Gerald Gruenig in Magdalen Square along with Photos with Santa and a Kid’s Crafting Corner. You’ll also be able to shop arts & craft vendors and food vendors.

Second Annual Firefighter’s Night Before Christmas (December 10) :: Join Melodi’s for their Second Annual Firefighter’s Night Before Christmas event with a reading of the Firefighter’s Night Before Christmas Book and a visit from the Lafayette Fire Department!

44rd Annual Queen City Christmas Parade (December 10) :: Bayou Traditions presents The 44th Annual Queen City Christmas Parade powered by Arceneaux Ford on Saturday, December 10, 2022 in historic Downtown New Iberia, La. This years holiday parade will look a little different as we will parade down Main Street then the Bayou Teche ending with fireworks!

A Firefighter’s Night Before Christmas Event (December 18) :: Join Melodi’s Belles & Beaus from 10am – 12 noon for a reading of the “Firefighter’s Night Before Christmas” and a visit from local firemen & a fire engine thanks to Lafayette Fire Department!

Opelousas Children’s Christmas Parade (December 8) :: The Opelousas Children’s Christmas Parade will feature colorfully lit floats, marching bands, community organizations, dance groups, and of course everyone’s favorite, Santa Claus. The parade will roll through downtown on Thursday, December 8th, at 6 p.m. You can also still register to ride in the parade through November 30 by clicking here.

Movies in the Parc Featuring The Polar Express (December 10) :: Join Downtown Lafayette for a special holiday screening of The Polar Express in Parc International! The event is FREE to attend. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. with a mix of free and paid activities such as face painting, meeting Santa, and a reptile display by Schoolhouse Safari. The movie will begin after dark. The Merry & Bright Series would not be possible without series sponsor, Coca -Cola.

Movies at Moncus With Caroling (December 21) :: This family-fun event begins with cheerful carols led by Wonderland Performing Arts followed by a classic Christmas movie shown on the big screen! $10 parking on site. Food and treats available for purchase. 

Lafayette Louisiana Holiday Events.

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Emily is a dual citizen, residing in Lafayette, Louisiana, yet a temporary visitor in her other residency of Germany. She is a wife of four years and full time working mother to two kids: a 2.5 year old girl (C) and 5 month old boy (H). Having graduated from LSU with her bachelors, she continued her education by getting her Masters in Business Administration from UL. Working in management in retail, her schedule frequently varies and consists of unusual hours, but she embraces that as extra time with her children. While off the clock, Emily pours herself a cup of decaf coffee, plays in a room filled with toddler toys, teaches her children German, and attempts to be a scrunchy Montessori inspired mama with goals of raising independent children.

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