2018 Ultimate Guide to Family Friendly Holiday Events in Acadiana

2018 Ultimate Guide to Family Friendly Holiday Events in Acadiana

Are you ready for the flurry of the holidays to come racing in? The Hallmark channel has already been on a roll with the best holiday movies, and Christmas commercials and displays in stores abound. While the hustle and bustle and holiday cheer can be overwhelming, make it easy to find the family fun and holiday events that are right for you with this guide to Lafayette’s best holiday events.

Traveling for the holidays or want to check out other cities, we have you covered with a New Orleans Holiday Guide from New Orleans Moms Blog and a Baton Rouge Holiday Guide from Red Stick Moms Blog!

November 2018 

November 16 :: Club Blue Thanksgiving at BGCA 4:30 – 6:00 pm – Club Blue Acadiana is joining Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana kids for Thanksgiving dinner. You don’t need to bring a dish but friends are welcome.

November 17 :: Eat Fit Acadiana at the Children’s Museum of Acadiana 10:30 am – 1:00 pm – Eat Fit Ambassadors will lead guests at the CMA in a hands-on activity making yummy and healthy fruit kabobs; demonstrate nutritious meals and products in the restaurant and grocery exhibits; and raise awareness about nourishing food choices among children and their caregivers. Program is included with paid admission. By sharing healthy menu and food options at the CMA, Eat Fit Acadiana imparts to CMA guests that eating nutritiously can be both effortless and delicious. All activities included with paid admission to the CMA!

November 17 :: King Cake & Cookies with Santa at the Acadiana Mall 9:00 am – 3:00 pm – Join us Saturday, November 17 as we welcome Santa to Acadiana Mall! The jolly ol’ man will be arriving with the help of Cajun Harley Davidsonand all our wonderful sponsors! Gold Sponsor: Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Silver Sponsors: Acadian Total SecurityLARC’s Acadian VillageIntegrated HealthLafayette Veterinary Care CenterUnitech Training Academy, In-Kind Sponsors: CYT LafayetteLafayette Coca-ColaHome2 Suites by Hilton Parc Lafayette and Macaroni Kid Lafayette LA, Special guests: Jamie BergeronGerald Gruenig and Jeff Horchak. See all the fun details here.

November 17 :: Stuff your Stocking Christmas Market at First Baptist Lafayette, Fellowship Hall from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm – This is a fun and entertaining market designed to meet some of your Christmas shopping need and support Another Child Foundation’s Romania Mission.

November 19 – 21 :: Hello Dancer’s Land of the Sweets Thanksgiving Camp – Hello Dancer presents the a three day creative movement and dance camp dedicated to the wonder and the beauty of the holiday favorite The Nutcracker.

November 19 – 21, 23 :: Skyzone Thanksgiving Camp – Thanksgiving Break means Sky Camp! $40/day from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm 11/19-21 and 11/23. Includes various activities, team-building, crafts, and games! Snacks and lunch included! Only $35/each additional child. Call us at 337-417-8000 to reserve ASAP as spots are LIMITED and will go FAST!

November 19 – 21 :: Hangtime TNT Thanksgiving Camp – Thanksgiving week is right around the corner!! Drop your child off for fun at Hangtime during their break! Thanksgiving Camps will be held Monday and Tuesday November 19th and 20th from 8am-12pm. Wednesday November 21st from 8am-3pm. Register here.

November 19 – 21, 23 :: Thanksgiving Break Camp at the Little Gym of Lafayette 9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Lots of school breaks are coming up and we have exactly what you need to keep those little minds working and bodies moving! Sign up for Thanksgiving camps NOW and your tiny gymnasts will be so THANKFUL! $30/Day for members and $40/non-members. Give us a call at 337-504-2623 to schedule your camp!

November 19 – 21 :: Cooking Adventure Camp during Thanksgiving break at Mix it Up Lafayette – Send the kiddos to Mix it Up for Cooking Adventures while school is out. This camp is best suited for ages 5 – 12 and for children who can follow simple instructions. Drop off between 8:30 – 9:00 am and pick up at 1:00 pm. holiday events

November 24 and 25 :: Santa Pictures and Playtime at the Learning Train – Santa is stopping at our station! Children will have 1 hour of playtime and picture taking with Santa. We will not be providing a professional photographer so please bring your own camera! You must sign up for a time slot in advance and purchase a ticket at $15 per child. Certain time slots are already sold out, so please check the discussion board to determine what’s available.

November 24 :: Santa’s Sleigh Ride and Shopping at South College Shopping Center 3:00 – 6:00 pm (sleigh rides starting as early as 10:00 am) – There will be a Christmas Tree lighting at dusk honoring the memory of Lane Begnaud. Santa’s Sleigh rides will take place throughout the day (10am-12pm, 1-2:30pm, 3-5pm). There will be a host of complimentary activities including face painting, storytelling with Mrs. Claus, letter writing to Santa, a balloon artist, live music, and holiday shopping! The merchants of South College Shopping Center will also be offering special deals and promotions – don’t miss it!

November 25 :: Santa Meet & Greet at All Seasons Nursery 2:30 – 5:00 pm – Save the Date! Santa is sleighing into All Seasons for a FREE Meet & Greet! Bring your camera to take treasured family photos!

November 29 :: Toys & Trivia with Club Blue at Parish Brew Co. in Broussard 6:00 – 8:00pm  – Club Blue is hosting a Toy Drive benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana kids. For many BGCA kids, these gifts will be the only ones they receive this holiday season. We are asking anyone to bring an unwrapped gift for a child ages 5-18. Everyone who brings a gift will receive a drink ticket. Please invite your friends who are interested in Club Blue or who want to have fun for a good cause. Parish Brewing Co. will have trivia beginning at 6p.m.

November 29 :: Sharing Sprits: A Celebrity Cocktail & Bowling Event benefiting Catholic Charities 6:00 – 10:00pm at Rock-n-Bowl de Lafayette – Sharing Spirits will be a local celebrity driven cocktail event with special musical guest PhatHat from Baton Rouge, all to benefit the work of Catholic Charities of Acadiana. Hosted by Corey Grimley, Angèle Lafleur Grimley, Butch Roussel, Erin Edmiston Roussel, Emily Hamner, Jimmy White, Elizabeth N. White, Alicia Abdalla Mouton & Britt Mouton and Katy Merchant and Kevin Merchant. Purchase your tickets here.

November 30 :: Holiday Trunk Show at Chicken Salad Chick in the Oil Center  10:30 am – 2:30 pm – Chicken Salad Chick in the Oil Center will be hosting a trunk show with local vendors including Meredith Rybacki Art, Emily Grace Creations, Adele Elise Designs, St. Blanc Creative, Dough Re Mi, and Bonjour Bebe.

November 30 :: Festival of Lights presented by LUS – The Oil Center’s 25th annual Festival of Lights – Powered by LUS – will be held Friday, November 30, 5-9pm, in Lafayette’s historic Oil Center! Lighted displays, photos with Santa, Light and Learn with LAGCOE, live entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides, live ice sculpting, letter writing to Santa, face painting, carnival games, a Sneaux Zone, food and beverages from local vendors, and more!  Admission to the festival is FREE! Family packs are ONLY AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE IN ADVANCE here.

Recurring November 2018 

November 23 – 25, November 30 (November 25 is members only night) :: Zoosiana Safari of Lights  – Zoosiana is open during the evenings this holiday season for Safari of Lights! To see the zoo’s wonderful animals during our Safari of Lights season, please visit us during the hours of 9am-4pm; to see the festive Safari of Lights, visit during the hours of 5pm-9pm on the dates shown above! Stroll through bright and beautiful Zoosiana with friends and family this holiday season and enjoy a hot cup of cocoa from the Elves’ Eatery! Take a picture with Santa during select nights (call 337-837-4325 for schedule). Zoosiana is generously decorated with dozens of larger-than-life lighted displays, depicting your most favorite animals!

December 2018 

December 1 :: Invasion of the Santas Downtown Christmas Crawl Registration at Rock-n-Bowl from 5:30 – 6:45 pm – Christmas time is near so it’s time to spread some cheer! Be merry and put on a Santa suit, a hat, and boots. Let’s make a dash down Jefferson Street to revel, and enjoy Shiner Bock and Shiner Holiday Cheer! Rudolph’s red nose light will guide the party through the night. Buy your tickets quick ’cause they’ll go fast like old Saint Nick!

December 1 :: It’s A Wonderful Night On Main hosted by the Parich Foundation, 7:00 pm at the Sliman Theater in New Iberia – This holiday event will take you back…back to the days when families had house parties and celebrated the joy and wonder of the Christmas season. A time when dance parties were special, and guests dressed to the nines.  Come enjoy the big band sound of The Skyliners. Slow dance with that special someone, and hobnob with friends and family. Together, let’s celebrate all we, as a community, have accomplished. It’s a Hallmark Movie Night at The Sliman y’all. Tickets available for purchase for $35. This event will benefit two wonderful charities: Acadiana’s Hope for A Cure
and The Unexpected Pregnancy Center. 

December 1 & 2 :: Snowflakes Christmas Adventure Tea hosted by Wonderland Performing Arts at the Chandelier Room – At the 2018 Christmas Tea, Wonderland Performing Arts will perform an original play entitled “Snowflake’s Christmas Adventure,” complete with Christmas songs and dancing. The kids and adults in attendance will get a full sensory experience complete with food, songs, dances, traditions, and fun from around the globe. Your children will also have the opportunity to have their seasonal portrait taken with Santa Claus by Jason Sonnier Photography. Best of all, all funds will benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Greater Acadiana. There are two types of tickets: VIP & General Admission. VIP seats are guaranteed to be close to the stage and come with complimentary mimosas for the 21+ crowd! Tickets available here.

December 2 :: Sonic Christmas Parade – The official arrival of Santa to Lafayette will take place on Sunday, December 2nd 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.

December 2 :: Jingle Bell Noel 2018 at the Grand Opera House of the South in Crowley – Jingle Bell Noel, a family-friendly event, was established in 2010, 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. Activities for kids of all ages included in your family ticket are a 5×7 photo with Santa, face painting, drawing contest, popcorn & hot chocolate, story with Mrs. Clause, ornament decorating, games, entertainment & much more! Tickets are available to purchase at Indigo Blue / Peridot Boutique located at 318 North Parkerson Avenue in downtown Crowley. The cost is $20 per family plus one new children’s book.

December 4 :: Ugly Christmas Sweater December Lessons in Libations at Social Southern Table & Bar 6:30 pm –  Participants will learn how to make holiday inspired cocktails. Tickets are $15 if you bring in a new unopened toy for a teenager living at Faith House. Tickets include include 2 drinks & appetizers. Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater for a chance to win a Social Gift Card!

December 5 :: Toddler Time at the Hilliard University Art Museum 10:00 am – Parents and their children will enjoy story time, songs with finger play, participate in a hands-on art project, and may explore the museum after the program. This program is free to attend.
Due to the overwhelming attendance the museum has experienced with this program, reservations are required to attend. We ask that you arrive and check in no later than 10 minutes prior to the program starting. If the class is full, the museum will provide you with child appropriate activities for you to partake in the galleries.

December 6 – 7 :: The Art of Giving hosted by the UL Alumni Association – ‘Tis the season for giving! Get your Christmas shopping started by supporting UL Lafayette and local artists during Art of Giving, a fundraiser featuring beautiful works of art by some of Lafayette’s most talented artists. Various artwork will be for sale along with the UL Press for their annual book showcase. A portion of the proceeds will be dedicated to funding student scholarships during this two-day event at the Alumni Center! Art of Giving will begin on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 5-8 p.m. and continue on Friday, Dec. 7 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

December 7 and 8 :: Christmas at Coteau – Holiday shopping, live nativity, pictures with Santa, and a Gumbo Cookoff! All on the historic grounds of Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau!

December 7 :: Twinkle Light Night! at the Children’s Museum of Acadiana 5:30 – 8:30 pm – Join us for our annual Twinkle Light Night Holiday Celebration! Activities include: Make & Take Christmas Ornaments, Magic Reindeer Food, “Graham” Prix Car Races, “Let it Snow” Weather Lab, Naughty or Nice Registration Post, (Santa is giving away a Family Membership!), Holiday Slime Lab, Handprint Christmas Cards, Santa Stations! (Letters & Selfies with Santa!), and an Elf Treats Table. In addition, all CMA exhibits will be open for play! Pajamas are encouraged! Admission is $8 per person and $3 for members. 12 months and under are free!

December 7-9 :: The Living Bethlehem at Sugar Mill Pond hosted by First Assembly Youngsville 6:30 – 8:30 pm – Join us for this year’s Living Bethlehem as our cast of children depict the story of the birth of Jesus in a live action drama. Come out early and walk through the Living Bethlehem set, take a picture and enjoy cookies and hot chocolate. The entire event is free and fun for the entire family.

December 7 :: Jingle, Juleps, & Jazz  hosted by Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center 11:00 am – 3:00 pm – Jazz up your holidays at this festive lunch brought to you by Lourdes Foundation. First, sip on our signature Christmas Cranberry Julep then enjoy a delicious three-course lunch prepared by the culinary masters at Charley G’s. Musical entertainment, a second line and Santa help to keep the fun going throughout the afternoon. Ticket sales help support Lourdes Foundation and its initiatives that touch those most in need throughout Acadiana. Get your table today!

December 7 :: Christmas Murder Mystery – Friday Edition at Esprit de Coeur 6:30 – 9:30 pm – Have yourself a very merry- MURDER!? On December 7, Esprit de Coeur will host the murder mystery dinner, A Christmas Killing! On this night, patrons will participate in solving a murder over the course of a themed dinner. Clues will be given and suspects will speak on their behalf as you and your investigative team solve whodunit. A tantalizing prize package awaits our top sleuths of the evening. *Please note that tables will be shared and your table becomes your investigative team.

December 8 :: Holiday Open House at the Dailey Method Bar & Cycle Studio 8:00 am – 12:00 pm – Join us for our Holiday Open House Saturday, December 8th! Free Classes include: 8:00am Cycle; 9:15am Barre; and 10:30am Yogalates. There will be local businesses with retail for shopping and great deals on class packages and memberships!

December 8 :: Shadows Holiday Market hosted by Shadows on the Teche 9:00 am – 4:00 pm –  Find those last few Christmas presents at the Shadows Holiday Market! Vendors will be selling their handmade wares in the courtyard of the Shadows Visitor Center (320 E. Main Street). Food and drink will be available for sale.

December 8 :: Santa at Kart Ranch 5:30 – 7:30 pm – Santa will visit Kart Ranch in the lighted, musical Coca Cola truck on Saturday December 8. Be sure to bring the family out for a great photo opportunity. Coupons and candy will be given out!

December 8 :: Donuts with Santa at Cajun Market Donut Company 8:30 – 11:30 am – Jingle & mingle with Santa and Mrs. Claus on December 8th from 8:30am to 11:30am at Cajun Market Donut Co. on Rue Louis XIV! Our shop will be full of holiday cheer including a special Christmas themed kid’s meal!! Be sure to bring your camera to capture that special photo with Santa!

December 8 and 9 :: The Nutcracker Ballet presented by Lafayette Ballet Theater – Lafayette Ballet Theatre with principal dancers from the Pacific Northwest Ballet, and the entire dance community presents the full-length holiday classic, THE NUTCRACKER. Two performances will take place at the Heymann Performing Arts Center on Dec. 8 and 9. Purchase tickets here.

December 9 :: Santa Cares at the Acadiana Mall  10:00 – 11:30 am – Children within every spectrum of special needs and their families are invited to a private photo session, to experience the time-honored tradition of a visit with Santa Claus during dedicated hours. Please reserve your complimentary ticket on Eventbrite – ONE TICKET per group/family, please. Visits with Santa are free. Photo packages that capture holiday memories will be available for purchase at the event, pricing varies by location. Visit the center’s website for additional information.

December 9 :: Deck the Halls –  a Christmas Home Tour 5:30 – 8:30 pm –  A self-guided tour of the most beautifully decorated residences in Lafayette! Guests will be given a map of the homes to tour… Each stop will be a wonderland of decor along with sips of champagne and beautiful holiday selections performed by our Acadiana Symphony Youth Orchestra – ASYO. Funds raised will directly benefit the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra’s School of Music which includes the Acadiana Symphony Youth Orchestra, Summer Youth Camps, as well as ASO’s educational outreach programs that include DoReME! – a music enrichment curriculum currently taught by ASO artists at Truman Early Childhood Development Center.

December 13 :: Letters to Santa at the Kids Specialty Center at Women’s & Children’s Hospital 5:30 – 7:30 pm – the Kids Specialty Center at Women’s & Children’s Hospital, KATC TV-3 and Lafayette Moms Blog are helping Acadiana kids get their letters to Santa this Christmas. Download your free Santa letter template at Womens-Childrens.com/Santa. Drop off your letters in the special mailbox at the Kids Specialty Center or Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers on Kaliste Saloom Road near Ambassador Caffery Parkway. And, join us from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. December 13th at the Kids Specialty Center for cocoa, cookies and photos with Santa himself!

December 13 :: Acadiana Symphony Presents: Celebrating Christmas  7:00 pm – Holiday favorites for entire families including selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker and Handel’s Messiah, Irvin Berlin’s White Christmas and Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride. With Grammy Award winning Lost Bayou Ramblers, ASO Youth Orchestra and Lafayette High School Chorus.

December 15 :: Christmas Concert in Crowley with the Lafayette Concert Band,  Grand Opera House of the South, 7:00 pm – The Lafayette Concert Band presents a Christmas concert in Crowley. This is a FREE concert, however, you will need a ticket to enter. Tickets can be found on www.thegrandoperahouse.org. Everyone is invited to attend.

December 15 and 22 :: Breakfast with Santa at the Mulberry Tree – We are excited to announce that Santa is returning to his workshop here at The Mulberry Tree! You are invited to join us for Breakfast with Santa! You can even come in your PJ’s! This 1 and 1/2 hour event includes craft time with Santa in his workshop and Breakfast with Santa in our party room. Santa even brings both his “overalls” as well as his “fancy suit” for this visit! This allows you the opportunity for candid shots with Santa in both of the outfits and a more formal portrait in the party room.  Each seating is limited to only 50 people to insure quality one-on-one time with Santa.

December 15 :: From A to Zoot Author Signing Margaret David Laborde at Barnes & Noble from 2:00 – 3:00 pm – Author Margaret David Laborde who will be signing copies of her book From A to Zoot. For more information, visit From A to Zoot’s website where you may also download lesson plans and coloring pages.

December 15 :: Old Time Christmas Family Day at Vermillionville 10:00 am – 4:00 pm – the annual Old Time Christmas Family Day Celebration will begin at 10:00 a.m. and last until 4:00 p.m. with lots more to offer. The village will be filled with great learning opportunities, live music, delicious food, Native American storytelling, arts & crafts, and self-guided tours. In fact, Papa Noël (the French Santa Claus) will be here and kids will be able to write letters to him sealed with wax. Our artisans will demonstrate several holiday happenings from 1765-1890 such as how to make candles, soap, Victorian paper ornaments, citrus pomanders and more. There will also be discussions about traditional decorations, gift giving and the Réveillon. Also, we will have a reading of The Night Before Christmas each half hour. Admission is $5 for those 4 and older.-

December 15 :: Christmas at Couret 6:00 – 9:00 pm – SAVE THE DATE! Gather your family and friends on the beautiful grounds of Couret Farms, a Traditional Neighborhood Development in Lafayette, for a special winter event- Service Chevrolet Cadillac’s Christmas at Couret. Experience live entertainment, Christmas shopping from local pop-up vendors, kids activities, pictures with Santa, and explore our neighborhood. This event is free to the public. No outside food or drinks are allowed. Food and drinks will be for sale on site. Lawnchairs and blankets are allowed for seating.

December 16 :: A Frosted Christmas at the Gardens at Rip Van Winkle Gardens  and hosted by the Frosted Apron 9:00 am – 11:00 am (space available) and1:00 – 3:00 pm (currently full) – Join us for a Frosted Christmas at the Gardens! We will get into the Christmas spirit while decorating melty snowmen and Rudolph cupcakes with Stacey from The Frosted Apron! Each person gets to decorate two cupcakes and take them home in a cupcake box. We will also write letters to Santa! No stamps will be needed on our envelopes because we will give Santa our letters in person as he will be our special guest! Everyone will also take a tour of the Joseph Jefferson Mansion. It will be decorated beautifully for Christmas! You will also have a chance to win door prizes! This event will be fun for the whole family. It’s $15 per person participating. Parents don’t have to pay to enter unless they are decorating their own set of cupcakes. We will have limited seating, so you must register and pay in advance.

December 16 :: Santa Brunch at Social Southern Table and Bar 10:30 am – 2:00 pm – Join us on Sunday, December 16 for Brunch with Santa! Santa will be here from 11am-1pm. We will have a photographer here to capture the day but please feel free to bring your own camera to capture your child with Santa! We will be serving our regular Sunday brunch, which has a little bee’s section just for kids! Call or make an online reservation for 6 or less people here.

December 16 :: Grandmother & Me Christmas Tea at Nine Oaks in Aranaudville, Louisiana 2:00 – 4:00 pm – The most precious Christmas gift is time together! Make priceless memories with your grandchild (or two!*) by indulging them in a Victorian Christmas Tea here at Nine Oaks! Upon entering, choose one of our fun hats, pick up your name cards and explore the table settings to decide your preferred seating. After that, be our guest! Relax, chat, and enjoy this time with your special grandchild. We look forward to serving you your choice of tea and a variety of delicious finger foods.*An additional $15 will need to be paid separately for the second grandchild. Please contact us via Facebook to arrange payment by PayPal.

December 22 :: Cirque Musica: Wonderland at the Heymann Performing Arts Center 8:00 pm – CIRQUE MUSICA WONDERLAND is a concert and visual experience for the entire family, blending the spell-binding grace and dare-devil athleticism of today’s greatest circus performers with the sensory majesty of the greatest holiday music of all time. It is the perfect opportunity for the entire family to get into the Holiday spirit with great music including Holiday favorites from classical, POPS and more, while enjoying an edge of your seat circus experience.

December 22 :: Ugly Sweater Workshop: Pick a Design class at Board & Brush Youngsville 6:00 – 9:00 pm – Choose your own wood sign from our gallery of 100 plus designs! Join our popular workshop and create your own unique wood sign! We customize the materials for you and take you step by step to create a gorgeous piece for your home or for a gift! Choose from a variety of paint colors and wood stain colors in the workshop.

December 23 :: Jolly St. Nick’s Holiday Prance at Elevation Station 8:00 – 11:00 am  – Elevation Station Presents:
Jolly St. Nick’s Holiday Prance. Three hours of Jump, $15 tickets with only 165 spots available. There will be free picture & toy with Santa and gift card deals & birthday party discounts. Call to claim your ticket (337) 552-8222 – (must be 9 years old or younger).

December 23 & 24 :: Christmas at the Bayou a Christmas Concert – This Christmas, The Bayou invites you and all of Acadiana to experience the sounds of the season at our annual Christmas concert. This festive event has something for the whole family to enjoy. We will transport you to a Christmas wonderland as we set the tone for this joyful season through music, community and fun surprises for all ages. Our pastor will share a brief message about the hope that was born on Christmas for all to receive. There is no childcare as we encourage you to enjoy the concert as a family, but we will have a special family area in the Commons to accommodate little ones who get restless. Please join us for this family-friendly event! (No cost to attend). December 23 performances at 3:00 and 5:00 pm; December 24 performances at 1:00, 3:00, and 5:00 pm.

December 26 – 28 :: Christmas Camp at the Little Gym of Lafayette 9:00 am – 12:00 pm – Lots of school breaks are coming up and we have exactly what you need to keep those little minds working and bodies moving! Sign up for the Christmas Camp to take a break after the busy holiday season.  $30/Day for members and $40/non-members. Give us a call at 337-504-2623 to schedule your camp!

December 31 :: Last Night  at the Lafayette Science Museum 9:00 pm – 1:00 am – Join us on the Last Night of 2018 as we celebrate new beginnings with an all-inclusive gala in an exclusive location in the heart of downtown Lafayette, the historic Lafayette Science Museum. Your ticket grants you complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a full-service open bar, and complimentary champagne at midnight. Entertainment includes the fresh DJ stylings of DJ Digital. Cocktail casual attire is required. Tickets are very limited, and available in advance only.

Recurring December 2018

November 30 – December 23 :: Noel Acadian Au Village at LARC’s Acadian Village 5:30 pm – 9:00 nightly – weather permitting – LUS Fiber Presents Claude’s Enchanted Village with new displays, more lights and all the magic you expect ffrom Acadiana’s oldest Christmas festival. We have a very special Noel Acadien Au Village planned for 2018! Claude is back, and it’s brighter than ever. We have 40K new LED lights that will land Santa’s sleigh just in time for Christmas.

December 8 – 9, 15-16, and 22-23 :: Atchafalaya Christmas with McGee’s Swamp Tours – During three weekends in December, McGee’s is offering swamp tours led by Papa Noël (aka Santa Claus) himself! The 60-minute tour will share the story of “The Cajun Night Before Christmas!” After each tour there will be family photos with Santa, ornament decorating (with a swamp-theme), hot chocolate, cookies, and candy-canes. All included in the price of your tour!

December 1, 2, and 7-30 (but closed on Christmas Even and Christmas Day) :: Zoosiana Safari of Lights  – Zoosiana is open during the evenings this holiday season for Safari of Lights! To see the zoo’s wonderful animals during our Safari of Lights season, please visit us during the hours of 9am-4pm; to see the festive Safari of Lights, visit during the hours of 5pm-9pm on the dates shown above! Stroll through bright and beautiful Zoosiana with friends and family this holiday season and enjoy a hot cup of cocoa from the Elves’ Eatery! Take a picture with Santa during select nights (call 337-837-4325 for schedule). Zoosiana is generously decorated with dozens of larger-than-life lighted displays, depicting your most favorite animals!

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 The entire team at Lafayette Moms Blog wishes you and your family a peaceful, festive, and fun holiday season.

Anne Elise Doise
Anne Elise, a Lafayette native, is enjoying the joys of motherhood while balancing her career as a real estate agent for a local company and working for the Lafayette Mom. Between the day to day household affairs and keeping up with her little blue eyed boy, she also enjoys anything to work up a sweat, Broadway musicals, cooking classes, and football! She and her husband, Michael, met in high school, but thought it would be easier to start a relationship while she attended graduate school in Dallas and while he pursued his MBA in New Orleans (just a bit of sarcasm). A few short months after they married, they took off again to Houston where Anne Elise became a law school career counselor for the University of Houston Law Center. She and her husband have finally made their way home again to Cajun Country.


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