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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The 2021 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 13) :: Come on out and shop with local vendors and Get your PHOTO TAKEN WITH MR GRINCH. Face Painter will also be here. This event is put on by Ke Ke’s Photography from 11am-3pm at 521 N Lewis Ave, New Iberia, LA 70563.

Meet & Greet {+ Take a Photo} with Santa (November 20) :: Santa will be at All Seasons November 20, 2021 from 4-7pm for a FREE* Meet & Greet/Photos! Please bring your camera for your own photos. Please note Santa will be behind the children, and discouraged from holding any babies. It is recommended at this time for parents to be in the photo with children too young to sit on their own near Santa. Tickets are free, but required and limited to 100 people.

Christmas Brunch (November 27) :: Join Exposure – a selfie experience for our annual Christmas Brunch. Two available seatings: 9:00 am & 11:00 am. Located in Downtown Lafayette, it’s a do not miss for this Christmas season. This 2-hour brunch event will be hosted in our Lux VIP lounge with a limited number of children’s tickets available. Skip the traditional Santa picture lines and join us for a brunch full of Christmas selfie fun, story time, craft, sing-a-long, pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus, mimosas for mom and dad, and so much more! All Tickets Include: Brunch including mimosas with each adult ticket. Individual time and pictures with Santa and Mrs Claus. (One Professional digital image included with each ticket purchased) Christmas carols and special Christmas craft. Magical Reading of “The Night Before Christmas” Access to selfie studios many Christmas backdrops. Purchase your tickets NOW so you don’t miss out.

Twinkle Light Night (December 3) :: Holiday Magic is making its way to the Children’s Museum of Acadiana! You won’t want to miss our annual Christmas celebration filled with a little tradition, a lot of hands-on making, trinkets, treats, and crafts galore.This family Christmas party is sure to delight with themed stations throughout the museum. Wear your Christmas pajamas, take a few selfies with Stuffee or drop by the toy workshop and build like an elf. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the other fun stations we’re planning:Grinch Slushies, Pictures with Santa and his sleigh, Elf Treats,The walls need decking, Thumbs on the tree…stay tuned! Tickets go on sale November 5, 2021.

Noël Acadien Au Village (December 3-23) :: Acadian Village, Lafayette. 5:30-9 p.m. $10 at the gate; $8 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.

Christmas in Crowley (December 4) :: Join us on Saturday, December 4th from 4-7:00 PM , for an old fashioned Christmas celebration in Historic Downtown Crowley!! Come enjoy this family friendly event that features hot cocoa, pictures with Santa, hay rides, and more!Admission is FREE!

Pictures with Santa and the Grinch (December 4) :: 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 The Grinch and crafts for the kids.

Deck the Halls – A Christmas Home Tour (December 5) :: ASO proudly presents, Deck the Halls – A Christmas Home Tour. See some of the most beautiful homes in Acadiana decked out in holiday splendor, and savor the sights and sounds of the holiday season, at this family-friendly event. Join us in-person on Dec. 5th, at Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club, for a self-guided tour of several homes, while you enjoy sparkling sips of champagne, and listen to your favorite Christmas songs, performed by the Acadiana Symphony Youth Orchestra. There’ll be cookie decorating kits for the kids, a photo booth and pictures with Santa, and hot chocolate for all! Proceeds support the Acadiana Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Pancakes & PJs with Santa (December 11):: Bayou Traditions in partnership with New Iberia McDonald’s present Pancakes & PJs with Santa 8-11:30am. Spend a beautiful morning at the Steamboat Pavillion with Santa and Mrs. Claus – PICNIC STYLE. That’s right, bring your own blanket and enjoy your hot pancakes and sausage provided by New Iberia McDonald’s. There will be Holiday Face Painting and Story Time with Mrs. Claus! Select Holiday Vendors will also be on-site for great gift ideas. https://bayoutraditions.ticketleap.com/santa/details

Jingle Bell Noel (December 12):: 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 12th at the Grand Opera House of the South in Crowley from 2:00 pm-4:00 p.m. Tickets for the event are $20.00 + one new children’s book per family and can be purchased at: Indigo Blue, 318 N. Parkerson Avenue or Puddles and Lace 300 N Parkerson Ave, in downtown Crowley or online at eventbrite. Tickets can be purchased on the day of event at the door for $30.00. Activities for kids of all ages include: Pictures with Santa, Face Painting, Entertainment, Games, Story by Mrs. Clause, Ornament Decorating, Drawing Contest, and much more!

Christmas in the Park (December 16-29) :: Moncus Park is excited to kick off its Opening Season with a holiday celebration, Christmas in the Park, presented by Iberia Bank, a division of First Horizon and Laborde Earls Injury Lawyers. The 12-night seasonal event will take place from Thursday, December 16 to Wednesday, December 29, 2021, from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. excluding Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Along with live music, the event will feature a wide variety of fun and activities for the whole family including six separate kid’s activities per night at our “Imagination Station”, a visit from Santa, a Christmas Market and General Store, selfie stations, a Live Art Installation, local food vendors, specialty cocktails and beverages, and so much more!

Holiday Performances

Holiday performances and the Nutcracker

Annie KIDS (November 19-21) :: Wonderland Performing Arts Presents Annie! With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Million Dollar Orchestra Christmas (November 28) :: Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley come together again to celebrate the most wonderful time of year. Sun Records, now donned with Christmas tree, garland, and mistletoe, rings with the sounds of the season and the chart toppers that made these four famous.

The Singing Christmas Tree (December 3-6) :: Born is the King…Jesus. Across the world, His birth is celebrated on Christmas day, and, leading up to that special day, we share with each other the words of Merry Christmas and expressions of peace. It’s also a time for friends and family to come together as His family. First Baptist Lafayette plans to celebrate Christ’s birth this December a Christmas program, “Born is the King”, featuring The Singing Christmas Tree. The Singing Christmas Tree has been a part of this special season for over three decades. The presentation will tell the story of the birth of Christ and will serve as an inspiration of hope and love in these often challenging times facing us across our nation and world. Performances are Friday, December 3, at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, December 4, at 3:00 p.m.; Sunday, December 5, at 3:00 p.m.; and Monday, December 6 at 7:00 p.m.

Lighting of the Tree Concert Featuring Chubby Carrier (December 4) :: 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 by Mayor-President Josh Guillory followed by live music from Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band on the main stage. Gates open at 5:00pm for this FREE, family-friendly event. Activities include:Photos by Exposure Selfies ft. Santa and Mrs. Claus. Holiday crafts with the Children’s Museum of Acadiana. Food by the. Funnel Cake Factory and Cravinboudin.

Deck the Halls – A Christmas Home Tour (December 5) :: ASO proudly presents, Deck the Halls – A Christmas Home Tour. See some of the most beautiful homes in Acadiana decked out in holiday splendor, and savor the sights and sounds of the holiday season, at this family-friendly event. Join us in-person on Dec. 5th, at Le Triomphe Golf & Country Club, for a self-guided tour of several homes, while you enjoy sparkling sips of champagne, and listen to your favorite Christmas songs, performed by the Acadiana Symphony Youth Orchestra. There’ll be cookie decorating kits for the kids, a photo booth and pictures with Santa, and hot chocolate for all! Proceeds support the Acadiana Symphony Youth Orchestra.

The Real Story of Christmas (December 9) :: 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 become 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.

The Nutcracker (December 11 & 12) :: LBT 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; Sale Dates and Times: Public Onsale : Fri, 8 Oct 2021 at 10:00 AM; BLACK FRIDAY SALE : Fri, 26 Nov 2021 at 10:00 AM

Sugar Jam Featuring GTO Party Band (December 11) :: Join us at the beautiful Town Center in Sugar Mill Pond for the Sugar Jam 2021 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.

Home for the Holidays (December 12) :: Home for the Holidays is an exclusive, courtyard concert featuring live music by Roddie Romero and Michael Juan Nunez, and a silent art auction. Your ticket purchase includes complimentary food and beverage and most importantly, helps DLU’s mission to support the physical, economic, and cultural revitalization of the downtown district. Guests must be 21+. Limited seating available.

The Milk Carton Kids (December 12) :: The Milk Carton Kids are a three-time, Grammy Award-nominated neo-traditional folk duo from Los Angeles, California. Come see them at the Acadiana Center for the Arts this December!

Candlelight Christmas (December 15) :: Looking to celebrate a traditional Christmas program with family and friends? Join us for Candlelight Christmas in Parc International on Wednesday, December 15. 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 5:30pm ft. Christmas Tree Extravaganza with a 6:00pm kickoff of official programming.

TRACK 4: A Sleigh Ride Together (December 16) :: 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 including Anderson’s Sleigh Ride and sing-along.

Marc Broussard at the Grand Opera House of the South (December 17) :: Marc Broussard is back with his full band on Friday, December 17th @ 7:30 PM.

A Festival of Lessons & Carols (December 17) :: All are invited to attend St. Josephe’s Catholic Church in Rayne for a demonstration of Lessons and Carols performed by Sasha Massey. Experience the story of Redemption through scripture readings, songs and silent meditation. Free admission.

Holiday Festivals and Markets

Holiday Festivals and Markets and shopping in lafayette

Holiday Shopping Extravaganza (November 10) :: Join us for a Holiday Shopping Extravaganza hosted by Trust Acadiana! This event is open to the public. Join us for fun and get a jump start on your holiday gift shopping. Browse gifts, makeup, jewelry, clothing, art, holiday gift and a few treats. Finger food and beverages will be served. The event will be held at the Palmetto Club, 307 Heymann Blvd., Lafayette, LA.

Oil Center Holiday Open House (November 11) :: Spend the day in the Oil Center on November 11 during our Christmas Open House from 10am – 5pm.

Holiday Pop Up (November 13) :: Join Best Sweets at Parish Ink Downtown for the first Pop Up event of the holiday season. Stroll the streets of Downtown Lafayette during the annual Art Walk event and support LEAUXCAL businesses.

Making Spirits Bright (November 18) ::  Acadian Village 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm. Tickets $35. Join us for an evening of wine, shopping, music and Christmas lights. Presented by Acadian Village and Marcello’s, this 21 and over event is the perfect date night out in preparation for the holidays! Whether you are stocking the bar or picking up last minute holiday gifts, this event will not disappoint.

Stuff Your Stocking Christmas Market (November 18) :: This event will take place at First Baptist Church from 9am – 5pm. This is a fun market that raises funds for Another Child Foundation ministries in Tarnaveni, Romania. Vendors, please contact Debbie Myers at [email protected] to secure your spot!

Jingle Bell Rock n Shop (November 19 & 20) :: Join us for our 2nd Annual JINGLE BELL ROCK N SHOP! We’ll have FOOD, MUSIC, SHOPPING, PICS WITH SANTA and MORE!! More details to come! Located at Jewelie’s Boutique on Rena Drive from 11am – 3pm.

Wineaux 2021 (November 19) :: It’s been like FOREVER, y’all. We can’t wait to see your faces IN PERSON this year! Mark your calendars – tickets for Wineaux 2021 go on sale via www.socialentertainment.net at 10am on Monday, October 11th. Tickets will be limited to make sure we can provide a safe environment due to Covid, so when these tickets go on sale, you’ll wanna be FAST-FAST!!

“La fête de Noël” – Rebel Holiday Market (November 20) :: Teurlings Catholic hosts this market Saturday, November 20 from 11am – 2pm. A holiday celebration which includes shopping, food, and entertainment for the entire family.

Santa’s Sleigh Ride, Shopping, & More (November 27) :: Santa’s Sleigh Rides and more will take place at the South College Center. Christmas Tree Lighting at Dusk, Santa’s Sleigh Ride (10:00am-12:00pm, 1:00-2:30pm, 3:00-5:00pm). Complimentary events include: Letter Writing to Santa, Live Musical Entertainment, Reindeer Food Bar, and Holiday Shopping. ✼✼ NOTE: Santa’s Sleigh Ride will also operate from 10:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00 on these Saturdays
December 4, 11, & 18 NOT ALL complimentary events will be happening ✼✼

Evening Holiday Market (December 2):: Mark your calendar for the Lafayette Farmers & Artisans Market’s annual Evening Holiday Market from 5-9pm. 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 5:30 – 8:30 – sponsored by the Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission. Visit our popular ‘Smores Corner – for a taste of a holiday favorite!! Great food will abound! Be sure to get a pic with Santa & Mrs. Claus!

Christmas at Coteau (December 2-4) :: Christmas at Coteau is BACK this year and better than ever! We cannot wait to welcome you to our beautiful campus on December 2-4, 2021 for this beautiful holiday shopping market and tradition! With over 80 of our region’s best merchants and artists, two gorgeous gourmet luncheons, an incredible preview party, and a FUN gumbo cook-off, this is the holiday event of the season!

Noel a Broussard (December 4) :: Join us in downtown Broussard for the 2021 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 at 6:30pm.

Carencro Country Christmas (December 4) :: The event is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Community Center, 5115 N. University Avenue, and features arts & crafts, food, choirs and holiday entertainment.

Holiday Pop Up to benefit St.Barnabas Little Lambs (December 11):: Please join us for a holiday pop up to benefit St.Barnabas Little Lambs. Local vendors will be here with their items. As well as food and bakery items. Come do your holiday shopping and support local small businesses.

Shadows Christmas Craft Market (December 11) :: The Shadows-on-the-Teche is hosting a craft market just in time to finish your holiday shopping! The Shadows Christmas Craft Market will take place in the Shadows gardens on Saturday, December 11th from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Vendors from around Louisiana will display and sell their original work. Grab your Christmas list and come enjoy the day with your family and friends while supporting local artists, craftsmen, and the Shadows-on-the-Teche!

Making Spirits Bright: A Holiday Light Trail (December 11) :: Making Spirits Bright will be open to the public on the evening of December 11, 2021 where attendees will enjoy a drive through Christmas Experience around the circle of AA Comeaux Park in Abbeville! You will also have the option to add on a Christmas Cheer Box for the whole family to enjoy Christmas treats & crafts. Trolley transportation will be available to the park from Magdalen Square following the town’s Christmas Parade.

Holiday Market at ArtWalk (December 11) :: Find unique gifts and enjoy live performances at Downtown Lafayette’s Holiday Market. We’re making your holiday shopping easy during ArtWalk on Saturday, December 11 in Parc Sans Souci.

The Alycat Series at Christmas in the Park (December 17-18) :: Come join Alycat and award-winning author, Alysson Bourque at Moncus Park for the exciting holiday celebration, Christmas in the Park, presented by Iberia Bank, a division of First Horizon, and Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers. Alycat and Alysson will be featured at the Selfie Station and as a Featured Storytime Author! Plus, signed Alycat books will be sold in the General Store to help you finish that Christmas shopping list!

Crafts, Baking, and Tasting Events

Christmas Crafts baking and tasting events in Lafayette

Crossroads Collective’s Advent Wreath Decorating Event (November 11) :: Join Crossroads Collective and Harley Melancon of Holidays with Harley to craft your family’s perfect Advent wreath at our Advent Wreath Decorating Event! This evening will be a special time relaxing with friends, enjoying small bites and bubbles, and creating a beautiful Advent Wreath that will last for years to come. November 11, 2021, 6 PM at Crossroads Collective: 1416 South College Road in Lafayette’s Oil Center.

Santa’s Milk and Cookies Class (November 21) :: A Baker’s Choice hosts this fun holiday cooking making class from 2-6:30pm. Students 10 and older welcomed. The fee is $40 and beginners and up are welcomed. Please see FAQ section of website for purchase policy.

Third Annual Christmas Pajama Party (December 4) :: Join us for The Third Annual Christmas Pajama Party at Melodi’s this Holiday Season! Saturday, December 4th, 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!

Tchoup’s Midcity Private Dinner (December 16):: Celebrate a private dinner featuring Woodford Reserve Masters Collection No. 16 and Frank Family Vineyards Reserve Chardonnay – tickets required. Check social medial for menu and ticket details.

Christmas Tree Cupcake Class (December 17) :: In this class, each student will decorate 6 adorable Christmas tree cupcakes adorned with ornaments and a dusting of snow! This class is perfect for children or adults who have never picked up a piping bag before or those just wanting to have a little Christmas fun! Recommended for ages 10 and up, but 10 and 11 must be accompanied by an adult. $25 fee 6-8pm.

New Years Eve Brunch and Bubbly (December 31):: Bring the kids to Tchoup’s Midcity Smokehouse for a family friendly countdown to 2022.

Other Holiday Merriment

Holiday Events and Parades in Lafayette and Acadiana

Holiday Pop Up Classes with Hello Music (December 3 & 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. Check the link for all pop up dates!

Sonic Christmas Parade (December 5) :: The official arrival of Santa to Lafayette will take place on Sunday, December 5th 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.

A Firefighter’s Night Before Christmas Event (December 11) :: 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!

43rd Annual Queen City Christmas Parade (December 11) :: Bayou Traditions presents The 43rd Annual Queen City Christmas Parade powered by Arceneaux Ford on Saturday, December 11, 2021 starting at 5:30pm 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!

Winter Play Day (December 18) :: The Hilliard Art Museum launches its virtual (and in-person) Winter Play Day celebrating the Chinese Winter Festival. This season’s theme corresponds with the current exhibition by Chinese artist Master Shen-Long titled Universe of the Mind: Master Shen-Long. The Winter Festival, or Dongzhi Festival, is a traditional celebration of winter’s arrival. Families celebrate by cooking special foods like dumplings and rice balls, making lanterns and ice skating.

New Years Noon at the Children’s Museum (December 31) :: New Year’s Noon Carnival & Countdown. Children’s Museum of Acadiana, Lafayette. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Ring in the New Year at the stroke of noon with fun for the whole family.

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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