Christmas on the Cajun Coast includes events across St. Mary
The Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau invites everyone to take part in celebrating the holiday season. Throughout the Christmas holidays, St. Mary Parish will be decorated with lighted trails, splendid homes dressed for the season, parades, performances and more.
The Traditional Idlewild Plantation Christmas Light display is taking place now through Dec. 31. Take a ride along a path filled with elaborate displays of Christmas lights while Christmas music enhances the drive through Kemper Williams Park. Admission is $2 per car. Open from 5:30-9 p.m. daily, dependent on weather.
On Nov. 28, the City of Morgan City and Town of Berwick will host Christmas lighting events. Morgan City’s Christmas Lighting Ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. with a surprise visit by Santa at the Shrimp Boat on Brashear Avenue, and Berwick’s Lighting of the Town will be held at the Town Hall with a visit from Santa at 7 p.m.
Throughout the month of December, historic homes in the parish will be decorated for the Christmas holidays. The Grevemberg House in Franklin will be decorated in the Victorian Style Christmas. Displays will include a traditional Victorian Christmas tree and displays of traditional foods and fruits. Admission is $10 per person, $8 for seniors. Also, Oaklawn Manor, the residence of Louisiana’s former governor and wife, Mike and Alice Foster, will be elaborately adorned for Christmas with a different style tree in every room. Visitors can tour Oaklawn to view its Christmas décor through Jan. 6. Admission is $15 per person and $10 for students. Hours to tour these homes are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, with the exception of Oaklawn Manor, which is closed on Mondays.
Come join in on the holiday fun at Franklin’s Christmas Under the Lamppost Walking Parade & Lamplighter Ceremony on Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. on the corner of Jackson and Main streets.
The deadline to sign up to be a part of the Christmas festivities has been extended to Thursday, Dec. 5 at 4 p.m.
Veterans and ladies’ auxiliary groups should call or e-mail the Office of Community Development and provide information about their service and their contact information. Groups that are walking in the parade must call or e-mail the Office of Community Development and provide the name of the organization and the contact information for the person responsible for the organization for the evening.
All golf carts must be registered in order to be in the parade. Applications are in the Office of Community Development. When the registration form is returned, participants can sign up for the golf cart decorating contest and receive their numbers, which must be placed on the front and back of the golf cart. Golf carts will be identified based on their numbers. First, second and third places will be awarded.
All vendors are required to complete a vendor application and have their own supplies to set up inside the Blevins building, including tables, a sign with their name and a sign with the items and prices.
For more information about the night’s activities, to be a part of the parade as a veteran, to sign up a group to walk, to register your golf cart or to be a vendor, contact the Office of Community Development at 337-828-6345 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for signing up as a parade participant or as a vendor is 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5.
Santa’s Block Party will also be held on Dec. 7 in Downtown Morgan City starting at 10 a.m. Admission is free to both of these events.
Live Christmas entertainment will include a theatre production by the Tri-City Youth Theatre at the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium on Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Local elementary school children will perform the Christmas production “Babes in Toyland.” Admission is $5 per person at the door or $4 in advance. Contact 985-380-4639 for more information.
The American Cancer Society, along with MC Bank & Trust Co., will host the 15th Annual “Love Lights a Tree” Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 10 from 6-7 p.m. on the corner of Victor II Blvd. and Brashear Avenue in Morgan City to remember and honor those who have been touched by cancer. Contact 985-384-2100 to receive more information, and find out how to dedicate an ornament to a loved one and/or friend. Also on Dec. 10 the Marine Corps Band will perform at the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium at 7 p.m. Contact 985-380-4639 for more information.
The 18th Annual Christmas Tree Festival will be held Dec. 12 at the Louisiana State Museum in Patterson. Christmas trees decorated by children in the area will be on exhibit. The Christmas Tree Festival - Open House will also be held on Dec. 12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the museum. Visitors will be able to view the Christmas trees and hear children from local schools singing holiday carols. Admission is free.
On Dec. 13, Maison Jardin Assisted Living in Morgan City will host a ceremony, Wreaths Across America, placing wreaths to honor and remember veterans who served at 2 p.m. Contact 985-385-3003 for more information. A Christmas Gala will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. also on Dec. 13, at the Patterson Area Civic Center. Contact 985-395-395-5205 for more information.
The 25th Annual Christmas by Candlelight where the residents of Bernice Street in Morgan City decorate for the Christmas season invite the public to view the lights on Dec. 14 from 5:30 to 9 p.m.. Each house will light luminaries along the roadway and there is no admission fee for this event. Contact 985-384-8003 for more information.
The Patterson Christmas Parade will be held on Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. along Hwy. 182 in Patterson.
On Dec. 22 the Annual Christmas Cantata will be held at 10 a.m. at Pharr Chapel on Federal Avenue in Morgan City. Contact 985-384-7984 for more information.
For more events and information, contact our office at (800) 256-2931 or 985-395-4905, or visit www.cajuncoast.com/christmasevents.