Many holiday events on tap
Multiple local Christmas festivities are on tap during the next week, beginning with Santa’s Block Party in downtown Morgan City on Saturday.
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and feature the Amazing Jingle Run, Santa Paws Parade and contest, as well as the Cypress Corvette Car Show.
Santa Claus will be onsite as well as the Cruisin Chariots, while music, entertainment, food and sweets all will be offered.
Other events will include a photo booth, face painting, the Bayouland Emergency Amateur Radio Service’s Amateur Radio special event station and Santa’s discounts and door prizes at all participating shops in downtown Morgan City. The stores will open at 10 a.m.
An Art on the River mini art walk is sponsored by The Frame Shop & Gallery Coffee.
Santa’s Block Party is being sponsored by Morgan City Main Street, M C Bank and Trust, and downtown merchants.
On Tuesday, the Marine Corps Band will return to Morgan City for its 2011 Santa Meets Sousa Toys for Tots Christmas Concert.
The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium.
Admission is free but organizers ask audience members, if they can afford to do so, to bring a toy for the St. Mary Detachment — Marine Corps League’s Toys for Tots drive.
The event is the Marine Corps League’s main Toys for Tots fundraiser for the year.
Bill Goessl of the local detachment said that the Marine Corps band has continued to return to Morgan City because the city continues to produce large turnouts for its concerts.
The local holiday events will continue on Dec. 8 when M C Bank hosts an Open House, and along with the American Cancer Society will host the Love Lights a Tree Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony from 6-7 p.m.
The event, held at the bank’s branch at 1201 Brashear Ave. in Morgan City, is put on each year to remember and honor those who have been effected by cancer.
Local choirs will be on hand to entertain.
The event is open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.
Locals are invited to dedicate a Christmas tree ornament to a loved one or friend to help fight the disease that claims many lives each year.
Forms are located at all M C Bank locations or by calling Frances at 384-2100.
On Dec. 10, four events will be held in the area.
In Berwick from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., the 2001 Tour of Trees will be held in Berwick at the home of Iris Berry (4312 Cantrell Drive).
The event features 60 Christmas trees decorated in different themes.
Among the trees are the Vintage tree and the old ’50s tinsel tree that has a new look with hundreds of colorful ornaments.
Children are welcomed to attend the event but must be accompanied by an adult.
Berry also has registered her display with the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most decorated theme Christmas trees in a private family occupied home. They are waiting for confirmation or rejection this month.
At 6 p.m., the annual Belle River Boat Parade will be held in the Graveyard Island area.
Those interested in participating should contact Butch Gros at 252-6296.
Also at 6 p.m., Bernice Street will hold its annual Christmas by Candlelight on Dec. 10 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., an event in which the public is welcome to visit the street and see the various Christmas Light displays of different homeowners.
The event, put on by the street’s residents for more than 23 years, also will feature Santa Claus, musical entertainment and refreshments.
Those who would like to see the display may either drive or walk through, entering from the Cottonwood Drive side.
Canned goods and cash also will be collected for distribution to St. Mary Outreach.
This year’s celebration is dedicated to the memory of Ernestine Washington, Roussell Ruffin, Erlinda DeRico, Ethel Benita Roy, Elmer Gerard “Geronimo” Pratt, Anita “Ann” Pilgrim Diedrich, Eugene Hebert and Gail Williams Landry.
At 7 p.m. Dec. 10, the Tuneweavers will present their annual Christmas concert at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Berwick.
The concert will feature many traditional carols and newer Christmas songs presented by the full choir, soloists and small ensembles.
Another event that already is ongoing is the Idlewild Christmas Lighting Display at Kemper Williams Park near Patterson, which began Sunday and will continue every night from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. until Dec. 31.
The cost to drive through the park and look at the lights is $2 per car and $10 per bus.