Events and Festivals

Work hard, play hard. That's our tradition here in French Louisiana. From Mardi Gras and Friday afternoon fais-do-dos (street dances), to festivals celebrating everything from Cajun and Zydeco music, crawfish and our French heritage, you'll find something every week in Lafayette.

Festivals & Events

Noel Acadien au Village
Dates: November 28 - December 23
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Hours: Nightly 5:30-9 p.m.
Address: LARC's Acadian Village
Phone: 337-981-2364
Admission: $8 in advance (Available at all Shop Rite locations), $10 at gate URL:
During this Acadiana holiday tradition, enjoy the splendor of over half a million lights, nightly entertainment, local cuisine, photos with Santa and kiddie carnival rides.
UL Traditional Music Night at the Blue Moon
Dates: December 1
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Hours: 7:30 p.m.
Address: Blue Moon Saloon
Phone: 337-482-1020
Admission: Free
Come dance to the music of the Angelle Aces, Ragin' Two-Steppers, and the All-Star Faculty band. The show is free and open to the public.
Christmas in Scott
Dates: December 2
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Hours: 6-8 p.m.
Address: St. Aubin Park, Scott
Phone: 337-233-1130
Admission: Free to public URL:
The night will include entertainment, a visit with Santa Claus, and the lighting of the city Christmas tree.
Alexandre Mouton House Christmas Fete
Dates: December 3
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Hours: 6:30-9 p.m.
Address: Alexandre Mouton House/Lafayette Museum
Phone: 337-234-2208
Admission: $50 per person donation at the door or mailed to 1122 Lafayette St., Lafayette, LA 70501
The Alexandre Mouton House rings in the Christmas season with its annual patron's party. Guests will be treated to a tantalizing cocktail buffet in a 19th century Christmas setting. The work of local florists will be featured in this lavishly decorated circa 1800 home. Each room will be dressed in Yuletide greenery, ornaments and ribbon appropriate to a 19th century Christmas Celebration. Entertainment will be provided by St. Mary's Bell Choir and Sweet Cecilia.
2nd Annual 12 Days of Christmas
Dates: December 3 - December 6

December 10 - December 13

December 17 - December 20
Date Text: Starts the first weekend in December
Hours: 6:30-8 p.m.
Address: Parc Sans Souci, Downtown Lafayette
Phone: 337-349-6538
Admission: Free URL:
Local musicians, choirs and worship teams will be performing Christmas carols surrounding a life sized nativity scene. Bring your family and lawn chairs and enjoy the music, cookies and cocoa.
Louisiana IceGators Game
Dates: December 4

December 6

December 11

December 19 - December 20

December 26 - December 27

January 7 - January 9

January 16

February 19 - February 21

February 27 - February 28

March 2

March 6

March 9

March 26

April 8 - April 9
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Hours: Thurs-Sat. games start at 7:05 p.m.; Sun. games start at 3:05 p.m.
Address: Cajundome
Phone: 337-704-4423
Admission: Visit website or call for ticket prices. URL:
Games for professional hockey team in the Southern Professional Hockey League. For the complete schedule visit the website.
Safari of Lights
Dates: December 4 - December 6

December 11 - December 30
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Hours: M-Su 5-9 p.m. (weather permitting); Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Address: Zoosiana (Zoo of Acadiana)
Phone: 337-837-4325
Admission: General admission URL:
Stroll the pathways of the Zoo as it is aglow with thousands of twinkling lights. Enjoy a hot cup of cocoa while taking a ride on the Northpole Express Train as Christmas music fills the air. (Nov. 29 - Members Day)
Oil Center Festival of Light
Dates: December 4
Date Text: Held the first Friday in December
Hours: 5-10 p.m.
Address: Oil Center, Lafayette
Phone: 337-232-1267
Admission: Free URL:
Celebrate as the switch is pulled to light the colossal Santa, sleigh and reindeer over Coolidge Blvd. Enjoy music, food and fun, and of course shopping! For children of all ages...Santa will be on hand to take pictures. Behold the living Nativity and enjoy an outdoor snow yard. You do not want to miss Lafayette's most loved holiday tradition.
Christmas Season at the Alexandre Mouton House
Dates: December 4 - December 30
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Hours: Tues.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Address: Alexandre Mouton House / Lafayette Museum
Phone: 337-234-2208
Admission: Adults: $5; Seniors $3; Children $2; Call to schedule free school tours, evening tours, private parties or inquire about group rates.
The Alexandre Mouton House gets all dressed up for Christmas! Local florists and artisans adorn each room of this circa 1800 home in decorations reflective of the period.
Ragin' Cajuns Football
Dates: December 5
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Hours: Check website for game times.
Address: Cajun Field
Phone: 337-265-2100
Admission: Various seating options and prices. URL:
9/12: UL Lafayette vs. Northwestern State, 9/26: UL Lafayette vs. Akron, 10/10: UL Lafayette vs. Texas State, 10/31: UL Lafayette vs. ULM (Homecoming Game), 11/21: UL Lafayette vs. New Mexico State, 12/5: UL Lafayette vs. Troy
Carencro Country Christmas
Dates: December 5
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Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Parade at 2 p.m.
Address: Carencro Community Center
Phone: 337-280-9570
Admission: Free
Traditional family event with area choirs, singers providing entertainment. Booths with arts, crafts, and food from local artists and cooks. Decorate homes and businesses contest. Pictures with Santa; Children's parade.
Sonic Christmas Parade
Dates: December 6
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Hours: 1 p.m.
Address: Downtown to the Oil Center, Lafayette
Phone: 337-988-5301 ext. 232
Admission: Free
One of the oldest Christmas activities in Acadiana. Parade features over 20 floats, High School Marching Bands and the official arrival of Santa Claus to Lafayette.
Old-Time Christmas at Vermilionville
Dates: December 8 - December 12

December 15 - December 18

December 22 - December 23
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Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Address: Vermilionville
Phone: 337-233-4077
Admission: URL:
The community is invited to experience the simple warmth and beauty of Christmas past as our historic village brings to life the holiday traditions of yesteryear. Visitors will have the chance to take a self-guided tour with a special event program to see firsthand some of the Christmas and New Year's traditions from the 17 and 1800s like making santons ("little saints"), candles, soap, natural decorations, citrus pomanders and more. Family Day will be held on December 12th.
Living Bethlehem
Dates: December 11 - December 13
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Address: Sugar Mill Pond Town Center
Phone: 337-856-2323
Admission: URL:
Lafayette Ballet Theatre presents "The Nutcracker"
Dates: December 12

December 13
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Hours: Saturday: 7 p.m.; Sunday: 2 p.m.
Address: Heymann Performing Arts Center
Phone: 337-262-0444
Admission: Ticket price varies based on seat location. URL:
This full-length classical ballet in two acts features Lafayette Ballet Theatre professional company dancers, Principal guest artists from Pacific Northwest Ballet, (Seattle, WA) and more than 150 children studying ballet in local academies. Audiences will enjoy a magical experience as talented artists, dazzling stage sets, spectacular special effects and Peter Tchaikovsky's delightful musical score bring this engaging E.T.A. Hoffmann tale to life before their eyes!
Disney Live! Three Classic Fairy Tales
Dates: December 16
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Hours: 7 p.m.
Address: Cajundome, Lafayette
Phone: 337-265-2100
Admission: Tickets start at $18 URL:
Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy as they take audiences on a captivating journey and magically bring to life three timeless fairy tale adventures. Discover Snow White as she searches for her one true love; Cinderella getting ready for her magical night at the ball; and Belle, from Beauty and the Beast, as she finds happiness in the most unusual place. Anchored amidst a transforming set, captivating choreography, innovative lighting and breathtaking costumes, this authentically-woven tale of "happily-ever-after" is a heart-warming Disney experience for the entire family.
New Year's Eve Dance at Vermilionville!
Dates: December 31
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Hours: Doors open at 8:30 p.m.; Music from 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Address: Vermilionville's Performance Center, Lafayette
Phone: 337-233-4077
Admission: Tickets-$35 (includes admission, a glass of champagne to toast in the New Year, and a party favor. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. URL:
Dance in the New Year with Grammy-nominated Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie! No outside food or beverage.