Christmastime in “Cajun Country” is filled with activity all over the area. Acadiana, as this region is called, is located in Southern Louisiana from Texas to just west of New Orleans. The many towns and villages in this region each do their part to celebrate Christmas with parades, bonfires, tours of decorated homes and so much more. There is something all across this region for everyone. What a wonderful time to visit “Cajun Country”!
Abbeville, located approximately in the middle of Acadiana, celebrates not only with a parade but the annual Abbeville Christmas Stroll on the first Thursday of December. Downtown businesses open their doors from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm to large crowds of people to officially “begin” the Christmas season in Abbeville. Shoppers are treated with food or sweets and Christmas music is played in each business. People walk from business to business under shiny white lights which brighten up the town and Magdalen Square where Santa listens to the children’s lists. Located 2 blocks from Magdalen Square, The Caldwell House Bed & Breakfast participates with a tour of the entire home, decorated with 7 Christmas trees and refreshments for guests. Being centrally located in Acadiana, The Caldwell House is an easy day trip to enjoy Christmas festivities all over the area.
In Jennings, towards the western part of Acadiana, the W.H. Tupper Museum offers a unique display of Christmas trees decorated with 1940’s ornaments from the Tupper Family Store.
Zoo of Acadiana in Broussard, east of Lafayette, holds its annual Safari of Lights through Dec. 30th. Pathways in the zoo are decorated with thousands of twinkling lights.
The splendor of over half a million lights decorate Noel Acadien au Village in Acadian Village in Lafayette. Christmas music, Santa Claus, and many activities are held during the month leading up to Christmas day.
Possibly the most unique Christmas parade is the Delcambre Boat Parade, held in Delcambre, just east of Abbeville, where “A night time, lighted boat parade” is held. Decorated boats parade down the Delcambre Canal. A firework display, local bands playing Christmas music, local food and more add to the festival.
Another unique Christmas Fest is held at the Wetland Acadian Cultural Center in Thibodeaux where children wait for Santa to arrive in a boat on Bayou Lafouche.Next year, come to Louisiana, spend time in Cajun Country and experience what an Acadian Christmas is all about.
Merry Christmas Y’all!