Christmas on the Cajun Coast

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Christmas on the Cajun Coast

The Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau invites you to join us along the coast of Louisiana for a Cajun-Style Christmas!  Throughout the Christmas holidays, St. Mary Parish will be decorated with lighted trails, splendid homes dressed for the season, parades, performances, arts & crafts and more.

The Idlewild Plantation Christmas Lighting begins our Cajun Christmas season.  Beginning November 29th until December 31st, take a driving tour along a path filled with elaborate displays of Christmas lights and Christmas music enhancing the drive through Kemper Williams Park.  Admission is $2 per car.

Throughout the month of December, historic homes in the parish will be beautifully decorated for the Christmas holidays.  The Grevemberg House in Franklin will feature a traditional Victorian Christmas Tree, seasonal greenery, and displays of traditional fruits and foods of the Victorian Period. Also, Oaklawn Manor, the residence of Louisiana’s former governor, Mike Foster, will be elaborately adorned for Christmas with a different style tree in every room. Admission is $10 per tour.

The 3rd Annual Historic Church Christmas Musicale will be held December 6th in downtown Franklin, LA at 4 p.m. Guests will visit three historical churches for musical entertainment.  The churches include: St. Mary’s Episcopal Church with a performance by Pat Brown; Asbury Methodist Church for Gospel Music; Church of Assumption for musical entertainment by a Bell Choir.  The event will begin at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church; guests will walk from one church to the next ending at First United Methodist Church for light refreshments.  Each musical performance will last approximately 20 minutes. Admission is free.

Other Christmas entertainment with be held throughout St. Mary Parish.  There will be a Tuneweavers Christmas Concert featuring traditional Christmas music held at St. Stephens Catholic Church in Berwick on December 12th at 2 p.m. No admission charged.  Professional actors and local elementary school children will put on a Christmas play, “Frosty the Snowman,” at the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium on December 7th at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 per person at the door or $4 in advance.   The St. Mary Arts & Humanities Council will present “Nutcracker La Louisianne” at the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium on December 19th at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

St. Mary Parish is offering a variety of free events throughout the holiday season.  Pharr Chapel United Methodist Church invites everyone to join them for their Christmas program, “Night in Bethlehem,” which features the music ministry of the Pharr Chapel, on December 6th at 5:30 p.m.  The 21st Annual Christmas by Candlelight will be held December 12th at 5:30 p.m. on Bernice Street in Morgan City.  Residents of Bernice Street have decorated their homes and will light luminaries along the roadway to celebrate the beginning of the holiday season.

The 14th Annual Christmas Tree Festival will be held December 10th through January 1, 2010, at the Louisiana State Museum in Patterson, LA.  Christmas trees decorated by children in the area will be on exhibit.  The Christmas Tree Festival Open House will be held on December 10th at 5:30 p.m. at the Louisiana State Museum.  Visitors will be able to view a variety of decorated Christmas trees and hear children from local schools singing holiday carols.

Bring your family and friends to the Cajun Coast for a unique Christmas experience.  For more events and information, contact our office at (800) 256-2931 or log on at