Christmas events on tap

Multiple local Christmas festivities are on tap this weekend in St. Mary and Lower St. Martin parishes.

In St. Mary, the 2011 Tour of Trees will be held in Berwick at the home of Iris Berry, 4312 Cantrell Drive, 2-5 p.m.

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.

Also at 6 p.m., Bernice Street will hold its 23rd annual Christmas by Candlelight from 6-9 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, 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.

For more information, call 384-8003.

At 7 p.m., 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.

Elsewhere, the annual Belle River Boat Parade will be held in the Graveyard Island area at 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Those interested in participating should contact Butch Gros at 252-6296.

In Stephensville, the first Christmas Carnival with Santa will be held at the Stephensville Fire Department, beginning at 1 p.m. and will feature games and activities.

Santa will be leaving on a fire truck at 5:30 p.m. and riding down Stephensville Road and past residences.

Pictures with Santa can be taken at Stephensville Fire Department beginning at 6:30 p.m. for $5 each.

Chili dinners with a drink, cornbread and crackers will be sold for $5 as well as many other treats.

On Sunday, the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Main Street in Franklin will hold “Lessons and Carols” at 2 p.m.

The event will feature the church’s adult choir and bell choir, Hanson Memorial High School’s youth choir. Guest musicians, including a trumpeter, flautist and guest soloist, will accompany the choirs and organ.

On Monday, the Tri-City Youth Theatre Christmas live theatre production “The Nutcracker City: Morgan City” will be held at the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium at 6 p.m.

For more information, call 380-4639.

Later on Monday, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be held from 7-8 p.m. at 220 Franklin St. in Morgan City. The event is free and open to the public.

Other Christmas activities include the 16th annual Christmas Tree Festival Open House to be held Tuesday at Louisiana State Museum, Patterson (Cotten Road) from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The event will feature Christmas trees decorated by local schools, church groups and local clubs.

Prizes will be awarded to the group that produces the best tree.

The event is sponsored by the Wedell-Williams Aviation and Cypress Sawmill Foundation.

For more information, call 399-1268.

In Franklin, “White Christmas” with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye the classic Christmas movie, will be shown, free of charge, at Teche Theater in Franklin at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 17.

Also in Franklin, “Scrooge,” the original musical starring Albert Finney, will be shown free at Teche Theater at 2 p.m. on Dec. 18.

For more information on both, call 337-828-2787 or email

On the morning of Dec. 18, the Christmas Cantata, presented by Pharr Chapel United Methodist Church, 517 Federal Ave., will be held at 10 a.m.

For more information, call 384-7984.

Other events scheduled for the day include the City of Patterson’s Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Patterson Knights of Columbus.

The parade will begin at 2 p.m. at Place Norman Shopping Center and run down Main Street to Patterson High School.

Following the parade, a Christmas community festival will be held at the football stadium, featuring games, pictures with Santa Claus, food and other items.

Admission to the event, put on by Helping Hands — a PHS community service club — is free.

In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved inside the school.

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 6-9 p.m. (weather permitting) until Jan. 1.

It features a driving tour along a path filled with elaborate displays of Christmas lights accompanied by Christmas music.

The cost to drive through the park and look at the lights is $2 per car and $10 per bus.

For more information, call


Also in Patterson, the fourth annual display of animated Christmas lights, synchronized to music, will be held at the home of Dion Dudoussat (305 Railroad Ave.)

The more than 35,000 lights are synchronized to music, which is being broadcast on 106.9 FM, which can be picked up at a 200-foot radius of the house.

Dudoussat also is collecting non-perishable food items to be donated to the St. Mary Outreach food bank.

The show runs daily from dusk until 10 p.m. through Jan. 1, weather permitting.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be onsite at certain times with free hot cocoa and goodies for children, as well as “Faux Sneaux!,” a falling snow effect from snow machines.

For our schedule of events, including when Santa will be visiting, and nights of Faux Sneaux, check the calendar of events at

A map as well as videos from previous years and show information also is available.

Across the parish in Franklin, there are multiple events ongoing, too. The Victorian Christmas is ongoing through Dec. 31 at Grevemberg House (407 Sterling Road) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

The display features a Victorian Christmas tree, seasonal greenery, fruits and food of the 1850s.

The display is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

For more information, call 337-828-2092

“Christmas at Oaklawn Manor” is ongoing through Jan. 9 at Oaklawn Manor, the plantation home of Louisiana’s former governor, Mike Foster.

The home, on Irish Bend Road, will be elaborately adorned for Christmas with a different style tree in every room.

Tours of the displays will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed on Mondays.

For more information, call 337-828-0434.

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Phone: 337-828-3706
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