Lighting of the Historic Le Vieux Village
The City of Opelousas marks a magical start to the holidays with the annual ‘Lighting of the Village’ on Friday, December 7, from 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., at Le Vieux Village located at 828 E. Landry St., Opelousas. The official lighting of the historical village has been a favorite holiday activity of both children and adults, offering a family friendly environment.
The evening begins with traditional Christmas choir music by the Opelousas Community Choir. Then, it is the official pulling of the switch which will light up the historic village just in time for the arrival of Santa Claus.
Offering a variety of activities for the little ones, the annual lighting event will include free pony rides, an obstacle course fun jump, a cup-cake design station and an ornament making station where kids can design their own holiday ornament. Special guests for the event include Mickey & Minnie Mouse and balloon artist Rick Hessler. And of course, Santa Clause will be on site and holiday photos with Santa will be offered.
The event also provides a unique shopping experience where vendors offer a variety of goods including art & crafts, baby items, handmade jewelry, Christmas specialties, home décor, baked goods and decorative gifts.
Attendees can warm up with a free bowl of gumbo provided presented by Opelousas Kiwanis Club and free hot chocolate presented by Wal-Mart DC. A variety of food items will also be available for purchase.
The event initiates the 11th celebration of the Lighting of the Village. Sponsors of the Lighting of the Village include the City of Opelousas, Andrepont Printing, American Bank & Trust, St. Landry Homestead Bank, IESI, Mid-South Bank and Opelousas General Health System. For more information about vendor opportunities, contact Opelousas Tourism at (337) 948-5227.