THE MOST wonderful time OF THE YEAR
As we roll into the first weekend of December, the calendar heats up with holiday-related events for the family! Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, there is a local event for you. Many of these events give back to our community. Tell Santa we sent you!
The Muppet Christmas Carol Movie Night
November 30, 7-9 p.m.
Courthouse Square, Houma
The Houma Downtown Christmas Festival and United Houma Nation are pleased to bring to you the 2nd Annual Outdoor Movie Night featuring “A Muppet Christmas Carol”. This event is free to all. Seating is on a first-come first-serve basis. Bring your chairs or blanket and pick your spot to sit back and enjoy special treats, a souvenir and the movie! Be sure to wear your Christmas jammies! Food and drink vendors will be made available for attendees to purchase items as they wish. Treats and Souvenirs are to be distributed “while supplies last”.
Houma Downtown Christmas Festival and Parade
December 1, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Head downtown for Houma’s newest tradition in Christmas celebrations. The festival features Santa’s workshop, arts and crafts vendors, games, a live nativity, and holiday music. The Winter Wonderland Snow Fall will occur every hour, on the hour, along the walkways. At 5 p.m., the annual Christmas parade rolls through the streets spreading holiday cheer. The Tree Lighting, along with a Meet and Greet with Santa and Mrs. Claus, will take place from 7:30-9 p.m.
Breakfast with Santa
December 1, 7-11 a.m.
Vandebilt Catholic High School Cafeteria, Houma
Santa Claus is coming to breakfast! The Kiwanis Club of Houma is hosting their 29th annual Breakfast with Santa fundraiser. While the menu features delicious pancakes and sausage, the main attraction is the jolly old soul himself that visits with children and pauses to take pictures.
Tickets are $6 in advance from any Kiwanis Club or Key Club member and $7 at the door and includes all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage, Christmas crafts, face painting and Karaoke for the kids. Photos with Santa on your own camera or device will cost $5 per child or $10 for a family of up to five persons.
“We’re trying to raise money for the many Kiwanis programs that serve the community while also offering an affordable Christmastime activity for families with children,” said Lacey Ourso, president of Kiwanis Club of Houma. “It’s a great way to kick off a Saturday of Christmas activities with the kids.”
The event will also feature the raffling off of Christmas toys, decorations and other items. The $1 raffle tickets will be deposited by the buyer toward the item they wish to win.
The Kiwanis Club of Houma’s primary mission is to improve communities with a special focus on the needs of children. Kiwanis Key clubs in local high schools encourage community service and civic responsibility. The high school and home-school Key club members serve alongside the adult Kiwanians at the breakfast. Funds raised help support the many activities of the Kiwanis Club of Houma including Terrific Kids awards to local third grade students, the Coats for Kids coat drive, Books for Bikes summer reading program, Play It Again Terrebonne musical instrument loan program, NSU and Fletcher scholarships, BINGO at nursing homes and more. Kiwanians also volunteer to help at many local festivals that aid other good causes. Funds raised also support the Key Clubs.
December 1, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Warren J. Harang Municipal Auditorium, Thibodaux
Join friends and family for Thibodaux’s premiere holiday shopping market! For one day only, the members of Thibodaux Service League create an incredible shopping experience for you and your friends. Over 40 unique vendors, from throughout the tri-parish area and beyond, set up shop in Harang Auditorium to give you a one-stop-shop for ALL of your gifting needs!
Food & refreshments will be available. So make a day of it while you cross off your gift list one Rowe at a time! Admission is $5 at the door or free with your “A Visit to Santa’s Land” ticket.
Thibodaux Service League is a 501(c)3 organization that strives to help the community in any way needed.
A Visit to Santa’s Land
December 1, various sessions
Warren J. Harang Municipal Auditorium, Thibodaux
“A Visit to Santa’s Land” has become a tradition for children in Thibodaux and the surrounding areas. Join the Thibodaux Service League for a family holiday event featuring kid’s crafts and activities, games, snacks and pictures with Santa.
Various sessions take place throughout the day: Morning VIP: 8am – 11:30am ($20/person); AM Session: 9am – 11:30am ($12/person); Afternoon VIP: 12:30pm – 4:00pm ($20/person); PM Session: 1:30pm – 4:00pm ($12/person). Regardless of the age of the person attending, everyone needs a ticket for entrance into Santa’s Land. The ticket is also valid for entrance into Reindeer Rowe. All tickets must be purchased online prior to the event.
7th Annual Reindeer
December 2, 2 – 5 p.m.
Southdown Plantation, Houma
Join in the fun of the 7th Annual Reindeer Run 5K presented by Mighty Kids, Inc. benefitting Girls on the Run Bayou Region. This festive, non-timed race is open to the community. The event is a celebration of all the girls have accomplished during the 2017 fall season of Girls on the Run. There will be Christmas themed activities for the kids to participate in before the race with fun music to set the mood! Race day registration will open at 12:30 pm. Shirt sizes and availability will be first come, first served and prices will be $25 with race shirt; $20 without shirt.
Tidings of Comfort and Joy
December 2, 3 p.m.
Living Word Church, Schriever
South Louisiana Community Orchestra brings you “Tidings of Comfort and Joy” with the presentation of their Christmas Concert, conducted by Brad Adams and accompanied on piano by Sarah Todd. The Vandebilt High School Choir will be performing our choral selections “Mary Did You Know?” and “Sing We Now of Christmas.” Some of the other musical selections SLCO will be presenting include “Tidings of Comfort and Joy”, “Pacem Noel” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”, a three minute “Nutcracker Suite” and many other of your favorite, familiar Christmas tunes. Admission is $10.00 for Adults and $5.00 for children 12 years and under.
The mission of the SLCO is to provide a quality string orchestra to the community, which instills an appreciation and awareness of stringed instruments.