A Merry & Bright Christmas in Downtown

‘Tis the season to enjoy all that Downtown has to offer: from giant Christmas trees and pictures with Santa to pop-up events and the best shopping.

A big Christmas is coming to Downtown

Christmas has always been an important time in Downtown. The district has always been a destination for friends and families for the holiday season, with plenty of restaurants and retail shops. But in 2019 Downtown Lafayette will become the Merry & Bright center of the Christmas season in Acadiana.

The board and staff members of Downtown Lafayette Unlimited have been hard at work to plan a full season of Christmas events for 2019. In an effort to spread seasonal joy throughout the Acadiana region, DLU has committed to creating a weeks-long series of family-friendly holiday events in Downtown Lafayette. The seasonal celebration, called “A Merry & Bright Downtown Christmas” will feature numerous holiday events and activities including a Christmas tree decorating contest, a concert with Keith Frank, a competition for best holiday window display, pictures with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, and a “North Pole” installation in Parc International—all taking place throughout the month of December.

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The events below are part of the Merry & Bright Downtown Christmas. To view all Christmas events, visit the events calendar page.

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Downtown Window Wonderland

November 30, 2019 - January 4, 2020

The Window Wonderland will feature artist-curated window and storefront displays at participating businesses down Jefferson Street and throughout Downtown.

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North Pole of Downtown

December 6, 2019 - January 5, 2020

Many of the festivities surrounding the Merry & Bright Christmas Downtown will be held in Parc International which will be converted into the "North Pole of Downtown" from December 6-January 5. The parc will be decorated and bedazzled with a 24-foot tall Official Christmas Tree of Lafayette, giant ornaments big enough to walk through, a live Christmas tree grove, 2,000 feet of string lights, and an assortment of other Christmas decorations.

Christmas Tree Extravaganza

December 6 - December 21

The Christmas Tree Extravaganza is a grove of live Christmas trees that will be decorated by families, businesses, organizations, and groups of friends as part of a friendly Christmas Competition to see who can create the most beautifully decorated Christmas Tree in Lafayette.

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2019 Merry & Bright Downtown Christmas Official Events

“North Pole of Downtown” Installation
December 6 – 21 | Parc International

Christmas Tree Extravaganza
December 7 – 21 | Parc International

Downtown Window Wonderland
November 29 – January 4 | Jefferson Street + various locations Downtown

Christmas with the Boss
Friday, December 6 | 5:00 – 9:00 PM | Parc International

Christmas Tree Extravaganza Kick-Off
Saturday, December 7 | Parc International | 4:00 – 9:00 PM

Sonic Christmas Parade
Sunday, December 8 | Jefferson Street | 1:00 PM

Sonic Christmas Parade After-Party
Sunday, December 8 | Parc International | 2:00 – 5:00 PM

Pictures with Santa
Friday, December 6 | Parc International | 5:00 – 9:00 PM
Saturday, December 7 | Parc International | 4:00 – 8:30 PM
Sunday, December 8 | Parc International | 2:00 – 5:00 PM
Wednesday, December 11 | Parc International | 5:00 – 8:30 PM
Saturday, December 14 | Parc International | 4:00 – 8:30 PM
Wednesday, December 18 | Parc International | 5:00 – 8:30 PM
Saturday, December 21 | Parc International | 4:00 – 6:00 PM

ArtWalk Holiday Market
Saturday, December 14 | Parc International | 4:00 – 9:00 PM

Tacky Sweater CycleBar Pop-Up
Sunday, December 15 | Parc International | 9:00 AM

Downtown Candlelight Christmas
Thursday, December 19 | Parc International | 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Christmas Tree Extravaganza Finale (Winner Announced)
Saturday, December 21 | Parc International | 4:00 – 9:00 PM

Movies in the Parc Christmas Edition
Saturday, December 21 | Parc International | 6:00 – 9:00 PM

All Merry & Bright events and other Christmas events and activities hosted in Downtown will be listed on the Downtown Lafayette online events calendar.

There’s a lot of lights that need lighting for Christmas and we need your help to keep the “Bright” in the Merry & Bright Christmas in Downtown. Sponsor dollars will give your business exposure and goodwill for the holiday season, but they will also go toward keeping this annual tradition alive. We aim to make Downtown the best holiday destination for Christmas lovers in Acadiana, but it will take support and goodwill from the business community.

 

How to contribute

There are numerous levels of sponsorship fit for any size business. Sponsorship is just a click or email away. First, have a look at our Christmas Sponsor Levels Packet. Once you’ve found the right level for your company, you can contact Maureen Dugas Foster ([email protected]) or purchase a sponsorship directly on our web store at the link below and Maureen will follow up with you.

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