Experience a Cajun Christmas in Lafayette

There are many places to experience in Louisiana this holiday and Southern Living listed some highlights in Lafayette to visit:

Acadian Village is a replica of an 1800’s town, which welcomes visitors all year long– but Christmastime hosts several events. There are light displays among some homes built as early as 1790, a carousel and train ride for the children, and Christmas arts and crafts for sale. Two gift shops also have unique gifts for last-minute shoppers.

Vermilionville— another Cajun/Creole-living-history folk life complex– can be found across the street from the Lafayette airport. This town celebrates the holidays with style. There’s a 23-acre cluster of period homes and native plants, live music and displays of arts and crafts.

The seasonal celebration called, “Christmas on the Vermilion” gives visitors an 18th-century village experience. Two things not to miss are the gift shop and the restaurant, La Cuisine de Maman. “Dine on homemade gumbo and jambalaya that promise to eliminate any chill in the air,” Southern Living states.

300 Fisher Road, Lafayette; (337) 233-4077.

Alexandre Mouton House— is a museum decked out with floral and Christmas decorations. Built in the mid-1800’s, this Victorian house first belonged to Lafayette’s founder, Jean Mouton, and his son, Gov. Alexandre Mouton. 1122 Lafayette Street, Lafayette; (337) 234-2208.

Safari of Lights— an Acadian tradition near Lafayette takes place at the Zoo of Acadiana located on U.S. 90 in nearby Broussard. The zoo displays lighted and animated animal sculptures, offers hot chocolate, train rides, and, on Sunday nights– Santa Claus– through December 29.

116 Lakeview Drive, Broussard; (337) 837-4325.

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