FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: 5 p.m., The Oil Center, 110 Travis St., Suite 106, Lafayette. Enjoy lighted displays, holiday shopping with a trolley ride, photos with Santa and more at this free festival. Family packs are available for purchase at

INVASION OF THE SANTAS — DOWNTOWN CHRISTMAS CRAWL: 5:30 p.m., Downtown Lafayette. Santas will takeover downtown Lafayette as they wind through Jefferson Street, stopping at five restaurant and bars along the way.

AN OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS: 6 p.m., Carencro Cultural District, 210 E. St. Peter St., Carencro. Featuring the lighting of the City Hall Christmas tree and a special Christmas concert being performed by local French Immersion students.


"BEAUTY & THE BEAST JR.": 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Cité des Arts, 109 Vine St., Lafayette. A production of Disney's classic tale brought to the live stage, directed and choreographed by Travis Guillory and Madelyn Kelly Guillory, with vocal direction by Abby Boudreaux. $12 at


CARENCRO COUNTRY CHRISTMAS: 9 a.m., Carencro Community Center, 5115 N. University Ave., Carencro. Enjoy arts, crafts, food, choirs and entertainment.

FAMILY WORKSHOP: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Hilliard University Art Museum, 710 E. St. Mary Blvd., Lafayette. Learn about holiday printing with Ben Kock. $15 for members, $20 for non-members. 

DIRECTING WORKSHOP: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Basin Arts, 113 Clinton St., Lafayette. Bruce Coen leads the workshop. $65. 

HAMMOND CHRISTMAS PARADE: 5 p.m., Downtown Hammond. Enjoy the holiday spirit at this free, annual parade. 

CARPE CHRISTMAS: 6 p.m., Carpe Diem! Gelato & Espresso Bar, 812 Jefferson St., Lafayette. An annual Christmas caroling event at the downtown shop. 

JINGLE JAM 2017: 8 p.m., Scandals, 1801 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette. Four throwback DJs battle at this event. Tickets available at


SNOWFLAKE'S CHRISTMAS TEA: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wyndham Garden Lafayette, 1801 W. Pinhook Road, Lafayette. An original plat with Christmas songs and dancing. $38 and up at

BIENVENUE! ALBUM RELEASE PARTY: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Warehouse 535, 535 Garfield St., Lafayette. Clovis Crawfish and the All-Star Bayou Band perform at this holiday concert which also features pictures with Santa, food and more. $5 for adults. $3 for ages 5-18.  

UL OPERA THEATER SINGS BROADWAY HITS: 7 p.m., The Grouse Room, 1919 Kaliste Saloom Road, Suite 303, Lafayette. Enjoy Broadway tunes in this performance, led by director Shawn Roy. $12 and up. 


AUDITIONS FOR SHAKESPEARE'S "THE TEMPEST": 6 p.m., Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette. Please prepare a Shakespearean monologue to perform, 2 minutes or less, preferably, from "The Tempest". Also, be prepared to do other ensemble related activities and scene work.

"DIRTY RICE" 20TH ANNIVERSARY SCREENING: 7:30 p.m., Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette. Pat Mire's directorial debut celebrates its 20th anniversary in this screening, benefiting the annual Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival. $15 general admission.


LAFAYETTE COMEDY OPEN MIC: 7 p.m., The Wurst Biergarten, 537 Jefferson St., Lafayette. An open mic comedy event hosted by Maggie Shipley and Vaughan Veillon. Free for comedians. $3 for general public. 

DUELING PIANOS WITH LAUGHS AND LIBATIONS: 8 p.m., The Grouse Room, 1919 Kaliste Saloom Road, Suite 303, Lafayette. Pianists duel and comedians perform. 


ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL: MERRY TEXAS CHRISTMAS Y'ALL: 7:30 p.m., Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette. The Texas band performs holiday songs. Also at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8.


ACADIANA CENTER FOR THE ARTS: 101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette. Featuring "Art I-10," "Steve Breaux: Waking Space" and "Intertwined."

ACADIAN VILLAGE 2017: 5:30 p.m., LARC's Acadian Village, 200 Greenleaf Drive, Lafayette. $10. Free for military (with ID) and children 4 years and under. Through Dec. 23. 

CHILDREN'S MUSEUM OF ACADIANA: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 201 E. Congress St., Lafayette. Admission is $7 for children and adults. Free for children 12 months and under.

HILLIARD UNIVERSITY ART MUSEUM: 710 E. St. Mary Blvd., Lafayette. "Spotlight on Francis Pavy" through Dec. 9; Yoga in the Galleries on the second Saturday of every month at 11 a.m.; and free guided tour every Friday and Saturday at 2 p.m.

HUB CITY FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Oil Center, 427 Heymann St., Lafayette. Across from Champagne's. The first and third Saturdays include an arts weekend.

LAFAYETTE FARMERS AND ARTISAN MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Horse Farm, 2913 Johnston St., Lafayette. Includes a Cajun jam at 9 a.m.

OPELOUSAS FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m. Saturdays and Tuesdays, Farmers Market Pavilion, 925 E. Landry St., Opelousas.

TECHE AREA FARMERS MARKET: 7 a.m. Saturdays and Tuesdays, Bouligny Plaza, 102 W. Main St., New Iberia.

LAFAYETTE SCIENCE MUSEUM: 433 Jefferson St., Lafayette. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

JAM SESSION: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays, Cajun Campground, 5552 U.S. 190, Eunice. A Cajun tradition in which both amateur and seasoned musicians take turns.

JEANERETTE MUSEUM: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 500 E. Main St., Jeanerette. Learn about the past 200 years of the sugar cane and cypress lumber industries and the days of the steamboat. (337) 276-4408 or

JEANERETTE WEEKLY MARKET: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Jeanerette Chamber of Commerce Grounds, 1440 Main St., Jeanerette, every Friday, locally grown vegetables, canned items, jewelry and other homemade items. (337) 339-3383.

LE VIEUX VILLAGE: 828 E. Landry St., Opelousas. 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

LOUISIANA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: 46468 River Road, Hammond. Multiweek experience with a theme park, theater, shopping, education demonstrations and displays, plus performances, food and much more. $20 and up. Through Dec. 10. (985) 429-9992.

NUNU COLLECTIVE: 1510 Bayou Courtableau Highway, Arnaudville. Featuring a marketplace at 11 a.m. Fridays through Sundays.

PLANETARIUM SHOW — STARS OF THE PHARAOHS: 4 p.m., Lafayette Science Museum, 433 Jefferson St., Lafayette. Travel to ancient Egypt to see how astronomy was used to tell time, make a workable calendar, and align huge building Learn about the connection the ancient Egyptians felt with the stars and various astronomical phenomena, and experience some of the most spectacular temples and tombs of the ancient world. Through Dec. 2-31.

Compiled by Marchaund Jones.