Gonzales city officials will kick off the holiday season at 6 p.m. Tuesday with the annual Gonzales Christmas Tree Lighting event in front of City Hall and at the Gonzales Civic Center.

Mayor Barney Arceneaux and other city officials will turn on the lights around City Hall, Jambalaya Park and the civic center before heading over to the civic center for a visit with Santa and entertainment.

Santa and his elves will be inside the civic center giving a gift to each child visiting.

On stage, performers with Center Stage Performing Arts Academy will entertain the crowd and several Girl Scout troops from across Ascension Parish will be singing Christmas carols outdoors.

Hot chocolate and jambalaya provided by the Jambalaya Festival Association will be served.

“Mayor Barney Arceneaux, the entire City of Gonzales Council, administration and staff look forward to this event annually,” said Public Information Officer Charlotte Guedry. “Seeing the coming together of our area families at one of the most magical times of the year is a joy for us all. No one throws a celebration like the city of Gonzales, and our Christmas event is no exception. We urge everyone to join us for family, festive fun.”

The fun continues on Dec. 13 when the Jambalaya Festival Association hosts the annual Christmas Parade through the streets of Gonzales.

Tuesday is the deadline to register for participation in the parade.

For information or to register for the parade, email jamfestassociation@gmail.com; call (225) 647-2937 or (225) 715-4383 or visit jambalayafestival.org.

The city also sponsors its annual Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Gonzales Civic Center.

A meal, provided by “Tee” Wayne Abshire, LeBlanc’s Foot Store and Carli-Co Café, will be served to senior citizens. Santa will be there and music will be performed by musicians led by Kenny Fife, Guedry said.