St. Francisville is celebrating Christmas in the Country, with its historic district of shops and graceful homes all dressed up for the holidays, Dec. 1-3.
FRIDAY, DEC. 1
The children’s choir Voices in Motion starts the weekend at 5:30 p.m. at St. Francisville’s Town Hall. It is followed by Mayor Billy D’Aquilla lighting the town tree and hosting a reception with fireworks.
Shopping is offered until 7 p.m. in town shops as well as with vendors in Parker Park.
From 9 a.m. to noon, Audubon State Historic Site will hold a Colonial Christmas School Day. Preregistered students will learn about Christmas traditions in early America. Wassailing, hunting for Christmas dinner and origins of Christmas traditions are some of the things students will experience. For information, call (225) 635-3739.
SATURDAY, DEC. 2
A Prayer Breakfast is at 7:30 a.m. at the Methodist Church Fellowship Hall.
The Christmas on the Run for the Relay for Life supporting the American Cancer Society features a 1-mile fun run at 8 a.m. and a 5K run at 8:30 a.m. Both start at Parker Park.
The Women’s Service League is holding Breakfast with St. Nick at Grace Episcopal Church’s Jackson Hall for the children. Three seatings are available: 8 a.m., 9:15 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Reservations are encouraged. Tickets are available online.
The Women’s Service League also offers fresh wreaths and cookbook sales on Ferdinand Street all weekend.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., vendors in Parker Park offer food, music, jewelry, photos, honey, paintings, T-shirts, calendars, hair bows and more.
From noon to 2 p.m., Main Street Band plays in the park gazebo.
Transportation through downtown is available on the Polar Express train from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the "Polar Express" movie and activities are set in the Town Hall meeting room.
St. Francisville’s shops and art galleries offer antiques, art, decorative items, one-of-a-kind handmade crafts, custom jewelry, housewares, artisanal foodstuffs and clothing. Candy Cane Shopping Cards will be available. These feature discounts and “I Shopped St. Francisville” T-shirts for purchases over $100.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, the Friends of the Library hold the annual Tour of Homes benefitting library programs. Four homes will showcase architecture and décor:
- Abby and Doug Cochran’s downtown Ferdinand Street home is a farmhouse-style cottage built in the early 1900s from salvaged lumber, with cypress cabinets and a broad front porch.
- The Plantation Drive home of Chuck and Heather Walters is in the architectural style called Mediterranean Transitional, with soaring ceilings, old cypress beams, three fireplaces and a glass staircase.
- On La. 421, the Acadian-style home of Greg Ferris and Wendy Phillips overlooks a 10-acre lake and has exposed beams, old brick, heart-pine floors and old New Orleans accents.
- Justin and Charlotte Peno’s home in downtown St. Francisville on Fidelity Street began as a simple cottage and was renovated to its Acadian appearance. It was the 1940s townhouse of Peno’s great-grandfather, W.D. Folkes, who was a Louisiana senator in the 1960s and 70s.
Audubon State Historic Site will hold A Dickens of a Christmas from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Seasonal decorations and costumed guides take visitors into the past through the candlelit Oakley House. Taste of what´s cooking in the kitchen or enjoy the Christmas dance and live period music.
From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., United Methodist Church, 9856 Royal St., hosts a Community Sing-Along.
First Baptist Church, La. 10 at U.S. 61, holds a Living Nativity of seven scenes from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A petting stable, crafts, hot chocolate and cookies are available.
Peep into Our Holiday Homes, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., is a chance to see some houses in St. Francisville’s National Register Historic District along Ferdinand and Royal streets.
SUNDAY, DEC. 3
Candy Cane Shopping Card opportunities continue from 10 a.m. to closing.
Vendors are in Parker Park from 10a.m. to 4 p.m. Music by the Angola Traveling Band will be in the park from noon to 4 p.m.
The Women’s Service League Christmas Parade "Don't Stop Believing" begins at 2 p.m. and travels along Ferdinand and Commerce Streets.
Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site will be decorated for Christmas, 19th-century style, in the main house, including greenery on mantles and banisters and fruit and nut displays on tables, throughout the season.
Also, Rosedown will feature a hand-crafted, hand-decorated gingerbread replica of the plantation's main house in the formal dining room. The tradition of gingerbread houses originated in 16th-century Germany, and German settlers brought the tradition to America, where the tradition has flourished. For information, call (225) 635-3332.