The Friends of the Plaquemine Lock will host “Locking Around the Christmas Tree,” an evening of Christmas caroling and songs, at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Plaquemine Lock State Historic Site.

The event is free and refreshments will be served after the program.

The event also is sponsored by the Iberville Parish Council and Plaquemine Main Street Program.

Performing at the event will be musical groups from the First Baptist Church in Plaquemine, St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, the Iberville Math, Science and Arts Academy-West and We Are the Difference, Inc.

For information, call the Lock House at (225) 687-7158.

Plaquemine food drive

The city of Plaquemine has kicked off its annual food drive. Residents can participate by dropping off nonperishable food to City Hall during business hours from now until Dec. 15.

Food collected will be donated to Our Brother’s Keeper in Plaquemine.

A barrel for donated food is in the lobby of the first floor of City Hall.

Christmas on the Bayou

The Iberville Parish Welcome Center will host Christmas on the Bayou on Sunday at its facility at the corner of Interstate 10 and La. 77 in Grosse Tete.

The event will start with a street parade at noon that will be followed with craft vendors, food and lots of activities for children. The special holiday affair will conclude that night with a fireworks display.

Plaquemine Christmas fest

The city of Plaquemine’s Main Street Program is celebrating Christmas early this year by sponsoring its annual Christmas Festival from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park.

Craft vendors and artists are invited to display and sell their wares.

A full slate of activities is planned for children, including a magic show, balloon twister, strolling magician, cupcake decorating and live music by local artists.

A nonmotorized children’s parade is among the special attractions this year. Children under the age of 12 are welcome to participate.

For vendor information and parade entry, contact Plaquemine Main Street Manager Kristine Hebert at (225) 687-3116 or visit plaquemine.org.

BonFest returns

Port Allen city officials are bringing back BonFest this year as they seek to use the Christmas holiday festival and levee bonfires to build a sense of community.

The city will host this year’s BonFest on Dec. 23 in front of City Hall on Court Street.

Santa Claus is set to make an appearance, and children’s activities are scheduled from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.

The band Phunky Monkeys will perform from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The city’s bonfires will be lit shortly after 6 p.m. on the Mississippi River levee, and Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. and the Zydeco Twisters will perform at 7 p.m.

The city’s One Port Allen community development committee is coordinating the event.

Submit news to Terry Jones by phone, (225) 326-6627; fax, (225) 344-0099; or email tjones@theadvocate.com.