Organizers for Zachary’s annual Christmas in the Village event — slated for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 11 — are excited about new features and activities this year.

“With our new animated lights keeping beat with the music, motorists will be able to turn left on East Central, left on Virginia Street and drive through the Historical Village for the most spectacular lights display beginning Dec. 12, following Christmas in the Village,” organizer Sharon Phillips said.

A posted sign will explain to drivers which radio station to tune to for music that will play in unison with blinking lights and trees. There is no cost to drive through the lights, which will be on display every night through the first week in January.

Zachary officials are hauling in five tons of real snow for children attending the Christmas event.

“Our goal is to re-create the sights, sounds and smells of Christmas at the North Pole, and one of the best ways to do that is by bringing in the snow,” Phillips said. “Children will be able to play in the man-made snow and build a snowman.”

Santa Claus will be attending and is available for photographs with children in his vintage sleigh. Parents are encouraged to take photos as children tell St. Nick what they want for the holidays.

BREC is partnering with the city of Zachary to host the Disney movie “Frozen,” which will be playing on a large portable movie screen behind the Zachary Police Department on Virginia Street. “Frozen” characters are expected to visit, Phillips said.

A large vendor area featuring arts, crafts, handmade and homemade items will be for sale, and as in years past, gourmet food trucks will be selling pulled pork tacos, seafood, ethnic dishes, cupcakes, sweets and more.

Look for the Zachary Fire Department’s fire safety clowns the Fire Stoppers, as well as DARE representatives from the Zachary Police Department.

Performances by church groups, local dance studios, school choirs and more are scheduled.

All of the homes in the Zachary Historic Village will be open for tours this year, including J.W. McHugh’s Red Chain General Store.

Zachary’s Christmas in the Village kicks off at 6 p.m. when Mayor David Amrhein lights a new 28-foot Christmas tree adorned with 7,200 LED lights.

Everyone is invited to this free holiday event.

Following the tree-lighting, winners of the “Shop Local” campaign hosted by the Zachary Chamber of Commerce will be announced in the gazebo in the Historic Village. Names will be drawn for $150, $300 and $500 gift cards.

On Dec. 12, the Chamber’s annual Christmas parade rolls with floats displaying this year’s theme: “Sneaux Me Something, Mister.”

School groups and athletic teams, churches, organizations and city officials have entered their best floats, decorated cars and trucks and marching, horse and cycle groups.

Judges will select the best entries and award cash prizes for the best float, best overall theme, best marching group and best riding group, which includes horses, cars, trucks or motorcycles.

The annual Christmas parade is a fundraising event for the Chamber and will be televised.

Floats will begin lining up at 9:30 a.m. in front of LeBlanc’s Food Store on Church Street, and the parade begins promptly at 10 a.m.

For detailed parade information, visit zacharychamber.com.