Christmas parade

The annual Jambalaya Festival Association Christmas Parade rolls through Gonzales at 1 p.m. Sunday with the theme “Louisiana Christmas.” The parade route starts along Worthey Road, continues down Burnside Avenue and ends before Airline Highway.

This year’s grand marshal is longtime Jambalaya Festival Association member Frank Frederic.

Christmas Movie Night

Enjoy Volunteer Ascension’s annual Christmas Movie Night at Jambalaya Park Amphitheater at 6 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free with a canned food item.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and guests will be welcomed at 6:15 p.m. “Frosty’s Winter Wonderland” begins at 6:25 p.m., followed by intermission with Santa from 6:55 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. and “Mickey’s Twice a Christmas” at 7:20 p.m.

Complimentary gifts will be given to the first 50 families. Concessions will be sold.

Santa in St. Amant

Santa Claus is making time in his busy schedule to visit St. Amant, replacing his traditional visit at the Stringer Bridge Road fire station.

See Santa at The Venue off La. 431 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Dec. 14. He will be available for photos, and there will be milk and cookies and games, as well.

Parents are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for donation to Christmas Crusade for Children. Toys can be traded for a free Santa photo. Additional photos will be available for $5.

Sorrento celebration

Sorrento ushers in the Christmas season with its annual celebration at the Sorrento Community Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Santa will ride in on the fire truck, accompanied by his helpers handing out a small gift to all children while supplies last. Kids are welcome to take photos with Santa.

The celebration also boasts free jambalaya, sodas, hot chocolate, cookies, face painting and a craft project for children, as well as the lighting of the Christmas tree.

Carols in the Courtyard

Warm the soul with cookies, hot chocolate, singing and lots of cheer with Carols in the Courtyard. Meet in the courtyard of the Gonzales Branch of Ascension Parish Library at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.


Those with a drinking problem are faced with additional temptations when the holidays arrive. Find help coping with a loved one’s drinking at Al-Anon, which meets every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Sister Linda conference room at St. Elizabeth Hospital.

There is no charge to attend meetings. Call (225) 924-0029 for details.

Coffee and crafts

Ascension Parish Library’s Dutchtown Branch is offering a coffee and craft session at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Using washi tape, ribbon and clothespins, participants will make a festive holiday clothespin wreath.

Space is limited. Call (225) 673-8699 to register.

Loss and grief

The holidays can be especially difficult when dealing with a loss of any kind. The Grief Recovery Center at St. Elizabeth Hospital offers a loss and grief education and support meeting every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Sister Linda conference room.

Meetings are free and no registration is necessary.

Strings performance

Listen to a special performance by the Ascension Christian School’s youth strings ensemble at Ascension Parish Library’s Dutchtown Branch at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14.

The ensemble will be performing traditional holiday carols under the direction of Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra concert master Borislava Iltcheva and principal violinist II Aaron Farrell.

Call (225) 673-8699 for more information.

Contact Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 388-0215 or (225) 603-1996; or email, or Deadline: noon Monday.