Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Lighting of the Village set for Dec. 2 in Opelousas

    The City of Opelousas marks a magical start to the holidays with its annual Lighting of the Village on Friday, Dec. 2, from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Le Vieux Village, 828 E. Landry St., in Opelousas. The official lighting of the historical village has been a favorite holiday activity of both children and adults, offering a family friendly environment. 
    The evening begins with traditional Christmas choir music by the Opelousas Community Choir. Then, it is the official pulling of the switch which will light up the village just in time for the arrival of Santa Claus. 
    Offering a variety of activities for the little ones, the annual lighting event will include free pony rides, obstacle course fun jump, face painting, balloon art, guest appearance from Mickey & Minnie, a cup-cake making station as well as an ornament making station. Holiday photos with Santa will also be offered. 
    The event also provides a unique shopping experience where vendors offer a variety of goods including art & crafts, baby items, handmade jewelry, Christmas specialties, home décor, baked goods and decorative gifts. 
    Attendees can warm up with a free bowl of gumbo provided presented by Opelousas Kiwanis Club and free hot chocolate presented by Wal-Mart DC. A variety of food items will also be available for purchase. Door prizes will be given throughout the evening. 
    The event initiates the 10th celebration of the Lighting of the Village. Sponsors include the City of Opelousas, American Bank & Trust Company, St. Landry Homestead, Opelousas General Health System, St. Landry Parish Sheriff’s office and Wal-Mart Distribution Center #6200.
     For more information about vendor opportunities, contact Opelousas Tourism at (337) 948-5227.

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