If you’re looking for things to do to get you in the holiday spirit this weekend, you’re in luck. Whether it’s the Christmas parades in Houma and Thibodaux, Cookies with Santa, or even a little road trip to Baton Rouge for some holiday cheer at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum, there are plenty of activities to choose from this week. -end.
Here’s a list of eight vacation, local and nearby activities:
Living nativity scene in Thibodaux
The University Baptist Church will have a living nativity scene this weekend with performances on Friday and Saturday. This event is free and open to the public. This nativity scene, which will be outside and in front of the church, will also feature live animals – even a camel! Performances take place every 30 minutes starting at 6:00 p.m., with the last performance starting at 7:30 p.m. Folding chairs will be available for seating. Jambalaya, okra and drinks will be available for free.
When: Friday 3 and Saturday 4 December from 6 p.m.
Or: University Baptist Church, 904, rue Ménard in Thibodaux
This outdoor farmer’s market takes place the first Saturday of each month in Houma and is presented by the Terrebonne general health system and the Houma downtown development committee. This weekend’s market will feature over 30 vendors. The range of suppliers should be announced before the weekend on the market’s Facebook page, facebook.com/MarketAtTheMarina. The market is known to provide a variety of produce, baked goods, hot items, candles, soaps, arts and crafts and more, according to its Facebook page. You may be able to cross off some of your holiday gift purchases here!
When: Saturday December 4 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Or: Downtown Houma Marina, 8228 Park Avenue in Houma
Cookies with Santa
Bayou Blue Recreation is organizing “Cookies With Santa” this Saturday. The event is free for everyone and will include cookies, drinks, games, prizes, gifts for the kids and a photo opportunity with Santa, according to Bayou Blue Recreation’s Facebook page.
When: Saturday December 4 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Or: Bayou Blue Recreation, 200 rue Mazerac in Houma
Whiskey & Cookies with Santa Claus
Father Christmas will also visit Bayou Terrebonne Distillers a few hours before the downtown Christmas parade on Saturday for a holiday photo booth presented by Bijoux Photography. This is an opportunity to shop for gifts for the whiskey lovers on your list and take pictures for some greeting cards. Photos with Santa are $ 40, paid to Bijoux Photography in cash or Venmo. The images will be edited and available for download or print via a mobile link.
When: Saturday, December 4, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Or: 8043 Main Street in Houma
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Houma Christmas Parade
The Houma Christmas Parade is back this year and will be deployed on Saturday night. The official starting point of the parade will be at the intersection of St. Charles Street and Main Street, and will follow the traditional route along Main Street, turn right onto Barrow Street and end at the corner of Barrow Street and School Street. Signs will be placed 24 hours before the parade indicating when the barricades will be placed. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus will stay until 8 p.m. after the parade for photos with the public.
When: Saturday, December 4, from 5 p.m.
Or: The traditional route along Main Street.
Other Notes: Spectators are requested not to park along the route before the parade. Parade participants must stand behind barricades and are not allowed to approach floats. All parade participants are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing by meeting in small household groups.
Grand reopening of the Christmas art market and gallery
The Terrebonne Guild of Fine Arts celebrates its reopening after Hurricane Ida and the return of its annual Christmas art market with a reception on Saturday. The event will feature food, a space to take vacation photos, an illuminated art exhibit, door prizes, a ribbon cutting ceremony, and plenty of art and homemade gifts for sale.
When: Saturday December 4 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Or: Downtown Art Gallery 630, 630 Bélanger Street in Houma
Other Notes: The inauguration ceremony will take place at 2 p.m.
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A very happy museum at LASM
If you’re ready to travel a little further for vacation activities, the Louisiana Art & Science Museum hosts “A Very Merry Museum at LASM”. The event will include activities such as handy ornament-making, a scavenger hunt, holiday-themed planetarium shows “Let it Snow” and “The Star of Bethlehem”, a special screening of the movie “The Polar Express “in the planetarium, Coca-Cola polar bears and an appearance of the iconic Coca-Cola vacation truck. Visitors are encouraged to wear their pajamas and will receive a sleigh bell after viewing “The Polar Express”.
When: Dec 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Or: Louisiana Art & Science Museum, 100 South Reiver Road in Baton Rouge
Admission: Regular admission prices will be charged for admission, which is $ 12 for adults, $ 10 for children aged 3-12 and adults over 65, and free admission for members .
Other Notes: The special screening of “The Polar Express” will be at the planetarium at 3pm
Thibodaux Christmas Parade
End the weekend with the Thibodaux Christmas parade on Sunday. The parade route begins at Afton Drive and Audubon Ave., turns left on Menard St., and continues on Menard to Canal Blvd. There the road turns onto Canal Blvd., and left onto 2nd St. The parade ends at Town Hall with photos with Santa Claus. Refreshments will be provided by Thibodaux Family Church.
When: Sunday, December 5, from 3 p.m.
Or: Thibodaux city center
– Emily Enfinger is a reporter for The Courier and the Daily Comet. Follow her on Twitter at @EmilyEnfinger. Email Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article originally appeared on Le Courrier: 8 holiday activities to do in Houma and Thibodaux this weekend