Santa visits, parade and holiday tunes. That and more on tap this weeken

Santa waves at the crowd during last year's Once Upon a Cajun Christmas Parade. This year's parade, scheduled from 7 to 10 p.m. along Main Street in downtown Houma, features “Papa Noel” arriving in a 20-float Christmas parade. The event will feature caroling and the lighting of the Christmas tree.

Published: Monday, December 3, 2012 at 3:05 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 3, 2012 at 3:05 p.m.

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A self-defense and MMA, mixed martial arts, class for children 8-13 focuses on teaching discipline and respect. These classes increase skill and coordination in an interesting and popular way.

Admission: Free

When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays

Where: Body Elite Boxing and MMA, 1221Grand Caillou Road, Houma

Information: 876-2582 or

Enjoy fresh produce

There are several farmer's markets within Terrebonne and Lafourche that sell fresh produce on a weekly basis.

Admission: Free

When: Downtown Houma Market, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays; Houma Farmer's Market, 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; Lafourche Central Market, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays; and Thibodaux Farmer's Market, 7-11 a.m. Saturdays

Where: Downtown Houma Market, Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum, 7910 Park Ave.; Houma Farmer's Market, Tunnel Boulevard and Naquin Street; Lafourche Central Market, 4484 La. 1, Raceland; and Thibodaux Farmer's Market, Jean Lafitte National Park Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center, 314 St. Mary St.

Information: Barton Joffrion at 873-6495 or Ann Picou at 873-6408 or Brandi LeCompte at 438-1231

Come enjoy a movie

The Outdoor Movie Series features family friendly notable films, will continue throughout the year. Moviegoers are invited to bring picnic blankets and lawn chairs.

Admission: Free

When: twilight on the third Friday of each month

Where: Memorial Park across from the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum, 7910 Park Ave., Houma

Information: Houma Regional Arts Council at 873-6367

Christmas shopping

The Terrebonne Fine Arts Guild's annual Christmas Show and Sale has begun. This exhibit includes a variety of small paintings in all subjects, styles and media. Artist prints, note cards, handmade jewelry and selected crafts such as stained-glass objects are also on display. The gallery's regular exhibit features more than 100 paintings of local scenery, still life and floral subjects if you are looking for a larger piece of original local art.

Admission: Free

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays in December

Where: Terrebonne Fine Arts Guild's Downtown Art Gallery 630, 630 Belanger St., downtown Houma


Parade time

Once Upon a Cajun Christmas Parade, sponsored by Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government, features “Papa Noel” arriving in a 20-float Christmas parade that begins at Terrebonne High School and travels down Main Street to Barrow and then turns on School Street where it ends behind the Courthouse Square. The event will feature caroling and the lighting of the Christmas tree.

Admission: Free

When: 7-10 p.m. Dec. 7

Where: downtown Houma

Information: Anne Picou at 873-6408

Holiday time

This holiday open house includes a storytime with Mrs. Claus, picture opportunities with Santa Claus, holiday music, a children's craft workshop and refreshments.

Admission: Free

When: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 7

Where: Thibodaux Branch Library, 705 W. 5th St.


Holiday pictures

Santa and Mrs. Claus will visit several Lafourche Parish library branches this holiday season. Take your family to the library to take a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus before the big day.

Admission: Free

When and where: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 7 at Thibodaux Branch Library, 705 W. 5th St.; 5-6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at South Lafourche Branch Library, 16241 E. Main St., Cut Off; 5-6 p.m. Dec. 12 at Golden Meadow Branch Library, 1403 N. Bayou Drive; and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 20 at Lockport Branch Library, 720 Crescent Ave.


R&B concert

R&B artist Keyshia Cole will perform some her signature hits at this holiday concert. The concert also includes performances by L. Jennings, T'Melle and Lloyd.

Admission: $62.85 to $98.65

When: Dec. 8

Where: Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, 346 Civic Center Blvd.

Information: 850-4657

Hobbit time

Join the discussion and meet with other J.R.R. Tolkien fans for a lively talk about “The Hobbit.” There is also a “Lord of the Rings” marathon set for Dec. 14.

Admission: Free

When: 5:30 Dec. 12; and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 14

Where: Thibodaux Branch Library, 705 W. 5th St.


Christmas concert

Mulberry Elementary School's annual Christmas Extravaganza is a holiday production featuring students in each grade level performing to music and dance.

Admission: $2

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 13

Where: Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, 346 Civic Center Blvd.

Information: 872-5328

Christmas tunes

The Houma-Terrebonne Community Band is set to perform its annual Christmas concert. Organizers said the community band will perform some holiday favorites like “White Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” among others. The Houma-Terrebonne Community Band, who has a concert band and a stage band, performs regular concerts throughout Terrebonne Parish, including an anniversary concert, a spring concert, patriotic concerts and Christmas concerts.

Admission: Free

When: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15

Where: J.C. Penney Court of Southland Mall, 5953 W. Park Ave., Houma

Information: Jen Jenkins at 637-3894 or e-mail

Parading down a bayou

The Bayou Terrebonne Christmas boat parade travels down Bayou Terrebonne near the Bourg Volunteer Fire Department, 4402 La. 24, and ends in Montegut, three miles past Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1111 La. 55. The parade includes between 15 and 20 boats decorated with Christmas lights with Santa.

Admission: Free

When: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 15

Where: Banks of Bayou Terrebonne

Information: Kevin Belanger at 594-2125 or 209-1771

Celebrate the new year

Ring in the new year at this New Year's Eve party featuring champagne, music and dancing.

Admission: Varies

When: 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 31

Where: Thibodaux Civic Center, 310 N. Canal Blvd.

Information: Nic Schaff at 413-1451

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