Christmas in the Park: What to know about the holiday celebration at Moncus Park

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Moncus Parking is ringing in the holiday spirit with a merry good time.

Christmas in the Park brings 12 nights of festivities to the Johnston Street greenspace, including live music, live art installations, children's activities, food and drink selections, a Christmas market and Santa.

The celebration kicked off Thursday and will run from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. through Dec. 29, except on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

"The first night was a great turnout," said Moncus Park Executive Director JP MacFadyen said. "We really feel that being outdoors, being spread out is just a benefit for us to all get out and do what we like to do in the Acadiana area — listen to live music and pass a good time."

While attendees are visiting Christmas in the Park, they can walk around and check out the construction that's been happening in the space. Moncus Park is scheduled to officially open Jan. 1.

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How do I get tickets to Christmas in the Park?

Tickets are $10 and children 2 and younger are free. Tickets can be purchased online ahead of time from the Moncus Park website or at the door for $15.

The cost helps run the holiday celebration and the proceeds help maintain and operate the park.

"This park only works with the power of people," MacFadyen said. "Not only from an enjoyment standpoint but the investment standpoint."

Where do I park?

There's free parking at Cajun Field, and a shuttle will take attendees to Moncus Park. VIP parking at the site is available for purchase, but some nights have already sold out.

Why is there traffic near Moncus Park?

The festivities are expected to bring some light traffic to Johnston Street. Police will help manage the nearby traffic lights and help the free parking shuttles navigate in and out quickly.

When do the activities start and what is there to do at Christmas in the Park?

Gates to Christmas in the Park open at 5 p.m.

The Imagination Station with children's activities and pictures with Santa is open from 5-8 p.m. Storytime, which features a different reader and book every night, starts at 5:30 p.m. in the dining hall.

There will be live music, beginning with a Christmas choir, and every night will feature a live art installation where a different local artist will paint their own rendition of the 12 nights of Christmas.

Food and sweets vendors will be at the park. A Christmas market will feature more than 30 Acadiana businesses and sellers.

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Want to go?

Dec. 17

  • Entertainment: Souled Out at 7 p.m.

  • Live art installation: Dirk Guidry

Dec. 18

  • Entertainment: North Vermilion High School Choir at 7 p.m., Wayne Toups at 8 p.m.

  • Live art installation: Hannah Gumbo

Dec. 19

  • Entertainment: "ELF," the movie, at 7 p.m.

  • Live art installation: Edward DeMahy

Dec. 20

  • Entertainment: Chorale Des Amis at 7 p.m., Blue Monday Allstars with Roddie Romero & Michael Juan Nunez at 8 p.m.

  • Live art installation: Kristie Mayeaux

Dec. 21

  • Entertainment: Chorale Acadienne at 7 p.m., Dyer Country at 8 p.m.

  • Live art installation: Dusty Reed “The Cajun Picasso”

Dec. 22

  • Entertainment: Sarah Russo & Dustin Gaspard at 7 p.m., Josh Leblanc Quintet featuring Nicki Needham at 8 p.m.

  • Live art installation: Bob Borel

Dec. 23

  • Entertainment: Caroling with Dave Trainer at 7 p.m., The Good Dudes at 8 p.m.

  • Live art installation: Herb Roe

Dec. 26

  • Entertainment: Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band at 7:30 p.m.

  • Live art installation: Denise Gallagher

Dec. 27

  • Entertainment: The Lindas featuring Kelli Jones, Amelia Biere and Leah Graeff at 7:30 p.m.

  • Live art installation: Gracie Reaux

Dec. 28

  • Entertainment: Ray Boudreaux at 7:30 p.m.

  • Live art installation: Paige Robichaux

Dec. 29

  • Entertainment: Rebirth Brass Band at 7:30 p.m.

  • Live art installation: Jerome Ford

For more information, visit moncuspark.org/christmas.

Contact Ashley White at adwhite@theadvertiser.com or on Twitter @AshleyyDi.

This article originally appeared on Lafayette Daily Advertiser: Christmas in the Park: When to hear music, eat and shop at Moncus Park

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