The holidays are basically here, and with them, the wonderful traditions we so love right here in Acadiana. One of my favorites is in Opelousas at the official Christmas lighting at historic Le Vieux Village de Poste des Opelousas.

This wonderful annual event is sponsored by the City of Opelousas, and will take place on Friday, December 6 from 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm at 828 East Landry Street, one mile west of I-49.

Le Vieux Village is a collection of buildings dating from the 1700s to the early 20th century, and includes one of the oldest Creole homes west of the Mississippi River, and also is home to the historic Louisiana Orphan Train Museum.

Not only will Papa Noel be on hand, but you can enjoy Christmas choir music by the JS Clark Leadership Academy, and balloon artist Rick Hessler And once again there will be petting zoo, train rides, Santa photos, a cupcake decorating station, and an ornament making station. This is a wonderful family event that is free and open to the public, and officially kicks off the Christmas season in Opelousas. Call (337) 948-6263 for more information. Check out the festive video below with one of Santa's elves!