Noel Acadien au Village is the 24-night annual Christmas festival fundraiser for LARC's Acadian Village in Lafayette, Louisiana. The event features more than half-a-million lights, including a fully-lit 19th century Acadian chapel, themed Acadian home porches, and lighted holiday displays, live entertainment, carnival rides, local cuisine, photos with Santa, holiday shopping, and more. Examples of displays include a gingerbread house, Papa Noel in a pirogue, tunnel of lights, and floating Christmas trees on the bayou.
Visitors from across Louisiana come every year to enjoy the spectacle, and the event has become an annual tradition for thousands of families. In 2012, more than 45,000 people came to enjoy the sights and sounds of this magical event. It is the second largest event in Lafayette and the largest Christmas event in the state.
The event is supported by more than 80 corporate and civic sponsors in the community. All proceeds directly benefit LARC’s Acadian Village, the fundraising arm of LARC, a 501c3 non-profit organization assisting persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities achieve their goals of self-sufficiency, quality of life, and self-worth. LARC offers residential, vocational, and community supports and services for these individuals.
The festival opens nightly from 5:30-9:00pm from December 1 through December 23. Promotions are offered on various nights, along with a variety of entertainment groups nightly. ll details can be found at www.acadianvillage.org.