“It’s growing and that’s a good thing for Crowley,” said Charlotte Jeffers, city of Crowley tourism coordinator. “Especially in only four years it has grown quite a lot and I’m just thankful for those that have stepped up and for the mayor and city council’s continued support.
While lights twinkle and put on a show along Parkerson Avenue as well as City Hall and the parish courthouse, a full slate of activities will be ready to get Crowley in the holiday spirit.
The light show is ongoing now through Jan. 3, 2013, beginning at 5 p.m. through midnight each night. Those in attendance can listen to the songs of the light show on 93.3 FM.
The 2012 City Hall light show, compliments of the city of Crowley, will be the centrer for the light show which also features lights and snowflakes on North Parkerson Avenue’s street lamp lights. Sponsors for the street lamps light show this year include the Bank of Commerce, Evangeline Bank, First National Bank, Home Bank, Crowley Professional Women’s Club, E.L. Habetz Builders, Mader Engineering, Florence Mauboules Charitable Trust, Gremillion’s Drug Store, Teche Electric, Southwind Senior Community, Summerwood Nursing and Rehabilitation, The Suires, Jay, Laurie and Grant, Harrison and Reagan and Thibs Auto Titles and Tags.
One of “Christmas in Crowley: A Holiday Affair’s” biggest attractions is Caroling Down the Avenue, which features various local choirs helping spread holiday cheer, because as the saying goes, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all can hear.” All groups will perform for 30-minute intervals with the exclusion of one, a new performing group to the area, the Mire Elementary school band.
“They (Mire) actually called us to participate,” said Jeffers.
Caroling Down the Avenue’s schedule is as follows:
- First Baptist Church Music Department, Met Life Corner (110 East Fourth St. and North Parkerson Avenue), 6-6:30 p.m.
- Redemptorist Bell Choir/Redemptorist Choir, The Courtyard (North Parkerson Avenue), 6:15-6:45 p.m.
- First Methodist Church Music Department, Gremillion’s Drug Store (401 North Parkerson Ave.), 6:30-7 p.m.
- First Church of the Nazarene Choir, The Crowley Art Gallery (222 North Parkerson Ave.), 6:45-7:15 p.m.
- Parkerson Ave. Baptist Children’s Church Choir, Grand Opera House of the South (505 North Parkerson Ave.), 7-7:30 p.m.
- St. Michael Elementary Choir, The Bank of Acadia Bldg. (301 North Parkerson Ave.), 7-7:30 p.m.
- Mire Elementary School Band, Kim Hayes Corner (408 North Parkerson Ave. and Fourth Street), 7-7:45 p.m.
- Pentecostals of Crowley Choir, R&B Pawn Shop (North Parkerson Avenue and Fourth Street), 7:15-7:45 p.m.
While the carols are going strong, local businesses will be filling the evening with lots of activities and fun for all ages.
“Crowley knows how to celebrate Christmas,” said Jeffers. “It’s a good family event and people are coming and wanting to come back each year.”
At The Grand Opera House of the South (505 North Parkerson Ave.), Parkerson Avenue Baptist Children’s Hand Bell Ministry will hold its fundraiser “A Cookie Christmas and Trim the Tree” from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
City Hall (425 North Parkerson Ave.) will be bustling with Poinsettias on Parkerson (the Garden Club’s poinsettia and wreath order pick-up), 6-8 p.m.; Fleur de Lis Christmas (Assist Agency’s fleur de lis fundraiser), 6-8 p.m.; Storybook Christmas (Crowley royalty reading Christmas classics to children ages three to seven), 6-7 p.m.; Happy New Year 2013 (Crowley Middle School eighth grade art students’ Historic Crowley 2013 calendar), 6-8 p.m.; and Letters to Santa (compliments of the city of Crowley, the mayor and the city council).
Two fundraisers for the Acadia Players will be held at the Rice Theatre (324 North Parkerson Ave.), Pictures with Santa (by Primeaux Photography), 6-8 p.m., and Christmas Angels (Christmas cookies), 6-8 p.m.
The Crowley Art Gallery (222 North Parkerson Ave.) will host the Crowley Art Association’s children’s art activities for three- to nine-year-olds for the Art of Christmas, 6-8 p.m.
At the Met Life Corner (110 East Fourth Street and North Parkerson Ave.) Women Resting in God will hold a hot chocolate fundraiser, Cocoa Christmas, 6-8 p.m.
The First Methodist Church Youth Group will have The Nativity Come Alive at Kim Hayes Corner (408 North Parkerson Ave. and Fourth Street), 6-8 p.m.
Joppe Courtyard Café (414 North Parkerson Ave.) will have Christmas Sugar and Spice, where Girl Scouts Troop 2016 will decorate sugar cookies, 6-8 p.m.
Girl Scouts Troop 2512 will put on I’m A Sucker for Santa, the troop’s homemade holiday lollipop fundraiser in front of Rocco’s (308 North Parkerson Ave.), 6-8 p.m.