Christmas in Crowley - Dec. 9-10
By Howell Dennis
During this upcoming Christmas season downtown Crowley will have a much different feel than past holiday seasons. Yes, the near completion of the Historic Downtown Restoration Project provides a much more pleasant environment than last year when the streets were decorated in orange roadblocks and rubber netting. However, this will be the first year of Christmas in Crowley.
The event will be a chance for all downtown businesses to show their Christmas spirit by collaborating to show not only the improvements in downtown Crowley, but also give them a chance to show that after a year and a half of construction that they are still here and very much a part of Crowley’s Christmas celebration.
The event, which will be held Wednesday and Thursday December 9th and 10th, will have many different features including a ‘Poinsettias on Parkerson’ sale of Christmas wreaths and poinsettias; ‘A Christmas Carol’ which is a holiday flower show put on by the Crowley Garden Club, ‘Carols in the Courtyard’ which features Christmas songs by area churches; and ‘The Nativity Comes Alive’ which is a nativity scene on the south lawn of the Acadia Courthouse.
One feature of this year’s event that seems to have everyone talking is the ‘Holiday Lights to Music Spectacular’ during which citizens can drive down main street and enjoy a dazzling animated light show designed by Crowley’s Lyn Askin, of Acadia Discount Printer Supplies. While viewing the lights, motorists may turn on their car radios to hear Christmas carols that have been synchronized with the sights they are viewing.
“I guess the city officials saw the lights at my house the past few years and they thought it would be good for me to help them with their Christmas show, said Askin. “I always had a lot of traffic coming down our street to look at our house.”
The prospect of downtown Crowley being lit up in such a way caused Alderwoman Laurita Pete to say “we could be the Natchitoches of south Louisiana.”
Crowley’s Tourism Coordinator would like to emphasize that this is a “community wide event and we’d love for as many downtown businesses to take part as possible. This is a good time for them to shine.”
“There’s also a chance that a man in a red suit may be present as well,” smiled Jeffers. “It is definitely a family oriented event.”
For more information contact Charlotte Jeffers at 783-0824.