2018-2019 Winter Events
Jeff Davis Parish
December 2018- January 2019 - February 2019
For more info, visit our website at:
City of Jennings Winter Events
December 14, 2018

Hot Chocolate with Santa!

Founders' Park, Downtown Main Street Jennings


Join Santa Claus for Hot Chocolate and photos!
Town of Elton

For more info, call
Elton City Hall

8th Annual Christmas Parade
(In Partnership with the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana)
December 1, 2018
Parade Rolls at 11:00am

Elton Mardi Gras
Run & Celebration
February 2019
Contact Jesse Bertrand for more info on the run (337) 794-2316
Town of
Lake Arthur
City Hall (337) 774-2211

Christmas on the Lake

December 8, 2018

Downtown Lake Arthur
Activities begin at noon with a gumbo cook off in the Park Pavillion. Judging is at 4pm. Bowls of gumbo will be sold for $5 after judging. A DJ will play Christmas Carols from 4-6p, With the Parade rolling down main street at 4pm. Fireworks and a boat parade will follow.

Hall of Trees

December 1-21, 2018

8am-4pm weekdays, City Hall
Area businesses, clubs, classes, families and individuals will have decorated trees, wreaths, poinsettias, statutes and other Christmas decoration on display.
Admission is free

Mardi Gras Festival and Parade

February 23, 2019

Party begins at 9:00am
Parade rolls at 2:00pm

432 N. Main Street
Jennings, LA 70546

(337) 821-5509
The Strand is also home to ABOB, "A Block off Broadway" Theatre Group. Performance and show schedule listed with movies.
Strand Theatre
 "It's Movie Night in Jennings" is a project of A Block of Broadway Community Theatre. Classic movies in this Historic Theatre. Grab some famous popcorn and enjoy the show! Tickets are $3

Winter Movie/Event Schedule:

December 8  - ABOB’s  Movie Night - At the Strand -  Elf  sponsored by Jennings Optimist Club - 6:00 p.m. Tickets $3 - 12 and under FREE

December 9   - Bon Ami Tours presents Direct for Branson!  Shoji Tabuchi Christmas Show  - At the Strand 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Tickets $30 call 824-7078  

December 15   - CHIP’S Littles Production - 6:00 p.m. At the Strand

December 16   - CHIP’S Littles Production -  2:00 p.m. At the Strand

January 2019
January 5  - ABOB’s Movie Night - At the Strand  -  The Greatest Showman  sponsored by Linda McNeilly - 6:00 p.m. Tickets $3 - 12 and under FREE

January 19  - ABOB’s Movie Night - At the Strand  -  Tom Sawyer  sponsored by - 6:00 p.m.
   Tickets $3 - 12 and under FREE
Town of Welsh

Winter Events

Call the Town of Welsh
for more info at
(337) 734-2231

Welsh Roanoke Community Choir's Annual Christmas Canata,

"Christmas is Calling"

  • December 16th - 9:00am
at First United Methodist Church
in Welsh

  • December 16th - 6:00pm at
First Baptist Church in Welsh
The Hall of Trees
at the W.H. Tupper General Merchandise Museum and Old Magnolia Gift Shoppe, will be on display through January.

The exhibit features 19 themed Christmas trees, wreaths, antique Christmas ornaments, old Christmas cards, vintage toys, the original elf on the shelf and more.

W.H. Tupper Museum
311 North Main Street
Jennings, LA
(337) 821-5532

A General Merchandise store from the 1900's! Doors closed in 1949, leaving authentic and interesting merchandise. Now a museum with treasures galore! Located in Historic Downtown Jennings.

NEW Hours:
10a-2p, Tuesday & Wednesday
10a-4p, Thursday & Friday
10a-3p, Saturday
Closed Sunday & Monday
Also, visit the "Old Magnolia" gift shop located in the Tupper Museum! One of a kind gifts, vintage toys, Louisiana Souvenirs, retro candy and art work by local artists! Hours are the same as the Tupper Museum.
Zigler Museum Events
154 North Main Street
Jennings, LA 70546
Phone: (337) 824-0114
Hours: Mon-Sat 10-4

Now taking appointments for school tours!

This museum is housed in the historic City Hall building. It features works from the permanent collection on display
for the first time,
as well as familiar favorites.
Also has exhibits by local artists.
Zigler Winter Events

November-Permanent Collection Exhibit on display all month

November 5, 2019 Membership Drive begins

December 8, 2018-Christmas Children's Workshop (Arts and Crafts and Santa)

December 14, 2018-Tour for Welsh Students in gallery

December 15-30, 2018  Preparation for Smithsonian Exhibit

January 2, 9019 Exhibit from Smithsonian arrives, Museum closed for set-up

January 4, 2019 through February 11th  Museum On Main Street Exhibit from Smithsonian Institute Opens

January 4, 2019- 5:30 p.m.- Opening Reception and Viewing Open to public (free of charge throughout the exhibit)

January 26, 2019- Shawn McNeilly will present a lady's art class based on watercolor and partnering with the waterways exhibit

January 31, 2019- Senator Dan Morrish will present program and video on Coastal Restoration in partnership with the Grant Exhibit

February 7, 2019- Burt Tietje of Tallgrass Farms will present a video and program on the importance of water in agriculture

February 11, 2019- Children's Day with live alligator at the exhibit; importance of water on aquatic life

Febraury 18, 2019- Exhibit of Simone Little
Le Bal Cadien
..not 'A' Cajun Dance... THE Cajun Dance!
 Live Cajun French Music and Dance presented by Cajun Music Radio, in association with Friends Supporting Friends.

SWLa Acoustic Cajun Music Jam
Green's Cafe
603 State St
Jennings, Louisiana

10:00am-1:00pm, Every other Saturday

Bring your instruments and join in the Cajun Music Jam. All levels and ages are welcome! Anyone welcome to play or just jam to the Cajun sounds of local musicians. Free event.

Winter Dates: 
  • Dec. 1st. 15th, 29th
  • Jan. 12th, 26th
  • Feb. 9th, 23rd

Farmers' Markets
  • Jennings - Main Street Farmers' Market, Founders Park. Saturday's from 7:00am-10:00am
Welsh Museum
202 E. South Street
Welsh, LA 70591
(337) 734-3811

This Small town's best kept secret. Celebrating over 100 years in the life of a small Louisiana town. Features agriculture exhibits, school day exhibits, military exhibits, and much more.

Admission is free, donations are accepted.

Welsh Museum Winter Events
Coming to the I-10 Oil & Gas Park in Jennings on
February 19, 2010!
Runners of any level!
Crawfish Farm Tour
Now booking for
March, April & May 2019!

Learn everything about Louisiana's favorite food. Crawfish farm tours in Jeff Davis Parish will run seasonally from March-May. Experience the habitat, harvest, distribution, and consumption of Louisiana's #1 crustacean. Tour starts pond side on a working crawfish farm, then on to I-10 Crawfish Exchange, and finishes up at the Gator Chateau. A tour for all ages. Perfect for school groups.

Call the JDP Tourist Commission to book your tour today! 337-821-5521. Reservations are required.
Tours available for groups of 10 or more. Call the office to see if a scheduled group is going on your date,
you may join an existing group.
Gator Chateau
New Building coming in spring 2019! Stay tuned to our social media channels for the opening date and celebration info!
We are moving right along with the build of our BRAND New
Gator Chateau and Visitor Center !
Estimated opening date of Spring 2019!
Meanwhile, you can still come and hold a baby gator at the same location in our temporary facility!
Hold a baby gator! Visit our Rescue, Educate, and Release facility at the I-10 Oil & Gas Park in Jennings, LA (Exit 64). Can accommodate group tours (please call in advance). A free attraction!

Hours are Monday-Saturday, 9:00am-5:00pm. 
Bayou Rum Distillery
Located in Lacassine, LA (I-10 Exit 48). The Spirit of Louisiana! Visit the largest private rum distillery in the USA, using all Louisiana ingredients. See how it's made and visit the tasting bar on their free tour! Be sure to stop at the gift shop, featuring all their products, as well as great Louisiana souvenirs. 

Flyway Byway
Drive the newest State Scenic Byway, the Flyway Byway! Get off the interstate and experience the authentic back roads of our Parish. A 55 mile driving loop, and also 80 miles of 'blueways'. Perfect for birders and nature lovers! Great for canoe/kayak enthusiasts, foodies, and nature lovers!


Lake Arthur Mardi Gras Celebration and Parade
FEBRUARY 23, 2019

Squeezebox Shootout Cajun Accordion Competition at the Strand Theatre in Jennings
MARCH 2, 2019

Jennings Mardi Gras Festival and Parade
MARCH 2, 2019

MARCH 5, 2019
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