“It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette” holiday event is designed as a time to share holiday cheer as we celebrate this wonderful community we live in. Held on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021 in Lafayette’s Plaza Park, this free, fun, family-friendly celebration included Santa sightings, free train rides on the Lafayette Express, official holiday tree lighting ceremony, one-of-a-kind photo ops, live musical entertainment, kid’s crafts, holiday treats and more!
The “It’s a Wonderful Life in Lafayette” event was presented by the Lafayette Chamber, and sponsored by local Lafayette Realtor Dana Green Team
and Branagh Development
, who together are also hosting the environmentally-friendly downtown Lafayette twinkle lights for the 2021 Holiday Season.
Santa arrived on Lafayette’s first fire truck, Old Betsy, thanks to the Lafayette Historical Society
and helpers Larry Blodgett, Mike Raffo (driver), Hendrik Kirleis, and John Kennett. Mary McCosker (LHS Board Pres.) made the History Room available for Santa to prepare for the event. A special thank you to our decorators, Lauren Campopiano from the Dana Green Team and Amy Coombe from Branagh Development. Old Betsy looked amazing!
Did you see Mrs. Claus greeting guests near the Lafayette Express? Thank you Grace Dixon and Steve Hall! And thank you to our parade unicyclist Lafayette Chamber Ambassador, Kyle Sumner!
Our Chamber Beverage Tents were run by Chamber Board and Ambassador volunteers Reid Edwards, Kyle Sumner, Stephanie McNabb, Jeremy Steel, Katie Santos, Tom Schnurr, Megan Schnurr, Brian Aiello, and Christine Raymond. We also thank John McCormick for his volunteer efforts.
Thank you to Troops 204 and 402 for all the assistance with setup, running the activities and take down! And thank you NCL volunteers Grace and Kathryn Bell.
A special thank you to Honey Bear Trees for the donation of the Tree. We thank Terry Ring and Buddy Brodwin for assisting with the hanging the lights. Thank you to the Lafayette Police Department for leading the parade and assisting with the street closures.