ST. FRANCISVILLE, La. (BRPROUD) — The annual Christmas in the Country weekend festival returns to St. Francisville for the 2020 holiday season — in modified form. Organizers said that while the parade is cancelled, the town and local businesses are making adjustments to continue offering a fun, family-friendly outing.

The festival kicks off at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 4 with the yearly wreath sale at the Old Benevolent Society Building, 11739 Ferdinand Street.

One of the highlights of Christmas in the Country is the annual lighting of the Christmas tree outside Town Hall. At 6 p.m. the town’s Mayor William “Billy” D’Aquilla will light the tree for the final time as leader of St. Francisville. D’Aquilla, who has served for 36 years, will retire in January and Republican Robert Leake will take over, after defeating Independent Susie Tully in November’s election with 57% of the vote.

The United Methodist Church Children’s Choir will also perform as part of the tree lighting ceremony and fireworks will follow the tree lighting.

This year, families may opt to view the live nativity scene at First Baptist Church from the safety of their socially-distanced vehicles or wander through the drive-thru light display at the West Feliciana Parish Hospital, which will also be offering cookies and cocoa.

Festivities continue Saturday morning with the Rudolph Run 5k and Donner Dash 1 mile fun run at Parker Park. Located next to The St. Francisville Inn, families can shop socially distanced vendors at Parker Park. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., unique artists and small businesses will sell wood workings, jewelry, bath products, paintings, food and more.

Outside of three days of events, visitors can also shop various locally-owned boutiques throughout the streets of St. Francisville. More than twenty boutiques will participate in Christmas in the Country festivities, many offering shopping deals and discounts.

St. Francisville Main Street shopping map for Christmas in the Country

A full breakdown of events for St. Francisville’s Christmas in the Country may be found here. The event runs Friday, Dec. 4 through Sunday, Dec. 6.