Dec 2, 2011 11:33 PM by Maddie Garrett

Festival of Light Kicks Off Holiday, Boosts Business

Friday night was the 18th annual Festival of Light in Lafayette's Oil Center. While it's always a good way to get in the holiday spirit, it's also a much needed boost for small businesses, looking to jump start holiday shopping.

This year's Festival of Light was complete with a lot of traditions, including a seven-ton snow yard, ice skating, Santa and carrolling. But there were also plenty of shoppers out in the mix.

"We love Christmas, we think it's fun, it's family oriented, we like to come look at the lights, see Santa lit up. My little one likes to come play in the snow and ice skate so we thought what better way to come and enjoy everybody out here," said Kristy Bourque.

Besides festival goers, there are others who enjoy this annual holiday event: small businesses.

Mary Jane
"It's a great family night because the children come, our customers are with us all year but it's nice to see them with their families and enjoying the season," said Mary Jane Johnson, owner of Little Town.

Johnson's store sits right in the middle of the Oil Center on Coolidge, and she says this is one of their busiest nights of the year.

"And as well as tonight, what happens is, the following days and weeks to come we have many people coming in to shop with us," said Johnson.

With the street shut down and vendors open late, Festival of Light is a kick off to holiday shopping, something many business owners need more of this year.

"Yes we did, we checked in a couple of stores and it's really awesome. I haven't been down here in forever, so it's nice," said festival-goer, Katti Luquette.



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