December 10, 2016, It’s the Christmas season in Acadiana, and at Moncus Park at the Horse Farm, visitors were enchanted with their very first “Christmas in the Park.”

Christmas is a time of giving and in that spirit, “Christmas in the Park” accepted toys instead of an admission fee. Jonathan Williams’ father started Love of People, a non profit that provides those less fortunate with Christmas presents. The presents are distributed at their annual event where they cook 400 bowls of gumbo for 300 kids. Williams says, “We encourage people to bring a gift, and all gifts are being donated to less fortunate people in our community.”

They received so many donations that they filled up several trucks full. Hub City Ford lent the event five trucks to fill up with toys in order to get them off the lot. “Christmas in the Park” fittingly fell on one of the coldest nights of the year. It combined good food, drinks, live music and the market. Cameron Jeane came to the event as an out of town vendor. She spent the night selling clothes from a tent and taking in the festivities

Jeane says, “At ‘Christmas in the Park,’ there are a ton of vendors. There’s just a ton of stuff to do out here.The oak trees were strung with Christmas lights and decorations. The kids got a chance to meet Santa Clause. Community, charity and celebrating the beauty of the park. Christmas cheer is in the air. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CLIP