- STORYWALK: Noon, Northlake Nature Center, 23135 U.S. 190, Mandeville. Walk the trails while reading a “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Jeats.
COLLEGE NIGHT AT STARLIGHT RACING: 5 P.M., FAIR GROUNDS RACE COURSE & SLOTS, 1751 GENTILLY BLVD., NEW ORLEANS. LIVE MUSIC WILL BE PROVIDED BY CONTRAFLOW. DJ DIGITAL WILL PROVIDE MUSIC IN THE STARLIGHT TENT. POPULAR LOCAL FOOD POP-UPS BRATZ Y’ALL AND CREPES A LA CARTE WILL SERVE FOOD ON THE TRACK. FAIR GROUNDS AND THE LTBA WILL GIVE AWAY FOUR $1,000 SCHOLARSHIPS TO ANY STUDENT ENROLLED AT AN ACCREDITED INSTITUTION OF HIGHER LEARNING.
- COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m., Covington City Hall, 609 North Columbia St., Covington. Cooking demo by Chefs Keith and Nealy Crawford Frentz. Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText ColorOlga Wilhelmine will provide the music.
KAYAKING THE BAYOU: 9 A.M., NORTHLAKE NATURE CENTER, 23135 U.S. 190, MANDEVILLE. ENJOY A FUN-FILLED INTRODUCTORY TRIP DOWN BAYOU CASTINE IN A KAYAK WITH DAVID WOODARD. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. $5 FOR MEMBERS, $10 FOR NON-MEMBERS. CALL (985) 626-1238.
- ‘HANSEL & GRETEL’: 2 p.m., Opera Guild Home, 2504 Prytania St., New Orleans. A children’s opera featuring a 45 minute performance by the MetroPelican Opera with light refreshments. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children.
“IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE”: 7 P.M., MORIAL CONVENTION CENTER, 900 CONVENTION CENTER BLVD., NEW ORLEANS. THE SEVENTH ANNUAL BENEFIT, 1940’S STYLE RADIO STAGE PRODUCTION WITH LIVE SOUND EFFECTS AND MUSIC PRESENTED BY NOLA VOICE TALENT FOUNDATION. FOR TICKET INFORMATION, GO TO TEXT COLORSWATCH/NONESTROKESTYLE/$ID/SOLIDTEXT COLORSWATCH/NONESTROKESTYLE/$ID/SOLIDTEXT COLORTEXT COLORTEXT COLORTEXT COLORWONDERFUL15.EVENTBRITE.COM/ TEXT COLORSWATCH/NONESTROKESTYLE/$ID/SOLIDTEXT COLORSWATCH/NONESTROKESTYLE/$ID/SOLIDTEXT COLORTEXT COLORTEXT COLORTEXT COLOR OR CONTACT (504) 582-3000.
- ‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’: 7:30 p.m., University of New Orleans Performing Arts Center, Robert E. Nims Theatre, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. Runs through Dec. 20. See this adaptation of the Dickens classic. Tickets for adults are $25. Children under 12 are $15. For more information, visit at southernrep.com or call (504) 522-6545.
- ‘AT HOME AND AT WAR NEW ORLEANS, 1914–1919’ EXHIBITION: 9:30 a.m., The Historic New Orleans Collection Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St., New Orleans. This exhibition displays the various sentiments throughout the city with letters, newspapers, film reels and records. Admission is free. On view through May 7, 2016.
- DAZZLING HOLIDAY LIGHT FESTIVAL: 6 p.m., New Orleans City Park, 1 Palm Drive, New Orleans. Enjoy City Park’s famous oaks swathed in hundreds of thousands of lights and breathtaking light displays. Tickets are $8 per person. Children under 3 get in free. For more information, visit celebrationintheoaks.com or call (504) 483-9415.
- THE KATRINA DECADE ‘IMAGES OF AN ALTERED CITY’: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, The Historic New Orleans Collection’s Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for Louisiana Art, 400 Chartres St., New Orleans. The display presents 77 photographs of New Orleans’s ongoing recovery, taken by David G. Spielman, and runs through Jan. 9, 2016. hnoc.org
- HOLIDAY HOME AND COURTYARD TOURS: 9:30 a.m., The Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St., New Orleans. The residence will feature a decorated tree with vintage ornaments and holiday party photos. Tours run through Dec. 30. Tuesday–Saturday tours begin at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., and Sunday tours are offered at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. No tours Dec. 24–25. $5 per person, free for THNOC members.
- HOLIDAY LIGHT FESTIVAL: 6 p.m., New Orleans Botanical Garden, Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, and Storyland, 7 Victory Ave., New Orleans. Tickets are $8 per person. Children under 3 and Friends of City Park get in free. Purchase tickets on celebrationintheoaks.com or at the ticket trailers at the event. Call (504) 483-9415 for more information. Event runs from through Jan. 2.
- JOSEPHINE SACABO — JUANA AND THE STRUCTURES OF REVERIE: 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., A Gallery for Fine Photography, 241 Chartres St., New Orleans. On view through Jan. 1.
- NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MUSEUM: 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. “Fighting for the Right to Fight: African American Experiences in World War II,” will be shown through May 30, 2016. nationalww2museum.org
- NIKKI ROSATO MERGED: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, 400 A Julia St., New Orleans. Rosato will be exhibiting her life-sized, figurative works created in her unique style using maps. Runs through Dec. 26.
- OGDEN MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN ART: 925 Camp St., New Orleans. (504) 539-9650 or ogdenmuseum.org
- PAUL VILLINSKI ‘DEPARTURE’: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, 400 A Julia St., New Orleans. Using the butterfly as the subject and metaphor, Villinski’s works tackle subjects of addiction, metamorphosis and environmentalism. Runs through Dec. 26.
Compiled by Marchaund Jones