• FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: North Boulevard Town Square. 4 p.m.-9 p.m. The Capital City’s oldest holiday tradition — the Red Stick comes alive with the annual lighting of the Christmas tree and fireworks downtown. The event also includes free ice skating and real snow. Admission is free.


  • CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA EXPO: St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds, 1304 N. Columbia St., Covington. Enjoy more than 500 artists as well as 20 food booths. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, free for ages 12 and under.
  • ORANGE FESTIVAL: Fort Jackson, Buras-Triumph. Celebrate the 69th anniversary of the Plaquemines Parish Fair and Orange Festival, which includes music, carnival rides, a 5K and food. For more information, visit
  • CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY: St. Francisville. Enjoy small-town Christmas shopping, a colorful parade and caroling. For more information, call (225) 635-3873.


  • LE FEU ET L’EAU (FIRE AND WATER) RURAL ARTS CELEBRATION: NUNU Arts and Culture Collective, 1510 Bayou Courtableu Highway, Arnaudville. A rural arts celebration, this year is the 10th anniversary and includes arts and crafts, demonstrations, literature, film and music. Hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. For more information, call (337) 453-3307 or visit


  • LOUISIANA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: 46468 River Road, Hammond. It’s the second to last weekend for the annual festival, which travels back to the early centuries and features hundreds of vendors. Admission is $18, $10 for kids 6-12 years old, free for children under 6 years old. For more information, visit
  • LE MARCHÉ DES FÊTES: 1440 Moss St., New Orleans. A unique holiday boutique benefiting the history Pitot House on Bayou St. John. The event starts at 10 a.m. For more information, visit


  • THIBODAUX CHRISTMAS FEST: 318 E. Bayou Road, Thibodaux. This annual event features a Christmas parade, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, refreshments, and the lighting of a 160-year-old mansion. For more information, visit


  • CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: Downtown Natchitoches. The six-week celebration of the Christmas season begins in north Louisiana. This festival has more than 300,000 lights and 100 set pieces on display every night at dusk. Fireworks will be held every Saturday. The festival is open through Jan. 6. Hours are noon to 10 p.m. For information, visit

Compiled by Advocate staff