- BONFIRE ON THE LEVEE: morning events 9 a.m., evening events 5 p.m., Nottoway Plantation & Resort, 31025 La. 1, White Castle. Arts and crafts vendors, food, music, tree lighting ceremony, Santa and a bonfire. $5 per car. ibervillebonfires.com
FRIDAY AND SATURDAY
- “THE NUTCRACKER”: 7 p.m., SLU’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts, East Thomas Street, Hammond. $20 and up. columbiatheatre.org
- COTTONPORT CHRISTMAS ON THE BAYOU: Cottonport. Christmas parade winds along picturesque Bayou Rouge through downtown. Christmas goodies abound and fireworks light up the night sky as thousands of visitors party along the banks of the bayou.
- THE TRADITIONAL IDLEWILD PLANTATION CHRISTMAS LIGHTING DRIVING TOUR: 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Kemper Williams Park, Patterson. $2 per car. (985) 395-2298
- VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, The Grevenberg House, Historic District, Franklin. $10, adults; $8, seniors. (337) 828-2092
- VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, Otis House Museum, Fairview-Riverside State Park, La. 22, near Madisonville. Tour the museum where five decades of Christmas will be depicted through the decorations. (888) 677-3247
- OAKLAWN MANOR CHRISTMAS TOURS: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Sunday, Franklin. $15, general public; $10, students. (337) 828-0434
- FARMERS’ MARKET & CRAFT SHOW: Tractor Supply Parking Lot, 2050 False River Drive, New Roads. (225) 202-5153
- HAMMOND FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, 2 W. Thomas St., Hammond. Fresh produce, arts and crafts. (985) 277-5681 or email@example.com
- JEANERETTE FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, Jeanerette City Park. Tarleton Street, Jeanerette. Locally-grown foods and handmade items. (337) 276-4293 or jeanerettechamber.org
- LAFOURCHE CENTRAL MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, Lafourche Central Market Pavilion, 4484 La. 1, Raceland. Local farmers, fishermen, artisans and more. Free. (985) 438-1231
- SANTA BEAR BREAKFAST: 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center, 113 N. Cypress St., Hammond. Photos with Santa, a light breakfast and a toy drive to benefit families in need. lcdcofhammond.org
- CHRISTMAS AT ROSEDOWN: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Rosedown Plantation State Historic Site, 12501 La. 10, St. Francisville. Celebration and living history program. Staff will be costumed in 19th century clothing while telling stories of the Turnbull and Bowman families. There will also be cooking demonstrations, a marshmallow roast and hayrides. (225) 342-8111
- VERY BERRY COMMUNITY QUEST: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., downtown New Iberia. Families can pick up to-do list, holiday hats and goodies at the Chamber officers 9 a.m.-noon and return them to the Landscape Ranch, 1300 E. Main St., by 5 p.m. to be entered in various drawings. (337) 364-1836
- COOKIES & COFFEE TREASURES: 10 a.m., Ascension Parish Library, Donaldsonville. Bring homemade goodies, sample those of others, and exchange recipes. (225) 473-8052
- SANTA AND MRS. CLAUS: 2 p.m.-4 p.m., The Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 61389 La. 434, Lacombe. Photos, refreshments and stories. Free. (985) 882-2000
- CANDLELIGHT CHRISTMAS TOURS: 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Otis House Museum, Fairview-Riverside State Park, La. 22, near Madisonville. With costumed interpreters, and refreshments. (888) 677-3247
- BLUE MAGIC ON MAIN CHRISTMAS PARADE: 6 p.m., Main Street, New Iberia.
- CITY OF PATTERSON’S 1ST CHRISTMAS BOAT LIGHTING PARADE: 6 p.m., Cajun Jack Swamp Tours, Patterson. An awards ceremony will follow at City Hall. Hot chocolate, gumbo and photos with Santa. (985) 395-5205 or cityofpattersonla.gov
- RENDEZ-VOUS DES CAJUNS: 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Liberty Theater, Eunice. Performance by Forest Huval & Friends with special guest Pope Huval. (337) 457-7389 or eunice-la.com
- THE CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL AND PARADE: 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park, 57845 Foundry St., Plaquemine. The parade route starts at the Plaquemine North Side Fire Station, 23090 Jacob St., goes behind the Best Western Hotel and continues to the Bayou Plaquemine Waterfront Park. Line up at the fire station begins at 1:Text ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorSwatch/NoneStrokeStyle/$ID/SolidText ColorText ColorText ColorText Color30 p.m. (225) 687-3116 or plaquemine.org
- ANNUAL PATTERSON CHRISTMAS PARADE: 2 p.m., La. 182, Patterson. (985) 395-5205
- LAMAR FAMILY HOLIDAY BRASS CONCERT: 4:30 p.m., Houmas House, 40136 La. 942, Darrow. With members of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. brso.org
- SAINTS GAME NIGHT: 7:30 p.m., Shadows-on-the-Teche, 317 E. Main St., New Iberia. View the New Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears football game on a giant screen. $15; food and drink will also be available for purchase. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. (337) 369-6446
- GLC FARMERS MARKET: 2 p.m.-6 p.m., GLC Meat Market, 211 N. Main St., Loreauville. Locally grown produce and homemade products. (337) 577-9160
GRAND COTEAU VOICES & POETRY: 7 P.M.-9:30 P.M., GRAND COTEAU HOUSE BALLROOM, 162 E. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DRIVE, GRAND COTEAU. STORIES BY CHARLES JAMES AND POETRY BY JOHN WARNER SMITH. (337) 254-9695 OR FESTIVALWORDS@GMAIL.COM
- LIFE-SIZE NATIVITY SCENE: St. Charles College grounds, corner of La. 93 and Church Street, Grand Coteau. The display will be on view until mid-January. (337) 948-8004
LOUISIANA State MUSEUM-PATTERSON: 118 Cotten Road, Patterson. Exhibit of a variety of crafts by 16 members of the Louisiana Crafts Guild.
Shadows-on-the-Teche: 317 W. Main St., New Iberia. “Photography & Beyond,” exhibit of Roxy Blanton and Margaret Melancon’s work. ShadowsontheTeche.org
- BAYOU TECHE MUSEUM: 131 E. Main St., New Iberia. “Spanish Exhibit,” featuring a complete and genuine Flamenco costume and other artifacts and authentic pieces brought to New Iberia from Malaga region of Spain. Until Dec. 20.
Backwoods Gallery: 11931 Ferdinand St., St. Francisville. Feliciana Branch of the Louisiana Art and Artists’ Guild exhibit will run until Dec. 31 and features a wide variety of subject matter, style and sizes. (225) 683-8673
Julien Poydras Museum and Arts center: 500 W. Main St., New Roads, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. “Sister Ann Constance: Art & Community Art Exhibition” will run until Jan. 15.
Compiled by Leslie D. Rose