Due to threat of inclement weather this weekend some events may be postponed or canceled. Check with organizers for more details. 

FRIDAY-SATURDAY

LOUISIANA HOLIDAY RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: 46468 River Road, Hammond. Experience the best parts of the 16th century at this annual festival, with more than 50 shows, demonstrations and more than 600 artisans. $20 and up. (985) 429-9992. larf.org.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY

FESTIVAL OF THE BONFIRES: Lutcher Recreational Park, Lutcher Avenue at La. 3193, Lutcher. It’s Christmas on the Mississippi River, Cajun-style, with food, music, crafts, Santa’s Very Merry Forest and the lighting of a bonfire each night, before the traditional Christmas Eve lighting of the many that line the levee. festivalofthebonfires.org.

WORDS & MUSIC — A LITERARY FEAST: New Orleans. Celebration of the literary heritage of the city, with discussions, lectures, galas, dinners and contests. wordsandmusic.org.

SATURDAY

ARTS MARKET OF BATON ROUGE: 8 a.m. to noon, Lottery Lot at Fifth and Main streets in downtown Baton Rouge. An open-air market featuring a variety of wares, held in conjunction with the weekly Red Stick Farmers Market. artsbr.org.

CUMULUS KIDS AND FAMILY CHRISTMAS EXPO: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 S. St. Landry Ave., Gonzales. Featuring shopping and holiday entertainment, including free pictures with Santa, carnival rides and live music. Free. lamardixonexpocenter.com.

ZACHARY CHRISTMAS PARADE: 10 a.m. Main Street, Zachary. Celebrate the season with this festive parade. This year's theme is "Songs of Christmas." (225) 654-6777.

DENHAM SPRINGS CHRISTMAS PARADE: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Begins at Denham Springs High School and travels down Range Avenue through the Antique District. This year's theme is "A Hometown Christmas (Past, Present, Future)." cm.livingstonparishchamber.org.

ANNUAL OAKS KIWANIS SANTA FUN RUN: 5 p.m. Downtown Baton Rouge. The 1.25-mile run begins at the corner of Government Street and River Road and ends near the State Capitol grounds. $20 to register, $15 for ages 13 and under. christmasinbr.com/downtown-activities.

CORTANA KIWANIS CHRISTMAS PARADE: 5:30 p.m. Downtown Baton Rouge. The annual event (which has rolled since 1949) celebrates the community with marching bands, celebrities, nonprofit organizations and dance troupes in seasonal themes. christmasinbr.com.

SATURDAY-SUNDAY

COTTONPORT CHRISTMAS ON THE BAYOU: Cottonport. Holiday festivities include lighting contests, fireworks display, a Christmas parade and more. thetownofcottonport.net.

SUNDAY 

CREOLE CHRISTMAS & HOLIDAY FAIR: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Magnolia Mound Plantation, 2161 Nicholson Drive. This annual event features seasonal decorations on display, traditional holiday songs and folk songs. brec.org.

THROUGH DEC. 23

NOEL ACADIEN AU VILLAGE: Acadian Village, 200 Greenleaf Drive, Lafayette. This 23-night fundraiser features half-a-million Christmas lights, animated displays and carnival rides. acadianvillage.org.

THROUGH JAN. 6

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: Downtown Natchitoches. A variety of celebrations, entertainment, food and music to celebrate the holiday season. Through Jan. 6. View the schedule and get more information at natchitocheschristmas.com.

THROUGH JAN. 7

CHRISTMAS AT BLUE BAYOU: 6 p.m. Blue Bayou Dixie Landin', 18142 Perkins Road E., Baton Rouge. Drive through more than a mile of custom lights synchronized to music. $28 at the gates, per car, up to eight passengers. facebook.com/christmasatbluebayou.