NEW ORLEANS BALLET THEATRE PRESENTS "THE NUTCRACKER": 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., The Orpheum, 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. The two-act ballet featuring original choreography by Marius Petipa and Tchiakovsky's score. $38-$78.

FRIDAY NIGHTS AT NOMA: 5 p.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. Art on the Spot family activity, holiday music by DJ Neil Pellegrin, gallery talk with John Lawrence on photographer J.D. Edwards, vintage Christmas performance by New Orleans Dance Academy and Cafe NOMA Cooking Demonstration, plus "An Affair to Remember." (504) 658-4100.

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: 8 p.m., House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., New Orleans. A stellar lineup of local music and artistic talents to benefit the NOCCA alumnus Daniel Price Memorial Fund for Aspiring Artists. Patrons party features cuisine by NOCCA culinary students, plus open bar in Parish Room and access to Foundation Room. $45 and up. (504) 310-4999.


PRYTANIA'S VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS — FROSTY THE SNOWMAN & RUDOLPH: 9 a.m., Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St., New Orleans. Join us for the jolliest event of the season. All ages. Enjoy two full weekends of the great Christmas classic films and, of course, crafts and cupcake decorating. (504) 891-2787.

TREMÉ'S BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tremé Market Branch, 800 N. Claiborne Ave., New Orleans. Enjoy breakfast, photos with Santa and holiday crafts. $5 and up.

SLIDELL'S BAYOU CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Heritage Park, 1701 Bayou Lane, Slidell. Annual fundraiser for Slidell Boys & Girls Club features light displays, "Kiddie Carnival" rides, entertainment and food vendors and photos with Santa. Unwrapped new gifts requested.


"IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS THE MUSICAL": 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday, Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. The Broadway musical based on Irving Berlin's 1954 movie, featuring classic songs. $30 and up.


BONFIRES ALONG THE LEVEE: After dusk, throughout the lower Mississippi River region. Thousands of bonfires line the banks of the river with the glow of the holidays in this time-honored tradition of south Louisiana.


MOSCOW BALLET'S "GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER": 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. See the award-winning production, featuring Tchaikovsky's complete score. $32 and up.


LUNCHBOX LECTURE: Noon, National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Capt. Rick Jacobs discusses the Battle of the Bulge, the last major German offensive in the West in December 1944 in the Ardennes Forest. (504) 528-1944, ext. 484.


CREOLE CHRISTMAS TOUR: 10 a.m., 1850 House Museum Store, 523 St. Ann St., New Orleans. Friends of the Cabildo's annual self-guided tour includes Reveillon traditions and seasonal refreshments. $25, $20 members, $15 students/seniors/military. (504) 523-3939.


CELEBRATION IN THE OAKS: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Jan. 1, City Park, New Orleans. The 25-acre park becomes a winter wonderland with light displays throughout. Live entertainment, train rides, carnival rides, photos with Santa and a host of other holiday happenings are on tap. $9 and up.

CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays through Sunday, downtown Covington. Special shopping events, strolling musicians, carolers and more. (985) 892-1873.

FESTIVAL OF TREES: 9:30 a.m., Louisiana Children's Museum, 420 Julia St., New Orleans. Annual festival collection of trees by schools and community partners. Through Tuesday. (504) 523-1357.

HOLIDAY HOME AND COURTYARD TOURS: hourly at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., through Dec. 30, Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St., New Orleans. The Williams Residence is decked in holiday style for tours. $5.

LOBBY LIGHTING AND WALDORF WONDERLAND: 5:15 p.m., through New Year's, Roosevelt New Orleans, 130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. Block-long hotel lobby is festooned with lights and trees to showcase the best of New Orleans and the holidays. Also, a gingerbread display in Teddy's Cafe will coincide. (504) 648-1200.

MIRACLE ON FULTON STREET: Nightly through Dec. 27, Fulton at Poydras streets, New Orleans. Light displays, music, holiday markets, cocktails and the magic of "snow."

NOLA CHRISTMASFEST: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Dec. 31, with abbreviated hours certain days, Hall I, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans. Holiday activities abound, including ice skating, carnival rides and inflatables, a snowball fight area, holiday characters, decorated trees and more. $20 ages 3 and up.

TEDDY BEAR TEA: Various times and dates through Christmas Eve, Roosevelt New Orleans, 130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. Teas and teddys are the mainstay, with pictures of Santa, Mrs. Claus and a parade through the ballroom. $94.33, $67.38 ages 3-10. (504) 335-3219.

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Compiled by Marchaund Jones.