New Orleans Events Calendar, Dec. 24-30, 2015 _lowres

Spaceships from the hit movie series "Star Wars" are just a small part of the elaborate display of holiday lights at Lafreniere Park through Jan. 2. "Holiday in the Park" features driving and walking tours, plus carousel rides, ornament making and music. 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Jan. 2; Lafreniere Park, W. Napoleon Avenue entrance only, Metairie. $5.



  • NOLA CHRISTMAS FEST: Noon to 5 p.m.; 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Hall B, rnest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans. Family holiday celebration with indoor ice skating rink, mazes, inflatables, rides, photos with Santa and Hall of Trees. Special Christmas Eve and Christmas Day hours. $5 daily, $20 all access, $75 season.
  • YAPPY HOUR: 4 p.m., Rare Form, 437 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans.
  • BONFIRES ON THE LEVEE: Sundown, various locales along the Mississippi River. Throughout St. Charles, St. John the Baptist and St. James Parishes, families, communities, civic organizations and others light traditional wooden structures to celebrate Christmas Eve in a custom dating back centuries. Vehicle traffic in high concentration areas will be restricted. Several areas offer food and beverage concessions.
  • MIRACLE ON FULTON STREET: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., through Sunday; Fulton Street at Poydras Street, New Orleans. Holiday decor, music, visits from Santa, champagne strolls and more planned for promenade.
  • HOLIDAY IN THE PARK: 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays, 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Jan. 2; Lafreniere Park, West Napoleon Avenue entrance only, Metairie. Driving and walking tours of thousands of light displays throughout the park. Carousel rides, ornament making, music and new displays. $5.
  • SLIDELL’S BAYOU CHRISTMAS: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., through Saturday, Heritage Park, 1701 Bayou Lane, Slidell. Extensive light display, rides, train, photo booth and food court, art walk with arts and crafts. Also movie nights, concerts and more. Benefits Boys & Girls Club of Slidell. (985) 9640-7112.
  • CELEBRATION IN THE OAKS: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily, to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Jan. 2, closed Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve; New Orleans City Park. Expansive light display, rides, music, photos, characters and more. $8, rides additional.
  • CHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT CAROL SING: 7 p.m., First Baptist Church of Chalmette, 305 E. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. Community gathering for familiar carols, with beverages and activities for children. Toy or canned food requested. (906) 204-6335.


  • CHRISTMAS IN THE CREVASSE: 6 p.m., also Saturday and Sunday, through Jan. 1, Greater New Orleans Therapeutic Riding Center, 152 Shadowbrook Lane, LaPlace. Hayrides through five acres of farmland with more than 70 lighted frames. Snacks available, coloring contests. Closed when raining. (985) 346-3709.


  • PILATES IN THE SCULPTURE GARDEN: 8 a.m.; also 6 p.m. Monday. New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park. In conjunction with East Jefferson Wellness Center. $5. (504) 658-4106.
  • CREOLE CHRISTMAS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., also Sunday, 1850 House Museum Store, 523 St. Ann St., New Orleans. Self-guided tour of historic homes in the French Quarter, including a Pontalba apartment, Beauregard-Keyes House, Spring Fiesta House and Madame John’s Legacy (HNOC Williams Residence, Sunday only), decorated in the style of the 1850s. Refreshments and a presentation on Revillion Feast included. $25, $20 Friends of the Cabildo members.
  • VICTORY CORPS SATURDAY: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St. War history through a hands-on program. (504) 528-1944.
  • “ICE” SKATING AT AUDUBON ZOO: 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Capitol One Stage, Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. Part of Snofari Adventure, skaters can use synthetic ice rink, rent skates based on first-come, first-serve basis. $7, $5 members with zoo admission.
  • KWANZAA LIGHTING OF THE CANDLES: noon through Jan. 1, Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1724 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Join the Kuumba Institute for week-long lighting of candles to celebrate the “cultural message which speaks to the best of what it means to be African and human in the fullest sense.” (504) 569-9070.
  • TOMB BY TWILIGHT TOUR: 4 p.m., Richard Fiske Martini Bar, Chateau LeMoyne Hotel, 301 Dauphine St., New Orleans. Save Our Cemeteries tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 at dusk. Reservations required. $45.


  • YOGA IN THE GARDEN: 9 a.m., Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans. $5 suggested donation. (504) 293-4721.
  • TRIDENTINE MASS: 12:30 p.m., St. Stephen Church, 1025 Napoleon Ave., New Orleans. Latin Mass with the Good Shepherd Choir. (504) 899-1378.
  • TRINITY ARTIST SERIES: 5 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave., New Orleans. Jo “Cool” Davis and Friends give a Gospel concert. (504) 670-2520.


  • TOMMY MOORE MEMORIAL JUNIOR GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP: 8 a.m., also Tuesday, English Turn Golf and Country Club, One Clubhouse Drive, New Orleans. A Sugar Bowl event, this invitational for junior golfers attracts top-ranked duffers from across the country.
  • TAI CHI CLASS: 6 p.m., NOMA Sculpture Garden, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans. East Jefferson Wellness Center classes outside or in the museum. $5. (504) 456-5000.
  • CHORAL AUDITIONS FOR CRESCENT CITY SOUND CHORUS: 7 p.m., Delgado Community College, 615 City Park Ave., New Orleans. Local chapter of Sweet Adelines International women’s chorus. (601) 550-0983.


  • WINTER HOLIDAY PHOTO CAMP: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., New Orleans. Students grades 8-12 learn about point-and-shoot, cell phone and SLR cameras. Hands-on and lectures, with five-photo series of their choice. Cameras provided as needed. $45, $40 members. (504) 539-9650.


  • WHITE GLOVE WEDNESDAYS: 9 a.m. to noon, National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. Visitors can pick up and try on original and reproduction uniforms and more. Free with museum admission. (504) 528-1944, ext. 288.
  • FAN FEST: Noon to 8 p.m., also Thursday noon to 6 p.m., Jax Brewery parking lot, 418 N. Peters St., New Orleans. Pre-Sugar Bowl events, including pep rallies, shows, entertainment and more for Ole Miss and Oklahoma State fans.
  • JAZZ PILATES: Noon to 1 p.m., New Orleans National Historical Park Visitor Center, Dutch Alley, 916 N. Peters St., New Orleans. Stephanie Jordan leads a free class; participants bring their own mats. (504) 589-4841.
  • STANTON MOORE INTERVIEW: 3 p.m., Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans. Fred Kasten interviews drummer and educator for “Talkin’ Jazz” program.


  • NEW YEAR’S EVE KIDS’ COUNTDOWN TO NOON: 9:30 a.m., Louisiana Children’s Museum, 420 Julia St., New Orleans. Mid-day celebration for youngsters with confetti toss and balloon release, crafts, Red Hot Brass Band and more. Preregistration strongly suggested. $10, $5 members. (504) 523-1357.
  • ZOO YEAR’S EVE: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. A filled day of entertainment and events will herald the new year during the day, including members of the Star Trek troupe, superheroes and storybook characters. Countdown at noon.
  • NEW YEAR’S EVE PARADE: 3:30 p.m., through the French Quarter to Canal Street, New Orleans. Pre-Sugar Bowl Carnival-style procession, starting at Decatur Street and Elysian Fields Avenue, proceeding on Decatur to North Peters Street and ending at Canal Street.
  • YAPPY HOUR: 4 p.m., Rare Form, 437 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans.


    • HOLLYGROVE MARKET AND FARM: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 8301 Olive St., New Orleans. For $25, customers can purchase a share of local produce. Walk-ins welcome. (504) 483-7037.
    • CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET MID-CITY: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Mid-City Farmers Market, 3700 Orleans Ave., New Orleans.
    • MARKETPLACE AT ARMSTRONG PARK: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., 901 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. Food, music and arts and crafts market. (504) 684-5410.


    • CAMELLIA CITY FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Chamber of Commerce parking lot, 1808 Front St., Slidell. (985) 640-7112. www.
    • CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, 700 Magazine St., New Orleans.
    • COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St., Covington. (985) 892-1873.
    • GERMAN COAST FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Ormond Plantation, 13786 River Road, Destrehan. (985) 764-9762.
    • KENNER RIVERTOWN FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Heritage Park, 303 Williams Blvd., Kenner. (504) 468-7211.
    • GRETNA FARMERS MARKET: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 300 Huey P. Long Ave., Gretna.
    • MANDEVILLE TRAILHEAD COMMUNITY MARKET: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 675 Lafitte St., Mandeville. (985) 624-3147.
    • OLD ALGIERS HARVEST FRESH MARKET: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 922 Teche St., Algiers.
    • GROW DAT FARM STAND: 9 a.m., 150 Zachary Taylor Drive, City Park, New Orleans. Produce grown in City Park, sold by youth. (504) 598-2743.
    • CRESCENT PARK CRAFTS BAZAAR: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mandeville Wharf, 2300 N. Peters St., New Orleans. Every third Saturday, except January, February and August.
    • ST. BERNARD SEAFOOD & FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 409 Aycock St., Arabi.
    • ARTS MARKET OF NEW ORLEANS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Palmer Park (South Carrollton at South Claiborne avenues). Arts and crafts vendors plus food, music and a kids tent. (504) 523-1465.
    • SATURDAY FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., French Market, 1235 N. Peters St., New Orleans. Weekly market featuring produce, seafood, preserves, breads and baked goods. (504) 522-2621.
    • PIETY STREET MARKET: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 612 Piety St., New Orleans. (504) 269-3982.
    • SWAP MEET NOLA: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., St. Margaret’s Church, 3525 Bienville St., New Orleans. An all-in-one farmers market, bakers market, arts and crafts market and flea market. (504) 813-5370.
    • FRERET MARKET: Noon to 4 p.m., Freret Street at Napoleon Avenue. More than 90 vendors. Food, art, crafts, live music and flea market finds.


    • CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET UPTOWN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 200 Broadway Ave., New Orleans.
    • HOLLYGROVE MARKET AND FARM: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 8301 Olive St., New Orleans. (504) 483-7037.
    • SANKOFA MOBILE MARKET: 11 a.m. to noon, Lower 9th Ward Senior Center, 5234 Claiborne Ave., New Orleans. (504) 872-9214.


    • COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Covington Trailhead, East Lockwood and North New Hampshire streets, Covington. (985) 892-1873.
    • CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., French Market Farmers Market, 1235 N. Peters St., New Orleans. (504) 522-2621.
    • GERMAN COAST FARMERS MARKET WEST BANK: 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., 12715 U.S. 90, St. Charles Plaza Shopping Center, Luling. (504) 782-8517.