THURSDAY

  • ST. CHARLES PARISH SENIOR CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON: 10:30 a.m., Edward A. Dufresne Community City, 274 Judge Edward Dufresne Parkway, Luling. Music, food, photos with Santa and merriment, sponsored by the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. (985) 783-5182.
  • MEMBERSHIP TEA: 3 p.m., Mandeville. Republican Women annual tea. Contact Loraine. (985) 246-6108.

YAPPY HOUR: 4 P.M., RARE FORM, 437 ESPLANADE AVE., NEW ORLEANS. PORTION OF PROCEEDS AND BRING PETS. LA-SPCA.ORG.

  • “ONCE UPON A PILLOW — A STORY OF HOME, DESIGN, AND EXQUISITE TEXTILES”: 4 p.m., Hazelnut New Orleans, 5515 Magazine St., New Orleans. Rebecca Vizard signs and discusses her book about home furnishings. (504) 891-2424. hazlenutneworleans.com.
  • HOLIDAY LIGHTING FOR FAT CITY: 5 p.m., Drago’s Empire Room parking lot, North Arnoult Rpad and 18th Street, Metairie. Flipping the switch to turn on holiday lights along 18th Street from Severn Avenue to Division Street. Food, free gifts for first 100 children. (504) 237-3800. jeffersonchamber.org.
  • LUNA BAZAAR: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., also Friday and Saturday, Lafayette Square, St. Charles Avenue and South Maestri Street, New Orleans. More than 30 contemporary artists and retailers host shopping under the stars at LUNA Fete. artsneworleans.org.
  • STOCKING UP FOR CHILDREN FESTIVA DE DRUMSTICKS: 6 p.m., Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1724 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Fundraiser with food, music, tribute to Idris Muhammad and artwork to purchase. $50, $60/couple. (504) 861-5017. stickingupforchildren.com.
  • “THE BUTLERS OF IBERVILLE PARISH, LOUISIANA — DUNBOYNE PLANTATION IN THE 1800S”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. David D. Plater discusses and signs his book about antebellum life in Louisiana and the post-war upheavals. (504) 895-2266. gardendistrictbookshop.com.

“NEW ORLEANS LOOKING UP/NEW ORLEANS LOOKING DOWN”: 6 P.M., OCTAVIA BOOKS, 513 OCTAVIA ST., NEW ORLEANS. PHOTOGRAPHER AND GRAPHIC ARTIST TOM VARISCO DISCUSSES AND SIGNS HIS BOOK ABOUT THE CRESCENT CITY. (504) 899-7323. OCTAVIABOOKS.COM.

  • “TOASTS & TAILS & JINGLE BELLS”: 6 p.m., N.O. Fleas Market, 4228 Magazine St., New Orleans. Holiday party for Louisiana SCPA, including libations, hors d’oeuvres, pet treats and more. (504) 324-4727. la-spca.org.

“WALKING WITH TIGERS — A COLLECTION OF LSU STORIES”: 7 P.M., BARNES AND NOBLE, 3721 VETERANS MEMORIAL BLVD., METAIRIE. JEFFREY MARX SIGNS HIS NEW BOOK ABOUT LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY. (504) 455-4929. BARNESANDNOBLE.COM.

  • CREATED EQUAL — CIVIL RIGHTS MATTER: 7 p.m., East New Orleans Regional Library, 5641 Read Blvd., New Orleans. Screening of “Freedom Riders” documentary and discussion on rights led by Dr. Kathleen Fitzgerald of Tulane. (504) 596-0200. neworleans publiclibrary.com.
  • YULETIDE CELEBRATION: 7:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 1400 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Stuart Chafetz conducts the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in a holiday concert of works by Anderson, Beethoven, Sousa, Torme and Rimsky-Korsakov, plus a singalong of Christmas songs. $20 and up. (504) 523-6530. lpomusic.com.
  • LATKES WITH A TWIST: 8 p.m., Belloq, Hotel Modern, 2 Lee Circle, New Orleans. Benefit for Jewish Children’s Regional Services, with latke bar, Israeli folk music and drink specials. $25. (504) 962-0911. jcrs.org.

FRIDAY

  • NEWCOMB ART DEPARTMENT HOLIDAY STUDIO SALE: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., also Saturday, Carroll Gallery, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Hand-blown glass ornaments, ceramic vessels, hand-printed gifts, paintings and sculpture made by faculty, students and alumni. tulane.edu/~art/

COUNTRY DAY HOLIDAY HOME TOUR: 10 A.M., METAIRIE AND NEW ORLEANS; HOLIDAY MARKET PLACE 570 WOODVINE AVE., METAIRIE. METAIRIE PARK COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION BENEFIT INCLUDES SIX HOMES IN TWO PARISHES. TICKET AVAILABLE AT EACH HOME. $25 ADVANCE, $30 DAY. MPCDS.COM.

  • FRIDAY NIGHT AT NOMA: 5 p.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, New Orleans. Art on the Spot, music by Amanda Shaw, John Barnes on Pierre Joseph Landry. (504) 658-4100. noma.org.

MIRACLE ON FULTON STREET OPENS: 5 P.M. TO 10 P.M., THROUGH DEC. 27, FULTON STREET AT POYDRAS STREET, NEW ORLEANS. HOLIDAY DECOR, MUSIC, VISITS FROM SANTA, CHAMPAGNE STROLLS AND MORE PLANNED FOR PROMENADE. CAESARS.COM/HARRAHS-NEW-ORLEANS/SHOWS/MIRACLE-ON-FULTON-STREET.

  • CHRISTMAS UNDER THE STARS OPENS: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., also Saturday and Dec. 11-12, Griffith Park, Olde Towne, 333 Erlanger Ave., Slidell. Santa and Mrs. Claus, music, parade of trees and holidays surprises. (985) 646-4375. myslidell.com.
  • HOLIDAY IN THE PARK OPENS: 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. Driving and walking tours of thousands of light displays throughout the park. Carousel rides, ornament making, music and new displays. $5. lafrenierepark.org.

“THE POCKETKNIFE BIBLE”: 6 P.M., MAPLE STREET BOOK STORE, 7523 MAPLE ST., NEW ORLEANS. ANIS MAJGANI WILL READ AND SIGN BOOK OF POEMS AND PICTURES BRIDGING CHILDHOOD AND ADULTHOOD. (504) 866-4916. MAPLESTREETBOOKSHOP.COM.

“THE HEADMASTER’S DARLINGS —A MOUNTAIN BROOK NOVEL”: 6 P.M., GARDEN DISTRICT BOOK SHOP, 2727 PRYTANIA ST., NEW ORLEANS. KATHERINE CLARK IS JOINED BY PAT CONROY TO DISCUSS AND SIGN HER SATIRICAL COMEDY OF MANNERS. (504) 895-2266. GARDENDISTRICTBOOKSHOP.COM.

  • “ALPHABET”: 6 p.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. Debbie Fleming Caffery signs her photo book. $10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 children. noma.org.

HOLIDAY MOVIES ON THE MISSISSIPPI: 6:30 P.M., RIVERWALK’S SPANISH PLAZA, CANAL AND POYDRAS STREETS AT THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER, NEW ORLEANS. “POLAR EXPRESS” WILL BE THE FEATURED FILM, SPONSORED BY THE DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT DISTRICT AND THE OUTLET COLLECTION AT RIVERWALK. FIRST 50 FAMILIES WILL RECEIVE A FLEECE BLANKET. (504) 561-8972. DTOWNTOWNNOLA.COM.

  • LE GRAND MUSEE GASTRONOMIQUE: 6:30 p.m., Royal Sonesta New Orleans, 300 Bourbon St., New Orleans. Louisiana Museum Foundation gala with Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, historic menus, Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra. $175 and up. (504) 558-0493. thelmf.org.
  • A CHRISTMAS CONCERT OF HOPE: 7 p.m., Lakeview Christian Center, 5885 Fleur de Lis Drive, New Orleans. The Foto Sisters present a holiday concert. The classically trained siblings play strings, piano and sing, and are joined by guest artists from across the country. Donation requested. (504) 482-6221. thefotosisters.com.
  • GLITZ, GLAMOUR AND GIVING GALA: 7 p.m., Northshore Harbor Center, 100 Harbor Center Blvd., Slidell. United Way of Southeast Louisiana benefit with food, music, fashion and a silent auction. $65 advance, $75 door. (985-781-3650. unitedwaysela.org.
  • ART AGAINST AIDS: 7:30 p.m., Club XLIV, Champions Square, 1500 Girod St., New Orleans. Annual NO/AIDS Task Force event featuring art for sale, good, music and entertainment by “America’s Got Talent” performer Randy Roberts. $75 and up. (504) 587-3663. noaidstaskforce.org.
  • YULETIDE CELEBRATION: 7:30 p.m., Columbia Theatre, 220 E. Howard St., Hammond. Stuart Chafetz conducts the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in a holiday concert of works by Anderson, Beethoven, Sousa, Torme and Rimsky-Korsakov, plus a singalong of Christmas songs. $20 and up. (504) 523-6530. lopmusic.com.

LESSONS AND CAROLS: 7:30 P.M., ST. JOSEPH ABBEY CHURCH, 75376 RIVER ROAD, COVINGTON. ST. JOSEPH SEMINARY COLLEGE’S SCHOLA CANTORUM HOLDS TRADITIONAL READING OF SCRIPTURE AND SONG, INCLUDING THE “LUX AURUMQUE” BY WHITACRE. (985) 867-2234. SJASC.EDU.

SATURDAY

  • 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. noma.org.
  • MORNING WITH SANTA AND THE HAHNVILLE HI-STEPPERS: 8:30 a.m., Hahnville High School Cafeteria, 200 Tiger Drive, Boutte. Breakfast, crafts, activities and pictures with Claus for ages 3-12. $25, $15 for siblings in same photo, $5 adults. rvaldin@stcharles.k12.la.us.
  • SUPER SATURDAY VOLUNTEER DAY: 8:45 a.m., Volunteer Center, 1009 Harrison Ave., City Park, New Orleans. Assignments and tools handed out for day of tasks in the park. Appropriate attire. (504) 300-6394. neworleanscitypark.com.
  • THE BIG TREESY GIVEWAWY: 9 a.m. to noon, St. RITA HOLIDAY MARKET: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., St. Rita Church, 7100 Jefferson Highway, Harahan. Benefits Parish Food Pantry. stritaharahan.com.
  • PLAQUEMINES PARISH FAIR AND ORANGE FESTIVAL: 10 a.m., also Sunday, Ft. Jackson, Hwy. 23, Buras-Triumph. Fair and festival with live music, food, royalty, carnival rides, contests, helicopter rides and more to celebrate the citrus and waterways of the area. orangefestival.com.
  • ST. NICHOLAS DAY FAIR: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Dutch Alley, French Market, North Peters and Dumaine streets, New Orleans. Celebration of the Feast of St. Nicholas (Dec. 6) with appearances by Nicholas, a second line, children’s activities, live music and more. frenchmarket.org.
  • FESTIVAL OF TREES: 10 a.m., Louisiana Children’s Museum, 420 Julia St., New Orleans. Wear holiday pajamas for a day of music, Mr. Bingle and holiday photos, with caroling, treats and more. Brunch available. $12 and up. Registration required. lcm.org.

LE MARCHÉ FÊTES: 10 A.M. TO 4 P.M., PITOT HOUSE, 1440 MOSS ST., NEW ORLEANS. LOUISIANA LANDMARKS SOCIETY AND FAUBOURG ST. JOHN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION HOLIDAY SALE WITH ART, ACCESSORIES, GARDEN BULBS AND FOOD, PLUS A VISIT FROM PAPA NOEL. $5. (504) 482-0312. LOUISIANALANDMARKS.ORG.

  • CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUE: 10 a.m., St. Charles Borromeo School, 13396 River Road, Destrehan. Annual holiday boutique with vendors. (985) 764-9232. sites.google.com/site/thescbwebpage/home.
  • “DOCUMENTING THE HISTORIC HOMES OF COVINGTON”: 10 a.m., Covington Branch, St. Tammany Parish Library, 310 W. 21st Ave., Covington. Jack Terry presents a lecture on the near century-old dwellings. (985) 892-1873. covingtonheritagefoundation.com.
  • 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. nationalww2museum.org.
  • DOWNRIVER ART HOME TOUR AND SALE: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., begins at Art House on the Levee, 4725 Dauphine St., New Orleans. Tour includes 10 studies, homes, galleries and River House | Crevasse 22. Donations accepted. Reservations requested. (504) 218-4807. cano-la.org.

BROTHER MARTIN HOME TOUR: 11 A.M. TO 4 P.M., HEADQUARTERS AT GREEN ACRES COUNTRY CLUB, 5000 W. NAPOLEON, METAIRIE. LADIES OF THE SHIELD’S FOUR-HOME METAIRIE-BRIDGEDALE AREA TOUR. A BOUTIQUE AT THE CLUB. $20 ADVANCE, $25 DAY OF TOUR. TICKETS EACH HOUSE AND HEADQUARTERS. (504) 284-6700. BROTHERMARTIN.COM.

  • “LIFE BETWEEN THE LETTERS”: 11 a.m., Barnes and Noble, Premier Center II, 3414 Hwy. 190, Mandeville. Lana Lynne Higginbotham signs copies of her book. (985) 626-8884. barnesandnoble.com.

MUTTS ON MAGAZINE: 11 A.M. TO 3 P.M., VARIOUS LOCATIONS, MAGAZINE STREET, NEW ORLEANS. LOUISIANA SPCA AND LOCAL RETAILERS SPONSOR ADOPTIONS OF PETS ALONG THE CORRIDOR. A BAKE SALE AT PETCETERA WILL COINCIDE, AS WELL AS COLLECTIONS FOR FOOD, BLANKETS AND TOWELS AT VARIOUS SPOTS. (504) 368-5191. LA-SPCA.ORG.

“SOUTHERN FRIED AND SANCTIFIED ­— TALES FROM THE BACK DECK”: 11:30 A.M., 7523 MAPLE ST., NEW ORLEANS. DEBORAH BURST READS AND SIGNS HER BOOK ABOUT SOUTHERN STORYTELLING. (504) 866-4916. MAPLESTREETBOOKSHOP.COM.

KREWE OF JINGLE PARADE: 1 P.M., DOWNTOWN NEW ORLEANS. A CARNIVAL-STYLE PROCESSION HERALDS THE HOLIDAYS IN THE CRESCENT CITY. THE PARADE KICKS OFF AT HOWARD AVENUE AND CARONDELET STREETS, RUNS AROUND LEE CIRCLE TO ST. CHARLES AVENUE. AT CANAL STREET, THE PROCESSION TURNS RIGHT, U-TURNS AT NORTH PETERS STREET, AND HEADS UP TO BARONNE STREET, TURNING LEFT. IT PROCEEDS BACK TO HOWARD AVENUE TO END. DOWNTOWNNOLA.COM.

  • “COOK ME SOMETHIN’, MISTER!” WITH THE JAMBALAYA GIRL: 2 p.m., Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1504 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Kristen Moore cooks and demonstrates holiday sides (504) 267-7490. sofabinstitute.org.
  • “LIL’ YAT ADVENTURES”: 2 p.m., Barnes and Noble, Premier Center II, 3414 Hwy. 190, Mandeville. Rhonda Valladares signs copies of her books. (985) 626-8884. barnesandnoble.com.
  • NATIVE PLANTS, NATIVE CULTURE: 3 p.m., New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Learn about local wild foods, medicines, and more, and make tea from local herbs. Sponsored by Groundwork New Orleans. (504) 208-2771.

CELEBRATION IN THE OAKS RUN/WALK: 3:30 P.M., STORYLAND, 7 VICTORY AVE., CITY PARK, NEW ORLEANS. CRESCENT CITY CLASSIC’S LATE AFTERNOON EVENT THROUGH CITY PARK AS LIGHTS COME UP. FINISH AT PAVILION OF THE TWO SISTERS. PRE- AND POST-RACE ACTIVITIES. NEW UNWRAPPED TOYS REQUESTED. $25 AND UP. CCC10K.COM.

  • DECK THE RAILS: 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St., Covington. Holiday entertainment, including caroling, Santa, an outdoor showing of “Frozen” and more. (985) 892-1873. covla.com.
  • ALGIERS BONFIRE AND CONCERT: 5 p.m., Algiers Point Ferry Landing, 101 Morgan St., New Orleans. Riverfront holiday celebration with live music, food trucks, beverage concessions and the fire at 8:30 p.m. algiersbonfire.com.

LOS ISLEÑO S CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA: 5 P.M., LOS ISLEÑ OS MUSEUM, 1345 BAYOU ROAD, ST. BERNARD. ANNUAL CELEBRATION WITH EMPHASIS ON CULTURE OF THE CANARY ISLANDERS THAT SETTLED IN THE AREA. (504) 277-4681. LOSISLENOS.ORG.

  • MERRY MADISONVILLE: 5 p.m., 803 Main St., Madisonville. Parade through downtown Madisonville, snow fall, Santa arrives by boat and workshop. (985) 778-7790. facebook.com/merry madisonville.
  • NORTHSHORE CAJUN DANCERS: 7 p.m., Abita Springs Town Hall, 22161 Level St., Abita Springs. Buffet, Nouveaux Cajun Express Band at 8 p.m. $20 nonmembers. Reservations required. (985) 302-2433 or (985) 276-0517. northshore cajundancers.com.
  • CHRISTMAS BONFIRE AT OAK ALLEY PLANTATION: 7 p.m., Oak Alley Plantation, 3645 La. 18, Vacherie. Creole buffet, music, live entertainment and a stroll to the levee for the traditional lighting of the bonfire. (225) 265-2151. oakalleyplantation.com.
  • HOLIDAYS AT HARRAH’S: 8 p.m., Harrah’s Theatre, 8 Canal St., New Orleans. Seasonal show with local talents, Symphony Chorus, Becky Allen, Marshall Harris and more. Benefits the chorus and PFLAG New Orleans. $35. caesars.com/harrahs-new-orleans/shows.
  • PRINCE ORLOFSKY’S BALL: 8 p.m., Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. New Orleans Opera Association gala for a gilded Viennese-inspired evening with a seated dinner, live and silent auctions, dancing and begins with patron party at 6 p.m. Black tie with option mask. $350 and up. (504) 267-9527. neworleansopera.org.

SUNDAY

  • YOGA IN THE GARDEN: 9 a.m., Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans. $5 suggested donation. (504) 293-4721. longuevue.com.

NORCO CHRISTMAS PARADE: 2 P.M., NORCO. “SANTA 4 PRESIDENT” IS THE THEME FOR THIS PERENNIAL FAVORITE PARADE IN THE RIVER PARISHES. THE PARADE ROLLS FROM RIVER ROAD AND WASHINGTON STREET, NORTH ON GOOD HOPE STREET, WEST ON SIXTH STREET AND THEN SOUTH ON APPLE STREET. (985) 764-9696. NORCONOEL.COM.

YULETIDE CELEBRATION: 2:30 P.M., SLIDELL MUNICIPAL AUDITORIUM, 2056 SECOND ST., SLIDELL. STUART CHAFETZ CONDUCTS THE LOUISIANA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA IN A HOLIDAY CONCERT OF WORKS BY ANDERSON, BEETHOVEN, SOUSA, TORME AND RIMSKY-KORSAKOV, PLUS A SINGALONG OF CHRISTMAS SONGS. $20 AND UP. (504) 523-6530. LOPMUSIC.COM.

VIVALDI’S “GLORIA”: 2:30 P.M., ST. JOSEPH ABBEY CHURCH, 75376 RIVER ROAD, COVINGTON. SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA UNIVERSITY CHORUS, CONCERT CHOIR AND WOMEN’S CHORALE JOIN THE NORTHSHORE CHORAL SOCIETY. (985) 867-2234. SJASC.EDU.

“MY LIFE ON THE ROAD”: 3 P.M., JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER, 5342 ST. CHARLES AVE., NEW ORLEANS. GLORIA STEINEM READS AND SIGNS HER LATEST BOOK. RESCHEDULED FROM EARLIER. (504) 899-7323. OCTAVIABOOKS.COM.

CHRISTMAS AT LOYOLA: 3 P.M., HOLY NAME OF JESUS CHURCH, LOYOLA UNIVERSITY, 6363 ST. CHARLES AVE., NEW ORLEANS. THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC’S ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF THE SEASON, WITH THE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, CHORAL AND CHAMBER SINGERS AND BRASS ENSEMBLE. LOYNO.EDU.

“A JOYOUS OCCASION”: 4 P.M., OUR LADY OF PROMPT SUCCOR NATIONAL SHRINE, URSULINE ACADEMY, 2701 STATE ST., NEW ORLEANS. NEW ORLEANS MUSICA DA CAMERA AND VOX FEMINÆ PRESENT A HOLIDAY CONCERT. (504) 895-2714. NOMDC.ORG.

  • HISTORY AND HOLLY — A CANDELIGHT TOUR OF HISTORIC HOMES: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Bogue Falaya Hall, Greater Covington Center, 317 N. Jefferson Ave., Covington. Tour of 11 homes, caroling and music. $20. (985) 892-1873. covington heritagefoundation.com.
  • CHANUKAH AT THE RIVERWALK: 4:30 p.m., Spanish Plaza, 500 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans. Chabad of Louisiana presents Grand Menorah Lighting with music, laktke bar, dreidel house kid’s activity center and more. (504) 302-1830. chabad neworleans.com/chanukah.

“MESSIAH” SING-ALONG: 5 P.M., TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 1329 JACKSON AVE., NEW ORLEANS. 29TH ANNUAL EVENT OF HANDEL’S MASTERPIECE, WITH THE TRINITY CHOIR AND ORGANIST ALBINAS PRIZGINTAS LEADING THE CANTATA, WITH THE AUDIENCE ENCOURAGED TO JOIN ON THE CHORUS PARTS, INCLUDING “FOR UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN” AND “HALLELUJAH” CHORUS. TRINITYARTISTSERIES.COM.

MONDAY

CHRISTMAS ORGAN SPECTACULAR: 6 P.M., ST. LOUIS CATHEDRAL, JACKSON SQUARE, NEW ORLEANS. PIERRE QUEVAL, YOUNG ARTIST IN RESIDENCE, PRESENTS A HOLIDAY ORGAN RECITAL, INCLUDING FOUR-MOVEMENT SYMPHONY BY THE ARTIST. (504) 525-9595. STLOUISCATHEDRAL.ORG.

  • “LONGUE VUE HOUSE AND GARDENS”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. Carol Reese, Tina Freeman and Walter Stern discuss and sign their book about the mansion and gardens. (504) 895-2266. gardendistrictbookshop.com.

“UNDER OUR SKIN — GETTING REAL ABOUT RACE AND GETTING FREE FROM THE FEARS AND FRUSTRATIONS THAT DIVIDE US”: 6 P.M., OCTAVIA BOOKS, 513 OCTAVIA ST., NEW ORLEANS. BEN WATSON READS AND SIGN HIS NEW BOOK. (504) 899-7323. OCTAVIABOOKS.COM.

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. NOMA.ORG.

  • 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. crescentcitysound.com.

NEW ORLEANS CIVIC SYMPHONY: 7:30 P.M., UNO PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS, 2000 LAKESHORE DRIVE, NEW ORLEANS. . DR. CHARLES TAYLOR CONDUCTS WORKS BY STRAUSS, OTTO NICOLAI AND IPPOLITOW-IWANOW. (504) 554-3748. NEWORLEANSCIVICSYMPHONY.ORG.

TUESDAY

“THE GREENEST TREE”: 4 P.M., NOLA GIFTS AND DECOR, 5101 W. ESPLANADE AVE., METAIRIE. TRACIE MORRIS SCHAEFER WILL SIGN HER NEW CHILDREN’S BOOK ABOUT RECYCLING CHRISTMAS TREES. (504) 407-3532. NOLAGIFTSANDDECOR.COM.

“BESH BIG EASY — 101 HOME COOKED NEW ORLEANS RECIPES”: 6 P.M., MAPLE STREET BOOK SHOP, 7523 MAPLE ST., NEW ORLEANS. CHEF JOHN BESH SIGNS HIS LATEST BOOK ABOUT LOCAL EATS. (504) 866-4916. MAPLESTREET BOOKSHOP.COM.

  • “IRREPRESSIBLE —THE JAZZ AGE LIFE OF HENRIETTA BINGHAM”: 6 p.m., Garden District Book Shop, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. Emily Bingham reads and discusses the book about her great aunt and her adventures. (504) 895-2266. gardendistrict bookshop.com.
  • “A CONFEDERACY OF DUNCES COOKBOOK — RECIPES FROM IGNATIUS J. REILLY’S NEW ORLEANS”: 7 p.m., Robert E. Smith Library, 6301 Canal Blvd., New Orleans. Cynthia LeJeune Nobles will discuss and sign her book. (504) 596-2638. neworleans publiclibrary.com.
  • THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA: 8 p.m., Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. The unique and infectious sounds of rocker Brian Setzer and his merry band of musicians brings their 12th annual Christmas Rocks! Tour to the Crescent City. $39.50 and up. (504) 525-1052. saengernola.com.
  • A TRIBUTE TO ALLEN TOUSSAINT: 7:30 p.m., Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carré, 616 St. Peter St., New Orleans. Paul Simon and Friends stage concert to honor New Orleans legend Toussaint and raise funds for New Orleans Artist Against Hunger and Homelessness. Pre-concert patron party at Tableau. $300. (504) 522-2081. noaahh.org.

WEDNESDAY

  • 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. nationalww2museum.org.
  • “SOPHISTICATION IS OVERRATED”: 3 p.m., Hazelnut New Orleans, 5515 Magazine St., New Orleans. Sisters Babs Horner and Susan Palma sign and discuss their book on entertaining. (504) 891-2424. hazelnutneworleans.com.
  • 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. nps.gov/jazz.
  • UGLY HOLIDAY SWEATER PARTY WITH A PURPOSE: 5:30 p.m., Cafe Adelaide, Loews New Orleans Hotel, 300 Poydras St., New Orleans. Don your garish apparel and enjoy appetizers and cocktails to benefit Ronald McDonald House. $25. (504) 595-3305. cafeadelaide.com/events.html
  • “NAUGHT + NICE” MOVIE: 6 p.m., courtyard of W New Orleans French Quarter, 316 Rue Chatres, New Orleans. Enjoy the new classic “Love Actually” plus small bites and hot drinks, with complimentary s’mores. Chairs, blackets encouraged.(504) 581-1200. wfrenchquarter.com/whappenings.
  • POLITICOPOPUP — A ONE-NIGHT EVENT: 6 p.m., The New Orleans Art Center, 3330 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Curated event with more than 40 artists from around the world. (707) 779-9317. theneworleansartcenter.com.

“LOUISIANA WILD — THE PROTECTED AND RESTORED LANDS OF THE NATURE CONSERVANCY”: 6 P.M., MAPLE STREET BOOK SHOP, 7523 MAPLE ST., NEW ORLEANS. WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER C.C. LOCKWOOD SIGNS HIS LATEST COMPILATION. (504) 866-4916. MAPLESTREETBOOKSHOP.COM.

  • “LOUISIANA SWAMPS AND MARSHES — EASY-ACCESS HIKES AND DRIVES”: 6 p.m., Octavia Books, 513 Octavia St., New Orleans. Author Anne Butler and photographer Henry Cancienne discuss and sign their book. (504) 899-7323. octaviabooks.com.
  • “CREOLE WORLD — PHOTOGRAPHY OF NEW ORLEANS AND THE LATIN CARIBBEAN SPHERE”: 6 p.m., Keller Library and Community Center, 4300 S. Broad St., New Orleans. Photographer Richard Sexton presents images and stories from his latest work, available for checkout or purchase. (504) 596-2660. neworleanspubliclibrary.com.

EDDIE IZZARD: 8 P.M., SAENGER THEATRE, 1111 CANAL ST., NEW ORLEANS. THE INCOMPARABLE BRITISH COMEDIAN BRINGS HIS “FORCE MAJEURE” WORLD TOUR TO THE CRESCENT CITY. $53.50 AND UP. (504) 525-1052. SAENGERNOLA.COM.

THURSDAY, DEC. 10

  • YAPPY HOUR: 4 p.m., Rare Form, 437 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans. Portion of proceeds and bring pets. la-spca.org.

PANEL DISCUSSION ON HOW RESEARCH INFORMS BOTH FICTION AND NONFICTION: 6 P.M., GARDEN DISTRICT BOOK SHOP, 2727 PRYTANIA ST., NEW ORLEANS. ADAM JOHNSON, GILBERT KING, SCOTT HUTCHINS AND ERIC PUCHNER PARTICIPATE AND THEIR BOOKS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AND AUTOGRAPH. (504) 895-2266. GARDENDISTRICTBOOKSHOP.COM.

  • “HENRY HOWARD — LOUISIANA’S ARCHITECT”: 6 p.m., Maple Street Book Shop, 7523 Maple St., New Orleans. Robert S. Brantley signs and discusses his book about the iconic home designer. (504) 866-4916. maplestreetbookshop.com.

“MESSIAH”: 7:30 P.M., ORPHEUM THEATER, 129 ROOSEVELT WAY, NEW ORLEANS. THE SYMPHONY CHORUS OF NEW ORLEANS, WITH SOPRANO AMY PFRIMMER, MEZZO-SOPRANO GIVONNA JOSEPH, TENOR DANA WILSON AND BASS-BARITONE IVAN GRIFFIN ARE JOINED BY MEMBERS OF THE LOUISIANA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA FOR A PRODUCTION OF HANDEL’S MASTERPIECE. $25 AND UP. (504) 274-4870. SYMPHONYCHORUS.ORG.

MARKETS

THURSDAY

  • 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. www.hollygrovemarket.com.
  • CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET MID-CITY: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Mid-City Farmers Market, 3700 Orleans Ave., New Orleans. www.crescentcityfarmersmarket.org.
  • 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. www.icdnola.org.

SATURDAY

  • CAMELLIA CITY FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Chamber of Commerce parking lot, 1808 Front St., Slidell. (985) 640-7112. www. camelliacitymarket.org.
  • CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, 700 Magazine St., New Orleans. www.crescent cityfarmersmarket.org.
  • COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St., Covington. (985) 892-1873. www.covingtonfarmersmarket.org.
  • GERMAN COAST FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Ormond Plantation, 13786 River Road, Destrehan. (985) 764-9762. www.germancoastfarmersmarket.org.
  • 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. www.gretnafarmersmarket.com.
  • MANDEVILLE TRAILHEAD COMMUNITY MARKET: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 675 Lafitte St., Mandeville. (985) 624-3147. www.mandevilletrailheadmarket.com.
  • 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. www.growdatyouthfarm.org.
  • 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. www.frenchmarket.org/crescent-park-bazaar.
  • ST. BERNARD SEAFOOD & FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 409 Aycock St., Arabi. www.visitst bernard.com.
  • 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. www.artsneworleans.org.
  • 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. www.frenchmarket.org.
  • 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. www.swapmeetnola.com.
  • 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. www.freretmarket.org.

TUESDAY

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

WEDNESDAY

  • 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. www.frenchmarket.org.
  • 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. www.germancoastfarmersmarket.org.
  • AROUND THE STATE

    • SATURDAY-SUNday, THROUGH Dec. 13
    • LOUISIANA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: 9:15 a.m. to dusk, 46468 River Road, Hammond. Multi-weekend festival, fair, theme park and immersion experience with food, beverages, shows and various themed weekends. This weekend is “Heroes and Pirates.” $18 adults per day and up; $10 children per day and up. (985) 429-9992.