Mark Kostabi, 'Imagine Imago' at Martin Lawrence Gallery.


Dave Chappelle

From the comic mind that brought forth “The Chappelle Show” on Comedy Central comes a live event. Tickets begin at $55. Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Third show Friday at 7:30 p.m. (504) 287-0351.

Friday through Sunday

‘This Christmas’

An imaginative retelling of Dickens’ holiday classic is the centerpiece for an evening of dining, dancing and Christmas cheer. The Broadway-style production features a cast of more than 100. $39. 7 p.m., each night. City Church New Orleans, 13123 I-10 Service Road, New Orleans. (504) 246-5121.


Snow Day in the Park

Just for a day it will be a frilly white wonderland in Lafreniere Park. The Jefferson Parish park will open at 9:30 a.m., and the fun will be free. 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie. (504) 838-4389.

The Works of Erté and artist Mark Kostabi

Martin Lawrence Gallery will be the spot for an opening reception for the works of these artists. Erté holds one of the paramount spots in the Art Deco movement with a nearly centurylong career; Kostabi has spanned the globe with his colorful and creative work. The exhibit runs through Jan. 1. Reception at 6 p.m., 433 Royal St., New Orleans. (504) 299-9055.

Running of the Santas

The CBD streets will run red when thousands of Santas, Mrs. Clauses, Scrooges and other holiday character make the arduous seven-block trek for the annual event, a portion of which benefits “That Others May Live Foundation.” The day begins at 3 p.m. with live music and fun but the “race” doesn’t run until 6 p.m. $15 and up. Barcadia, 601 Tchoupitoulas St., to Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, New Orleans.


Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Unlike other musical ensembles, the rockers of Trans-Siberian Orchestra put a unique touch to holiday music. They will present live their “The Christmas Attic” rock opera. Tickets start at $50. 7:30 p.m., Smoothie King Center, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, New Orleans. (504) 587-3822.