THURSDAY, DEC. 18

  • HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS $12 ADOPTIONS: Though Dec. 31, Louisiana SPCA, 1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., New Orleans. Adult dogs, cats and kittens. Also, Special Delivery program for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa $75. (504) 368-5191. la-spca.org.
  • BRIDGE LESSONS: 9 a.m., Wes Busby Bridge Center, 2709 Edenborn Ave., Metairie. (504) 889-0869.
  • MORNING BIRDING: 9 a.m., Bayou Segnette State Park, 7777 Westbank Expressway, Westwego. Ranger-led activity. (504) 736-7140. lastateparks.com.
  • BEAUREGARD-KEYES HOUSE CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1113 Chartres St., New Orleans. Historic French Quarter home in holiday dress through December. (504) 523-7257. bkhouse.org.
  • HERMANN-GRIMA AND GALLIER HISTORIC HOUSES HOLIDAY DRESS: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays through Tuesdays, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, 820 St. Louis St. and 1132 Royal St., New Orleans. Holiday décor and historical information through the holiday season. (504) 274-0746. hgghh.org.
  • HOLLYGROVE MARKET AND FARM: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., weekdays, 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. hollygrovemarket.com.
  • WORKPLACE WELLNESS LUNCHEON: Noon, Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. (504) 569-9070. www.ashecac.org.
  • RANGERS CHOICE TALK: 2 p.m., Barataria Preserve of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park, 6588 Barataria Blvd., Marrero. Wednesdays through Sundays. (504) 689-3690, ext. 10. nps.gov/jela.
  • BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS TALK: 2:45 p.m., Chalmette National Cemetery, 8606 W. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette. Tuesdays through Saturdays. (504) 281-0510. nps.gov/jela/chalmette-national-cemetery.htm.
  • HOLIDAY PENGUIN FEEDING: 3 p.m., Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, 1 Canal St., New Orleans. Santa feeds the fishes to the penguins. (504) 581-4629. auduboninstitute.org.
  • CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET MID-CITY: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Mid-City Farmers Market, 3700 Orleans Ave., New Orleans. 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. icdnola.org.
  • YOGA FOR CANCER PATIENTS: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Benson Cancer Center, Ochsner Medical Center, 1515 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson. Open to all cancer survivors. (504) 842-3910. Also 6 p.m. Thursdays and 11 a.m. Saturdays. ochsner.org/ochsner_cancer_institute/healing_yoga.
  • NOLA CHRISTMASFEST AT CHRISTMAS IN THE DISTRICT: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, noon to 9 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Dec. 24. Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans. Holiday activities and entertainment for all ages in the lobby of the building. $15. (855) 477-8756. christmasinthedistrict.com.
  • BAYOU CHRISTMAS: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. through Wednesday, Heritage Park, U.S. 11 at U.S. 190 (Fremaux Avenue), Slidell. Lights, activities, crafts, Santa presented by the Slidell Boys & Girls Club. oldetowneslidellmainstreet.org.
  • HOLIDAY IN THE PARK: 5:30 p.m. to 9:45 Sunday through Thursday to 11:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday, through Jan. 1; Lafreniere Park, West Napoleon Avenue entrance, Metairie. Displays, music, story time performances and snow day on Saturday. (504) 838-4389. lafrenierepark.org.
  • GREEN GIFTS AND HOLIDAY MARKET: 5:30 p.m., New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Local, sustainable gifts. (504) 940-1130. www.neworleanshealingcenter.org.
  • CATHEDRAL ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE CONCERT: 6 p.m., St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, New Orleans. Karol Mossakowski presents an organ recital. (504) 525-9585.
  • TALES OF THE TODDY: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., New Orleans. Craft cocktails, cuisine and music. $40. (504) 948-0511. talesofthecocktail.com.
  • MIRACLE ON FULTON STREET: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., with live music on Fridays through Dec. 26; Fulton Street at Poydras Street. Winter wonderland with faux snow and more. miracleonfulton.com.
  • CELEBRATION IN THE OAKS: 6 p.m. 11 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays; New Orleans Botanical Garden, City Park, New Orleans. The annual spectacle of millions of lights for the holiday season opens to the public and runs through Jan. 3. $8. (504) 483-9415. celebrationintheoaks.com.
  • WINE AND SIGN: 7 p.m., New Orleans Athletic Club, 222 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. Local authors Eddie Boyd, James Nolan, Richard Campanella, Michael Marshall, Freddi Evans, Jason Berry, Marty Mule and Morgan Molthrop will sign copies of their books. University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press will also be on hand with additional works, plus a free glass of wine. (504) 657-6670. facebook.com/NOACCCommunityOutreachProgram.
  • BAROQUE CHRISTMAS (OUTSIDE THE BACHS): 7:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, 5290 Canal Blvd., New Orleans. Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, New Orleans Vocal Arts Chorale and variety of soloists perform Charpentier, Mozart, Bach and selections from Handel’s “Messiah.” $20 and up. (504) 523-6530. lpomusic.org.
  • “DIRTY DANCING - THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE”: 7:30 p.m., also Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. Touring company production of the film story about coming of age and the power of dance. $35.55 and up. (504) 525-1052. saengernola.com.
  • AN AMERICAN CHRISTMAS: 7:30 p.m., First Christian Church, 7121 Airline Highway, Metairie. The Jefferson Chorale holiday concert. facebook.com/TheJeffersonChorale.

FRIDAY, DEC. 19

  • CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekends through Christmas. Throughout downtown Covington. Shopping events, musicians, refreshments, door prizes. covla.com.
  • “FROSTY THE SNOWMAN” AND “RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER”: 10 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday; Prytania Theatre, 5339 Prytania St., New Orleans. Two classic holiday special presented as a double feature. $5.75. (504) 891-2787. prytaniatheatreneworleans.com.

ROYAL TEDDY BEAR TEA: 11 A.M. AND 2:30 P.M., ALSO SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY; ROYAL SONESTA HOTEL, 300 BOURBON ST., NEW ORLEANS. THE CLAUSES, SAINTSATIONS, SINGING AND TEA. $69 AND UP ADULTS, $49 CHILDREN. (504) 553-2328. SONESTA.COM/ROYALNEWORLEANS.

  • WESTWEGO FARMERS AND FISHERIES MARKET: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Westwego Farmers and Fisheries Market, 484 Sala Ave., Westwego. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. (504) 341-9803.
  • 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 Symphony Chorus of New Orleans and Opera on Tap. Comedy tours of “Photorealism” by The New Movement. (504) 658-4100. noma.org.
  • KENNER’S MAGICAL CHRISTMAS VILLAGE: 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., also Saturdays and Sundays. Rivertown, Williams Boulevard at the Mississippi River, Kenner. “Season of Light” at planetarium. (504) 468-7231. kenner.la.us.
  • “NOLLAIG SHONA BEAG” KIDS CELTIC CHRISTMAS: 6 p.m., also 7 p.m. Saturday; The Irish House, 1432 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Celebration of the Christmas season for all ages. $10 adults; $5 kids. (504) 595-6755. theirishhouseneworleans.com.
  • DASHING THROUGH THE DOME: 6:30 p.m., Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans. Two-mile race runs up and around the dome, ending on the field. Kids’ race also. $35. neworleansbowl.org.
  • “THE NUTCRACKER”: 7 p.m., also Saturday; Dixon Hall, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Delta Festival Ballet and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra present the timeless classic with guest stars from Pacific Northwest Ballet. $28 and up. (504) 888-0931. deltafestivalballet.com.
  • R+L CARRIERS NEW ORLEANS BOWL FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT: 7 p.m., Champions Square, LaSalle Street, New Orleans. Kool & the Gang and Cheap Trick will headline for the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl free concert. neworleansbowl.org.
  • AMAZING ACRO-CATS: 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, through Dec. 21, All Ways Theatre, 2240 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Performing felines present “Meowy Catmas” with portion of proceeds to Jefferson SPCA. (504) 218-5578. theallwayslounge.net.
  • BAROQUE CHRISTMAS (OUTSIDE THE BACHS): 7:30 p.m., Church of the King, 22205 Little Creek Road, Mandeville. Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, New Orleans Vocal Arts Chorale and variety of soloists perform Charpentier, Mozart, Bach and selections from Handel’s “Messiah.” $20 and up. (504) 523-6530. lpomusic.org.

SATURDAY, DEC. 20

  • OLE MAN RIVER HALF MARATHON: 8 a.m., City Park, New Orleans. Half marathon and 5K benefiting Healthy Lifestyle Choices. runnotc.org.
  • NORTHSHORE CAMELLIA SOCIETY SHOW AND SALE: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., St. Scholastica School Gym, 122 S. Massachusetts St., Covington. Entries received until 10:30 a.m. Sales at 11 a.m. Show at noon. (985) 630-9899.
  • CAMELLIA CITY FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Griffith Park, 333 Erlanger St., Slidell. (985) 640-7112. camelliacitymarket.org.
  • CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, 700 Magazine St., New Orleans. crescentcityfarmersmarket.org.
  • COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m. to noon, Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St., Covington. (985) 892-1873. covingtonfarmersmarket.org.
  • 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. gretnafarmersmarket.com.
  • OLD ALGIERS HARVEST FRESH MARKET: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 922 Teche St., Algiers. oldalgiersharvestfreshmarket.com.
  • GREAT SOUTHERN GUN & KNIFE SHOW: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., also Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner. $8. greatsoutherngunshow.com.
  • R+L CARRIERS NEW ORLEANS BOWL: 10 a.m., Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns meet the University of Nevada WolfPack in gridiron action. neworleansbowl.org.
  • BRUNCH WITH SANTA AND HIS ELVES: 10 a.m., also Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Bourbon Orleans Hotel, 717 Orleans St., New Orleans. Live music, Mrs. Claus, activities, more. Reservations required. $55 adults, $29 children (504) 571-4672. bourbonorleans.com.
  • FRIENDS OF THE NEW ORLEANS PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK SALE: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Latter Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Also, Wednesday. friendsnola.com.
  • VICTORY CORPS SATURDAY: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. War history through a hands-on program. (504) 528-1944. nationalww2museum.org.
  • TEDDY BEAR TEA: 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays through Christmas; Mezzanine Ballroom, Roosevelt Hotel, 130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. Tea and snacks with Santa Claus in his workshop, while Mrs. Claus reads holiday stories. (504) 335-3129. therooseveltneworleans.com.
  • TIS THE SEASON FOR SILLY SWEATERS: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Louisiana Children’s Museum, 420 Julia St., New Orleans. Museum’s Festival of Trees, with visitors encouraged to weal silliest holiday sweaters, plus events. (504) 523-1357. lcm.org.
  • GINGERBREAD TEA: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2829 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Gingerbread decorating and edibles. $37 adults; $20 children. (504) 463-7017. gingerbreadtea.com.
  • NEIGHBORHOOD PET ADOPTION AND BAKE SALE: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Blvd., Metairie. LA/SPCA counselors and pets on hand. (504) 368-5191. la-spca.org.
  • IT’S A WRAP: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Christmas Eve; Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Blvd., Metairie. LA/SPCA will wrap gifts for a donation to The Heartworm Fund. (504) 368-5191. la-spca.org.
  • PIETY STREET MARKET: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 612 Piety St., New Orleans. Indoor/outdoor market. (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. swampmeetnola.com.
  • CAJUN HOLIDAY TEA WITH PAPA NOEL: 1:30 p.m. boarding, Paddlewheeler Creole Queen, 1 Poydras St., New Orleans. Holiday events and team while cruising the Mississippi River. Reservations required. $59 adults, $39 children. (504) 524-6265. creolequeencom.
  • HOLIDAY TEA AT LONGUE VUE: 1:30 p.m., Longue Vue House and Garden, 7 Bamboo Road, New Orleans. Tea, tours and shopping in The Shop at Longue Vue. Reservations required. $40. (504) 293-4701. longuevue.com.
  • ‘THE NUTCRACKER:’ 7:30 p.m., also 3 p.m. Sunday; East Jefferson Auditorium, 400 Phlox Ave., Metairie. Ballet Hysell and the JPAS Symphony Orchestra present the holiday classic. (504) 885-2000. jpas.org.

SUNDAY, DEC. 21

  • KIRK FRANKLIN PRESENTS GOSPEL BRUCH: 10 a.m., House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., New Orleans. Weekly presentation of local talent. (504) 310-4999. houseofblues.com/neworleans.
  • NOLA CHESS CLUB: Noon, Latter Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Free and open to the public. nolachessclub.yolasite.com.
  • TRINITY ARTIST SERIES: 5 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave., New Orleans. Soprano Trish Foti and friends. (504) 522-0276. trinityartistseries.com.
  • CAROLING IN JACKSON SQUARE: 7 p.m., French Quarter, New Orleans. Holiday singing by candelight in the heart of the Vieux Carre. patioplanters.org.
  • LUCEAT - TO THE CREATOR OF LIGHT: 7:30 p.m., Holy Name of Jesus Church, 6367 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. New Orleans Vocal Arts Chorale presents a capella performance of works by Rutter, Poulenc, Szymko, Paulus and more. (504) 482-6338. novachorale.org.

MONDAY, DEC. 22

  • 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.

TUESDAY, DEC. 23

  • CRESCENT CITY FARMERS MARKET UPTOWN: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 200 Broadway St., New Orleans. crescentcityfarmersmarket.org.
  • HOLLYGROVE MARKET AND FARM: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 8301 Olive St., New Orleans. (504) 483-7037. hollygrovemarket.com.
  • SANKOFA MOBILE MARKET: 11 a.m. to noon, Lower Ninth Ward Senior Center, 5234 Claiborne Ave., New Orleans. (504) 872-9214. sankofanola.org.
  • ORGAN AND LABYRINTH: 6 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 1320 Jackson Ave., New Orleans. (504) 522-0276. albinas.org.
  • “STANDING IN THE SHADOWS (NO MORE)” QUILTING WORKSHOP: 6 p.m., Ashe Cultural Center, 1712 Oretha C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. Exhibited in March and April. (504) 569-9070.
  • “A VERY ELECTRIC CHRISTMAS”: 7:30 p.m., Joy Theater, 1200 Canal St., New Orleans. Lightwire Theater’s hometown holiday production of dance, puppetry, music and light. $30 and up. (504) 528-9569. thejoytheater.com.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 24

  • COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Covington Trailhead at 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. 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. germancoastfarmersmarket.org.