With concerts, tree lightings, parades and parties, there are dozens of ways to get into the spirit of the season. Here’s a roundup of December holiday events that range from family fun to grown-up elegance, with lots of merriment in between.

  • New Orleans Christmas in the District is lighting up the Convention Center Boulevard with thousands of lights and animated music from Dec. 1 to Jan. 3. Throughout the monthlong holiday celebration, Christmas in the District festivities also extend to Harrah’s Champagne Stroll on Dec. 5 and a Children’s Lantern Parade on Dec. 12 at 5 p.m.
  • Miracle on Fulton Street is a stroll down a Christmas lane, with Santa Claus, ornaments and lights, holiday music and faux-snow on the hour. Between Poydras and Lafayette streets. Opens Dec. 1. http://www.harrahsneworleans.com. Free.
  • Art of Giving is a holiday arts market at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Local artists and vendors showcase the best of Southern arts and crafts, including photography, glass, jewelry, ceramics and more. On Dec. 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., 925 Camp St. Call (504) 539-9650 or visit http://ogdenmuseum.org for more information.
  • The Roosevelt Hotel lobby turns on its traditional holiday display Dec. 2. The canopy of white birch branches, twinkling lights and scores of lighted Christmas trees have been a holiday destination for New Orleanians since the 1930s. Free.
  • The Royal Sonesta’s 9th annual Lighting of the Balconies ceremony will feature the Pfister Sisters, Saints players and young patients from Children’s Hospital. Dec. 3 at 6, 300 Bourbon St. Free.
  • Reveillon Dinners, which were originally served after midnight Mass, are now a monthlong event with local chefs creating their own twists to this French Creole holiday tradition. Dinners start from $34. For more information and participating restaurants visit https://holiday.neworleansonline.com/reveillon.
  • On Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m., the lights will be flipped on in a ceremony at Lafreniere Park in Metairie, as Holiday in the Park returns. After that, lights come on at 5:30 p.m. nightly and stay on until 9:45 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11:45 p.m. Friday and Saturday, through New Year’s Day. Drive or walk. Includes musical groups, story times, character visits, Ferris wheel and Lombardi trophy; there’s even a “snow day” Dec. 13. $3 per vehicle. www.lafrenierepark.org.
  • City Park’s Celebration in the Oaks is a magical wonderland of glittering light displays, new surprises and old crowd favorites, such as “Cajun Night before Christmas.” Opened Thursday; continues through Jan. 3. Sunday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. $8 per person (children under 3 free). Call (504) 483-9415 or visit http://neworleanscitypark.com for more information.
  • Christmas Under the Stars at Slidell’s Griffith Park, Erlanger and Second streets, runs 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 5-6 and Dec. 12-13, with a Parade of Trees, appearances by Santa and live entertainment. Free. (985) 646-4375.
  • Kenner’s Christmas Village in Historic Rivertown runs Dec. 5-17; open 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 405 Williams Blvd. Caroling, lights, food, laser shows in the planetarium and visits with Santa. Free. www.experiencejefferson.com/kenner/festivals.
  • NORDC/NOBA’s “Nutcracker Suite” features more than 200 local ballet students in this classic holiday production, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at Dixon Hall. $5. www.nobadance.com.
  • Holiday Movies on the Mississippi will screen classics on the big screen. Snuggle under blankets for this free family event. “Polar Express” on Dec. 5 and “Elf” on Dec. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza. Call (504) 561-8927 or visit http://canalstreetholiday.com for more information.
  • Aerial flyers, acrobats, jugglers and strongmen are all part of the act at Cirque de Noel. Cirque de la Symphonie and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra come together for this unique holiday event at the Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St. Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20; students $10. Call (504) 523-6530 or visit www.saengernola.com/shows/cirque-de-noel.
  • In classic New Orleans style, the Krewe of Jingle Parade will roll through downtown on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 1 p.m. Floats, marching bands, stilt walkers and Christmas characters will start from Lee Circle, head down St. Charles Avenue to Canal Street and back up Baronne Street. Call (504) 561-8927.
  • The French Market’s St. Nicholas Day Fair is a party just for the kids. Start the day off second-lining with old St. Nick through Dutch Alley, followed by live music, a petting zoo, miniature golf, costumed characters and a craft area. Santa will be available for pictures throughout the afternoon. Free. Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (504) 522-2621 or visit www.frenchmarket.org.
  • The Algiers community kicks off the Mississippi River bonfires early at the annual Algiers Bonfire and Concert. The festivities will be at Algiers Ferry Landing, 200 Morgan St. on Dec. 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Call (504) 362-6436 or visit www.algiersbonfire.com.
  • Further upriver, the Annual Christmas Bonfire at Oak Alley Plantation will have a Creole buffet, bar service and live entertainment in an open-house format. The bonfire will be lit along the Mississippi River levee, and guests can watch it while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate, coffee and beignets. Oak Alley Plantation, 3645 La. 18, Vacherie, on Dec. 7 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Tickets are $130 per person. Call (225) 265-2151 or visit www.oakalleyplantation.com/events/annual-christmas-bonfire-party.
  • Christmas in the District’s annual NOLA Christmas Fest is bringing the party indoors this year. The two-week festival features Christmas displays, the Great Hall of Trees, a Gingerbread House competition, Santa’s Playland, an arts and crafts market, a community stage for cooking demonstrations and entertainment, plus appearances by Mr. Bingle and Santa Claus. Free. Great Hall at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., from Dec. 12 to Dec. 24. Hours vary. Call (855) 477-8756 or visit http://christmasinthedistrict.com.
  • Santa Paws Nola 2014 is Christmas in the District’s holiday-themed pet costume contest and second-line parade. The parade will flow through the Convention Center Heritage Park on Dec. 14 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Participating pets must be registered: $15 before Dec. 1 or $25 after Dec. 1. Call (504) 524-1227.
  • The Community Chanukah Celebration will feature Israeli superstar David Broza performing modern pop and Spanish music. Free and open to the public, the concert is followed with latkes and special Chanukah treats. New Orleans Jewish Community Center, 5342 St. Charles Ave., Dec. 14 at 2:30 p.m. Call (504) 897-0143 or visit www.nojcc.org.
  • Explore seven historic homes in the Garden District at the Preservation Resource Center Annual Holiday Home Tour. The self-guided tour takes you through homes that showcase the history, architecture and music of the opulent New Orleans area. Tour headquarters, Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave., will have regional cuisine and holiday shopping. Dec. 13-14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets from $40 for nonmembers. Call (504) 581-7032.
  • Rudolph, Santa and friends will jingle their bells to signal the start of the annual kid’s fun run, Reindeer Run and Romp. After the kids dash down Canal Street, they can linger on the Spanish Plaza for a festival-like atmosphere. Dec. 13 at the Riverwalk Spanish Plaza. Registration 8 a.m.; race at 9 a.m. $12. Call (504) 561-8927.
  • The Royal Sonesta is transforming its Grand Ballroom into a Royal Kingdom for its Royal Teddy Bear Tea. Children can sing, dance and have story time with their favorite holiday characters. High tea will be provided for adults and children. From Dec. 13 to Dec. 22 at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Tickets start at adults, $69, children, $49. Call (504) 553-2328 or visit www.sonesta.com/RoyalNewOrleans.
  • Baroque Christmas Outside the Bachs features the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, New Orleans Vocal Arts Chorale and soloists performing highlights from Handel’s Messiah, along with music by Charpentier, Bach, and Mozart. Held at the First Baptist Church New Orleans, 5290 Canal Blvd., on Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20, students at $10. Call (504) 523-6530 or visit www.lpomusic.com.
  • Delta Festival Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” with soloists from the Pacific Northwest Ballet Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 20 and 21 at 2 p.m. at Dixon Hall at Tulane University. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra provides live music for the timeless production. Call (504) 888-0931 or visit www.deltafestivalballet.com.
  • Caroling in Jackson Square is an evening of carols by candlelight. Candles and song sheets are provided. Dec. 21. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. start. Call (504) 220-8300 or visit www.patioplanters.org.
  • The time-honored Louisianan tradition, Christmas Eve Bonfires on the Levee, will light Papa Noel’s way down the Mississippi River on Christmas Eve. Bonfires will be lit around 7 p.m., followed by fireworks from the community. Held along La. 44 in St. John and St. James Parishes, Gramercy. Dec . 24 at 7 p.m.
  • Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker is performing for one night only at the Saenger Theatre on its annual national tour. Russian dancers perform among falling snow, 10-foot-tall dancing puppets and a Christmas tree that just keeps on growing. Saengar Theatre, 1111 Canal St., on Dec. 27 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets from $41.50. Call (504) 525-1052 or visit www.saengernola.com/shows/moscow-ballet’s-great-russian-nutcracker.