The indoor NOLA CHRISTMASFEST offers ice skating, carnival rides and inflatables, a snowball fight area, holiday characters, decorated trees and more. $20 ages 3 and up. Hours vary, through Dec. 31. Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans.

Parks and recreation areas around the metro area have a feast of lights and sights, open at various times, including CELEBRATION IN THE OAKS at City Park in New Orleans, CHRISTMAS IN LAFRENIERE PARK in Metairie, MIRACLE ON FULTON STREET in New Orleans' CBD, KENNER CHRISTMAS VILLAGE at Kenner City Park and Slidell's BAYOU CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL at Heritage Park.

River Road along the Mississippi River from New Orleans to Baton Rouge will glow on Christmas Eve from BONFIRES ON THE LEVEE. Traditions hold fires light the way for families returning home from midnight Mass or to show Père Noël (Father Christmas) the route to the homes of children. Hundreds of the fires, mostly built by friends and families, will be joined by fireworks and a carnival atmosphere.

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