If you feel like singing your holiday spirit, try CAROLING IN THE PARK Saturday at 6:30 p.m., Palmer Park, South Carrollton and South Claiborne avenues, New Orleans. Led by choirs from Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church and Central St. Matthew United Church of Christ, the music and candles are provided. Nonperishable food donation requested for Second Harvesters Food Bank. mdolorosa.com.
A Crescent City tradition, and another chance to lift your voice, is Sunday's CAROLING IN JACKSON SQUARE at 7 p.m. in the French Quarter, New Orleans. Patio Planters sponsors the traditional yuletide singalong, with candles and song sheets. (888) 756-6250. patioplanters.net.
DUKE ELLINGTON'S "NUTCRACKER SWING" COMMUNITY CONCERT kicks up the beat on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music, 1901 Bartholomew St., New Orleans. Jesse McBride and the Ellis Marsalis Center Jazz Orchestra perform a seasonal sounds concert featuring selections from Ellington's piece. $3. (504) 340-3424. ellismarsaliscenter.org.