Arts Market: On Saturday and Sunday, the Palmer Park Arts Market takes over the lawns of the park at South Carrollton and Claiborne avenues, with its white tents, music and holiday goodies from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Normally, the arts market is a one-day, once-a-month affair, but during the holidays, hours are extended.

This is the place and time to find unique, handcrafted gifts — everything from paintings to sculpture, furniture, jewelry, soaps, pottery and more. For information, call (504) 523-1465.

Singalong at Palmer Park: The Carrollton Area Network hosts its sixth annual evening of carols at Palmer Park on Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Arts Market of New Orleans and several nearby businesses are sponsoring the event.

Caroling at Palmer Park is a singalong modeled after the caroling in Jackson Square (also taking place Sunday), said Hassan Nagendra, network organizer. This year, the Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church Choir will lead the carols. Song books and candles will be provided.

Nonperishable food items will be collected, along with cash donations to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans.

Celebrants can purchase hot chocolate, hotdogs, cookies, soft drinks and eggnog. Proceeds will be donated to the food bank.

And, just in case that’s not enough revelry for some of you, members of the new Krewe of Nyx will be on hand to add glitz and glitter — and candy-colored wigs — to the occasion.


For the downtown crowd, the Piety Street Market offers the second of its two big holiday market days Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Old Iron Works, 612 Piety St.

Director Cree McCree promises creative art, handmade jewelry and crafts, homemade goodies, vintage collectibles, flea market finds and great local music by the Frenchmen String Trio.

This neighborhood gets cooler all the time; when you’ve done your shopping, stop by one of the eateries seemingly tucked into every corner.

Christmas is 10 days away, and you’ll need your strength.


Celebration In The Oaks continues in City Park with concerts on Thursday nights courtesy of the Robert and Shirley Haspel Fund, beginning at 7 p.m.

Thursday enjoy Christmas with the Boutte Family. Tanya Boutte, Arsene DeLay and Vance Vaucresson are all part of the extended Boutte musical family that has gained so much attention for John Boutte’s work in “Treme.” Here in New Orleans, of course, music runs in families.

Admission to the Boutte concert is included with your ticket to Celebration in the Oaks. Which, by the way, is best purchased online if you want to avoid standing in line in front of the entrance.

Go to http://neworleanscitypark.com or call (504) 482-4888. New this year: young people 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult 21 or older.


PlayNOLA adult basketball, dodgeball and volleyball leagues gather on Monday and Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Andrew Wilson Charter School gym, 3617 Gen. Pershing St.

To sign up, visit http://www.playnola.com or call (504) 708-4330.

Algiers Point

St. Cecilia’s Asylum Chorus will be leading its own Krewe of Carolers on its inaugural route through historic Algiers Point on Sunday.

This event is open to singers of all ages. Carolers at McDonogh Park, 400 block of Verret Street, at 6 p.m. There will be special treats for children.

At 6:30 p.m., the Krewe of Carolers will march on its route through Algiers Point and end with a singalong and performance of Christmas music at The Old Point Bar (545 Patterson, New Orleans) from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The performance will feature guest singers and musicians from across the New Orleans music scene.

Carolers are encouraged to wear red and white. Children welcome.

St. Cecilia’s Asylum Chorus is a vocal ensemble dedicated to singing songs from the canon of Southern Spirituals.

Those looking to volunteer as either a caroler or as a potential host should email the chorus at stceciliasasylum@gmail.com.

To submit items to New Orleans Neighborhoods, write to asisco@theadvocate.com.