'THE ULTIMATE CHRISTMAS SHOW': Jefferson Performing Arts Society presents the irreverent comedy show in which none of the acts for a church's annual holiday show arrive, so three church members must perform the entire variety show and Christmas pageant by themselves. Performances are Dec. 2-11, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets, $25 to $30, can be purchased by calling (504) 885.2000, or online at www.jpas.org. The Teatro Wego theater is at 177 Sala Ave., Westwego.
DESIRE CHRISTMAS SHOW: Zulu Toys for Tots will present the Desire Christmas Show & All-Star Revue from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday Dec. 2 at the Carver Theater, 2101 Orleans Ave., New Orleans. For tickets, call Roy Teamer at (504) 606-1780 or Kyle Franklin at (504) 417-2048.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: "Letters to Santa," a free Christmas concert featuring alumni of Loyola University New Orleans, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at Nunemaker Auditorium, in Monroe Hall at Loyola, 6363 St. Charles Ave. The song cycle was composed by Loyola alumnus Logan Skelton, '83. It features Emma Grimsley, '14, soprano; David Castillo, '10, baritone; and Claire Shackleton, '06, mezzo-soprano. The mini-concert will be followed by a reception to meet the composer and artists. This concert is not recommended for children under 12.
TEDDY BEAR TEA: The National World War II Museum will present a Teddy Bear Tea from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday Dec. 3 at BB's Stage Door Canteen, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans; the event will be repeated Dec. 10 and 17. The Victory Belles trio will entertain with holiday songs, and there will be a special visit from Santa, with young guests leaving with a teddy bear souvenir. Tickets are $59 at www.nationalww2museum.org.
NORCO PARADE: Norco will host its annual Christmas Parade beginning at 2 p.m. Dec. 4 with Santa Claus arriving by helicopter to usher in the Christmas spirit to the River Parishes. This year's theme is "Norco Noel - Santa Salutes our First Responders." The parade starts and ends at Apple Street and River Road. For a detailed route, see www.norconoel.com.
HOLIDAY CONCERT: The Dillard University Choir will present its free holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at Lawless Chapel on the Dillard campus, 2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans. The 60-voice choir will perform with an orchestra and special guests including sopranos Kayla Blain Lewis, '13, Moniqua Osbey, '13, and Kayla Boyd, '15. S. Carver Davenport is conductor of the choir; Autumn Durgan '15, lyric soprano, is assistant director; and Hezekiah Brinson is the accompanist.
OGDEN MUSEUM OF SOUTHERN ART: The Center for Southern Craft & Design at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art will present its Art of Giving holiday shopping event from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the museum, 925 Camp St., New Orleans. The event will feature live music, a cash bar, food and free gift wrap provided by YELP. It is free and open to the public. Ogden Museum members will receive complimentary wine and a 15 percent discount on purchases. Artist Simon Gunning will sign copies of his new book “The River and the Painter: Simon Gunning, New Orleans, the Mississippi River and its Bayous."
BREAKFAST WITH BABY JESUS: The Alumnae Association at St. Mary's Dominican High School will present Breakfast with Baby Jesus from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 10 in Alumnae Hall at the school, 7701 Walmsley Ave., New Orleans. Featured activities will include storytelling, crafts for children of all ages, photos with Santa, holiday songs with the Dominican High School Choir and a living nativity presented by the Dominican High School Drama Club. Dominican President Cynthia Thomas will lead all in song before the cutting of the birthday cake. Advance registration is required, at $25 per family. To register, visit www.stmarysdominican.org/breakfast-with-baby-jesus by noon Dec. 8.
LIGHTS AT THE LAKE: The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation will present its Lights at the Lake holiday celebration beginning at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the New Canal Lighthouse, 8001 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. The free event will feature school choirs, pictures with Santa, raffles and refreshments, along with a prime viewing spot for the West End Christmas Boat Parade, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. Call the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation is (504) 836-2205.
CHRISTMAS IN ST. ROCH CEMETERY: A Christmas event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 17 at St. Roch Cemetery, 1725 St. Roch Ave., New Orleans. The organizers will be selling baked goods and holding raffles to raise money for renovations to the chapel, which has termite damage.
RUNNING OF THE SANTAS: Registration is open for the Running of the Santas event from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 17 in New Orleans' Warehouse District. The four-block fun run will begin at Manning's, 519 Fulton St., and end at Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive. Last year's event attracted more than 3,000 participants, many creatively competing for the best holiday costume award; the costume contest will begin at 8 p.m. at Generations Hall. Tickets are $25 at runningofthesantas.com. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the That Others May Live Foundation, which provides scholarships, family counseling, and aid to surviving children of Air Force rescue heroes.
GARDEN DISTRICT CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Familiar and unfamiliar compositions will be included in the Garden District Christmas Concert to be presented at 4 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, 1307 Louisiana Ave., New Orleans. The performers will include sopranos Phyllis Treigle and Melissa Brocato; mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Evans; tenors Kevin Rouchell, Bart Folse and Angelo Giuliano Lupinetti; and organist Brian Morgan. The Good Shepherd Choir will also perform Gregorian chant.