Read columnist and photographer Steven Forster’s coverage of New Orleans’ social events at The New Orleans Advocate.

Events featured in this edition:

Visions of Sugar Plums: Celebration in the Oaks opened for a sneak peek geared to the little ones, as nippy temperatures and thousands of glittering lights turned City Park into a winter wonderland.

Animal Lovers, Fur Real: The Humane Society marked its 25th anniversary with the Fur de Lis Ball 2013: Celebration in Silver Gala at the Downtown Sheraton Hotel. There were auctions, dinner, raffles and entertainment provided by special guest Rachel Fleetwood & Vieux Carre Band.

Top of the Class: The Orleans Public Education Network hosted the first Orleans Public Education Awards, honoring those who have worked to improve New Orleans’ public schools, excel in engaging students and inspire the community.