NOEL ACADIEN AU VILLAGE: 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., weather permitting; Acadian Village, 200 Greenleaf Drive, Lafayette. Featuring a lights, animated displays and carnival rides. Admission is $10 at the gate, and free for ages 4 and under and those with an active military ID.


OLD TIME CHRISTMAS: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Vermilionville's Historic Village, 300 Fisher Road, Lafayette. Learn about how the area's cultures once celebrated this holiday season at this tour. 

MIRACLE ON FULTON STREETS: Fulton at Poydras streets, New Orleans. Featuring light displays, music and interactive ornaments.

TEDDY BEAR TEA: Various times and dates, Roosevelt Hotel, 130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. Enjoy visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, tea and pastries. $48 for ages 3-10, $68 for ages 11 and up. (504) 335-3129 or


ZOOLIGHTS: 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road. A mile-long trail with more than 50 illuminated displays of animals and holiday-esque moments. Admission is $5 for adults and teens, $4 for seniors, $3 for ages 2-12 and Friends of the Zoo members. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


CELEBRATION IN THE OAKS: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, City Park, New Orleans. Seasonal display of thousands of lights, with train rides and visits from Santa. Closed Dec. 24 and 31. Admission is $9; train and rides are extra. (504) 482-4888 or


2016 CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: Downtown Natchitoches. Featuring more than 300,000 Christmas lights and another 100 riverbank set pieces. More information at

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