Ice Skating on the River copy for Red

ADVOCATE STAFF PHOTO BY PATRICK DENNIS — Barbara Gai skates during the annual Ice Skating on the River event at the Raising Cane's River Center. The fun continues through Jan. 4 at various times. Get more information at


NOLA CHRISTMASFEST: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Morial Convention Center, 901 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans. Featuring an indoor ice skating rink, carnival rides and more Christmas-style events. $20 general admission tickets. Children ages 2 and under get in free. For more information, visit

ZOOLIGHTS: 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road. A milelong 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.


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. 31. Admission is $9; train and rides are extra. (504) 482-4888 or


ICE SKATING ON THE RIVER: Times vary, Raising Cane's River Center, 275 S. River Road, Baton Rouge. A holiday tradition where the venue turns into a Winter Wonderland. Admission is $12. For more information, call (225) 389-3030 or visit


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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