FÊTE DE NOËL: 10:30 a.m., Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras St., New Orleans. Ladies Leukemia League benefit with Dillard's fashion show, cocktails, auctions, lunch. $75 and up. (504) 836-2470.

SIPPIN' IN THE COURTYARD AND TREE LIGHTING: 5 p.m., Maison Dupuy Hotel, 1001 Toulouse St., New Orleans. Enjoy the courtyard and the lighting of the tree, plus benefit several nonprofits, with happy hour cocktails, small plates, the New Orleans Gay Men's Chorus, historical characters, an open market and more. (504) 648-6113.

SON OF A SAINT GALA: 8 p.m., Le Meridien New Orleans, 333 Poydras St., New Orleans. Black-tie optional event to benefit local youth mentoring organization. $250 up.


CHRISTMAS UNDER THE STARS: 6 p.m., Griffith Park, 333 Erlanger Ave., Slidell. Olde Towne Slidell rings in the holidays with decorations, music, a Christmas village and Mr. and Mrs. Claus. (985) 646-4375.

HOLIDAY OF LIGHTS: 6 p.m., Tammany Trace, 21490 Koop Drive, Mandeville. Santa plus performances by local school groups. (985) 867-9490 or


CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA ARTS AND CRAFTS EXPO: 10 a.m. Friday and Sunday and 8 a.m. Saturday, St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds, 1304 N. Columbia St., Covington. More than 500 artisans and crafters from the region gather for this holiday marketplace. $5. (985) 796-5853.

PLAQUEMINES PARISH ORANGE FESTIVAL: 5 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Historic Fort Jackson, Highway 23, Buras. The southernmost parish celebrates the rich heritage of citrus with this classic Louisiana festival, featuring food, music, royalty and contests. (504) 405-8535.


CHRISTMAS ARTS AND CRAFTS BAZAAR AT THE MARKET: 8 a.m., Camellia City Farmers Market, 1808 Front St., Slidell. Special holiday offerings during St. Tammany Holiday Festival of Arts each Saturday in December. (985) 640-7112.

FESTIVAL OF TREES FAMILY FUN DAY: 10 a.m., Louisiana Children's Museum, 420 Julia St., New Orleans. Pajama party celebration, with photos, cookie decorating, face painting, performances, games and more. Patron party at 10 a.m. with brunch. $15 and up. (504) 523-1357.

BEIGNET FEST: 10 a.m., Festival Grounds, City Park, New Orleans. Music, a Holiday Artist Village, food, coffee and beignets are part of this fest. Free, with VIP options.

KREWE OF JINGLE PARADE: 1 p.m., downtown New Orleans. The Downtown Development District and the Roosevelt New Orleans sponsor this Carnival-style promenade for the holiday season. The parade starts on Howard Avenue, loops counterclockwise around Lee Circle to St. Charles Avenue, turns right on Canal Street, U-turns at North Peters Street, left on Baronne Street and returns to Howard Avenue. (504) 561-8927.

JUNGLE BELLS HOLIDAY PARTY: 1 p.m., Audubon Tea Room, Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. Visit Santa, holiday crafts, photos, snacks, a second-line, a "Nutcracker" performance and admission to the zoo, plus more. $35 adults, $30 child. (504) 212-5420.

MERRY MADISONVILLE AND TREE LIGHTING: 4 p.m., Madisonville Town Hall, 403 St. Francis St., Madisonville. A boat parade along the Tchefuncte River from the Maritime Museum, with caroling, activities for children, photos with Santa and Mr. Claus, plus the lighting of the oaks. (985) 845-9824.

ALGIERS BONFIRE AND CONCERT: 5 p.m., 200 Morgan St., New Orleans. Annual lighting of the bonfire with the city's skyline as a backdrop, with music and food vendors.

KRAMPUS NOLAUF: 7 p.m., starting at Royal and Lesseps Streets, New Orleans. Krewe of Krampus parade, based on Alpine tradition of Krampusnacht. Parade rolls down Royal Street, left on Piety Street and ends at 617 Piety St. for an afterparty. $21.83 for the afterparty.

AZÚCAR BALL: 8 p.m., Hyatt Regency, 601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans. New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation black-tie gala "El Festival de las flores" with music, food, dancing, auctions, raffles and more. $150 and up.


A NOLA CHRISTMAS FINE ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW: 10 a.m., Northshore Harbor Center, 100 Harbor Center Blvd., Slidell. Arts and crafts items, music, Father Christmas and more.

ST. NICK CELEBRATION: 11 a.m., French Market District, New Orleans. Family fun in Dutch Alley with live music, an art market, kids activities and holiday savings.


ST. TAMMANY’S HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS: Noon, 200 and 300 blocks of North Columbia Street. Launching Shop Local Artists Week. (985) 892-8650.

SALAVILLE BICYCLE & FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL: 1 p.m., Westwego Farmers' Market, Sala Avenue and Fourth Street, Westwego. Music, food trucks, bicycle show, workshops and displays, arts and crafts and more.

NORCO CHRISTMAS PARADE: 2 p.m., River Road at Apple Street, Norco. Santa and Mrs. Claus make a special appearance for this River Parishes parade, which starts and ends at River Road and Apple Street, left on Goodhope Street, left on Sixth Street, left on Apple and returns to the start.


GALATOIRE'S CHRISTMAS TABLE AUCTION: 5:30 p.m., Galatoire's 209 Bourbon St., New Orleans. Bidding with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres for coveted spots for the Friday before Christmas, to benefit Eden New Orleans and Breakthrough New Orleans. $50 paddle for two. (504) 525-6022.


ART OF GIVING: 6 p.m., Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., New Orleans. Annual holiday shopping organized by the Center for Southern Craft and Design, with music and cocktails. (504) 539-9650.


CELEBRATION IN THE OAKS: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, through Jan. 1, City Park, New Orleans. The 25-acre park becomes a winter wonderland with light displays throughout. Live entertainment, train rides, carnival rides, photos with Santa and a host of other holiday happenings are on tap. $9 and up.

CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays through Dec. 24, downtown Covington. Special shopping events, strolling musicians, carolers and more. (985) 892-1873.

FESTIVAL OF TREES: 9:30 a.m., Louisiana Children's Museum, 420 Julia St., New Orleans. Annual festival collection of trees by schools and community partners. Through Dec. 27. (504) 523-1357.

HOLIDAY HOME AND COURTYARD TOURS: hourly at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., through Dec. 30, Historic New Orleans Collection, 533 Royal St., New Orleans. The Williams Residence is decked in holiday style for tours. $5.

LOBBY LIGHTING AND WALDORF WONDERLAND: 5:15 p.m., through New Year's, Roosevelt New Orleans, 130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. Block-long hotel lobby is festooned with lights and trees to showcase the best of New Orleans and the holidays. Also, a gingerbread display in Teddy's Cafe will coincide. (504) 648-1200.

LUNA FÊTE: 6 p.m., through Dec. 9, Lafayette Square, 600 S. Maestri St., New Orleans. Downtown comes alive with public artworks using light and technology for all ages.

MIRACLE ON FULTON STREET: Nightly through Dec. 27, Fulton at Poydras streets, New Orleans. Light displays, music, holiday markets, cocktails, occasional chances to see and be photographed with Santa (Dec. 4-5), and the magic of "snow."

TEDDY BEAR TEA: Various times and dates through Christmas Eve, Roosevelt New Orleans, 130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. Teas and teddys are the mainstay, with pictures of Santa, Mrs. Claus and a parade through the ballroom. $94.33, $67.38 ages 3-10. (504) 335-3219.

TREMÉ'S BREAKFAST WITH SANTA: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 23, Tremé Market Branch, 800 N. Claiborne Ave., New Orleans. Enjoy breakfast, photos with Santa and holiday crafts. $5 and up.

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Compiled by Marchaund Jones.