NEWCOMB ART DEPARTMENT HOLIDAY SALE: 10 a.m., Carroll Gallery, Woldenberg Art Center, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Annual sale with variety of art forms by students, faculty, staff and alumni. (504) 314-2228.

FRIDAY NIGHTS AT NOMA: 5 p.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, 1 Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, New Orleans. Art on the Spot family activity, music by Reed Turchi, lecture by Joe Earle on "Japanese Ceramics Tomorrow." Some fees apply. (504) 658-4100.

DASHING THROUGH THE DOME: 6 p.m., Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans. The "Ramp Run Through the Dome" is a 2-mile race through the stadium, up and around the area, including the plaza and terrace levels, finishing on the field. Held in conjunction with the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. $10 and up.


HOLIDAY ON THE BOULEVARD: 10 a.m. Friday and Noon Saturday, Ashe Cultural Arts Center and other locations, 1731 Baronne St., New Orleans. Annual holiday event, including marketplace, live productions, luncheons, film screenings, school productions, storytelling and more. Most events free, small fees for theater productions. (504) 569-9070.


END OF YEAR BASH DRIFT FESTIVAL: Noon, NOLA Motorsports Park, 11075 Nicolle Blvd., Avondale. New Orleans Drifters auto racing event with track options and events. Prices vary based on participation.


FLEURTY FESTIVE CHRISTMAS FAIR: 10 a.m., Fleurty Girl Old Metairie, 923 Metairie Road, Metairie. Holiday fair of local vendors with an assortment of seasonal selections, with visitors including the 610 Stompers, Zeus' Place with pet adoptions and locally sourced art and gift ideas. (504) 827-1432.

PANCAKES AND PAJAMAS WITH PAPA NOEL: 10 a.m., Le Meridien New Orleans, 333 Poydras St., New Orleans. Story time, breakfast buffet, mimosas for adults, pictures and cookie decorating, plus caroling and "The Cajun Night Before Christmas." $67.83 adults, $48.45 children.

MADE IN LOUISIANA: 12:30 p.m., Southern Food and Beverage Museum, 1504 O.C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans. A festival of food, beverages and culinary products made in the Bayou State, with samples and gift ideas. $15 advance, $20 door, $12 members. (504) 267-7490.

CAJUN CHRISTMAS AT BIG BRANCH: 2 p.m., Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, 61389 La. 434, Lacombe. Santa and Mrs. Claus visit for cookies, cocoa and story time. (985) 882-2025. fws.cov/refuge/big_branch_marsh.

WINTER INFORMAL: 3 p.m., Press Street Gardens, 7 Press St., New Orleans. Holiday party featuring local art in 5 Press Gallery and food and drinks by NOCCA's Culinary Arts students.


GREAT SOUTHERN GUN AND KNIFE SHOW: 9 a.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday, Pontchartrain Center, 4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Buy, sell or trade guns, knives, holsters, ammunition, reloading materials, camouflage and military items.

A NOLA CHRISTMAS FINE ARTS AND GIFTS SHOW: 10 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday, NOCCA, 2800 Chartres St., New Orleans. New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts decks the halls with holiday decor and arts and gifts, plus music and Santa Claus.


HOLIDAY HOME TOUR: 1 p.m., French Quarter, New Orleans. Patio Planters sponsors the self-guided tours of residences in the Vieux Carre, all decked in holiday finery. $20. (888) 756-6250.

HARRY POTTER YULE BALL: 1 p.m., East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. A Harry Potter/holiday-themed event, with crafts, games, a scavenger hunt and sweet treats. Costumes encouraged.

LET IT SNOW: 1 p.m., Covington REC Complex, 4001 de Porres Road, Covington. Family event with snow, two of Santa's reindeer, activities and Santa's Express Delivery to the North Pole Mailbox. (985) 892-1873.

CHRISTMAS DANCE: 1:30 p.m., Jefferson Orleans North, 2600 Edenborn Ave., Metairie. USA Dance Chapter 5031 hosts holiday gathering, with DJ and cash bar. Lessons from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. included. $12, $10 members, $5 students. (504) 607-1041. (504) 258-2220.

COMMUNITY CHANUKAH CELEBRATION: 4 p.m., New Orleans Jewish Community Center, 5342 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Lighting of the menorah, dinner and live music. (504) 897-0143.

CAROLING IN THE PARK: 6:30 p.m., Palmer Park, South Carrollton and Claiborne Avenues, New Orleans. Annual singalong, led by choirs form Mater Dolorosa Catholic Chuch and Central St. Matthew United Church of Christ. Music and candles provided. Nonperishable food donation requested for Second Harvesters Food Bank.

CAROLING IN ST. LOUIS CATHEDRAL: 7 p.m., St. Louis Cathedral, New Orleans. Patio Planters sponsors the traditional yuletide singalong, with candles and song sheets. Carolers may enter the cathedral at 6:30 p.m. (888) 756-6250.

NOTE: Caroling was originally scheduled to take place in Jackson Square but was moved due to the threat of inclement weather. 


CELEBRITY SERVERS DINNER: 6 p.m., Morton's The Steakhouse, One Canal Place, 365 Canal St., New Orleans. Saints defensive end Cam Jordan and his teammates will be dishing up the beef (and other goodies) to benefit Where There's A Will There's A Way scholarship and the IrvingMorris Foundation. Cocktails, four-course meal, silent and live auctions are part. $250.


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."

NOLA CHRISTMASFEST: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Dec. 31, with abbreviated hours certain days, Hall I, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans. Holiday activities abound, including ice skating, carnival rides and inflatables, a snowball fight area, holiday characters, decorated trees and more. $20 ages 3 and up.

SLIDELL'S BAYOU CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., through Dec. 23, Heritage Park, 1701 Bayou Lane, Slidell. Annual fundraiser for Slidell Boys & Girls Club features light displays, "Kiddie Carnival" rides, entertainment and food vendors and photos with Santa. Tree lighting ceremony 7 p.m. Dec. 14, citywide caroling Dec. 23. Unwrapped new gifts requested.

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.