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A scene from a past Baton Rouge Arts Market. The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge's open-air event will run from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Dec. 16. For more information, visit online at artsbr.org

STARTING FRIDAY

NOEL ACADIEN AU VILLAGE: Acadian Village, 200 Greenleaf Drive, Lafayette. This 23-night fundraiser features half-a-million Christmas lights, animated displays and carnival rides. Through Saturday, Dec. 23. acadianvillage.org.

FRIDAY-SATURDAY 

LOUISIANA HOLIDAY RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: 46468 River Road, Hammond. Experience the best parts of the 16th century at this annual festival, with more than 50 shows, demonstrations and more than 600 artisans. $20 and up. (985) 429-9992. larf.org.

FRIDAY-SUNDAY 

CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA EXPO: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Covington Fairgrounds. Featuring local and regional artists showing off their works in a massive three-day festival. 

PLAQUEMINES PARISH FAIR AND ORANGE FESTIVAL: Fort Jackson, Buras. The state’s southernmost parish kicks up a good time celebrating the unique area and the citrus crop with food, music, pageants, contests, carnival rides and more. orangefestival.com.

SATURDAY

ARTS MARKET OF BATON ROUGE: 8 a.m. to noon, Lottery Lot at Fifth and Main streets in downtown Baton Rouge. An open-air market featuring a variety of wares, held in conjunction with the weekly Red Stick Farmers Market. artsbr.org

DREAM DAY 2017: Noon to 3 p.m., East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd. A festival celebrating and honoring children with disabilities. Free. facebook.com/tjcfi

MY FEST LOUISIANA: Noon to 4 p.m., Family and Youth Service Center, 1120 Government St., Baton Rouge. Free community event featuring music, art, entertainment and youth empowerment. facebook.com/mylifeyouth

NATCHITOCHES CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL: Downtown Natchitoches. The highlight of the spectacular holiday illumination is the festival, with a parade and fireworks. But the lights go on Nov. 18 through Jan. 6, 2018. natchitocheschristmas.com.

OGDEN PARK PROWL: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Ogden Park neighborhood, Mid City Baton Rouge. Celebrating "the best eight blocks in Baton Rouge," with art vendors, musical performances and more. Free. facebook.com/opprowl

STARTING WEDNESDAY 

WORDS & MUSIC — A LITERARY FEAST: New Orleans. Celebration of the literary heritage of the city, with discussions, lectures, galas, dinners and contests. wordsandmusic.org.

THROUGH JAN. 6

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: Downtown Natchitoches. A variety of celebrations, entertainment, food and music to celebrate the holiday season. Through Jan. 6. View the schedule and get more information at natchitocheschristmas.com.

THROUGH JAN. 7

CHRISTMAS AT BLUE BAYOU: 6 p.m. through Jan. 7, Blue Bayou Dixie Landin', 18142 Perkins Road E., Baton Rouge. Drive through more than a mile of custom lights synchronized to music. $28 at the gates, per car, up to eight passengers. facebook.com/christmasatbluebayou.