BAYOU CLASSIC BIZTECH CHALLENGE: 1 p.m., Hyatt Regency, 601 Loyola Ave., New Orleans. Finalists from eight historically black colleges and universities vie for a partnership with NexusLA.

GREEK SHOW AND BATTLE OF THE BANDS: 6 p.m., Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans. The celebrated Bayou Classic gridiron match also draws competition for the Southern and Grambling universities' bands and Greek organizations.


THANKSGIVING BASH — GOBBLE THEN WOBBLE: 3 p.m., City Putt, 8 Victory Ave., City Park, New Orleans. Work off the turkey slumber with a round of golf, a cocktail, sweet treats, raffles and more. $10. (504) 483-9385.


BAYOU CLASSIC PARADE: 9:30 a.m., downtown New Orleans. The celebrated football matchup of Southern and Grambling universities, the parade rolls from the French Market to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

FANFESTIVAL: 11:30 a.m., Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans. Pregame festivities before the Grambling and Southern universities gridiron match.

TRANS DAY OF REMEMBRANCE, RESILIENCE & RESISTANCE: 1 p.m., Congo Square, 701 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. BreakOUT! event for LGBTQ youth and community gathering, with healers, vendors, artists, cooks, performers and more.

SAILING WITH SANTA: 2 p.m., Toulouse Street at the Mississippi River, New Orleans. Sail with Mr. Claus on the Steamboat Natchez, with photos, balloon elves, chances to write a letter or photo with Santa, and lunch for purchase. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for children, ages infant to 17 years, to board. (504) 569-1401.

BAYOU CLASSIC: 4 p.m., Mercedes-Benz Superdome, 1500 Sugar Bowl Drive, New Orleans. The 44th annual matchup of the Southern University Jaguars and the Grambling State University Tigers, highlighted by a halftime show features the schools' legendary bands.


NORTHSHORE PARENT HOLIDAY TEA: 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., Maison Lafitte, 402 Lafitte St., Mandeville. A kid-friendly tea with Santa and Mrs. Claus. $45, $60 VIP.

REINDEER ROMP: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Annadele’s Plantation, 71518 Chestnut St., Covington. Santa Claus, live reindeer and a special Christmas buffet. $30 adults, $20 children. (985) 809-7669.

JEFFERSON SPCA PET FEST: 10 a.m., Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie. "Barks and Recreation" is the theme for the annual expo (rescheduled) with marketplace, food, music, a pet health watch area, costume contest and more. (504) 736-6111.


THE HIP HOP NUTCRACKER: 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. A supercharged production of the classic featuring MC Kurtis Blow. $39 and up.


VINO ON THE BAYOU — HOLIDAY CHEER: 5 p.m., Pitot House, 1440 Moss St., New Orleans. Louisiana Landmarks Society benefit with wine, appetizers, gift ideas, music and Errol Laborde to sign his book "New Orleans: The First 300 Years." $5, free for members. (504) 482-0312.

MICHAEL CARBONARO: 7 p.m., Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. The magician brings his signature style to the Crescent City. All ages. $39 and up.


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.

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.

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.

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Compiled by Marchaund Jones.