french market tree lighting ceremony


Turning on the illuminations for the holiday greenery is no simple matter in New Orleans. The French Market Tree Lighting Ceremony kicks the festivities into high gear with music, movement and merriment. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s Brass Quartet plays, the New Orleans Opera Association leads caroling, the New Wave Brass Band heads up a second line to St. Louis Cathedral, and the Dillard University Choir has a concert. 4:45 p.m., Washington Artillery Park, 1235 N. Peters St., New Orleans.

‘the mutilated’

Thursday through Sunday

Mink Stole, a favorite of filmmaker John Waters, takes to the Freeport McMoRan stage in the role of Trinket Dugan, one of Tennessee Williams’ characters for “The Mutilated.” Dugan is a Texas heiress and cancer survivor. Written in 1966 and labeled as part of a double-bill of one-act plays titled “Slapstick Tragedy,” this later play by Williams takes place in the New Orleans French Quarter on Christmas Eve 1948. $25 and up. 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Contemporary Arts Center, 900 Camp St., New Orleans. (504) 528-3800.

jerry seinfeld


The incomparable star of his groundbreaking television show and icon of the comedy community, Jerry Seinfeld brings his unique brand of humor to the Crescent City, offering audiences a taste of what rocketed him into the stratosphere of comedic talent. 9:30 p.m., Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. $45 and up. 525-1052.

celebration in the oaks preview parties

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Take your pick: adults only, young adults and family friendly. City Park’s annual Celebration in the Oaks holiday lighting extravaganza kicks off with a trio of preview parties. Friday is the swank adults-only cocktail gathering (with a dress code), Saturday is the casual, more youthful oriented Jingle Bells & Beer, with Sunday’s family-friendly event offering unlimited rides, clowns and more. Hours and prices vary per event. Botanical and Carousel Amusement Gardens, City Park, New Orleans.

lower coast wine and music festival


Spend an afternoon in the pastoral settings of English Turn and help a variety of non-profit agencies at The Lower Coast Wine and Music Festival. Two stages of music will be paired with wine samplings from around the world, tasting samples from English Turn Golf and Country Club, a tour of real estate in the area and a performance by the New Orleans Volunteer Orchestra, one of the beneficiary groups. Chairs and blankets are encouraged. One Club House Drive, New Orleans. $55 and up. (504) 391-8000.

st. catherine’s parade


On the feast day of St. Catherine, Nov. 25, the French traditionally honor women who have reached 25 years of age without marrying; they are called Catherinettes and they distinguish themselves for the day by wearing handmade hats — traditionally using the colors yellow (faith) and green (wisdom) and are often outrageous. Because of this hat-wearing custom, milliners and seamstresses from the Paris couture houses hold big St. Catherine’s Day parades to show off their wares. Leave it to New Orleans to adopt such a Francophile tradition. The parade “strolls” at 10:30 a.m., with the Catherinettes gathering at 10 a.m. at St. Charles Avenue and Pleasant Street. (440) 503-6951.