All month-Jan. 6 — Christmas Festival of Lights (Downtown Natchitoches; www.natchitocheschristmas.com) See Nov. 21 listing for details.
4-6 — Plaquemines Parish Fair and Orange Festival (Historical Fort Jackson, Buras, 504-405-8535; www,orangefestival.com) The family-friendly festival features citrus tasting, cooking contests, adult and kids' games, eating contests, music by Boot Hill, Bruce Daigrepont, Groovy 7 and others, carnival rides, childrens' activities and more. Hours 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Admission free.
5 — Le Feu et L'Eau (Fire and Water) Festival — (NUNU Arts and Culture Collective, 1510 Bayou Courtableu Highway, Arnaudville, 337-453-3307; www.fireandwaterfestival.org) — The daylong festival showcases French culture and the creative talent of Acadiana, including visual artists, performers and cultural workers. There are poetry readings, cooking demonstrations, documentaries, local cuisine and live music performances. Hours 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Admission free.
5-7 — Christmas Extravaganza Arts & Crafts Expo (Covington Fair Grounds, 600 Highway 190 North, Covington, 985-796-5853; www.steinhauerproductions.com) Vendors from 20 states display and sell their wares from 500 booths at the three-day arts, crafts and gifts expo. There also are more than a dozen food booths. Hours 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission $5, free for kids 12 and under.
31 — Zoo Year's Eve (Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., 504-581-4629; www.auduboninstitute.org) The celebration features live music, games, non-alcoholic drinks for toasting and party hats and noise makers for a countdown to noon. Hours 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Event free with zoo admission: $18.95 ages 13-64, $14.95 ages 65 and older, $13.95 ages 2-12, free for members.