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Holiday events in New Orleans (2014) 

Caroling, a menorah lighting, Christmas lights displays and Santa takes a plunge

click to enlarge Caroling in Jackson Square. Patio Planters (www.patioplanters.org) sponsors caroling in Jackson Square at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21. Song sheets and candles are provided.

Caroling in Jackson Square. Patio Planters (www.patioplanters.org) sponsors caroling in Jackson Square at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21. Song sheets and candles are provided.

Bayou Christmas. Heritage Park, 1701 Bayou Lane, Slidell, (985) 646-4371 — The holiday lights festival features live music, visits with Santa and a local gift market. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday-Monday.

Caroling in Jackson Square and Holiday Home Tour of the Vieux Carre. 1000 Bourbon St.; www.patioplanters.org — The public is invited to Jackson Square to sing Christmas carols. Patio Planters offers a self-guided walking tour of historic private homes in the French Quarter for $20. Tours run 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; caroling at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Caroling with Louisiana History Alive . French Market, corner of Gov. Nicholls Street and French Market Place, (504) 522-2621; www.frenchmarket.org — Famous New Orleanians from history lead period and contemporary holiday songs. Noon Friday.

Celebration in the Oaks. New Orleans City Park, 1 Palm Drive, (504) 488-2896; www.celebrationintheoaks.com — The festival of lights draws 165,000 people to City Park for light displays, dancers, a carousel and a train ride. Admission $8. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Christmas Extravaganza. Crystal Palace, 10020 Chef Menteur Hwy.; www.crystalpalacereceptions.net — The East New Orleans Neighborhood Advisory Commission's gala features food, raffles and music by James Rivers, Michael Ward, Stephanie Jordan and more. Tickets $75. 8 p.m. to midnight Friday.

Christmas Dinner for Those in Need. Bridge House/Grace House, 1160 Camp St., 522-2124; www.bridgehouse.org — Homeless men and women enjoy a holiday meal and receive clothing, toiletries and information about services available at Bridge House and Grace House. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Festival of Trees: 'Tis the Season for Silly Sweaters. Louisiana Children's Museum, 420 Julia St., (504) 523-1357; www.lcm.org — Families show off holiday sweaters and participate in seasonal crafts and games. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Fiesta Navidena. Casell-Bergen Gallery, 1305 Decatur St., (504) 524-0671; www.casellbergengallery.com — The holiday party features appearances by gallery artists, Latin food, wine and music by Julio y Cesar. 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Grand Menorah Lighting. The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, 500 Port of New Orleans Place — Chabad of Louisiana celebrates the first night of Chanukah with music by Yoel Sharabi, latkes, kids' activities and a menorah lighting at 6:15 p.m. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Green Gifts and Holiday Market. New Orleans Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., (504) 948-9961; www.neworleanshealingcenter.org — Environmental business organization LifeCity hosts a arts market featuring local and sustainable gifts. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Holiday In the Park. Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie, (504) 838-4389; www.lafrenierepark.org — The park's holiday celebration features light displays, a carousel, ornament decorating and Christmas characters. Admission $3 per car. Dusk to 9:45 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, dusk to 11:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Holiday Penguin Feeding. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, 1 Canal St., (504) 581-4629; www.auduboninstitute.org/visit/aquarium — Santa delivers treats to the aquarium's penguins. 3 p.m. Thursday.

Miracle on Fulton Street. Fulton Street, at Poydras Street near Harrah's Hotel; www.miracleonfulton.com — The holiday decorations on the pedestrian walk include faux snow, Christmas tree and a gingerbread St. Louis Cathedral. There's live music from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Tuesday-Monday.

NOLA Christmas Fest. Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., (504) 582-3000; www.christmasinthedistrict.com — The indoor festival features decorated trees, a gingerbread house competition, inflatables, crafts and activities. Weekends include an arts and crafts market. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; noon to 9 p.m. Saturday-Monday.

Santa Dive. Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, 1 Canal St., (504) 581-4629; www.auduboninstitute.org/visit/aquarium — Santa plunges into the Great Maya Reef exhibit. 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Tales of the Toddy. House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., (504) 310-4999; www.houseofblues.com — Attendees enjoy seasonal cocktails by 48 local bartenders, hors d'oeuvres and music by John Lisi and Delta Funk. Tickets $40. 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Toy Drive. Bar Redux, 801 Poland Ave., (504) 592-7083; www.barredux.com — The bar collects toys for children ages nine to 16, benefiting Crescent House's services for survivors of domestic violence. Donors receive a free PBR or High Life. Tuesday-Monday.

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