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2015 Christmas and holiday events in New Orleans 

Caroling, Celebration in the Oaks, skating, light shows and lots more

click to enlarge NOLA ChristmasFest features ice skating on a 50-by-80-foot ice rink, amusement rides, Christmas trees, crafts, special events and more at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

NOLA ChristmasFest features ice skating on a 50-by-80-foot ice rink, amusement rides, Christmas trees, crafts, special events and more at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Benevolence Car Presentation.
Clean Fleet Auto Body, 4432 Hearst St., Metairie, (504) 888-0000; — Clean Fleet Auto Body presents a restored vehicle filled with gifts to a family in need at its annual holiday charity event. 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Caroling in Jackson Square.
Jackson Square, St. Peter Street Gate — Patio Planters sponsors candlelight caroling in Jackson Square and announces the French Quarter's winning Christmas decorations. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.; candles and song sheets provided. 7 p.m. Sunday.

Caroling Pub Crawl.
Kingpin, 1307 Lyons St., 891-2373; — The Kingpin's holiday pub crawl is "talent optional." 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Celebration in the Oaks.
New Orleans City Park, 1 Palm Drive, (504) 488-2896; — The live oaks of City Park and park attractions are illuminated with holiday lights and displays though Jan. 2, 2016. Tickets $8, children under 3 free.

Children's Lantern Parade.
Fulton Street, at Poydras Street near Harrah's Hotel — Kids ages 3-17 participate in the parade beginning at Poydras Street and Lafayette Street. A $15 ticket includes a lantern, entry to the NOLA ChristmasFest preview party, ice skating and refreshments. 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Christmas in the Park.
Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie, (504) 838-4389; — The nighttime holiday celebration features music, holiday lights and decorations, a letter-writing station for messages to Santa and more through Dec. 30. Admission $5 per vehicle.

East New Orleans Holiday Extravaganza.
Crystal Palace, 10020 Chef Menteur Hwy.; — The East New Orleans Neighborhood Advisory Commission's annual holiday fundraiser features a Christmas buffet, drinks, raffles and live music by the Zion Harmonizers, Michael Baptiste, James Andrews and others. Tickets $75. 8 p.m. Friday.

Hansel and Gretel Children's Opera.
New Orleans Opera Guild Home, 2504 Prytania St., (504) 267-9539; — The MetroPelican Opera performs a 45-minute opera for kids. Holiday refreshments are served. Adult tickets $15, children $10. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Holiday Art Market.
Spanish Plaza, 1 Poydras St. — The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk's inaugural holiday art market features local artists and vendors, followed by a free screening of Elf. 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Holiday Pop-Up Shop.
NOLA Brewing Taproom, 3001 Tchoupitoulas St., (504) 301-0117; — Local artists sell art, crafts, jewelry, clothing and more at NOLA Brewing's holiday market. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday.

Holiday Spice Kids Cooking Class.
Omni Royal Orleans, 621 St. Louis St., (504) 648-2009; — Kids ages 7-12 bake carrot spice cookies at a class benefitting Edible Schoolyard. Tickets $10. Contact Nicole Shelton at (504) 529-7804 or to register. 3 p.m. Saturday.

Holidays at Hyatt.
Hyatt Regency New Orleans, 601 Loyola Ave., (504) 561-1234; — The hotel hosts a holiday buffet with a cash bar and raffles. Proceeds benefit the LA/SPCA. Tickets $35 for lunch (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.), $55 for dinner (4 p.m. to 8 p.m.). Thursday.

Kids in the Kitchen.
Southern Food & Beverage Museum, 1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 569-0405; — The museum's cooking class for kids features holiday bread recipes. Kids ages 7-11 at 10:30 a.m. (tickets $20, members $15), kids ages 12-15 at noon (tickets $15, members $10). Saturday.

Miracle on Fulton Street.
Fulton Street, at Poydras Street near Harrah's Hotel — The Fulton Street pedestrian corridor hosts a holiday art market on Friday and Saturday evening, featuring vendors, drinks and live music. Free admission.

NOLA ChristmasFest.
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Convention Center Theater, 900 Convention Center Blvd.; — The indoor holiday festival features an ice-skating rink, amusement rides, North Pole characters, Christmas trees decorated by local organizations, light displays and more. General admission starts at $5; all-access passes $20; babies age 2 and under free. Noon to 8 p.m. Friday-Monday.

NOLA Polar Express.
Freret Street Publiq House, 4528 Freret St., (504) 826-9912; — CASA New Orleans' benefit concert features The Wooden Wings, Bantam Foxes, Hello Nomad and Barisal Guns. Tickets $10, or $5 with toy donation. 8 p.m. Sunday.

NOVAC's Holiday Hootenanny.
French Quarter Film House, 807 Esplanade Ave.; — New Orleans Video Access Center and Shotgun Cinema host a holiday party featuring New Belgium Brewing beer, music from Euclid Records and other treats. 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Piety Street Market.
The Old Ironworks, 612 Piety St., (504) 908-4741; — More than 50 vendors offer art, jewelry, crafts, vintage clothes, collectibles, used books and flea market treasures at this special holiday edition of the monthly market. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Soul Sister's Holiday Crate Dig.
Domino Sound Record Shack, 2557 Bayou Road, (504) 309-0871; — DJ Soul Sister provides the soundtrack and music recommendations at the holiday record shopping party. Refreshments are served. 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Sounds of the Season.
The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, 500 Port of New Orleans Place; — The holiday performance at the Riverwalk's food court features Community Works of Louisiana, Flashmob New Orleans, NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance, Southern Rep and Voices of New Orleans. Free admission. 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Stuffed Ornaments Workshop.
Antieau Gallery Uptown, 4532 Magazine St., (504) 510-4148; — Kids of all ages make ornaments at a free holiday crafting studio geared toward ages 6-12. 10 a.m. to noon. Saturday.

Sugar Plum Celebration.
Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center, 4300 S. Broad St., (504) 596-2675; — Bamboula 2000 and the Miles Berry Trio perform and there's cookie decorating, crafts, refreshments, games and free children's and teen books. Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Toys From Troy.
Whole Foods Market, 300 N. Broad St., (504) 434-3364; — The rooftop holiday party features performances by Trombone Shorty Academy Students, Main Line and the New Breed Brass Band, a visit from Santa, magicians, face painting, balloon artists and treats from Whole Foods Market. The Trombone Shorty Foundation distributes gifts to neighborhood kids and their parents or guardians (one gift per child; first-come, first-served). Free admission. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday.

Vince Vance Kids Holiday Party.
Deanie's Seafood, 841 Iberville St., 581-1316; — Vince Vance & the Valiants host a kids' holiday sing-along and dance party with a breakfast buffet, photos with Santa, face painting and crafts. Tickets $45, free for kids under 3. 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Waiting for Papa Noel.
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, French Quarter Visitor Center, 419 Decatur St., (504) 589-2636; — Park rangers share French and Creole carols and stories with kids of all ages. 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m. & 2 p.m. Saturday.

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