All month — Celebration in the Oaks — (City Park, 1 Palm Drive, 504-483-9415; www.celebrationintheoaks.com) — The festival of lights draws about 165,000 people who walk through City Park to see the lights displays. There's also a carousel and train ride. Hours 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Sun.-Thu., 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Fri.-Sat. Admission $8.
All month — Prospect.3: Notes for Now — (Various locations around New Orleans, 212-680-5305; www.prospectneworleans.org) — The third installment of Prospect New Orleans features about 40 local and international artists whose works will be exhibited at three dozen locations including public spaces. Hours vary. Admission free.
5-Dec. 31 — Holiday In the Park (Lafreniere Park, 504-838-4389; www.lafrenierepark.org) — Drive or walk through the light displays, see Christmas characters such a Santa and Rudolph, ride a carousel, decorate an ornament to hang on a tree. Food available. Hours dusk-9:45 p.m. Sun.-Thu., dusk-11:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Admission $3 per car, free Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve (and New Year's Day).
Dec. 5-7 — Plaquemines Parish Fair & Orange Festival (Fort Jackson, Buras; www.orangefestival.com) — The 68th annual festival features seafood, oranges, arts and crafts, live music, chidlren's activities, carnival rides and a 5K run. There also are contests in orange peeling and eating, shrimp peeling and de-heading, catfish skinning, oyster shucking and duck calling. Hours 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Fri. (carnival only), 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sun. Admission free.
6 — Christmas Bonfire Party (Oak Alley Plantation, 3645 Highway 18, Vacherie, 225-265-2151; www.oakalleyplantation.com) — The annual celebration includes food, dance music, and a band-led procession to the levee for the lighting of the bonfire. Hours 7 p.m.-midnight. Admission $13.
6 — Christmas Festival (Downtown Natchitoches, 318-652-7078; www.natchitocheschristmas.com) — The event features a parade, fireworks, games, live entertainment, food and more. Hours 6:30 p.m.-till. Admission $8 adults, $5 ages 6-11, free ages 5 and younger; advance tickets $6 adults, $4 ages 6-11, free ages 5 and younger.
6 — 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. The event features a wide variety of artists and performers spanning a range of disciplines and genres. Hours 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Admission free.
6-7 — Louisiana Renaissance Festival — (46468 River Road, 985-429-9992; www.larf.org) — Designed to represent the 16th century, the Renaissance Festival has food and shopping alongside educational demonstrations of how life was once lived. Hours 9:45 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Admission varies.
21 — Caroling in Jackson Square and Holiday Home Tour of the Vieux Carre (1000 Bourbon St., Suite 270, 504-529-9755; www.patioplanters.org) — The public is invited to Jackson Square to sing Christmas carols. There's also a self-guided walking tour of historic private homes in the French Quarter, hosted by the Patio Planters. Hours 1 p.m.-4 p.m. tour, 7 p.m. caroling. Admission $20 for tour, children are free; caroling free.