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Christmas and holiday events
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Caroling, kids’ activities, musical performances and Santas both naughty and nice

click to enlarge Running of the Santas. Costumed revelers line up at the start of the Running of the Santas. The event kicks off at 3 p.m. Saturday at Barcadia (601 Tchoupitoulas St.) and ends up at Generations Hall (310 Andrew Higgins Drive), where Big Sam's Funky Nation performs. Tickets $15. Visit for details.

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Running of the Santas. Costumed revelers line up at the start of the Running of the Santas. The event kicks off at 3 p.m. Saturday at Barcadia (601 Tchoupitoulas St.) and ends up at Generations Hall (310 Andrew Higgins Drive), where Big Sam's Funky Nation performs. Tickets $15. Visit for details.

Breakfast with Santa.
Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 885-0202; — Families meet Santa and the elves at a breakfast benefitting Children's Hospital. Tickets $5. 10 a.m. Saturday.

Cajun Christmas.
Southeast Louisiana Refuges Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters (Bayou Lacombe Centre), 61389 Hwy. 434, (985) 882-2000; — Families enjoy hot chocolate, cookies, a free visit with Santa and camellia blooms on the Bayou Gardens trails. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Candelight Christmas Tour.
Fairview-Riverside State Park, 119 Fairview Drive, Madisonville, (985) 792-4652 — Visitors learn about the history of Christmas celebrations at the Otis House Museum, sing carols and enjoy cookies and cider. 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Caroling at Palmer Park.
Palmer Park, South Claiborne and Carrollton avenues — The choir of Matar Dolorosa Catholic Church hosts a sing-a-long with an appearance from Santa. Donations of non-perishable food, cash and checks are accepted for Second Harvest. 6 p.m. Sunday.

Celebration in the Oaks.
New Orleans City Park, 1 Palm Drive, (504) 488-2896; — 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 "Bizarre."
Snake & Jake's Christmas Club Lounge, 7612 Oak St., 861-2802; — The self-proclaimed Christmas Club hosts a gift market featuring art, jewelry and more. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas Past & Winter on the Water.
Mandeville Lakefront — The daytime street festival features more than 40 vendors along Girod Street. A holiday parade begins at 4 p.m., proceeding from the harbor to the gazebo, where there's live music, a tree lighting and boat parade. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Christmas Under the Stars.
Griffith Park, 333 Erlanger St., Slidell — The holiday celebration features live music, decorations and visits from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

Creative Journeys in Judaism.
Touro Synagogue, 4238 St. Charles Ave., (504) 895-4843; — Artist Kim Phillips leads a Jewish paper-cutting workshop that also includes a religious study session, lunch and havdalah ceremony. Tickets $18. Email to RSVP. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Freretstivus Market.
Freret Market, corner of Freret Street and Napoleon Avenue, (504) 638-2589; — The holiday gift market features 90 local vendors of food, art and collectibles, plus music by the Tin Men and Coot. Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

I'm A Dancer Christmas Fling.
Club Silhouette, 3505 N. Hullen St., Metairie, (504) 885-1771; — I'm a Dancer dance club hosts its annual Christmas party featuring dance performances, open dancing, a raffle and a visit from dancing Santa. 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Hats Off to the Holiday.
Louisiana Children's Museum, 420 Julia St., (504) 523-1357; — Families don holiday hats to decorate gingerbread houses and build indoor snowmen at the children's museum. Tickets $8.50; members free. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Holiday Caroling.
Washington Square, between Elysian Fields Avenue and Frenchmen Street, (888) 312-0812; — Santa and the Phister Sisters lead carols as guests enjoy hot chocolate and treats at the Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association's annual event. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Holiday Extravaganza.
New Orleans Public Library, Main Library, 219 Loyola Ave., (504) 596-2602 — The library's free holiday party includes crafts, food and more. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Holiday Home Tour.
Trinity Episcopal Church, 1329 Jackson Ave., (504) 522-0276; — The Preservation Resource Center's home tours feature holiday decor and live music at private residences in the Garden District. Tickets $40 in advance, $45 day of. 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Holiday In the Park.
Lafreniere Park, 3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie, (504) 838-4389; — 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 on the Boulevard.
Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, 1600-1700 blocks, (504) 528-1806; — Friday includes a Kwanzaa demonstration and kids' African cultural activity, followed by an open house luncheon at the Ashe Cultural Arts Center. Saturday includes a gift market, fashion show, book signings, live music and dancing. 10 a.m. Friday, noon to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Holidays in the Piazza.
Piazza d'Italia, 377 Poydras St.; — The holiday event features classic Italian and Christmas music, an Italian market and food vendors. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 day of. 4 p.m. Sunday.

Latkes with a Twist.
Bellocq, Hotel Modern, 936 St. Charles Ave., (504) 962-0900; — The Hanukkah celebration includes a latke bar, drinks, a silent auction and music by Mark Rubin & His Fellow Travelers. Proceeds benefit Jewish children's literature program PJ Library. 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday.

Le Petit Noel.
Le Petit Theatre, 616 St. Peter St., (504) 522-2081; — The holiday concert includes musicians Edward Anderson, Erica Falls, Evan Christopher, Wanda Rouzan and more. A reception at Tableau follows. Tickets $30. 8 p.m. Saturday.

Miracle on Fulton Street.
Fulton Street, at Poydras Street near Harrah's Hotel; — 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-Sunday.

Noel des enfants.
Alliance Francaise, 1519 Jackson Ave., (504) 568-0770; — Children enjoy holiday crafts, face painting, stories and photos with Papa Noel, while adults sample free French lessons. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

NOLA Christmas Fest.
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., (504) 582-3000; — 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. Friday, Monday and Tuesday; noon to 9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

Reindeer Run and Romp.
Spanish Plaza, 1 Poydras St. — Kids participate in a holiday fun run on Canal Street and families enjoy games, crafts, yoga and a visit from Santa. 8 a.m. Saturday.

Running of the Santas.
Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Drive, (504) 568-1702; — Thousands of people dressed as Santa and other Christmas characters participate in the fun run, along with drink specials and music by Category 6 and Big Sam's Funky Nation. 3 p.m. Saturday.

Santa Paws NOLA.
Lafayette Square, 601 S. Maestri Place, (504) 524-1227; — The LA/SPCA's holiday pet parade proceeds from Lafayette Square to the Convention Center. Visit website for required pet registration. Call or email or call for details. 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Toy Drive.
Lakeside Shopping Center, 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 835-8000 — Saints player Joe Morgan and Pelicans player Russ Smith collect new, unwrapped gifts at a drive organized by Toys for Tots and United Way. 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Very Bad Santa Crawl.
French Market, corner of Gov. Nicholls Street and French Market Place, (504) 522-2621; — Drinkers crawl French Quarter bars dressed as Santa and other holiday characters. Tickets $10 in advance, $20 day of. 5 p.m. Saturday.

Yuletide Celebration.
Chalmette Battlefield of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 8606 W. St. Bernard Hwy., Chalmette, (504) 589-2636; — Living history characters prepare the Malus-Beauregard House for a 19th-century Christmas and visitors create period decorations. 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.


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