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Gambit's 2017 guide to Louisiana fairs and festivals: December 

1-3Christmas Extravaganza Arts & Craft Expo (Covington Fairgrounds, 1304 N. Columbia St., Covington, 985-796-5853; — The shopping showcase features 500 arts and crafts booths with artisans from 15 states, and 20 booths featuring Louisiana food. There's also a kid's village with a petting zoo and fish pond. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission $5, children free.

1-23Noel Acadien au Village (LARC's Acadian Village, 200 Greenleaf Drive, Lafayette, 337-981-2364; — The Christmas lights festival features more than half a million lights, carnival rides, food vendors, photos with Santa, live entertainment and an arts market. 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Free.

1-30Celebration in the Oaks — See Nov. 24 for event description.

2Al Berard Music Festival (NUNU Arts & Culture Collective, 1510 Bayou Courtableau Highway, Arnaudville, 337-344-3821; — The festival includes live music, arts and crafts, cultural activities and a zydeco dance competition. Proceeds fund instruments, master teachers and music scholarships. Noon-8 p.m. $10.

2-3 & 9-10Louisiana Renaissance Festival — See Nov. 4 for event description.

8-10Festival of the Bonfires (Lutcher Recreational Park, 2601 Lutcher Ave., Lutcher; — There's live music, food, crafts, carnival ride and a single bonfire lighting nightly as a prelude to the area's Christmas Eve bonfires on the levee. 2 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. $4 adults, seniors 62 and older and children 9 and younger free.

31Zoo Year's Eve at Audubon Zoo (6500 Magazine St., 504-581-4629; — There are games, live music and a countdown to noon. Children get a non-alcoholic drink for toasting as well as a party hat and noisemaker. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free with zoo admission $22.95, $19.95 seniors, $17.95 children 2-12. Zoo members free.



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