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Gambit's 2018 guide to Louisiana fairs and festivals: December 

click to enlarge Enchanting light displays dot New Orleans City Park during Celebration in the Oaks.

Photo by Jill Gieger

Enchanting light displays dot New Orleans City Park during Celebration in the Oaks.

Dec. 1
Alex Winter Fete — See Nov. 29 listing for event  description.

Dec. 1
A New Roads Christmas (211 W. Main St., New Roads, 225-638-5360; — The daylong celebration includes carnival rides, food vendors, arts and crafts and pictures with Santa. There's a parade at 5:30 p.m., followed by the lighting of the Christmas tree at City Hall. Noon-7 p.m. Free.

Dec. 1-2
Christmas Extravaganza Arts & Craft Expo — See Dec. 30 listing for event description.

1-2, 8-9
Louisiana Renaissance Festival — See Nov. 3-4 listing for event description.

Slidell Christmas Market (First and Erlanger streets, Slidell; — The two-day event features dozens of booths along the street offering collectibles, antiques, vintage items and handmade gifts. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free.

1-Jan. 1, 2019
Celebration in the Oaks — See Nov. 23 listing for event description.

1-Dec. 31
Christmas Festival of Lights — See Nov. 18 listing for event description.

Noel Acadien au Village (200 Greenleaf Drive, Lafayette, 337-981-2364; — More than half a million lights are incorporated into displays lighting up 10 acres of land. There also are carnival rides, local food vendors, live entertainment, a shopping area and photos with Santa. 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m. daily. $10, free for children 4 and younger.

Christmas Festival of Lights — See Nov. 17 listing for event description.

Running of the Santas (310 Andrew Higgins Blvd., 504-568-1702; — Revelers dressed in Santa costumes party in the Warehouse District and run from Mannings Eat-Drink-Cheer to Generations Hall, where there is live music and a costume contest. 3 p.m.-midnight. $20-$85.

St. Nick Celebration (Dutch Alley, between Dumaine and St. Philip streets, French Quarter, 504-636-6400; — The kid-focused festival features live music, interactive children's activities and photos with Santa. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free.

Festival of the Bonfires (Lutcher Recreational Park, 2601 Lutcher Ave., Lutcher; — The festival is a prelude to the traditional bonfire lightings along the Mississippi River levee on Christmas Eve. The celebration includes live music, carnival rides, cook-offs for gumbo, potato salad and bread pudding, an art show, pageants, a car show, children's entertainment and a single bonfire lighting nightly. Events schedule varies by day. 2 p.m.-midnight Friday, 8 a.m.-midnight Saturday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. $5, free for children 9 and younger and adults 62 and older.



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