Celebration in the Oaks November 28- December 30, New Orleans City Park. Lighting displays, entertainment, rides, Santa visits. 483-9415.
Christmas-New Orleans Style Dec. 1-31, Tours of historic homes, candlelight caroling, madrigal dinners, chefs' demonstrations. (504) 522-5730.
Once Upon a Cajun Christmas Dec. 5, Houma, downtown. Christmas parade with Papa Noel, caroling, entertainment and tree lighting. (800) 688-2732. (985) 873-6408.
Plaquemines Parish Fair and Orange Festival December 5-7 Belle Chasse, Medal of Honor Park. Cajun music, arts and crafts, citrus displays, orange-peeling-and-eating contests. 656-7599 or 394-3700.
Christmas Extravaganza Arts & Crafts Expo December 5-7 St. Tammany Parish Fair Grounds, 1304 N. Columbia St. Hundreds of craft booths, food and a Christmas village. (985) 796-5853.
A Bayou Christmas December 6, Larose Regional Park, Highway 308. Evening boat parade, children's events, snowfield, music and Cajun food. (985) 693-7355.
Festival of the Bonfires Dec. 12-14 and 24. Lutcher, Lutcher Park. Cajun food, music, gumbo cook-off, crafts, rides and a nightly bonfire. (800) 367-7852, www.festivalofthebonfires.org.
Christmas Past Festival December 13, Old Mandeville Trailhead/Farmers Market, Girod Street and Lakefront areas. Festival-goers encouraged to dress for costume contest, horse and carriage rides, theatrical skits, Christmas caroling, Scrooge Scavenger hunts for kids, evening costume ball, Dickens era breakfast, lunch, dinner offerings. (985) 624-5683.