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Northern Louisiana

Nov. 13. Ghost Walk. Minden Cemetery, Minden (318) 423-0192.
Dec. 4. Springhill/North Webster Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade. Springhill (318) 539-4717.
Dec. 7. Minden Christmas Parade. Downtown Minden (318) 371-4258.
Dec. 11. Sarepta Christmas Festival. Sarepta Town Hall, Sarepta (318) 847-4333.
Dec. 16. Christmas on Main. Springhill (318) 539-5699.
Dec. 18. MARA Ham Fest. Minden Civic Center, Minden (318) 371-0636.

Central Louisiana

Nov. 12. Military History Symposium. Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria (800) 551-9546.
Nov. 19-20. BBQ Throwdown. Paragon Casino Resort, Marksville (318) 240-6414.
Nov. 21-Jan. 6. Festival of Lights: “45 Nights of Christmas Lights.”  Natchitoche (800) 259-1714.
Nov. 20. Turn on the Holidays. Downtown Natchitoches (800) 259-1714. 
Nov. 26-27. Snow Fest. Downtown Natchitoches (800) 259-1714.
Nov. 27. Fleur de Lis Arts & Crafts Show. Natchitoches Events Center, Natchitoches (800) 259-1714.
Nov. 27. Live Entertainment & Fireworks Show. Downtown Natchitoches (800) 259-1714.
Dec. 1-24. Christmas in the Park. Rebel State Historic Site, Natchitoches (888) 677-3600.
Dec. 2. Natchitoches/Northwestern Christmas Gala. Natchitoches (318) 357-4483.
Dec. 3. Christmas Flotilla. Downtown Natchitoches (800) 259-1714.
Dec. 3. Natchitoches/Northwestern Christmas Gala. Natchitoches (318) 357-4483
Dec. 3. Live Entertainment. Downtown Natchitoches (800) 259-1714.
Dec. 4. 84th Annual Christmas Festival. Downtown Natchitoches (800) 259-1714. 
Dec. 4. Noelle Dans Les Avoyelles (A Progressive Holiday Tour of Homes). Avoyelles Parish (800) 833-4195.
Dec. 11-12. Christmas on the Bayou Festival. Cottonport (318) 867-3485.
Dec. 7, 14. Lessons & Carols Service, featuring NSU Choirs. Natchitoches (800) 259-1714.
Dec. 8-18.  Holiday Tour of Homes. Natchitoches (800) 259-1714. 
Dec. 11. Fète de Hiver. Fort St. Jean Baptiste. Natchitoches (888) 677-7853.
Dec. 11. Les Amies Christmas Treasures Arts & Crafts Sale. Natchitoches (800) 259-1714.
Dec. 11, 18. Christmas Downriver. Natchitoches (800) 259-1714.
Dec. 11, 18. Live Entertainment & Fireworks Show. Downtown Natchitoches (800) 259-1714.
Dec. 18. Cane River Creole Christmas. Badin-Roque House, Natchitoches (800) 259-1714.
Dec. 25, 31. Fireworks Show. Natchitoches (800) 259-1714. 

Baton Rouge/ Plantation Country

Nov. 10. LSU Theatre: Tartuffe: Born Again. Baton Rouge (225) 578-9277.
Nov. 10-13. The Red Stick International Animation Festival. Baton Rouge (225) 366-8473.
Nov. 19-20. Broadmoor Arts and Crafts Festival. Baton Rouge (225) 926-1420.
Nov. 20. Lost Arts Saturdays: Down-Hearth Cooking. St. Francisville (225) 635-6769.
Nov. 27-28. 44th Annual LIHA Fall Powwow. Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, Gonzales (504) 837-6085.
Dec. 3-5. Christmas in the Country. St. Francisville (225) 635-4224.
Dec. 4. A Rural Life Christmas. Baton Rouge (225) 765-2437.
Dec. 4. Bonfire on the Levee. Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie (800) 442-5539.
Dec. 11. 2010 Downtown Festival of Lights. River Center Plaza, Downtown Baton Rouge.
Dec. 11. Rivertown Christmas Festival. Port Allen (225) 346-5670.
Dec. 11-13. Festival of the Bonfires on the Mississippi River. Lutcher, Paulina and Convent, www.festivalofthebonfires.org.
Dec. 12. Downtown Baton Rouge Christmas Parade. Baton Rouge.
Dec. 13. BREC French Creole Christmas Candle Light Tour and Bonfire. Magnolia Mound, Baton Rouge (225) 343-4955.
Dec. 18. Baton Rouge Cajun Christmas Dance. UCT Hall, Baton Rouge (225) 324-1122.
Dec. 18-Jan. 3. Baton Rouge Ice Skating. Centroplex River Center, Downtown Baton Rouge.

Cajun Country

Nov. 11. LSUE Performing Arts Fall Series Presents Farouche: A Celtic/Cajun Band. Eunice (337) 457-1510..
Nov. 11. Veterans Day Avenue of Flags. Orange Grove/Graceland Cemetery, Lake Charles (337) 437-7807.
Nov. 11. Veterans Day Memorial Ceremony. Bouligny Plaza, New Iberia (337) 365-1428.
Nov. 11-14. 25th Annual Cracklin’ Festival. Port Barre (337) 585-6673.
Nov. 12. Opelousas Fall Music & Market featuring Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band. Farmers Market Pavilion, Opelouas (337) 948-6263.
Nov. 12-14. La Brahman Sugar Classic. SugArena, Acadiana Fairgrounds, New Iberia (337)365-7539.
Nov. 12-15. The Rayne Frog Festival. Rayne (337) 334-2332.
Nov. 13. Main Street Memories: Remembering World War II. Eunice (337) 457-7389.
Nov. 13. Atchafalaya Basin Festival. Henry Guidry Memorial Park, Henderson.
Nov. 13. Thibodaux Fall Fest. Thibodaux (985) 446-1187.
Nov. 13-14. Downtown Family Fun Fest & 5K Run. Houma Court Square, Houma (985) 873-9622.
Nov. 14. Holiday Open House. TARC’s Country Store, Houma (985) 876-4465.
Nov. 18-20. Mistletoe & Moss. Lake Charles Civic Center, Lake Charles.
Nov. 19-21. Celtic Nations Festival. Brickhouse, Downtown Lake Charles (337) 439-4888.
Nov. 20. Brudley’s Wild Game, Seafood & Jambalaya Cookoff. SugArena, Acadiana Fairgrounds, New Iberia (337) 364-7040.
Nov. 20. Rodeo, Fair and Livestock Show. Houma Air Base Arena, Houma (985) 665-1005.
Nov. 27. Le Grand Noel. Grand Coteau (337) 662-1032.
Nov. 28. Christmas Shoppe. Willow Wood Park Recreation Center, New Iberia (337) 229-1982.
Nov. 28. Sounds of the Season. St. Peters Catholic Church, New Iberia (337)364-1603.
Nov. 29. New Iberia Christmas Parade. Main St., New Iberia (337) 365-1428.
Dec. 1-31. Southwest Louisiana Christmas Lighting Festival. Southwest Louisiana.
Dec. 1-31. Victorian Christmas at the Joseph Jefferson Home & Rip Van Winkle Gardens. New Iberia (337) 359-8525.
Dec. 3. Once Upon a Cajun Christmas Parade. Downtown Houma, (985) 873-6408.
Dec. 3. Taste of the Holidays & Parade. DeQuincy.
Dec. 3. Le Vieux Village’s Ninth Annual Christmas Lighting. Opelousas (337) 948-5227
Dec. 3-4. Holiday House and Christmas Under the Oaks. Henning Cultural Center, Sulphur.
Dec. 3-5. Christmas Extravaganza Arts & Crafts Expo. Covington Fairgrounds, Covington (985) 796-5853.
Dec. 3-5. Plaquemines Parish Fair and Orange Festival. Belle Chasse (504) 656-7599.
Dec. 4. A Bayou Christmas. Larose Regional Park, Larose (985) 693-7355.
Dec. 4. Annual Gingerbread House Contest. Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau, Lake Charles (337) 436-9588.
Dec. 4. Breakfast with Santa. Vanderbilt Catholic High School Cafeteria, Houma (985) 879-3465.
Dec. 4. Delcambre Holiday Gumbo Cook-Off & Boat Parade. Delcambre Shrimp Festival Grounds & Delcambre Boat Docks, Delcambre (337) 349-0229.
Dec. 4. Light Up the Lake Christmas Festival. Lake Charles Civic Center, Lake Charles.
Dec. 4. Santa on the Bayou. Houma (985) 594-2067.
Dec. 4-5. Acadiana Barrel Race Association Finals. SugArena, Acadiana Fairgrounds,  New Iberia (337) 365-7539.
Dec. 4-5. Le Feu et L’Eau Festival. Arnaudville (337) 523-5832.
Dec. 4-28. Teche Area Tuesday and Saturday Farmers Market. Bouligny Plaza, New Iberia (337) 276-4971.
Dec. 5. Thibodaux Christmas Parade. Thibodaux (985) 446-1187.
Dec. 6-31. Shadows Merry Making Season. Seasons-on-the-Teche, New Iberia (337) 369-6446.
Dec. 7. Pearl Harbor Day Memorial Ceremony. Bouligny Plaza, New Iberia (337) 365-1428.
Dec. 9-10. Eunice Community Concert Band and Choir Winter Concert. Eunice (337) 457-1776.
Dec. 10-11. Christmas Along the Bayou. Washington (337) 826-3626.
Dec. 10-12. Louisiana Choral Foundation Christmas Concert. Sulphur (337) 436-9588.
Dec. 10-12, 17-19. Iberia Performing Arts League’s “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” Essence Theater, New Iberia (337) 364-6114.
Dec. 11. A Bayou Christmas. Larose Regional Park. Larose (985) 693-7355.
Dec. 11. Yuletide on the Bayou. Bouligny Plaza, New Iberia (337) 369-2330.
Dec. 12. Christmas on the Bayou Parade. Main Street, Delcambre (337) 519-2541.
Dec. 12. St. Lucy Festival of Lights. St. Martin d’Tours Church Square, St. Martinville (337) 394-6021.
Dec. 16. Mulberry Elementary School’s Annual Christmas Extravaganza. Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, Houma (985) 872-5328.
Dec. 18. Ala Bayou Terrebonne Christmas Boat Parade. Bourg Volunteer Fire Station, Houma, (985) 594-3364.
Dec. 18. Children’s Christmas Parade. Bobtown Fire Department, Houma (985) 563-4112.
Dec. 18. Christmas Concert in the Mall. J.C. Penny Court at Southland Mall Shopping Center, 5953 W. Park Ave., 5953 W. Park Ave, Houma (985) 855-7565.
Dec. 18-19. Vermilion Coin Show. Ramada Conference Center, New Iberia (337) 369-6600.
Dec. 31. Country Music Concert with Tracy Lawrence. Evangeline Downs Event Center, Opelousas. (337) 594-3000.

New Orleans


Nov. 6-Dec. 12. Louisiana Renaissance Festival. Hammond (985) 429-9992.
Nov. 12-14. St. Rita Pecan Festival. Harahan (504) 737-2915.
Nov. 12-14. Westwego Cypress Swamp Fest. Westwego (504) 341-1003.
Nov. 13. Odyssey Ball. New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans
(504) 658-4121.
Nov. 13-14. Covington Three Rivers Art Festival. Covington (985) 871-4141.
Nov. 17-21. New Orleans Fringe Theater Festival. New Orleans (504) 941-3640.
Nov. 18-21. Words & Music: A Literary Feast in New Orleans. New Orleans (504) 586-1609.
Nov. 27. Bayou Classic. New Orleans (504) 587-3663.
Dec. 1-Jan. 6. Celebration in the Oaks. New Orleans City Park, New Orleans (504) 483-9415.
Dec. 3. Art Home New Orleans. New Orleans (504) 218-4807.
Dec. 3-5. Christmas Extravaganza. Covington (985) 796-5835.
Dec. 5. Norco Christmas Parade. Norco (985) 764-7676.
Dec. 8-12. DesCours Festival. French Quarter, New Orleans (504) 415-8444.
Dec. 9. St. Bernard Parish Christmas Tour of Homes. Historic District, Old Arabi (504) 278-4234.
Dec. 10. Country Day Holiday Home Tour. Metairie Park Country Day School, Metairie (504)835-6641.
Dec. 10-12. Festival of the Bonfires. Lutcher, Gramercy (800) 367-7852.
Dec. 10-12. New Orleans Nutcracker Holiday Market Expo. Pontchartrain Center, Kenner (985) 796-5853.
Dec. 11-12. 3rd Annual Holiday Bazaar. Jazz and Heritage Gallery, New Orleans (504) 558-6100.
Dec. 11-12. Holiday on the Boulevard. Ashe Cultural Arts Center,  New Orleans (504) 569-9070.
Dec. 11-12. Treme Creole Gumbo Festival. Jazz and Heritage Center, New Orleans (504) 558-6100.
Dec. 12. Caroling in Washington Square. New Orleans (504) 523-7047.
Dec. 30-Jan. 2. Dance Renaissance New Year’s Festival. New Orleans.
Dec. 11. A Bayou Christmas. Larose Regional Park. Larose (985) 693-7355.
Dec. 31. A NOLA New Year’s Eve. Jackson Square, New Orleans (985) 630-4604. n

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