Breakfast with Santa.
Clearview Mall, 4436 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Metairie, (504) 885-0202; www.clearviewmall.com — Families meet Santa and the elves at a breakfast benefitting Children's Hospital. Tickets $5. 10 a.m. Saturday.
Southeast Louisiana Refuges Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters (Bayou Lacombe Centre), 61389 Hwy. 434, (985) 882-2000; www.fws.gov — 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; www.celebrationintheoaks.com — 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.
Snake & Jake's Christmas Club Lounge, 7612 Oak St., 861-2802; www.snakeandjakes.com — 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; www.tourosynagogue.com — Artist Kim Phillips leads a Jewish paper-cutting workshop that also includes a religious study session, lunch and havdalah ceremony. Tickets $18. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Freret Market, corner of Freret Street and Napoleon Avenue, (504) 638-2589; www.freretmarket.org — 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; www.facebook.com/imadancerno — 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; www.lcm.org — 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.
Washington Square, between Elysian Fields Avenue and Frenchmen Street, (888) 312-0812; www.faubourgmarigny.org — 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.
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; www.trinitynola.com — 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; www.lafrenierepark.org — 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; www.ashecac.org — 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.; www.americanitalianculturalcenter.com — 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; www.thehotelmodern.com — 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; www.lepetittheatre.com — 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; www.miracleonfulton.com — 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; www.af-neworleans.org — 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; www.mccno.com — 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; www.generationshall.com — 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; www.santapawsnola2014.eventbrite.com — The LA/SPCA's holiday pet parade proceeds from Lafayette Square to the Convention Center. Visit website for required pet registration. Call or email info@SantaPawsNOLA.com or call for details. 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
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; www.busting-loose.net/santacrawl — Drinkers crawl French Quarter bars dressed as Santa and other holiday characters. Tickets $10 in advance, $20 day of. 5 p.m. Saturday.
Chalmette Battlefield of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, 8606 W. St. Bernard Hwy., Chalmette, (504) 589-2636; www.nps.gov/jela — 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.