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


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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