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FRIDAY, NOV 23

ZOOLIGHTS: 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road, Baker. A mile-long trail through the zoo with more than 50 illuminated display sculptures. Adults/teens, $5; seniors, $4; ages 2-12, $3.

CHRISTMAS IN THE OAKS: 6 p.m.-11 p.m., City Park, New Orleans. Park decorated for the holidays, nightly musical entertainment, synthetic ice rink. $7; free, children under 3. Thirty-minute skate session, $5. http://celebrationintheoaks.com/cito10/

a TUNA CHRISTMAS: 7:30 p.m., Cité des Arts, 109 Vine St., Lafayette. Starring Shane Guilbeau and Kyle Bourque. $15. http://www.citedesarts.org or (337) 291-1122.

SATURDAY, NOV. 24

FLEUR DE LIS CHRISTMAS CRAFT MARKET: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Natchitoches Events Center, 750 Second St., downtown Natchitoches. More than 100 vendors from four states. Free.

CHRISTMAS OPEN HOUSE: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Country Market, 10 E. Pine St., Ponchatoula. Hourly door prizes, refreshments, art, crafts and collectibles. http://ponchatoulacountrymarket.org or (985) 386-9580.

THE NUTCRACKER: 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Roussel Hall, Loyola University, New Orleans. Performance by the New Orleans Ballet Theatre. $30, adults; $20, students.

GRAND NOEL: 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Martin Luther King Drive, Grand Coteau. Christmas carolers, candlelit streets, horse and carriage rides and musical performances. Free.

ZOOLIGHTS: 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road, Baker. A mile-long trail through the zoo with more than 50 illuminated display sculptures. Adults/teens, $5; seniors, $4; ages 2-12, $3.

CHRISTMAS IN THE OAKS: 6 p.m.-11 p.m., City Park, New Orleans. Park decorated for the holidays, nightly musical entertainment, synthetic ice rink. $7; free, children under 3. 30-minute skate session, $5. http://celebrationintheoaks.com

a TUNA CHRISTMAS: 7:30 p.m., Cité des Arts, 109 Vine St., Lafayette. Starring Shane Guilbeau and Kyle Bourque. $15. http://www.citedesarts.org or (337) 291-1122.

SUNDAY, NOV. 25

LAND OF THE SWEETS TEA: 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Boudreaux's, 2647 Government St. Sweets and finger foods, craft-making, photo opportunities and dance lessons with characters from Baton Rouge Ballet Theater's original "The Nutcracker." For elementary-aged children and their families. Advance, $25 per person or $200 for a table of 10; door, $35. (225) 766-8379.

a TUNA CHRISTMAS: 2 p.m., Cité des Arts, 109 Vine St., Lafayette. Starring Shane Guilbeau and Kyle Bourque. $15. http://www.citedesarts.org or (337) 291-1122.

THE NUTCRACKER: 2 p.m., Roussel Hall, Loyola University, New Orleans. Performance by the New Orleans Ballet Theatre. $30, adults; $20, students.

ZOOLIGHTS: 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m., BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road, Baker. A mile-long trail through the zoo with more than 50 illuminated display sculptures. Adults/teens, $5; seniors, $4; ages 2-12, $3.

CHRISTMAS IN THE OAKS: 6 p.m.-10 p.m., City Park, New Orleans. Park decorated for the holidays, nightly musical entertainment, synthetic ice rink. $7; free, children under 3. Thirty-minute skate session, $5. http://celebrationintheoaks.com.

THURSDAY, NOV. 29

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET: 7 p.m., Grand Opera House of the South, 505 N. Parkerson Ave., Crowley. An Acadia Players production. $15, adults; $12, students. http://www.acadiaplayers.com or http://www.thegrandoperahouse.org

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: 7:30 p.m., Baton Rouge River Center Theatre for the Performing Arts. Performance by the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra with the Baton Rouge Symphony Chorus. $25-$55. (225) 383-0500, ext. 100 or http://www.brso.org.

FRIDAY, NOV. 30

CHRISTMAS AT COTEAU: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Schools of the Sacred Heart, 1821 Academy Road, Grand Coteau. Shopping, dining and holiday merriment. Breakfast with the Saints, including tour of Sacred Heart (Saturday only), $25. Market admission, $8.

CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY: Various events downtown including the lighting of the Christmas tree, fireworks and more, downtown St. Francisville.

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MUSEUM STORE HOLIDAY TRUNK SHOW: 10 a.m.-8 p.m., LSU Museum of Art, Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St. http://www.lsumoa.com.

DOWNTOWN FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: 4 p.m.-9 p.m., downtown Baton Rouge. Lighting ceremony, movies, music, ice skating, kid's activities, theatrical performances and more. (225) 389-5520.

OLD STATE CAPITOL FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS EVENTS: 4 p.m.-9 p.m., Louisiana's Old State Capitol, River Road at North Boulevard. Build a Christmas tree of canned goods for the hungry, visit with "Santa in the Senate" and have your photo taken, Mrs. Claus helping kids make holiday cards.

CHRISTMAS UNDER THE OAKS: 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, Heritage Square, Sulphur. Food, music and holiday shopping. Appearance by Santa Claus. Sulphur Kiwanis Balloons on Parade followed by the Spectacle of Lights and fireworks display. http://www.visitlakecharles.org/cajunchristmas.

LIVE NATIVITY: 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, Convention Street. Free.

OPEN HOUSE WITH MR. AND MRS. CLAUS: 5 p.m.-8 p.m., Old Governor's Mansion, 502 North Blvd. Free. Guests asked to bring a contribution for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.

CHRISTMAS IN THE OAKS: 6 p.m.-11 p.m., City Park, New Orleans. Park decorated for the holidays, nightly musical entertainment, synthetic ice rink. $7; free, children under 3. Thirty-minute skate session, $5. http://celebrationintheoaks.com.

A YULETIDE GIFT OF THE SPIRIT: 6:30 p.m., F.G. Clark Activity Center, Southern University. Christmas tree lighting at 6:30 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. with the Southern University Band and other groups. Proceeds benefit the SU Visual and Performing Arts Scholarship Fund. $10; groups of 20 or more, $5 per person; free, SU students with ID. (225) 771-4500.

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET: 7 p.m., Grand Opera House of the South, 505 N. Parkerson Ave., Crowley. An Acadia Players production. $15, adults; $12, students. http://www.acadiaplayers.com or http://www.thegrandoperahouse.org.

CHRISTMAS BRASS, PERCUSSION & HARP: 7 p.m., Hemingbough, St. Francisville. Part of the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra Lamar Family Chamber Series. $20. (225) 383-0500, ext. 100, or http://www.brso.org.


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OCT. 27-NOV. 6

Greater Baton Rouge State Fair
GREATER BATON ROUGE STATE FAIR: Open 5 p.m., Monday-Friday; 1 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, BREC’s Airline Highway Park/Fairgrounds. Carnival and special events, including the Great American Petting Farm, carnival midway, food booths and live music. (225) 755-FAIR or http://www.gbrsf.com

NOV. 4-6

LOUISIANA FALL FESTIVAL HORSE SHOW: John M. Parker Coliseum, LSU. More than 100 classes showing American Saddlebred Horses with beginner and advanced riders. Sessions, open to the public, are: 6 p.m. Nov. 4; 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Nov. 5; and 10 a.m. Nov 6. (225) 938-7843

PONCHATOULA ANTIQUE TRADE DAYS AND CRAFT FAIR: downtown Ponchatoula. A weekend of antiques and collectibles, arts and craft booths displaying and selling art and antique items. http://www.ponchatoulachamber.com.

NOV. 5-6

LOUISIANA SWAMP FEST: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., New Orleans. Wild fun for all ages, featuring Cajun cuisine, crafts and entertainment, children’s activities, storytelling, animal encounters, and more. (504) 581-4629 or http://www.auduboninstitute.org.

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GIANT OMELETTE CELEBRATION: historic downtown Abbeville on Magdalen Square. A unique family event highlighted by the cooking of a 5,000-egg omelette. Enjoy musical entertainment, children’s activities, charity walk, arts and crafts show, antique car show and more. http://www.giantomelette.org.

NOV. 5

SOUTHDOWN MARKETPLACE: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Southdown Plantation, 1208 Museum Drive, Houma. Unique handcrafted items, jewelry, furniture, pottery, paintings, woodcrafts, home-grown plants and flowers, Cajun cuisine, tours of the plantation, etc. $4; children younger than 12, free. http://www.southdownmuseum.org.

NOV. 5-Dec. 11

LOUISIANA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: 9:45 a.m.-5 p.m. rain or shine, one mile north of Hammond High School on River Road, off U.S. 190, Hammond. Meet peasants, nobles, knights, barons, and of course the reigning queen at this festival, which runs for six consecutive weekends. Live joust tournaments, birds of prey demonstrations, sword play, royal parades, English village, magicians, rope walkers, fire eaters and more. (985) 429-9992 or http://www.larf.org.

NOV. 6

FESTIVAL FOR AFRICA: noon-5 p.m., VanGuard Gallery, 1469 Laurel St. Music, authentic food, coffee, wine tastings, outdoor market, art for sale by artists, Africa-themed exhibit. Portion of proceeds directly benefit Bethany Centre Children’s School in Jjungo, Uganda. (225) 343-2211.

NOV. 9-13

RAYNE FROG FESTIVAL: festival grounds just off Interstate 10, Rayne. Carnival rides, food, handmade items, live music, frog racing and jumping con-tests, grand parade, poker run and more. Food includes hamburgers, seafood, po-boys, and yes, of course, fried frog legs. Admission $5, adults, Thursday-Saturday. After 3 p.m., $7, adult admission. Children under 12 will be admitted free. (337) 334-2332 or http://www.raynefrogfestival.com.

NOV. 10-13

PORT BARRE CRACKLIN’ FESTIVAL: Veterans Memorial Park, Port Barre. Live music, food, cracklin’ cooking contests, carnival rides and more. http://www.portbarrecracklinfestival.com.

NOV. 12-13

DESTREHAN PLANTATION ANNUAL FALL ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. both days, Destrehan Plantation, River Road, Destrehan. Arts and crafts, Cajun and Creole foods, period craft demonstrations, antiques and collectibles, tours of the plantation house by costumed guides, pony rides, spacewalk, face painting, and more. $7, adults and teens; free, children age 12 and younger. (985) 764-9315 or http://www.destrehanplantation.org.

NOV. 18-19

BROADMOOR HIGH ARTS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL: 4-9 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 10100 Goodwood Blvd. More than 200 artists and craftsmen will exhibit their wares. Free shuttle bus from the Broadmoor Shopping Center and Broadmoor Middle School. (225) 926-1420.

NOV. 18

WHITE LIGHT NIGHT: 6-10 p.m., Mid City Art & Design Cultural District, midcity area, Baton Rouge. Fall art hop sponsored by Mid City Merchants Association. More than 40 businesses holding open houses, with more than 100 artists displaying work. Also, live music at some venues. Free. (225) 924-6437 or http://www.midcitymerchants.org.

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FrIDAY, NOV. 25

SATURDAY, Nov. 26

SUNDAY, NOV. 27

TUESDAY, NOV. 29

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 30


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