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HOLIDAY HOOPLA: 80(+) FESTIVE EVENTS ON BOTH SHORES & BEYOND!

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It should come as no surprise that we are absolutely swamped with holiday fun in this region! From New Orleans to the Northshore to many points between and adjacent, we have mined for as many festive events as we could possibly pack into one big, fat post, and wound up topping EIGHTY, so far! We begin with a listing of mall Santas, then divide the rest of the happenings into two categories: ongoing/multi-day events and single day events — all of which are in chronological order and contain links to individual websites of origin. Browse through and start jam-packing those holiday calendars!

 

MALL SANTAS

 

Santa and the North Pole Express at Lakeside  (New Orleans)

Now through December 24
Santa and the train are located at Center Court throughout the holiday season. North Pole Express train rides: $1.50 a ride or 10 tickets for $10, Monday – Saturday 10am – 8pm, Sundays 12pm-6pm. Santa Photos: Monday – Thursday, 10am-7pm. Go here for details. 

Santa at Clearview Mall  (New Orleans)

Now through December 24
Santa will be available for pictures wiith multiple package options, as well as special gift offers. Also, on December 10  from 10:30-11:30am, kids can meet a live reindeer in the Clearview Room and earn their antlers. Limited tickets available. Go here for details. 

Santa at North Square Mall (Slidell)

Now through December 24
In addition to hosting Santa for photo ops with the kids, North Square also presents a Sights & Sounds of the Holidays program. Visit their website for dates and times.

Santa at Oakwood Mall (Gretna)

Now through December 24
The Oakwood Mall in Gretna is hosting visits and photo ops with Jolly Old St. Nick. Special pet photos with Santa are also available on select dates. Go here for more info or to reserve at time. 

Caring Santa at Esplanade Mall (New Orleans)

December 4 from 9-11am
This subdued and welcoming environment exclusively for children with special needs and their families features lights and sounds that will be kept to a minimum. Sponsored by the Autism Society of Greater New Orleans. Click here for details.

 

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ONGOING & MULTI-DAY EVENTS

 

Christmas in the Country (Covington)

Now – December 24
Merchants and shops throughout downtown Covington are participating in this old world shopping experience. Highlights include special shopping events, strolling musicians, carolers, beautiful decorations, refreshments, and door prizes. Most shops are open 9am-5pm, Monday – Saturday, some Sundays. Restaurant hours vary. Get details here. 

Kenner Christmas Village (New Orleans)

Now through December 28 from 5:30pm – 8:30pm
The Kenner Christmas Village will light up the Rivertown historic district. Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays feature various festivities, including caroling, costumed holiday characters, and appearances by Santa, along with craft and food vendors and entertainment by local school and dance troops. The Planetarium will be open Fridays, December 2, 9, & 16 displaying holiday laser shows at 7pm. Details here. 

St. Louis Cathedral Concerts (New Orleans)

December 1-18 from 6-7pm
The historic St. Louis Cathedral and Basilica plays host to an annual holiday tradition of staging free concerts throughout the month of December by prominent New Orleans musicians, church choirs and singers in the jazz, classical, gospel and pop genres. Concerts generally run for an hour and are open to the public. Donations are welcome to help fund the cost of the series. For dates, times, and other information about the St. Louis Cathedral Holiday Concerts call 504-522-5730 or visit the website. 

New Orleans Reveillon Dinners  (New Orleans)

December 1-31
A Creole tradition from the mid-1800s, dozens of New Orleans’ finest restaurants serve up decadent four-course holiday feasts with all the trimmings for the month of December. For details and menus, click here. 

Donuts with Santa at Palmtree Playground (New Orleans)

December 1 & 3 at 9am & 11am
Children’s Hospital, Touro, The Parenting Center, and Bakers Dozen donuts partnered with New Orleans Moms Blog for this event, which provides kids with fun festivities, including a personalized visit with Santa, donuts, sweet treats and more. Adults can enjoy food and beverage, the “build your own” swag bag bar and a chance to win some fabulous giveaways. Click here for details. 

Celebration in the Oaks (New Orleans)

December 2 – January 1 on Sunday – Thursday : 6pm -10pm; Friday & Saturday: 6pm -11pm
This annual celebration is fun for all ages and has become a beloved holiday tradition. Highlights include dazzling light displays, walkways lined with dozens of Christmas trees decorated by local school groups, a festive two-mile train ride, the animated Cajun Night Before Christmas display, and of course, New Orleans’ iconic snowman Mr. Bingle. Celebration in the Oaks. Closed Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Click here for more information. 

Christmas Under the Stars (Slidell)

December 2-3, 9-10 from 6-9pm
This holiday celebration at Griffith Park in Olde Towne Slidell features thousands of twinkling lights, festive decorations, visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, the Parade of Trees, and a life-sized Christmas Village. Admission is free. Go here for details. 

Steel Poinsettias at Rivertown Theaters (New Orleans)

December 2-18
This adults-only magnolia-scented Christmas show features Mrs. Sandy Claus doing hair and talking trash with Wheezy Grincheaux, Herbelle The Elf, Mrs. Scratchit, and Cherie Snowman.  It stars the creators of Ditzyland, Ricky Graham, Varla Jean Merman, Sean Patterson and Jefferson Turner. For tickets and showtimes, click here. 

A Vintage Christmas at the World War II Museum (New Orleans)

December 2-26 (weekends and select weekdays)
The Stage Door Canteen is the site of these festive events where the Victory Belles will present holiday music favorites like Do You Hear What I Hear, The Christmas Song, and Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer. Joined by Tom Hook as Burl Ives, this all-new production is sure to create a nostalgic, old fashioned experience. Go here for tickets, dates, and showtimes. 

Lafreniere Christmas in the Park (New Orleans)

December 2-30
The annual exhibit features LED lights with fantastic displays such as a lighted 60-foot Sea Serpent in the lagoon, a princess and her magical castle & the gingerbread man.  Plus, there’s a new Pokemon Go section and old favorites including holiday characters, the beloved Lombardi Trophy between two Saints Players, the Teddy Bear Factory, and Snowman Island. The children’s carousel will be open nightly, and there’s free Admission on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Hours are Sunday-Thursday: dusk til 9:45pm and Friday-Saturday: dusk til 11:45pm. Visit the website for more info. 

Holiday Movies on the Mississippi (New Orleans)

December 2, 9 & 16 at 6:30pm
The Downtown Development District and The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk present three Fridays of free outdoor movie showings at Spanish Plaza. December 2: Home Alone; December 9: Frozen; December 16: Elf. Go here for more information. 

Christmas Extravaganza Arts and Crafts Expo (Covington)

December 2-4 from 10am to 5pm
This three-day show, held at the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds, features more than 500 artists and craftspersons, plus 20 food booths. Details here. 

Holiday Lights at Liuzza Farm (Amite)

December 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 16 & 17 from 6-9 pm
For $10 per car, people can drive through Liuzza Farm and enjoy the festive holiday light displays. There are also drive-thru opportunities to purchase hot chocolate, t-shirts, gifts, and farmers market items. More info here. 

Holiday of Lights (Mandeville)

December 2 & 3, 9 & 10 from 6-8:30 pm
This annual event on Koop Drive in Mandeville, behind the Tammany Trace Kids Konnection Playground, features live entertainment from local schools and area performance groups, trees donated by Winn Dixie and decorated by schools and other organizations, Santa Claus, and kiddie rides. Plus, pictures with Santa and refreshments will be available for purchase. New this year, Rudy the live Reindeer from Zoo to U will make a special guest appearance on Saturday, December 3rd at 7:30pm. Click here for more info. 

World War II Museum Teddy Bear Tea (New Orleans)

December 3, 10, 17 at 10am
The National World War II Museum hosts this traditional holiday tea, featuring food and sweet treats, lively performance by the Victory Belles, a special visit from Santa, and a teddy bear souvenir. Go here for tickets and details. 

Teddy Bear Tea at the Roosevelt (New Orleans)

December 3-4, 10-11, 17-24
Guests at the Roosevelt Hotel’s annual Teddy Bear Tea will be taken on Santa’s journey to the rooftops of New Orleans. Santa and Mrs. Claus will welcome everyone while they enjoy a presentation of delicious holiday food, specialty teas, and tasty pastries, as well as sparkling wine and mimosas for adults. For reservations and details on various packages and seating times, go here. 

Papa Noel Tea (New Orleans)

December 3-4, 19-24 at 11am & 2:30pm
This annual event allows children to enjoy cookie decorating, viewing The Ritz-Carlton’s one of a kind gingerbread display, an appearance by Papa Noel, and other holiday surprises in The Ritz-Carlton’s Davenport Lounge. Click here for details and reservations. 

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Prytania Holiday Movie: Meet Me in St. Louis  (New Orleans)

December 4 & 7 at 10am
The Prytania Theater in Uptown is showing this classic movie just in time for the holidays. Go here for more info. 

Brunch with Santa at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel (New Orleans)

December 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18  at 10am & 1:30pm
This annual celebration features a variety of specialty and traditional food stations, free-flowing mimosa and poinsettia cocktails for adults, special appearances by historic New Orleans characters, live musical entertainment by Nina Bubrig, and photos with Santa. Contact Mrs. Claus at judy.leblanc@bourbonorleans.com or 504-571-4672 for reservations. Click here for more details. 

Festival of the Bonfires (Lutcher)

December 9-11
Visitors are invited to enjoy great food, live entertainment, crafts, Santa’s Very Merry Forest and carnival rides throughout the weekend. Plus, each night will be highlighted with a single bonfire lighting. Click here for schedule of events and other details.

LPO Holiday Spectacular (New Orleans)

December 9-11
The Orpheum Theater gets lit for the holidays with special help from the LPO and community guest artists. Travel the world to experience the holidays as seen through the eyes of different cultures. Get tickets and details here. 

Deanie’s Holiday Kids Show (New Orleans)

December 10 & 11, 17 & 18 at 9am
Deanie’s Seafood invites kids and families to enjoy this Christmas celebration featuring New Orlean’s entertainer Vince Vance, delicious treats, traditional Christmas caroling, pictures with Santa, a full buffet breakfast and more. Click here for details. 

Build Your Own Gingerbread House (New Orleans)

December 10, 11, 18-23 at 12pm & 3pm
Children of all ages are invited to build a festive gingerbread house at The Ritz-Carlton. Price includes one gingerbread house with all of the decorating essentials and holiday refreshments. Each house can accommodate up to four guests. Adult supervision and reservations are required. Click here for details and reservations. 

Teddy Bear Tea at the Royal Sonesta (New Orleans)

December 11, 17-18 11am & 2:30pm; December 10, 21-23 at 11am
Little Princess & Princesses are crowned as they enter into the hotel’s Magical Royal Kingdom, and highlights include a storytimes and fun with Mrs. Claus, Santa, Rudolph, the Sugarplum Fairy, Marching Toy Soldiers and members of the New Orleans Saintsations. Photos with Santa will be available for purchase after each seating. Each child is invited to “share the magic” of the season by donating a small, unwrapped gift for the Children’s Hospital Toy Drop. Go here for reservations and details. 

Prytania Holiday Movie: It’s a Wonderful Life  (New Orleans)

December 11 & 14 at 10am
The Prtyania Theater in Uptown is showing this classic movie just in time for the holidays. Go here for more info. 

Santa’s Magic Workshop (New Orleans)

December 12-23 (Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays) at 2pm & 7pm
This magic workshop and tea party for all ages will feature dress-up fun, specially themed crafting, story-time, snacks, tea-time, a manners game, and more. Visit their website for details and reservations. 

Mrs. Claus’ Holiday Tea Party (New Orleans)

December 16 & 23 at 12pm & 4:30pm
La Petite Tea Room is hosting its annual holiday event, complete with dress-up, specially themed crafting, story-time, snacks, tea-time, a manners game, and more. Visit their website for details and reservations. 

NOLA ChristmasFest  (New Orleans)

December 16-30
This popular event takes place at the Convention Center, where the facade facing Julia Street will be decorated in lights synchronized to Christmas music. Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph and all their friends will be onsite for photos, autographs and professional photo booth opportunities. Activities include an indoor ice skating rink, the Kringle Carousel, funhouse maze, carnival rides and inflatables. Hours are 10am-8pm daily. Christmas Eve hours are 10am-5pm and hours for Christmas Day are 2pm-8pm. Visit the website for more info. 

Cajun Holiday Tea with Papa Noel (New Orleans)

December 17 & 18 at 10:30am & 2pm
The Paddlewheeler Creole Queen hosts this annual family event with Papa Noel, Mrs. Noel, Gaston the Gator and other jolly Cajun characters. Highlights include a classic holiday tea with tempting treats, storytelling, face painting, magic tricks, children’s activities and merriment while cruising the mighty Mississippi. Kids gets a special presents and can also hold a real live alligator. Go here for tickets and information. 

Prytania Kid Holiday Movie Series (New Orleans)

December 19, 20 & 24 at 10am
The Prytania Theater in Uptown presents showings of holiday classics Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Also included are special treats, arts & crafts, and snow! Fun begins at 9am, movies being at 10am. For details, click here. 

NOMA Holiday Workshops  (New Orleans)

December 22 & 29 from 9:30am –12:30 pm
New Orleans Museum of Art offers 3 single-day Studio KIDS! Holiday Workshops to engage young artists in the creative process. Students will explore works of art in the museum galleries and get creative in the studio. Go here for details and registration.

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SINGLE DAY EVENTS

 

Yuletide Celebration: Jefferson

December 1 at 7:30pm
The LPO’s annual holiday celebration returns to Jefferson Parish Performing Arts Center, featuring yuletide favorites perfect for the entire family. Bring your holiday spirit and caroling voice, as the LPO is led by guest conductor Julian Pellicano and joined by school choirs from across the greater New Orleans region. For details, go here. 

Yuletide Celebration: Hammond

December 2 at 7:30pm
The LPO’s annual holiday celebration returns to Hammond’s Columbia Theater, featuring yuletide favorites perfect for the entire family. Bring your holiday spirit and caroling voice, as the LPO is led by guest conductor Julian Pellicano and joined by school choirs from across the greater New Orleans region. For details, go here. 

Hammond Christmas Parade

December 2 at 6pm
The Rotary Club of Hammond’s parade carries the theme “A Starry Christmas” this year, thanks to the Ciolino family of Star Equipment, a big supporter of the parade for 47 years. The parade, loaded with floats, high school marching bands, and of course, Santa, will take the same route as last year, beginning and ending on Tornado Drive. The Kid’s Zone will be staged at Southeastern Lab School on General Pershing Drive. Tyler Kinchen and the Right Pieces will lead the parade with Christmas music. For more info, click here. 

Ponchatoula Christmas Lighting

December 2 from 6-9pm
This annual downtown Ponchatoula event promises lots of food, fun and hot chocolate. Plus, the mayor will be flipping the switch to light up the town, and Santa will be on the steps of Collinswood Museum with candy canes for the kids. Click here for details. 

Michaels Kids Club Class: Stocking (Both Shores)

December 3 from 10am – noon
They craft; you shop. Kids 3 and up can enjoy a Sprout character felt stocking project. Sign up in-store, online or just drop in. $2 per project, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. Visit the website for details. 

Lowe’s Build & Grow Holiday Workshop (Both Shores)

December 2 at 10am
Kids who register for these workshops  build a wooden project and get a free apron, goggles, and patch. This week, they will make Christmas ornaments. Go here for info and to register. 

Algiers Bonfire

December 3 at 8:30pm
This annual event in Algiers Point features the lighting of a massive levee bonfire, food vendors, live music from Bag of Donuts, and a second line with the Landry-Walker High School Marching Band. Click here for details and a schedule of events. 

Holiday Tea at Longue Vue (New Orleans)

December 3 from 1-3pm
This special winter holiday tea features tasty tea sandwiches, a complimentary gift and discounts in The Shop at Longue Vue just in time for gift giving! Tour New Orleans’ most beautiful home decked in festive decor. Advance registration required. Click here for details and reservations, or call 504-293-4701. 

Northshore Donuts With Santa (Mandeville)

December 3 from 9-11am
The Lakehouse Restaurant in Mandeville is hosting this popular event, which will feature breakfast and treats from Bakers Dozen, Whimsical Cake Designs and Cookies, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Panera Bread, and Orleans Coffee. Also included in the admission price is a picture with Santa, as well as create-your-own swag bags for children 6 months and older. For details, go here. 

Merry Madisonville

December 3 from 4-8pm
A grand parade kicks off this annual event, starting at the Maritime Museum and ending on the Riverfront in front of Town Hall. It is led by the mayor who is followed by the court of the Krewe of Tchefuncte, bands, dancers, classic cars, and more. Plus, there will be a Champagne toast to celebrate Santa and Mrs. Claus’ arrival by boat, as well as the lighting of the Christmas tree, caroling, and Santa’s Workshop. Go here for more info. 

Itsy Bitsy Me Santa (New Orleans)

December 3 from 10am – Noon
If the mall Santa lines a little daunting, itsybitsyme in Metairie will have their very own Santa and photographer this Saturday. Visit their Facebook page for details. 

 

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Deck the Rails (Covington)

December 3 from 10am-Noon
This free kid-friendly holiday event includes the Covington Trailhead lighting, pictures with Santa, and entertainment. Click here for details.  

Krewe of Jingle Parade (New Orleans)

December 3 at 1pm
New Orleans’ official holiday parade, the “Krewe of Jingle,” features authentic parade floats, marching bands, stilt walkers, Christmas characters, and many more magical surprises. Click here for details and parade route. 

Christmas Bonfire Party at Oak Alley Plantation (Vacherie)

December 3 from 7pm-Midnight
Everyone is invited to celebrate the Christmas season in a beautiful setting. Highlights include hor d’oeuvres, a Creole buffet, petite sweets, premium bar service, a bonfire on the levee, live entertainment under the oaks, and end the evening with hot chocolate, coffee, and beignets. Proceeds from this event go the preservation efforts of this historic landmark. Learn more here. 

Children’s Christmas Party (New Orleans)

December 3 from 11am – 4pm
Pauline Books & Media  in Metairie hosts this annual event that celebrates the real reason for the season. Highlights include the Nativity story, costumes, carols, and a birthday cake for baby Jesus. Click here for more info. 

Festival of Trees at LCM (New Orleans)

December 3
The Louisiana Children’s Museum celebrates the season with their annual  whimsical display of trees decorated by local schools, artists and community partners. The day will begin with a Patron Brunch from 10am-noon, followed by Family Fun Day general admission from noon-4:30pm, featuring a special day of holiday performances, activities, crafts and more. Visit the museum’s website for details. 

Breakfast with Santa at The Esplanade (New Orleans)

December 3 from 8:30-10:30am
This family event at The Esplanade Mall in Kenner allows children 10 and under to interact with Santa, and also features a light breakfast from Zea’s, Drama Kids performance and interaction, and a special surprise by the Great American Cookie Company. Click here for tickets and info.

Home Alone: Movie with Orchestra (New Orleans)

December 3 at 7:30pm
This holiday season, experience Home Alone like never before with John Williams’ Academy  Award®-winning score performed live by the LPO to the film, projected on a massive HD screen at the Mahalia Jackson Theater. For tickets and info, go here. 

The Nutcracker Tea (Hammond)

December 4 from 2-4pm
Everyone is invited to Michabelle Inn and Restaurant for this Hammond Ballet holiday family tradition with the Sugar Plum Fairy and her court from The Nutcracker. Guests will sample delicacies and sweet treats, and children’s activities include cookie decorating, performances from the ballet with costumed Hammond Ballet dancers, and more. Click here for tickets and info.

Paint with Santa (New Orleans)

December 4 from 11am -5pm
At this special holiday event, participants will paint 2 ornaments, take a photograph with Santa and enjoy snacks and drink. An upgrade to a Cookies for Santa plate is available as well. Go here for details.  

Yuletide Celebration: Slidell

December 4 at 2:30pm
The LPO’s annual holiday celebration returns to Slidell Municipal Auditorium, featuring yuletide favorites perfect for the entire family. Bring your holiday spirit and caroling voice, as the LPO is led by guest conductor Julian Pellicano and joined by school choirs from across the greater New Orleans region. For details, go here. 

ELF University, The Musical (Covington)

December 4 at 4pm
The Fuhfrmann Auditorium is playing host to an original musical comedy that captures the holiday spirit. ELF University, the Musical takes a fun-filled look at Santa’s elves during the busy holiday season. The Crescent City Sound Chorus will be joined by local quartets, small a cappella groups, and the Chalmette High School Jazz Band. Click here for tickets and info. 

Christmas on the Northshore Concert (Mandeville)

December 4 at 3pm & 7pm
St. Timothy United Methodist Church’s annual concert features their award-winning choir, the Northshore Orchestra, the St. Timothy Youth Chorale, and several guest soloists. Concertgoers will be treated to a variety of well-loved Christmas favorites, as well as an audience sing-along. Each performance will last one hour and fifteen minutes.Though it’s a free event, it’s recommended that people obtain tickets in advance. For tickets and info, go here. 

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Christmas Bonfire On The Levee (White Castle)

December 9 from 5-9pm
Everyone is invited to watch the lighting of the bonfires along the levee, enjoy music from local bands/choirs, dine under the oaks, and watch a fireworks display that will welcome the guest of honor, Santa. Click here for more info.

Michaels Kids Club Class: Clay Pot Elf (Both Shores)

December 10 from 10am – noon
They craft; you shop! Kids 3 and up can enjoy a Clay Pot Elf project. Sign up in-store or just drop in. $2 per project, supplies included. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event. Visit the website for details. 

Toys for Tots at Elmwood Self Storage and Wine Cellar (New Orleans)

December 10 at 10am
If you or someone you know could use a little extra help from Santa this year, Elmwood Self Storage is heading up this Toys for Tots Distribution Day in Harahan. Santa will be on hand for pictures, as well. Go here for registration and details. 

Jingle Bugs at the Insectarium (New Orleans)

December 10
Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium celebrates the holidays with activities and treats for the entire family. Go here for details. 

Family Play in Clay: Santa Ornament (New Orleans)

December 10 from 4 – 6pm
Posh Paint Pub is hosting a Family Play in Clay Session where participants will press their hands in clay to make a Santa Head Ornament. Go here for details.  

Marine Corps Band Holiday Concert (New Orleans)

December 10 at 7:30pm
For the second year in a row, The Marine Corps Reserve will partner with Chevron and the Saenger Theatre to present the Marine Corps Band New Orleans’ holiday concert production of “Santa Meets Sousa” at the Saenger Theatre. An event for all ages, the performance is open to the public, however, the donation of a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots is appreciated. While admission is free, all seating is reserved and requires an event ticket, which are given out on a first come first serve basis. Click here for details.

Reindeer Run & Romp (New Orleans)

December 10 at 9am
The Downtown Development District and Entergy present this one mile fun run & 1/2 mile Eggnog Jog on Canal Street. Rudolph, Santa and friends will jingle their bells to signal the start of the race, which begins and ends at Riverwalk Spanish Plaza. Participants will receive antlers, a race t-shirt and a bag of holiday goodies. After the race, there will be healthy activities like yoga for kids & parents, pictures with Santa, music, games, crafts and more. Registration begins at 8am; race starts at 9am. Go here for details and to register. 

Holiday Kids in the Kitchen: Cider and Hot Chocolate  (New Orleans)

December 10 from 10:30-11:30am
Kids ages 7-11 are invited to the National Food & Beverage Museum kitchen to learn how to make tasty holiday drinks to share with friends and family. Go here for details. 

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation Lights at the Lake (New Orleans)

December 10 from 4:30 – 8pm
The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation will hold its annual Lights at the Lake holiday celebration at the New Canal Lighthouse. Visitors can partake in raffle drawings all evening long, hear school choirs, take pictures with Santa, enjoy refreshments from local eateries, and watch the boat parade.  Click here for more info. 

Holiday Kids in the Kitchen: Cookie Stations  (New Orleans)

December 11 from 10:30am-12:30pm
Kids ages 7-15 are invited to the National Food & Beverage Museum kitchen to take part in multiple cookie mixing, baking, and decorating stations. They’ll include basic sugar cookies and gingerbread cookies, as well as holiday extras like chocolate eggnog and thumbprints cookies.Go here for details. 

Santa Sunday at Nonna Randazzo’s (Covington)

December 11 from 10am-1pm
The Covington bakery is hosting this event, which features photos with Santa Claus, cookie decorating assisted by Santa’s helpers, and face painting. Treats include coffee, hot cocoa, and donuts, plus holiday catering and dessert samples. Click here for details.

Prytania Holiday Movie: It’s a Wonderful Life (New Orleans)

December 11 & 14 at 10am
The Prtyania Theater in Uptown is showing this classic movie just in time for the holidays. Go here for more info. 

Jungle Bells Holiday Party (New Orleans)

December 11 from 1-4pm
Audubon Zoo hosts this fun event, which includes holiday refreshments, unlimited carousel and train rides, a space walk, a holiday photo ornament, and a small stuffed animal. Click here for details. 

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Children’s Latkes with a Twist Party  (New Orleans)

December 15 from 7-11pm
This 3rd Annual community-wide celebration of the Festival of Lights features great music, drink specials, silent auction and a complimentary latke bar. Proceeds from the event will support the JCRS camp, college and special needs scholarships and outreach programs. Details here. 

Chanukah Sing-a-Long  (New Orleans)

December 16 from 11am-noon
The Jewish Community Center Nursery School is performing all their favorite Chanukah songs. Click here for more info. 

Chanukah Gala  (New Orleans)

December 17 from 6:30-9:30pm
Ring in the Festival of Lights with JNOLA! This year’s Chanukah event is JNOLA’s big signature event for the year and celebrates the NextGen Jewish community in New Orleans. Eat, drink, and dance the night away with your friends as we rejoice in a successful year with JNOLA. For details, click here.

Chanukah Family Concert (New Orleans)

December 18 from 2-4pm
Six13, an award-winning Jewish a cappella group from New York will headline this annual Community Chanukah Celebration.  In addition to the concert, there will be dinner and a community candle lighting to celebrate Chanukah. Click here for more info. 

Jackson Square Caroling (New Orleans)

December 18 at 7pm
For this annual event, Jackson Square is illuminated by hundreds of candles held by both amateur and pro singers while crooning Christmas favorites. Candles and song sheets are provided. Gates to Jackson Square open at 6:30 p.m. and the caroling begins at 7:00. Those who plan to attend and participate are strongly advised to arrive early. For more information call 888-756-6250 or visit the Patio Planters website.

Christmas Eve Bonfires (St. James Parish)

December 24 at dusk
These bonfires, erected on the river levees by the keepers of this old tradition, are intended to light the way for “Papa Noël,” the Cajun Santa Claus, on his airborne journey to the area. Or, according to some sources, the bonfires may have also been a way of lighting the path to the nearest Catholic church for Midnight Mass. More information here. 

Steamboat Natchez Christmas Eve Celebration (New Orleans)

December 24 from 6:30-9:30pm
This festive Christmas Eve event on the river features a  big holiday dinner buffet, a call brand open bar, and live music. Boarding will begin at 6:30pm, cruising from 7:30pm until 9:30pm. Reservations are required and holiday attire recommended. Click here to make reservations. 

Chabad-Chanukah at the Riverwalk (New Orleans)

December 27 from 5 – 7pm
Hundreds of community members will gather for this celebration of Jewish pride on the Mississippi River and the lighting of Louisiana’s largest Menorah. There will aslo be food, music and much more. Click here for more info. 

Creole Queen New Year’s Eve Cruise (New Orleans)

December 31 at 11pm
The Paddlewheeler Creole Queen will allow revelers to ring in the New Year with a front row seat to the fireworks extravaganza over the Mississippi River. Highlights include a variety of scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, call-brand drinks at the open bar, a DJ, and of course, a New Year’s toast with Champagne and festive party favors. For details and reservations, go here. 

LCM Countdown to Noon (New Orleans)

December 31 from 9:30am – 3pm
All are invited to ring in the New Year with the whole family at Louisiana Children’s Museum’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration, which culminates with a colorful confetti toss and balloon release. Guests can make their own noisemaker and a festive paper bag hat, enjoy the sounds of Blu Kru Brass Band, and ring in 2017 family-style. Special event ticketing applies. Pre-registration is strong recommended. For details and tickets, click here. 

Zoo Year’s Eve (New Orleans)

December 31 from 10:30am to 1:30pm
Audubon Zoo invites families and kids of all ages to celebrate the new year in style with music, games and prizes. Pick up a party hat and noise maker, grab a Pepsi drink for toasting, and countdown to Noon to ring in the New Year. (All items are while supplies last.) This event is free for Audubon members or included with Zoo admission. Go here for details. 

New Year’s Eve, Frank Sinatra Style (New Orleans)

December 31 from 9pm – 1am
Revelers are invited to swing in 2017 with dinner, dancing, the music of Frank Sinatra—featuring vocalists extraordinaire Spencer Rocca and Dody Piper—and the fabulous Victory Swing Orchestra at the World War II Museum. Other highlights include a welcome Bellini cocktail, a delicious four-course Italian dinner, big-band music and dancing, beer and wine, bubbly at midnight, and a chocolate buffet after ringing in the New Year.  Go here for tickets and details. 

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