Holiday Hullabaloo: 80+ Events on Both Shores & Beyond!

Holiday Hullabaloo: 80+ Events on Both Shores & Beyond!
As you’re, no doubt, well aware — we are a celebratory people. The amount of holiday fun scheduled in this region in the coming weeks is simply mind-boggling. To make it all just a little more manageable, we’ve mined for as many festive Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s events — from New Orleans to the Northshore to points in between and adjacent — as we could possibly pack into one big, fat list.
We begin with a listing of mall Santas, then divide the rest into 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 – 7pm, Sundays 12pm-6pm. Santa Photos: Monday – Thursday, 10am-7pm. Go here for details. http://www.lakesideshopping.com/events/santas-arrival/

 

Santa at Clearview Mall  (New Orleans)

Now through December 24

Santa will be available for pictures with multiple package options, as well as special gift offers. Reindeer and Santa photos Saturday December 2, 9, and 16, with special reindeer training on December 9 & 16. http://clearviewmall.com/

 

Santa at North Square Mall (Slidell)

Now through December 24

Santa will be in the mall’s Center Court for pictures and meet & greets. Hours vary. http://www.northshoresquareonline.com/

 

Santa at Oakwood Mall (Gretna)

Now through December 24

The Oakwood Mall in Gretna allows you to reserve your time and skip the line to visit Santa. Also, visitors can save $5 on photos when you book between Monday and Wednesday (through December 9th). Reservations and photo purchases are not required to visit Santa. Monday – Saturday noon – 8pm; Sunday: noon – 6pm. https://www.oakwoodcenter.com/en/events/photos-with-santa-16469.html

 

Santa at Esplanade Mall (New Orleans)

Now through December 24

Santa will be on-hand for photos and Christmas wishes. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 11am-8pm, with breaks from 2-3pm &5-5:30pm; and Sundays from noon-6pm, with a break from 2:30-3:15pm. http://esplanademall.com/

 

 

 

ONGOING EVENTS/MULTIPLE DAYS

 

Celebration in the Oaks (New Orleans)

Now through January 1

Celebration in the Oaks in City Park is one of the most spectacular holiday lights festivals in the country, with more than 165,000 visitors pouring into the Park to see the magical winter spectacle. City Park’s famous oaks are swathed in hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights and breathtaking light displays are scattered throughout 25 acres of the Park, including the Botanical Garden, Storyland, and Carousel Gardens Amusement Park. Closed November 27, 28, 29, 30. Closed Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. http://neworleanscitypark.com/celebration-in-the-oaks

 

Christmas in the Country (Covington)

Now – December 23

During this ongoing event, look for special shopping events, strolling musicians, carolers, refreshments and door prizes. Holiday shoppers can enjoy an old world shopping experience in a romantic setting, while discovering everything from couture fashions to original fine art, home furnishings, and antique treasures in dozens of boutiques and galleries, plus entertainment in the Covington Cultural District.  Most shops are open 9am-5pm, Monday – Saturday, some Sundays. Restaurant and nightclub hours vary. www.covla.com

 

Home for the Holidays with the World War II Museum’s Victory Belles (New Orleans)

Now through December 27

The talented Victory Belles harmonize their way through the holiday season presenting sacred and secular favorites, superb musical arrangements, Rockettes-style choreography, and an array of beautiful costumes. https://www.nationalww2museum.org/events-programs/bbs-stage-door-canteen

 

Kenner Christmas Village (New Orleans)

Now through December 30

Yet again, the Kenner Christmas Village will light up the Rivertown historic district. In addition to lights and animated scenery, highlights include ice skating, Santa’s workshop, food & shopping, a Christmas tree lot, live performances, and a biergarten. https://www.visitjeffersonparish.com/event/kenner-christmas-village/45/

 

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. http://followyourjoy.com/2012/11/20/reveillon-dinners/

 

The Happy Elf, A New Musical by Harry Connick, Jr. (Slidell)

December 1-3 & 8-10

A new musical comedy by the Grammy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated composer and lyricist, Harry Connick, Jr.’s The Happy Elf tells the tale of Eubie the Elf, a lovable fellow who wants to spread Christmas joy throughout the town of Bluesville. Slidell Little Theatre presents the holiday treat on weekends from November 24 through December 10.  8pm Fridays and Saturdays, 2pm Sundays. www.slidelllittletheatre.org

 

Miracle on Fulton Street (New Orleans)

December 1-23

Harrah’s invites everyone to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Holiday Season at Miracle on Fulton Street, featuring daily “snow”, holiday décor, and a gingerbread display in the Harrah’s Hotel Lobby along with live music and visits from Santa Claus every weekend. https://www.facebook.com/FultonStreetNOLA/

 

Michaels Holiday Kids’ Crafts (Both Shores)

December 2 & 9

Kids can put their creativity on display with these special holiday workshops. On December 2 from 1-3pm, they’ll make gingerbread houses. On December 9 from 10am-12pm, they’ll make North Pole photo props. http://www.michaels.com/classes

 

 

Celebration in the Oaks (New Orleans)

December 2 – January 1

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. Closed Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Hours: Monday – Thursday : 6pm -10pm; Friday: 6pm -11pm; Saturday: 5pm – 11pm; Sunday: 5pm – 10pm. http://neworleanscitypark.com/celebration-in-the-oaks

 

Christmas Under the Stars (Slidell)

December 4-5, 11-12 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, the life-size Christmas Cottages, Slidell’s Nativity, Christmas songs, and much more. Admission is free. Go here for details. http://myslidell.com/slidell-celebrates-christmas-under-the-stars-in-olde-towne/

 

Lafreniere Christmas in the Park (New Orleans)

December 1-30

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. http://www.lafrenierepark.org/

 

Christmas Extravaganza Arts and Crafts Expo (Covington)

December 1-3

This three-day show, held at the St. Tammany Parish Fairgrounds, features more than 500 artists and craftspersons, plus 20 food booths. Open 10am-5pm all three days. www.steinhauerproductions.com

 

Holiday Lights at Liuzza Farm (Amite)

Weekends in December (Except December 24)

There are three ways people can enjoy the festive holiday light displays. They can drive through on Fridays, register for a horse-drawn carriage on Saturdays, or walk through on Sundays. Liuzzaland.com

 

Teddy Bear Tea at the Roosevelt (New Orleans)

December 2-3, 9-10, 16-24

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. Various packages and seating times available. http://therooseveltneworleans.com/specials-and-packages/teddy-bear-tea.html

 

 

Ritz Carlton Papa Noel Tea (New Orleans)

December 2-3, 9-10, 16-24 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. http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/new-orleans/hotel-overview/holiday-events

 

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

December 2, 10, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23

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. Seatings at 10am & 1:30pm. http://www.bourbonorleans.com/santa

 

 

Ritz Carlton Build Your Own Gingerbread House (New Orleans)

December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 – 23

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. Seatings at 12pm & 3pm. http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/NewOrleans/Information/Calendar/Default.htm

 

Pancakes & PJ’s with Santa (Amite)

December 3 & 10

Kids are invited to hop right out of bed to enjoy breakfast with Santa and all of his friends. Stories and songs will entertain those big and small as they enjoy breakfast, beverages, and more. http://liuzzaland.com/Calendar

 

 

Prytania Classic Holiday Movies (New Orleans)

December 4 & 7 at 10am

The Prytania Theater in Uptown is showing these classic movies at 10am, and just in time for the holidays. Christmas in Connecticut (Dec 3, 6), A Christmas Carol (Dec 10, 13), It’s a Wonderful Life (Dec 17, 20), White Christmas (Dec 24, 27), & Holiday Inn (Dec 31, January 3).  http://prytaniatheatreneworleans.com/

 

 

Holiday Movies on the Mississippi (New Orleans)

December 8 & 15 at 6:30pm

The Downtown Development District and The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk present two Fridays of free outdoor movie showings at Spanish Plaza. December 8: Polar Express; December 15: Elf. http://downtownnola.com/holidays/

 

Steel Poinsettias at Rivertown Theaters (New Orleans)

December 8-17

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.  www.RivertownTheaters.com

 

Festival of the Bonfires (Lutcher)

December 8-10

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. http://www.festivalofthebonfires.org/default.aspx

 

World War II Museum Teddy Bear Tea (New Orleans)

December 9, 15, 16, 22 & 23

Don’t miss our second annual Teddy Bear Tea—the perfect holiday experience to share with children and grandchildren—featuring delicious food and sweet treats, lively music from the Victory Belles, a visit from Santa Claus, and a special teddy bear gift for all children in attendance. https://www.nationalww2museum.org/events-programs/bbs-stage-door-canteen

 

Christmas at the Cathedral (New Orleans)

December 9 & 10

For two days, the historic St. Louis Cathedral and Basilica plays host to the St. Louis Archdiocesan Choirs & Orchestra, who will fill the Cathedral with the sounds of the season. December 9 at 8pm, December 10 at 2:30pm. https://www.cathedralconcerts.org/

 

Prytania Kids’ Holiday Movies (New Orleans)

December 9, 22, 23

These two weekends of the great Christmas classic double features will also feature crafts and cupcake decorating for added holiday fun. Saturday, December 9: A Charlie Brown Christmas & How the Grinch Stole Christmas; Friday, December 22; Saturday, December 23: Frosty the Snowman & Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Doors open at 9am, shows start at 10am. http://prytaniatheatreneworleans.com/

 

LPO Holiday Spectacular (New Orleans)

December 9-10

The Orpheum Theater gets lit for the holidays with special help from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra,  New Orleans’ own band of “Ordinary Men with Extraordinary Moves” – the 610 Stompers – and special guest local artists. https://www.lpomusic.com

 

Deanie’s Holiday Kids Show (New Orleans)

December 9, 10, 16, 17 at 9am

Deanie’s Seafood, in partnership with Angels’ Place family charity, 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. http://www.deanies.com/vincevancekids/

 

Royal Teddy Bear Tea at the Royal Sonesta (New Orleans)

December 10, 21-23

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 DropSeatings are at 11am and 2pm on December 10, 21, 22, 23 and at 10am and 1pm on December 17. http://www.sonesta.com/royalneworleans/index.cfm?fa=misc.page&pageid=62013

 

White Christmas at the Saenger (New Orleans)

December 19-24

Based on the 1954 movie starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera‐Ellen, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas tells the story of a song‐and‐dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and falling for a stunning sister act in the process. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written including “Happy Holiday,” “Sisters,” “The Best Things Happen While You’re Dancing,” “Snow” and the unforgettable title song.  http://www.saengernola.com/shows/white-christmas

 

NOLA ChristmasFest (New Orleans)

December 21-31

This popular event takes place at the Convention Center, where there’s a real indoor ice skating rink and ice slides, a carousel and carnival rides, inflatables, Santa and Friends, gingerbread houses, decorated trees and more. Hours are 11am-9pm daily. Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve hours are 11am-5pm and hours for Christmas Day are 2pm-8pm. Visit the website for more info. http://nolachristmasfest.com/about/about-nola-christmasfest/

 

NOMA Kids’ Holiday Workshops  (New Orleans)

December 28 & 29

New Orleans Museum of Art offers single-day Studio KIDS! Holiday Workshops from 9:30am –12:30pm to engage young artists in the creative process. Students will explore works of art in the museum galleries and get creative in the studio. https://noma.org/

 

 

SINGLE DAY EVENTS

 

Ponchatoula Tree Lighting

December 1 from 6-8pm

In addition to the official lighting of the big trees that line the railroad tracks, Santa will be on the porch of the Collinswood Museum, the Ponchatoula High School Band will playing Christmas music, and when they are finished, the Ponchatoula High Alumni Band will take over. Other highlights include hot chocolate stations, and free food at Representative Steve Pugh’s office and The Pub. All stores will be open late for everyone’s shopping experience to kick off the Christmas Season. http://www.ponchatoulachamber.com/

 

Beethoven and Blue Jeans: Yuletide Celebration with LPO (Hammond)

December 1 at 7:30pm

The LPO’s annual holiday celebration, held at the Columbia Theatre, features yuletide favorites perfect for the entire family. Bring your holiday spirit and caroling voice, as the LPO is led by guest conductor Stuart Chafetz and joined by school choirs from across the greater New Orleans region. Program to be announced. https://www.lpomusic.com

Donuts with Santa (Mandeville)

December 2 at 9am & 11am

Held at The Lakehouse in Mandeville, this event includes breakfast, mimosas, interactive fun, pictures with Santa {including a printed image on site} and a swag bag full of goodies for children 6 months and older. http://www.neworleansmomsblog.com/donuts-santa-2017-northshore/

 

Beethoven and Blue Jeans: Yuletide Celebration with LPO (Slidell)

December 2 at 7:30pm

The LPO’s annual holiday celebration, held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Slidell, features yuletide favorites perfect for the entire family. Bring your holiday spirit and caroling voice, as the LPO is led by guest conductor Stuart Chafetz and joined by school choirs from across the greater New Orleans region. Program to be announced. https://www.lpomusic.com

 

Jungle Bells Holiday Party (New Orleans)

December 2 from 1-4pm

Audubon Tea Room hosts this festive holiday event, which features admission to the zoo, a visit and photo with Santa, zoo Inflatables, arts & crafts, games, unlimited Rides on the Endangered Species Carousel and train, second line, treats, a second line, face painting, live performances, and more. https://audubonnatureinstitute.org/jungle-bells-holiday-party

 

Hammond Christmas Parade

December 2 at 5pm

The Rotary Club of Hammond’s parade carries the theme “Cypress Tree O’ Cypress Tree” this year. Expect lots of floats, high school marching bands, and of course, Santa. hammondrotary.com

 

Home Depot Kids’ Workshop: Gingerbread Houses (Both Shores)

December 2 from 9am-12pm

Kids and caregivers can build holiday memories in this hands-on workshop where they’ll put together a wooden gingerbread house and decorate with paint and stickers. No frosting required! All kids get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. www.homedepot.com

 

Algiers Bonfire

December 2 from 5-8:30pm

This annual event in Algiers Point features the lighting of a massive levee bonfire, food vendors, live music, and a second line. www.AlgiersBonfire.com

 

Merry Madisonville

December 2 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. www.madisonvillechamber.org

 

 

Krewe of Jingle Parade (New Orleans)

December 2 at 1pm

New Orleans’ official holiday parade, the “Krewe of Jingle,” rolls at 1pm on Canal Street, and features authentic parade floats, marching bands, stilt walkers, Christmas characters, and many more magical surprises. http://downtownnola.com/holidays/

 

Annual Christmas Bonfire Party at Oak Alley Plantation (Vacherie)

December 2 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. https://www.oakalleyplantation.org/foundation/annual-christmas-bonfire-party

 

Festival of Trees Family Fun Day at LCM (New Orleans)

December 2 from 10am – 4:30pm

Guests at the  Louisiana Children’s Museum’s seventh annual Family Fun Day are invited to don their coziest pajamas and enjoy a delicious jazz brunch, cookie decorating, interactive caroling, a holiday-themed photo booth, mingle with Mr. Bingle, and more. VIP Brunch is from 10am-noon. General admission is from noon to 4:30pm. lcm.org

 

Beignets with Santa at The Esplanade (New Orleans)

December 3 from 9-11am

This family event at The Esplanade Mall in Kenner allows visitors to enjoy a special visit with Santa and his elves as they munch on delicious Cafe du Monde beignets. After breakfast there will be holiday activities for the kids, photos with Santa, and a holiday pageant. http://esplanademall.com/events/beignets-with-santa/

 

 

The Nutcracker Tea (Hammond)

December 3 from 2-4pm

Everyone is invited to Le Fleur De Lis Reception Hall 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 enjoy story time and a silent auction, plus pictures and performances from the ballet with costumed Hammond Ballet dancers. www.hammondballet.com

 

Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Saenger (New Orleans)

December 5 at 7:30pm

In addition to soaring acrobatics, gravity defying feats, elaborate production numbers and illusions, this show, at the Saenger Theater, is filled with over 300 imaginative costumes, holiday characters, 20 world-class astonishing acts, the finest singers, and both original music and seasonal favorites. http://www.saengernola.com/shows/cirque-dreams-holidaze

 

Deck the Rails (Covington)

December 9 from 4-7pm

This free kid-friendly holiday event includes the Covington Trailhead lighting, pictures with Santa, and entertainment. www.covla.com

 

Sousa Meets Santa at the Saenger (New Orleans)

December 9 at 7:30pm

An event for all ages, the performance by Marine Corps Band New Orleans at the Saenger Theater is free and 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 will be available at the Saenger Theatre box office beginning at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8 through the show. Tickets are given out on a first come first serve basis. http://www.saengernola.com/shows/santa-meets-sousa-2017-free

 

Jingle Bugs at the Insectarium (New Orleans)

December 9 from 10am-5pm

Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium celebrates the holidays with Santa, a reading of the Night Before Christmas, and lots of buggy activities and treats for the entire family. http://audubonnatureinstitute.org/event/852-jingle-bugs

 

Lights at the Lake & West End Boat Parade (New Orleans)

December 9 from 4-8pm

At the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation’s annual Lights at the Lake holiday celebration at the New Canal Lighthouse, there will be children’s book readings, food, and live music from local choirs and Benny Grunch & the Bunch. Visitors can also enjoy the boat parade, and vote on the best ones. http://saveourlake.org/lights/

 

Christmas on the Northshore Concert (Mandeville)

December 10 at 3pm and 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, opening with 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. www.sttimothyumc.org

 

Reindeer Run & Romp and Holiday Scavenger Hunt (New Orleans)

December 10 at 9am

The DDD and Entergy present the annual Shops at Canal Place holiday fun run for kids on Canal Street! Rudolph, Santa and friends will jingle their bells to signal the start of the race. Participants will receive bells for their sneakers, antlers, a race t-shirt and a bag of holiday goodies. After the race, “Romp” around … and enjoy healthy activities for kids and parents, music, games, crafts and more. http://downtownnola.com/holidays/

 

Holiday Cheer for Families at Longue Vue (New Orleans)

December 10 from 1:30-4:30pm

Longue Vue House & Gardens invited families to enjoy photos with Santa (by Hi Volt Studios), cookie decorating, and a hot cocoa bar. http://www.longuevue.com

 

 

 

Chanukah Musical Extravaganza and Celebration (New Orleans)

December 10 at 6pm

The theme of this year’s Jewish Community Day School’s Student Chanukah Musical Extravaganza and Celebration  is, “Like a Candle,” and features the debut of the song of the same name. Each student is featured with a speaking and/or musical solo part. Noshes of latkes, sufganiyot, and other snacks will follow the performance. ​https://jewishnola.com/chanukah-in-new-orleans

 

Congregation Beth Israel Chanukah Party

December 12 at 7pm

Join Beth Israel for a candle-lighting, drinks, and Chinese food – all as the rabbis intended! There will also be a gift auction. Please bring a wrapped gift (less than $20) and a written clue as to what is inside. ​https://jewishnola.com/chanukah-in-new-orleans

 

Chabad-Chanukah at the Riverwalk (New Orleans)

December 12 from 5 – 7pm

Hundreds of community members will gather for this celebration of Jewish pride on the Mississippi River and the lighting of the Menorah. There will also be food, music and much more. https://jewishnola.com/jewish-federation-of-greater-new-orleans-calendar/chanukah–riverwalk-1504052518

 

JCC’s Community Chanukah Concert and Dinner

December 13 at 4:30pm

Concluding the Cathy and Morris Bart Jewish Cultural Arts Month, Listen Up! a Chicago based a capella group, delivers warmth and sheer knock-your-socks off vocal power through a love of Judaism and Israel. The evening includes a concert, dinner, and community candle lighting. https://jewishnola.com/chanukah-in-new-orleans

 

Chanukah Celebration

December 17 at 4-6pm

Celebrate the 6th night of Chanukah at the JCC in Uptown. They’ll light the Menorah, nosh on fried chicken and latkes, and host a live concert by folk duo, Eric & Happie. http://www.nojcc.org

 

Jackson Square Caroling (New Orleans)

December 17 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. http://www.experienceneworleans.com/caroling-in-jackson-square.html

 

Breakfast with Papa Noel

December 22 at 9am

Continue the Ritz Carlton holiday tradition with family, friends and Papa Noel.  Enjoy a breakfast jubilee sure to put you in the holiday spirit.  Children will enjoy cookie decorating, festive crafts and plenty of holiday cheer. Bring the entire family because Papa Noel will be visiting with each guest. http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/new-orleans/hotel-overview/holiday-events

 

Cajun Holiday Tea with Papa Noel (New Orleans)

December 23 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. http://www.creolequeen.com/

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. http://www.experienceneworleans.com/bonfires-on-the-levee.html

 

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

December 31 at 11pm-1am

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. http://www.creolequeen.com/new-years-eve-fireworks-cruise.html

 

LCM Countdown to Noon (New Orleans)

December 31 from 9:30am – 2:30pm

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. Special event ticketing applies. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. http://lcm.org/

 

Zoo Year’s Eve (New Orleans)

December 31 from 10:30am – 12:30pm

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. https://audubonnatureinstitute.org/zoo-year-eve

 

New Year’s Eve at Stage Door Canteen (New Orleans)

December 31 from 9pm – 1am

Spencer Racca, Elizabeth Floyd, and the World War II Museum’s Victory Swing Orchestra lead an enthusiastic and celebratory evening, which begins with a complimentary Bellini and ends with a champagne toast and a midnight chocolate buffet. In between, guests can dance 2017 away to the unrivaled sounds of the 1940s and enjoy a five-course seated dinner with complimentary beer and wine. Close out the year in style. Retro glam attire suggested. https://www.nationalww2museum.org/events-programs/events/123309-new-years-eve