Holiday Hullabaloo: 98 Events in New Orleans, Northshore & Beyond!

Holiday Hullabaloo: 98 Events in New Orleans, Northshore & Beyond!

It’s no secret that people of all ages in this region love to party, and the fact that this list includes about 20 more events than last year proves it!

We’ve pulled together as many family-friendly Christmas, Chanukah, and wintery fun events as we could, divided them into categories — mall Santas, ongoing events, and single day events — then, put them in chronological order. (If we missed any, it’s not for lack of trying!) Each event contains a link to its website of origin, so be sure to check for any changes to dates, times, ticket availability, or other details. 

Okay, ready, set — go through this massive list, 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, Monday – Saturday 10am – 7pm, Sundays 12pm-6pm. Santa Photos: Monday – Thursday, 10am-7pm. Express passes are available via the website.


Santa & Train Rides 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. They also have two Reindeer Training event dates (12/1 & 12/8 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.) and Breakfast with Santa (12/9 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.) Plus, the Polar Express Train will take riders around Santa’s castle in Center Court. Santa Photo Hours: Monday – Friday: Noon – 8pm; Saturday: 11am – 8pm; Sunday: Noon – 5pm; Monday, Dec. 24 11am – 4pm. Train Operating Hours: Monday – Thursday: 4pm – 8pm;  Friday: Noon – 8pm; Saturday: 11am – 8pm; Sunday: Noon – 5pm; Monday, Dec. 24: 11am – 4pm.


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, they’ve scheduled Pet Night every Monday from 5-8pm through December 17; Holiday Pajama Days on November 30 and December 6; and Ugly Sweater Day on December 13.


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, Sundays noon-6pm, and Christmas from 11am-6pm. Visit website for Santa’s break schedule or to get fast passes.


Ongoing Events/Multiple Days


Audubon Zoo Lights

November 30 through December 30 (select nights) from 5:30pm – 9:30pm

Audubon Zoo Lights presented by Children’s Hospital will bring the holiday spirit to the local community by creating an enchanting nighttime winter dreamland in the heart of Uptown New Orleans. Open Select Nights November 23 – December 30. Last entry at 9pm.


Celebration in the Oaks (New Orleans)

November 30 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 Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Hours: Friday and Saturday 5pm to 11pm; Sunday through Thursday 6pm to 10pm.


Christmas in the Country (Covington)

November 30 through December 24

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. Recurring weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday.


Christmas Belles Are Ringing (New Orleans)

November 30 through December 29

The World War II Museum’s talented Victory Belles present classic holiday favorites sung in beautiful harmony. This musical smorgasbord features gems of the season such as “The Christmas Song,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Santa Baby,” “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” “Winter Wonderland,” “White Christmas,” and a sleighful of other holiday classics. Select matinees, brunches and dinner/show dates from November 30 – December 29.


Kenner Christmas Village (New Orleans)

November 30 through December 29

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, live performances, and a biergarten.


Miracle on Fulton Street (New Orleans)

November 30 through December 25

Visitors are invited to enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season on Fulton Street, featuring daily snowfall, twinkling lights, a giant tree and gingerbread display. Every Friday and Saturday evening November beginning at 6pm enjoy live music and purchase photos with Santa. Miracle on Fulton Street is sponsored by Harrah’s New Orleans and is open to the public to view with no admission fee. Many Fulton Street restaurants, including Manning’s Sports Bar and Grill, offer complimentary or discounted validated parking adjacent to Fulton Street in Harrah’s self-park garage with a purchase.


Christmas Under the Stars (Slidell)

November 30, December 1, December 7-8 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.


Lafreniere Christmas in the Park (New Orleans)

November 30 – December 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 are 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. Hours are Sunday-Thursday: dusk til 9:45pm and Friday-Saturday: dusk til 11:45pm.


Christmas Extravaganza Arts and Crafts Expo (Covington)

November 30 – December 2

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.


Christmas in a Victorian Parlor (Madisonville)

December 1 – 22 from 1 – 4pm

Visitors to the Otis House Museum at Fairview-Riverside State Park are invited to enjoy seasonal decorations and learn Christmas customs, lifestyles and history from the Victorian Era through the Great Depression years. Recurring weekly on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.


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.


Teddy Bear Tea at the Roosevelt (New Orleans)

Saturdays & Sundays in December, plus December 18, 20, 21 & 24

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. This year, $1 from every ticket sold will go towards Bastion Community of Resilience, an intentional community in New Orleans’ Gentilly neighborhood where wounded, ill or injured veterans live alongside retired military and civilian volunteers. Various packages and seating times available.


Michaels Holiday Kids’ Crafts (Both Shores)

December 1 & 8

Kids can put their creativity on display with these special holiday workshops. On December 1 from 10am-12pm, they’ll make advent calendars. On December 8 from 10am-12pm, they’ll make dashing reindeer.


Prytania’s Very, Merry Christmas Kids’ Series (New Orleans)

December 1, 8, 15, 21, 22 & 24 at 9am

This event for kids of all ages starts with crafts and cupcakes at 9pm, followed by a Classic Christmas double feature at 10am. Schedule: December 1-Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town & A Charlie Brown Christmas; December 8- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & Frosty the Snowman; December 15- The Year Without a Santa Claus; December 21- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & Frosty the Snowman; December 22- The Year Without a Santa Claus; December 24- Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town & A Charlie Brown Christmas.


Ritz Carlton Papa Noel Tea (New Orleans)

December 1, 2, 8, 9,15-24 at 11am

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.


Classic Holiday Movies at the Prytania Theatre

December 2 – 26 (Sundays & Wednesdsay) at 10am

The Prytania Theatre has scheduled a series of holiday movies in their classic movie slots, at 10am on Sundays and Wednesdays. Come up: Miracle on 34th Street – Sunday, Nov 18 & Wednesday, Nov 21; A Christmas Story – Sunday, November 25 & Wednesday, November 28; Home Alone –  Sunday, December 2 & Wednesday, December 5; The Polar Express – Sunday, Dec 9 & Wednesday, Dec 12; It’s a Wonderful Life – Sunday, Dec 16 & Wednesday, Dec 19; Elf – Dec 23 & Dec 26.


Ritz Carlton Build Your Own Gingerbread House (New Orleans)

December 2, 8, 9, 15-23 at noon

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.


Christmas Down on the Farmat Liuzza Farm (Amite)

December 3 – 22 (Closed December 7)

Visitors can enjoy the drive through festive holiday light displays Monday – Thursday from 5:30-9:30pm. Horse-drawn wagon rides, hot chocolate and dinners are available Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30-10pm. Reserve meal tickets in advance to enjoy dinner from the Southern Spoon.


Christmas at Southern Hotel (Covington)

December 6 – 21

Visitors are invited to enjoy the Christmas spirit in the most elegant surroundings at the Southern Hotel. Visit the real-life Gingerbread House and enjoy Christmas Caroling on December 6th & 21st in the courtyard.


Old Mandeville Christmas Events

December 7- 8

The City of Mandeville and the Old Mandeville Business Association (OMBA) present three festive events to toast the close of the year: On Friday, December 7, 5-9pm, participants in the Sips of the Season Stroll who purchase a souvenir mug can join in the merriment of Christmas on Girod Street at dusk stopping with many merchants and sample holiday libations at each stop. On Saturday, December 8, 9am-3pm, the Christmas Past Festival takes place all along Girod Street in Mandeville, featuring an old-time holiday atmosphere with arts and crafts vendors, food and beverage booths, Children’s Village, train rides, live musical performances including a bell chorus, and pet adoptions to support the Northshore Humane Society. Finally on Saturday, December 8, 4-6pm, Winter on the Water featuring Santa’s walking parade at 4pm, ending at the gazebo, where the mayor lights the lakefront live oaks, followed by the annual boat parade and pictures with Santa.


A Mandeville Christmas, Live Nativity

December 7 – 9 from 6-8pm

Mandeville FBC invites you to join us for “A Mandeville Christmas”. Walk through a live depiction of the life of Jesus. Free for the whole family.


19th Annual Holiday of Lights (Mandeville)

December 7, 8, 14 & 15 from 6-8:30pm

This free event on Koop Drive in Mandeville runs run for two consecutive weekends, on Friday and Saturday nights. Enjoy entertainment from local schools and area performance groups, holiday décor, kiddie rides, and more. Directly behind the Kid’s Konnection Playground.


Nutcracker Tea (Kenner)

December 8 at noon; December 15 at 12:30pm

The Studio-School of Dance invites everyone to Chateau Golf & Country Club to enjoy an enchanting afternoon that includes an elegant tea and luncheon, plus hands-on activities for youth that include cookie decorating, letter to Santa, Pointe shoe autographing, as well as a visit from Santa Claus. The Studio School of Dance dancer will perform excerpts from The Nutcracker and the family will have the rare opportunity to pose for photographs with members of the cast. A benefit for The Studio School of Dance, proceeds raise funds to provide the highest quality dance performance and education to everyone in our community.


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

December 8-9,15-16 & 23 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, and photos with Santa.


Holiday Movies on the Mississippi (New Orleans)

December 7 & 14 at 630

The Downtown Development District and the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk are proud to present the following special outdoor movie showings on Spanish Plaza. Remaining dates are: Friday, December 7 – The Santa Claus; Friday, December 14 – Elf. All movies begin at 6:30pm.


Let It Snow at Rivertown Theaters (New Orleans)

December 7 – 23​ (select dates and times)

The Big Easy Boys & Babes are “coming to town” with a brand new, spectacular holiday revue. This delightful mix of holiday standards and classic hits is sure to have you and yours “rockin around the Christmas tree.” Following the success of Under the Boardwalk, and Let the Good Times Roll, the Boys’ signature blend of tight harmonies, slick dance moves, and a live big band orchestra is sure to get the whole family “in the mood” for the holiday season.


The Acro-cats Celebrate Meowy Christmas (New Orleans)

December 7 – 23

Allways Lounge and Cabaret hosts this celebration of Christmas (or Catmas). Guests can watch cats jump through wreaths, roll an ornament, push a sleigh and performing an array of other seasonal tricks. Real rescued house cats that delight and amaze audiences of all ages.  There will also be a special appearance by The Rock-Cats (the only cat band in the entire WORLD!) playing seasonal carol selections This two hour show has very limited dates and tickets available so we suggest buying online to get make sure you get your seats. Very Important Cat People (VICP seating) get front row seats and they sell out the fastest. Days & showtimes vary.


Deanie’s Candyland Christmas (New Orleans)

December 8, 9, 15 & 16 from 9 -11:30am

Guests at this French Quarter party can enjoy a Deanie’s style buffet breakfast, photos with Santa, crafts for the kids, and fun sing-along Christmas music by Vince Vance & The Valianettes. To make it a holiday party that everyone will love, they wrap up the fun with a one-of-a-kind dance train to Candyland, where the kids can feast like an elf on candy canes, gum drops, gummy bears, and more.


World War II Museum Teddy Bear Tea (New Orleans)

December 8, 15, 21, and 22 at 10am

The third annual Teddy Bear Tea is 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.


Christmas at the Cathedral (New Orleans)

December 13 & 16

The historic St. Louis Cathedral and Basilica plays host to the St. Louis Basilica Annual Christmas Concert at 5:30pm on December 16, and Christmas Organ Spectacular, featuring Emmanuel Culcasi on December 13 at 6pm.


Festival of the Bonfires (Lutcher)

December 14 – 16

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.


Holiday Tea at Longue Vue

December 15 & 18 from 1-3pm

Children and families are invited to join Longue Vue House and Gardens for some festive holiday cheer! Enjoy celebrating the holiday season at Longue Vue with an afternoon tea, festive holiday crafts, and photos with Santa. An assortment of tea, cookies, sandwiches and sweets will be served. Photos with Santa are an additional fee of $15, and you will be emailed your digital copy following the event.


Teddy Bear Tea at the Royal Sonesta (New Orleans)

15, 16, 20-23 at 11am & 2pm

Little Princes & Princesses are invited into our Magical Royal Kingdom at Royal Snownesta where their fantasies come to life in our beautiful Grand Ballroom! Featuring story time with Mrs. Claus, a sing-a-long with Rudolph, the Sugarplum Fairy and Marching Toy Soldiers for an interactive holiday adventure that children of all ages can enjoy. Word has it that Santa himself will make a special appearance all the way from the North Pole! Photos with Santa will be available for purchase before and after each seating.


Elf the Musical at the Saenger (New Orleans)

December 18-23

ELF The Musical is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually human, Buddy’s enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father, discover his true identity, and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. This modern day Christmas classic is sure to make everyone embrace their inner ELF. Showtimes vary.


Slidell’s Bayou Christmas

December 19 – 22 from 6-10pm

Presented by the Boys and Girls Club and  located at Heritage Park in Slidell, this event will have light displays animated to holiday music, food and drinks prepared by local restaurants, live entertainment from local groups, churches and schools, handcrafted gifts, and photos with Santa.


NOLA ChristmasFest (New Orleans)

December 20 -31

This dazzling, family-friendly seasonal event that takes place at the Convention Center offers opportunities to create lasting memories with a real indoor ice skating rink, ice slides, a carousel, carnival rides, inflatables, Santa and friends, gingerbread houses, decorated trees and more. New this year is curling lanes, Bouncy! the World’s Tallest Snowman, Polar Golf, longer ice slides, special events and pricing honoring member of the Military and First Responders, and 50,000 additional square feet for fun.


Papa Noel Cruise on the Creole Queen

December 22 & 23 at 10:30am & 2pm

This holiday tea cruise  aboard the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen features Cajun holiday characters such as Papa Noel, Mrs. Noel, and Gaston the Gator. Guests will enjoy a classic holiday tea with tempting treats, storytelling, face painting, magic tricks, children’s activities and merriment while cruising the mighty Mississippi. Guests can hold a real live alligator and, as lagniappe, each child gets a special present. First cruise boards at 10:00am, cruises from 10:30am to 12pm; Second cruise boards at 1:30pm, cruises from 2pm to 3:30pm.


NOMA Kids’ Holiday Workshops  (New Orleans)

December 27 & 28

New Orleans Museum of Art offers single-day Studio KIDS! Holiday Workshops from 9:30am –12:30 pm to engage young artists (ages 5-10) in the creative process. Students will explore works of art in the museum galleries and get creative in the studio.


Single-Day Events


Hammond Christmas Parade

December 1 at 5:30pm

The Rotary Club of Hammond’s parade carries the theme “A Louisiana Christmas”” this year. Expect lots of floats, high school marching bands, and of course, Santa.


Home Depot Kids’ Workshop: Sled with Reindeer (Both Shores)

December 1 from 9am-12pm

Dash through the snow in our hands-on workshop where you and your child can build a model sleigh pulled by a reindeer. Once your sleigh is complete, you and your musher can decorate it with paint and stickers and put imagination to work towing gifts around town. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.


Algiers Bonfire

December 1 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.


Merry Madisonville

December 1 from 2-6pm

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. Schedule: 2pm parade; 3pm Santa arrives; 3:30pm Children’s Bell Choir & Snow; 4pm Santa’s Workshop.


Krewe of Jingle Parade (New Orleans)

December 1 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. Parade route can be found here:


Festival of Trees Pajama Party Brunch (New Orleans)

December 1 from 10am-1pm

Don your coziest holiday pajamas and start your day with a fun-filled, family-friendly jazz brunch with live music, plus holiday performances with Louisiana History Alive characters and New Orleans Dance Academy. Activities include a Mr. Bingle scavenger hunt, family photo booth, crafts, wintery yoga, face painting, and cookie decorating.


Nutcracker Tea Party (Covington)

December 2 from 1-3pm

The English Tea Room and St. Tammany Art Association present a special holiday tea for all ages, complete with ballet dancers and a special visit from Santa Claus. The event will take place in Covington’s Art Alley, located just off Covington’s quaint Columbia Street between St. Tammany Art Association and HJ Smith’s Sons General Store.


Chanukah at the Riverwalk (New Orleans)

December 2 from 4 – 6pm

Hundreds of community members will gather for this celebration along the Mississippi River where they’ll have music, kosher food, entertainment, and children’s activities. The grand Menorah lighting will take place at 5pm.–riverwalk-1504052518


The Nutcracker Tea (Hammond)

December 2 from 2-4pm

Everyone is invited to Le Fleur De Lis Reception Hall for Hammond Ballet’s family-friendly afternoon of Nutcracker Magic with special performances, fine food, and the opportunity to shop at Clara’s Corner and bid on magnificent gifts at the silent auction. Guests can also enjoy dancing, storytime, photos and more with everyone’s favorite Nutcracker characters.


Miss Merry Christmas at Esplanade (Kenner)

December 2 at 1pm

Boys 4 and under, and girls and women up to age 27 are welcome to participate in this holiday pageant. Everyone receives a crown and a trophy.


St. Tammany’s Holiday Festival of Arts (Covington)

December 2 from 12-5pm

The event will include more than 50 booths featuring local artists and arts organizations with offerings in a variety of media including paintings, etchings, pottery, sculpture, photography, jewelry and hand-made accessories. Enjoy cooking demonstrations, entertainment to include live music, as well as literary readings, storytelling and book signings by local authors will be offered at St. John’s Coffeehouse. Admission to these events and more is free.


Chanukah at the Riverwalk (New Orleans)

December 2, from 4-6 pm

This Public Menorah Lighting and grand Chanukah celebration is attended by community and civic leaders along with hundreds of community members and tourists. Guests can enjoy Kosher food, Jewish music, children’s program and entertainment, and Chanukah materials. The grand Menorah lighting will take place at 5 p.m. on the terrace overlooking the Mississippi River.


Latkes with a Twist (New Orleans)

December 6 at 7pm

The Jewish Children’s Regional Service presents its 5th annual Chanukah celebration at Press Street Station located at 5 Homer Plessy Way in the historic Faubourg Marigny. There will be live music from the Joe Gelini Trio, a silent auction, an open bar, and Chef Adam Biderman, owner of The Company Burger, will be the featured “Latke Master” along with NOCCA culinary students and friends. Proceeds from the event go to support Jewish children throughout the Greater New Orleans area through needs-based scholarships.


Covington Christmas 

December 6 from 7-9pm

The finest New Orleans jazz musicians join together at the Fuhrmann Auditorium to offer swinging versions of your favorite Christmas Carols and holiday standards and Santa pays a visit to help put you into the Christmas spirit.


Deck the Rails (Covington)

December 8 from 4-7pm

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


Snow Day at Lafreniere Park (Metairie)

December 8 from 9:30am-2:30pm

50 Tons of “SNOW” will be spread between Shelter #7 & #8 near the Carousel at Lafreniere Park in Metairie for all to enjoy.


Shelf Elf’s Story (Destrehan)

December 8 at 10am & 1pm

Lafon’s Performing Arts Center presents a special holiday stage production at the Destrehan Auditorium. It’s best summed up in a poem… Ever wonder how the shelf elf came to be?  The magic and wonder will fill you with glee!  Santa, and snowmen, and reindeer oh my! Come see the tale of Santa’s number one spy. Mischief and humor and magic are key, In making this story a family must-see!


Jingle Bugs at the Insectarium (New Orleans)

December 8 from 10:30am-4:30pm

Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium celebrates the holidays with Santa, a reading of the Night Before Christmas, face painting, a magician, a “gumdrop” hunt, and lots of buggy activities and treats for the entire family.


Santa Claus at Gattuso’s (Gretna)

December 8 from 6-9pm

Gattuso’s Neighborhood Bar and Restaurant invites the whole gang to visit with Santa and tell him what’s on your wishlist this year. Photos are $10 and all proceeds benefit Patsy’s Posse.


Donuts with Santa (New Orleans)

December 8 from 9:30am – 12:30pm

Held at t the Cannery, 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.


Donuts with Santa (Mandeville)

December 8 from 9 – 11:30am

Held at Fleur de lis Event Center 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.


Chabad Mobile Menorah Parade (New Orleans)

December 8 at 7:30pm

The Krewe of Chanukah rides from Chabad Uptown down St. Charles through the CBD, French Quarter and the Marigny and then returns uptown followed by an after party. Special Chanukah throws are created just for this event.


610 Stompers Holiday Spectacular (New Orleans)

December 8 at 7:30pm

Santa came down to New Orleans for Jazz Fest and had so much fun, he never went back to the North Pole to prepare for the holidays. The 610 Stompers are on the case, aided by local guest artists, they fight battles and travel far, but will they be able to save Christmas? Other performances by vocalist Varla Jean Merman, Dancing Grounds Elite Feet Students, and Landry Walker High School Gospel Choir. Mahalia Jackson Theater.


The Shelf Elf’s Story

December 8 at 10am & 1pm

Lafon Arts Center’s show about the infamous Elf on the Shelf at the Destrehan Auditorium is described via a poem: Ever wonder how the shelf elf came to be?  The magic and wonder will fill you with glee! Santa, and snowmen, and reindeer oh my! Come see the tale of Santa’s number one spy. Mischief and humor and magic are key, In making this story a family must-see!


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

December 8 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. After the race, “Romp” around … and enjoy healthy activities for kids and parents, music, games, crafts and more. Registration begins at 8am.


Ponchatoula Tree Lighting

December 8 from 5-7pm

Christmas on the Bayou is the theme for this year’s parade through the streets of Ponchatoula.


Chanukah Celebration  (New Orleans)

December 9 from 4 – 6pm

Celebrate Chanukah at the JCC in Uptown. They’ll light the Menorah, nosh on a Chanukah dinner, and have live music by bluegrass band Nefesh Mountain.


Christmas on the Northshore Concert (Mandeville)

December 9 at 3pm and 7pm

St. Timothy United Methodist Church’s annual holiday concert features their award-winning choir, the Northshore Orchestra. Though it’s a free event, it’s recommended that people obtain tickets in advance.


History and Holly Home Tour (Covington)

December 9 from 2:30-5:30pm

This annual event, held 2:30pm Featured in this annual event will be seven beautiful homes in the E. 15th Avenue neighborhood, with a focus on newer homes that exude historic Covington charm. This is a perfect outing to enjoy with friends and family as you walk the pedestrian-friendly route, touring the festively adorned homes, sipping wine (provided) and enjoying the sounds of the season from strolling carolers. Trams will also be available.


Candlelight Caroling at Covington Trailhead

December 13 from 7-8pm

Families will enjoy favorite holiday tunes performed by local musicians and singing groups. Refreshments and libations will be available for purchase. The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs for seating at the open-air pavilion. More information about this year’s activities will be released as the event nears.


Yuletide Celebration with LPO (Kenner)

December 13 at 7:30pm

The LPO’s annual holiday celebration returns with performances at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, Columbia Theatre in Hammond, and Municipal Auditorium in Slidell featuring yuletide favorites perfect for the entire family! Bring your holiday spirit and caroling voice.


Yuletide Celebration with LPO (Hammond)

December 14 at 7:30pm

The LPO’s annual holiday celebration returns with performances at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, Columbia Theatre in Hammond, and Municipal Auditorium in Slidell featuring yuletide favorites perfect for the entire family! Bring your holiday spirit and caroling voice.


Polar Express at Mandeville Trailhead

December 14 at 7pm

Families are invited to bring lawn chairs and wear pajamas for a special holiday movie night at the Mandeville Trailhead featuring Polar Express. Concessions will be available for purchase, and a donation box will be set up for donations to Toys for Tots. This event is free and open to the public.


Cajun Christmas at Big Branch (Lacombe)

December 15 from 9am – 4pm

Santa and Mrs. Claus make a special visit to the Southeast Louisiana National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center. Kids of all ages are invited for story time, cookies, and hot cocoa. Santa & Mrs. Claus will be available for FREE pictures from 2-4pm.


Deck the Park with Pyrotechnics (Covington)

December 15 from 4-7:30pm

Visitors are invited to Coquille Parks & Recreation to shop for arts and crafts, see a holiday movie, enjoy great local food trucks, and the finale, Geaux Pyro’s Christmas Fireworks Musical Display.


The Nutcracker (Slidell)

December 15 at 2pm & 7pm

All are invited to enjoy a magical, wholesome, traditional Christmas experience with family and friends at Slidell Little Theatre for a reading of The Night Before Christmas, festive caroling and Southern Youth Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Enjoy beautiful costumes and timeless music appropriate for all ages.


Pirates and Princesses Swamp Tea (Jean Lafitte)

December 15 at 11am

Jean Lafitte Swamp Tours hosts this festive party that features live entertainment, story time, a magic show, kid-friendly lunch, photos with Papa Noel himself, and of course a tour of the surrounding swamplands via traditional flat-bottom boat. The little ones will be enthralled by gator sightings – and they even get to hold one themselves.


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

December 15 from 2-8pm

At the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation’s annual Lights at the Lake holiday celebration at the New Canal Lighthouse, in addition to a fantastic music line-up, delicious food from local food trucks and tantalizing hot toddies and refreshments, there will be kids craft & educational activities, and pictures with Santa. They’ve also added an arts & crafts “last stop shopping” village.


Christmas on the Farm (Folsom)

December 15 at 11am-4pm

Zoo 2 U invites everyone to come see Santa and his live reindeer along with the petting zoo and Christmas games. Bring your camera. $20 per person.


Harahan Christmas Parade

December 15 from noon – 1:30pm

Gather your family & friends and head to the parade route for a holiday tradition, the Harahan Christmas Parade! NOLA Pixie Dust is excited to participate in our 4th parade appearance bringing character entertainment to our home town! Filled with entertainment from all over the city, it’s a family event everyone will enjoy.


Papa Noel Party at LCM

December 15 from 11am-3pm

Visitors to Louisiana Children’s Museum are invited to build a small wooden bonfire structure in honor of the Louisiana bonfire tradition along the Great River Road to “light the way” for Papa Noel, take a NOLA-themed holiday photo with Papa Noel himself, and dance to festive Creole and Zydeco music. Included with general admission or LCM Museum membership.


Christmas Around the World (Luling)

December 16 at 4pm

Lafon Arts Center present this performance by The Louisiana Ovation Vocal Ensemble which explores Christmas carols from around the world. Hosted by The Shell Theater in Luling.


Yuletide Celebration with LPO (Slidell)

December 16 at 2:30pm

The LPO’s annual holiday celebration returns with performances at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, Columbia Theatre in Hammond, and Municipal Auditorium in Slidell featuring yuletide favorites perfect for the entire family! Bring your holiday spirit and caroling voice.


Jackson Square Caroling (New Orleans)

December 16 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.


Breakfast with Papa Noel (New Orleans)

December 21 at 9am

Continue the Rtiz 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.


Baroque Christmas with the LPO (Covington)

December 21 at 7:30pm

This annual Baroque Christmas program at First Baptist Church of Covington kicks off with Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Greensleeves, the folk song from which the popular Christmas carol, “What Child Is This?” borrowed its melody. The festivities continue with Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto” and Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 by J.S. Bach. The program ends with selections from a holiday favorite, Handel’s Messiah, including the famous Hallelujah Chorus.


Caroling at the Trailhead (Mandeville)

December 23 from 5-6:30pm

All are invited to bring blankets or lawn chairs to the Mandeville Trailhead for Christmas caroling with classic seasonal songs. Candles and song sheets provided.


Steamboat Natchez Christmas Eve Celebration (New Orleans)

December 24 from 7:30-9:30pm

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.


Christmas Eve Dinner Cruise on the Creole Queen (New Orleans)

December 24 at 7pm

Creole Queen Paddlewheeler invites guests to spend an enchanting Christmas Eve enjoying unparalleled views of the city from the elegant, garland-adorned dining rooms or from the open air of the upper deck. They will also create a New Orleans style experience with a delicious Creole dinner and a live jazz band playing New Orleans and holiday favorites. Boarding begins at 6pm at the Riverwalk/Canal Street dock, departure is 7pm, returning at 9pm.


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.


Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker (New Orleans)

December 26 at 3pm & 7pm

Presenting world class Russian artists, hand-painted sets, Russian Snow Maidens, and jubilant Nesting Dolls – Great Russian Nutcracker brings the Christmas spirit to life for all ages. “Kids wide-eyed with delight!” says the New York Times. Experience the Dove of Peace Tour, spreading goodwill in over 100 cities across North America.’s-great-russian-nutcracker-2018


New Years Eve Cruise (New Orleans)

December 31 from 11pm-1am

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in New Orleans aboard the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen where you can ring in the New Year with a front row seat to the fireworks extravaganza over the Mississippi River. Highlights include a late-night buffet of New Orleans favorites, call-brand drinks at the open bar, a DJ, and a midnight  toast with Champagne and festive party favors. Boarding is from 10-11pm; Cruise is from 11pm-1am.


Steamboat Natchez New Year’s Eve Extravaganza (New Orleans)

December 31 from 10:30pm-12:30pm

Ring in the New Year and view the spectacular New Orleans skyline at night aboard the Steamboat NATCHEZ. The cruise will feature a delicious holiday buffet, premium open bar and a live Dance Band. Boarding will begin at 9:30pm, cruising from 10:30pm until midnight, and the party continues dockside until 12:30am. Reservations are required and holiday attire recommended.


LCM Countdown to Noon (New Orleans)

December 31 from 9:30am – 3pm

This family-friendly New Year’s Eve is a very special one since it is the LAST one that will be celebrating on Julia Street. The event culminates with a colorful confetti toss and a balloon release. Guests can make a noisemaker and festive paper bag party hat, plus enjoy live music and look forward to 2019 in style. Special event ticketing applies.


Zoo Year’s Eve (New Orleans)

December 31 from 10:30am to 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.


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

December 31 from 9pm – 1am

Ring in 2019 at BB’s Stage Door Canteen as Spencer Racca, Elizabeth Floyd, and the 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, dance 2018 away to the unrivaled sounds of the 1940s and enjoy a four-course seated dinner with complimentary beer and wine.