HOLIDAY HULLABALOO: 100 Events on Both Shores & Beyond

HOLIDAY HULLABALOO: 100 Events on Both Shores & Beyond

The holidays are finally here! And since we’re lucky to live in this incredibly festive region, as always, there is a dizzying array of events and activities to get you into the spirit.

From New Orleans to the Northshore to the West Bank to the River Parishes, we’ve pulled together as many family-friendly Christmas, Chanukah, New Year’s, and general wintry fun events as we could find. We’ve divided them into categories — mall Santas, ongoing events, and single-day events — then, put them in chronological order. Each event contains a link to its website of origin, so be sure to check for additional information, ticket availability, and any changes to dates and times. 

Okay, ready, set — go have some fun! Scan 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-8pm, Sundays 12pm-6pm. Express passes are available via the website.


Santa at Clearview Mall  (New Orleans)

Now through December 24

Santa is available for pictures with multiple package options, as well as special gift offers. Visit the website for varying hours and prices.


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. Visit website for hours and pricing.


Santa at Esplanade Mall (New Orleans)

Now through December 24

Santa will be on-hand for photos and Christmas wishes. Visit website for hours and Santa’s break schedule.


Ongoing Events 


Audubon Zoo Lights (New Orleans)

November 29-30; December 1, 6-8, 12-15, 19-23, 26-30

Audubon Zoo invites visitors to enjoy a dazzling light display and winter dreamland packed with holly jolly activities for the whole family, such as the Gum Drop Hop, Twinkling Tunnel, 30-foot Endangered Species Holiday Tree, Elves Workshop, and much more. Hours are from 6-9pm with last entry at 8:45pm.


Celebration in the Oaks (New Orleans)

November 29 – January 1 

For this spectacular holiday lights festivals, City Park’s famous oaks are swathed in hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights and light displays are scattered throughout 25 acres of the park, including the Botanical Garden, Storyland, and Carousel Gardens Amusement Park. Guests can also enjoy amusement park rides, the famous train ride through the lights, photos with Santa, and more. Closed Christmas Eve & New Year’s Eve; open Christmas night: 6pm-9pm. Regular hours: Friday and Saturday 5-11pm; Sunday through Thursday 6pm-10pm.


Miracle on Fulton Street (New Orleans)

November 29 – December 28

The elves have been busy and are eager to share a beautiful new light exhibit.. Highlights include daily “snow”, hourly from 11am – 10pm, twinkling lights, a 30-ft mega tree, and a magical gingerbread display in the Harrah’s Hotel Lobby. Visitors can enjoy live music and visits with Santa on Fridays and Saturdays through December 21, beginning at 6pm.


Christmas in the Country (Covington)

November 29 – December 21

Every Saturday until Christmas (and the Friday after Thanksgiving), historic downtown Covington will host special shopping events, along with live music and refreshments. 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. Restaurant and bar hours vary. Recurring weekly on Saturdays, plus the Friday after Thanksgiving.


Ritz Carlton Papa Noel Tea (New Orleans)

November 30, December 1, 7-8, 14-24 

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. Seating at 11 & 2:30pm.


Ritz Carlton Build Your Own Gingerbread House (New Orleans)

November 30, December 1, 7-8, 14-23

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 noon &-3pm.


Holiday Movies at the Prytania Theatre (New Orleans)

November 30, December 8, 11, 15 & 18 

In addition to the kids’ series, which begins on December 6 (see listing below), The Prytania Theatre has scheduled a series of all ages classic holiday movies, each at 10am. Schedule: November 30 – Elf; December 8 & 11 – White Christmas; December 15 & 18 – It’s a Wonderful Life.


Festival of Trees at LCM (New Orleans)

November 30 – December 29

Enjoy the Louisiana Children’s Museum’s creative collection of holiday trees created by local schools, artists, and community partners as well as community performances by local choirs, dance groups, jazz ensembles, school bands, and more. Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm, Sunday 11:30am-4:30pm. Closed Dec 24 & 25.


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)

December 1, 7-8, 14-15, 19-24

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. Various packages and seating times available.


La Petite Palace Holiday Events (New Orleans)

December 1, 21 & 22 

All of La Petite Palace’s holiday events include special treats, storytime, crafts, and activities. Schedule December 1 Tree Lighting Ceremony from 4-5:15pm; December 21 Teddy Bear Tea from 3-4pm; and December 22 Nutcracker Tea from 3-4pm.


Christmas at Southern Hotel (Covington)

December 1 – 29

Southern Hotel during the holidays is a sight to behold. Stop by to see the beautiful Christmas decorations throughout the grounds and enjoy a specialty cocktail at the Cypress Bar. Admission to the following performances is free: Live music on Sunday nights, throughout the month of December:  “Holidays with Dé Jeuné” from 4-6pm. Caroling on Thursday, December 4th by Kehoe France Choir (time TBA). November 24 and December 1, 8 and 15 – Photos with Santa.


A Merry Canteen Christmas (New Orleans)

December 1-23

The World War II Museum’s talented Victory Belles present classic holiday favorites sung in beautiful harmony. When a WWII veteran gifts a trunk full of wartime memorabilia, the Victory Belles unwrap so many memories and reminisce the best way they know how—with song. Brunch and dinner showtimes available.


Nutcracker Teas (Covington)

December 1, 7, 15, 22 

The English Tea Room is hosting multiple Nutcracker Teas complete with ballerinas, traditional holiday music complete with a lavish High Tea and a visit from Santa. The December 7 tea is a special St. Tammany Art Association event. Seatings at 10am & 2pm.


Christmas at the Cathedral (New Orleans)

December 2-19 

The historic St. Louis Cathedral and Basilica plays host to various artists in this free December concert series. Select days at 6pm.


Holiday Movies on the Mississippi (New Orleans)

December 6, 13, & 20 

The Downtown Development District and the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk are proud to present the following special outdoor movie showings on Spanish Plaza. December 6 – The Grinch (2018 Version); December 13 – The Muppet Christmas Carol; December 20 – Elf. All movies begin at 6:30pm.


The Acro-cats Celebrate Meowy Christmas (New Orleans)

December 6, 7, 12-15, 19-21

Allways Lounge and Cabaret hosts this celebration of Christmas (or Catmas). Guests can watch rescued house cats jump through wreaths, roll an ornament, push a sleigh and performing an array of other seasonal tricks. 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. Days & showtimes vary.


Holiday of Lights (Mandeville)

December 6, 7, 13 & 14 

This free event on Koop Drive in Mandeville runs  for two consecutive weekends, on Friday and Saturday nights.  Enjoy entertainment from local schools, area performance groups and other organizations, holiday décor, and free kiddie rides by Mitchell Brothers Amusement. Santa will be on hand for pictures with children for $20 each, printed while you wait, and refreshments will be available for purchase. Hours: from 6-8:30pm.


A Very Merry Christmas Spectacular (Mandeville)

December 6-15

 Bring the whole family to 30 by Ninety Theatre’s spirited celebration of the holidays featuring a variety of acts by local performers of all ages. Singing, dancing, comedy and so much more will certainly get you ready for the holidays. Show dates are December 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 8:00pm and December 8 and 15 at 2:30pm.


Kenner Christmas Village (New Orleans)

December 6 – 28

The Annual Christmas Village will light up Kenner this holiday season. Open every Friday and Saturday in December, highlights include beautiful Christmas lights, animated scenery, entertainment, food, and snow every weekend. Hours are  6-9pm.


Christmas Under the Stars (Slidell)

December 6-7 & 13-14

This annual 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. Hours are 6-9pm.

Prytania’s Christmas Kids’ Series (New Orleans)

December 6-7, 13-14, 23-24

This event for kids of all ages starts with crafts and cupcakes at 9am, followed by a classic Christmas double feature at 10am. Schedule: -December 6 & 7- The Year Without a Santa Claus & How the Grinch Stole Christmas; December 13 & 14-  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer & Frosty the Snowman; December 23 & 24- Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town & A Charlie Brown Christmas.


Lafreniere Christmas in the Park (New Orleans)

December 6 – 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 & Crafts Expo (Covington)

December 6 – 8

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


Otis House Christmas in a Victorian Parlor (Madisonville)

December 6 – 24 

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. By appointment only, call 985-792-4652.


WWII Museum Teddy Bear Tea (New Orleans)

December 7, 14 & 21

At this holiday experience to be shared with children and grandchildren, young guests will be entertained by delicious food and sweet treats, lively music from the Victory Belles, and a visit from Santa with a special teddy bear gift for all children in attendance. Held in BB’s Stage Door Canteen. Seatings at 9:30am & 2pm.


Christmas on the Farm (Folsom)

December 7-8 & 14-15

All are invited to celebrate the season at the farm with Santa and his reindeer for a day filled with fun and excitement. Take your family photos with Santa in his sleigh, play reindeer games and make reindeer food. Take pictures with HumpD our Christmas Camel.  Meet Santa’s other friends, the tortoise and the hare, his pot belly pigs, Pygmy goats, bunnies, chickens, and CoatiMundi. Also see up close the hand raised bobcats, wolves and foxes. There will also be pony rides for the kids, face painting and reindeer games. Concessions will be provided by Creole Tomateaux for purchase. Hours from 11am-4pm.


Deanie’s Candyland Christmas (New Orleans)

December 7, 8, 14 & 15

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. A percentage of ticket sales will go to support Angels’ Place programs and guests are welcome to bring unwrapped gifts to be donated. Festivities start  at 9am.


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

December 8, 14,15, 21 & 22 

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. Seatings at 10am & 1:30pm.


Pancakes & PJ’s with Santa & Friends (Amite)

December 8 & 15 

Liuzza Land hosts this cozy event in the Berry Barn, featuring breakfast, beverages, stories, songs, and entertainment for all ages. Event lasts from 9-11am. 


Culinary Kids Holiday Workshops (Mandeville)

December 9 & 10

Kids ages 10-16 get to work with professional teaching chef, Clare Reding, to practice new holiday traditions. Each night will feature different menus – Dec 9 them will be Cupcake Craze with four different gourmet flavors, and Dec 10 will be Holiday Cookies and Gingerbread). Extended workshop hours 5:30 – 8 pm. Reservations required, spaces fill quickly.

A Mandeville Christmas, Live Nativity

December 13-15

Mandeville FBC invites you to join them for “A Mandeville Christmas”. Walk through live depictions of Christ’s birth, life, crucifixion and resurrection, with beautiful costumes and live animals. Free for the whole family. Event is  from 6-8pm.


Festival of the Bonfires (Lutcher)

December 13-15

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.


Christmas on the Bayou (Covington)

December 13-15

This fun holiday treat from Playmakers, Inc. Community Theater was written by local children’s theatre favorites Frank Levy and Bonnie Bess Wood, and is the true story of Father Adrien E. Rouquette, a writer and Catholic missionary who, for some 30 years, lived among the Native Americans of the forests along the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain. Performances are 7pm on Friday and 1pm on Saturday and Sunday.


12 Days of Christmas Displays (Covington)

December 13 – January 6

From a partridge in a pear tree to twelve drummers drumming, downtown Covington will be aglow with holiday images this month “Covington’s Twelve Days of Christmas” returns for a second year. The tableau features twelve lighted silhouettes depicting larger-than-life images from the traditional Old English Christmas carol, exhibited at various locales in the downtown historic district. The public is invited to stroll through the city to view “four calling birds, three French hens,” and other familiar images from the well-known Christmas carol.


Nutcracker Tea (Metairie)

December 14 & 15

The Studio-School of Dance invites everyone to Copeland Tower Suites to enjoy an enchanting afternoon that includes an elegant tea and luncheon, plus hands-on activities for youth that include letters to Santa, amazing creations from Balloonatics of Baton Rouge, a visit from Santa Claus, and more. The Studio School of Dance dancers will perform excerpts from The Nutcracker and visitors 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. Shows times: December 14 at 12:30pm & December 15 at noon.


The Nutcracker (Slidell)

December 14 & 15 

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. December 14 at 2pm & 7pm; December 15 at 2pm.


Papa Noel Cruise on the Creole Queen (New Orleans)

December 14 & 15

This holiday 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. Cruises at  at 10:30am & 2pm.


The Nutcracker (Destrehan)

December 14 & 15 

Lafon’s Performing Arts Center presents River Region Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker. Giant mice, dancing snowflakes, a growing Christmas tree, and an enchanted nutcracker are sure to delight the inner child in everyone. River Region Ballet’s combination of amazing dancers, gorgeous sets and costumes, and Tchaikocsky’s timeless music makes this one of the greatest holiday shows. December 14 at 2pm & 7:30pm, December 15 at 2pm.


Teddy Bear Tea at the Royal Sonesta (New Orleans)

December 15, 19-23

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. Photos with Santa will be available for purchase before and after each seating. Seating times vary.


A Christmas Story: The Musical (New Orleans)

December 17-22

From the songwriting team behind the smash hit Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen and the Academy Award-winning film La La Land, A CHRISTMAS STORY, THE MUSICAL, brings the classic 1983 movie to hilarious life on stage. Set in 1940s Indiana, a young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. Nominated for three 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Showtimes vary.


Slidell’s Bayou Christmas

December 20 – 29 

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. Event lasts from 6-10pm.


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.



Single-Day Events


LPO Yuletide Celebration (Kenner)

December 5 at 7:30pm

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual holiday celebration returns with this performance at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, featuring yuletide favorites, accompanied by local student choirs. Perfect for the entire family. Bring your holiday spirit and caroling voice..


Olde Towne Christmas Crawl (Slidell)

December 6 from 5-10pm

Friends, family and pets are welcome to join this holiday block party to enjoy live music, local vendors, arts and crafts, shopping, kids’ activities, food and beverages, pet adoptions, and more.


LPO Yuletide Celebration (Hammond)

December 6 at 7:30pm

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual holiday celebration returns to the Columbia Theatre in Hammond, featuring yuletide favorites, accompanied by local student choirs. Perfect for the entire family. Bring your holiday spirit and caroling voice.


Breakfast with Santa (Covington)

December 7 from 9am-12pm

Hosted by Lakeview Regional Medical Center, this event, designed to bring holiday cheer to the children served by Youth Service Bureau, features breakfast, storytelling with local authors, train rides, holiday crafts and the much anticipated visit and photos with Santa. Open to the public, it also provides opportunities for guests to learn more about and support the invaluable services offered by YSB programs.


Hammond Christmas Parade

December 7 at 5:30pm

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


Santa on Trails 5K Run/Walk (Mandeville)

December 7 at 9am

Participants in this 5K run/walk to benefit New Orleans Mission shelter are invited to wear a Santa suit and bring a toy for the children of the shelter. The event takes place on the beautiful, flat trails of Fontainebleau State Park. Refreshments provides, children welcome.


Winter on the Water (Mandeville)

December 7 at 3-8pm

The fun begins with Santa’s walking parade at 4pm at the harbor and concludes at the gazebo’s quaint stage, where Mandeville Mayor Don Villere welcomes the evening’s performers, including Benny Grunch & The Bunch and a bell chorus. The mayor then conducts the lighting of the beautiful lakefront live oaks, and the event concludes with a lighted boat parade.


Home Depot Kids’ Holiday Workshop (Both Shores)

December 7 from 9am-12pm

Create your own Christmas Coundown Calendar, and have a blast with your child while doing it. Kids develop hands-on skills with sanding, nailing and applying stickers. With help from parents and store associates, your child will make a merry memory this holiday season. 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 7 from 5:30-8:30pm

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 7 from 2-8pm

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 Jolly Old St Nick, and makes one stopfor a Champagne toast. The festivities also include the lighting of the Christmas tree, caroling, and Santa’s Workshop.


Krewe of Jingle Parade (New Orleans)

December 7 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.


Pirates and Princesses Swamp Tea (Jean Lafitte)

December 7 at 10:30am & Noon

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.


Very Electric Christmas (Destrehan)

December 7 at 2pm & 7pm

People of all ages will be captivated by the dazzling visuals and unique menagerie of characters that magically appear out of the darkness. Hosted by the Lafon’s Performing Arts Center, this show combines the arts of puppetry, theater, and dance with the music of timeless holiday hits. This magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope creates a truly one-of-a-kind, inspired and exhilarating holiday experience that will be a treasured memory for years to come.


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

December 7 from 9am-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.


Yuletide Celebration with LPO (Slidell)

December 8 at 2:30pm

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual holiday celebration returns to the Slidell Municipal Auditorium, featuring yuletide favorites, accompanied by local student choirs. Perfect for the entire family. Bring your holiday spirit and caroling voice.


The Nutcracker Tea (Hammond)

December 8 from 2-4pm

Everyone is invited to The Oaks for Hammond Ballet’s family-friendly afternoon of Nutcracker Magic with special performances and fine food while you shop at Clara’s Corner and bid on magnificent gifts at the silent aauction. Enjoy dancing, story time, photos and more with your favorite Nutcracker characters.


Christmas on the Northshore Concert (Mandeville)

December 8 at 3pm & 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 8 from 2-5pm

This annual event will feature four beautiful homes in the W. 19th, W. 20th and Jefferson avenues area, Covington Presbyterian Church, and St. Peter Catholic Church, which will feature music from 1:30-3:30 p.m. This is a perfect outing to enjoy with friends and family as you walk the pedestrian-friendly route (trams will also be available), touring the festively adorned homes and churches, sipping wine (provided) and enjoying the sounds of the season from a harpist and strolling carolers. In addition, there will be new Christmas cards and ornaments (by local artists Suzanne King and Jax Frey, respectively) available for purchase.


Disney Junior Holiday Party (New Orleans)

December 10 at 6pm

The Mahalia Jackson Theater hosts the Disney Junior Holiday Party, a dazzling musical wonderland where children and their families can sing and dance along to their favorite Disney Junior songs plus holiday classics with their favorite Disney friends, including Mickey & Minnie Mouse, the Puppy Dog Pals, Vampirina and many more, plus a special visit from Santa Claus.!


Latkes with a Twist (New Orleans)

December 12 at 7pm 

The Jewish Children’s Regional Service presents its 6th annual Chanukah celebration at Press Street Station located at 5 Homer Plessy Way in the historic Faubourg Marigny. Frank Brigsten, chef and owner of Brigsten’s, will be the featured “Latke Master” along with NOCCA culinary students and friends.  The evening will also feature live music by Wilson Folk Blues Explosion, complimentary drink specials such as “Vodka Latke Punch” and a silent auction.


Christmas Show at Gattuso’s (Gretna)

December 13 from 7-10pm

Gattuso’s Neighborhood Bar and Restaurant invites the whole gang to sing a long to the 12 Yats of Christmas and Ain’t Dere No More for their annual Benny Grunch & The Bunch Christmas show.


Candlelight Caroling at Covington Trailhead

December 13 at 7pm

Families will enjoy favorite holiday tunes performed by local musicians and singing groups. Refreshments and libations are typically available for purchase. The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs for seating at the open-air pavilion.

Caroling at the Trailhead (Mandeville)

December 13 from 7-9pm

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.


Christmas Past Festival (Mandeville)

December 14 from 10am-4pm

This annual festival takes place all along Girod Street in Old Mandeville, and includes a Children’s Village with arts and crafts, a food court featuring a variety of local restaurants, live music, train rides, old fashioned horse and carriage rides, and roaming holiday characters like the Grinch, Cindy Lou Who, Frosty the Snowman and Christmas carolers. Santa Claus will also be present for photos with the kids.


Lacombe Christmas Parade

December 14 at 1pm

The parade — which starts at Sacred Heart Church and ends at the post office — features costumed riders in decorated vehicles, walking groups, dance troupes, marching bands, and more. A Toys-for-Tots event follows the parade.


Harahan Christmas Parade

December 14 from noon – 1:30pm

Gather your family & friends and head to the parade route for a holiday tradition, the Harahan Christmas Parade featuring floats, bands, dance teams and the man of the hour, Santa Claus.


Deck the Rails (Covington)

December 14 from 4-7:30pm 

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


Jingle Bugs at the Insectarium (New Orleans)

December 14 from 10am-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.


Holiday Tea at Longue Vue (Metairie)

December 14 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.


LPO & 610 Stompers Holiday Spectacular (New Orleans)

December 14 at 7:30pm

The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra are joined by the famous 610 Stompers and local guest artists in this annual holiday celebration at the Mahalia Jackson Theater.


Cajun Christmas at Big Branch (Lacombe)

December 14 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.


Reindeer Run & Romp (New Orleans)

December 14 at 9am

The DDD presents 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 Christmas Parade

December 14 from 5-8pm

Christmas on the Bayou is the theme for this year’s parade through the streets of Ponchatoula, from Memorial Park to Ponchatoula Jr High.


Folsom Horse and Wagon Christmas Parade

December 14 at 1pm

Santa arrives at this parade in village of Folsom in style — a horse-drawn wagon. Parade-goers will also enjoy caroling, the antique tractor exhibit, contests for most original wagon, best dressed horse & rider.


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

December 14 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.There’s also an arts & crafts “last stop shopping” village and a raffle with exciting prizes.


Baroque Christmas with the LPO (New Orleans)

December 19 at 7:30pm

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual concert held at the Orpheum Theater features classical holiday selections by the LPO, including excerpts from J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Handel’s Messiah.


Slidell Holiday Movie Night

December 20 at 7pm

Slidell Movie Nights returns for the holiday season during Slidell’s Bayou Christmas in Heritage Park. The Christmas-themed movie to be shown will be announced on their Facebook page:


Baroque Christmas with the LPO (Covington)

December 20 at 7:30pm

Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual concert held at the First Baptist Church of Covington features classical holiday selections by the LPO, including excerpts from J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and Handel’s Messiah.


Holiday Movie at Mandeville Trailhead

December 20 at 6:30pm

Families are invited to bring lawn chairs and wear pajamas for a special holiday movie night featuring The Grinch at the Mandeville Trailhead. 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.


Deck the Park with Pyrotechnics (Covington)

December 21 from 3-7pm

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


Chanukah at the Riverwalk (New Orleans)

December 22 from 4:30-6:30pm

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 5:30pm.–riverwalk-1565799769


Santa Brunch at The Lakehouse (Mandeville)

December 22 at 11am

Enjoy a Christmas-themed brunch overlooking Lake Pontchartrain at The Lakehouse this December with a “Santa Brunch.” Two other dates are already sold out, so check for availability. 



Southern Fried Chanukah (New Orleans)

December 22 from 4-6pm

The JCC invites everyone to celebrate the first night of Chanukah as they light the menorah, nosh on Southern fried chicken and latkes, and enjoy a live concert by The LeeVees, who play modern rockin’ classic Jewish songs about Chanukah, fun, food, family and more. The band has been featured in many television appearances and, most importantly, has played numerous JCCs across America.


Jackson Square Caroling (New Orleans)

December 22 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.


Swinging into Christmas (Covington)

December 22 from 3-5pm

Covington’s Fuhrmann Auditorium will host a beautiful Christmas Concert with performers from all over the Northshore. Tickets are available in advance at Braswell Drugs. (985) 867-9910


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 7-9pm 

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, boarding starts at 6pm, 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 27 at 3pm & 7pm

Step into a simpler time filled with sweet dreams and Christmas magic. With world-class artists, over 200 dazzling costumes, stunning sets, towering puppets and soaring birds, don’t miss your chance to ring in the holidays with this acclaimed Christmas extravaganza. The New York Times, “Hot Ticket!” Celebrate this cherished holiday tradition and relive the dream with Tchaikovsky’s timeless score.’s-great-russian-nutcracker-2019


Creole Queen New Years Eve Cruise (New Orleans)

December 31 from 11pm-1am

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in New Orleans aboard the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen with a front row seat to the fireworks extravaganza over the Mississippi River. Enjoy a variety of scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, a tasty buffet, and call-brand drinks at the open bar. Dance your way into 2019 as live bands play an assortment of musical styles on each of our three levels. Toast the New Year with Champagne and festive party favors. Boarding begins at 10pm. Reservations are required and holiday attire recommended.


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

December 31 from 7pm-9pm

Savor the beauty and romance of New Orleans skyline aboard this holiday cruise. Highlights include breaktaking city views, casual buffet-style dining with a choice of two dinner seatings, live New Orleans swing style music by the Grammy nominated “Dukes of Dixieland”, and more. Reservations recommended


LCM Countdown to Noon (New Orleans)

December 31 from 9:30am – 3pm

This family-friendly New Year’s Eve 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 2020 in style.

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.