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Betty Winn and One A-Chord (Gospel) fqfi.org , Saturday, December 9, 4:00pm-5:00pm 1210 Gov. Nicholls St. (504) 522-5730 Free St. Augustine is the oldest African-American Catholic church in the United States and is located at 1210 Gov. Nicholls Street in the historic Treme Neighborhood. Free secure parking is available in the church's parking lot - enter from Henriette Delille Street (formerly St. Claude Avenue). All concerts are free and open to the public and last approximately one hour.
Don Vappie presents a Very Vappie Christmas (Jazz) fqfi.org , Saturday, December 16 4:00pm-5:00pm 1210 Gov. Nicholls St. (504) 522-5730 Free St. Augustine is the oldest African-American Catholic church in the United States and is located at 1210 Gov. Nicholls Street in the historic Treme Neighborhood. Free secure parking is available in the church's parking lot - enter from Henriette Delille Street (formerly St. Claude Avenue). All concerts are free and open to the public and last approximately one hour.
Vieux Carré Children’s Tree fqfi.org/index.php , Friday December 1, 12pm-1:15pm 8th District Police Station 334 Royal St. (504) 522-5730 Free and open to KIPP McDonogh 15 French Quarter Festivals, Inc. celebrates the holidays with students from Homer A. Plessy Community School in the French Quarter. Children decorate the neighborhood tree at the Eighth District Police Station with handmade ornaments and sing-along with the Singing Santa and The Riverwalk Jazz Band. Sponsored by The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, Brown’s Dairy, and Wink’s Bakery.
Reindeer Run and Romp downtownnola.com/Holidays , December 9, Registration 8am, Race starts at 9am Downtown Development District For route info. please check www.downtownnola.com/holidays (504) 561-8927 $12 per person Calling all kids! The Downtown Development District and Entergy present the annual holiday fun run for kids! Participants receive antlers, race t-shirts, and a bag of holiday goodies. After the race, enjoy healthy activities, games, music, crafts, and more!
Holiday Movies on the Mississippi downtownnola.com/Holidays , December 8 & 15, 6:30pm Downtown Development District Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Plaza 900 Convention Center Blvd. (504) 561-8927 Free Please join the Downtown Development District and The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk for two weekends of free outdoor holiday movies. The first 75 families at each showing will receive free fleece blankets!
Canal Street Lighting Ceremony downtownnola.com/Holidays , November 21, 5pm Downtown Development District Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel 739 Canal St. (504) 561-8927 Free Join the Downtown Development District and Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter to “flip the switch” and light Canal Street. Kids who bring an unwrapped toy can join Santa and decorate holiday cookies!
FACC-GC Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration 501auctions.com/beaufacc , Nov. 17, 7pm-10pm French American Chamber of Commerce - Gulf Coast JW Marriott New Orleans 614 Canal St. (504) 458-3528 $75 FACC-GC Members; $85 non-members; $100 everyone at the door; $750 for a table of 10 (advance purchase only) The 2017 Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration celebrates the much-anticipated harvest of the Beaujolais Nouveau and gives guests the chance to taste this year's harvest along with other French wine and cocktails, cuisine from a variety of local restaurants, live music, an auction and more!
Panorama Jazz Band (Jazz/World/Klezmer) fqfi.org , Wednesday, December 13, 6:00pm-7:00pm 615 Pere Antoine Alley (504) 522-5730 Free Fronting on Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter, the historic St. Louis Cathedral and Basilica plays host to free annual holiday concerts, produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. The St. Louis Cathedral Christmas concerts generally run for an hour and are free and open to the public. Donations accepted.
The Zion Harmonizers (Gospel) fqfi.org , Tuesday, December 12, 6:00pm-7:00pm 615 Pere Antoine Alley (504) 522-5730 Free Fronting on Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter, the historic St. Louis Cathedral and Basilica plays host to free annual holiday concerts, produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. The St. Louis Cathedral Christmas concerts generally run for an hour and are free and open to the public. Donations accepted.
Wendell Brunious (Jazz) fqfi.org , Monday, December 11, 6:00pm-7:00pm 615 Pere Antoine Alley (504) 522-5730 Free Fronting on Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter, the historic St. Louis Cathedral and Basilica plays host to free annual holiday concerts, produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. The St. Louis Cathedral Christmas concerts generally run for an hour and are free and open to the public. Donations accepted.
The Boutté Family (Gospel) fqfi.org , Sunday, December 10, 6:00pm-7:00pm 615 Pere Antoine Alley (504) 522-5730 Free Fronting on Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter, the historic St. Louis Cathedral and Basilica plays host to free annual holiday concerts, produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. The St. Louis Cathedral Christmas concerts generally run for an hour and are free and open to the public. Donations accepted.
Opera Creole (Classical Opera) fqfi.org , Thursday, December 7, 6:00pm-7:00pm 615 Pere Antoine Alley (504) 522-5730 Free Fronting on Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter, the historic St. Louis Cathedral and Basilica plays host to free annual holiday concerts, produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. The St. Louis Cathedral Christmas concerts generally run for an hour and are free and open to the public. Donations accepted.
Beau Soleil Trio avec Michael Doucet (Cajun) fqfi.org , Wednesday, December 6, 6:00pm-7:00pm 615 Pere Antoine Alley (504) 522-5730 Free Fronting on Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter, the historic St. Louis Cathedral and Basilica plays host to free annual holiday concerts, produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. The St. Louis Cathedral Christmas concerts generally run for an hour and are free and open to the public. Donations accepted.
Javier Olondo presents a Celebration of Latino Christmas Traditions (Latin) fqfi.org , Tuesday, December 5, 6:00pm-7:00pm 615 Pere Antoine Alley (504) 522-5730 Free Fronting on Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter, the historic St. Louis Cathedral and Basilica plays host to free annual holiday concerts, produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. The St. Louis Cathedral Christmas concerts generally run for an hour and are free and open to the public. Donations accepted.
Ellis Marsalis (Jazz) fqfi.org , Monday, December 4, 6:00pm-7:00pm 615 Pere Antoine Alley (504) 522-5730 Free Fronting on Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter, the historic St. Louis Cathedral and Basilica plays host to free annual holiday concerts, produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. The St. Louis Cathedral Christmas concerts generally run for an hour and are free and open to the public. Donations accepted.
Robin Barnes New Orleans’ Songbird (Funky Jazz/Soul) fqfi.org , Saturday, December 2, 4:00pm-5:00pm 1210 Gov. Nicholls St. (504) 522-5730 Free St. Augustine is the oldest African-American Catholic church in the United States and is located at 1210 Gov. Nicholls Street in the historic Treme Neighborhood. Free secure parking is available in the church's parking lot - enter from Henriette Delille Street (formerly St. Claude Avenue). All concerts are free and open to the public and last approximately one hour.
School Choirs Perform at The Hotel Monteleone , December 4-15 (Monday - Friday only) Hotel Monteleone 214 Royal St. (504) 523-3341 Free The Hotel Monteleone lobby will echo with the beautiful sounds of holiday cheer this Christmas season as school choirs from the Greater New Orleans area sing familiar holiday carols.
NOLA ChristmasFest nolachristmasfest.com/ , December 21-31 (Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Hall I, 900 Convention Center Blvd. New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (855) 477-8756 $20 General Admission, kids 2 and under are free. NOLA ChristmasFest is an indoor, family-friendly holiday festival featuring the city’s only real ice skating rink, two ice slides, carnival rides, a life-size maze, snowball fight area, inflatables, crafts, a gingerbread house exhibit, spectacularly decorated trees, Santa & holiday friends and more. Plus, dazzling lights outside and convenient parking across from the entrance.
Creole Christmas friendsofthecabildo.org , December 27-29, 10am-4pm (Tickets available from 10am-3pm) Friends of the Cabildo 1850 House Museum Store 523 St. Ann St. (504) 523-3939 Adults $25, Students/Seniors $20, Children under 12 free Take a festive stroll through the French Quarter with Friends of the Cabildo and visit five historic houses dressed in Creole Christmas decorations, followed by the Creole Christmas story and refreshments. Self-guided tours begin at the 1850 House Museum Store.
Harry Shearer and Judith Owen’s Christmas Without Tears (Does This Tree Make Me Look Fat?) lepetittheatre.com/listings/events/harry-shearer-and-judith-owen-s.html , December 22- 23, 7:30pm Le Petit Theatre 616 St. Peter St. (504) 522-2081 $35 Reserved Seating; $70 VIP Get ready for the Christmas party of the year! In a series of intimate evenings full of music, laughter and special guests, musician Judith Owen and her husband, actor and humorist Harry Shearer (The Simpsons, Spinal Tap), will once again spread their special brand of yuletide cheer for the 2017 Christmas Without Tears Tour. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Holiday Doll Tea Party bkhouse.org , Saturday, December 9 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm Beauregard-Keyes Historic House & Garden 1113 Chartres St. (504) 523-7257 Free The Tea Party for Dolls is back for Christmas 2017! Enjoy tea, caroling, crafts, and the Christmas season with some of Mrs. Keyes' favorite dolls. Open to all ages; bring a favorite doll along!
Home For The Holidays With The Victory Belles- BB’s Stage Door Canteen at The National WWII Museum stagedoorcanteen.org , Dinner and Matinee performances on select dates November 29-December 27 The National World War II Museum 945 Magazine St (504) 528-1943 Please call for pricing information Come celebrate the wonder, warmth, and magic of the season as the Victory Belles come Home for the Holidays with a show guaranteed to bring the holiday spirit! The Victory Belles will harmonize through the holiday season presenting sacred and secular favorites, superb musical arrangements, Rockettes-style choreography, and beautiful costumes.
The National WWII Museum’s Teddy Bear Tea stagedoorcanteen.org , Fridays and Saturdays, December 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23 The National WWII Museum 945 Magazine St. (504) 528-1943 Please call for pricing Don't miss the 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.
Christkindlmarkt deutscheshaus.org , November 18, 2017 10:00 am to 7:00 pm Deutsches Haus 1023 Ridgewood Ave, (504) 522-8014 Free ​Come enjoy a German Christmas Market experience​ in Metairie. The Deutsches Haus is holding a Christkindlmarkt with craft vendors, sausages, food, Glühwein (hot spiced wine), and hot chocolate (with or without brandy). Children can have their picture taken with St. Niklaus and the Christkind (also known as Santa Claus and the Christmas Angel). The Christkindlmarkt will be held indoors. For more information, call or email us at info@deutscheshaus.org.
Preservation Resource Center’s Holiday Home Tour prcno.org/event/holiday-home-tour-2017/ , Saturday December 9 and Sunday December 10, 10:00am - 4:00pm Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans Trinity Episcopal Church, Bishop Polk Hall (Tour Headquarters) 1329 Jackson Avenue (504) 581-7032 $30 PRC members, $40 non-members. Day-of-tour: $45 Tour seven stunning private residences all dressed up for the holidays in New Orleans' famous Garden District! Enjoy performances by local musicians, shop at a festive holiday boutique, and enjoy New Orleans' historic architecture.
Haunted History Ghosts of New Orleans’ Christmas Past Tour HauntedHistoryTours.com , Tours are offered Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. See website for tour times and departure locations. Haunted History Tours 723 St. Peter Street (504) 861-2727 $25 Adults / $18 Students, Seniors, Military / $14 Kids 12 & under / 5 & under are free While celebrating holiday cheer, why not visit the ghosts of New Orleans’ past? Haunted History Ghost of New Orleans’ Past Tour is the only walking tour offered on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The tours feature ghoulish stories with a special holiday twist. Grab a festive beverage, and learn who was naughty and who was nice. Visit HauntedHistoryTours.com!
Brunch with Santa and His Elves bourbonorleans.com/santa/ , December 3, 10, 16-17, 22-23 (seatings at 10am and 1:30pm) Bourbon Orleans 717 Orleans St. (504) 571-4672 Adults $65, Children (4-12) $30 (Children under 3 free) The Bourbon Orleans invites visitors to celebrate the magic of Christmas at Brunch with Santa and his Elves, including a variety of food, from specialty stations to traditional brunch fare. Festivities include live music by Meghan Stewart, Mrs. Claus, Santa's helpers, interactive activities, and much more! Reservations required.
Louisiana Children’s Museum Kids’ New Year’s Eve Countdown lcm.org , December 31, 9:30am- 3pm; 12pm Countdown to 2018 Louisiana Children's Museum 420 Julia St. (504) 523-1357 Adults and Children (12 months+) $10 per person Celebrate the New Year at the Louisiana Children's Museum. Create a one-of-a-kind paper bag party hat and festive noisemaker. Countdown to the New Year at the stroke of NOON with lively music, a colorful confetti drop, and balloon release.
Festival of Trees Family Fun Day lcm.org , Patron Brunch & Pajama Party (10am - 12pm) $20 per person; General Admission (12pm - 4:30pm) $15 per person Louisiana Children's Museum 420 Julia St. (504) 523-1357 Free Celebrate the holiday season with a fun-filled day of holiday games and crafts, cookie decorating, special performances, and more. Mix and mingle with Mr. Bingle and take a complimentary family photograph. Plus, enjoy the Museum's whimsical collection of holiday trees created by local schools, artists, and community partners!
New Year’s Eve at The Riverview Room riverviewroom.com/ , December 31, 9pm-1am The Riverview Room 600 Decatur St., 4th Floor (504) 525-3000 $185 per person, inclusive Celebrate the New Year at the elegant Riverview Room! Reservations for this Times Square of the South celebration include: reserved seating, buffet dinner, premium open bar, champagne, music by the Top Cats and great indoor and outdoor views of the midnight ball drop and fireworks. This event sells out every year; book tickets now. Cocktail attire, black tie encouraged.
Caroling in Jackson Square patioplanters.net , December 17, 7 p.m. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Patio Planters of the Vieux Carre' Jackson Square (504) 220-8300 Free and open to the public Sponsored by Patio Planters of the Vieux Carre' since 1946, Caroling in Jackson Square is a truly moving holiday tradition held by candlelight on the Sunday before Christmas. Jackson Square brims with candle-lit faces and high-spirited singing that fills the holiday air. Candles and song sheets provided.
Holiday Home Tour patioplanters.net , December 17, 1pm-4pm Patio Planters Tickets sold at 533 St. Ann St. or 527 St. Philip St. (888) 756-6250 $20 per person Savor the holiday spirit and tour French Quarter residences dressed for the season. This self-guided walking tour includes interesting architectural styles and home furnishings, as well as a variety of collections of Christmas decorations. All proceeds benefit the evening community event of Caroling in Jackson Square.
Holiday Home and Courtyard Tours hnoc.org , December 1–30, (Closed Mondays and December 24 & 25) Tues-Sat, 10 & 11am, 2 & 3pm Sun, 11am, 2 & 3pm The Historic New Orleans Collection 533 Royal St. (504) 523-4662 $5 per person Built in 1889 and restored in the 1940s, this two-story townhouse is filled with antiques and other objets d’art collected by THNOC’s founders. During the holidays, the residence is festively adorned with some of the couple’s original decorations, including vintage ornaments and family photos from 1956 through 1961.
Mignon Faget Trunk Show hnoc.org/shop , December 9, 9:30am–4pm The Historic New Orleans Collection 533 Royal St. (504) 523-4662 Free The Shop at The Collection is the exclusive French Quarter retailer for Mignon Faget jewelry and glassware, and from 9:30am to 4pm on Saturday December 9, representatives from the company will host a one-day-only trunk show at The Historic New Orleans Collection’s museum shop, 533 Royal Street. Perfect for holiday shopping!
Annual Christmas Bonfire Party at Oak Alley Plantation oakalleyplantation.org/foundation/annual-christmas-bonfire-party , December 2, 7pm-12am Oak Alley Plantation 3645 Highway 18 (225) 265-2151 $130 per person Experience a bonfire on the levee; dine on a menu influenced by local cuisine and Chef's specialties; toast the season with a cocktail; explore the history of the plantation; enjoy the live entertainment.
New Year’s Eve Gala on the Steamboat Natchez SteamboatNatchez.com , December 31, 9:30pm-12:30am Steamboat Natchez Departs from Steamboat Natchez Toulouse Street Dock French Quarter (504) 569-1401 Call for prices and reservations. Midnight on the last authentic steamboat on the Mississippi River is unforgettable! Revel in delicious holiday foods, good friends, party favors, dance band, open bar with luscious libations, toasting champagne, the most unique view of New Orleans - and the best seat in town for the community-sponsored fireworks. Advance reservations required.
Christmas Day ”Jingling through the Crescent” Tour GrayLineNewOrleans.com , December 25, 10am-12:30pm Gray Line New Orleans Departs from the Toulouse Street Dock (504) 569-1401 Call for pricing and reservations A fully narrated tour of New Orleans in its holiday dress! Tour highlights include the French Quarter, Esplanade Avenue, Faubourg Treme, City Park, Carrollton Avenue, St. Charles Avenue, Audubon Park, Garden District, and a walk through the exquisitely decorated lobby of the beautiful Roosevelt Hotel. Advance reservations required.
Joan of Arc Parade joanofarcparade.org , January 6, 6pm Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc For route details visit website French Quarter (504) 251-5046 Free This annual French Quarter walking parade is always held on Joan of Arc's birthday, January 6, which is also Twelfth Night! The Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc includes approximately 300 members dressed in medieval clothing handing out thematic handmade favors, accompanied by moveable art pieces, live music, knights, royalty, peasants, angels, and several “Joans” of Arc.
Creole Queen’s Cajun Holiday Tea with Papa Noël creolequeen.com/cajun-holiday-tea-with-papa-noel , December 23, 10am-12pm & 1:30pm-3:30pm Paddlewheeler Creole Queen 1 Poydras St (504) 529-4567 Adults, $59. Children 3-12, $39. Infants 0-2, $10. Come pass a good time aboard the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen with Papa Noël, Mrs. Noël, a real alligator, and other jolly characters during this family festivity! Enjoy a classic holiday tea and treats, storytelling, face painting, magic tricks, and children’s activities while cruising the Mississippi. Children get a special gift! Limited seating available.
Christmas Eve on the Steamboat Natchez SteamboatNatchez.com/ , December 24, 6:30pm-9:30pm Steamboat Natchez Departs from Steamboat Natchez Toulouse Street Dock (504) 569-1401 Call for pricing and reservations Santa-watching on the Steamboat Natchez is celebrated in a Victorian-holiday decorated dining room on the last steamboat on the Mississippi River. Enjoy a jazz trio, holiday buffet, optional libations, and the most unique view of the City. Make memories with those who mean the most on this Mississippi River Christmas Eve cruise! Advance reservations required.
Celebration in the Oaks celebrationintheoaks.com , November 24-January 1, Sun-Thurs 6pm-10pm; Fri and Sat 6pm-11pm (closed Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve) New Orleans City Park #1 Palm Dr. (504) 483-9415 Adults $9, Children (under 3) Free Celebration in the Oaks November 24 - January 1 This holiday season head to New Orleans City Park to experience a spectacular light show, delicious food, amusement park rides, and family fun. City Park’s Celebration in the Oaks is a New Orleans holiday tradition with magical lights, decorated Christmas trees, and nightly music.
French Market Annual Tree Lighting frenchmarket.org , November 16, 2017 at 5:00pm (Tree Lighting at 6:00pm) French Market District 700 Decatur Street (504) 636-6400 Free The French Market hosts the lighting of a fleur-de-lis topped tree across from Jackson Square the Thursday prior to Thanksgiving as a way to kick-off the holiday season in the French Quarter. Family entertainment begins at 5pm with live music and costumed characters and the tree is lit promptly at 6pm.
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley southernrep.com , November 29-December 2 & December 4 - 7:30pm, December 7-December 23 (Thursdays and Saturdays Only) - 7:30pm, December 3-December 17 (Sundays Only) - 3pm Southern Rep Theatre Loyola University, Marquette Hall 6363 St. Charles Avenue (504) 522-6545 Full -- $40; Senior -- $35; Military -- $28; Teacher/Theater Professional/Young Professional -- $25; Student Rush -- $10 Revisit your favorite Jane Austen characters from Pride and Prejudice this holiday season! Bookish Mary Bennet, the oft-forgotten middle child, has an opportunity to find a mate who can match her intellect while visiting Mr. and Mrs. Darcy at Pemberley over the holidays. Will she step out of the shadows of her sisters as a woman in her own right?
New Year’s Eve Celebration: Victory Swing Orchestra stagedoorcanteen.org , Sunday, December 31, 2017 9pm-until The National WWII Museum 945 Magazine St. (504) 528-1943 Please call for pricing Swing in 2018 with dinner, dancing, and the fabulous Victory Swing Orchestra! A single ticket gains entry to all this special event has to offer: a delicious four-course dinner, big-band music and dancing, open bar, and midnight dessert served right on the dance floor. It’s the perfect atmosphere for a little New Year’s nostalgia—and a whole lot of fun
Christmas Eve ”Bonfire Adventure” Tour GrayLineNewOrleans.com , December 24, 2:30pm - 9:00pm Gray Line New Orleans Departs from the Toulouse Street Dock (504) 569-1401 Call for pricing and reservations Celebrate the Louisiana tradition of viewing the community-built bonfires that light the way for Papa Noël, the Cajun Santa Claus. This narrated tour includes San Francisco Plantation, Cajun Country dinner, police escort to the bonfires, and a souvenir. Come see the feux de joie (fires of joy)! Walking necessary. Advance reservations required.
Christmas Eve ”Bonfire Express” Tour GrayLineNewOrleans.com , December 24, 4:45pm - 9:00pm Gray Line New Orleans Departs from the Toulouse Street Dock (504) 569-1401 Call for pricing and reservations Celebrate the Louisiana tradition of viewing the community-built bonfires that light the way for Papa Noël, the Cajun Santa Claus. This escorted tour includes express transportation and a police escort as guests draw near to the bonfires. Come see the feux de joie (fires of joy)! Walking necessary. Advance reservations required.
”Celebration in the Oaks” Tour GrayLineNewOrleans.com , December 1-10, 12-23, 26-30, 6:00pm - 9:00pm Gray Line Tours New Orleans Departs from the Toulouse Street Dock (504) 569-1401 Call for pricing and reservations Ride Santa’s bus on a narrated tour down holiday-decorated Esplanade Avenue and Faubourg Treme to City Park. Exhibits include the Cajun Night Before Christmas, a “Who Dat” Tree, Santa Gator, a life size Nativity scene, and “A Jackson Square Holiday.” Live musical entertainment. Gift items, amusement rides, food/drink for purchase. Walking necessary. Advance reservations required.
Aristocracy: Luxury and Leisure in Britain rauantiques.com/aristocracy , Open every Monday through Saturday from October 21, 2017 to January 20, 2018 from 9:00am - 5:15pm M.S. Rau Antiques 630 Royal Street (504) 273-7391 Free Join us for this premier exhibition exploring the culture and lavish lifestyle of the 19th-century British elite, as we illuminate this spectacular age of socioeconomic, cultural and artistic change through a wealth of art and superbly crafted objects, including furniture, fine art and important pieces of provenance.
Royal Sonesta Teddy Bear Tea sonesta.com/royalneworleans , December 10, 21, 22, 23 at 11am & 2pm; December 17 at 10am & 1pm Royal Sonesta New Orleans 300 Bourbon Street (504) 553-2221 See website for pricing & reservations. A holiday tradition where little princes and princesses are invited into our Magical Royal Kingdom where their fantasies come to life. Holiday characters, storytelling with Mrs. Claus, and a grand parade! Commemorative photos with Santa, and holiday libations are available for purchase. Unwrapped toys will be collected for Children's Hospital.
Zoo Year’s Eve AudubonNatureInstitute.org , December 31, 2017 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Audubon Zoo 6500 Magazine Street (504) 861-2537 Adults $22.95; Children (2-12) $17.95; Seniors (65+) $19.95, Event is complimentary with paid admission or membership. Audubon Zoo invites families and kids of all ages to celebrate the new year in style with live 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!
Jingle Bugs AudubonNatureInstitute.org , December 9, 10am-4pm Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium 423 Canal St. Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium (504) 861-2537 Adult $22.95, Senior (65 and over) $19.95, Children (2 -12 )$17.95, Event is complimentary with paid admission or membership Celebrate the holidays with activities and treats for the entire family. Meet Santa Claus, join in a buggy reading of a holiday favorite, and sample buggy holiday treats. Also, face painting and holiday balloons available for the kids! Included with Butterfly Garden and Insectarium admission.
Hilton Holidays hiltonneworleansriverside.com , Every Friday and Saturday between December 1 and December 24 from 12-2pm Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Le Croissant Restaurant (1st floor) 2 Poydras St. (504) 556-3721 Free Join the Hilton culinary team as we decorate holiday cookies for the kids! This is an hands on activity and free of charge to the public and guests alike. Bring home your own creative treats this holiday season! Stay before or after for a meal at Drago's Seafood Restaurant and receive 4 hour validated parking in the Hilton self-parking garage.
Annual French Quarter Courtyard Christmas Tree Lighting at Maison Dupuy maisondupuy.com , Friday, December 1, 2017 from 5 PM to 8 PM Maison Dupuy Hotel Maison Dupuy Hotel Courtyard 1001 Toulouse St. (504) 586-8000 Free Enjoy the annual Sippin' In the Courtyard holiday-style! Celebrate when Maison Dupuy lights the courtyard tree, listen to holiday voices of the Gay Men's Chorus, visit with historical characters bringing Louisiana history alive, and enjoy an open market for special Christmas gift purchase. Holiday cocktails and small plates available for purchase. An auction will also take place to benefit Saul’s Light Foundation dedicated to helping New Orleans area families navigate the neonatal intensive care unit journey.
East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography noma.org/ , October 6-January 7 (except Mondays) New Orleans Museum of Art City Park 1 Collins Diboll Circle (504) 658-4100 Adults $12, Seniors (65+) and Military $10 University Students with ID $8, Children (7-12) $6 Children (6 and under) are free Wednesdays are FREE admission days for Louisiana residents, courtesy of The Helis Foundation. This landmark exhibition is the first to exclusively explore a vivid chapter of America’s photographic history—nineteenth-century American landscape photography made east of the Mississippi River.
Louisiana Heritage Cooking Classes casapelicanneworleans.com , Every Wednesday and Friday from 2pm to 6pm throughout the season. Other dates available for groups Casa Pelican B&B and Cooking School 712 Pelican Avenue (504) 210-5011 Adults: $125. Discounts for couples and groups Learn the secrets of Louisiana Heritage Cuisine! Hands-on, small sized classes covering delicious Cajun and Creole dishes from scratch. Wine/beverage service offered throughout and each class concludes with a formal sit-down meal of the dishes prepared. Special Seasonal classes include Turducken class and Reveillon class. We offer special rates for groups!
Christmas Organ Spectacular, featuring Davide Mariano (Classical) fqfi.org , Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 6:00 pm St. Louis Cathedral St. Louis Cathedral Jackson Square (504) 525-9585 Free Prize winning organist Davide Mariano, Young Artist in Residence at the St. Louis Cathedral, presents a holiday organ recital. Mr. Mariano, a graduate of both the Vienna and Paris Conservatories is quickly establishing himself as a major organist throughout Europe and Asia.
Santa Visits Pat O’Brien’s patobriens.com , Friday and Saturday nights in December and Christmas Night, 8pm-10pm Pat O'Brien's Bar and Courtyard Restaurant 718 St Peter St. (504) 525-4823 Free Get in the holiday spirit with Santa at a local favorite place to have fun - Pat O'Brien's! The halls will be decked with holiday cheer, so come join in every Friday and Saturday night in December for 1/2 price souvenir photos. Don't forget to celebrate a local tradition and party at Pat O'Brien's on Christmas Night.
Krewe of Jingle Parade downtownnola.com/Holidays , December 2, 1pm Downtown Development District For route details, visit www.downtownnola.com/Holidays (504) 561-8927 Free New Orleans’ official holiday parade, the Krewe of Jingle, will once again delight locals and visitors with authentic parade floats, marching bands, stilt-walkers, Christmas characters, and many more magical surprises!
The King of Instruments featuring Karol Mossakowski, Organist (Classical) fqfi.org , Sunday, November 19, 2017, 6 PM St. Louis Cathedral St. Louis Cathedral Jackson Square (504) 525-9585 Free Virtuoso concert organist Karol Mossakowski presents a recital showcasing the exciting repertoire of The King of Instruments. Mr. Mossakowski of Paris, France is the winner of several international competitions, including the famed Chartres International Organ Competition.
St. Louis Basilica Annual Christmas Concert (Classical) fqfi.org , Sunday, December 17, 5:30pm St. Louis Cathedral 615 Pere Antoine Alley (504) 522-5730 Free The St. Louis Cathedral Concert Choir and Orchestra will present Finzi's In Terra Pax and Vaughan Williams' The First Nowell conducted by Mr. Dreux Montegut, Director of Music. The historic St. Louis Cathedral-Basilica hosts free annual holiday concerts, produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. The concerts are free and open to the public. Donations accepted.
Santa Visits Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant deanies.com , Friday and Saturday, December 8-9, 15-16, 6pm-10pm Deanie's Seafood Restaurants 841 Iberville Street (504) 581-1316 Free Enjoy cocoa, cookies, and free photos with Santa. The former site of the D.H. Holmes department store at the corner of Iberville and Dauphine St., Deanie's is decked out in style with five fanciful holiday window displays adding a cheery dose of holiday spirit to the neighborhood.
Vince Vance Kids Holiday Sing-Along & Dance Party deanies.com , Saturday and Sunday, Dec 9 & 10 and 16 & 17. Doors Open at 9am. Show Begins at 10am. Deanie's Seafood Restaurants 841 Iberville St. (504) 321-6602 Tickets are $45 - Children three and under are free. Reservations are recommended, as seating is limited. Book now for New Orleans’ only live holiday music show for kids, the Vince Vance Kids Holiday Sing-Along & Dance Party! This one-of-a-kind Kids Holiday Party features: Live music & holiday Sing-Along with Vince Vance & The Valianettes, Full Buffet Breakfast, Photos with Santa, Face Painting, Arts & Crafts and Candy Land Station. Proceeds benefit Angels' Place.
Arts Council New Orleans’ LUNA Fête artsneworleans.org/event/luna-fete/ , December 6- 9, 6pm-10pm Arts Council New Orleans Lafayette Square / Gallier Hall 545 St Charles Ave (504) 523-1465 Free LUNA Fête is a visionary event by Arts Council New Orleans to utilize our city’s iconic landscape as the canvas for outdoor, public artworks created with light and technology. This multi-day celebration features illuminated installations, digital sculptures, video-mapping projections, and local arts market to engage and inspire audiences of all ages.
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Betty Winn and One A-Chord (Gospel) fqfi.org , Saturday, December 9, 4:00pm-5:00pm 1210 Gov. Nicholls St. (504) 522-5730 Free St. Augustine is the oldest African-American Catholic church in the United States and is located at 1210 Gov. Nicholls Street in the historic Treme Neighborhood. Free secure parking is available in the church's parking lot - enter from Henriette Delille Street (formerly St. Claude Avenue). All concerts are free and open to the public and last approximately one hour. ,
Don Vappie presents a Very Vappie Christmas (Jazz) fqfi.org , Saturday, December 16 4:00pm-5:00pm 1210 Gov. Nicholls St. (504) 522-5730 Free St. Augustine is the oldest African-American Catholic church in the United States and is located at 1210 Gov. Nicholls Street in the historic Treme Neighborhood. Free secure parking is available in the church's parking lot - enter from Henriette Delille Street (formerly St. Claude Avenue). All concerts are free and open to the public and last approximately one hour. ,
Vieux Carré Children’s Tree fqfi.org/index.php , Friday December 1, 12pm-1:15pm 8th District Police Station 334 Royal St. (504) 522-5730 Free and open to KIPP McDonogh 15 French Quarter Festivals, Inc. celebrates the holidays with students from Homer A. Plessy Community School in the French Quarter. Children decorate the neighborhood tree at the Eighth District Police Station with handmade ornaments and sing-along with the Singing Santa and The Riverwalk Jazz Band. Sponsored by The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk, Brown’s Dairy, and Wink’s Bakery. ,
Reindeer Run and Romp downtownnola.com/Holidays , December 9, Registration 8am, Race starts at 9am For route info. please check www.downtownnola.com/holidays (504) 561-8927 $12 per person Calling all kids! The Downtown Development District and Entergy present the annual holiday fun run for kids! Participants receive antlers, race t-shirts, and a bag of holiday goodies. After the race, enjoy healthy activities, games, music, crafts, and more! Joshua Vairin Marketing Coordinator Downtown Development District jvairin@downtownnola.com (504) 561-8927 201 St. Charles Ave, Suite 3912 New Orleans, Louisiana 70170
Holiday Movies on the Mississippi downtownnola.com/Holidays , December 8 & 15, 6:30pm Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Plaza 900 Convention Center Blvd. (504) 561-8927 Free Please join the Downtown Development District and The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk for two weekends of free outdoor holiday movies. The first 75 families at each showing will receive free fleece blankets! Joshua Vairin Marketing Coordinator Downtown Development District jvairin@downtownnola.com (504) 561-8927 201 St. Charles Ave, Suite 3912 New Orleans, Louisiana 70170
Canal Street Lighting Ceremony downtownnola.com/Holidays , November 21, 5pm Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel 739 Canal St. (504) 561-8927 Free Join the Downtown Development District and Astor Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter to “flip the switch” and light Canal Street. Kids who bring an unwrapped toy can join Santa and decorate holiday cookies! Joshua Vairin Marketing Coordinator Downtown Development District jvairin@downtownnola.com (504) 561-8927 201 St. Charles Ave, Suite 3912 New Orleans, Louisiana 70170
FACC-GC Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration 501auctions.com/beaufacc , Nov. 17, 7pm-10pm JW Marriott New Orleans 614 Canal St. (504) 458-3528 $75 FACC-GC Members; $85 non-members; $100 everyone at the door; $750 for a table of 10 (advance purchase only) The 2017 Beaujolais Nouveau Celebration celebrates the much-anticipated harvest of the Beaujolais Nouveau and gives guests the chance to taste this year's harvest along with other French wine and cocktails, cuisine from a variety of local restaurants, live music, an auction and more! Loretta Krasnow Executive Director French American Chamber of Commerce - Gulf Coast info@facc-gc.com (504) 458-3528 P.O. Box 57255 New Orleans, Louisiana 70157
Panorama Jazz Band (Jazz/World/Klezmer) fqfi.org , Wednesday, December 13, 6:00pm-7:00pm 615 Pere Antoine Alley (504) 522-5730 Free Fronting on Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter, the historic St. Louis Cathedral and Basilica plays host to free annual holiday concerts, produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. The St. Louis Cathedral Christmas concerts generally run for an hour and are free and open to the public. Donations accepted. ,
The Zion Harmonizers (Gospel) fqfi.org , Tuesday, December 12, 6:00pm-7:00pm 615 Pere Antoine Alley (504) 522-5730 Free Fronting on Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter, the historic St. Louis Cathedral and Basilica plays host to free annual holiday concerts, produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. The St. Louis Cathedral Christmas concerts generally run for an hour and are free and open to the public. Donations accepted. ,
Wendell Brunious (Jazz) fqfi.org , Monday, December 11, 6:00pm-7:00pm 615 Pere Antoine Alley (504) 522-5730 Free Fronting on Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter, the historic St. Louis Cathedral and Basilica plays host to free annual holiday concerts, produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. The St. Louis Cathedral Christmas concerts generally run for an hour and are free and open to the public. Donations accepted. ,
The Boutté Family (Gospel) fqfi.org , Sunday, December 10, 6:00pm-7:00pm 615 Pere Antoine Alley (504) 522-5730 Free Fronting on Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter, the historic St. Louis Cathedral and Basilica plays host to free annual holiday concerts, produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. The St. Louis Cathedral Christmas concerts generally run for an hour and are free and open to the public. Donations accepted. ,
Opera Creole (Classical Opera) fqfi.org , Thursday, December 7, 6:00pm-7:00pm 615 Pere Antoine Alley (504) 522-5730 Free Fronting on Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter, the historic St. Louis Cathedral and Basilica plays host to free annual holiday concerts, produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. The St. Louis Cathedral Christmas concerts generally run for an hour and are free and open to the public. Donations accepted. ,
Beau Soleil Trio avec Michael Doucet (Cajun) fqfi.org , Wednesday, December 6, 6:00pm-7:00pm 615 Pere Antoine Alley (504) 522-5730 Free Fronting on Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter, the historic St. Louis Cathedral and Basilica plays host to free annual holiday concerts, produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. The St. Louis Cathedral Christmas concerts generally run for an hour and are free and open to the public. Donations accepted. ,
Javier Olondo presents a Celebration of Latino Christmas Traditions (Latin) fqfi.org , Tuesday, December 5, 6:00pm-7:00pm 615 Pere Antoine Alley (504) 522-5730 Free Fronting on Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter, the historic St. Louis Cathedral and Basilica plays host to free annual holiday concerts, produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. The St. Louis Cathedral Christmas concerts generally run for an hour and are free and open to the public. Donations accepted. ,
Ellis Marsalis (Jazz) fqfi.org , Monday, December 4, 6:00pm-7:00pm 615 Pere Antoine Alley (504) 522-5730 Free Fronting on Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter, the historic St. Louis Cathedral and Basilica plays host to free annual holiday concerts, produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. The St. Louis Cathedral Christmas concerts generally run for an hour and are free and open to the public. Donations accepted. ,
Robin Barnes New Orleans’ Songbird (Funky Jazz/Soul) fqfi.org , Saturday, December 2, 4:00pm-5:00pm 1210 Gov. Nicholls St. (504) 522-5730 Free St. Augustine is the oldest African-American Catholic church in the United States and is located at 1210 Gov. Nicholls Street in the historic Treme Neighborhood. Free secure parking is available in the church's parking lot - enter from Henriette Delille Street (formerly St. Claude Avenue). All concerts are free and open to the public and last approximately one hour. ,
School Choirs Perform at The Hotel Monteleone , December 4-15 (Monday - Friday only) 214 Royal St. (504) 523-3341 Free The Hotel Monteleone lobby will echo with the beautiful sounds of holiday cheer this Christmas season as school choirs from the Greater New Orleans area sing familiar holiday carols. Tiffany Scott Marketing Manager Hotel Monteleone tscott@hotelmonteleone.com (504) 681-4452 214 Royal Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
NOLA ChristmasFest nolachristmasfest.com/ , December 21-31 (Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) Hall I, 900 Convention Center Blvd. New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (855) 477-8756 $20 General Admission, kids 2 and under are free. NOLA ChristmasFest is an indoor, family-friendly holiday festival featuring the city’s only real ice skating rink, two ice slides, carnival rides, a life-size maze, snowball fight area, inflatables, crafts, a gingerbread house exhibit, spectacularly decorated trees, Santa & holiday friends and more. Plus, dazzling lights outside and convenient parking across from the entrance. Rosalie Mortillaro Communications Manager New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center rmortillaro@mccno.com (504) 582-3027 900 Convention Center Blvd. New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Creole Christmas friendsofthecabildo.org , December 27-29, 10am-4pm (Tickets available from 10am-3pm) 1850 House Museum Store 523 St. Ann St. (504) 523-3939 Adults $25, Students/Seniors $20, Children under 12 free Take a festive stroll through the French Quarter with Friends of the Cabildo and visit five historic houses dressed in Creole Christmas decorations, followed by the Creole Christmas story and refreshments. Self-guided tours begin at the 1850 House Museum Store. Jason Strada Executive Director Friends of the Cabildo jason@friendsofthecabildo.org (504) 523-3939 701 Chartres Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Harry Shearer and Judith Owen’s Christmas Without Tears (Does This Tree Make Me Look Fat?) lepetittheatre.com/listings/events/harry-shearer-and-judith-owen-s.html , December 22- 23, 7:30pm 616 St. Peter St. (504) 522-2081 $35 Reserved Seating; $70 VIP Get ready for the Christmas party of the year! In a series of intimate evenings full of music, laughter and special guests, musician Judith Owen and her husband, actor and humorist Harry Shearer (The Simpsons, Spinal Tap), will once again spread their special brand of yuletide cheer for the 2017 Christmas Without Tears Tour. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Ashley Robison General Manager Le Petit Theatre arobison@lepetittheatre.com (504) 522-2081 Le Petit Theatre New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Holiday Doll Tea Party bkhouse.org , Saturday, December 9 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm 1113 Chartres St. (504) 523-7257 Free The Tea Party for Dolls is back for Christmas 2017! Enjoy tea, caroling, crafts, and the Christmas season with some of Mrs. Keyes' favorite dolls. Open to all ages; bring a favorite doll along! Annie Irvin Executive Director Beauregard-Keyes Historic House & Garden bkeyeshouse@gmail.com (504) 523-7257 1113 Chartres St. New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Home For The Holidays With The Victory Belles- BB’s Stage Door Canteen at The National WWII Museum stagedoorcanteen.org , Dinner and Matinee performances on select dates November 29-December 27 945 Magazine St (504) 528-1943 Please call for pricing information Come celebrate the wonder, warmth, and magic of the season as the Victory Belles come Home for the Holidays with a show guaranteed to bring the holiday spirit! The Victory Belles will harmonize through the holiday season presenting sacred and secular favorites, superb musical arrangements, Rockettes-style choreography, and beautiful costumes. Bryan Graves Advertising Manager The National World War II Museum bryan.graves@nationalww2museum.org (504) 528-1944 945 Magazine St New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
The National WWII Museum’s Teddy Bear Tea stagedoorcanteen.org , Fridays and Saturdays, December 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23 945 Magazine St. (504) 528-1943 Please call for pricing Don't miss the 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. Bryan Graves Advertising Manager The National WWII Museum bryan.graves@nationalww2museum.org (504) 528-1944 945 Magazine Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Christkindlmarkt deutscheshaus.org , November 18, 2017 10:00 am to 7:00 pm 1023 Ridgewood Ave, (504) 522-8014 Free ​Come enjoy a German Christmas Market experience​ in Metairie. The Deutsches Haus is holding a Christkindlmarkt with craft vendors, sausages, food, Glühwein (hot spiced wine), and hot chocolate (with or without brandy). Children can have their picture taken with St. Niklaus and the Christkind (also known as Santa Claus and the Christmas Angel). The Christkindlmarkt will be held indoors. For more information, call or email us at info@deutscheshaus.org. Rose Mancini Chairperson, Entertainment Committee of the Deutsches Haus Deutsches Haus rmanci704@gmail.com (504) 251-4970 5201 MacArthur Blvd New Orleans, Louisiana 70131
Preservation Resource Center’s Holiday Home Tour prcno.org/event/holiday-home-tour-2017/ , Saturday December 9 and Sunday December 10, 10:00am - 4:00pm Trinity Episcopal Church, Bishop Polk Hall (Tour Headquarters) 1329 Jackson Avenue (504) 581-7032 $30 PRC members, $40 non-members. Day-of-tour: $45 Tour seven stunning private residences all dressed up for the holidays in New Orleans' famous Garden District! Enjoy performances by local musicians, shop at a festive holiday boutique, and enjoy New Orleans' historic architecture. Davis Allen Communications Associate Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans dallen@prcno.org (504) 636-3078 923 Tchoupitoulas St New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Haunted History Ghosts of New Orleans’ Christmas Past Tour HauntedHistoryTours.com , Tours are offered Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. See website for tour times and departure locations. 723 St. Peter Street (504) 861-2727 $25 Adults / $18 Students, Seniors, Military / $14 Kids 12 & under / 5 & under are free While celebrating holiday cheer, why not visit the ghosts of New Orleans’ past? Haunted History Ghost of New Orleans’ Past Tour is the only walking tour offered on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The tours feature ghoulish stories with a special holiday twist. Grab a festive beverage, and learn who was naughty and who was nice. Visit HauntedHistoryTours.com! Sidney Smith Owner / President Haunted History Tours sidneysmith@cox.net (504) 858-3977 97 Fontainebleau Drive New Orleans, Louisiana 70125
Brunch with Santa and His Elves bourbonorleans.com/santa/ , December 3, 10, 16-17, 22-23 (seatings at 10am and 1:30pm) 717 Orleans St. (504) 571-4672 Adults $65, Children (4-12) $30 (Children under 3 free) The Bourbon Orleans invites visitors to celebrate the magic of Christmas at Brunch with Santa and his Elves, including a variety of food, from specialty stations to traditional brunch fare. Festivities include live music by Meghan Stewart, Mrs. Claus, Santa's helpers, interactive activities, and much more! Reservations required. Erin Boreros DOSM Bourbon Orleans erin.boreros@bourbonorleans.com (504) 571-4606 717 Orleans St New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Louisiana Children’s Museum Kids’ New Year’s Eve Countdown lcm.org , December 31, 9:30am- 3pm; 12pm Countdown to 2018 420 Julia St. (504) 523-1357 Adults and Children (12 months+) $10 per person Celebrate the New Year at the Louisiana Children's Museum. Create a one-of-a-kind paper bag party hat and festive noisemaker. Countdown to the New Year at the stroke of NOON with lively music, a colorful confetti drop, and balloon release. Leslie Doles Marketing & PR Louisiana Children's Museum ldoles@lcm.org (504) 266-2411 420 Julia Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Festival of Trees Family Fun Day lcm.org , Patron Brunch & Pajama Party (10am - 12pm) $20 per person; General Admission (12pm - 4:30pm) $15 per person 420 Julia St. (504) 523-1357 Free Celebrate the holiday season with a fun-filled day of holiday games and crafts, cookie decorating, special performances, and more. Mix and mingle with Mr. Bingle and take a complimentary family photograph. Plus, enjoy the Museum's whimsical collection of holiday trees created by local schools, artists, and community partners! Leslie Doles Marketing & PR Louisiana Children's Museum ldoles@lcm.org (504) 266-2411 420 Julia Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
New Year’s Eve at The Riverview Room riverviewroom.com/ , December 31, 9pm-1am 600 Decatur St., 4th Floor (504) 525-3000 $185 per person, inclusive Celebrate the New Year at the elegant Riverview Room! Reservations for this Times Square of the South celebration include: reserved seating, buffet dinner, premium open bar, champagne, music by the Top Cats and great indoor and outdoor views of the midnight ball drop and fireworks. This event sells out every year; book tickets now. Cocktail attire, black tie encouraged. Cristina Ebberman Marketing Director The Riverview Room cristina@nosoc.com (504) 620-9467 600 Decatur Street, Suite 400 New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Caroling in Jackson Square patioplanters.net , December 17, 7 p.m. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Jackson Square (504) 220-8300 Free and open to the public Sponsored by Patio Planters of the Vieux Carre' since 1946, Caroling in Jackson Square is a truly moving holiday tradition held by candlelight on the Sunday before Christmas. Jackson Square brims with candle-lit faces and high-spirited singing that fills the holiday air. Candles and song sheets provided. Mary Finney public relations committee Patio Planters of the Vieux Carre' tpjudice@hotmail.com (504) 717-7695 833 Chartres St. New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Holiday Home Tour patioplanters.net , December 17, 1pm-4pm Tickets sold at 533 St. Ann St. or 527 St. Philip St. (888) 756-6250 $20 per person Savor the holiday spirit and tour French Quarter residences dressed for the season. This self-guided walking tour includes interesting architectural styles and home furnishings, as well as a variety of collections of Christmas decorations. All proceeds benefit the evening community event of Caroling in Jackson Square. Mary Finney Publicity co-chairman Patio Planters tpjudice@hotmail.com (504) 717-7695 1000 Bourbon St., Box 270 New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Holiday Home and Courtyard Tours hnoc.org , December 1–30, (Closed Mondays and December 24 & 25) Tues-Sat, 10 & 11am, 2 & 3pm Sun, 11am, 2 & 3pm 533 Royal St. (504) 523-4662 $5 per person Built in 1889 and restored in the 1940s, this two-story townhouse is filled with antiques and other objets d’art collected by THNOC’s founders. During the holidays, the residence is festively adorned with some of the couple’s original decorations, including vintage ornaments and family photos from 1956 through 1961. Anne Robichaux marketing associate The Historic New Orleans Collection anner@hnoc.org (504) 598-7137 533 Royal Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Mignon Faget Trunk Show hnoc.org/shop , December 9, 9:30am–4pm 533 Royal St. (504) 523-4662 Free The Shop at The Collection is the exclusive French Quarter retailer for Mignon Faget jewelry and glassware, and from 9:30am to 4pm on Saturday December 9, representatives from the company will host a one-day-only trunk show at The Historic New Orleans Collection’s museum shop, 533 Royal Street. Perfect for holiday shopping! Anne Robichaux marketing associate The Historic New Orleans Collection anner@hnoc.org (504) 598-7137 533 Royal Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Annual Christmas Bonfire Party at Oak Alley Plantation oakalleyplantation.org/foundation/annual-christmas-bonfire-party , December 2, 7pm-12am 3645 Highway 18 (225) 265-2151 $130 per person Experience a bonfire on the levee; dine on a menu influenced by local cuisine and Chef's specialties; toast the season with a cocktail; explore the history of the plantation; enjoy the live entertainment. Hillary Loeber Director of Sales Oak Alley Plantation hloeber@oakalleyplantation.org (225) 265-2151 3645 Hwy 18 Vacherie, Louisiana 70090
New Year’s Eve Gala on the Steamboat Natchez SteamboatNatchez.com , December 31, 9:30pm-12:30am Departs from Steamboat Natchez Toulouse Street Dock French Quarter (504) 569-1401 Call for prices and reservations. Midnight on the last authentic steamboat on the Mississippi River is unforgettable! Revel in delicious holiday foods, good friends, party favors, dance band, open bar with luscious libations, toasting champagne, the most unique view of New Orleans - and the best seat in town for the community-sponsored fireworks. Advance reservations required. Adrienne Thomas Director of Marketing & PR Steamboat Natchez athomas@glnosc.com (504) 587-0724 600 Decatur St. Ste 308 New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Christmas Day ”Jingling through the Crescent” Tour GrayLineNewOrleans.com , December 25, 10am-12:30pm Departs from the Toulouse Street Dock (504) 569-1401 Call for pricing and reservations A fully narrated tour of New Orleans in its holiday dress! Tour highlights include the French Quarter, Esplanade Avenue, Faubourg Treme, City Park, Carrollton Avenue, St. Charles Avenue, Audubon Park, Garden District, and a walk through the exquisitely decorated lobby of the beautiful Roosevelt Hotel. Advance reservations required. Adrienne Thomas Gray Line New Orleans athomas@glnosc.com (504) 587-0724 600 Decatur St New Orleans, Louisiana 70131
Joan of Arc Parade joanofarcparade.org , January 6, 6pm For route details visit website French Quarter (504) 251-5046 Free This annual French Quarter walking parade is always held on Joan of Arc's birthday, January 6, which is also Twelfth Night! The Krewe de Jeanne d’Arc includes approximately 300 members dressed in medieval clothing handing out thematic handmade favors, accompanied by moveable art pieces, live music, knights, royalty, peasants, angels, and several “Joans” of Arc. Amy Kirk Duvoisin Krewe Captain Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc joanofarcparade@gmail.com (504) 251-5046 The Joan of Arc Project Metairie, Louisiana 70001
Creole Queen’s Cajun Holiday Tea with Papa Noël creolequeen.com/cajun-holiday-tea-with-papa-noel , December 23, 10am-12pm & 1:30pm-3:30pm 1 Poydras St (504) 529-4567 Adults, $59. Children 3-12, $39. Infants 0-2, $10. Come pass a good time aboard the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen with Papa Noël, Mrs. Noël, a real alligator, and other jolly characters during this family festivity! Enjoy a classic holiday tea and treats, storytelling, face painting, magic tricks, and children’s activities while cruising the Mississippi. Children get a special gift! Limited seating available. Lydia Mulero Digital Marketing Director Paddlewheeler Creole Queen lmulero@bigeasy.com (504) 293-2316 365 Canal Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Christmas Eve on the Steamboat Natchez SteamboatNatchez.com/ , December 24, 6:30pm-9:30pm Departs from Steamboat Natchez Toulouse Street Dock (504) 569-1401 Call for pricing and reservations Santa-watching on the Steamboat Natchez is celebrated in a Victorian-holiday decorated dining room on the last steamboat on the Mississippi River. Enjoy a jazz trio, holiday buffet, optional libations, and the most unique view of the City. Make memories with those who mean the most on this Mississippi River Christmas Eve cruise! Advance reservations required. Adrienne Thomas Director of Marketing & Public Relations Steamboat Natchez athomas@glnosc.com (504) 587-0724 600 Decatur St. New Orleans, Louisiana 70131
Celebration in the Oaks celebrationintheoaks.com , November 24-January 1, Sun-Thurs 6pm-10pm; Fri and Sat 6pm-11pm (closed Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve) #1 Palm Dr. (504) 483-9415 Adults $9, Children (under 3) Free Celebration in the Oaks November 24 - January 1 This holiday season head to New Orleans City Park to experience a spectacular light show, delicious food, amusement park rides, and family fun. City Park’s Celebration in the Oaks is a New Orleans holiday tradition with magical lights, decorated Christmas trees, and nightly music. Julie LaCour Director of Special Events/Celebration in the Oaks New Orleans City Park jlacour@nocp.org (504) 483-9415 #1 Palm Drive New Orleans, Louisiana 70124
French Market Annual Tree Lighting frenchmarket.org , November 16, 2017 at 5:00pm (Tree Lighting at 6:00pm) 700 Decatur Street (504) 636-6400 Free The French Market hosts the lighting of a fleur-de-lis topped tree across from Jackson Square the Thursday prior to Thanksgiving as a way to kick-off the holiday season in the French Quarter. Family entertainment begins at 5pm with live music and costumed characters and the tree is lit promptly at 6pm. Jeremy Smith Director of Marketing and Development French Market District jsmith@frenchmarket.org (504) 636-6400 1008 N. Peters Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley southernrep.com , November 29-December 2 & December 4 - 7:30pm, December 7-December 23 (Thursdays and Saturdays Only) - 7:30pm, December 3-December 17 (Sundays Only) - 3pm Loyola University, Marquette Hall 6363 St. Charles Avenue (504) 522-6545 Full -- $40; Senior -- $35; Military -- $28; Teacher/Theater Professional/Young Professional -- $25; Student Rush -- $10 Revisit your favorite Jane Austen characters from Pride and Prejudice this holiday season! Bookish Mary Bennet, the oft-forgotten middle child, has an opportunity to find a mate who can match her intellect while visiting Mr. and Mrs. Darcy at Pemberley over the holidays. Will she step out of the shadows of her sisters as a woman in her own right? Kaylene Torregrossa Patron Services Coordinator Southern Rep Theatre kaylene@southernrep.com (504) 522-6545 6221 S Claiborne Ave NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana 70125
New Year’s Eve Celebration: Victory Swing Orchestra stagedoorcanteen.org , Sunday, December 31, 2017 9pm-until 945 Magazine St. (504) 528-1943 Please call for pricing Swing in 2018 with dinner, dancing, and the fabulous Victory Swing Orchestra! A single ticket gains entry to all this special event has to offer: a delicious four-course dinner, big-band music and dancing, open bar, and midnight dessert served right on the dance floor. It’s the perfect atmosphere for a little New Year’s nostalgia—and a whole lot of fun Bryan Graves Advertising Manager The National WWII Museum bryan.graves@nationalww2museum.org (504) 528-1944 945 Magazine Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Christmas Eve ”Bonfire Adventure” Tour GrayLineNewOrleans.com , December 24, 2:30pm - 9:00pm Departs from the Toulouse Street Dock (504) 569-1401 Call for pricing and reservations Celebrate the Louisiana tradition of viewing the community-built bonfires that light the way for Papa Noël, the Cajun Santa Claus. This narrated tour includes San Francisco Plantation, Cajun Country dinner, police escort to the bonfires, and a souvenir. Come see the feux de joie (fires of joy)! Walking necessary. Advance reservations required. Adrienne Thomas Gray Line New Orleans athomas@glnosc.com (504) 587-0724 600 Decatur St New Orleans, Louisiana 70131
Christmas Eve ”Bonfire Express” Tour GrayLineNewOrleans.com , December 24, 4:45pm - 9:00pm Departs from the Toulouse Street Dock (504) 569-1401 Call for pricing and reservations Celebrate the Louisiana tradition of viewing the community-built bonfires that light the way for Papa Noël, the Cajun Santa Claus. This escorted tour includes express transportation and a police escort as guests draw near to the bonfires. Come see the feux de joie (fires of joy)! Walking necessary. Advance reservations required. Adrienne Thomas Dir. of Marketing Gray Line New Orleans athomas@glnosc.com (504) 587-0724 600 Decatur St. Ste 308 New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
”Celebration in the Oaks” Tour GrayLineNewOrleans.com , December 1-10, 12-23, 26-30, 6:00pm - 9:00pm Departs from the Toulouse Street Dock (504) 569-1401 Call for pricing and reservations Ride Santa’s bus on a narrated tour down holiday-decorated Esplanade Avenue and Faubourg Treme to City Park. Exhibits include the Cajun Night Before Christmas, a “Who Dat” Tree, Santa Gator, a life size Nativity scene, and “A Jackson Square Holiday.” Live musical entertainment. Gift items, amusement rides, food/drink for purchase. Walking necessary. Advance reservations required. Adrienne Thomas Dir. of Mktg Gray Line Tours New Orleans athomas@glnosc.com (504) 587-0724 600 Decatur Street ste 308 New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Aristocracy: Luxury and Leisure in Britain rauantiques.com/aristocracy , Open every Monday through Saturday from October 21, 2017 to January 20, 2018 from 9:00am - 5:15pm 630 Royal Street (504) 273-7391 Free Join us for this premier exhibition exploring the culture and lavish lifestyle of the 19th-century British elite, as we illuminate this spectacular age of socioeconomic, cultural and artistic change through a wealth of art and superbly crafted objects, including furniture, fine art and important pieces of provenance. Kristin Core Marketing Manager M.S. Rau Antiques kristin@rauantiques.com (504) 593-8304 630 Royal Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Royal Sonesta Teddy Bear Tea sonesta.com/royalneworleans , December 10, 21, 22, 23 at 11am & 2pm; December 17 at 10am & 1pm 300 Bourbon Street (504) 553-2221 See website for pricing & reservations. A holiday tradition where little princes and princesses are invited into our Magical Royal Kingdom where their fantasies come to life. Holiday characters, storytelling with Mrs. Claus, and a grand parade! Commemorative photos with Santa, and holiday libations are available for purchase. Unwrapped toys will be collected for Children's Hospital. Colleen McCourtney Marketing Manager Royal Sonesta New Orleans cmccourtney@sonesta.com (504) 553-2361 300 Bourbon Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Zoo Year’s Eve AudubonNatureInstitute.org , December 31, 2017 10:30 am to 12:30 pm 6500 Magazine Street (504) 861-2537 Adults $22.95; Children (2-12) $17.95; Seniors (65+) $19.95, Event is complimentary with paid admission or membership. Audubon Zoo invites families and kids of all ages to celebrate the new year in style with live 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! Cheryl Forschler Director, Marketing Promotions and Partnerships Audubon Zoo cforschler@auduboninstitute.org (504) 212-5363 6500 Magazine Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
Jingle Bugs AudubonNatureInstitute.org , December 9, 10am-4pm 423 Canal St. Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium (504) 861-2537 Adult $22.95, Senior (65 and over) $19.95, Children (2 -12 )$17.95, Event is complimentary with paid admission or membership Celebrate the holidays with activities and treats for the entire family. Meet Santa Claus, join in a buggy reading of a holiday favorite, and sample buggy holiday treats. Also, face painting and holiday balloons available for the kids! Included with Butterfly Garden and Insectarium admission. Cheryl Forschler Director, Promotions and Partnerships Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium cforschler@auduboninstitute.org (504) 212-5363 Audubon Nature Institute New Orleans, Louisiana 70118
Hilton Holidays hiltonneworleansriverside.com , Every Friday and Saturday between December 1 and December 24 from 12-2pm Hilton New Orleans Riverside, Le Croissant Restaurant (1st floor) 2 Poydras St. (504) 556-3721 Free Join the Hilton culinary team as we decorate holiday cookies for the kids! This is an hands on activity and free of charge to the public and guests alike. Bring home your own creative treats this holiday season! Stay before or after for a meal at Drago's Seafood Restaurant and receive 4 hour validated parking in the Hilton self-parking garage. Brooke Hundley Senior Marketing Manager Hilton New Orleans Riverside brooke.hundley@hilton.com (504) 556-3721 2 Poydras St New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Annual French Quarter Courtyard Christmas Tree Lighting at Maison Dupuy maisondupuy.com , Friday, December 1, 2017 from 5 PM to 8 PM Maison Dupuy Hotel Courtyard 1001 Toulouse St. (504) 586-8000 Free Enjoy the annual Sippin' In the Courtyard holiday-style! Celebrate when Maison Dupuy lights the courtyard tree, listen to holiday voices of the Gay Men's Chorus, visit with historical characters bringing Louisiana history alive, and enjoy an open market for special Christmas gift purchase. Holiday cocktails and small plates available for purchase. An auction will also take place to benefit Saul’s Light Foundation dedicated to helping New Orleans area families navigate the neonatal intensive care unit journey. Craig Sanders Director of Sales & Marketing Maison Dupuy Hotel csanders@maisondupuy.com (504) 648-6118 1001 Toulouse Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth-Century American Landscape Photography noma.org/ , October 6-January 7 (except Mondays) City Park 1 Collins Diboll Circle (504) 658-4100 Adults $12, Seniors (65+) and Military $10 University Students with ID $8, Children (7-12) $6 Children (6 and under) are free Wednesdays are FREE admission days for Louisiana residents, courtesy of The Helis Foundation. This landmark exhibition is the first to exclusively explore a vivid chapter of America’s photographic history—nineteenth-century American landscape photography made east of the Mississippi River. Margaux Krane Communications and Marketing Manager New Orleans Museum of Art mkrane@noma.org (504) 658-4106 1 Collins Diboll Circle New Orleans, Louisiana 70179
Louisiana Heritage Cooking Classes casapelicanneworleans.com , Every Wednesday and Friday from 2pm to 6pm throughout the season. Other dates available for groups 712 Pelican Avenue (504) 210-5011 Adults: $125. Discounts for couples and groups Learn the secrets of Louisiana Heritage Cuisine! Hands-on, small sized classes covering delicious Cajun and Creole dishes from scratch. Wine/beverage service offered throughout and each class concludes with a formal sit-down meal of the dishes prepared. Special Seasonal classes include Turducken class and Reveillon class. We offer special rates for groups! Karen Duncan Chef/Proprietor Casa Pelican B&B and Cooking School casapelican@gmail.com (504) 210-5011 712 Pelican Avenue New Orleans, Louisiana 70114
Christmas Organ Spectacular, featuring Davide Mariano (Classical) fqfi.org , Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 6:00 pm St. Louis Cathedral Jackson Square (504) 525-9585 Free Prize winning organist Davide Mariano, Young Artist in Residence at the St. Louis Cathedral, presents a holiday organ recital. Mr. Mariano, a graduate of both the Vienna and Paris Conservatories is quickly establishing himself as a major organist throughout Europe and Asia. Alfred Lemmon St. Louis Cathedral aelemmon@cox.net (504) 430-4988 615 Pere Antoine Alley New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Santa Visits Pat O’Brien’s patobriens.com , Friday and Saturday nights in December and Christmas Night, 8pm-10pm 718 St Peter St. (504) 525-4823 Free Get in the holiday spirit with Santa at a local favorite place to have fun - Pat O'Brien's! The halls will be decked with holiday cheer, so come join in every Friday and Saturday night in December for 1/2 price souvenir photos. Don't forget to celebrate a local tradition and party at Pat O'Brien's on Christmas Night. Jamie Touchton Marketing Director Pat O'Brien's Bar and Courtyard Restaurant marketing@patobriens.com (504) 525-4823 718 St Peter Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Krewe of Jingle Parade downtownnola.com/Holidays , December 2, 1pm For route details, visit www.downtownnola.com/Holidays (504) 561-8927 Free New Orleans’ official holiday parade, the Krewe of Jingle, will once again delight locals and visitors with authentic parade floats, marching bands, stilt-walkers, Christmas characters, and many more magical surprises! Joshua Vairin Marketing Coordinator Downtown Development District jvairin@downtownnola.com (504) 561-8927 201 St. Charles Ave, Suite 3912 New Orleans, Louisiana 70170
The King of Instruments featuring Karol Mossakowski, Organist (Classical) fqfi.org , Sunday, November 19, 2017, 6 PM St. Louis Cathedral Jackson Square (504) 525-9585 Free Virtuoso concert organist Karol Mossakowski presents a recital showcasing the exciting repertoire of The King of Instruments. Mr. Mossakowski of Paris, France is the winner of several international competitions, including the famed Chartres International Organ Competition. Alfred Lemmon St. Louis Cathedral aelemmon@cox.net (504) 430-4988 615 Pere Antoine Alley New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
St. Louis Basilica Annual Christmas Concert (Classical) fqfi.org , Sunday, December 17, 5:30pm 615 Pere Antoine Alley (504) 522-5730 Free The St. Louis Cathedral Concert Choir and Orchestra will present Finzi's In Terra Pax and Vaughan Williams' The First Nowell conducted by Mr. Dreux Montegut, Director of Music. The historic St. Louis Cathedral-Basilica hosts free annual holiday concerts, produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc. The concerts are free and open to the public. Donations accepted. Dreux Montegut Director of Music St. Louis Cathedral dgmontegut@gmail.com (504) 812-5836 615 Pere Antoine Alley New Orleans, Louisiana 70116
Santa Visits Deanie’s Seafood Restaurant deanies.com , Friday and Saturday, December 8-9, 15-16, 6pm-10pm 841 Iberville Street (504) 581-1316 Free Enjoy cocoa, cookies, and free photos with Santa. The former site of the D.H. Holmes department store at the corner of Iberville and Dauphine St., Deanie's is decked out in style with five fanciful holiday window displays adding a cheery dose of holiday spirit to the neighborhood. Melissa Izor consultant Deanie's Seafood Restaurants melissa@markit360.com (504) 329-2626 841 Iberville Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
Vince Vance Kids Holiday Sing-Along & Dance Party deanies.com , Saturday and Sunday, Dec 9 & 10 and 16 & 17. Doors Open at 9am. Show Begins at 10am. 841 Iberville St. (504) 321-6602 Tickets are $45 - Children three and under are free. Reservations are recommended, as seating is limited. Book now for New Orleans’ only live holiday music show for kids, the Vince Vance Kids Holiday Sing-Along & Dance Party! This one-of-a-kind Kids Holiday Party features: Live music & holiday Sing-Along with Vince Vance & The Valianettes, Full Buffet Breakfast, Photos with Santa, Face Painting, Arts & Crafts and Candy Land Station. Proceeds benefit Angels' Place. Melissa Izor Deanie's Seafood Restaurants melissa@markit360.com (504) 329-2626 400 Magazine Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Arts Council New Orleans’ LUNA Fête artsneworleans.org/event/luna-fete/ , December 6- 9, 6pm-10pm Lafayette Square / Gallier Hall 545 St Charles Ave (504) 523-1465 Free LUNA Fête is a visionary event by Arts Council New Orleans to utilize our city’s iconic landscape as the canvas for outdoor, public artworks created with light and technology. This multi-day celebration features illuminated installations, digital sculptures, video-mapping projections, and local arts market to engage and inspire audiences of all ages. Lindsay Glatz Director Marketing + Communication Arts Council New Orleans lindsay@artsneworleans.org (847) 708-7281 1307 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd New Orleans, Louisiana 70113