Holiday events are quickly filling the New Orleans metro calendar with lights, landmarks, trees and teas for all ages.
Here are some highlights for the Season of Light.
CELEBRATION IN THE OAKS: Nights through January 1, 2023, hours vary; City Park, 7 Victory Ave., New Orleans. Millions of lights line the park’s streets, as well as the Botanical Gardens and Carousel Gardens for driving, horseback riding, and walking tours. Tickets start at $5 per person. celebrityintheoaks.com.
INTERNATIONAL CRÈCHE EXHIBITION: Daily through December 4, hours vary; St. Dominic Church, 775 Harrison Ave., New Orleans. Friends of St. Alphonsus shows cribs from all over the world every year.
HOLIDAY CONCERT SERIES: 1st-18th December; French Quarter Festival music series at St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square and St. Anna’s Episcopal Church, 1313 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, with concerts beginning at various times. They include:
St. Louis Cathedral
- Dec 1: Legendary Experience by Lawrence Cotton
- December 5: Da Lovebirds with Robin Barnes
- December 6: Rachel Van Voorhees
- December 7: Shades of Praise
- December 8: John Boutte
- Dec 12: Andre Bohren with the Electric Yat Quartet
- Dec 13 Rickie Monie and his friends
- 14 Dec Cameron Dupuy and the Cajun Troubadours
- Dec 15: La Noche Buena: Spanish Christmas Music
- 18 Dec Cathedral Christmas Choir Concert
- December 3: The Kind Travelers
- December 10: Papo y Son Mandao
- December 17: Joy Clark
Visit neworleans.com/holiday for more information.
HERITAGE PARK CHRISTMAS VILLAGE: Every evening from December 2nd to 18th, 5:30pm to 8:30pm; 300 Williams Blvd, Connoisseur. The streets and buildings of historic Rivertown are brightly lit with a Christmas village. Holiday choir concerts, visits and photos with Santa Claus and the snow and more take place. Visit jeffersonparish.com.
CHRISTMAS AT LAFRENIERE PARK: Every evening from December 3rd to 30th, hours vary; 3000 Downs Blvd, Metairie. Light displays, LEDs, a magic castle and more await you on this holiday cruise. Tickets start at $10. lafrenierepark.org.
HOLIDAY PARADE: 11 am December 3; French Quarter, Canal Street and the CBD, New Orleans. Opening Holiday Parade with custom made floats, special effects, helium balloons, marching units and more. nolaholidayparade.com.
HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. December 3; Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra gets into the holiday spirit with their annual musical celebration that includes surprises for the whole family. Tickets start at $25. lpomusic.org.
KRAMPUS NOLAUF MOVING: 7 p.m. Dec 3; Bywater and Marginy Areas, New Orleans. the Krewe of Krampus Walking Parade, which celebrates the character from the alpine holiday legend who helps Santa Claus by punishing bad children. They also collect new, unboxed toys for Toys for Tots. kreweofkrampus.com.
“HOME ALONE” WITH LPO: 7:30 p.m. Dec 9 and 2 p.m. Dec 10; Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. The orchestra plays the music by John Williams to the film about a young man who is left behind when the family goes to Paris for Christmas. Tickets start at $25. lpomusic.com.
FESTIVAL OF FIRE: December 9-11, times vary; Lutcher Recreational Park, 2545 Louisiana Ave. The classic River Parishes, traditionally featuring bonfires on Christmas Eve on the Mississippi River levee, are celebrated at this festival, with a single illumination each night, plus food, cook-offs, music, rides, characters, crafts and more. festivalofthebonfires.org.
SANTA CLAUS RUNNING: 2 p.m. Dec 10; Manning’s (South Pole) and Generations Hall (North Pole), CBD, New Orleans. Annual pub crawl with costume contest, specials and actual run at 6pm featuring music by Flow Tribe, Mannie Fresh and Category 6. A portion of the proceeds benefit the That Others May Live Foundation. runningofthesants.com.
LIGHTS AT THE LAKE: December 10, 4 p.m., New Canal Lighthouse, 8001 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. Annual fundraiser for the Pontchartrain Conservancy with lights, activities and a holiday boat parade. Tickets start at $5. scienceforourcoast.org.
MOVIES UNDER THE STARS: 5 p.m. Dec 10 and Dec 17; Spanish Plaza, Canal Street on the Mississippi. Free outdoor screenings of 2018’s Arthur Christmas and the animated version of The Grinch with holiday treats, Santa and more at the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk. www.riverwalkneworleans.com.
“HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS: THE MUSICAL”: December 13-20, hours vary; Saenger Theater, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. dr Seuss’ classic tale of the big green villain and his attempt to steal Christmas includes the hit songs from the original show (“You’re A Mean one, Mr. Grinch” and “Welcome Christmas”) and more, narrated by Max the Dog . Tickets start at $30. www.saengernola.com.
CLASSIC CHRISTMAS: 7:30 p.m. December 15; Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. The LPO, conducted by Françoise López-Ferrer, presents a Christmas concert with music by Williams, Bonds and Handel’s “Messiah”. Tickets start at $10. lpomusic.com.
CHRISTMAS IN JACKSON SQUARE: 7pm Dec 18; French Quarter, New Orleans. Patio Planters des Vieux Carré present the annual holiday singalong with song sheets and candles. terrassenplanter.net.
NOLA CHRISTMAS PARTY: December 21-30, hours vary; New Orleans Convention Center Ernest N. Morial, 900 Convention Center Blvd. The indoor holiday festival includes ice skating, character visits, rides, decorations and more. Tickets start at $25. nolaweihnachtsfest.com