2022 Magic of Christmas Holiday Events

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LIGHT DISPLAYS

Celebration in the Oaks
Nov 24-Jan 1, City Park
Enjoy over a million twinkling lights through the 2.25-mile Driving Tour or the reimagined Walking Tour, featuring unlimited Amusement Park rides as well as access to the elegant Botanical Garden, or a combination of both!

Christmas in the Park
Dec 2 - Dec 30, Lafreniere Park in Metairie
Drive through the light displays then get out and enjoy even more when you walk through more displays, activities and fun.

Holiday of Lights
Dec 2-3, 9-10, Koop Dr in Mandeville
Sing along with carolers, visit with Santa, ride the kiddie rides and enjoy local food truck vendors.

Christmas Under the Stars
Dec 2-3, 9-10, Griffith Park in Slidell
A celebration of twinkling lights, festive decorations, life-size Christmas Cottages and other family fun.

Greenway Supernova
Dec 8-10, Lafitte Greenway Plaza
Free lights walk through mid-city on the Lafitte Greenway with art installations from local artists.

Luna Fete
Dec 15-18, Downtown
While not specifically a Christmas event, the lights and art displays around the downtown area are certainly magical.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Celebration in the Oaks Preview Party
Nov 18, City Park
Be first to see the annual lights display and exclusive access to the Botanical Garden. Naturally, because this is New Orleans, food, music, and a Celebration of Cocktails are available in abundance.

Jingle Bells and Beer
Nov 19, City Park
‘Tis the season to bust out those ugly sweaters! On Saturday, November 19, join us in Carousel Gardens for food, rides, entertainment and, of course, BEER!

Candelight Caroling at the Trailhead
Dec 3, Covington
Free family event features the Northlake Performing Arts Society chorale, caroling on the open-air stage.

Algiers Bonfire and Concert
Dec 3, Algiers Point
Live performances, vendors and the highlight of the evening - the sculptural bonfire set ablaze along the river.

Holiday Cheers
Dec 4, Warehouse District
Holiday art walk in galleries in the Julia St area. Enjoy sparkling beverages and art at participating galleries and museums.

Festival of the Bonfires
Dec 9-11, Lutcher Recreational Park
Food, entertainment, crafts, Santa’s Very Merry Forest and carnival rides. Each night will be highlighted with a single bonfire lighting.

Christmas in Covington
Dec 10, Covington Trailhead
The Lollipop Christmas parade will lead the way for Santa and a day of fun ending with the tree lighting and caroling.

St Nick Celebration
Dec 10, French Market
Kid-focused holiday event with live music, activities and the St. Nick Second-Line all free in Dutch Alley.

Christmas Past Festival
Dec 10, Old Mandeville
Artists and vendors along with children's crafts and holiday characters bring the festive spirit to Girod St in Old Mandeville.

Christmas in Lafreniere Park Run/Walk
Dec 10, Lafreniere Park in Metairie
Run through the decorations and then enjoy the fun of the displays after your race.

Running of the Santas
Dec 10, Manning's and Generations Hall
Grown-up pub crawl with Santa costumes encouraged and ending with a live concert.

Holiday Home Tour
Dec 10-11, Garden District
Tour the interiors and grounds of six stunning private homes and one bonus property all dressed up for the holidays in the historic Garden District.

Dashing Through the Dome
Dec 17, Caesars Superdome
A 2-mile race through the Dome, up and around the Dome's Ground, Plaza and Terrace Levels, and then down to the field to cross the finish line.

Caroling in Jackson Square
Dec 18, French Quarter
This special New Orleans event is open to everyone with sheet music and candles provided.

Nola Christmasfest
Dec 21-30, Convention Center
Rides, activities and even ice skating all inside the Convention Center is back for it's 9th fun year.

MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS CONCERTS

The Temptations Review Christmas Show
Dec 2, Gretna Cultural Center
The Temptations classic Christmas songs and all their hits.

LPO Holiday Spectacular
Dec 3, Orpheum Theater
The LPO and special guests will bring an exciting holiday program to you with a few musical surprises.

Lauren Daigle The Behold Christmas Tour
Dec 10-11, Saenger Theater
Only performing here and in Nashville, the special performances will feature some of her Christmas favorites.

Chris Isaak Everybody Knows It's Christmas Tour
Dec 15, House of Blues
Chris Isaak released his Christmas album of favorites called "Everybody Knows It's Christmas" this fall and is ready to bring it to us live.

LPO Classical Christmas
Dec 15, Orpheum Theater
Experience the glory of the Messiah with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

Danny O'Flaherty's Celtic Christmas
Dec 23, Jefferson Performing Arts Center
Yuletide customs in the nations Ireland, Wales, Scotland, and more. This story and song filled show includes singing, bagpipers, and dancing.

THEATRICAL PERFORMANCES

Holiday Dreams: A Spectacular Holiday Cirque
Nov 27, Saenger Theater
Acrobats, aerialists, comedians, daredevils and award-winning specialty acts all wrapped-up in a Holiday theme.

Holiday Inn
Dec 2-11, Jefferson Performing Arts Center
Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical is a 2016 Broadway musical based on the 1942 film of the same name.

Disney's Frozen Jr.
Dec 2-20, Kenner's Rivertown Theater
Based on the Broadway musical, this 1-hour junior version brings Elsa, Anna, and Arendelle to life with all the memorable songs from the animated Disney film.

Louisiana Christmas Day
Dec 2-23, WWII Museum Stage Door Canteen
Holidays Louisiana style as the Victory Belles take us on a musical tour from the raucous Cajun bayous to the splendors of caroling in Jackson Square.

Dr Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Dec 13-20, Saenger Theater
The beloved TV special comes to life with several performances throughout the week.

The Nutcracker
Dec 17-18, Jefferson Performing Arts Center
The classic dancing and dreaming fantasy reminds us of the importance of imagination, love and childhood.

The Nutcracker
Dec 17-18, Mahalia Jackson Theater
The LPO provides the music for the Delta Festival Ballet's production of the classic The Nutcracker.

The Nutcracker
Dec 27, Saenger Theater
The annual tradition returns as "NUTCRACKER! Magic of Christmas Ballet" to reflect the diversity of the international cast from what used to be known as the Moscow Ballet.

HOLIDAY MOVIE EVENTS

"Frozen" Holiday Movie
Nov 18, Westwego Community Center
Disney's Frozen will be shown with free pre-show activities for the kids.

"Elf" Movie Under the Stars
Dec 3, Faubourg Brewery
Beer and food for sale while you enjoy the movie in the large yard plus a holiday photo op and free popcorn.

"The Polar Express" at Columbia Theater
Dec 3-4, 10-11, Hammond
The film is just part of the fun along with free cookies and cocoa and meet Santa and Mrs Claus.

"Home Alone" with the LPO
Dec 9-10, Mahalia Jackson Theater
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of this beloved holiday movie with score performed live to picture by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

Polar Express Day
Dec 10, Faubourg Brewery
The movie will show in the evening in the large yard, but there'll be free mini-train rides from 2-5:30.

Movies on the Mississippi "Arthur Christmas"
Dec 10, Spanish Plaza
Just outside The Riverwalk you'll find the free movie showing outside along the river for free.

"Polar Express" Holiday Movie
Dec 16, Westwego Community Center
The family favorite movie will be shown with free pre-show activities for the kids.

"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" Under the Stars
Dec 17, Faubourg Brewery
The movie will show on a large screen in the yard. Food and craft beer for sale, free popcorn and photo ops.

Movies on the Mississippi "The Grinch" (2018 animated version)
Dec 17, Spanish Plaza
Just outside The Riverwalk you'll find the free movie showing outside along the river for free.

CHRISTMAS PARADES

Children's Hospital Holiday Parade, Dec 3

Merry Madisonville, Dec 3

Winter on the Water Mandeville Boat Parade, Dec 3

Olde Towne Slidell Christmas Parade, Dec 4

Gretna Christmas Parade, Dec 4

Merry Madisonville Parade, Dec 4

Norco Christmas Parade, Dec 4

Ponchatoula Christmas Parade, Dec 10

Lights on the Lake Boat Parade, Dec 10

Hammond Christmas Parade, Dec 16

Harahan Christmas Parade, Dec 17

Allstate Sugar Bowl New Year's Eve Parade, Dec 31

TEDDY BEAR TEAS AND SIMILAR EVENTS

Holiday Tea at the Windsor Court
Nov 25-Dec 31, Windsor Court's Le Salon
Elegant holiday tradition complete with delicate tea sandwiches, and holiday-themed scones and desserts.

Teddy Bear Tea at The Roosevelt
Nov 27-Dec 27, The Roosevelt
Santa and Mrs. Claus will welcome you and your children to enjoy a presentation of delicious holiday food, specialty teas, and tasty pastries, as well as sparkling wine and mimosas for for the grown-ups.

WWII Museum's Teddy Bear Tea
Dec 3, 10, 17, WWII Museum Stage Door Canteen
Delicious food and sweet treats, lively music from the Victory Belles, and a special visit with Santa.

Papa Noel Tea at The Ritz
Dec 3-21, The Ritz-Carlton
A special holiday celebration featuring an appearance by Papa Noel.

Santa's Pajama Party
Dec 3-18, Restaurant R'evolution in Royal Sonesta
Wear your PJs to deliver your list to Santa and the Sugarplum Fairy Princess. Kid-friendly snacks complete the event.

Gingerbread House Workshop
Dec 4, 18, 21, Red Fish Grill
Decorate pre-assembled gingerbread houses and order from the seafood brunch menu.

Nutcracker Tea
Dec 10-11, Chateau Golf Club in Kenner
A fanciful tea party where your little one can mingle with costumed Nutcracker dancers, crafts, and visit with Santa.

Gingerbread Build at The Ritz
Dec 10-21, The Ritz-Carlton
Children of all ages are invited to build a festive gingerbread house.

Jazz Brunch with Santa
Dec 19-22, Court of Two Sisters
A New Orleans tradition we'll share with Santa that includes a gift for each child.

LOBBY AND DECORATION CELEBRATIONS

The Ritz-Carlton
Nov 22
Ribbon cutting reception in our festive lobby. Enjoy holiday refreshments and appearances from Papa Noel and the Victory Belles.

Canal St Lighting Ceremony
Nov 23
A choir performs as the switch is flipped to light up Canal Street for the season.

The Roosevelt
Nov 29
Irma Thomas will flip the switch this year followed by a champagne toast as over 100,000 lights illuminate the holidays.

Santa Sightings

Selfies with Santa
Nov 23, Canal Place
Cookies, entertainment and, of course, the main man of the season.

Santa's Arrival Celebration
Nov 19, Lakeside Mall in Metairie
Doors open at 9am and the parade to welcome Mr and Mrs Claus begins at 9:30. Santa remains at the mall throughout the holidays for photos.

Santa at Oakwood Mall
Dec 1-24, Gretna
Santa pictures available throughout the season including special times for pets and sensory friendly needs.

Holiday Pet Photos
Dec 3-4, Jefferson Feed
Not Santa in these photos, but the Grinch who will happily pose with your pet. Proceeds benefit charity. (Grinch is optional if you pet isn't a fan.)

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