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2012 Magic of Christmas Events

Magic of Christmas Events 2013

  Throughout the holiday season (varies by restaurant)
An old French holiday tradition that has become a citywide extravaganza of New Orleans’ finest cuisine. Four oR five courses at a prix fixe dinner that allows you to sample Creole favorites and seasonal fare.

Chanukah Family Concert  
11/24/2013  2:00pm
New Orleans JCC - Uptown
Community-wide Chanukah Celebration featuring a live performance by the Maccabeats, a premier a capella group out of Yeshiva University and YouTube sensation, known for their beautiful harmonies, catchy rhythms and creative lyrics and videos.  Free and open to the community, this is always a fun event for the entire family.  Free

Canal Street Lighting
11/26/2013, 5:30pm
Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel
Stroll along Canal Street and watch as they “flip the switch,” turning on more than 1 million twinkling lights. Stop by the hotel’s St Charles Ballroom just off the lobby from 5-7pm and decorate your own holiday cookie while enjoying complimentary hot cocoa or apple cider. Santa will be there to hear your wish list for the holidays. Bring an unwrapped, new toy for Children’s Hospital and receive a free picture with Santa!

Miracle on Fulton Street Lighting
11/26/2013, 6pm
Fulton Street (at Poydras)
The Miracle on Fulton Street returns as a New Orleans holiday tradition starting with the lighting ceremony featuring Steve Gleason. The spectacle includes dancing lights and faux "snow" that is synchronized to holiday music, roaming caroler chorus, Santa and his reindeer and a 30-foot holiday tree.  Snow falls are scheduled on the hour from 5-11pm nightly.  Miracle on Fulton Street runs through Jan 6th.

The Victory Belles A Swinging Christmas
11/27 - 12/29/2013
Stagedoor Canteen at the WWII Museum
Join thel Victory Belles as they celebrate the season with a sleigh full of swinging holiday hits! You’ll love their beautiful Belle harmony on Sleigh Ride, Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bells, Let it Snow and dozens more. This lively musical revue featuring sparkling costumes, delightful choreography and audience interaction will make you feel as bright as Christmas lights — or Rudolph’s nose.  Advance ticket purchase is recommended ($30 show only up to $60 with dinner).

Celebration in the Oaks
11/29/2013 - 1/4/2013 (closed 12/24 & 12/31) 
City Park
$8 per person, children under 3 free. A month-long holiday show featuring millions of twinkling lights throughout the Botanical Garden and Amusement Park. Walk through the Botanical Garden, Storyland, a children's theme park, and Carousel Gardens,an amusement ride area aglow with holiday magic at every turn.  Nightly musical entertainment and a full service cafe featuring their famous hot-buttered rum.  Don't miss the "Who Dat Tree" and the 2-story tall Mr. Bingle!

Holiday in the Park Lights at Lafreniere
11/29/2013 - 1/2/2014
Lafreniere Park, Metairie
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!  Old favorites include holiday characters, the beloved Lombardi Trophy between two Saints Players, the Teddy Bear Factory, and Snowman Island!  The park sparkles for the holidays with thousands of twinkling lights and displays.  $3.00 per vehicle (FREE Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & New Year's Eve & Day) entrance on West Napoleon Avenue access gate of the park.  Children's Carousel open nightly through 9:00 p.m. - $1.00 per child

Santa's Secret Workshop
11/29 - 12/24/2013
4800 Canal Street
Santa's Workshop isn't at the North Pole this year - it's on Canal Street!  It's an exciting adventure through Santa's World where kids of all ages will discover how Santa, Mrs. Claus, and the Elves make the magic of Christmas Eve happen ending with custom portraits with Santa. Sure to become a part of your family’s holiday tradition, Santa’s Secret Workshop rekindles your fondest memories. Tickets start at $12.

Christmas in the District
11/30/2013 - 1/5/2014
Convention Center Blvd
Celebrate the season in New Orleans’ historic Warehouse District with dazzling lights along Convention Center Boulevard, sponsored by the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.  Bring the family and dine, drive, and stroll while enjoying Santa, carolers, concerts, and more. 

The Nutcracker
11/30 - 12/01/2013
Loyola’s Roussel Hall
New Orleans Ballet Theatre performs Tchaikovsky's timeless favorite.  The performance will include over 60 young local dancers. Lead rolls will be performed by the internationally acclaimed dancers of New Orleans Ballet Theatre. Tickets $30 or $20 for students.

12/1 - 12/23/2013
The Roosevelt Hotel
Teddy Bear Tea hosts guests and their children for a special tea party featuring children’s menu items, as well as traditional tea, a cash bar and menu for adults, plus complimentary free-flowing champagne. Children also will receive this year’s commemorative Roosevelt Teddy Bear. Entertainment includes storytellers and trumpeters, as well as appearances by Santa, his elves and Mrs. Claus. Commemorative photos with Santa will be available at an additional cost.  Tickets start at $41.

Teddy Bear and Nutcracker Teas
12/1 - 12/22/2013 Sundays only
English Tea Room, Covington
Christmas High Tea with craft time or ballet dancers and always a visit from Santa. $30 / person, children under 2 are free. Prepaid reservations are required.

Cathedral Christmas Concert Series
St. Louis Cathedral in Jackson Square
Enjoy the sounds of the season at St. Louis Cathedral. Concerts feature a variety of New Orleans artists performing beloved holiday classics and gospel favorites in one of the country’s most beautiful and historic churches. Begins at 6pm and lasts about an hour. Free
Dec 1 - The Nightingales
Dec 2 - Opera Creole
Dec 3 - Franklin Avenue Baptist Choir
Dec 4 - Zion Harmonizers
Dec 5 - Harmonouche
Dec 9 - The Roots of Music
Dec 10 - The Melody Clouds
Dec 11 - Evan Christopher
Dec 12 - Davell Crawford
Dec 15 - Amanda Shaw
Dec 17 - Musaica
Dec 18 - Jeremy Davenport
Dec 19 - Thomas Kientz
Dec 22 - St. Louis Cathedral Choir Christmas Concert (5:30pm)

Chef's Holiday Cooking Demos
12/3-12/6, 12/10-12/13, 12/17-12/20
French Market's Shed (between Ursulines & Gov. Nicholls)
Some of the city's best chefs share Reveillon recipes at free cooking demos and offer samples guaranteed to spice up your holidays. Each demo begins at 2pm. Some of New Orleans' most famous restaurants and chefs will take part.

Metairie Road's Light Up the Night
12/5/2013, 5:30-8pm
Gardent Gate, Metairie Rd.
Metairie Road Business Association will be hosting their annual Light Up the Night with a visit from Mr. & Mrs. Claus for the kids and a Toys for Tots collection. 

LPO's Yuletide Celebration
12/5, 12/6, 12/8/2013
Kenner, Hammond and Slidell
A spectacular evening of holiday favorites, food, and fun for the entire family featuring school choirs, local celebrities, and an appearance from Santa!  Tickets $20-$55.

Holiday Movie on the Mississippi
Spanish Plaza
The Downtown Development District and the Riverwalk Marketplace present a special free outdoor showing of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas."  Enjoy hot chocolate, tasty treats and the beautiful Mississippi River with your family, friends, and neighbors in this truly unique setting.

Christmas Under the Stars
12/6 - 12/14/2013
Olde Town Slidell
One of the city's most magical celebrations, Christmas Under the Stars returns to Griffith Park this season.  Still featured will be live entertainment by local organizations, holiday decorations, the Parade of Trees decorated by local organizations, storytelling and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, plus the popular miniature village and train display.  Free admission.

Holiday of Lights
12/6 - 12/14/2013
Tammay Trace
Free kiddie rides, food and drink available for purchase, live entertainment and over 20,000 twinkling lights.

Festival of Trees Family Fun Brunch
Louisiana Children's Museum
The Festival of Trees will be a month-long exhibit featuring a forest of whimsically decorated trees by community partners that represent the arts, literature, food, culture, and businesses from throughout the region.  Join in the holiday cheer at the Family Fun Brunch with a special meet & greet with Mr. Bingle.

Krewe of Jingle Parade
12/7/2013, 1pm
Canal Street
Back for its fifth year, New Orleans’ official holiday parade, the “Krewe of Jingle,” will once again delight locals and visitors alike with authentic parade floats, marching bands, stilt walkers, Christmas characters and many more magical surprises!

St Nicholas Day Fair
French Market
Families can enjoy free arts and crafts, musical theater, and other interactive seasonal activities in Dutch Alley as part of our St Nicholas Day Fair. Most importantly, St. Nick himself will be there, spreading joy and hope–and of course available for wishes and photographs!

Monte the Lion's Children’s Holiday Party
Hotel Monteleone
Hotel Monteleone‘s loveable mascot Monte the Lion hosts his annual Children’s Party. Along with Santa, Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman and Santa’s elves. Children will listen to classic Christmas tales read by Mrs. Claus and will enjoy savory treats, games and caroling as a trumpeter will lead special guests in a musical parade. Each child receives a stuffed Monte animal to forever remind them of this event. $58 adults, $43 children.

Christmas Past Festival
Old Mandeville
Stroll through the streets of Old Mandeville and enjoy traditions of Christmas in the 1800's with performances actors, musicians and more as well as carriage rides, activities for the kids, a cocktail stroll and visit from Santa.

Vince Vance Kid's Holiday Sing Along
12/7-12/8 and 12/14-12/15/2013
Deanie's Seafood in the French Quarter
Treat your kids and family to a truly New Orleans-style Christmas starring New Orleans’ premiere entertainer and composer, Vince Vance, who’ll lead a Choir of Angels of which your child can be a part. Christmas caroling, games and activities, plus pictures with Santa and a tasty menu of delicious treats. Tickets are $35 per person (plus tax and gratuity).

Cajun Holiday Tea with Papa Noel
Saturdays 12/7-12/21 and Sunday 12/22/2013
Creole Queen
Come pass a good time aboard the Creole Queen Paddlewheeler with Papa Noel, the Cajun Gingerbread Boy, the Cajun Gator and other jolly Cajun characters during this enchanting family festivity. Tickets $34 children, $55 adults.

Marine Corps Reserves Band Concert
Northshore Harbor Center in Slidell
A Night of Magic, Music, and Marines.  Free  (Toys for Tots donations requested)

LPO's Baroque Christmas
12/12/2013 - New Orleans, First Baptist Church
12/14/2013 - Mandeville High School Auditorium
Messiah was composed at Handel's usual quick speed, After an initially modest public reception the oratorio gained in popularity, eventually becoming one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music. Come join the LPO as they celebrate this Christmas Classic! Tickets $20-$99

Lightwire: A Very Electric Christmas
Joy Theater
Audiences of all ages will enjoy this captivating and magical tale of friendship, danger, inspiration and light centered around a young bird named Max and his holiday adventures. This heart warming story is set to timeless Christmas classics including songs from Nat King Cole, Tchaikovsky and Mariah Carey. Tickets $30-$90

Holiday Movie on the Mississippi
Spanish Plaza
The Downtown Development District and the Riverwalk Marketplace present a special free outdoor showing of the movie "Elf."  Enjoy hot chocolate, tasty treats and the beautiful Mississippi River with your family, friends, and neighbors in this truly unique setting. 

Festival of the Bonfires
12/13 - 12/15/2013
Lutcher Park
Christmas on the River...Cajun Style. Enjoy great food, live entertainment, crafts and carnival rides throughout the weekend.  Each night will be highlighted with a single bonfire lighting!  Experience a prelude to the famous Christmas Eve Bonfires: A tradition unique to St. James Parish and all the world.

Reindeer Run & Romp
12/14/2013, registration 8am, race 9am
Begins & ends at Aquarium
Calling all kids! The Downtown Development District and Entergy present the annual holiday fun run for kids on Canal Street! Rudolph, Santa and friends will jingle their bells to signal the start of the race. Participants will receive bells for their sneakers, antlers, a race t-shirt and a bag of holiday goodies. After the race, “Romp” around the Aquarium and enjoy healthy activities like yoga for kids & parents, pictures with Santa, music, games, crafts and more.

Jingle Bugs
Audubon Insectarium on Canal St
Day long family fun with bugs. Meet Santa, sample Bug Nog and Fruit(fly) Cake plus special holiday themed insect programming including Pupa Noel on display, the Gum Drop Hunt and more! Admission to Insectarium $12-$16.50 (Free for Audubon members).

Winter on the Water
Mandeville Trailhead
The Santa Parade will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the harbor and end at the gazebo. At the gazebo enjoy seasonal favorites featuring Benny Grunch & the Bunch, Mandeville Elementary school and Ballet Apetrei performing scenes from the Nutcracker. The evening comes to a close with the annual lighted boat parade. Don't forget your camera for pictures with Santa! Free

Ponchatoula Christmas Parade
Downtown Ponchatoula
The 2013 theme is Santa's Workshop. Santa Claus will arrive on his sleigh along with floats, marching bands, dance groups and more will be included in the annual christams parade.

PRCNO Holiday Home Tour
Starts at 1329 Jackson Ave, Trinity Episcopal Church
Tour six historic homes — plus a bonus house — in the Garden District. Enjoy history and architecture, accompanied by the tunes of talented New Orleans musicians. Visit the tour headquarters for regional cuisine and holiday shopping.  Tickets $40 day of tour.

Holiday of Lights
12/14 - 12/15/2012
Tammay Trace
You can view the spectacular light display on the Tammany Trace throughout the month of December, but special events on this weekend include free kiddie rides, food and drink (for purchase), Santa pictures ($15) and  live entertainment. Free

Christmas Under the Stars
12/14 - 12/15/2012
Olde Town Slidell
One of the city's most magical celebrations, Christmas Under the Stars returns to Griffith Park this season.  Still featured will be live entertainment by local organizations, holiday decorations, the Parade of Trees decorated by local organizations, storytelling and visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, plus our popular miniature village and train display.  Free admission.

Running of the Santas
Warehouse District
Participants dressed in Santa Claus costumes fill the streets and local establishments – with Mrs. Clauses and the occasional Elf. “Running of the Santas” in a pub-crawl style event. Activities start at Barcadia on Tchoupitoulas at 9am and eventually makes it's way to Generations Hall for a post-party and concert. A portion of the proceeds benefits That Others May Live Foundation. Registration $15-$30.

Delta Festival Ballet's The Nutcracker
12/20 - 12/22/2013
Tulane's Dixon Hall
The LPO opens its season of holiday performances with Delta Festival Ballet as they join forces to recreate Tchaikovsky's Christmas classic. Bring the whole family for an enchanting and magical adventure that continues to thrill audiences and keeps the spirit of the holiday season alive.  Tickets $27-$62.

Teddy Bear House Tour
12/21 - 12/22/2013
1525 Dufossat St, Uptown
Guided, narrated tours of 3 story Uptown residence. Holiday decor and 12,000 Teddy Bears on display. Adults $10, kids $5 for a Carnival krewe fundraiser.

Holiday Home Tour
French Quarter
Residents open their homes for a self-guided walking tour.  The tour includes interesting architectural styles and home furnishings, as well as a variety of collections of Christmas decorations.Tickets are $20 each (children under 12 free), and will be available for purchase prior to the tour at Creole Delicacies, 533 St. Ann Street.

Caroling in Jackson Square
Jackson Square
Join in a truly moving 64-year-old tradition as Jackson Square brims with thousands of candlelit faces and song-lit spirits as high as the spires of the St. Louis Cathedral.  Candles and song sheets provided. Gates open at 6:30 pm and Caroling begins promptly at 7pm.  Free and open to the public.

Moscow Ballet's Great Nutcracker
Saenger Theater
The company of 40, comprised of award-winning principals and corps de ballet, perform Olympic-worthy leaps, lifts and pirouettes in the classic holiday ballet. To the delight of audiences of all ages, the artists bring humor, charm, athletic prowess and Russian flair to Tchaikovsky’s timeless score. The ballet dramatizes the traditional story of Masha meeting her “Prince” and, exclusive to Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, adds a tribute to world peace as well. Tickets $27-$102

A NOLA New Year's Eve
Jackson Square in the French Quarter
Live music and the gumbo pot drop to launch the midnight barrage of fireworks over the mighty Mississippi River.  Tune into Magic 101.9 for a musical simulcast soundtrack to make the fireworks even more exciting!


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