Celebration in the Oaks
New Orleans City Park. Visit a stunning Christmas Wonderland and enjoy the sight of magnificent light displays strung across the oaks. 6–11 pm. Continues until Jan. 1.
Gulfport Harbor Lights
Jones Park, Gulfport, Miss. Visit a winter wonderland with over 1.2 million lights, the famous dancing Christmas trees, and more. Pictures with Santa are free with admission. 5:30–9:30 pm. Continues until Dec. 31.
Audubon Zoo. Stroll through the zoo decorated for the holidays. Children under 2 admitted free. $13/person for members or $18/person for nonmembers. $3 discount for purchasing in advance online. 6–9 pm. Continues on select dates throughout December.
Kenner Christmas Village
Rivertown Heritage Park, 415 Williams Blvd., Kenner. Featuring ice skating, Santa’s workshop, food and shopping, a Christmas tree lot, performances, and a biergarten. Free. Continues Fridays and Saturdays until Dec. 28.
Pintsize Paint Party: Snowman
Fassbender Center, 2508 20th St., Kenner. Join for a day of snowman-themed painting and leave with a finished product! All supplies and snacks included. 6–8 pm.
Krewe of Jingle
Downtown New Orleans. Get in the holiday spirit with the New Orleans annual Christmas parade featuring creative holiday floats, marching bands, stilt walkers, and many Christmas characters. 1 pm.
Jingle Bell Run
Audubon Park. Be a part of this holiday-themed 5K race and fight to conquer arthritis. $35/person. 7:30–11 am.
Winter on the Water Santa Parade
City of Mandeville. The Winter on the Water Santa Parade begins on Lakeshore and Jackson and travels to the Gazebo where live music, face painting, bell chorus, and lighting of the oaks are waiting. Don’t forget your cameras for pictures with Santa. 4–6 pm.
Lafayette Square. Celebrate the holidays all weekend long in the park with illuminated installations, digital sculptures, video-mapping projections, and art animated by technology. Free. 6–10 pm.
“A Christmas Story: The Musical”
Saenger Theatre. Watch the Christmas classic performed on stage with music arranged by an award-winning songwriting team. Tickets and showtimes vary by day. Repeats daily until Dec. 22.
NOLA Christmas Fest
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Experience a holiday winter wonderland complete with Kringle Carousel, Winter Whirl, Snowy Summit Climbing Wall, and more. $20/person weekdays or $25/person weekends. Times vary by day. Continues until Dec. 31.
Chabad-Chanukah at the Riverwalk
Riverwalk Spanish Plaza. A public menorah lighting and grand Chanukah celebration. Kosher food, Jewish music, children’s programs and entertainment, and Chanukah materials. 4–6 pm.
Bonfires on the Levee
Lutcher, La. More than 100 bonfires are lit along the Mississippi River to show the Cajun Santa Claus, Papa Noel, where to fly and land as he soars across southern Louisiana. Begins at dusk.
🎄DEC 25 Merry Christmas
Allstate Sugar Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade
The parade will begin at the intersection of Elysian Fields Ave. and Decatur St. The United States Air Force Honor Guard will march and the Mardi Gras-style parade will feature floats, bands, and much more. 2:45 pm.
Note: Schedules subject to change.