We couldn’t be Grinchy, to name a few,
so here’s a bigger list of fun things to do!
And don’t forget to check out many other events on our online calendar Public holidays for New Orleans 2021.
It’s a winter Saturday in aquatic wonderland for the two events of LIGHTS ON THE LAKE and the WEST END CHRISTMAS SHIP PARADE. The fun begins at 5 p.m. Saturday at the New Canal Lighthouse for the Pontchartrain Conservancy Holiday Gathering with food trucks, music, grogs, crafts and photos with Santa. At 5.30 p.m., more than 30 boats, decked out in seasonal lights, sail around the West End of Lake Pontchartrain. The event of lights is $ 5. 8001 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans. scienceforoutcoast.org.
The University of Sainte-Croix turns up the cold with a first WINTER PARTY Friday 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at West Bank Campus, 4123 Woodland Drive, New Orleans. Expect ice skating, food, games, s’mores station, vendors, music and more. The free event is open to the public. Get the latest festival news here.
Holiday Movies on the Mississippi continues at Spanish Plaza Friday at 6:30 p.m. with “DR. SUESS ‘HOW THE GRINCH STOLE NOL.” Jim Carrey plays the villainous Carthusian monastery in that 2000 holiday flick, and the film won an Oscar for makeup (duh!). In addition to the outdoor exhibit, there will be snacks and hot chocolate, and the first 50 families will receive vacation blanket from the Downtown Development District, sponsors of the exhibit, as well as the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk. Watch the film here.
Musical magic occurs at Gretna in Memorial Square for CAROLING SUR LE HUEY at 7 p.m. on Friday. Led by a quartet of singers and Cammie West as MC, it’s a holiday song along Huey P. Long Avenue for a family event. Song sheets will be provided and chairs are encouraged. Tune in here.
Things get cheerful and bright along the Lafitte Greenway through Mid-City for the SUPERNOVA GREENWAY, a dozen light-based art installations along the leafy corridor at or near the Greenway Plaza and Station, 436 N. Norman C. Francis Parkway. Music is part of the mix, along with a plethora of local businesses along the way. The posting is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Look for the supernova here.
Meet on Friday and Saturday at the Aquarium of the Americas to admire a seasonal show that is sure to surprise: FATHER CHRISTMAS SWIMMING with the fish. Indeed, the cheerful old elf and a few of his sidekicks dive into the great Mayan reef and frolic with the finned ones around the tunnel for visitors to see. Snorkeling Santa Claus will pose for photos under the waves. The fun begins at 10:30 am at the foot of Canal Street on the Mississippi River. Check the timetables and tickets here.
Need a little scare in your holiday events? Meet at New Orleans Nightmare, 319 Butterworth St. in Elmwood, and discover “KRAMPUS A HASTED CHRISTMAS HOUSE: THE FINAL CHAPTER.” The European legend that punishes those on St. Nick’s Villain List comes to life on the grim playground, with a horde of evil elves, Jack Frost and other Christmas “spirits” to haunt the holidays. Tickets are $ 24.99 for Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Be afraid here.
Frohe Weihnachten – It’s holiday season at Deutsches Haus and there is a lot to celebrate, including the CHRISTKINDLE’S WALK Saturdays at 10 a.m. (also December 18) at 1700 Moss St. Center for German Culture. Over 40 vendors showcase handmade or German themed items. The Christkind (Christmas Angel) and Saint-Nicolas will be on hand for the photos. A “Find the Pickle” game will be inside. Nuremberg kids, gluhwein and hot chocolate will be available along with other German dishes, desserts and drinks. Entertainment will be offered throughout the day, including singers who will then lead the Christmas carols inside the Haus. Check it out here.
The French market puts on its gay clothes for ST. NICK CELEBRATION, a holiday event on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The child-focused day-long festival features live music, activities, a St. Nick second line, characters, Santa Claus, a petting zoo and a St. Nick Sweet ride or ride. Trail. stylish getaway through the neighborhood. Costumes are recommended for this event which takes place primarily on Dutch Alley and Oscar Dunn Park at 700 Decatur St. Enter with St. Nick here.
The city center will see a blur of red (well maybe not a blur … they don’t move that fast) on Saturday for the annual FATHER CHRISTMAS RUN at 6 p.m., from the South Pole (Manning’s Sports Bar, 519 Fulton St.) to the North Pole (Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Blvd.) with a few stops in between. The fun begins at 3 p.m. with music and drink specials. Music starts at the North Pole at 6 p.m., with a costume contest at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $ 20. Get the fun facts about the race here.
The annual Preservation Resource Center conference HOLIDAY HOME VISIT gets a new look for 2021, with a chance to see some of the Garden District’s stellar outdoor spaces with special art exhibits for the season. In-person visits (exterior only) will be Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additionally, there will be a Happy Hour Tour on Saturday 5-7pm. A video program of four vacation homes is also available through December 31. Tour headquarters will be at The Rink, 2727 Prytania St., New Orleans. Tickets start at $ 25. Take a tour here.
Here’s a chance to help out for a good cause and have fun in the process at DRIVING TOYS FOR NOLA FAMILIES IN NEED Sunday event at 3 p.m. at the Wally Pontiff Jr. Playground, 1521 Palm St. in Metairie. Bring at least one gift per person, new and unwrapped, up to age 16. Then, enjoy holiday food, drinks, music, spacewalks, crafts, letters from Santa, a sweater and costume contest, and help organize the goodies for distribution. Check it out here.