During the month of December, Christmas New Orleans Style events take place across the city, including Reveillon dinners, concerts, visits from Santa, levee bonfires, caroling and more. More information here.
St. Louis Cathedral Christmas Concerts generally run for an hour, 6-7 p.m. The concerts are free and open to the public. The music schedule is as follows: Joe Lastie’s Family Gospel (Dec. 1); Charmaine Neville (Dec. 4); Rachel Van Voorhees (Dec. 5); Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots (Dec. 6); Greater St. Stephen Mass (Dec. 8); Tim Laughlin (Dec. 11); Alexis & the Samurai w/ Guests (Dec. 12); Irma Thomas Sings Gospel (Dec.13); Tony Green and Gypsy Jazz (Dec. 14); Christmas Organ Spectacular w/ Emmanuel Arakélian (Dec. 15); St. Louis Cathedral Annual Concert (Dec. 18 at 5:30 p.m.).
City Park presents Celebration in the Oaks through January 1st, its 30th annual holiday lights festival. More information here.
St. Augustine is the oldest African-American Catholic church in the United States and is located at 1210 Gov. Nicholls Street. Free parking and admission. Concerts run for one hour, 4-5 p.m. Scheduled to perform are James Andrews (Dec. 3); Shades of Praise (Dec. 10); Original Tuxedo Jazz Band (Dec. 17).
New Orleans’ official holiday parade, Krewe of Jingle starts at Lee Circle at 1 p.m. on December 3. Afterwards, go visit the Roosevelt Hotel’s Waldorf Wonderland Lobby (pictured above) to experience a holiday tradition since the 1930s.
Algiers Bonfire and Concert takes place December 3 at 200 Morgan Street with music by Bag of Donuts at 5:30 p.m. The bonfire lighting at 8:30 p.m.
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art holds its annual Art of Giving holiday shopping event on December 6 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., featuring work by artists and artisans from the Center for Southern Craft & Design. More information here.
The third annual LUNA Fete (pictured) runs December 7-10 and features artist-built video and light installations in Lafayette Square. More information here.
Running of the Santas Festival and Pub Crawl takes place December 17, starting at 11 a.m. at Manning’s. The run from the Rusty Nail to Generations Hall at 5:45 p.m. Music at Generations Hall at 6 p.m. with Category 6 and Flow Tribe.
Snofari Adventure at the Audubon Zoo December 26-31 features an “ice” skating rink and family entertainment. More information here.
Friends of the Cabildo and the Historic New Orleans Collection present Creole Christmas December 27-29, a tour of five historic houses dressed in traditional holiday decor. More information here.
Crescent Park hosts New Year’s Eve at the Mandeville Wharf beginning at 7 p.m. with music and beverages for sale. Fireworks at midnight. More information here.
The French Quarter celebrates New Year’s Eve with live music in Jackson Square, a fleur de lis drop at Jax Brewery and midnight fireworks on the river. More information here.