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Everything You Absolutely Must Do in New Orleans This Winter

Published On 12/10/2015 Published On 12/10/2015
Flickr/Sébastien Barré

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Dec 10 Thu

Trans-Siberian Orchestra If classical music disguised as heavy metal is your holiday jam, look no further, as the TSO is rocking the holy hell out of the Smoothie King Center on 12/10. We can’t wait to see what they do with “Silver Bells.”

The Smoothie King Center

Trans-Siberian Orchestra The Smoothie King Center If classical music disguised as heavy metal is your holiday jam, look no further, as the TSO is rocking the holy hell out of the Smoothie King Center on 12/10. We can’t wait to see what they do with “Silver Bells.”

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Dec 10 Thu

Photo Nola Shutterbugs, rejoice! It’s all about the local photogs at Photo Nola, and they’re pretty damned good, especially if you’re in the market for something pretty or amusing to hang on your walls. Also, many of the events are free and open to the public, which we love.

Various Locations

Photo Nola Various Locations Shutterbugs, rejoice! It’s all about the local photogs at Photo Nola, and they’re pretty damned good, especially if you’re in the market for something pretty or amusing to hang on your walls. Also, many of the events are free and open to the public, which we love.

Elf Movie

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Dec 11 Fri

Holiday Movies on the Mississippi One of the great things about living in NOLA during the holidays is that you can watch movies OUTSIDE and not totally freeze your beans off! This year’s selections include Home Alone and Elf, and of course there will be the standard hot chocolate to warm your gullet. Saturdays only.

Riverwalk

Holiday Movies on the Mississippi Riverwalk One of the great things about living in NOLA during the holidays is that you can watch movies OUTSIDE and not totally freeze your beans off! This year’s selections include Home Alone and Elf, and of course there will be the standard hot chocolate to warm your gullet. Saturdays only.

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Dec 12 Sat

Holiday Pop-up Market If you’re scrambling for gifts, they have you covered over at The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery, including “Smoke Perfume, Goods That Matter, Tchoup Industries, Mad Darling Candles, Lionheart Prints, Sweet Olive Soap Works, DVRA, Jolie & Elizabeth, honey boards, Gifts R Dat and many more!”

The Old No. 77 Hotel

Holiday Pop-up Market The Old No. 77 Hotel If you’re scrambling for gifts, they have you covered over at The Old No. 77 Hotel & Chandlery, including “Smoke Perfume, Goods That Matter, Tchoup Industries, Mad Darling Candles, Lionheart Prints, Sweet Olive Soap Works, DVRA, Jolie & Elizabeth, honey boards, Gifts R Dat and many more!”

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Dec 12 Sat

Nolaw Here are some words for you: women’s arm-wrestling for a good cause, at One Eyed Jacks. How are you not going to this? How is EVERYONE not going to this?!?!

One Eyed Jacks

Nolaw One Eyed Jacks Here are some words for you: women’s arm-wrestling for a good cause, at One Eyed Jacks. How are you not going to this? How is EVERYONE not going to this?!?!

Running of the Santas

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Dec 12 Sat

Running of the Santas Okay, we no longer officially endorse dressing up as St. Nick and committing uspeakable, drunken acts in public. But it’s going to happen, whether you like it or not. Join in, or be sure to stay out of their way.

Various Locations

Running of the Santas Various Locations Okay, we no longer officially endorse dressing up as St. Nick and committing uspeakable, drunken acts in public. But it’s going to happen, whether you like it or not. Join in, or be sure to stay out of their way.

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Dec 17 Thu

A John Waters’ Christmas: Holier and Dirtier Famed dirty director John Waters has had a longstanding love affair with the dirtiness of the Crescent City, and that should surprise exactly no one. This show demonstrates that love, and if you share in that spirit, you probably won’t want to miss out.

Civic Nola

A John Waters’ Christmas: Holier and Dirtier Civic Nola Famed dirty director John Waters has had a longstanding love affair with the dirtiness of the Crescent City, and that should surprise exactly no one. This show demonstrates that love, and if you share in that spirit, you probably won’t want to miss out.

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Dec 18 Fri

NOLA ChristmasFest Hold the friggin’ phone here... ice skating in New Orleans? Yeah you rite! The dream is alive, my skating friends, just in time for the holidays.

Various Locations

NOLA ChristmasFest Various Locations Hold the friggin’ phone here... ice skating in New Orleans? Yeah you rite! The dream is alive, my skating friends, just in time for the holidays.

Flickr/Kate Gardiner

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Dec 24 Thu

Christmas Eve Bonfires on the Levee Again, lighting things on fire is a long-held Louisiana holiday institution, and these bonfires are the epitome of that phenomenon. Good times will be had by all. And probably a lot of beer.

Along the Mississippi River

Christmas Eve Bonfires on the Levee Along the Mississippi River Again, lighting things on fire is a long-held Louisiana holiday institution, and these bonfires are the epitome of that phenomenon. Good times will be had by all. And probably a lot of beer.

Flickr/Infrogmation

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Jan 6 Wed

Annual Joan of Arc Parade Celebrating “Joannie on the Pony” (i.e., St. Joan, bless her) is the first parade in Carnival season, and signals that Mardi Gras is on the way. Good stuff!

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Annual Joan of Arc Parade Various Locations Celebrating “Joannie on the Pony” (i.e., St. Joan, bless her) is the first parade in Carnival season, and signals that Mardi Gras is on the way. Good stuff!

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Jan 8 Fri

Wizard World Comic Con What could possibly compete with Mardi Gras? COMIC-CON, baby! Let your geek flag fly, trot out that slave Leia costume, and celebrate nerd culture in the most fabulous way you know how.

New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Wizard World Comic Con New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center What could possibly compete with Mardi Gras? COMIC-CON, baby! Let your geek flag fly, trot out that slave Leia costume, and celebrate nerd culture in the most fabulous way you know how.

Flickr/Clotee Allochuku

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Jan 9 Sat

Bayou Blues Festival NOLA ain’t just about jazz... we get the blues, too, just like all good Southerners. Feel like celebrating that spirit? BBF is the place to be, for sure.

UKO Lakefront Arena

Bayou Blues Festival UKO Lakefront Arena NOLA ain’t just about jazz... we get the blues, too, just like all good Southerners. Feel like celebrating that spirit? BBF is the place to be, for sure.

Flickr/Emily Carlin

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Jan 31 Sun

King Cake Festival Yes! A festival celebrating one of NOLA’s most favorite home grown sweet treats! Who will bring home the king cake crown this year (or the baby, for that matter?). We can’t wait to find out.

Champion Square

King Cake Festival Champion Square Yes! A festival celebrating one of NOLA’s most favorite home grown sweet treats! Who will bring home the king cake crown this year (or the baby, for that matter?). We can’t wait to find out.

Flickr/Derek Bridges

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Feb 3 Wed

Mardi Gras Parades Obviously, the only thing that is happening in NOLA this week is Carnival. Make sure you have your costume ready!

Various Locations

Mardi Gras Parades Various Locations Obviously, the only thing that is happening in NOLA this week is Carnival. Make sure you have your costume ready!

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Feb 9 Tue

Mardi Gras Day Fat Tuesday, just in case you’re living in a box. Or maybe that’s your costume this year? We hope it at least has air holes.

Various Locations

Mardi Gras Day Various Locations Fat Tuesday, just in case you’re living in a box. Or maybe that’s your costume this year? We hope it at least has air holes.

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Feb 28 Sun

Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Apparently, NOLA is a great destination for marathoners because of the low elevation and basically zero hills. So if you’re looking to put that 26.2 sticker on your car, this wouldn’t be a bad choice for a newbie.

Various Locations

Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Various Locations Apparently, NOLA is a great destination for marathoners because of the low elevation and basically zero hills. So if you’re looking to put that 26.2 sticker on your car, this wouldn’t be a bad choice for a newbie.

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