The ambitious projection-mapping and visual arts festival returns to Lafayette Square with an ever-changing motif to be broadcast along the facade of the iconic Gallier Hall. With each passing year, Luna Fete continues to get more interactive and expansive. Sure, most of the visuals celebrate evergreen city tropes like streetcars and jazz, but the true holiday treat that’ll make your heart grow three sizes is watching children interact with the many musical and visual works dotting Lafayette Square through the narrow, pedestrian-only artery of Lafayette St.
Homeowners in the Garden District and LGD have gone all out as per usual in celebrating the winter season. The Preservation Resource Center is offering the lazy among us to live vicariously through their on point decorating by opening the doors to some of the most striking shotguns and center halls. This year’s tour includes a bonus glimpse at the Sully Mansion Bed and Breakfast, a 128-year-old building designed by revered NOLA architect Thomas Sully, who would go onto create the Columns Hotel and many homes that define the Uptown aesthetic.
Dust off your Santa suit and get ready to drink. The very bad Santa pub crawl stresses it’s not a run or a parade -- just a festive way to imbibe at seven bars in the French Quarter and Frenchmen. Only a few stops are released in advanced, but organizers promise drinking and debauchery at every location.
Cost: $12 if you register before the end of November, $20 from December 1 until the day of the pub crawl
As if you really needed another reason to wear your Santa suit. Sponsored by French Quarter businesses like Molly’s and Pat O’Brien’s, the Krewe of Kringle bills itself as the only private holiday parade in the city. The route hits at least four bars, and the price of entry includes a beer at each spot, though there’ll also be drink specials. Krewe of Kringle also welcomes participants who think outside of the Christmas wrapping paper-decorated box and don their favorite costumes devoted to holiday movies and even other winter holidays altogether.