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25 Things To Do in New Orleans in December

Lewis Wickes Hine’s “Powerhouse Mechanic and Steam Pump” (1920)


Photography takes over the city’s art scene for the annual PhotoNOLA, the New Orleans Photo Alliance’s citywide photography festival, held Dec. 12-15. The festival features exhibitions at galleries in the Warehouse District and St. Claude area, as well as galleries Uptown and some bars, restaurants and other nontraditional spaces. While the event has a lot to offer spectators, photographers can take advantage of the workshops, portfolio reviews and lectures held during the weekend. The PhotoGALA and keynote lecture at the New Orleans Museum of Art kick off the event.
Information, PhotoNola.org.



On the heels of a Broadway revival and with a big-screen adaptation starring Houma native Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) in the works, the musical Annie is ripe for revisiting on local stages. But the tale of a spunky orphan who is looking for her parents during the Great Depression, and in the process charms a stoic millionaire who reluctantly takes Annie under his wing during the holidays, is appropriate any time – especially amid our own period of economic uncertainty. Rivertown Theaters of the Performing Arts presents the show Dec. 6-22, and the cast features Madison Kerth, who played Annie in the Broadway national tour. Information, RivertownTheaters.com.


The New Orleans Opera Association presents Massenet’s Cinderella in February, but the group’s Women’s Guild gets the coach rolling early with a fundraiser fit for a fairy godmother. The Cinderella-themed Opera Ball and Bash on New Year’s Eve features music by the Yat Pack, a silent auction and raffle and a late-night breakfast buffet. There’s also a prime view of the fireworks display on the river from the ballroom at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel – and no threat of turning into a pumpkin if you get home a little late. Information, NewOrleansOpera.org.



Dec. 4-8, 11-15, 18-20. The Acro-Cats,
AllWays Lounge. CircusCats.com
Through Jan. 4. Celebration in the Oaks,
City Park. Information, NewOrleansCityPark.com
Dec. 5. Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar in concert,
New Orleans Arena. Information, NewOrleansArena.com

Dec. 3. Irish Tenors Christmas,
Saenger Theatre. Information, SaengerNola.com
Dec. 4-8. Words & Music literary festival,
various locations. Information, WordsAndMusic.org
Dec. 6-7. Abraham.In.Motion presents Pavement, a dance work,
Contemporary Arts Center. Information, Cacno.org
Dec. 6-22. NOLA Project presents A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant,
Mid-City Theatre. Information, NolaProject.com
Dec 6-22. Black Nativity: A Christmas Gospel Musical,
Anthony Bean Community Theater. Information, AnthonyBeanTheater.com
Dec. 7. Nick Kroll,
Civic Theater. Information, CivicNola.com

Dec. 7. Bonnie Raitt in concert,
Saenger Theatre. Information, SaengerNola.com
Dec. 7. John Mayer in concert,
New Orleans Arena. Information, NewOrleansArena.com
Dec. 10. A John Waters Christmas,
Civic Theater. Information, CivicNola.com
Dec. 12. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra presents Baroque Christmas,
First Baptist Church. Information, LPOMusic.com
Dec. 12-13. Disney Junior Live on Tour: Pirate and Princess Adventure,
UNO Lakefront Arena. Information, Arena.no.edu
Dec. 14. Running of the Santas festival and pub-crawl,
Warehouse District. Information, RunningOfTheSantas.com
Dec. 15. Aaron Neville Christmas concert,
Civic Theater. Information, CivicNola.com

Dec. 17-22. Sister Act,
Saenger Theatre. Information, SaengerNola.com
Dec. 21. New Orleans Bowl,
Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Information, NewOrleansBowl.org

Dec. 22. Caroling in Jackson Square.
Information, PatioPlanters.org
Dec. 26. Moscow Ballet Great Russian Nutcracker,
Saenger Theatre. Information, SaengerNola.com
Dec. 27-Jan. 12. The Golden Girls,
Mid-City Theatre. Information, MidCityTheatre.com
Dec. 27-28. Friends of the Cabildo Creole Christmas,
French Quarter. Information, FriendsOfTheCabildo.org


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