Our top picks for this month’s events
The Shops at Canal Place Reindeer Run & Romp and Holiday Scavenger Hunt
There’s fun and fitness for the whole family on Canal Street on Saturday, December 9. Santa and friends will jingle their bells to start the fun run. Participants will get bells for their sneakers and other holiday goodies. After the race, there will be a scavenger hunt. Information, DowntownNola.com/holidays.
Running of the Santas
If you’re not interested in heavy exercise, but do want to get into the holiday spirit with music, fun, drinks, food, and Santa costumes, then the Running of the Santas is for you. On Saturday, December 9, the event starts at Manning’s in the Warehouse District and ends at Generations Hall. Proceeds benefit the “That Others May Live” foundation. Information, RunningOfTheSantas.com.
NOLA Christmas Fest
From December 21-31, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center will be turned into a winter wonderland with carnival rides, a maze, an ice slide and the Crescent City’s only indoor ice rink. Tickets for admission (including rides and ice skating) cost $20. Group rates are available for 50 or more people. Information, NolaChristmasFest.com.
Krewe of Jingle Parade
Can’t wait for the next Mardi Gras season to arrive? The Krewe of Jingle has you covered. Put a little Mardi Gras in your holiday season with this parade on Saturday, Dec. 2. The parade will start on Canal Street at 1 p.m. and travel through the Warehouse District. Information, DowntownNola.com/holidays.
Events, Exhibits & Performances
Sept. 30-Jan. 21
Solidary and Solitary: The Joyner and Giuffrida Collection, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, OgdenMuseum.org.
Oct. 6-Jan. 7
East of the Mississippi: Nineteenth Century American Landscape Photography, New Orleans Museum of Art, noma.org.
Nov. 24-Jan 1
Celebration in the Oaks, City Park, NewOrleansCityPark.com.
Nov. 29-Dec. 27
Home for the Holidays with the Victory Belles, Stage Door Canteen, NationalWW2Museum.org.
Miracle on Fulton Street, Fulton Street, Facebook.com/FultonStreetNOLA.
The Avett Brothers, Saenger Theater, SaengerNOLA.com.
Christmas in the Park, Lafreniere Park, VisitJeffersonParish.com.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze, Saenger Theater, SaengerNOLA.com.
Dead & Company, Smoothie King Center, SmoothieKingCenter.com.
Words and Music Festival, various locations, WordsAndMusic.org.
Luna Fete, Lafayette Square, ArtsNewOrleans.org.
Festival of the Bonfires, Lutcher Recreational Park, FestivalOfTheBonfires.org.
Dec. 8 & 15
Movies on the Mississippi, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Plaza, DowntownNOLA.com.
A Man and His Prostate, Le Petit Theatre, LePetitTheatre.com.
Dec. 9, 15, 16, 22, and 23
Teddy Bear Tea, Stage Door Canteen, NationalWW2Museum.org.
Orpheum Holiday Spectacular with the 610 Stompers, Orpheum Theater, OrpheumNOLA.com.
Randy Newman, Orpheum Theater, OrpheumNOLA.com.
A Drag Queen Christmas, Civic Theater, CivicNOLA.com.
Outside the Bachs – Baroque Christmas, Orpheum Theater, OrpheumNOLA.com.
The Legend of Zelda – Symphony of the Goddesses, Saenger Theater, SaengerNOLA.com.
Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic, UNO Lakefront Arena, arena.uno.edu.
New Orleans Ballet Theater – Nutcracker, Orpheum Theater, OrpheumNOLA.com.
Caroling in Jackson Square, Jackson Square, ExperienceNewOrleans.com.
White Christmas, Saenger Theater, SaengerNOLA.com.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Smoothie King Center, SmoothieKingCenter.com.
CBS Sports Classic, Smoothie King Center, SmoothieKingCenter.com.
Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, Saenger Theater, SaengerNOLA.com.
XScape with Monica and Tamar Braxton, Smoothie King Center, SmoothieKingCenter.com.
New Year’s Eve Special Featuring the Revivalists, Orpheum Theater, OrpheumNOLA.com.
DJ Soul Sister’s 15th Annual New Year’s Eve Soul Train, Civic Theatre, CivicNOLA.com.
New Year’s Eve Party at the Stage Door Canteen, Stage Door Canteen, NationalWW2Museum.org.