The Arts Council New Orleans started LUNA Fête in 2014 to use New Orleans’ iconic landscape as a canvas for outdoor public art. Dec. 7-10, 6-9 p.m., visitors can witness art created from light and technology. Illuminated installations, digital sculptures, video-mapping projections and animations are just some of the visual treats in store for viewers. The initiative is free and open to the public. Information,


Running of the Santas

Part festival and part pub crawl, the Running of the Santas is a way for festively dressed New Orleanians to cut loose for a good cause. There are contests for best costume and cutest Santa. The pub crawl begins at Manning’s and finishes at Generations Hall, where Category 6 and Flow Tribe will provide live music. Participants will be treated to drink specials throughout the day and proceeds will go to the That Others May Live Foundation. Information,


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Festival of the Bonfires

For New Orleanians willing to travel a little further afield, the 26th Festival of the Bonfires will be held at Lutcher Recreational Park Fri., Dec. 9-Sun., Dec. 11. The fest features a mixture of food, crafts, live music and carnival rides. Kids also enjoy Santa’s Very Merry Forest and a gingerbread house contest. At the end of each night, a single bonfire is lit. Information,



Jan. 1: Celebration in the Oaks, City Park. Information,

1-31: Merriment on Magazine Street, Magazine Street. Information,

1-4: The Clock (a 24-hour video exhibition on the passage of time in cinema), Contemporary Arts Center. Information,

1-18: Preserving New Orleans Second Line Culture: A Photographic Exhibition, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation Gallery. Information,

1-April 9: “Goods of Every Description: Shopping in New Orleans 1825-1925,” The Historic New Orleans Collection. Information,

2: John Prine, Saenger Theater. Information,

2, 9 & 16: Holiday Movies on the Mississippi, Spanish Plaza. Information,

3: Krewe of Jingle Parade, Downtown. Information,

3: John Cleese and Eric Idle, Saenger Theater. Information,

3: Professional Fire Fighters Benefit Concert Featuring The Spinners, Lakefront Arena. Information,

5: Algiers Bonfire & Concert, Algiers Point. Information,

7: Tony Bennett, Saenger Theater. Information,

10: Jim Jefferies: The Unusual Punishment Tour, Joy Theater. Information,

13-18: Jersey Boys, Saenger Theater. Information,

16: The Jesus and Mary Chain, Joy Theater. Information,

17: R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Information,

18: Caroling in Jackson Square, Jackson Square. Information,

23: Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker,” Saenger Theater. Information,

23: Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic, Lakefront Arena. Information,

31: Amy Schumer Live, Smoothie King Center. Information,