Christmas Concerts

Love ’em or hate ’em, Christmas songs are a fact of the holiday season. If you’re in the former camp, there’s plenty of concerts for you. The Louisiana Philharmonic hosts two holiday concerts: “Cirque de Noel” (Dec. 6), which combines holiday music – including selections from films and The Nutcracker – with aerial flyers, jugglers and other circus artists, and Baroque Christmas (Dec. 18) featuring the favorite Messiah. St. Louis Cathedral hosts free holiday concerts Dec. 1-4, 7-10 and 14-17. You can also catch a bonfire and concert at the ferry landing in Algiers Point. And finally, if it isn’t enough for you to just listen to music, there’s the annual caroling in Jackson Square on Dec. 21. For more information, visit,, and


Home Fur the Holidays

One bizarre tradition in recent New Orleans history is the yearly arrival of The Amazing Acro-Cats, a band of performing felines that have garnered quite a local fanbase (the annual shows at the AllWays Lounge often sell out). It turns out that cats can be trained, and they perform feats that are simple but nonetheless adorable. There is even a cat rock band, The Rock Cats. Catch A Very Meow-y Christmas on Dec. 5-21 at the AllWays Lounge. Information,


Hometown (S)hero

The man behind Bianca Del Rio, the winner of season 6 of Logo’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” is Roy Haylock, a Westbank native who was a costume designer in New Orleans for many years before moving to New York. Bianca’s “Rolodex of Hate” tour, which combines drag performance and acerbic stand-up comedy, stops in New Orleans on Dec. 13 at the House of Blues. Information,


Through Jan. 3. Celebration in the Oaks, City Park. Information,

Dec. 2-21. Twelfth Night; or What You Will, New Orleans Museum of Art’s Great Hall. Information,

Dec. 6-21. Southern Rep presents A Christmas Carol, Loyola University’s Marquette Hall. Information,

Dec. 5-21. A Christmas Carol, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts. Information,

Dec. 13. Preservation Resource Center Holiday Home Tour, Garden District. Information,

Dec. 13-14. Fleur De Tease presents “The Nutcracker,” One Eyed Jacks. Information,

Dec. 20. New Orleans Bowl, Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Information,

Dec. 20-21. Ballet Hysell’s The Nutcracker, Jefferson Performing Arts Center. Information,

Dec. 22. NOCCA and Daniel Price Memorial Fund’s Home for the Holidays, House of Blues. Information,

Dec. 23. Lightwire Theater: A Very Electric Christmas, Joy Theater. Information,  

Dec. 27-28. Friends of the Cabildo’s Creole Christmas, 1850 House Museum Store. Information,