Nutcracker Season

The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition, and there are multiple occasions to see it in the city. Kicking off Nutcracker season is The New Orleans Ballet Association, who stages its production at Tulane’s Dixon Hall for two performances Dec. 9. Information,

Marking the first dance performance at the Orpheum since its reopening, the New Orleans Ballet Theatre stages a production Dec. 18-19. Information,
The JPAS Symphony Orchestra backs a performance of the ballet at JPAS’ new performing arts center in Metairie on Dec. 19-20. Information,

The touring Moscow Ballet hits the Saenger Theatre on Dec. 26. Information,

Want to see ballet but sick of Tchaikovsky? Marigny Opera House’s resident ballet company performs its “Christmas Concerto” Dec. 10-13. The ballet is set to music by Arcangelo Corelli and other Baroque masters and choreographed by Maritza Mercado-Narcisse, Nikki Hefko and Donna Crump Information, MarignyOperaHouse.Org


Stompers’ Christmas

The Orpheum Theater is hosting a holiday party benefiting a beautifully restored historic theater. The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra’s two-day Orpheum Holiday Spectacular (Dec. 12-13) features guests expected (New Orleans Children’s Chorus Choir, Archdiocese of New Orleans Mass Gospel Choir) and unexpected (the 610 Stompers). Other guests include Roots of Music, Alexis Marceaux and conductor Ron Spigelman. Information,


Fun Home(coming)

Michael Cerveris – who owns a home in Tremé, collaborates with musician friends like Paul Sanchez, and is an avid Saints fan – also stars in the Broadway musical Fun Home, which won the Best Musical Tony and won Cerveris one for Best Actor in a Musical. He is back in town for the Broadway at NOCCA concert series Dec. 14. Information,


Through Jan. 2. Celebration in the Oaks, City Park. Information,

Dec. 1-20. The Winter’s Tale, NOMA’s Great Hall. Information,

Dec. 4-20. The Amazing Acro-Cats Meowy Catmas, The Theatre at St. Claude. Information,

Dec. 12. Preservation Resource Center Holiday Home Tour, Garden District. Information,

Dec. 17. A John Waters Christmas: Holier & Dirtier, Civic Theater. Information,

Dec. 18-27. NOLA ChristmasFest, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Information,

Dec. 20. Caroling in Jackson Square. Information,

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

Dec. 23. Harry Shearer and Judith Owen’s: Christmas Without Tears (Does This Tree Make Me Look Fat?), Le Petit Théâtre. Information,

Dec. 24. Christmas Eve bonfire on the levee, Algiers Point. Information,

Dec. 26-27. Friends of the Cabildo’s Creole Christmas, 1850 House Museum Store. Information,

Dec. 31. DJ Soul Sister’s 13th annual New Year’s Eve Party, One Eyed Jacks. Information,