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Weekend Picks: Krewe of Jingle, The Acro-Cats, and More

A parade and a cat circus amp up the holiday cheer this weekend in New Orleans.

Scenes from the Krewe of Jingle holiday parade. (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Nothing says “happy holidays” like a cat circus, right? The Acro-Cats return for their December tenure this weekend, but if you’re not a feline-o-phile, don’t fret. The Algiers Bonfire concert melds music and traditional bonfire displays on the levee to light the way for Papa Noel, and NOBA’s performance of The Nutcracker Suite is another seasonal tradition. Watch “Home Alone” under the stars Friday night, and practice your bead-catching skills at the Krewe of Jingle parade on Saturday. Merry Catsmas!

The Acro-Cats wish New Orleans a “meowy” Christmas each year. (Photo via

All Weekend

1. The Amazing Acro-Cats — The cat circus is back Dec. 2-18 at the Theatre at St. Claude, spreading furry holiday cheer. Several other animal species also make appearances throughout the show, and portion of the proceeds from the Acro-Cats’ New Orleans shows benefit the Jefferson ASPCA. Buy tickets here.


2. Free Outdoor Screening of “Home Alone” — Spanish Plaza at Riverwalk hosts its annual “Holiday Movies On the Mississippi” film series, kicking things off with Home Alone on Friday at 6:30 p.m. It’s free to attend, but remember to BYO blankets and chairs!

Bonfires on the levee. (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)


3. Algiers Bonfire ConcertThis free event takes place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at 200 Morgan St. on New Orleans’ Westbank. Live music, food trucks, and vendors precede the official bonfire lighting at 8:45 p.m.

4. Krewe of Jingle Parade — The annual holiday parade starts at 1 p.m., winding through much of Downtown New Orleans and spreading cheer the whole way through. Free.

Scenes from the Krewe of Jingle holiday parade. (Photo: Paul Broussard)


5. New Orleans Ballet Association’s “The Nutcracker” — Tulane University’s Dixon Hall hosts the NOBA performance of “The Nutcracker” at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets from $15 (plus processing fee) online.