Live music abounds year-round in New Orleans, but as the days grow shorter and holiday lights begin brightening the longer winter nights, a new breed of concerts start popping up around town. Yep, it’s holiday time, folks. Read on to see where and when you can fill your ears with the sounds of the season.
Holiday Concerts in New Orleans
The St. Louis Cathedral Christmas Concert Series
The French Quarter’s classic holiday music showcase returns with early evening performances from great local artists.
When: December 2-19, shows run from 6-7 p.m.
Where: The St. Louis Cathedral, 615 Pere Antoine Alley
Monday, Dec. 2: Ellis Marsalis
Wednesday, Dec. 4: St. Peter Claver Gospel Choir
Thursday, Dec. 5: Sweet Cecilia
Monday, Dec. 9: A Preservation Halliday with the Preservation All-Stars
Wednesday, Dec. 11: José Fermin Ceballos with Merengue 4
Thursday, Dec. 12: Opera Creole
Sunday, Dec. 15: Quiana Lynell
Wednesday, Dec. 18 – Zulu Gospel Choir
Thursday, Dec. 19 – Christmas Organ Spectacular ft. Loriae Llorca
A Merry Canteen Christmas
The museum’s top-notch female vocal trio, the Victory Belles, present World War II-era renditions of Christmas classics in A Merry Canteen Christmas.
When: December 1-23, weekends and select weekdays with dinner shows at 6 p.m. and matinee buffets at 11:30 a.m. See the website for seating times.
Where: The National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St.
Tickets: $33.51 – $65.99
Algiers Bonfire & Concert
Live local music provides the soundtrack to this annual tree sculpture bonfire on the ferry landing. This year, jam out to DJ Rik Ducci, the All Saints Church Choir, and Landry-Walker Marching Band as the bonfire is set ablaze. The Algiers Bonfire & Concert also features food vendors and great views of the city.
When: Saturday, Dec. 7, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Algiers Point Ferry Landing
St. Augustine Church Concerts
St. Augustine Church, the oldest African-American Catholic church in the U.S., hosts its annual concert series every December. Hear the sounds of jazz, gospel, and soul music all while taking in the beauty of the church in the historic Tremé Neighborhood. The concerts take place the first three Saturdays of December at 4 p.m.
When: December 7, 14, and 21 at 4 p.m.
Where: 1210 Gov. Nicholls St.
Saturday, Dec. 7: The Nayo Jones Experience
Saturday, Dec. 14: Audrey Ferguson and the Voices of Distinction
Saturday, Dec. 21: Loose Cattle
Holiday Spectacular: The Stompers Save Christmas
The 610 Stompers are joined by special guests artists at this year’s Holiday Spectacular.
When: Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Mahalia Jackson Theater, 1419 Basin St.
Tickets: $10 – $140
Baroque Christmas featuring Handel’s Messiah
The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra perform selections from Handel’s “Messiah” at the orchestra’s annual Baroque Christmas event.
When: Thursday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Orpheum Theater, 129 Roosevelt Way
Tickets: $20 – $99
Caroling in Jackson Square
Follow along with candles and sheet music as New Orleanians fill Jackson Square with this annual tradition dating back to 1946. The caroling begins at 7 p.m., however, come early to attend the annual St. Louis Cathedral Choir Concert, which takes place at 5:30 p.m. inside the cathedral.
When: Sunday, Dec. 22, gates open at 6:30 p.m., caroling begins at 7 p.m.
Where: Jackson Square, 700 Decatur St.