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Experience the Holidays in Algiers Point

Bonfires on the levee
The historic Algiers neighborhood is home to this annual holiday tradition loved by many. This year’s Algiers Bonfire takes place Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019.(Photo: Rebecca Todd)

The holidays in New Orleans are nothing short of magical. With countless holiday traditions and festivities, it can be hard to choose what to do. This year, take a trip across the Mississippi River, just minutes from downtown New Orleans, and visit Algiers Point. This neighborhood is New Orleans’ second oldest, filled with tons of charm, especially around this time of year. The holidays kicked off with the annual Bonfire + Concert last weekend, and the festivities keep on rolling through the new year. Here’s a look at some of the highlights.

*Editor’s Note: Please note the Algiers Ferry service is temporarily out of service for repairs and renovations through December 2019. You can still visit Algiers Point by terminal to terminal bus service here or by taking an Uber or Lyft.

Enjoy pizza, beer, and cocktails at Tavolino Pizza & Lounge (Photo: Justen Williams)

Algiers Point Christmas Pub Crawl

Spend Saturday, Dec. 14 in Algiers Point hopping around the local neighborhood bars and restaurants. The crawl starts at 5 p.m. at Tavolino Pizza & Lounge with beer specials and $5 spiced sangria. At 6 p.m. the group will head to Faubourg Market for $2 Paradise Park beers and food. Next at 7 p.m. is the Old Point Bar for live music and merriment. The final stop at 8 p.m. will be the Crown & Anchor English Pub, home of many a beer and cider. This event is free and open to the public, and all are welcome to join in on the fun.

The view of downtown New Orleans from Algiers Point (Photo: Sorena Briley)

Movies on the Point

Enjoy a free screening of Elf at the Algiers United Methodist Church on Friday, Dec. 13 from 6-7:45 p.m with the whole family. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs as this is an outdoor screening. Kick back, relax, and have a good time this holiday season.

Algiers Point, all dressed up for the holidays (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

Caroling & Holiday Shopping in Algiers Point

Algiers is home to great shopping as well as food and drinks. Why not combine that with the sounds of the season? Caroling will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21 at Compass Point Events. International Jazz singer, Anaïs St. John, will lead the group of carolers in a stroll that features stops at different businesses with drink specials and goodies along the way. Stop in to shop, or continue with the carolers as they journey across the neighborhood. Songbooks will be provided.

Fireworks on the Riverfront (Photo: Paul Broussard)

New Year’s Eve on the Point

Algiers Point is the perfect spot to view the fireworks along the Mississippi River. This year, Algiers is kicking off the New Year’s Eve party a little bit early. Commemorating 300 years, the Algiers Tricentennial Committee will present an afternoon of events featuring entertainment, seafood, and more. At 3 p.m., there will be a UNESCO Site of Memory dedication ceremony marking the arrival of ships carrying enslaved Africans in Algiers as early as 1722. Enjoy the afternoon, then pick your spot on the levee to see the fireworks on the Mississippi River, which will pop at midnight.

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