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Weekend Picks: Holiday Lights, New Year’s Eve, and More

New Year's Eve fireworks on the Riverfront (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)

This weekend in New Orleans, we’re enjoying the last of the holidays. See Celebration in the Oaks, NOLA ChristmasFest, and more. Then, make your plans for New Year’s Eve in NOLA. Happy New Year, y’all!

The ice skating rink at NOLA ChristmasFest (Photo: Rebecca Todd)


NOLA ChristmasFest – If you haven’t stopped by NOLA ChristmasFest yet this season, now’s your last chance. From Dec. 20-31, the Convention Center transforms into an indoor festival with an ice rink, amusement rides, pictures with Santa, and more. Tickets are $20.

Celebration in the Oaks – City Park’s magical lights display is open nightly through Jan. 1 (closed Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve), and it’s awaiting your arrival. See the poinsettia tree, the larger-than life displays, and take a ride on the Polar Express train through the park. Tickets are $10.

Zoo Lights at Audubon Zoo (Photo: Justen Williams)

Zoo Lights – Visit this holiday lights display over the weekend at Audubon Zoo. Complete with nightly entertainment and activities for kids, this is the perfect event for the whole family. Zoo Lights is open nightly from 5:30-9:30 p.m. from Dec. 26-30. Tickets are $10 for Audubon Institute Members and $15 for non-members.


Swisher Sweets Artist Project NOLA Takeover – The Swisher Sweets Artist Project will stop in New Orleans on Dec. 28 with performances from Gucci Mane, Fetty Wap, DJ Mannie Fresh, and more. The night will also feature performances from new artists in a one-of-a-kind musical showcase. Tickets start at $25 and the event begins at the Orpheum Theater at 9 p.m.

New Year’s Eve fireworks on the Riverfront (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)


New Orleans has lots to offer for New Year’s Eve. During the day, head to the Louisiana Children’s Museum for New Year’s Eve: Countdown to Noon or Audubon Zoo for Zoo Year’s Eve. Later that night, head down to the Riverfront for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve for live music at 9 p.m. and fireworks. This year, in addition to the fireworks on the riverfront at midnight, the city will host three special firework shows to end the Tricentennial year. The locations and time are as follows: New Orleans East at 8:30p.m., followed by City Park at 9:30p.m. and Uptown at 10:30 p.m. Residents and locals will be able to see the fireworks from their homes, in respective neighborhoods. Be on the lookout, and be a part of wishing New Orleans one last happy 300th birthday!

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