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Weekend Picks: Jingle on the Boulevard Parade, LUNA Fête, and More

It’s holiday season, y’all.

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LUNA Fête features light projections in Lafayette Square (Photo: Paul Broussard)

*Editor’s Note: Movies on the Mississippi which was scheduled for Friday, December 13, 2019 has been cancelled. 

The holidays are in full force this weekend in New Orleans. Enjoy LUNA Fête, downtown’s spectacular annual interactive lights festival, all weekend long. Join in as Jingle on the Boulevard parade spreads cheer throughout New Orleans. Lights on the Lake returns with its annual boat parade and holiday festivities. Finally, discover Holiday Home Tours, a popular tradition among locals in the city. Explore the holiday magic in New Orleans.

Luna Fête (Photo: Paul Broussard)


LUNA Fête – New Orleans’ annual festival of light, technology, and art is back for its sixth installment in downtown New Orleans. Interactive installations and digital sculptures by local artists line the blocks from Lafayette Square to Fulton Street. LUNA Fête is free and open to the public, 6-10 p.m. nightly from December 12-15. For the VIP experience, the LUNA Lounge features a heated tent with food from some of the best restaurants in the city, including Cavan, Longway Tavern, Sylvain, Meauxbar, and Barrel Proof. Tickets are $50.


Along the River Road at Marigny Opera House – Enjoy an acoustic holiday concert from Dustan Louque (guitar + vocals) and Margaret Hebert (piano + vocals) at the Marigny Opera House this Friday. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. Admission is a suggested donation of $15.


Black Film Festival of New Orleans – Spotlighting independent filmmakers of color, the Black Film Festival of New Orleans spans three locations: Stella Jones Gallery, New Orleans African American Museum, and Ashé Cultural Center. This free event will include live DJ sets and artist talks in addition to an array of films. Check out the schedule here.

Jingle on the Boulevard Parade (Photo: Polo Silk)


Jingle on the Boulevard – Jingle on the Boulevard is New Orleans East’s second annual holiday parade. The parade will line up at noon at Crowder Boulevard and Morrison Road and roll down Crowder to Hayne Boulevard, Hayne to Read, and Read to Lake Forest Boulevard where it will disband. Be on the lookout for special holiday-themed throws, floats, marching bands, and more.

NOLA City Bark Hawliday Market & Paw Parade – Head to City Park for the inaugural Hawliday Market & Paw Parade this Saturday from 1-5 p.m. Dress your pup in a festive costume for the chance to win big in the following categories: Best in Show, Most Creative, Naturally Nawlins, Team Spirit, and Twinsies. Shop from over 30 vendors, participate in the raffle, and partake in the parade at 3 p.m. Admission is free, photos with Santa are $20, and parade participation is $10 in advance, $15 day of.

The New Canal Lighthouse (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Lights on the Lake – Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation’s Lights on the Lake is fun for all ages. The event features food trucks, cocktails, music, kids activities, pictures with Santa, a gift shopping village, and a holiday boat parade. Enjoy the fun from 2-8 p.m. at the New Canal Lighthouse on Lakeshore Drive. Admission is $5.

Algiers Point Pub Crawl – Spend Saturday, Dec. 14 in Algiers Point hopping around the different bars and restaurants that the neighborhood has to offer. The crawl starts at 5 p.m. at Tavolino Pizza & Lounge with beer specials and $5 spiced sangrias. At 6 p.m. the group will head over 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.

Preservation Resource Center Holiday Home Tour (Photo: Rebecca Todd)


Preservation Resource Center Holiday Home Tour – The PRC Holiday Home Tour is an annual New Orleans tradition. This year’s self-guided tour includes seven Garden District homes decorated for the holidays. Within each home, there will be live music. Holiday Home Tour ticket holders may also visit the tour headquarters at Felicity Church and shop at the holiday boutique. Tickets are $45 per person and the tours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


Holidays on Harrison @ The Marketplace – Harrison Avenue in Lakeview will be all decked out for the holidays on Wednesday, Dec. 11 with their annual holiday market. This family-friendly event features snow, trolley rides, school choir performances, and plenty of fun. Enjoy the market from 5-8:30 p.m. in the Lakeview Grocery parking lot. Admission is free.

Saints fans tailgate during the holidays outside the Superdome (Photo: Zack Smith)

Saints vs. Indianapolis Colts – It’s Monday Night Football, and the Saints are taking on the Indianapolis Colts in prime time. In the last home game of the regular season, this is sure to be a good one. Kickoff is at 7:15 p.m. Kick back and enjoy the game from one of our favorite sports bars.


Contemporary Arts Center Exhibitions – Visit the Contemporary Arts Center this month to view the latest exhibitions. Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires is an exhibition of new work by Mickalene Thomas, including painting, film, and photography exploring pop culture and Western and African art. Meg Turner: Here and Now includes over 100 portraits capturing both the histories and imaginations of various communities. Explore these and more at the Contemporary Arts Center. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is $10.

Arnaud’s Reveillon menu consists of Creole Onion Soup En Croûte (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

All month long, experience the holidays in New Orleans. Start by seeing the lights at Celebration in the Oaks, Zoo Lights, and the Roosevelt Hotel. Visit Miracle on Fulton Street to see the snow. Between holiday concerts, tea, Réveillon, and holiday shopping, there’s plenty to see and do this month in New Orleans.

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