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Weekend Picks: Krewe of Jingle Parade, Algiers Bonfire & Concert, and More

Krewe of Jingle parades through downtown New Orleans (Photo: Paul Broussard)

This weekend in New Orleans, we’re shopping local, celebrating traditions, and heading out to a parade. The Krewe of Jingle is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season. Make sure to have your holiday shopping list handy because the South Market, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and Magazine Street are all giving us a reason to shop local. Watch as the Algiers bonfire is lit on Saturday evening, then see the Menorah lighting at the Riverwalk for the start of Hanukkah on Sunday afternoon. There’s lots more going on this weekend in New Orleans – check it all out below.

Mauricio Martínez as Emilio Estefan and Christie Prades as Gloria Estefan and Company, ON YOUR FEET! © Matthew Murphy


On Your Feet! – On Your Feet!, the musical celebrating Gloria Estefan, stops at the Saenger Theater Nov. 27 to Dec. 2. Enjoy music, dancing, and the songs that we all know and love with this jukebox musical based off of Emilio and Gloria Estefan’s rise to the top of the pop music world. Tickets start at $30.


Movies on the Mississippi – Head to Spanish Plaza on the Riverwalk for a free holiday movie screening this Friday. The Downtown Development District and the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk kick off this year’s series with The Star, an animated film featuring an all-star cast of characters. The movie begins at 6:30 p.m. and guests are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets.

New Orleans Neon Museum Fall Pop-Up – The New Orleans Neon Museum will host an encore night of art at their pop-up on 2801 N. Robertson St. Catch the exhibit Friday at 6 p.m. Admission is free.


South Market Snow – From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., head to the South Market district in downtown New Orleans for holiday shopping, live music, food and drinks, and more. Be sure to check out the falling snow at the 12-foot tree and to take part in the South Market Snow Gifting Tree ceremony, where visitors have the chance to take home over 100 different deals and gift cards. The grand prize is a staycation at the Ace Hotel New Orleans.

Ogden’s Art of Giving event from December 2017 (Photo credit Ryan Hodgson-Rigsbee)

Art of Giving – This holiday season, give the gift of a locally made item. Several local art, jewelry, and crafts makers will be at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests can also enjoy mimosas, music, and crafts while shopping for unique, handmade gifts during this free event.

Merriment on Magazine – Shop local this Saturday with Merriment on Magazine. This first Saturday of the month brings with it special deals at various shops along Magazine Street. If you’re there between noon and 4p.m., stop by the Magazine Street Fire Station for free photos with Santa.

The Krewe of Jingle Parade (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Krewe of Jingle Parade – Kick off the holidays, New Orleans-style with the Krewe of Jingle Parade this Saturday in downtown New Orleans. Watch as marching bands, stilt walkers, and holiday floats roll from Lee Circle to Canal Street via St. Charles Avenue and then back up Baronne Street. The parade begins at 1 p.m.

Algiers Bonfire & Concert – ‘Tis the season for holiday traditions. In Louisiana, bonfires are lit on Christmas Eve to light the way for Papa Noel. The Algiers Bonfire & Concert celebrates the tradition early as the Westbank’s largest bonfire on the New Orleans Riverfront is set aflame this Saturday. In addition to the bonfire, enjoy food from various vendors and music from the Soul Rebels. The event is free and from 5-8 p.m. located at 200 Morgan St.

NOBA Center for Dance students in the Battle Scene of The Nutcracker Suite (Photo by Jeff Strout)


The Nutcracker Suite – Experience this holiday classic presented by the New Orleans Ballet Association this Sunday. Over 200 dancers ages 6-70+ will bring the story to life at Dixon Hall on Tulane University’s campus. Performances are at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., and tickets are $15.

Chanukah at the Riverwalk – On this first night of Hanukkah, celebrate with the community with the Menorah lighting on the Riverfront. Enjoy music, kosher food, entertainment, and children’s activities at this event. The grand Menorah lighting will take place at 5 p.m. on the terrace overlooking the Mississippi River. The event is from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Riverwalk.

The Airlift Music Box Village (Photo: Paul Broussard)

Teddy’s Twilight Serenade Series – Enjoy an immersive night of music at the Music Box Village this Sunday evening. Led by composer Tif “Teddy” Lamson of the Givers, this house band will play a one of a kind set comprised of original pieces composed specifically for the music box installations and unique covers of New Orleans classics. Guests are encouraged to bring their own picnics and blankets. Individual tickets are $30 and the event takes place from 5-9 p.m.

Pat O’s 85th Anniversary Party – 85 years ago, Pat O’Brien’s opened its doors on St. Peter Street just as Prohibition was ending. Celebrate the anniversary of this famous New Orleans watering hole with the St. Peter Street party. Head out for live music, drink specials, and fun times with old friends all day long on Sunday.

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