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Weekend Picks: NOLA ChristmasFest and More

It’s the weekend before Christmas. Right this way for holiday cheer…

Mrs. Claus greets children at NOLA ChristmasFest. (Photo Courtesy: NOLA ChristmasFest)

Let Louis Armstrong’s holiday classic and our list below be your guide for a “Cool Yule.” Here’s everything you need to do the weekend before Christmas:

All Weekend

1. NOLA ChristmasFest Hop on the Kringle Carousel, explore carnival rides and giant inflatables, and test your skills at an indoor skating rink. This year’s ChristmasFest also includes an ice slide, a hall of decorated trees, children’s crafts, and more. General admission is $20.

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The Rusty Nail. (Photo: Cheryl Gerber)


2. Downriver Art Tour and Holiday Sale From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Creative Alliance of New Orleans invites guest to explore 11 different studio spaces, homes, and galleries while also shopping for holiday gifts. Tickets are $8 in advance.

3. Rusty Nail 10-Year Anniversary Party This Warehouse District bar celebrates a decade in business on Saturday starting at 9 p.m. With no cover and plenty of food from Dat Dog, you’ll want to come hungry and thirsty. Scope out a spot on the back patio, and keep an ear out for performances from local musicians like Mia Borders.

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Little Flea in Sophie B. Wright Park. (Photo: Paul Broussard)


4. Pop-Up Holiday Art Market — Urban South Brewery invites you to browse work from local artists and sip on their signature brews from noon until 6 p.m. Sunday. They’ll also be broadcasting the Saints vs. Cardinals game at 3 p.m., so you can shop as you cheer on the boys in black and gold. Free.

5. Little Flea NOLA With a subtle holiday theme, Little Flea NOLA takes over Sophie B. Wright Park from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday. Browse vintage clothes, handmade jewelry, ceramics, books, and much more (there are usually drinks, too). Free.

Executive chef Meg Bickford inside the lushly appointed Cafe Adelaide. (Photo via Cafe Adelaide & the Swizzle Stick Bar on Facebook)
Executive chef Meg Bickford inside the lushly appointed Cafe Adelaide. (Photo via Cafe Adelaide & the Swizzle Stick Bar on Facebook)


Ugly Sweater Party at Cafe Adelaide On Thursday from 5 until 8 p.m., don your tackiest sweater, enjoy happy hour drink specials and snacks, and compete to win prizes in categories like “Ugliest Sweater,” “Cutest Couple,” and “Best Handmade Creation.” The event also includes a Hendrick’s Gin Raffle and a chance for charitable giving. Free.

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