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December 19th

WWOZ 34 Birthday Party

Tipitina’s, 9p.m.

Davell Crawford, Ivan Neville, DJ Soul Sister


Kermit Ruffins Big 50th Bash

House of Blues, 9p.m.

Celebrate Kermit’s birthday w/ The Barbeque Swingers, Nayo Jones and Neisha Ruffins Band


Bounce Holiday Edition


Big Freedia, DJ Jubilee, Walt Wiggady and more! $5


Grenadine McGunkle’s Double-Wide Christmas

Mid-City Theater, 8p.m.

A holiday play complete with speed dating and snuggies


Kool and the Gang, Cheap Trick

Champions Square, 7p.m.

Music with legends to kick off 2014 R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl


Shotgun Cinema Turns One

Freeport Auditorium at the CAC, 7p.m.

Screenings of Night Moves & Monsieur Hulot's Holiday; $7 each



December 20th

Little Maker presents Last Waltz

One Eyed Jacks, 9p.m.

A tribute to The Last Waltz - Part II


Pelicans vs. Trail Blazers

Smoothie King Center, 6p.m.

The world of Portlandia blazes down South


December 21st

Caroling in the Square

Jackson Square, 6:30p.m.

Join in the tradition of communal holiday song by candlelight in front of the Cathedral


Saints vs. Falcons

da Dome, 12p.m.

Who dat rivals migrate to the Crescent City for some action



December 22nd

NOCCA Presents Home for the Holidays

House of Blues, 6p.m.

A concert for Daniel Price foundation ft. Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band, TYSSON


December 23rd

Lightwire Theater

The Joy Theater, 3p.m. & 7:30p.m.

A glow in the dark dancing light show


Op-Ed: Let It Glow

Positive Christmas Cards for Louisiana

Tiny Daiquiri is busy running errands and fixing things this week, so his mom has taken over his column Rather than get all the-sky-falling and democracy-is-failing, she has decided to put a positive spin on things and write Christmas cards to some of Tiny’s favorite targets.

Today in NOLA: 12.18.14

As the holidays come to a peak, Thursday night in New Orleans has many cozy events to offer that will keep your heart warming for the season. For a mixture of old and new, try heading to the Ogden for a twist on flamenco with a guitar duo of brothers. Tales of the Cocktail reappears for its winter contest seeking to find that special bartender who can really make a Hot Toddy sizzle. Later, two Christmas shows happen at the St. Louis Cathedral and First Baptist Church. And in the news of the past, WDSU took on the airwaves in 1948, becoming Louisiana’s first television station. Now, more on events this Thursday. 

Jingle & Mingle: Neighborhood Caroling on Sunday

Sunday (12.14) night won’t be silent. Rather, NOLA will be offering lots of jingle and even more mingle with two opportunities for neighbors to go a’ caroling. Washington Square and Palmer Park will each be hosting events, but don’t bundle up too much because it will be a balmy 64 degrees.

Reveillon Roundup

Revelers Delight in Late Night Food Fix

As if NOLA needed another excuse to eat and be merry, Reveillon dinners have been making their way back from the shadows over the past few years. The City now offers plenty of options to honor tradition (with a modern twist) through the late night dinners.

Fire on the Bayou

Algiers Bonfire Ready to Light Up Christmas Season

Tis the Season for fire on the bayou. Saturday (12.06) night, Algiers hopes Papa Noel will notice their bonfire beacon and make the Point his first stop on Christmas Eve. The Algiers Bonfire and Concert will celebrate the holidays with food, music, and, of course, fire. 

Here Crawls Santa Claus

A surplus of Santas. Ho Ho Hooray, New Orleans is going to celebrate Christmas the same way it does every other holiday of the year – by getting dressed up and drunk. This December 13th there will be three, we repeat three, Santa themed pub crawls taking place around the city. Click through for all the details.

Christmas on the Bayou: Lafayette's Noel Acadian au Village

By Ashley Larsen

It’s that time of the year again. The time filled with twinkling lights, holiday cheer, and a little bit too much hot chocolate. The Noel Acadian au Village in Lafayette has all of those things and Santa Clause to boot. The Christmas festival fundraiser features half a million lights filled with animated displays, carnival rides, and live entertainment. 

Holiday Inns: Roosevelt and Windsor Court Light Up for Christmas

Two of New Orleans’ classic hotels are lighting up for the holiday season. The Windsor Court (300 Gravier Street) is flipping th switch on their Christmas tonight (12.01.) A few blocks away, the Roosevelt Hotel (130 Roosevelt Way) plan to power up their legendary lights on Thursday (12.04.)

Cathedral Concerts Kick Off

Holiday time is perfect for music. Sometimes, the temperature is bit too cold for caroling, and New Orleanians must find their yuletide inside. Starting tonight (12.1,) Christmas New Orleans Style will be warming the souls and the ears of locals with their annual month-long concert series at St. Louis Cathedral.

Bright Christmas: Tree Lighting, Gallier Hall Light Show, More

Thanksgiving is a week away which means that Christmas preparations are in over-drive. The Quarter will light up a tree tonight. In the CBD, Gallier Hall is prepping for a high-tech light show, and the New Orleans Marketing and Tourist Corporation (NOTMC) unveiled a new publicity campaign for the season.

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