Making Spirits Bright

From the jingles to the jangles, we’ve been busy being merry, New Orleans.

by Clint Durrett | December 5, 2018

From the jingles to the jangles, we’ve been busy being merry, New Orleans. The Krewe of Jingle parade had us full of holiday cheer while the Krewe of Krampus had us full of fear. And after such a merry and scary week, now it’s time to add “making spirits bright” to that mix.  LUNA Fête kicks off tomorrow and will absolutely do that with its stunning light displays. But if you’d rather fright to the bright, we have that covered, too.

Blinded By The Light – LUNA Fête 

Lafayette Square is once again being transformed into a winter wonderland of colorful lights and spectacular projections. LUNA Fête is one of the most dazzling art festivals and shouldn’t be missed. Whether you’re going for the art or going for the ‘gram, you’ll want these picks for fully enjoying the fest. 📸

“Such A Lovely Place” – Catahoula Hotel 

Anytime of year, you can find it here. It’s one of the most Instagram-friendly hotels and one you don’t need to be a tourist to enjoy. The Catahoula Hotel in the CBD is gorgeous and we took a peek inside to show you what’s in store when you come to see us tonight… 📸

“This is my house. I have to defend it!” – Home Alone screening

TONIGHT, we’re screening “Home Alone” on top of that “most Instagram-friendly hotel” in the Central Business District. We have one of the holiday classics from the 90s. We have popcorn. We also have blankets to keep you warm if the air is a bit crisp. 🎥

Oh, and WUT? – Brother’s Chicken

We learned this week that the Louis Armstrong International Airport is getting a Brother’s store — but no chicken. Excuse us? No chicken?? 🍗


Your Weekend Planner

Friday Night

  • LUNA Fête – The first night for this stunning show. The local artists, the lights and the music make this a perfect way to kick off a weekend.


  • Running of the Santas – A national bar tour. Hundreds of Santas running in the streets. It’ll get your blood pumping for the day and your pre-gaming for the night can begin.

Saturday Night

  • Krampus: A Haunted Christmas – A haunted house in the middle of the holiday season? It’s odd and our curiosity dials are at 11. This is a unique holiday-themed event that we have to see to believe.


  • Shots Fired! Saints vs Bucs – We think last week’s game is just a fluke. Since we think we could use an extra boost to that cheer, we’re holding our Shots Fired event at Finn McCool’s! Come have a drink with us as we cheer on the Saints. That first touchdown is gonna be FIRE(ball).

What Else You Should Know About

Clint Durrett

Clint Durrett

Hi. I’m Clint.
I’m the Local Market Manager for Very Local New Orleans. I’ve lived in New Orleans since 2001 and been living my best life in this rad place since that year.
I have 10 years of broadcast journalism and digital media experience. Before Very Local New Orleans, I worked for WDSU-TV – producing, product developing, digital media managing– I’ve done it all. I’ve seen first-hand the trials we’ve suffered in this city and the celebrations we’ve enjoyed. I love New Orleans. It’s home.
I’m going to work my hardest to bring you the content and experiences you care about to live your best life here in one of the best cities on the planet.
I love finding things to do here – concerts, food, drinks, nerding out, etc. And I love sharing those things with others.
Contact me via email. Gimme a shout on social. If you see something you think we should know about, hit me up. If you see something that needs fixing on the site, ditto. I want this website to be yours, too. Not just one I manage, but one we as a community and New Orleanians use to help us live our best lives.

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