Weekend Picks: NOLA ChristmasFest, caroling in Jackson Square

It's the weekend before Christmas! If you're not ready, there's a lot going on around town to get you in the Christmas spirit.

by Mary Staes
December 18, 2019

It’s the weekend before Christmas! If you’re not ready, there’s a lot going on around town to get you in the Christmas spirit.

Fri. Dec. 20, 2019


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What: NOLA Christmasfest
When: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Morial Convention Center
Price: $20

A skating rink in New Orleans? Yep! Of course we have a fest for Christmas, and this one features rides, an ice slide, spacewalks, a rock wall, gingerbread houses and a huge snow globe for those Instagram posts! Click here for more information! 

New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Getting there
900 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
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What: Dashing Through the Dome 
When: 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Mercedes Benz Superdome
Price: $35 for adults, $30 for kids

This unique 2-mile race runs participants into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, up and around the Dome’s ground, plaza and terrace levels, then down the ramps finishing on the field! This event is fun for competitive runners looking for a new challenge, kids & football fans alike. Click here for more information. 

Caesars Superdome
Getting there
1500 Sugar Bowl Dr, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
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Sat. Dec. 21, 2019


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What: Dee-1 x PUMA: Kicks for Christmas
When: Noon to 4 p.m.
Where: Digby Park, 6600 Virgillian Street
Price: Free

Rapper Dee-1, who hails from New Orleans East, has teamed up with Puma to give 500 pairs of shoes to those in need. There will be food, music and a free pair of tennis shoes! This event is proudly sponsored by Puma, Xpress Vinyl, NORD, We Dat’s Chicken and Shrimp, and the Ron Austin Law Firm. Click here for more information. 

Digby Park
Getting there
6600 Virgilian St, New Orleans, LA 70126, USA
Mon-Sun 6am–10pm

What: The Nutcracker with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra
When: 7 p.m.
Where: The Mahalia Jackson Theater
Price: Tickets start at $50

This is the longest running production of The Nutcracker in New Orleans and the only one accompanied by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Experience the magic of snowflakes, bon bons and sugarplums in this family friendly ballet danced by internationally acclaimed ballet stars, local artists and the youth corps of over 100 local dancers. Click here for more information and tickets. 

Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts
Getting there
1419 Basin St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
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Sun. Dec. 22, 2019

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What: Caroling in Jackson Square
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Jackson Square
Price: Free

A holiday tradition that has been going on since 1946, Christmas Caroling in Jackson Square is a joyful, fun experience that thousands of people participate in every year. Jackson Square will be illuminated by hundreds of candles held by singers, both amateur and professional, crooning Christmas favorites that everyone is familiar with. The event is free and open to all who wish to participate, regardless of religious affiliation. Candles and song sheets are provided at this free and open to the public event. The gates to Jackson Square open at 6:30 p.m. and the caroling begins at 7 p.m. Those who plan to attend and participate are strongly advised to arrive early. This is a very popular event that sometimes exceeds the capacity of the square.

Jackson Square
Getting there
701 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Mon-Sun 8am–6pm
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What: DJ Soul Sister’s 13 Annual Holiday Crate Dig
When: 3 to 5 p.m.
Where: Domino Sound Record Shack
Price: Free to attend, record price varies

Dig through the record crates with one of the city’s favorite DJs while she spins selections entirely from the Domino Sound store stock! She’ll also help you with recommendations for your music and gift purchases so you can find the favorite Christmas gift. Click here for more information. 

Domino Sound Record Shack
Getting there
2557 Bayou Rd, New Orleans, LA 70119, USA
Mon 12–6pm
Tue Closed
Wed-Thu 12–6pm
Fri 12–7:30pm
Sat-Sun 12–6pm
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Mary Staes is Digital Content Lead for Very Local. She works with our freelancers and crafts content for our social media platforms and website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether...

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