Mr Bingle snowman float in the sixth annual Krewe of Jingl New Orleans Christmas Parade. New Orleans has become one of the top tourist holiday destinations in the America. (Photo by Julie Dermansky/Corbis via Getty Images)

Weekend Picks: Oh baby baby, Christmas time is here!

This weekend packs lots of Christmas fun, plus a few extra laughs and a chance to celebrate one of Louisiana's most beloved pop stars, baby, one more time.

by Mary Staes | November 27, 2018

Now that Thanksgiving is over, the holidays are in full swing! This weekend packs lots of Christmas fun, plus a few extra laughs and a chance to celebrate one of Louisiana’s most beloved pop stars, baby, one more time.

Miracle on Fulton Street

On Friday Nov. 30, Fulton Street’s annual Christmas celebration kicks off. The display features an entrance through a giant illuminated ornament, a 30-foot Christmas tree and a new canopy of lights. Daily “snow” falls every hour and there is a gingerbread display in the Harrah’s Hotel Lobby. Nightly live music guests include Charmaine Neville, Vince Vance and the Valiants and Benny Grunch and the Bunch (think the “12 Yats of Christmas”). Live music starts at 5:30 p.m. Click here for more info. 

New Orleans Neon Museum Fall Pop-Up

It’s lit! The New Orleans Neon Museum, located in the St. Claude neighborhood, is hosting its second pop-up show Friday night at 6 p.m.. Owner and neon collector Jerry Therio will be bringing neon pieces, as well as neon artists and craftspeople to the N. Robertson Street studios for neon artwork selfie stations, drinks and art. Click here for more info.

2801 N Robertson St
Getting there
2801 N Robertson St, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA

Lit AF Tour hosted by Martin Lawrence

Sitcom star and comedian Marin Lawrence hosts a stand-up comedy show Friday night at the UNO Lakefront Arena with a slew of national comics ready to make you laugh. The tour features radio host Rickey Smiley, Bruce Bruce, Deon Cole, and Clayton Thomas. Tickets start at $47.50. Click here for more information.

UNO Lakefront Arena
Getting there
6801 Franklin Ave, New Orleans, LA 70122, USA
Mon-Fri 8 AM – 4:30 PM
Sat-Sun Closed
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Krewe of Jingle Parade

What’s a holiday in New Orleans without a parade? This one is a little different, ringing in the Christmas season, but it’s no less fun. The parade features marching bands, stilt walkers, Santa himself. It kicks off at 1 p.m., at Lee Circle. Click here to see the parade route. 

Krewe of Krampus

So you’re not the jolly type, and you’ve got a tinge of Scrooge in you. Check out the darker side of Christmas with the Krewe of Krampus parade at 7 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 1 in the Bywater. This krewe is based on an ancient Alpine legend called Krampusnacht, who takes care of all the naughty children, leaving the good ones for St. Nick. The throws are custom bells, ornaments, or lumps of coal, and you’ll have to face your fears and come up to one of the Krampus monsters to get one. Click here for route information.

Pat O’Brien’s 85th Anniversary Party

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Home of the Hurricane, every five years Pat O’s throws a birthday party, and Sunday the French Quarter staple will be celebrating its 85th trip around the sun. Of course, the bar’s signature drink will be on deck for $4 all day. Live music from 2-6 p.m. will be provided by Souled Out. Click here for more information.

Pat O'Brien's
Getting there
718 St Peter, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Mon-Tue Closed
Wed-Thu 12 PM – 12 AM
Fri-Sat 12 PM – 2 AM
Sun 12 PM – 12 AM
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Britney Spears Birthday Bash

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — Singer Britney Spears waves as she attends the announcement of her new residency, “Britney: Domination” at Park MGM on October 18, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Spears will perform 32 shows at Park Theater at Park MGM starting in February 2019. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Oh baby baby, Sunday is Kentwood’s finest 37th birthday. Mimi’s in the Marigny is celebrating with a 90’s party, complete with all of Britney’s top hits in rotation. Grab those fanny packs and shiny jeans! The party starts at 9 p.m. Click here for more information.

Mimi's In the Marigny
Getting there
2600 Chartres St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA


Mary Staes

Mary Staes

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 we're natives or not.

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