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This weekend, enjoy a mix of holiday activities including the Nutcracker, the Philharmonic’s Holiday Spectacular, a Hanukkah parade, and more. Read on for our Weekend Picks below.

Cheryl Gerber

Join the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra for a night of popular holiday tunes performed by local New Orleans artists. Selections include How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Mele Kalikimaka, and the 12 Days of Christmas. LPO’s Holiday Spectacular is Friday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at The Orpheum Theater. Tickets start at $25.

Rebecca Todd

Enjoy a weekend in the garden with these Longue Vue events. On Saturday, do some holiday shopping at the Merry Market, which features items from local artists. Admission to the market is $10 per person. Then, on Sunday, enjoy free admission to the gardens from 1-5 p.m. with a performance from Mélange Dance Company featuring Gabrielle Cavassa at 4 p.m.

Rebecca Todd

Get your holiday shopping done early on December 4 with seasonal décor, free champagne, and an art stroll. Patrons are invited to pick up an exhibition guide and “passport” starting at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery and get stamped at each gallery along the way. Completed passports will enter a raffle to win a two-night stay at the Windsor Court Hotel. The event will also include a winter clothing drive, for which patrons can donate new or gently used coats and other cold weather clothing to Eddie’s House.


This year, Hanukkah begins on November 28 and ends on December 6. Celebrate the season with the Mobile Menorah Parade on Saturday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Watch as cars parade from Chabad (7037 Freret St.), down St. Charles in the CBD/French Quarter/Marigny and then back Uptown.


Doesn’t matter if you’ve been naughty or nice – Krampus is coming to town. On December 4, hop in your car to drive through this year’s parade. The theme this year is Alpine Dreams; Krewe of Krampus is the best of both worlds: Christmas and Halloween. Get your tickets here.


Enjoy one last look at photographer Charles Lovell’s latest exhibit with a closing reception on December 4. Come see photos of New Orleans past spanning 2009 to 2021, with 76 prints of second lines. The closing reception is from 3-6 p.m. at the New Orleans Healing Center.

Holiday Lagniappe

Stop by Paradigm Gardens for a holiday market and brunch featuring live music from Fermin Ceballos on December 5. Shop local vendors as well as the selection of plants available at the garden. Enjoy fresh squeezed juices, cold brew, and more. Also this weekend, enjoy a performance of the Jazz Nutcracker from Marigny Opera Ballet on December 3, 4, and 5. For even more holiday fun, visit https://holiday.neworleans.com.