Need plans this weekend? Fun things to do Dec. 24-26 in New Orleans – NOLA.com
Holiday happenings are plentiful this weekend. Whether you need a break from family frenzy or want something fun for everyone to do, here are some suggestions.
And don’t forget to check out many more events on our online calendar, Holidays in New Orleans 2021.
Fireworks light up the night sky as spectators watch as bonfires burn during the Festival of the Bonfires in the town of Lutcher in St. James Parish. The bonfires are lit on Christmas Eve to lead Papa Noël to Louisiana.
Stretching for miles along the levees of the Mississippi River in the River Parishes, the CHRISTMAS EVE BONFIRES light up the night and serve as a centerpiece for community and family gatherings in parishes including St. James, St. John, St. Charles, Assumption and Ascension, all located between the metropolitan New Orleans area and Gonzales (Burnside). Generations of residents have constructed the blazes, most shaped in a pyramid or teepee formation, while others are elaborate engineering marvels (a giant crab is one of this year’s noted structures). Often stuffed with fireworks or combustibles that “snap, crackle and pop,” legends tell of bonfires dating back to medieval Europe, while others give nod to the tale of fires as illumination for “Papa Noël” or families returning home after midnight church services. Check out more about them here.
The Vixens View ferris wheel lights up the inside of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for NOLA ChristmasFest on Friday, December 17, 2021. (Photo by Chris Granger | The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)
NOLA CHRISTMASFEST, an indoor celebration with an ice-skating rink, rides, ice slides, visits from holiday characters (including yule-know-who) and more, reopens Christmas Day at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., and runs through Dec. 30. Hours vary. Tickets start at $15. Check out the wintry festival here.
A staff of seven construct all the LED- light displays in-house throughout the year in preparation for the annual light show.
There’s plenty of time to catch the magical illuminated wonderland that is New Orleans City Park during the CELEBRATION IN THE OAKS, the drive-through promenade of dazzling displays found along the verdant roadways of the park. After a day of rest on …….