With the announcement of the closure of some of our favorite festivals for next year, Arts District New Orleans (ADNO) gave us a bit of cheerful news and something to look forward to. The district will be opening Holiday Cheers, a holiday-themed art walk to take the place of its usual First Saturday gallery opening on December 5. They are welcoming patrons to an all-day rolling even that will feature extraordinary art exhibitions and drinks along Julia Street, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
This year, the various galleries will be offering "passports," and at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, complimentary champagne will be provided by VenueApp. The passports can be used to mark which galleries the guest has visited, as well as enter them into a giveaway. Once the passport is filled, it will serve as a raffle ticket in a drawing for a night in a fancy penthouse suite at the Windsor Court Hotel. Not only will you be staying in a top-floor room, but the winner will also have access to the Club Lounge on the 22nd floor of the hotel, which offers sweeping views of the city and fantastic food and beverage offerings. Since the walk takes place all across Julia Street, be sure to visit Sofia NOLA to pick up a "Jingle Juice"—a cocktail made especially for the Holiday Cheers event.
In addition to the main walk-through, there will also be an online art auction for pieces from different galleries, giving you the opportunity to snag a good gift for someone in your family—or yourself. ADNO is also hosting a coat drive for Eddie's House through December 8, to help collect gently used or new cold-weather clothing for homeless veterans. There will be several drop-off points at different galleries along Julia Street, so if you'd like to bring the coats with you while you attend the event, you can do something nice while you're having a good time.
For more information on the event, coat drive, or auction, check out Art District New Orleans at artdistrictneworleans.com.
Jonathan Ferrara Gallery: 400A
Julia St., 504-522-5471, jonathanferraragallery.com
Sofia NOLA, 516 Julia St., 504-322-3216, sofianola.com