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Lakeside 2 Riverside: Upcoming Festivals & Events in December

08:57 November 27, 2017
By: Staff

Lakeside 2 Riverside: Upcoming Festivals & Events in December


Reindeer Run & Romp
Shops at Canal Place: 333 Canal St.
Saturday, December 9; 8 a.m.

Hear those sleigh bells jingling at the Reindeer Run & Romp! The Downtown Development District and Entergy have partnered for the eighth annual holiday run for kids. Meet at the Riverwalk-Spanish Plaza at 8 a.m. to register. At 9 a.m., Rudolph, Santa, and friends will jingle bells to signal the start of the mile-long “sleigh measured” run. No running necessary to participate; the “Eggnog Jog” will be available as a half-mile walking alternative. For the run, every participant will receive bells to wear on their shoes, antlers, a race t-shirt, and a bag of holiday goodies. The event also includes a costume contest, and Santa and his helpers are the judges for categories including Most Creative, Most Festive, Best Group Costume, and Best Decorated Stroller. The “Romp” will take place post-race at The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk-Spanish Plaza, and will feature healthy family activities, music, games, crafts, and the presentation of race awards. Pre-registration is available online for $15. 

Running of the Santas
Mannings: 519 Fulton St.
Generations Hall: 310 Andrew Higgins Blvd.
Saturday, December 9; 11 a.m. 


You better watch out—Santa Claus is coming to town! Actually, a couple thousand are coming for this year’s Running of the Santas. The annual bar crawl originated in Philadelphia with only 40 participants. It has now grown into a nationwide event with the goal of raising money for local charities. Participants will meet at Manning’s (“South Pole”) at 3 p.m. for an outdoor extravaganza featuring drink specials and music. At 5:45 p.m., the Santas will run to Generations Hall (“North Pole”), where the party will continue with a costume contest at 8 p.m., and musical performances by Top Cats and Flow Tribe. A portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit “That Other May Life Foundation,” a nonprofit dedicated to aiding children to pay for college who have lost a parent in an Air Force rescue mission. Tickets are available online starting at $10.

Latkes with a Twist
The Little Gem Saloon: 445 S. Rampart St. 
Thursday, December 14; 7 – 10 p.m.


Do a mitzvah and be a mensch this holiday season while also treating yourself to “Latkes Delicious”! Join the Jewish Children’s Regional Service for their fourth annual community-wide Hanukkah party. The event has been declared by The Washington Post as one of “America’s most amazing Hanukkah Parties.” This year’s Latkes with a Twist will be provided by Pizza Delicious co-owners, chefs Mike Friedman and Greg Augarten. The event will also feature live music by Marc Stone 3, a silent auction, and complimentary Vodka Latke Punch. Proceeds for the event will support Jewish children in the Greater New Orleans area with needs-based scholarships for college and summer camp. The JCRS has been active for over 160 years, serving children and families across the South. In addition to scholarships, they also offer services to assist children with special needs and operate the free PJ Library. Tickets are available online for $25. 

Lakeside 2 Riverside: Upcoming Festivals & Events in December


Amazing Acro-Cats
The AllWays Lounge and Theatre: 2240 St. Claude Ave.
December 1-17; Various times

Meow that’s what I call entertainment! The Cirque du Feline returns to NOLA for their annual holiday residency this December. The talented (and adorable) troupe are scheduled for 14 seasonally themed performances beginning on December 1. Their “Meowy Catmas” special is a one-of-a-kind holiday spectacular brought exclusively to “Mew Orleans”! These cat-robats will perform feats including jumping through wreaths, rolling ornaments, pushing a sleigh, and other seasonal tricks. There will also be a special appearance by the world’s only feline band, The Rock-Cats. Their performance will include a carol selection including “A Cat in a Manger,” “Catnip Roasting on an Open Fire,” and “God Rest Ye Merry Kittens.” Fans of previous shows might notice the absence of star member Tuna the Cat, who sadly passed away from cancer earlier this year. Tickets are available starting at $20; a portion of the sales will benefit the Jefferson SPCA.

SKYY Vodka Best Bartender of New Orleans Finals Party
Manning’s: 519 Fulton St.
Monday, December 4; 7-10 p.m.

The highly anticipated finale of the Best Bartender in New Orleans contest will be held at Manning’s in early December. Out of 45+ nominees, all of whom submitted their best SKYY Vodka cocktail creations for consideration, the list has been narrowed down to eight bartenders representing spots from Metairie to the French Quarter. The finalists are Katie from Perry's Sports Bar & Grill, Renea from Mimi's in the Marigny, Marissa from the Swamp Room, Coco from Moby's Bar and Grill, Tammy from Whiskey Bar, Wesley from New Orleans Creole Cookery, Kevin from the Ritz-Carlton, and Ann from the Swizzle Stick Bar. Be sure to check out whereyat.com for more details. 

Lakeside 2 Riverside: Upcoming Festivals & Events in December

LPO’s Holiday Spectacular 
Orpheum Theater: 129 Roosevelt Way 
Saturday, December 9; 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 10; 2:30 p.m

Experience Christmas classics like you’ve never heard them before at the Orpheum’s Holiday Spectacular! The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra is partnering with New Orleans’s own 610 Stompers for two special seasonal performances. The LPO will be joined by conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos, who has conducted in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Broadway. He is also the founder and general director of Chatham Opera. The 610 Stompers operate under the premise that ordinary men are capable of extraordinary moves; they have been defying expectations (and gravity) since 2009. Don’t miss this unique combination of classical music, killer dance moves, and Christmas spirit. Tickets are available online starting at $20.  

It's A Wonderful Life
Gretna Cultural Center for the Arts: 740 4th St., Gretna
Friday, December 15; 7 p.m.
Valiant Theatre and Lounge: 6621 St. Claude Ave.
Saturday, December 16; 7 p.m.


The most wonderful time of the year wouldn’t be complete without the ninth annual New Orleans and region benefit production of It’s a Wonderful Life. The annual on-stage radio play debuted in 2009 and has raised over $20,000 in support of regional charities. The show is produced by non-profit The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation. This year’s beneficiaries will be the performance venues themselves: the Gretna Cultural Center for the Arts and the Valiant Theatre and Lounge, which are both non-profit organizations. The performance will be narrated by special guest Ernest Robertson, known as the TV voice of New Orleans Live. William “Bill” Lee and Lorraine LeBlanc will reprise their lead roles as George and Mary Hatch Bailey. Producer and director Stephen James also returns with his highly popular interpretation of Angel Clarence. The production includes international sportscaster and former pro-wrestler Paul making his debut as the evil Henry Potter. Tickets are available online for $20.

Lakeside 2 Riverside: Upcoming Festivals & Events in December


Alex Winter Fête
Downtown Alexandria
Thursday, November 30 – Saturday, December 2


Joy to the world, Alex Winter Fête is back for the first weekend in December! For three days, a multi-cultural village will occupy downtown Alexandria. The city has partnered with dozens of local businesses, community members, and arts programs to celebrate the spirit of community, culture, and collaboration. The Fete was founded in 2013 and continues to grow each year. This year’s events include ice skating, Santa, live music, and an indie village. Bust out the Bedazzler for an ugly sweater 5k at 8 a.m. on Saturday, December 2. The festivities will also raise money for United Way, an international organization that “fights for health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.”​

Orange Festival 
Fort Jackson: 38039 LA-23, Buras 
Friday, December 1 – Sunday, December 3


Orange you glad it’s time for the Plaquemines Parish Orange Festival? The fest began in 1947 to promote cultivation and marketing of Plaquemines’s citrus crop. Over the last 70 years, the festival has faced several hardships due to inclement weather, most recently in 2005 following Hurricane Katrina. In 2010, the festival returned to Fort Jackson and has been going strong since. The 71st anniversary of the festival will take place over the first weekend in December. Besides out-of-this-world oranges, the event will also feature seafood contests for adults, carnival and helicopter rides, a 5k run/walk, pie eating, sack races, and more. Live music will be provided by BC Boys Band, Boot Hill, Supercharger Band, Ernie Wilkinson & the Hot Sauce Band, and Big River Band. Congratulations to the 2017 royalty: King Mike Bush, Queen Noelle Wilkins, and Teen Queen Jenna Hewitt!   

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