New Orleans area calendar for Dec. 5-11, 2014 _lowres

Photo provided -- Aloysia Gavre of 'Cirque de Noel' says the production is about the Christmas season. 'We all have a vision of what this musicality means to us,' she says. The show is at the Saenger Theatre Saturday.


  • FRIDAY NIGHT AT NOMA: 5 p.m., New Orleans Museum of Art, City Park, 1 Collins Diboll Circle. Art on the Spot, music by Jayna Morgan and The Sazerac Sunshine Band, Prospect.3 lecture, book signing by Dr. Nia Terazakis, “Artful Feast,” and artist perspective with Amy Guidry. (504) 658-4100 or
  • CAREY STREET CRAWL: 5 p.m.-10 p.m., 2200 block of Carey Street, Olde Towne Slidell. Food, arts and crafts, activities for the family.
  • HOLIDAY MOVIES ON THE MISSISSIPPI: 6:30 p.m., Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza, Canal Street at the river, Nre Orleans. Free showing of “The Polar Express.” (504) 561-8927 or


  • SIDRA BELL DANCE NEW YORK REVUE: 7:30 p.m., CAC Warehouse, 900 Camp St., New Orleans. A dance production. $40 or $30 for members. (504) 528-3800 or


  • PLAQUEMINES PARISH FAIR AND ORANGE FESTIVAL: Historic Fort Jackson, La. 23, Buras. Citrus celebration includes music, food, contests, pageants, races and more. (504) 405-8535 or


  • “A CHRISTMAS CAROL, THE MUSICAL”: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Main Stage, Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts, 325 Minor St., Kenner. Adults, $37; seniors, $35; and students and active military, $32. (504) 461-9475 or
  • AMAZING ACRO-CATS: 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, All Ways Theatre, 2240 St. Claude Ave., New Orleans. Performing felines present “Meowy Catmas” with portion of proceeds going to Jefferson SPCA. (504) 218-5578 or


  • “MIRACLE ON FULTON STREET”: 6 p.m.-9 p.m., Fulton Street, New Orleans. Dancing lights, winter décor, falling snow and a 30-foot Christmas tree. Other highlights of the month-long festive celebration include a gingerbread house replica of the St. Louis Cathedral and live music performances every Friday.



  • COVINGTON FARMERS MARKET: 8 a.m.-noon, Covington Police Station, 609 N. Columbia St., Covington. (985) 892-1873 or
  • HOLIDAY ART MARKET: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire St., Covington. Presented by the St. Tammany Art Association.
  • ST. NICHOLAS DAY FAIR: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., French Market, Dutch Alley between Dumaine and St. Philip streets. Family event with St. Nicholas, second-line parade, crafts and activities and music. (504) 522-2621 or
  • LE MARCHÉ DES FÊTES: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Pitot House, 1440 Moss St. The holiday market features more than 30 vendors offering handmade items. $5. (504) 482-0312 or
  • PIETY STREET MARKET: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 612 Piety St., New Orleans. Indoor/outdoor market. (504) 269-3982
  • SAILING WITH SANTA: 2 p.m., Steamboat Natchez, Toulouse Street at the Mississippi River, New Orleans. Cruise includes a holiday toy and essential needs drive for women and children of the New Orleans’ area battered women’s shelters. Toy drop-off begins at 1:30 p.m. Free with drive donation. (504) 586-8777 or
  • DECK THE RAILS: 4 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Covington Trailhead, 419 N. New Hampshire, Covington. Caroling, arrival of Santa, outdoor showing of the movie “Elf.” (985) 892-1873
  • ALGIERS BONFIRE AND CONCERT: 5 p.m., Algiers Point Ferry Landing, 1 Morgan St., Algiers. Bands, food trucks, kid events and the bonfire. (504) 362-6436 or
  • CIRQUE DE NOEL: 7:30 p.m., Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. Cirque de la Symphonie and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra combine. $20. (504) 523-6530 or
  • LOYOLA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: 7:30 p.m., Roussel Performance Hall, Communications/Music Complex, Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Guest Russian cellist Tanya Anisimova. (504) 861-5888 or
  • ART AGAINST AIDS: 8 p.m., Club XLIV, Champions Square, LaSalle Street, New Orleans. Art gala, auction, music and food for NO/AIDS Task Force. $75. (504) 821-2601, ext. 256 or


  • TEDDY BEAR TEA: 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Mezzanine Ballroom, Roosevelt Hotel, 130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans. Tea and snacks with Santa Claus in his workshop, while Mrs. Claus reads holiday stories. (504) 335-3129 or
  • “THE NUTCRACKER”: 3 p.m. (children’s matinee) and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Destrehan High School, 1 Wildcat Lane, Destrehan. River Region Ballet production. Matinee abbreviated performance followed by Sugar Plum Party. $20 advance; $25 door. (504) 322-5363 or


  • “A CHRISTMAS CAROL”: 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Marquette Theatre, Loyola University campus, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. A Southern Rep Theatre presentation of the Charles Dickens classic. Adults, $25; children younger than 12, $12.50. (504) 522-6545


  • BRUNCH WITH SANTA AND HIS ELVES: 10 a.m., also Dec. 14, 20 and 21, and Sundays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., Bourbon Orleans Hotel, 717 Orleans St., New Orleans. Live music, Mrs. Claus, activities and more. Reservations required. $55 adults; $29 children (504) 571-4672 or
  • KAYAKING THE BAYOU: 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Northlake Nature Center, 23135 U.S. 190, Mandeville. Trips down Bayou Castine. Gear provided by Massey’s. (985) 626-1238 or
  • CHRISTMAS AT LOYOLA CONCERT: 3 p.m.-5 p.m., Holy Name of Jesus Church, Loyola University campus, New Orleans. Featuring the College of Music and Fine Arts’ major music ensembles. Also the Loyola Chamber Orchestra, the Loyola Chorale and Chamber Singers and Loyola Brass Ensemble. There will be an audience carol sing-a-long. Free.
  • “THE NUTCRACKER SUITE”: 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., Dixon Hall, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. Local dancers from New Orleans Ballet Association and New Orleans Recreation Development Commission Center for Dance present the holiday classic. $5. (504) 522-0996 or
  • NEW ORLEANS CIVIC SYMPHONY WINTER CONCERT: 7 p.m., Performing Arts Center, University of New Orleans, 2000 Lakeshore Drive. (504) 554-3748 or


  • CATHEDRAL CONCERTS — RACHEL VAN VOORHEES: 6 p.m., St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, New Orleans. Harpist for LPO. (504) 522-5730 or


  • CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS CHOIR: 11:30 a.m., through Dec. 19 at various times, Hotel Monteleone, 214 Royal St., New Orleans. (504) 523-3341 or
  • CATHEDRAL CONCERTS — TIM LAUGHLIN: 6 p.m., St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, New Orleans. (504) 522-5730 or


  • WHITE GLOVE WEDNESDAYS: 9 a.m., National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St. By museum admission. (504) 528-1944, ext. 288 or


  • CATHEDRAL CONCERTS — HELEN GILLET AND FRIENDS: 6 p.m., St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square, New Orleans. (504) 522-5730 or


  • CALLAN CONTEMPORARY: 519 Julia St., New Orleans. New paintings and sculpture by George Dunbar.
  • CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., weekends through Christmas. Throughout downtown Covington. Shopping events, musicians, refreshments and door prizes.
  • HISTORIC NEW ORLEANS COLLECTION: 410 Chartres St., New Orleans. “Andrew Jackson: Hero of New Orleans,” through March 29. (504) 523-4662
  • THE JOAN MITCHELL CENTER: 1000 N. Rampart St., New Orleans. “JMC@Prospect.3” exhibit to showcase biennial artists McArthur Binion, Los Jaichackers, Akosua Adoma Owusu and Hayal Pozanti. Ends Jan. 25.
  • NEW ORLEANS ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS: 5256 Magazine St., New Orleans. “Annual Miniature Exhibition,” until Dec. 17. (504) 899-8111 or
  • NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MUSEUM: 945 Magazine St., New Orleans. “From Barbed Wire to Battlefields, Japanese American Experiences in WWII” exhibit. “Manufacturing Victory - The Arsenal of Democracy.” The exhibit examines how the unprecedented drive of great leaders and industry brought America out of the Great Depression and united citizens on the Home Front. Through May 31.
  • Compiled by Leslie D. Rose