Krewe of Jingle Parade
It is impossible to have a holiday in New Orleans without a parade — and the Krewe of Jingle fits the bill. Floats, bands, stiltwalkers and surprises are in store for this downtown New Orleans parade. The route starts at Lee Circle, heads up St. Charles Avenue to Canal Street, U-turns at North Peters Street, heads up Canal to Baronne Street and then on to Howard Avenue. 1 p.m. (504) 561-8927. www.canalstreetholiday.com.
Algiers Bonfire and Concert
The riverfront makes a grand backdrop for the annual Algiers Bonfire. With a host of live music, food trucks, children’s events and more, this flame on the levee is a spectacle. 5 p.m., Algiers Point Ferry Landing, 1 Morgan St., New Orleans. (504) 362-6436. www.algiersbonfire.com.
Oak Alley Plantation Christmas Bonfire Party
Put on your dancing shoes and holiday attire and head upriver to Vacherie for one of the premier events in the River Parishes. The outdoor gala includes gourmet cuisine, top tunes, a brass quintet-led promenade to the levee for the bonfire and beignets until midnight. $130. 7 p.m. (800) 442-5539. www.oakalleyplantation.com.
Cirque De Noel
What happens when international circus-style performers and the musicians of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra get together? A holiday event with sights and sounds to dazzle all ages. $20. 7:30 p.m. Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal St., New Orleans. (504) 523-6530. www.lpomusic.com.
Multitalented entertainer Usher brings his “#URXTOUR” to the Crescent City, with August Alsina and DJ Cassidy. 7:30 p.m., Smoothie King Arena, 1501 Dave Dixon Drive, New Orleans. $47.80 and up. (866) 448-7849. www.smoothiekingcenter.com.
Art Against AIDS
The annual gala benefiting the NO/AIDS Task Force features art, auctions, holiday gifts and ornaments with live music and entertainment. $75. 8 p.m., Club XLIV, Champion Square, Lasalle Street, New Orleans. (504) 821-2601, ext. 256. www.noaidstaskforce.org.
‘The Nutcracker Suite’
The perennial holiday classic of Clara, Drosselmeyer and snowflakes comes to life via local dancers from New Orleans Ballet Association and New Orleans Recreation Development Commission Center for Dance. 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., Dixon Hall, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans. $5. (504) 522-0996. www.nobadance.com.