Throw Me Somethin’: Santa will be on the run in Warehouse District _lowres

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Some of those who costumed at last year's Running of the Santas include Adam Wade, Tommy Chase, Erin Stevens and Tom Pace.

Happy Thanksgiving and welcome to the winter holiday season, which for some includes costuming for Christmas.

It’s only natural for Santa’s helpers in New Orleans to dress and join the merrymaking at the annual “Running of the Santas” on Saturday, Dec. 12, in the Warehouse District. The fun starts at 2 p.m. at the “South Pole,” commonly called The Rusty Nail, 1100 Constance St. The crowd will kick into a four-block fun run at 5:45 p.m. to the “North Pole,” also known as Generations Hall, 310 Andrew Higgins Blvd.

Registration for the Fun Run will begin at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Rusty Nail.

Participants should don creative Christmas attire for a chance to win the treasured Best Holiday Costume award. Popular subjects include Santa, Mrs. Claus, Scrooge, Jingle Bells, Jack Frost and Old Man Winter.

Flow Tribe will headline, playing from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Generations Hall, preceded by Category from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

DJ Scott Satchfield will entertain earlier in the day at the Rusty Nail, where food will be provided by Rock-n-Sake Bar and Sushi.

Advanced tickets are $25, and VIP tickets are $75. They’re available at running Information is available on Facebook at santas, and on Twitter, @RunningSantas.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit That Others May Live Foundation, a nonprofit group established in 2002 to provide scholarships, family counseling and aid to surviving children of U.S. Air Force rescue heroes.

The Running of the Santas holiday event started in 1998 in the streets of downtown Philadelphia.

Happening at City Park

The newly constructed Oscar J. Tolmas Center will open Monday at 5 Victory Ave. in City Park, near the entrance to Storyland and the New Orleans Botanical Garden. Along with information about the historic park and its offerings, the facility will include a gift and plant shop and public restrooms.

The building was dedicated Nov. 17.

The city is counting down the days to the start of City Park’s Celebration in the Oaks, with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights and displays, including the Who Dat tree, Mr. Bingle, the Cajun Night before Christmas and a front-row seat on the two-mile mini train ride, all taking place at Storyland, the Botanical Garden and the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park.

The annual holiday event starts Friday and ends Saturday, Jan. 2. It will be closed Nov. 30 through Dec. 4; and Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve.

Hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday; and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, including Christmas night.

Tickets are $8; children younger than 3 and Friends of City Park members enter free. Amusement ride tickets are $3 per ride, excluding the train; an $18 bracelet provides unlimited rides, including the train.

For more information, visit or call (504) 483-9415.

Call for actors

The C.G. Jung Society of New Orleans and the New Orleans Lyceum are calling for volunteers interested in participating in the production of a one-act play to be performed in March.

Characters include Carl Jung, a mature man with a Swiss accent; James Joyce, a mature man with an Irish accent; Lucia Joyce, as a young girl; Lucia Joyce, as a mature woman; Frank Budgen, a mature man; Edith McCormick, a mature woman; and Daniel Brody, a mature man.

The play consists of six short scenes, mostly conversational. Jung, Joyce, and Lucia have long parts. The other parts do not require much memorization.

Anyone interested in acting or assisting in production can contact Del McNeely at, or David O’Donoghue at

Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at