8 things to do this weekend: Dec. 13 – 15

The holiday season is in full force!

The holiday season is in full force! Families can enjoy bright lights, parades and holiday fun around the area. It's also a good weekend for music lovers. Two big names head to New Orleans for concerts.

Looking for things to do this weekend? We narrowed down eight things for you to check out.

LUNA Fête

Thursday, Dec. 12 – Sunday, Dec. 15

LUNA Fête, New Orleans’ free light-art festival, is set to dazzle downtown with striking light installations from Thursday to Sunday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The sixth annual holiday event takes on the 2019 theme “The Shadow Circus” with interactive art installations from Lafayette Square to Fulton Street. New this year, is a three-ring-circus of stunning projection mappings onto Gallier Hall by French artist Camille Gross, as the artist headliner at this year’s LUNA Fête. Gallier Hall projection shows begin at the top of each hour. New 2019 projection mapping shows will begin at 6 p.m., 8 p.m., and 10 p.m., and past favorite projections will show at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Trying to squeeze in more holiday light shows this season? See our complete list of events around the area.

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Cher: 'Here We Go Again Tour' at Smoothie King Center

Friday, Dec. 13

Cher’s first tour across the U.S. in more than five years lands in New Orleans. The music icon and entertainer brings her “Here We Go Again” tour to the Smoothie King Center at 8 p.m. on Friday. Fans can hear Cher belt out some of her biggest hits, plus songs from her recent “Dancing Queen” album — a tribute to the music of ABBA. Nile Rodgers and CHIC perform as special guests.

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Lauren Daigle: 'The Behold Christmas Tour' at Saenger Theatre

Friday, Dec. 13 – Sunday, Dec. 15

Louisiana native Lauren Daigle heads back home for three special performances this weekend. Daigle plays shows at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday as part of “The Behold Christmas Tour” at the Saenger Theatre, following its reopening since the Hard Rock Hotel collapse. The show features some of Daigle’s jazz-flavored seasonal favorites from her best-selling Christmas album, “Behold: A Christmas Collection.”

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Jingle on the Boulevard Parade

Saturday, Dec. 14

The Jingle on the Boulevard parade returns to New Orleans East for its second year at noon on Saturday. The parade will feature Santa Claus, a variety of holiday characters some of the city’s best marching units with signature souvenir throws, and surprise celebrity guest appearances! The second annual event will highlight retailers, restaurants and shops along the parade route from Crowder Boulevard to Haynes Boulevard, to Read Boulevard, and all the way to Lake Forest Plaza.

Love holiday parades? See our schedule of holiday parades happening around the area. You can also see Santa at parades this weekend in Harahan, Ponchatoula, Folsom.

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Lights on the Lake Celebration & West End Boat Parade

Saturday, Dec. 14

Pick a spot to view the West End Christmas Boat Parade at Lights on the Lake from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday at the New Canal Lighthouse. This year’s music lineup includes the New Orleans Holiday Quartet, Tonya Boyd Cannon and the HOT 8 Brass Band. A Vendor Village at the event will offer a variety of arts and crafts vendors for holiday shopping. On-site food trucks will offer food and drinks for purchase. The event also includes free photos with Papa Noel and art activities for the kids. Admission is $5. Kids under 12 enter free.

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Papa Noel's Holiday Train

Saturday, Dec. 14

Families can hop aboard Papa Noel’s Holiday Train for a Crescent City Christmas experience on Saturday. The special diesel-powered holiday train departs at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. from the railroad tracks at The Fly at Audubon Park. Families can the experience to include Christmas caroling, music, storytelling and some special surprises! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Kids under age 2 years-old are allowed to ride for free on an adult’s lap. Ticket prices start at $65 in one of the Public Belt’s two beautiful parlor cars.

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Christmas Past Festival

Saturday, Dec. 14

One of the Northshore’s premier holiday events happens in Old Mandeville from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday — the 16th annual Christmas Past Festival. The festival takes place on Girod Street in Old Mandeville. More than 100 artists and merchants from across the Greater New Orleans area set up shop. Families can hop on old-fashioned horse and carriage rides. Kids can head to the children’s village for arts and crafts. The event also includes live music, train rides, a food court and visits with Santa Claus. Admission is free.

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New Orleans Ballet Theatre Presents 'The Nutcracker'

Saturday, Dec. 14 – Sunday, Dec. 15

The New Orleans Ballet Theatre presents performances of the classic Christmas tale, “The Nutcracker” on Saturday and Sunday at the historic Orpheum Theater. More than 150 local children and professional company dancers will help tell the story. Showtimes this weekend are Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Ticket prices start at $38.50.

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