8 things to do this weekend: Dec. 21 – 23

Gather your loved ones for holiday festivals, shows and parties as Christmas swiftly approaches. Check out our weekend planner for more.

Christmas is right around the corner! We mapped out some holiday fun on both sides of the lake this weekend. Looking for things to do this weekend? We narrowed down eight events for you to check out.

NOLA ChristmasFest

Friday, Dec. 21 – Sunday, Dec. 23

NOLA ChristmasFest boasts the biggest fest in its six-year history due to a 35,000 square-foot expansion and new attractions at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The indoor winter wonderland includes a life-sized selfie snow globe, a snowzilla slide and even ice skating. The fest opens every day from Dec. 20 to Dec. 31, from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., including special hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Tickets are $20 per day for single general admission. Read more about all the new attractions here.

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'ELF' the Musical

Friday, Dec. 21 – Sunday, Dec. 23

“ELF” The Musical heads to the Saenger Theater as part of the Broadway in New Orleans series. The show is based on the popular 2003 holiday film starring Will Ferrell. “ELF” is the hilarious tale of Buddy, a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Tickets start at $30. S

Showtimes for this weekend are as follows:

  • Friday: 1 p.m., 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1 p.m., 6:30 p.m.

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Slidell's Bayou Christmas

Friday, Dec. 21 – Sunday, Dec. 23

Slidell’s Bayou Christmas brings a holiday lights show to Heritage Park and continues until Sunday. The holiday festival features more than 80,000 lights animated to holiday music each night starting at 6 p.m. The festive event features rides, entertainment, and pictures with Santa. On Saturday, families can enjoy a free screening of a family-friendly holiday movie. Admission is free.

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'Christmas Belles are Ringing' at WWII Museum

Friday, Dec. 21 & Sunday, Dec. 23

The Victory Belles will belt out holiday favorites in beautiful harmony during the “Christmas Belles are Ringing” show at BB’s Stage Door Canteen. You can catch shows on Friday, Dec. 21 and Sunday, Dec. 23. The festive, musical production features classic holiday hits like “The Christmas Song,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Santa Baby,” “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,” “Winter Wonderland,” “White Christmas,” and a sleighful of other holiday classics.

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New Orleans Ballet Theatre Presents "The Nutcracker"

Saturday, Dec. 22 – Sunday, Dec. 23

New Orleans Ballet Theatre presents a performance of the classic Christmas tale, “The Nutcracker” on Saturday and Sunday at the historic Orpheum Theater. More than 150 local children and professional 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 range from $37.50 to $77.50.

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Delta Festival Ballet's "The Nutcracker" Production

Saturday, Dec. 22 – Sunday, Dec. 23

Delta Festival will also stage their production of the “The Nutracker” on Saturday and Sunday at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts. The show features the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Saturday at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets start at $35.

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Mannie Fresh's 3rd Annual Ugly Sweater Party

Saturday, Dec. 22

Local DJ and producer Mannie Fresh throws a big Ugly Sweater Party starting at 10 p.m. on Saturday at The Maison. Celebrate the holidays on the dance floor with a winning soundtrack. You can RSVP for for free or buy a $25 donation ticket that guarantees entry. All proceeds from donation tickets go to Mannie Fresh’s Holiday Toy Drive.

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Teddy Bear Tea 2018

Friday, Dec. 21 – Sunday, Dec. 23

This is the last weekend to enjoy the Teddy Bear Tea at The Roosevelt New Orleans before its final day on Monday. The popular holiday event features delicious holiday food, specialty teas, and tasty pastries, as well as sparkling wine and mimosas for Mom and Dad. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be present.

Tea times weekend are as follows:

  • Friday: 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

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