8 things to do this weekend: Dec. 6 – Dec. 8

The Krewe of Jingle parade welcomes the holiday season in New Orleans, and more holiday lights shows launch this weekend.

From Christmas parades to holiday lights, there are so many events to get everyone in the spirit. The Krewe of Jingle welcomes the holiday season downtown, while the North Shore launches a new holiday parade in Slidell. Plus, families can take in festive lights displays on both sides of the lake. Looking for things to do this weekend? We gathered eight ideas to include in your weekend plans.

Krewe of Jingle Parade

Saturday, Dec. 7

The annual Krewe of Jingle parade will roll through downtown New Orleans, kicking off the New Orleans holiday parade season at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. FOX 8 anchor John Snell will lead the parade this year as Grand Marshal. More than 50 elements and 10 festive floats will fill the parade lineup, including fun holiday characters — like the beloved Mister Bingle — dance groups and marching bands. The parade will also feature the Eastbank Little League World Series Champions as special guests.

Love holiday parades? See our schedule of holiday parades happening around the area. You can also see Santa at parades in Hammond, Mandeville, Madisonville and Slidell.

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Inaugural Olde Towne Slidell Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 7

The inaugural Olde Towne Slidell Community Christmas Parade is set and ready to roll on Saturday, December 7 at 6 p.m. beginning in front of City Hall at 2055 Second Street. The parade will kick off with a hot chocolate toast and will end at roughly 6:30 p.m. at Griffith Park, where Santa and Mrs. Claus will go to Christmas Under the Stars to visit with children and take pictures until 8:30 p.m.

Read more about the inaugural parade in our event preview.

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Christmas in the Park

Friday, Dec. 6 – Sunday, Dec. 8

Jefferson Parish officials will flip the switch on its Christmas in the Park exhibit on Friday. The ceremony begins at 5:45 p.m. and the official lighting will be at 6 p.m. in Lafreniere Park. More than 10 million LED light shine bright at the festive holiday exhibit. New displays this year include a Hot Wheels display, a Hello Kitty figure and new animal hanging ornaments. Admission is $5 per vehicle. All vehicles must enter from West Napoleon Avenue and exit at Downs Boulevard. Driving and walking tours through the exhibit are available. The exhibit opens Sunday through Thursday from dusk until 9:45 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from dusk until 11:45 p.m.

Trying to squeeze in more holiday light shows this season? See our complete list of events around the area. More light shows launch in Kenner, Slidell, Mandeville and Pontchatoula this weekend.

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'A Christmas Carol' at Le Petit Theatre

Friday, Dec. 6 – Sunday, Dec. 8

Le Petit Theatre kicks off the holiday season with their second-annual production of Charles Dickens’ beloved tale, “A Christmas Carol.” Miserly and menacing moneylender Ebeneezer Scrooge learns lessons in love, generosity, and redemption when he is visited by a host of spirits on Christmas Eve. The production boasts a lively cast of dozens, a magical set design, beautiful costumes and ghosts! Performances this weekend are at 7 p.m. on Friday, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday.

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2019 Algiers Bonfire & Concert

Saturday, Dec. 7

People will gather in Algiers Point for the lighting of the Algiers Bonfire from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. Festivities include holiday carols form All Saints Choir, a performance from the L.B. Landry Walker Marching Band and music from DJ Rik Ducci. Local food vendors will be on site, and guests can work on holiday shopping at the arts market.

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Running of the Santas

Saturday, Dec. 7

Thousands of costumed Santas will run through the Warehouse District for the return of the annual holiday tradition, Running of the Santas, on Saturday. This year’s “run” kicks off at new South Pole at Apres Lounge on Fulton Street, with holiday food and specialty drinks from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Revelers then make the fun run to the North Pole at Generations Hall with live entertainment from Category 6 and an extravagant costume contest with entrants from both the nice and naughty list. Registration for the event opens at 11 a.m. on the day of the event at Apres, but registration is available now online.

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Celebration in the Oaks Run/Walk

Saturday, Dec. 7

Runners and walkers can dress in costume for a two-mile course through City Park at 2 p.m. on Saturday. The event also includes free hot cocoa for the kids, a holiday costume contest, pictures with Santa and we’ll have the SEC Championship game on following the race. Anyone who signs up for the race gets early access to Celebration in the Oaks starting at 4 p.m. Entry into the Celebration in the Oaks Run/Walk is $30 in advance and $35 on race day starting at 12:30 p.m. for adults. Military and service members receive a $5 discount.

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Krewe of Krampus Parade

Saturday, Dec. 7

The Krewe of Krampus creeps through the Bywater at 7 p.m. on Saturday. It’s a parade full of horns, fur, bells, lots of amazing characters and unique throws like lumps of coal. The 2019 route starts at the corner of Royal and Lesseps Streets at Parleaux Beer Lab. The parade then proceeds up Royal Street to Independence, turns right on Burgundy and turns left, heading to Piety Street. The parade ends at the corner of Royal and Piety. An after party takes place at Bratz Y’all.

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