8 things to do this weekend: Dec. 7 – 9

Holiday festivals and bright lights make getting in the spirit easy this weekend. Check out our weekend planner for details.

It's all about bright lights and holiday fun this weekend. Looking for things to do this weekend? We narrowed down eight events for you to check out.

Luna Fete

Friday, Dec. 7 – Sunday, Dec. 9

Luna Fete, New Orleans’ free festival of light, art and technology, returns to celebrate the city’s Tricentennial, along with some new features. The interactive holiday lights event dazzles downtown starting on Thursday until Sunday. Colorful projections and art displays will fill Lafayette Square and Lafayette Street and and the Piazza d’ Italia. This year, interactive and light-based art installations explore the theme “Through Time.” Also new this year, LUNA Fête presents “Sound Collage” a satellite exhibition at the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Avenue. The high-tech fest glows each night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Read on for more new things to expect this year here.

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Louisiana Tiny House Festival

Friday, Dec. 7 – Sunday, Dec. 9

Locals can learn more about the tiny house community when the 2018 Louisiana Tiny House Festival heads to Heritage Park in Slidell this weekend. Attendees are invited to enjoy three days of activities, workshops, lectures and tiny houses on display. There’s also a children’s area with hands-on activities and crafts. Free entry for the general public starts at 5 p.m. on Friday. Admission is $10 for anyone 13 years and older who wishes to enter the gates before 5 p.m. on Friday. One day passes for Saturday and Sunday cost $20 at the gate. Hours are Friday noon to 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Celebration in the Oaks

Friday, Dec. 7 – Sunday, Dec. 9

All weekend, check out Celebration in the Oaks at New Orleans City Park. Breathtaking light displays adorn City Park for the holiday lights attraction. The magical winter spectacle attracts crowds each year with 25 acres of holiday lights and holiday favorites like Mister Bingle. Hours are Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The holiday attraction remains open until Jan. 1. Admission is $10, and children under age 3 are free, along with Friends of City Park members. Here are some new light displays and activities to look out for in 2018.

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'A Christmas Carol' opens at Le Petit Theatre

Friday, Dec. 7 – Sunday, Dec. 9

The first-annual production of Charles Dickens’ heartwarming Victorian classic, “A Christmas Carol,” opens this weekend. The show features 20 young artists from Le Petit’s newly-launched Young Conservatory Program. Performances this weekend are Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets start at $15 for students and $35 for adults. The show runs until Dec. 23.

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19th Annual Holiday of Lights Celebration

Friday, Dec. 7 – Saturday, Dec. 8

This weekend also marks the start of the free 19th Annual Holiday of Lights celebration on Koop Drive in Mandeville. Several local groups fill the lineup for performances on Friday and Saturday. There will be lots of lights, live performances, caroling and kiddie rides. Santa and Rudy the Reindeer make an appearance on Saturday. The Holiday of Lights will also run next Friday and Saturday. Check it out each night from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Movies on the Mississippi

Friday, Dec. 7

The Downtown Development District and the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk present special outdoor movie showings of holiday favorites. This Friday, families can watch “The Santa Clause” at the Riverwalk’s Spanish Plaza. The movie begins at 6:30 p.m.

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Christmas Past Festival & Winter on the Water Parade

Saturday, Dec. 8

*CANCELLED DUE TO THREAT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER*

Old Mandeville hosts the annual Christmas Past Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday in Mandeville. There are vendors, food booths, carolers and a lot more stretched along Girod Street. The Winter on the Water parade follows the fest at 4 p.m. along the Mandeville Lakefront, starting at Lakeshore Drive and Jackson Avenue. Santa arrives by boat for the parade, and it travels to the Gazebo. A celebration happens at the Gazebo filled with live music, face painting, the MES Bell Ensemble, a kids’ tent and the lighting of the oaks. Don’t forget your cameras for pictures with Santa.

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Running of the Santas

Saturday, Dec. 8

Thousands of folks in Santa suits will hit the Warehouse District for the annual Running of the Santas. The fun run starts at Manning’s and ends at Generations Hall this Saturday. The event kicks off at 3 p.m. with a pre-party at Manning’s before the five-block race begins at 6 p.m. Due to pending weather concerns for Saturday, a decision on the run will be assessed prior to the start time. A costume contest and after party happens at Generations Hall, where the run ends. The events at Mannings and Generations Hall will go on regardless of weather. Tickets are $20 in advance and can be purchased here.

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