8 things to do this weekend: Nov. 29 – Dec. 1

You can finally make plans to see dazzling light displays during opening weekend at Celebration in the Oaks. Here are some ideas for your Thanksgiving weekend!

Thanksgiving weekend kicks off several holiday happenings around the area. Plus, thousands of football fans head to the city for the big rivalry between Southern and Grambling.

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

Celebration in the Oaks

Friday, Nov. 29 – Sunday, Dec. 1

Breathtaking light displays adorn New Orleans City Park for the annual Celebration in the Oaks kicking off its opening weekend. This weekend the parks opens on Friday and Saturday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The magical winter spectacle attracts crowds each year 25 acres of holiday lights and holiday favorites like Mister Bingle. The Botanical Gardens, Storyland and Carousel Gardens come alive this holiday season. The holiday attraction opens on Nov. 29 to Jan. 1, except on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Admission starts at $10, and children under age 3 are free, along with Friends of City Park members.

 

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46th Annual Bayou Classic

Friday, Nov. 29 – Saturday, Nov. 30

This weekend marks the annual showdown between Southern University and Grambling State University at the 46th annual Bayou Classic. Fans can get pumped with plenty of festivities leading to the football game at 4 p.m. on Saturday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Greek Show & Battle of the Bands takes place on at 7 p.m. on Friday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Bayou Classic Parade rolls at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday starting at N. Peters Street and ending at the corner of Poydras Street and Loyola Avenue. Then, the Fan Festival precedes the game from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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Audubon Zoo Lights

Friday, Nov. 29 – Sunday, Dec. 1

Audubon Zoo’s holiday attraction returns for a second year to transform the destination into a “wild, glowing wonderland.” Audubon Zoo Lights will bring the holiday spirit with a family-friendly lights display. The event features animal-themed light displays, nightly live entertainment, and Elves Workshop and special holiday treats. The family-friendly festivities are set to kick off on select nights between Nov. 29 and Dec. 30.

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Miracle on Fulton Street

Friday, Nov. 29 – Sunday, Dec. 1

Harrah’s transforms Fulton Street into a winter wonderland to create Miracle on Fulton Street. Once you walk through the giant, lighted ornament you’ll enter a world of holiday fun and cheer. The spectacle features an hourly “snowfall,” twinkling lights, a larger than life tree and a gingerbread display in Harrah’s Hotel lobby. Santa makes appearances every Friday and Saturday, and local bands provide live music. The attraction opens daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free.

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'Miracle' Christmas Pop-Up Bars

Friday, Nov. 29 – Sunday, Dec. 1

For the first time, the Miracle Christmas-themed pop-up bar heads to New Orleans, taking over two local craft cocktail spots. The inaugural pop-up will take place at Barrel Proof and Longway Tavern from Nov. 25 to Dec. 31.  Each Miracle pop-up location will transform into over-the-top Christmas wonderlands, with kitschy holiday décor, tchotchkes inspired by nostalgic vintage Christmas decorations and a soundtrack of holiday songs. Miracle at Longway Tavern, 719 Toulouse Street, will open Mondays through Thursdays from 4 p.m. until close and Fridays to Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to close. Miracle at Barrel Proof, 1201 Magazine Street, will open daily from 4 p.m. until close.

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Gretna Holiday Concert & Christmas Parade

Sunday, Dec. 1

The City of Gretna hosts several events to kick off the holiday season on Dec. 1. The day begins at 4 p.m. with a free holiday concert by Amanda Shaw at the Market Place on Huey P. Long Avenue. Next, you’ll get into the holiday spirit with a Christmas parade at 6 p.m., beginning at Huey P. Long Avenue and 1st Street, heading south on Huey P. Long Avenue to 10th Street, then up to 6th Street.  Join Santa, while enjoying hot chocolate and cookies, as he lights the Christmas tree! Santa will be available for pictures.

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Norco Christmas Parade

Sunday, Dec. 1

The 2019 Norco Christmas Parade will roll through the streets on Sunday, Dec. 1 with the theme “Norco Through the Years.” Participants will represent a decade of their choice. Santa will arrive by helicopter to begin the parade, landing on the Mississippi River levee near Apple Street and River Road. The parade begins at 2 p.m. at River Road and Apple Street, travels east to Good Hope Street, travels north to Sixth Street, turns south on Apple Street and disbands at River Road.

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A Tanks-Giving Weekend Bash with Tank and the Bangas

Saturday, Nov. 30

Fresh off of their first Grammy nomination for “Best New Artist,” Tank and the Bangas headline a show on Saturday at Tipitina’s. The roster also includes The Suffers and Casme. Doors open at 9 p.m., and the show starts at 9:30 p.m.

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