8 Things to Do This Weekend: Dec. 15 – 17

We have so many great options to help you plan your weekend.

If you love the holiday season, then you'll have your hands full this weekend with so many options. Check out our top picks for what's happening around the area.

Holiday Movies on the Mississippi

Friday, Dec. 15

Enjoy a free outdoor screening of a family-friendly movie at 6:30 p.m. on Friday to get you in the holiday spirit at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Plaza. Bring a blanket, lawn chairs, cocoa, and loved ones. The holiday classic “Elf” will light up a giant 26-foot movie screen overlooking the water’s edge.

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New Orleans Bowl Kick-Off Concert: 'I Love the 90's' Tour

Friday, Dec. 15

The New Orleans Bowl kicks off festivities with a concert featuring the hot acts of the 90s. The “I Love the 90’s’ tour features hitmakers like Salt N Pepa, Vanilla Ice, Kid N Play and Color Me Badd Friday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Smoothie King Center. Then, the New Orleans Bowl matchup between Troy University and University of North Texas Bowl follows on Saturday at noon in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

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Slidell's Bayou Christmas

Friday, Dec. 15 – Sunday, Dec. 17

Slidell Bayou Christmas opens this weekend. The event features more than 80,000 lights animated to holiday music in Slidell’s Heritage Park each night from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Enjoy live entertainment by choirs, bands and dance groups, kids activities, food, arts and crafts, photos with Santa and more.  On Saturday, Dec. 16, there will be Slidell movie night featuring a holiday movie for all ages.

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New Orleans Ballet Theatre Presents 'The Nutcracker'

Saturday, Dec. 16 – Sunday, Dec. 17

The New Orleans Ballet Theatre presents three performances of the classic Christmas tale, “The Nutcracker,” starting this weekend at the historic Orpheum Theater. More than 150 local children and professional dancers will share the stage to bring the holiday classic to life. Tickets are on sale for two shows on Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. There’s also a Sunday showing at 2 p.m. Visit the website to purchase tickets.

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Harahan Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 16

Sheriff Joseph Lopinto will take the title of Grand Marshall at the Harahan Christmas Parade. The parade starts Saturday at noon at the corner of Jefferson Highway and Hord Street. The route travels westbound on Jefferson Highway and ends at Folse Avenue.

Miracle on Fulton Street Champagne Stroll

Saturday, Dec. 16

The gorgeous annual event on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. makes for a magical evening thanks to the twinkling lights. Enjoy champagne and sparkling wine tastings while listening to live music. Advance tickets are available for $25 in advance or $30 at the door. The event raises funds for Second Harvest Food Bank.

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Caroling in Jackson Square

Sunday, Dec. 17

You know the holiday season is upon us when hundreds of carolers pack Jackson Square. A tradition since 1946, singers of every caliber grace Jackson Square on Sunday with candles and songbooks to welcome the holiday season.  The event is free and open to the public. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Caroling begins at 7 p.m.

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Harry Potter Yule Festival

Sunday, Dec. 17

Harry Potter fans can head to the East Bank Regional Library for the Harry Potter Yule Festival from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. this Sunday. The event will consist of Harry Potter-themed crafts, trivia, games a scavenger hunt and professional face painting. This event is free of charge and open to the public.

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