How many lights does it take to get Canal Street ready for the holidays? The Downtown Development District will kick off its annual “Canal Street: Home for the Holidays” celebration with the Canal Street lighting ceremony on Nov. 26.
FOX 8 chief meteorologist David Bernard will join the Downtown Development District and city officials to “flip the switch” at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Astor Crowne Plaza at 739 Canal Street.
The festive tradition turns on more than 1 million twinkling lights on historic Canal Street and throughout downtown New Orleans.
Festivities also include a performance from the Voices of Peter Claver and a special visit from Santa Claus. Organizers say kids who bring an unwrapped toy can join Santa and decorate holiday cookies at the event.
Holiday parade season kicks off with the annual Krewe of Jingle parade rolling at 1 p.m. on Dec. 7. The parade lineup includes fun holiday characters — like the beloved Mister Bingle — dance groups and marching bands. The parade starts at at Lee Circle, will parade down Canal and end on Howard Avenue.
Families can also gather for free outdoor movie screenings throughout the holiday season.
The Downtown Development District partners with the Outlet Collection at Riverwalk for Movies on the Mississippi. Families can enjoy screenings scheduled at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 6, 13 and 20 at the Spanish Plaza.
Holiday movies featured this year include “The Grinch” (2018), “The Muppet Christmas Carol” and “Elf.”
Kids can also join Reindeer Run & Romp, the annual holiday fun run on Canal Street on Dec. 14. The race begins at 9 a.m., with registration opening at 8 a.m. Participants can preregister here.
Rudolph, Santa and friends will jingle their bells to signal the start of the race. Participants will receive antlers, a race t-shirt and a bag of holiday goodies. After the race, parents and kids can romp around and enjoy healthy activities, music, games, crafts and more.
For more information about the Downtown Development District’s holiday events, visit the website.
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