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DECEMBER 2008
 
NEW ORLEANS EVENTS
Christmas & Other Stuff

French Market Tree Lighting
Saturday December 1, 2007
1000 Decatur, corner of St. Phillip Street (Joan of Arc statue)


Starting at 11:30 will be a Holiday Parade marching from Canal Street Featuring the World Famous St. Augustine Marching 100 Band

Festivities beginning at 12 noon
Dutch Alley at Decatur and St. Peter streets

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Arc Singers at Decatur and Dumaine
12:00 noon Tree Lighting at Jean d'Arc statue (Decatur/N. Peters Streets triangle)
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Shades of Praise (Dumaine & Decatur)
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Navy Band (Dumaine & Decatur)

Receive a Second Edition French Market Christmas Ornament with a minimum purchase of $15. (available while supplies last)

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Convenient parking is available in the French Market's parking lot located behind the Market. Enter from the riverside of Decatur & St. Peters Streets.

Join the French Market in a traditional tree-lighting ceremony. Come early, dine and shop in the French Market for the holidays and stay for the lighting ceremony which starts at 12:00 p.m. For more information, please call (504) 522-2621 or visit www.frenchmarket.org. Free.

From Papa Noël , Mr. Bingle and Celebration in the Oaks That’s only the beginning to Christmas with a New Orleans Flavor… Free nightly concerts at St. Louis Cathedral presented by local musicians; cruising the Mississippi on a paddlewheel steamer singing Christmas carols; watching the blazing lights of bonfires along the levees; carriage rides under New Orleans’ stately moss-draped oaks; running into Papa Noel and Mary Christmas as they roam the French Quarter; tours of antebellum homes; children’s crafts workshops and even teas; free cooking demonstrations by the city’s best chefs.

The 2007 Celebration in the Oaks™ Festival
City Park in New Orleans
Admission: $5.00 per person
Children age 3 and under: Free
Friends of City Park: Free

City Park's annual festival of magical holiday light displays and musical performances to delight every age will be presented during the 2007 holiday season in the newly replanted Botanical Garden, Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, and Storyland fairytale playground. For more than twenty years, Celebration in the Oaks™ has been one of the city's most cherished events of the Christmas season. Join us as we build back our great city, hold on to our traditions, and bring joy and hope to those that have lost so much.

Dates:
Open Weekends Only November 23rd, 24th and 25th and November 30th December 1st and 2nd
Open Nightly December 7th through December 30th
Closed December 24th and 25th

Hours:
Monday through Thursday, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday through Sunday, 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Admission:
$6.00 per person
Children age 3 and under: Free
Friends of City Park: Free


(READ MORE ABOUT CELEBRATION IN THE OAKS)


Saint Louis Cathedral Christmas Concerts
December 4, 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19
St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square at Chartres Street


Local choirs and New Orleans artists herald in the season with nightly concerts of Christmas carols and gospel favorites in one of the country's most historic churches. The ecumenical celebration includes gospel choirs, jazz vocalists and ensembles, and more. It will make Christmas New Orleans Style one of your treasured holiday memories. All concerts are free, begin at 6pm, and take place in Jackson Square at St. Louis Cathedral- a New Orleans icon as well as the oldest continuously operating Roman Catholic cathedral in the country.

2007 CONCERT SCHEDULE

December 4- 8pm

Rachel Van Voorhees and Friends

DECEMBER 5 - 8pm
Aubry Bryan Tenor

DECEMBER 11 - 8pm
John Fohl, Theresa Andersson and David Doucet folk

DECEMBER 12 - 8pm
Tyrone Foster and The Arc Singers

DECEMBER 18 - 8pm
Philip Manuel and Leah Chase jazz and r&b vocalist

DECEMBER 19 - 8pm
Rev. Lois J. Dejean, Gospel Diva & Friends gospel


Chanukah at Riverwalk
Spanish Plaza Riverwalk
Sunday, December 9 - begining at 4:00 PM



Come Celebrate Jewish Pride!
Witness the lighting of Louisiana's largest Menorah!

On Sunday, December 9, Chabad-Lubavitch of Lousiana will host the annual Chanukah-at-Riverwalk. The event begins at 4 p.m. at Spanish Plaza, and features a children's program, music, Israeli food from Casablanca Restaurant, latkes and more. The ceremony to light the giant, 12-foot menorah begins at 5 p.m.

The theme this year is Honoring Israel's Soldiers. As part of the year-long Israel@60 Celebration, Chanukah-at-Riverwalk will acknowledge the self-sacrifice of the brave young men and women who must confront not only conventional warfare, but terror tactics, and suicide bombers. They bring the energy and dedication of youth to the sacred task of protecting the Jewish people living in the land of Israel. The ceremony will include a special presentation and a "living menorah" composed of some of the past members of the IDF - the Israeli Defense Force - now living in New Orleans.

The largest Jewish Event of the Year in New Orleans!

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT
http://www.chabadneworleans.com/

Caroling in Jackson Square
December 16
St. Louis Cathedral, Jackson Square


Join in a truly moving 61-year-old tradition as Jackson Square brims with candlelit faces and song-lit spirits as high as the spires of the St. Louis Cathedral. Led by Patio Planters, the Social and Garden Club of the French Quarter. Candles and song sheets provided. Gates open at 6pm and caroling begins promptly at 7pm. For more information, call (504) 319-6226 or visit www.patioplanters.org. Free and open to the public.

French Quarter Holiday Home and Patio Tour
December 16
French Quarter
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Savor the holiday spirit as Patio Planters, the Social and Garden Club of the Vieux Carré, present five beautiful French Quarter residences/patios dressed for the season. Features include interesting architectural styles and home furnishings as well as a variety of collections of Christmas decorations plus a visit from Papa Noël. The tour is a prelude to the highly anticipated, 61st annual Caroling in Jackson Square later in the evening.

Tickets available after December 8 at Creole Delicacies (533 St. Ann Street) and New Orleans Gem & Lapidary (527 St. Philip St.). $15.00 Tickets will also be available by phone at: 504-524-9595 or 1-800-356-6252.

All proceeds benefit Caroling in the Square.

visit www.patioplanters.org.
New Orleans, rich in it's tradition and history, will provide you with a wealth of entertainment, culture, history, food,and much more. While planning your trip to New Orleans, we hope that you are able to find a few items here at travelnola.com to make your experience pleasurable, as well as economical in New Orleans.

NEW ORLEANS MARDI GRAS
New Orleans….the mere mention of the name conjures up pictures of floats, maskers, beads, doubloons and the pure joy of Mardi Gras. From the family atmosphere of St. Charles and Napoleon Avenues, to the party feel of the downtown and French Quarter areas, there is a place to parade watch for everyone of every age and size. The celebration that is Mardi Gras is deeply rooted in the French tradition of New Orleans. Begun as a "New World" carryover from the pre-Lenten Parisian Mardi Gras, the New Orleans festivities evolved from private balls to foot parades to float parades (started in the mid 1800s) to the extravaganzas of today. The organizations that provide the Mardi Gras parades and balls are called "krewes". All do so at their own expense, thus providing what has many times been called the "Greatest Free Show on Earth". The Mardi Gras celebration begins on January 6 (Feast of the Epiphany also known as Kings Day) and continues through Mardi Gras Day (the day before Ash Wednesday). The traditional "king cake" is associated with and eaten during the entire Mardi Gras season. Also during this time, most carnival krewes have their balls or supper dances. Formal parades in New Orleans and the surrounding parishes begin about two weeks before Mardi Gras Day. The festivities reach a crescendo on the weekend before Mardi Gras Day and that level continues through Fat Tuesday. Houses, lampposts, people, and even horses are dressed in the colors ofMardi Gras-purple, green and gold. New Orleans for a brief time each year is transformed into a place where the everyday world is cast aside. Beads, doubloons, cups, and numerous other krewe throws are tossed to thousands of happy parade goers shouting,
"Throw me something, mister. "
Laissez les bon temps rouler.

THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ & HERITAGE FESTIVAL
The Jazz & Heritage Festival has been a growing event each year. Setting record crowds the past few years. This two weekend festival has drawn the likes of many top entertainers, such as Paul Simon,Santana, B.B. King, and many more. This event always seems to out do itself every year. The festival always falls on the last weekend in April and the first weekend in May. It may be springtime, but do not count on all to comfortable temperatures. While average highs are only in the lower 80's, the combination between the large crowds and the lack of shade make for a surprisingly hot time. Another great thing about this festival is it gives you an opportuinity to sample just about every local cuisine you can think of. (Tip: Get your Crawfish Bread & Crawfish Monica early in the day. You don't want to waste time standing in line for these great items, when you could be out dancing to great artist). Remember to bring comfortable clothes and shoes and sunscreen and hat to enjoy the festival to its fullest.
Happy Jazz Fest!!!!

DID YOU KNOW
Louisiana was named in honor of French King Louis XIV. President Thomas Jefferson negotiated with Napoleon for the territory, and took control with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. The state was admitted to the Union as the 18th state on April 30, 1812
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