French Market's annual family friendly Christmas event with live music, free craft booths, a petting zoo, and photos with Saint Nicholas in charming Dutch Alley.
ALL ACTIVITIES ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Petting Zoo, Mini Golf, Craft Booths, Photo Booth & Facepainting OPEN ALL DAY-- PLUS Children’s Books and Author Signings throughout the day at a booth hosted by A Tisket A Tasket Bookshop!
Craft Booths are “Make and Take” tables hosted by local artists and art groups where kids can create and decorate holiday items on-site and bring them home, including: Ornaments, paper bag hats, stockings, bracelets, scarves, and Christmas cards!
11:00 to 11:30 a.m. SAINT NICHOLAS ARRIVES!!! Saint Nick Secondline through Dutch Alley with Lagniappe Brass Band
**Photos with St. Nicholas all day in Dutch Alley 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. ***
12 noon Johnette Downing performs at Dutch Alley Performance Pavilion
12:00-12:45 p.m. FrenchQuartour Kids offers a complimentary French Market District "Christmastime in New Orleans" themed tour that includes a visit to the Mississippi River (just behind the French Market District) to talk about Papa Noel and the lighting of the bonfires, a stop at the fleur de lis tree near Cafe du Monde, and more! (45 mins)
12 noon-12:45 p.m. Jazz Park Rangers Matt Hampsey and Bruce Barnes with special guests N'Fungola Sibo African Dance & Drum Company for "Spirits of Congo Square" inside the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park
1:30 to 2:30 Jayna Morgan's Mistletoe and Stockings Jazz Band at Dutch Alley Performance Pavilion
2:00-3:00 p.m. Navy Band New Orleans Jazz Combo at Dumaine Plaza at Dumaine & Decatur Streets
2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Nari the Christmas Puppeteer performs in Dutch Alley
3:00 to 3:30 p.m. Delfeayo Marsalis reads his new children’s book “No Cell Phone Day” accompanied by a saxophonist Rex Gregory and bassist Nathan Lambertson inside the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park
3:30-4:15 p.m. FrenchQuartour Kids offers a complimentary French Market District "Christmastime in New Orleans" themed tour (45 mins)
4:00 to 4:30 p.m. Crescent City Lights Youth Theater carolers perform Christmas carols with an accompanist inside the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park
5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Real Love a capella quartet sings holiday "Do-Wap" songs beneath the tree at Washington Artillery Park