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Celebrate the Season at New Orleans Christmas in the District!

Christmas in the District Schedule Of Events

December 1 - January 1:

December 1st Exterior lights on Convention Center Boulevard turn on
December 5th Light Up the District façade competitions for business & residences in the Warehouse District begins
December 10th Tree Decorating and teambuilding party for tree sponsors
December 11th Hospitality Holiday Industry Party hosted by the LRA/GNOHLA/NOCVB
December 12th Christmas in the District opens in the Great Hall of NOMCC at 5:00pm (Please see website for complete
December 14th Santa Paws NOLA - a holiday themed pet costume parade and Second Line Parade benefiting the LA/SPCA
December 19th Light Up the District competition winner announced
December 24th Christmas in the District activities end
January 1st Exterior lights on Convention Center Boulevard turn off

Thank you for supporting Christmas in the District. For information, call (504) 524-0188 or email us at

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ACCENT on Arrangements, Inc., a DMC Network Company Hires Meg Baird, DMCP, CMP, Associate Director of Sales

Meg Baird
ACCENT on Arrangements, Inc., a DMC Network Company is pleased to name Meg Baird, DMCP, CMP, to the position of Associate Director of Sales. Meg holds an impressive track record in the hospitality industry with over 15 years in Destination Management.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Meg graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana State University. Meg started her career in the thriving New Orleans hospitality industry until hurricane Katrina in 2005, when she had to make the difficult decision to relocate. Meg chose Nashville as her new home, where she received her DMCP & CMP. After working for seven years at Destination Nashville DMC, Meg knew her heart was in New Orleans and returned home to be with her family in the city she had always loved.

Meg is an active member of the Gulf States Chapter of Meeting Planners International, for which she has been Vice President of Membership since October 2012. Meg was also been honored with the MPI 2012-2013 Presidents Award from MPI Gulf States Chapter.

"We are so delighted to have Meg as part of the ACCENT team. Her knowledge and professionalism are a perfect fit for our organization as we increase our commitment to not only our clients but the hospitality industry as a whole by providing an elevated standard in DMC services," said Diane Lyons CMP, DMCP - President of ACCENT on Arrangements, Inc., a DMC Network Company".

Dillard University presents the Traveling Exhibit "Children, Youth & Civil Rights, 1951-1968: A Student Art Exhibit and Lecture Series: "Children and Young Peoples Contributions to the Civil Rights Movement"

Oct. 10 - Nov. 21, 2014
Will Alexander Library

For more information contact the Will Alexander Library.
Kathy Lowery

Northshore Harbor Center General Manager Wins 2014 Athena Award

Northshore Harbor Center General Manager, Kathy Lowrey, was awarded the 2014 Athena Leadership award by the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce.

Lowrey was awarded the honor at the monthly Chamber luncheon held at the Northshore Harbor Center in October "I cannot express what an honor it is to be named Athena, 2014. Our community is so privileged to house so many impressive women and men, I know that this decision must have been difficult, and I'm just beyond grateful to have been given this opportunity," said Lowrey.

The Athena Leadership award is presented to a woman ---or man--- who is honored for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.

Four Points FQ Logo Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter invites you to the Opera.
2014-2015 French Quarter opera performances
Featuring Bon Operatit! and New Orleans Opera Association
*All performances are on Wednesdays and start at 7pm
Contact - 504-524-7611 or


Bourbon Orleans Hotel and Dauphine Orleans Hotel create theater and Opera packages. - Four Dates for discerning theatre patrons.

In time for the holiday season, two hotels of the prestigious New Orleans Hotel Collection have announced new theatre packages to help support the burgeoning theatre revival of the city. As longtime supporters and official hotels of the New Orleans Fringe Theatre Fest, the Joy Theatre, the NOCCA Broadway Series and the Opera, Collection hotels have frequently played hosts to Broadway and Cinema stars, famous musicians and the theatre glitterati.  

Click here for the full press release.

International Culture Exchange Organization Offers Chinese Language Classes

We provide Chinese Language classes and personal tutor all year round.

The Fall Chinese class will start on August 30th - December 15th.

Classes for different levels.

Time: Saturday and Sunday 2:00pm - 3:30pm.

Location: Tulane uptown campus Edward Hebert Hall, building #7.

Bourbon Orleans Hotel is Honored with ConventionSouth Magazine's 2014 Readers Choice Award - Selected as one of best meeting sites in the South.

Following an increasing trend of travelers and meeting professionals towards selecting more authentic, deeply local and original meeting sites, the Bourbon Orleans Hotel of the New Orleans Hotel Collection has just been awarded a prestigious Readers Choice Award by the editors of ConventionSouth Magazine.

Click here for the full press release.


2014-15 Season dates, times, locations, and a new production announced

Southern Rep Theatre is pleased to announce details about its 2014-15 Mainstage Season, including new information on locations, dates and times, as well as unveiling a new addition to its Lagniappe Series: A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens, adapted by Doris Baizley and featuring John "Spud" McConnell who returns as the iconic Scrooge in December 2014.

Visit for more information.

The Northshore Harbor Center was recently voted one of the "best meeting sites in the South" by ConventionSouth Magazine readers.

Click here to read the full press release.

Longue Vue welcomes jewelry designer Mario Villa and author Bonnie Warren for a holiday shopping kickoff on November 20!

Longue Vue Mario Villa


National WWII Museum Accepts Original Robert Capa Photograph 

New Orleanians David and Tiffany Oestreicher Donate Black-and-White Photo



Dillard University Theater Department's 79th Season presents Wole Soyinka's The Lion And The Jewel 

Nov. 7-9, 14-16, 2014
Samuel DuBois Cook Fine Arts & Communications Center Theater, Friday & Saturday showings at 8pm, Sunday matinees at 3pm
Contact the Theater department for details

Celebration in the Oaks

Walk through the Botanical Garden, Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, and Storyland lit up with twinkling lights and bustling with holiday cheer. The holiday train ride through the Park and the antique carousel are can't-misses during the season! There is nightly musical entertainment and a full service café. Don't forget Mister Bingle - a great photo opportunity each year! 

Open: November 28 - January 3 and Closed: 12/1 thru 12/4; 12/24 and 12/31 

Hours Open: Sunday-Thursday 6pm-10pm, Friday-Saturday 6pm-11pm

Admission is $8/person, Children under 3 get in free, Friends of City Park get in free

The Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard Merchants & Business Association Announces The 8th Annual Central City Festival!

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

1600-1700 Blocks of Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, New Orleans


Southern Rep Theatre Presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL
aturing John "Spud" McConnell at Loyola University's Marquette Theatre

Southern Rep Theatre is pleased to announce details of its 2014-15 Lagniappe Series production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens. The three-week play will include Saturday and Sunday Matinees running December 6 - December 21, 2014 at Loyola University's Marquette Theatre. Previews will run December 3-5, 2014.

For more information contact: 504-522-6545.

The New Orleans Hotel Collection Launches Papa Noel Room Rate Specials for the City's Christmas New Orleans Style Festival in December


Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport announces Holiday "Gingerbread Tea"
Saturday, December 20, 2014

'Tis the Season for Holiday Teas - Celebrate the season with tea and treats at Longue Vue House & Gardens
Family Holiday Tea
December 6th & 13th
1pm - 3pm
Enjoy crafts and photo with Santa.

Holiday Tea
December 9th, 11th, 16th & 20th
1:30pm - 3:30pm

Reservations are required.

For more information or to make reservations contact: 504.488.5488 or visit

Southern Rep Theatre Launches BOUDIN: The New Orleans Music Project
Extensive multimedia collaboration to involve local music, visual art and community stories

As part of its longstanding commitment to developing innovative, engaging work, Southern Rep Theatre is pleased to announce BOUDIN: The New Orleans Music Project - a 6-month multimedia collaboration that asks New Orleanians one question: "How has New Orleans music saved your soul?"

For more information or to share your story visit

OffBeat Music and Cultural Arts Foundation presents the 20th annual Best of the Beat Awards

January 22, 2015

Generations Hall
$35 at the door