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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 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".

The Creole Queen Paddlewheeler Presents: Cajun Holiday Tea with Papa Noel 

Come pass a good time aboard the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen with Papa Noel, Mrs. Noel, Gaston the Gator and other jolly Cajun characters during this enchanting family festivity. Enjoy a classic holiday tea with tempting treats, storytelling, face painting, magic tricks, children's activities and merriment while cruising the mighty Mississippi. Come hold a real live alligator and, as lagniappe, each child gets a special present. Seating is limited, so make your reservations early!

Basic Information:

  • Dates: Dec 6, 13, 14, 20
  • Boarding: 1:30pm - 2:00pm
  • Cruising Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
  • Dockside: 3:30pm - 4:00pm

Price (taxes are included):

  • Adult: $59.00
  • Children (12 and under): $39.00


  • Advanced Pre-Paid Reservations Required
  • Cruise times may be altered or cancelled due to weather and safety concerns.

Visit for more information or to make reservations.

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.

Family Workshop: Toys & Games

Saturday, December 13, 2014
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Louisiana Memorial Pavilion 

Toy production almost completely ceased during the Second World War; this meant that kids had to be creative and use their imaginations to create fun out of things they found in their everyday lives. Discover what a Christmas in World War II might look like for a child on the Home Front. Participants will recreate some of the toys and games popular during the war years. Workshops are designed for children ages 8 - 12. Advance ticket purchased is required. 1 adult per 3 kids must attend.

Cost: $9 per child, free for Museum members. Regular Museum admission applies for families who wish to spend the day at the Museum. Discount for attendees available onsite.
For questions, contact or call 504-528-1944 x 304.

Teddy Bear Tea at The Roosevelt Hotel 

Be taken on a holiday journey to Santa Claus' workshop, where you can sip tea with Santa and Mrs. Claus, while enjoying sandwiches, cookies, scones, hot chocolate and more. Children 12 and under will receive a commemorative Roosevelt Teddy Bear. Photos with Santa will be available for purchase, Mrs. Claus will be reading her favorite stories, and several characters will parade through the ballroom to visit with the children.

Please call 504-335-3129 for more information regarding our Teddy Bear Tea Event.

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.

Friends of the Northshore Harbor Center Present: A Teddy Bear Tea

Start a new tradition this holiday season with A Teddy Bear Tea, presented by the Friends of the Northshore Harbor Center.  This special presentation will feature a serenade of holiday songs, story time with Mrs.Claus, children's activities and a sing-a-long, and a chance to tell Santa if you've been naughty or nice.  Word is Santa may even be bringing snow!  This is the perfect event to create lasting memories with your family...

Sunday, December 14, 2014
2pm - 4pm
Northshore Harbor Center
Tickets are $40 for adults, $20 for children
Cash or Check only

For more information or to purchase tickets contact: 985.781.3650.

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.
Dinner with a Curator - Brandon Stephens presents "A Peace for Christmas" 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

By the end of 1914, the Western Front of World War I had devolved to a state of trench warfare. For one short period that Christmas, the soldiers of both sides, ignoring higher orders, made truces and came together in scenes of wartime camaraderie amongst foes rarely seen before or since. Discover why this event would have such a major impact on the course of the war, and why the story resounds with audiences 100 years later in our December Dinner With a Curator.

Dinner with a Curator is a seasonal series in which Museum staff and guests discuss a featured topic related to World War II while enjoying a delicious three-course dinner. All dinners catered by The American Sector restaurant. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Lunchbox Lecture - Tommy Lofton presents "The 70th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge"

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
H. Mortimer Favrot Orientation Center 
For more information call 504-528-1944 x 229.


National WWII Museum Accepts Original Robert Capa Photograph 

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


Kidcam Holiday Camp at Adventure Quest Laser Tag

8 Days of Wonder, Surprise and Celebration for Campers ages 5-13. Campers will enjoy Laser Tag, Bumper Cars, Mini Golf and the arcade every day, plus outdoor activities and other Kidcam-Certified fun! Space is limited each day so register early!

Flexible Schedules - Choose only the days you need.

For more information or to make reservations contact: 877.4KIDCAM or 

Royal Teddy Bear Tea at the Royal Sonesta Hotel

Little Princes & Princesses are crowned as they enter into our Magical Royal Kingdom and their fantasies come to life! Featuring story time with Mrs. Claus, a sing-a-long with Rudolph, Frosty, the Sugarplum Fairy, Marching Toy Soldiers, the dancing Royal Teddy Bear and members of the New Orleans Saintsations for an interactive holiday adventure that children of all ages can enjoy!

Tea Dates & Times

(2) Seating Times: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 13, 2014
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Friday, December 19, 2014
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014

For reservations call our Holiday Hotline at 504-553-2328. 


*VIP Admission: Adults $85,
Children (under age 13) $65 inclusive

General Admission: Adults $69,
Children (under age 13) $49 inclusive

*VIP Admission includes:
Photo with Santa
2014 Commemorative Teacup
and Champagne for adults

Discounted Parking available for $12.

Local School Choir Performances at Hotel Monteleone

December 8th - 19th
10:30am and 12pm.

Ring in the holiday season with the Hotel Monteleone and local school choirs! The Hotel Monteleone's lobby will be filled with joyful music as New Orleans area school choirs delight guests and locals alike with classic holiday carols.

Performances will take place each weekday from Monday, December 8 though Friday, December 19. Performances each last one half hour, beginning between 10:30am and 12pm. The choir performances are free and open to the public. Hotel Monteleone would also like to note that Monte The Lion's Children Tea will not be happening this Christmas season.

NOMA & The NOLA Project present Twelfth Night

In December, NOMA's iconic Great Hall will be transformed by The NOLA Project into the strange country of Illyria where two shipwrecked twins must find their way back to one another. This classic Shakespeare comedy Twelfth Night will become an immersive feast for the senses as action takes place in front of, above, behind, and all around the audience seated in the striking and impressive marble architecture.

When: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 to Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
General Seating begins at 6:30 p.m.
No shows on Thursday, December 4 and Wednesday, December 10

Where: New Orleans Museum of Art, The Great Hall
One Collins Diboll Circle
New Orleans, LA 70124

Tickets are on sale now:
General | $24
NOMA Member | $18 (NOMA Members are allotted 4 tickets at the discounted rate.)
NOLA Project Backstage Pass Members | $18 (Please check "" for ticket allotment.)
Children, 7 to 17 (6 & under will not be admitted) | $18
Obstructed View | $15

For more information contact: 504.658.4100.

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

Red Fish Grill's Annual Gingerbread House Building Workshops with Pastry Chef Brett Gauthier

Workshop Dates:
Saturday. December 6th
Saturday, December 13th
9:30am Check In
10am - 12pm Workshop

Special Brunch Menu

Reservations: 504.598.1200
Advanced Payment Required

$55 per kit
Includes: tax and gratuity, 3 seats, 1 gingerbread house, decorations, chef's hat, crayons, jingle bell, child size t-shirt.
Additional seats may be purchased for $10 per seat.

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

The Creole Queen Paddlewheeler presents: New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise

Celebrate New Year's Eve in New Orleans aboard the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen! Ring in the New Year with a front row seat to the fireworks extravaganza over the Mississippi River. Enjoy a late-night buffet of New Orleans favorites and call-brand drinks at the open bar. Dance your way into 2015 as the DJ plays all the hits and toast the New Year with Champagne and festive party favors. Experience New Year's Eve like never before on the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen in New Orleans!

Basic Information:

  • Dates: December 31, 2014
  • Boarding: 10:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Cruising Time: 11:00pm - 1:00am

Price (taxes are included):

  • $159.00

Late Night Buffet:

  • Celebration Salad
  • Crawfish Monica & Pasta Primavera
  • New Orleans Style Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya
  • Cajun Braised Beef Brisket
  • Paddlewheeler Bread Pudding with Bourbon Whiskey Sauce

For more information or to purchase tickets 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