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Holiday events in New Orleans this week (Dec. 20-26, 2016) 

Parties, performances and more

click to enlarge Santa skates on the ice rink at NOLA ChristmasFest at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center through Dec. 30.

Photo courtesy NOLA ChristmasFest

Santa skates on the ice rink at NOLA ChristmasFest at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center through Dec. 30.

BingOh! Bar Redux, 801 Poland Ave., (504) 592-7083; — This bingo night has a holiday sweater theme and features short bits by local comedians between games. Costumes encouraged. Admission $5. 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday.

Celebration in the Oaks. New Orleans City Park, 1 Palm Drive, (504) 488-2896 — The annual holiday festival features light displays in the park's botanical garden and amusement rides. Admission $8. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday-Monday, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday.

Chinese Food & Doctor Who. The Avenue Pub, 1732 St. Charles Ave., (504) 586-9243; — The Doctor Who holiday special is screened, and food from the Midnight Noodle pop-up is available for purchase. 7 p.m. Sunday.

The Great Gatsby's 1984-1994 Christmas Party. Boomtown Casino, Boomers Saloon, 4132 Peters Road, Harvey, (504) 366-7711; — 2RB Productions hosts a holiday party. There are giveaways and a "Santa's Nasty Elf" contest. 9 p.m. Saturday.

Miracle on Fulton Street. Fulton Street, at Poydras Street near Harrah's Hotel — Harrah's monthlong celebration features holiday sights and sounds including a daily "snow" fall and a gingerbread display. Santa visits Friday-Saturday at 6 p.m. Visit for details. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

NOLA ChristmasFest. Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., (504) 582-3000 — The family-friendly, two-week indoor holiday event features ice skating, holiday characters, amusement rides, inflatables, arts and crafts and more. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Pay What You Can Day. Cafe Reconcile, 1631 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., (504) 568-1157; — Community members name their own price for a holiday-themed meal at the cafe. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Snofari Adventure. Audubon Zoo, 6500 Magazine St., (504) 581-4629 — The six-day family event features a skating rink and holiday music. Free with zoo admission (varies). Ice skating requires a separate ticket. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday.


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