Get ready for December in New Orleans :
You may see cockroach armies, dancing alligators, Cinderella harassing Scrooge, Santa musically justifying his existence, a bunch of Nutcrackers and who knows what else. But there's no better method for getting into the holiday spirit than going to a Christmas theater production. Check out these Nutcracker ballets, the musicals, spoofs, and plays on the stages in New Orleans and beyond.
And that's just a small piece of the fun holiday events and activities in New Orleans in 2011. Christmas events include parades, parties, teas, concerts, outdoor movies, bonfires, and much more, as well as Chanukah and even Festivus celebrations.
Then, after Christmas, it's time for New Year's Eve and world famous fun in New Orleans with almost unlimited options around town including the big downtown celebration and fireworks on the river.
The New Year's Eve event list includes at least two noontime New Year's Eve parties for kids and a late night paddle-boat cruise party on the river that welcomes families. The boat is also one of the best venues to see the fireworks in New Orleans that night.
There are also 5 big football games being played in New Orleans during the extended holidays from Thanksgiving week through the early New Year.
Despite all the holiday fun and indulgence, there's no time for post-holiday blues or even much of a rest in New Orleans. It will be time to get ready for Mardi Gras and buy a King Cake. The Carnival season starts up on 12th Night, January 6.