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Holiday Happenings in Gentilly and New Orleans East

The holiday season is upon us. As a mom of a toddler, I have been enjoying experiencing holidays as a parent. The child-like wonder during holidays is truly something special. I love finding out about holiday activities that our family can enjoy especially in our own neighborhood. Check out these holiday happenings in the Gentilly and New Orleans East area.

A Winter Wonderland: East of the North Pole

This free festive event is organized by Friends of Joe Brown Park and New Orleans East Matters Coalition. It’s a holiday tradition spanning over 13 years at Joe Brown Park. The event is from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm and will feature Santa’s Village, Holiday Shopping, Entertainment, Ginger Bread Workshop, Train Rides, and Photos with Santa. Food Drinks, and Hot Cocoa will also be available. Bring out the kids and have a good time this holiday season!


Jingle on the Boulevard Parade

The fifth annual 'Jingle on the Boulevard Parade' is a family fun experience. This festive parade features holiday characters, signature souvenir throws, local marching bands, floats, and fun for the entire family. The parade route rolls in New Orleans East along Crowder Boulevard, Haynes Boulevard, and Read Boulevard. The parade will take place on Saturday, December 17 from 11 am - 1 pm. We hope to see you along the parade route!


Dillard University 86th Annual Holiday Concert

The Dillard University Holiday Concert is one of my favorite holiday traditions. I’m ecstatic that the concert is returning this year after a 2-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Dillard University Choir's 86th Annual Holiday Concert will take place on Sunday, December 4, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. in Lawless Memorial Chapel. The beautiful ensemble features a 60-voice choir and soloists serenading holiday classics sung with soulful melodies that fill your heart with warmth and holiday cheer. Admission to the concert is FREE. I recommend arriving early as it is always a packed house. While the concert isn't ideal for young children, bring your older kids or enjoy a holiday date night, girls' night out, or even solo. The concert is truly a heartfelt experience and centers on the true meaning of the holiday season.

What neighborhood holiday activities would you add to this list that you are most looking forward to enjoying with your family?

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