Rejoice: Christmas in the District
The 2nd annual Christmas in the District, hosted by the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, kicks off on Dec. 12 with holiday cheer and indoor festivities for the young and the young-at-heart. The convention center will be dressed in a multitude of sparkling lights, twinkling in-sync with classic, Yuletide melodies. See Mr. and Mrs. Claus, Rudolph and all their friends in a traditional Lantern parade, culminating at the Julia Street entrance of the convention center.
Visitors will delight in wandering through My New Orleans Christmas, a forest of Christmas trees, each with a different theme, decorated by local hospitality businesses. Deliciously designed gingerbread houses created by members of the Louisiana Restaurant Association also will be on view. Bring the whole family where kids can enjoy Santa’s Playland with a petting zoo, inflatable zone and other activities, while Mom and Dad check out live cooking demonstrations and local choirs. christmasinthedistrict.com
Enjoy a farewell 2014 feast at the immensely popular, Italian-inspired restaurant Domenica (located withinT). Chef Alon Shaya has prepared a delectable prix fixe menu, featuring a Brussels sprouts salad with toasted pecans and Creole mustard vinaigrette; mushroom soup; slow-cooked pork shank; and a budino di pandoro for dessert, featuring satsuma caramel and spiced mascarpone. You’ll want to make your reservations today because tables will go quickly at this downtown favorite. domenicarestaurant.com
Celebrate: Big Night New Orleans New Year’s Eve Gala
Welcome 2015 in a big way at Big Night New Orleans inside the New OrleansPurchase your tickets now for this extravagant, all-inclusive night where all you have to worry about is how much fun you can fit into five hours. This incredible gala includes multiple parties and dance floors, open bars, several food buffets, unique party favors and performances by artists like Cowboy Mouth, Brass-A-Holics, Glen David Andrews, Shamarr Allen, the 610 Stompers and more! 601 Loyola Ave., (504) 561-1234, bignightneworleans.com
Calling all Entrepreneurs: Downtown NOLA Arts-Based Business Pitch
In concert with Idea Village’s New Orleans Entrepreneur Week in March 2015, the Downtown Development District is seeking an arts-based business concept that features Downtown New Orleans’ exemplary resources. Ideally, this idea will complement way-finding, and day-to-day walking and living in the existing neighborhood. The whole event is centered on finding and supporting entrepreneurs who have imagined a creative, arts-based solution, product or project in the architecture, technology, digital media or entertainment fields that benefits the Downtown Development District. Deadline for submissions is Jan. 7. downtownnolaartsbusinesspitch.com