holidays

Jessica Rosgaard

This week on All Things New Orleans, we're sharing the joys of the holiday season through music! The NOLA Players recollect recording Christmastime in New Orleans, a sparkling holiday package of jazz performed in the spirit of the city and season.

Twitter has a theory about Santa Claus — he might be a lot farther south than the North Pole.

The tweet that started it all came from an account dedicated to celebrating "everything NOLA." It featured a photo of Santa, holding a baby as he does, and a caption: "If you're from New Orleans 9/10 you got pic with this Santa."

One look at the responses makes it obvious that the caption was not at all an exaggeration.

Thousands of people have shared and replied to the tweet — as scores of New Orleans natives are posting their pictures on the same Santa's lap.

Isaac Toups Family Christmas
Joe Shriner

The holidays are here and we’re celebrating family food traditions old and new! 

 

We begin at the home of Chef Isaac Toups, where he and his family celebrate Christmas Cajun-style! Culminating an eventful year for Isaac— he earned the title of “fan favorite” on Bravo’s Top Chef: California and opened up a new restaurant in the Southern Food and Beverage Museum: Toups’ South — we join the Toups family for an unforgettable meal. After we finish our s’mores for dessert, we gather round for Isaac’s annual reading of “The Cajun Night Before Christmas.”

WWNO's 2016 Holiday Programming Guide

Dec 19, 2016

Happy holidays! Here is the list of all of WWNO's special holiday programming.

This isn't a definitive list, as many, many of our regular local and national programs will also have holiday-themed segments. Check program websites and NPR.org for more information, or send us an email and we'll help you find what you're looking for!

Monday, Dec. 19

A Celtic Christmas Sojurn - 8 p.m.

A Renaissance Christmas In Italia - 9 p.m.

Running of the Santas

Crowds of Santa lookalikes racing through the street might be a bizarre sight, until you remember that you’re in downtown New Orleans. In fact, that’s exactly what you’ll find next weekend, on December 17, when New Orleanians gather for the annual Running of the Santas. Brian Friedman sat down with organizer Steve Schulkens to get the backstory of an outrageous yet philanthropic holiday tradition.  

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Brian Friedman.

Line up for the French Quarter Irish Parade
Infrogmation of New Orleans / Flickr

Whether it means indulging in a Full Irish breakfast, marching in the Irish Channel Parade, or simply enjoying a pint of Guinness at the local Irish pub, it's time to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! On this week's Louisiana Eats!, we explore Irish history and heritage in the Pelican State, hear stories from 21st century Irish immigrants, and take a tour of local pubs to hear how they observe the Feast of Saint Patrick.

Officials are marking Martin Luther King Day in New Orleans. Events are scheduled throughout the day.

The holiday season can be a stressful time, with shopping and traveling seemingly endless chores. An oasis of calm is available with a free exhibit of Saturday Evening Post cover illustrations.

Happy Holidays.
Jesse Hardman

A recent Pew Research Center report highlighted the fact that the United States is no longer a majority middle income country. We here at the Listening Post thought dropping this report during the holiday season made for some interesting questions.

So, we’re asking folks around New Orleans both how they’re feeling about their place on the economic scale, and how that impacts their gift buying this December.

Audubon

The Audubon Society is asking for volunteers to take part in its annual Christmas Bird Count. The information gathered by these citizen-scientists over the past 116 years has helps researchers determine how bird populations are faring across the country.

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