Morning Everybody...It's Friday and the countdown to Christmas is on!!
There's a Miracle On Fulton Street (Fulton and Poydras) it's free and open to the public! Come see the Canopy of Lights ~ A series of 14-foot, custom-built, faux wrought iron arches, 8-foot Christmas trees and 3-foot fleur de lis ornaments!....And there's also "Faux Sneaux" which falls daily! Tonight check out entertainment by The Wiseguys from 8:00 pm to 10:00pm!! And don't forget about Santa and his "real" reindeer too! All the holiday fun runs thru January 2nd!
And what a perfect night to visit Celebration in the Oaks at City Park there's so much to do!!
*Visit the Park's Carousel Gardens with rides including the century-old Antique Carousel, Miniature Train, Live Oak Ladybug Roller Coaster, Coney Tower, Fun Slide, Bumper Cars, Rockin' Tug, the Scrambler, and Tilt-A-Whirl. Kid's rides include the Red Baron Plane Ride, Umbrella Cars, Monkey Jump, Slime Buckets and Construction Zone. Ride bands for unlimited rides are available for $15/person/night. Individual Ride bands are also available for $3 per ride.
*Nightly performances featuring school choirs and orchestras, Irish dancers, cloggers, bell choirs, ballet troupes, dance groups, and gospel groups. See our calendar for performance schedules.
*Gather your family and friends for Santa and holiday photos in the Carousel Gardens. Photos will be available for purchase at the event (cash or credit card only) from Romaguera Photography.
*There's Storyland - City Park's renovated fairy tale theme park featuring twenty-six larger then life storybook exhibits for kids that allow our little visitors to climb on, slide down or pretend to be their favorite character. Mother Goose, Pinocchio's whale, and Captain Hook's ship as well as many other whimsical figures will delight the young and young at heart nightly on the walking tour.
*The New Orleans Botanical Garden, generously decorated for the season with millions of lights and special exhibits.
*The New Orleans Historic Train Garden, a 14,000 square foot elevated display located in the Botanical Garden showcases over 40 intricately crafted New Orleans landmark buildings. An assortment of trains and streetcars travel along 1,400 feet of rail.
There's also a couple wine tastings going on tonight!
Get your wine on this evening with a little tasting at Swirl (3143 Ponce de Leon) with the Friday Free for All from 6 to 8:00 pm....Friday Free For All, December 17th, 3-8pm.....Join Scott Howett from Mystic Vines for a tasting of 4 free wines from Meeker Winery in Sonoma including their signature “Handprint” Merlot, and they'll be serving up authentic tapas dishes to pair with them!!
You can also head on over to Cork & Bottle (3700 Orleans Ave.) for another fun free tasting....Come meet local winemaker James Moises as he and Sarah Duckert pour some of his Dundee Hills Pinot Noir. They'll also be pouring Domino IV's Spellbound. It's part Tempranillo and part Syrah, a scrumptious blend for you big red fans!!
Be sure to check out the big Happy Hour this evening at Chickie Wah Wah.....Wilson & Moore starts up at 5:00 pm with a NO COVER and some great drinks! Then stay on for the late show with Mia Borders starting up at 9:00 pm!
There's an excellent show over at the Maple Leaf (8316 Oak St.) it's a Tribute to James Booker at 7:00 pm...then after on down to Frenchy's Gallery across the street for the Booker Bash After Party Jam at 10:00 pm!
And of course....Have a great Friday and for more musical fun and events click on the WWOZ Livewire!