Harrah's Happenin's in December
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The 2012 Holiday Season clicks on in grand style as Harrah's Casino and Hotel once again presents "Miracle on Fulton Street." The outdoor mall in front of the hotel between Poydras and Lafayette streets will be lit up in a dazzling array of holiday colors and motifs. And, to top things off, visitors can even enjoy an experience that rarely occurs in New Orleans: Snow!
Meanwhile, as the lights are glowing on Fulton Street, two musical luminaries will be lighting up the stage in Harrah's Theater in December. Multi-award-winning bluesman Robert Cray will be performing on the 16th and home-grown rock icons Better Than Ezra will rock the house on the 30th.
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Miracle on Fulton Street
November 21, 2012 – January 2, 2013
After a one-year absence, due to construction at Manning's Restaurant, Harrah's holiday spectacular, "Miracle on Fulton Street" returns, bringing back with it a true New Orleans seasonal tradition. Begun in 2007 to help rekindle the holiday spirit after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, "Miracle" is a panoply of lighting effects and Christmas decorations that will stimulate the senses and instill within you the magical joy that comes with "the most wonderful time of the year."
Offering something for all ages, Miracle on Fulton Street is free and open to the public. Visitors and locals alike will marvel at the tunnel-like effect created by tens of thousands of tiny LED lights. Every hour on the hour, between 5:00 and 11:00 p.m., simulated "snow" will fall from the tunnel's canopy. Kids, especially those who've never seen real snow before, will love it!
On Fridays and Saturdays, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m., Santa Claus will be on hand to take his annual holiday requests from the youngsters and pose for photos with them. Along with Jolly Old St. Nick will be his reindeer and perhaps even an elf or two. Carolers will stroll around singing the joyful songs of the season and visitors are welcome to join in.
The lighting display will be up through Tuesday, January 2. Ample parking is available in the adjacent Harrah's garages with their entrances facing Convention Center Boulevard.
First Fridays on Fulton Street
Guests of all ages are invited to experience the food, music and fun on the Fulton Street entertainment corridor as the final installment of the "First Fridays on Fulton Street" series takes place on December 7.
The event runs from 5:00-8:00 p.m. and includes a featured glass of wine and small plates from some of New Orleans finest restaurants on Fulton Street. The restaurants represent a wide variety of cuisines and include Manning's, Gordon Biersch, Grand Isle, Besh Steak and Ruth's Chris Steak House.
Cash, credit cards and Reward Credits are accepted for the $20 cover, which includes live music by top New Orleans bands. For more information visit the Harrah's website at www.harrahsneworleans.com.
December 16, 2012
Rock blues icon, Robert Cray will perform at Harrah's Theatre for one show only, at 8:00 p.m. December 16. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m.
With five Grammy Awards, 15 nominations, millions of record sales worldwide; plus thousands of sold-out performances around the world, Cray is considered one of the greatest guitarists of his generation. His style has been hailed as exciting and innovative in a uniquely American genre that we've shared on the international stage.
Tickets are on sale now for $25 and are available by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com.
Better Than Ezra
December 30, 2012
In 1988, a group of Louisiana State University undergraduates listened to R.E.M. on their cassette players, watched the Pixies perform at the newly opened Varsity Theatre and became inspired to collaborate in forming a rock band. As Better Than Ezra, this native Louisiana band soon progressed from being local fraternity favorites to chart-topping artists throughout the 1990s. Winning fans over early in their career, BTE has helped redefine the rock genre for a generation of listeners that is now starting to come into its own.
BTE will be performing one show only starting at 8: 00 p.m. on December 30. Tickets are on sale now for $47.50 and are available by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting www.ticketmaster.com. They can also be purchased at the theater box office inside the casino.
For more information go to www.harrahsneworleans.com. Guests must be at least 21 to enter the casino and theater. Cash beverage service is available throughout the shows.
Before or after the shows, or to give yourself a break from gaming, come party and have a cool drink in Masquerade, Harrah's Casino's fabulous nightclub. Masquerade is in the center of the casino and it reigns as New Orleans' coolest after-hours gathering place. With its ice bar, hot music, giant video tower, ultra lounge, and signature slots and table games, you are sure to experience the time of your life.
On Wednesday nights, starting at 10 p.m., #ElectroMasq rocks the house with dubstep and electronica music. Then, through Sunday nights, again starting at 10 p.m., hip hop and Top 40 are the features, brought to you by a hip, live, local deejay, and you can watch the fabulous Masquerade Dancers on weekend late nights. There is a cover charge on specific nights
For more information go to the Harrah's website at www.harrahsneworleans.com.