15 holiday parties at bars to help you get through Christmas


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Between family events and a looming gauntlet of obligations-disguised-as-fun (hello, office Christmas party), the holidays can be a little stressful. If it all makes you want to sneak away for a drink or six with friends, this list is for you.

Over the next several nights, some of your favorite neighborhood bars are hosting holiday parties, trivia nights and ugly sweater parties, offering the chance to unwind, enjoy a 'nog and avoid Aunt Esmerelda — at least for another couple of hours.

Dec. 15: Finn's Nightmare Before Christmas Party. Bring an ornament to trim the tree at this party themed around the Tim Burton Halloween/Christmas mash-up. Costumes and ugly sweaters are encouraged and there's karaoke. At 7 p.m. at Finn McCool's Irish Pub.

Dec. 15: Star Wars Holiday Special Dance Party. The 1978 holiday TV special is screened, and there are themed cocktails and a costume contest. DJ Kate Yes Yes spins at 8 p.m. at Twelve Mile Limit.

Dec. 15: Ugly Sweater Party. A party features an ugly sweater contest and also an ugly sweater station, where participants can create their own monuments to holiday tackiness. At Dat Dog's Magazine Street location at 5 p.m.; judging begins at 7 p.m.

Dec. 16: Light It Up Chanukah Party. JNOLA hosts a party with snacks and latkes (!) at Port Orleans Brewing Company. You can get a free drink by bringing a toy for Kingsley House.  At 7 p.m.

Dec. 16: Treo's Christmas Extravaganza. A 4 p.m. holiday art market precedes a party featuring a performance by Maggie Belle Band. Participants wearing red can get a free drink. The party begins at 8 p.m. at Treo.

Dec. 18: A Christmas Story Trivia. A trivia night is centered around the beloved holiday film; just try not to shoot your eye out. Winners receive a $30 bar tab. At 7 p.m. at Siberia Lounge.

Dec. 18: The Saint's Annual Xmas Party. At this party, participants can share stories of this year's naughtiness with Santa; the most heinous tale wins a prize. There also are drink specials and, um, "evil elves." At 10 p.m. at The Saint.

Dec. 19: Ugly Sweater Party. There are holiday cocktail parties and an ugly sweater runway show at a party at the NOPSI Hotel's rooftop bar, Above the Grid. At 5 p.m.

Dec. 21: Girl | Crush: Christmas AF. Don Blitzen sweaters and Santa hats for the weekly all-girl dance party's holiday event. At Oz at 9 p.m.

Dec. 22: The Rusty Nail's Holiday Extravaganza. The Nail celebrates its 11th anniversary with a holiday party. DJ Tony Skratchere performs and ugly sweaters are encouraged. At 8 p.m.

Dec. 22: Ugly Sweater Christmas Party. Wear your best hideous sweater for this annual party at Mid City Yacht Club, where Santa is rumored to make an appearance. At 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 23: How the Goths Stole Xmas. Shadow Gallery's annual gothic holiday party features DJs and dancing upstairs at Bar Mon Cher. At 10 p.m.

Dec. 24: Holiday Costume Party. Break out the Grinch suit for a Christmas Eve costume party at Siberia Lounge. The costume party officially begins at 10 p.m., but there's also holiday bingo at 8 p.m.

Dec. 25: Christmas With the Family. Dinner and holiday drinks are served at a party, and there's Christmas music and movies. At 7 p.m. at Bar Redux.

Dec. 25: Chinese Food and Doctor Who. The Avenue Pub hosts its annual all-day Doctor Who marathon, and Chinese food is served.


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