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Ring In Some Dang Holiday Cheer Already With These 5 Boozy Festivities

Giddyup, jingle horse, pick up your drink.

Chris Hannah at Tales of the Toddy 2013
Chris Hannah at Tales of the Toddy 2013

It's that time of year, when the world falls in love and every song you hear seem to say: Just Keep Drinking. Here now, a round up of five great excuses to ring in the holidays, whether you want to give back to the community or act like a complete psychopath in Rudolph jammies. Enjoy.

Tales of the Toddy at HOB
Date: Friday, 12/19 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Details: Tales of the Toddy returns for the ninth year with a raucous celebration of all things holiday boozin'. Teams of New Orleans finest bartenders compete to make the season's tastiest drinks. Tickets available here ($40/person).

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Latkes With a Twist at Bellocq
Date: December 11, 8 p.m.
Details: A latke bar from Domenica's Alon Shaya (including toppings like salsa verde, whipped goat cheese and poached yard egg) and cocktails from Cure Co. make this community-wide Hanukkah celebration/fundraiser for the Jewish Children's Regional Service a must-attend at just $25/person.

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Ugly Sweater Party at Cafe Adelaide
Date: Today, December 9 at 5:30 p.m.
Details: Put on your finest ugly holiday sweater and head to the Swizzle Stick for grandma-style retro snacks and a trio of drinks at $25/person. RSVP at 595-3305.

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Solstice Punch Party at The Branch at Oxalis
Date: December 21, 6 p.m.
Details: SoBou's Abigail Gullo and Andy Parkinson bring all things punch to The Branch for this glamorous affair (fancy attire suggested).

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Running of the Santas at Barcadia
Date: December 13, 3 p.m.
Details: Oh, the horror. Thousands of Santas and their elven subordinates descend upon to Warehouse District and CBD for this gigantic pub crawl/block party ordeal with live music and booze specials that eventually ends up at the North Pole of evil, Generations Hall.

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