Christmas New Orleans Style

Celebration in the Oaks

Celebration in the Oaks in New Orleans' City Park remains one of the most beautiful holiday light exhibitions in the country, attracting more than 122,000 people last year.  Stroll through a park filled with 100-year-old oak trees twinkling with holiday cheer.

Walk through the Botanical Garden and Storyland, an amusement area aglow with holiday magic! Or strap on some ice skates and zip around a synthetic ice rink. Tickets are $7 and children under the age of three are free.

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Reveillon Dinners
There's nothing like a New Orleans Reveillon, an old French Creole holiday dining tradition available in restaurants all over the city with affordable prix fixe menus. Sample dishes like Absinthe Oyster Soup and Sugarcane Smoked Muscovy Duck Breast that will make you wish Christmas was a year-long event.

And many New Orleans restaurants are open for the holidays. Enjoy a four-course meal at one New Orleans' famed restaurants on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve or New Years Day starting at $30 a person.

Or, learn the secrets of local cuisine from New Orleans chefs at the beautiful new Market Fare Stage in the historic French Market. Celebrated chefs share their Reveillon recipes at these free cooking demonstrations and samplings. Come early, as seating is limited.

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St. Louis Cathedral Christmas Concert Series
Some of New Orleans' greatest artists will come together and perform Christmas concerts in the historic St. Louis Cathedral. Listen to Ellis Marsalis, Irvin Mayfield and many more play Christmas favorites in one of the most elegant landmarks in New Orleans.

Concerts are select days in December and start at 6 p.m.

Jackson Square will also be filled with Christmas voices. Join them for caroling in December.

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Pick up one-of-a-kind Christmas Gifts
Santa himself will be jealous of the treasures you will find in New Orleans' great shops, boutiques and markets. Stroll along Magazine Street to find something perfect for your fashionista, or visit Royal Street for that person who is impossible to buy for. Shopping for the cook in the family? Check out the French Market and scoop up regional homemade jams or spice rubs only found in New Orleans.

Take a tour
Snuggle up in a horse-drawn carriage or break out your walking shoes to see the magic of the French Quarter draped in garland and twinkling lights.  Many historical houses offer holiday tours showcasing magical decorations in settings from long ago. 

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NOLA ChristmasFest

The popular family holiday extravaganza NOLA ChristmasFest will feature the only indoor ice skating rink in New Orleans as well as a captivating 120-foot real ice slide, rides and holiday exhibits. ChristmasFest fans will have the opportunity to schedule 30-minute private ice skating lessons before opening daily.

The two-week festival runs December 16 - 30 (open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) and includes a walk-through maze, themed inflatables and rides such as the Kringle Carousel, Winter Whirl, Snowball Fight and Snowy Summit Climbing Wall. New features include the Candy Cane Climb, the Polar Express elephant ride, and a Giant Gum Drop.

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Celebrate the Holidays Downtown with Canal Street: Home for the Holidays!

Caroling in Jackson Square

Miracle on Fulton

Celebration in the Oaks

Roosevelt Holiday

DDD Holiday Parade