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.
For more information please visit: www.celebrationintheoaks.com
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.
For more information please visit: https://holiday.neworleansonline.com/reveillon/
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.
For more information please visit: https://holiday.neworleansonline.com/
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.
For more information please visit: www.neworleansonline.com/holiday
Bonfires on the Levee
A tradition dating back to Cajun settlers of the regions of southern Louisiana to the west and north of New Orleans, the lighting of the bonfires along the Mississippi River on Christmas Eve was intended to light the way for "Papa Noël," the Cajun Santa Claus, or according to other accounts was a way to light the path to the nearest Catholic Church for Mass. At dusk, usually around 7:00 p.m., the structures are doused with flammable liquids and set ablaze, lighting the sky and the surrounding area with towering flames that would be impossible for Papa Noël and his reindeer to miss.
For more information please visit: https://holiday.neworleansonline.com/traditions/christmas-eve-bonfires-on-the-levee/
At NOLA ChristmasFest, experience indoor family holiday fun featuring New Orleans' only ice skating rink, the Kringle Carousel, carnival rides and inflatables, Santa and holiday characters, children's crafts, decorated trees, dazzling lights and more!
This year, NOLA ChristmasFest is proud to bring back an attraction to New Orleans that locals haven't seen since the 1980s, a real, indoor ice-skating rink! During the month of December, festival-goers will have the chance to take a spin on the ice at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center!
For more information, please visit: http://nolachristmasfest.com/
Celebrate the Holidays Downtown with Canal Street: Home for the Holidays!