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Celebrate the Season at New Orleans Christmas in the District!

Christmas in the District Schedule Of Events

December 1 - January 1:

• December 19th Light Up the District competition winner announced
December 24th Christmas in the District activities end
January 1st Exterior lights on Convention Center Boulevard turn off

Thank you for supporting Christmas in the District. For information, call (504) 524-0188 or email us at

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ACCENT on Arrangements, Inc., a DMC Network Company Hires Meg Baird, DMCP, CMP, Associate Director of Sales

Meg Baird
ACCENT on Arrangements, Inc., a DMC Network Company is pleased to name Meg Baird, DMCP, CMP, to the position of Associate Director of Sales. Meg holds an impressive track record in the hospitality industry with over 15 years in Destination Management.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Meg graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana State University. Meg started her career in the thriving New Orleans hospitality industry until hurricane Katrina in 2005, when she had to make the difficult decision to relocate. Meg chose Nashville as her new home, where she received her DMCP & CMP. After working for seven years at Destination Nashville DMC, Meg knew her heart was in New Orleans and returned home to be with her family in the city she had always loved.

Meg is an active member of the Gulf States Chapter of Meeting Planners International, for which she has been Vice President of Membership since October 2012. Meg was also been honored with the MPI 2012-2013 Presidents Award from MPI Gulf States Chapter.

"We are so delighted to have Meg as part of the ACCENT team. Her knowledge and professionalism are a perfect fit for our organization as we increase our commitment to not only our clients but the hospitality industry as a whole by providing an elevated standard in DMC services," said Diane Lyons CMP, DMCP - President of ACCENT on Arrangements, Inc., a DMC Network Company".

The Creole Queen Paddlewheeler Presents: Cajun Holiday Tea with Papa Noel 

Come pass a good time aboard the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen with Papa Noel, Mrs. Noel, Gaston the Gator and other jolly Cajun characters during this enchanting family festivity. Enjoy a classic holiday tea with tempting treats, storytelling, face painting, magic tricks, children's activities and merriment while cruising the mighty Mississippi. Come hold a real live alligator and, as lagniappe, each child gets a special present. Seating is limited, so make your reservations early!

Basic Information:

  • Dates: Dec 6, 13, 14, 20
  • Boarding: 1:30pm - 2:00pm
  • Cruising Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
  • Dockside: 3:30pm - 4:00pm

Price (taxes are included):

  • Adult: $59.00
  • Children (12 and under): $39.00


  • Advanced Pre-Paid Reservations Required
  • Cruise times may be altered or cancelled due to weather and safety concerns.

Visit for more information or to make reservations.

Kathy Lowery

Northshore Harbor Center General Manager Wins 2014 Athena Award

Northshore Harbor Center General Manager, Kathy Lowrey, was awarded the 2014 Athena Leadership award by the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce.

Lowrey was awarded the honor at the monthly Chamber luncheon held at the Northshore Harbor Center in October "I cannot express what an honor it is to be named Athena, 2014. Our community is so privileged to house so many impressive women and men, I know that this decision must have been difficult, and I'm just beyond grateful to have been given this opportunity," said Lowrey.

The Athena Leadership award is presented to a woman ---or man--- who is honored for professional excellence, community service and for actively assisting women in their attainment of professional excellence and leadership skills.

Four Points FQ Logo Four Points by Sheraton French Quarter invites you to the Opera.
2014-2015 French Quarter opera performances
Featuring Bon Operatit! and New Orleans Opera Association
*All performances are on Wednesdays and start at 7pm
Contact - 504-524-7611 or


Bourbon Orleans Hotel and Dauphine Orleans Hotel create theater and Opera packages. - Four Dates for discerning theatre patrons.

In time for the holiday season, two hotels of the prestigious New Orleans Hotel Collection have announced new theatre packages to help support the burgeoning theatre revival of the city. As longtime supporters and official hotels of the New Orleans Fringe Theatre Fest, the Joy Theatre, the NOCCA Broadway Series and the Opera, Collection hotels have frequently played hosts to Broadway and Cinema stars, famous musicians and the theatre glitterati.  

Click here for the full press release.

Teddy Bear Tea at The Roosevelt Hotel 

Be taken on a holiday journey to Santa Claus' workshop, where you can sip tea with Santa and Mrs. Claus, while enjoying sandwiches, cookies, scones, hot chocolate and more. Children 12 and under will receive a commemorative Roosevelt Teddy Bear. Photos with Santa will be available for purchase, Mrs. Claus will be reading her favorite stories, and several characters will parade through the ballroom to visit with the children.

Please call 504-335-3129 for more information regarding our Teddy Bear Tea Event.

Bourbon Orleans Hotel is Honored with ConventionSouth Magazine's 2014 Readers Choice Award - Selected as one of best meeting sites in the South.

Following an increasing trend of travelers and meeting professionals towards selecting more authentic, deeply local and original meeting sites, the Bourbon Orleans Hotel of the New Orleans Hotel Collection has just been awarded a prestigious Readers Choice Award by the editors of ConventionSouth Magazine.

Click here for the full press release.


2014-15 Season dates, times, locations, and a new production announced

Southern Rep Theatre is pleased to announce details about its 2014-15 Mainstage Season, including new information on locations, dates and times, as well as unveiling a new addition to its Lagniappe Series: A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens, adapted by Doris Baizley and featuring John "Spud" McConnell who returns as the iconic Scrooge in December 2014.

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The Northshore Harbor Center was recently voted one of the "best meeting sites in the South" by ConventionSouth Magazine readers.

Click here to read the full press release.


National WWII Museum Accepts Original Robert Capa Photograph 

New Orleanians David and Tiffany Oestreicher Donate Black-and-White Photo


Kidcam Holiday Camp at Adventure Quest Laser Tag

8 Days of Wonder, Surprise and Celebration for Campers ages 5-13. Campers will enjoy Laser Tag, Bumper Cars, Mini Golf and the arcade every day, plus outdoor activities and other Kidcam-Certified fun! Space is limited each day so register early!

Flexible Schedules - Choose only the days you need.

For more information or to make reservations contact: 877.4KIDCAM or 

Royal Teddy Bear Tea at the Royal Sonesta Hotel

Little Princes & Princesses are crowned as they enter into our Magical Royal Kingdom and their fantasies come to life! Featuring story time with Mrs. Claus, a sing-a-long with Rudolph, Frosty, the Sugarplum Fairy, Marching Toy Soldiers, the dancing Royal Teddy Bear and members of the New Orleans Saintsations for an interactive holiday adventure that children of all ages can enjoy!

Tea Dates & Times

(2) Seating Times: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 13, 2014
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Friday, December 19, 2014
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Monday, December 22, 2014

For reservations call our Holiday Hotline at 504-553-2328. 


*VIP Admission: Adults $85,
Children (under age 13) $65 inclusive

General Admission: Adults $69,
Children (under age 13) $49 inclusive

*VIP Admission includes:
Photo with Santa
2014 Commemorative Teacup
and Champagne for adults

Discounted Parking available for $12.

Local School Choir Performances at Hotel Monteleone

December 8th - 19th
10:30am and 12pm.

Ring in the holiday season with the Hotel Monteleone and local school choirs! The Hotel Monteleone's lobby will be filled with joyful music as New Orleans area school choirs delight guests and locals alike with classic holiday carols.

Performances will take place each weekday from Monday, December 8 though Friday, December 19. Performances each last one half hour, beginning between 10:30am and 12pm. The choir performances are free and open to the public. Hotel Monteleone would also like to note that Monte The Lion's Children Tea will not be happening this Christmas season.

NOMA & The NOLA Project present Twelfth Night

In December, NOMA's iconic Great Hall will be transformed by The NOLA Project into the strange country of Illyria where two shipwrecked twins must find their way back to one another. This classic Shakespeare comedy Twelfth Night will become an immersive feast for the senses as action takes place in front of, above, behind, and all around the audience seated in the striking and impressive marble architecture.

When: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 to Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
General Seating begins at 6:30 p.m.
No shows on Thursday, December 4 and Wednesday, December 10

Where: New Orleans Museum of Art, The Great Hall
One Collins Diboll Circle
New Orleans, LA 70124

Tickets are on sale now:
General | $24
NOMA Member | $18 (NOMA Members are allotted 4 tickets at the discounted rate.)
NOLA Project Backstage Pass Members | $18 (Please check "" for ticket allotment.)
Children, 7 to 17 (6 & under will not be admitted) | $18
Obstructed View | $15

For more information contact: 504.658.4100.

Celebration in the Oaks

Walk through the Botanical Garden, Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, and Storyland lit up with twinkling lights and bustling with holiday cheer. The holiday train ride through the Park and the antique carousel are can't-misses during the season! There is nightly musical entertainment and a full service café. Don't forget Mister Bingle - a great photo opportunity each year! 

Open: November 28 - January 3 and Closed: 12/1 thru 12/4; 12/24 and 12/31 

Hours Open: Sunday-Thursday 6pm-10pm, Friday-Saturday 6pm-11pm

Admission is $8/person, Children under 3 get in free, Friends of City Park get in free

Southern Rep Theatre Presents A CHRISTMAS CAROL
aturing John "Spud" McConnell at Loyola University's Marquette Theatre

Southern Rep Theatre is pleased to announce details of its 2014-15 Lagniappe Series production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens. The three-week play will include Saturday and Sunday Matinees running December 6 - December 21, 2014 at Loyola University's Marquette Theatre. Previews will run December 3-5, 2014.

For more information contact: 504-522-6545.

The New Orleans Hotel Collection Launches Papa Noel Room Rate Specials for the City's Christmas New Orleans Style Festival in December

Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport announces Holiday "Gingerbread Tea"
Saturday, December 20, 2014

Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Celebration Cruise on the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen

January 8 - 10th, 2015

Cruise on the authentic Paddlewheeler Creole Queen from the Port of New Orleans Canal Street Dock to the historic site of the Battle of New Orleans - the Chalmette Battlefield. The three-day Bicentennial Celebration will feature ceremonies, cannon & weapon firing demonstrations, tactical demonstrations, reenactments, battlefield tours and much more! The bicentennial celebration combined with a cruise on the Mighty Mississippi aboard the Creole Queen would be great for school groups and leisure travelers!

The Paddlewheeler Creole Queen has two cruises scheduled each day for this special event. You can take the morning cruise to the battlefield and return on the afternoon cruise for the full-day experience, or come back on the closest departing cruise for the shorter alternative.

A la carte food service and cash bar available. Reservations strongly suggested.

For more information on times, prices or making reservations visit

Southern Rep Theatre Launches BOUDIN: The New Orleans Music Project
Extensive multimedia collaboration to involve local music, visual art and community stories

As part of its longstanding commitment to developing innovative, engaging work, Southern Rep Theatre is pleased to announce BOUDIN: The New Orleans Music Project - a 6-month multimedia collaboration that asks New Orleanians one question: "How has New Orleans music saved your soul?"

For more information or to share your story visit

The Creole Queen Paddlewheeler presents: New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise

Celebrate New Year's Eve in New Orleans aboard the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen! Ring in the New Year with a front row seat to the fireworks extravaganza over the Mississippi River. Enjoy a late-night buffet of New Orleans favorites and call-brand drinks at the open bar. Dance your way into 2015 as the DJ plays all the hits and toast the New Year with Champagne and festive party favors. Experience New Year's Eve like never before on the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen in New Orleans!

Basic Information:

  • Dates: December 31, 2014
  • Boarding: 10:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Cruising Time: 11:00pm - 1:00am

Price (taxes are included):

  • $159.00

Late Night Buffet:

  • Celebration Salad
  • Crawfish Monica & Pasta Primavera
  • New Orleans Style Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya
  • Cajun Braised Beef Brisket
  • Paddlewheeler Bread Pudding with Bourbon Whiskey Sauce

For more information or to purchase tickets visit:

OffBeat Music and Cultural Arts Foundation presents the 20th annual Best of the Beat Awards

January 22, 2015

Generations Hall
$35 at the door

Bicentennial Jazz Champagne Breakfast Cruise on the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen
January 11th, 2015

There is no better way to wrap up the week-long Battle of New Orleans bicentennial celebration than the Bicentennial Jazz Champagne Breakfast Cruise! Cruise the Mighty Mississippi while listening to the sweet sounds of live Southern Jazz music. Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet and breathtaking views while sipping on bottomless mimosas. Morgan Molthrop, Battle of New Orleans expert and author of "Jackson's Playbook" will be on deck to regale guests with stories of the monumental victory!

Boarding: 9:30 a.m.
Cruising: 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Price (taxes are included):
Cruise with breakfast:
• Adult: $36.00
• Child (6-12 years): $18.00
• Child (5 years and under): $5.00

Cruise only:
• Adult: $27.00
• Child (6-12 years): $13.00
• Child (5 years and under): FREE


Valentine's Day River Cruise on the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen

February 14, 2015

Spend a romantic evening with your special someone aboard the Paddlewheeler Creole Queen this Valentine's Day in New Orleans. Enjoy an upscale buffet menu, open call bar, a DJ playing special requests, reserved seating for the evening and complimentary Champagne upon boarding. This luxurious cruise under the moonlight is sure to create special memories with your sweetheart.

Reservations are required and please dress to impress!

Basic Information:
Date: February 14, 2015
• Boarding: 7:00pm - 8:00pm
• Cruising Time: 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Price: $119.00 all inclusive