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Best Holiday Events in New Orleans


The holiday season is always fun in New Orleans, with great shopping, holiday home and garden tours and great college football, New Orleans is the place to be. There are festivals, tree lightings, caroling, concerts and much more. You can view the Christmas Guide Book online to get all the infomration you need by clicking here.

1. Celebration in the Oaks

New Orleans' most beloved holiday event. From the day after Thanksgiving until early January, City Park is turned into the most beautiful wonderland. A must see for all locals and visitors of all ages.

  • City Park photos
  • The Scuplture Garden in City Park
  • Pictoral tour of the Sculpture Garden
  • 2. Concerts in St. Louis Cathedral

    These Christmas concerts at St. Louis Cathedral are scheduled at 6 pm on many occasions in December.

    3. Reveillon Dinners

    A wonderful 19th Century Creole tradition, Reveillon Dinners are still celebrated in restaurants all over New Orleans.

    4. Tours Of Historic Homes And Properties

    Whether it's the Beauregard-Keyes House, Gallier House, the Lousiana Museum's 1850's house, the Old Ursuline Convent, or and the New Orleans Pharmacy Museum in the French Quarter, or the Garden District Uptown, New Orleans residences are beautifully decorated for the holidays and many are open to the public.

    5. Christmas Teas

    There's just nothing more elegant than a Christmas Tea. with all the holiday decorations, music and festive munchies, teas are a great way to spend and afternoon. Many teas are Teddy Bear Teas, especially designed for moms and grandmothers to enjoy with the kids.

    6. Sugar Bowl

    The Sugar Bowl is a great time for college football fans.

    7. Holiday Shopping

    Skip the malls and shop New Orleans style on Magazine Street and the French Quarter.

    8. Holiday Character Strolls

    The “Louisiana Living History Project” sponsors this popular tradition, as famous Louisiana characters stroll through the French Quarter, telling their stories and cementing their place in history. This happens all through the month of December.

    9. New Orleans Bowl

    The New Orleans Bowl is held every December and is a fun college football weekend.

    10. Home for the Holidays on Canal Street

    Canal Street, the great divide between the old Creole section of the city and the American Secter is one of the widest main streets in America and is the center of New Orleans' holiday lights, and celebrations. The lighting of Canal Street usually takes place right before Thanksgiving and includes a parade and street parties.

    11. Complete List of Holiday Events

    For a complete list of all holiday events in New Orleans this holiday season, check the official city website.

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