The holidays are here! Thousands of people flock to New Orleans this time of year to see the city all done up and ready for the season's pageantry. From Réveillon dinners to the stunning Roosevelt Hotel, Christmas traditions in New Orleans are unlike any other. There is a lot going on in December, which makes New Orleans a perfect holiday destination. Here is December at a glance:
All Month Long - Celebration in the Oaks
Head to City Park for one of the grandest and most spectacular light festivals in the country! The Park's centuries-old live oak trees are illuminated with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights and breathtaking displays. You can even see the iconic Mr. Bingle! Admission is $9 for adults and Celebration in the Oaks is open now through January 1, 2018.
All Month Long - Merriment on Magazine
The holiday season has arrived and Magazine Street has all that you need for decorating, shopping, pampering and entertaining. From the CBD to Audubon Park, New Orleans’ historic Magazine Street offers six miles of shopping, dining, art, activities and entertainment for all ages.Many business are offering Merriment Specials - click here to view. Check out some of our favorite shops on Magazine Street here.
Select Dates - Holiday Home Tours
New Orleanians love pageantry and decorating their homes for the holidays is not to be taken lightly. Some French Quarter and Uptown residents are gracious enough to open their doors for the holidays! Two local organizations, the Preservation Resource Center and the Patio Planters, conduct New Orleans holiday home tours on selected weekends during the month of December. Check out the holiday home tours here to experience the magical ambiance of New Orleans homes.
December 2 - Beignet Fest
With a celebration for almost every food and beverage imaginable, it’s no surprise that the city honors this iconic French treat! This event is FREE and open to the public. The festival will be held on December 2, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 6 p,m. at New Orleans City Park Festival Grounds. Awards will be given for the “Best Sweet Beignet,” “Best Savory Beignet,” “Most Original Beignet,” and “Crowd Favorite Beignet.”
December 2 - Algiers Bonfires on the Levee
A South Louisiana tradition like no other, bonfires on the levee light the way for Papa Noël! Most bonfires are lit on Christmas Eve, but Algiers is getting the celebration started early on Saturday, December 2 from 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The site is on the west bank of New Orleans, near a bend in the river directly opposite the French Quarter. It can be viewed from the Moonwalk adjacent to Woldenberg Riverfront Park or from Algiers Point itself.
December 6-9 - LUNA Fête
One of the most impressive and unique holiday celebrations, LUNA Fete lemploy the city's iconic architecture as the canvas for large-scale, awe-inspiring outdoor light installations across the CBD. This multi-day celebration is free and open to the public and features illuminated installations, digital sculptures, video-mapping projections, and art animated by technology. The festival will take place in Lafayette Square and along Lafayette St. to Fulton St.
December 17 - Caroling in Jackson Square
One of our favorite holiday traditions, a few day before Christmas, residents and visitors of New Orleans alike join together to sing carols by candle light, lifting their voices high into the night. Sponsored by Patio Planters of the Vieux Carre, Caroling in Jackson Square attracts hundreds of people who gather in the square after dark, with the beautiful St. Louis Cathedral looming in the background.
December 21-31 - NOLA Christmas Fest
Hosted at the Convention Center, NOLA ChristmasFest opens December 21, 2017 and will run through December 31, 2017. NOLA ChristmasFest is home to a wide array of fun things to do and sights to see including New Orleans' only real ice skating rink, ice slides, carnivals rides, snowball fights, gingerbread house exhibits, decorated trees and more! Get your whole family into the holiday spirit!
December 31 - New Years Eve
New Orleans is known for putting a twist on every holiday, and New Year’s Eve is no exception. Whether it’s the fleur-de-lis drop, the fireworks, or the parties throughout the city, New Year’s Eve in New Orleans is one-of-a-kind. This year’s activities start early on December 31st and will last throughout the first day of 2018. New Years’ Eve in New Orleans this year is more exciting than ever as 2018 marks New Orleans’ Tricentennial Celebration!