How to Celebrate the Holidays in New Orleans

Posted on: December 2, 2017 | Posted in: New Orleans

New Orleans is a city full of history and traditions and Christmas time is one of the best times of year to take advantage of the celebrations we are so well known for. We invite you to partake in some of these memorable customs with us this Holiday Season!

Celebration in the Oaks: a 31 year old family friendly tradition held annually in City Park. This is one of the most spectacular light festivals in the country and runs from November 24th to January 1st. 

Reveillon dinners: Feast at some of New Orleans finest restaurants with special holiday fixed price menus, a practice inspired by our French ancestors' Christmas Eve feasts. A few restaurants have gone beyond the Reveillon dining tradition and developed their menus based on the Italian tradition of the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Notable amoung these are - Josephine Estelle, Avo, and GW Fins.  Unlike the Reveillon dinners which are available all month long, the Feast of the Seven Fishes is only offered on particular days so make your reservations now!

Running of the Santas: Taking place on December 9th, this is a younger tradition for the young and young at heart! You will find a massive street party, a lot of Santa costumes, live music, drink specials, food and fun!

NOLA Christmas Fest: This indoor family Christmas celebration takes place from December 21st to 31st at the Convention Center and includes everything from ice skating to gingerbread houses to Santa himself! 

Miracle on Fulton St: The place to take in all the sights and sounds of Christmas from December 1-23.  Lights, giant gingerbread house, music, and even a daily "snow" shower will be sure to put you in the holiday spirit!

Bonfires on the Levee: Light the way for Cajun Santa Claus with this old Southern Louisiana tradition that has actually grown in popularity over the years with more than 100 bonfires in St. James Parish! (30-40 miles from New Orleans)

St. Louis Cathedral free concert series: Every year St. Louis Cathedral, the beacon of Jackson Square, hosts a variety of musicians, their genres ranging from Classical Opera to Jazz to Latin, in their Christmas Concert series. Performances are Sundays - Thursdays at 6pm. The last show will be Sunday, December 17th at 5:30.