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Holiday Home Tours, Concerts and More make New Orleans Your Place of Joy

The holiday events near our New Orleans bed and breakfast just keep rolling with 85 events listed, 50 of which are free, and many great specials still available to make your holiday a festive one.

Take a peek into quiet courtyards in the French Quarter, conveniently located near our bed and breakfast in the Garden District, and private homes in the Garden District with these holiday home tours:  The Preservation Resource Center hosts its eagerly awaited 38th annual Garden District Tours, December 14 and 15.  The Grand Victorian is proud to welcome the tour fans to our neighborhood each year.  The residents of the French Quarter open their garden gates on December 22 with the Patio Planters self-guided walking tour.

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Cathedral Concerts Holiday Series

St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States, hosts free concerts until Christmas Eve, featuring New Orleans’ best in jazz, gospel and classical holiday music.  Just outside St. Louis Cathedral you’ll find a decades old tradition of Caroling in Jackson Square.  It is a truly moving holiday tradition beloved by locals and visitors held by candlelight on the Sunday before Christmas.  December 22, 7pm.

Also moving, but in a slightly different way is the annual festival and pub crawl, Running of the Santas.  An anticipated 4,000 costumed revelers will jingle their way around the business district on December 14.

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Running of the Santas pub crawl on Dec 14

Finally, add a new tradition to your holiday experience.  On Christmas Eve, take a drive along the Mississippi River west of the city to view the bonfires that light the way for Papa Noel, the Cajun Santa Claus.

Don’t forget to take advantage of our Papa Noel special at our New Orleans bed and breakfast for your last minute getaway to the city that helps you “Follow Your Joy” this holiday season!

New Orleans is your home for history and tradition this holiday season

The National Geographic Traveler lists New Orleans as one of the Best Trips of 2014.  They mention our hot summer months as the time to come for hotel deals in New Orleans, but we know that December is also a great time to visit our city for fun activities and holiday specials.

While we may not have snow in New Orleans, there are many places that twinkle with lights and fun activities to fill your December days and nights.  Our favorite  is Celebration in the Oaks in City Park.

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Cajun Night Before Christmas light display at City Park Celebration in the Oaks

It opens November 29 and runs through the holiday season.   City Park’s oak trees are covered in hundreds of thousands of white lights amid extravagant, detailed light displays across 13 acres.  There are musical events and entertainment ranging from children’s choirs and bands to Irish dancing.

The new light display opening this year is Christmas in the District.  Launching November 30 along the Convention Center is an incredible ribbon of lights and spectacular displays synchronized to New Orleans Christmas music.

 

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Modern Market on Magazine Street nominated as 2013 “Retail Star to Watch”

New Orleans consistently rates high among travel writers and travel magazine readers as a great city for shopping.  In and around the French Quarter you can find everything from original artwork and grand antiques to handcrafted voodoo dolls.  On the edge of the quarter, the French Market is the oldest public market in the country and is the best place to find regional food items, local music cds, and gifts for every family member back home.

Running through our Garden District neighborhood, where our New Orleans bed and breakfast is located, is  the world-renowned Magazine Street.  Six miles of some of the best antique stores, art galleries, craft shops and classy boutiques to be found anywhere in the city.  During the month of December, the stores have extended hours, holiday decorations, and hold special sales and events to celebrate the Merriment of the Holiday Season.

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“Wake up” to a holiday feast at your favorite restaurant!

Reveillon Dinners are a Creole tradition from the 1800′s to “wake up” with a dinner following midnight mass.   This holiday convention has been transformed in restaurants that serve sumptuous holiday feasts at incredible rates.

Currently 34 restaurants are offering 4-course meals starting at $34.00, including our neighborhood restaurants:  Commander’s Palace, Upperline, Brigtsen’s and Martinque Bistro.  Christmas New Orleans Style also lists which restaurants are open on Christmas and New Years.

 

Check with us next week for information on holiday home tours, Christmas concerts, bonfires to light the way and more.  Check out our New Orleans bed and breakfast special at our New Orleans bed and breakfast today for your chance to stay in this historic city this holiday season.

 

 

 

 

 

New Christmas Season Events in New Orleans

If you’re planning ahead, the month of December has always been a magical and economical time to visit the city of New Orleans with a stay in our Garden District Lodging, the Grand Victorian.  Now a new family-friendly event offers another opportunity to get into the holiday spirit.

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center near the French Quarter and the Arts District will feature  “New Orleans Christmas in the District,” a series of holiday-themed large-scale light displays celebrating the culture and history of New Orleans.  Over 70 trees will be lit up in festive holiday colors with unique sparkling lights installed at the tops of many of the palm trees, creating a one-of-a-kind holiday environment.

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Tons of fun near our Garden District Lodging!

The display will include a unique digital Christmas tree, thousands of channels of lights that dance to the music and strobe lights that will surprise and delight visitors at just the right moments during the show.

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Garden District Lodging near festivities!

New Orleans Christmas in the District begins Saturday, November 30, 2013, and runs nightly through January 6, 2014, and is free and open to the public.

Check back at our Garden District Lodging to learn more about holiday events in the city.  The Christmas in New Orleans guidebook is due out soon.

Don’t forget to take advantage of our New Orleans Lodging weeknight special going on right now.  Buy two weeknights and get the third weeknight absolutely free!

 

 

Order a Holiday Gift Certificate Today

It’s not too late to order a gift certificate for a holiday gift or wonderful thank you for that terrific client or business associate. If you want give someone a little peace this holiday season, surpise them with a night or weekend in the peaceful Garden District.  Fine restaurants, casual restaurants, historic tours and incredible architecture are all within walking distance.  The streetcar line in front of the house will take you quickly and affordably to the French Quarter, New Orleans Museum of Art at City Park, or the Superdome.

 

Gift Certificates are available starting at $100 and in increasing increments of $50, or you can give a night’s stay to include the rack rate plus appropriate taxes.  Allow us to plan your special gift by calling (800) 977-0008 or purchase safely and securly with our online service. http://www.gvbb.com/rates.html

 

Happy Holidays!

from the staff at The Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast

Revive a Tradition with Reveillon Dinners in New Orleans

 

“Reveillon” the French word for “awakening” was a meal served after midnight mass on Christmas Eve. Now, reveillon dinners in New Orleans restaurants offer an opportunity for you to eat at some of the city’s finest restaurant at prices that make tasting four or more courses affordable.

 Christmas New Orleans Style lists many Revillion Dinner menus in this annual guide to enjoying the holidays in New Orleans.  Take a peek at Reveillon Dinners at these restaurants recommended by the Innkeeper at the Grand Victorian:

Commander’s Palace  http://www.commanderspalace.com/

John Besh’s  Restaurant August http://www.restaurantaugust.com/

Dominica Restaurant in the Roosevelt Hotel http://domenicarestaurant.com/

The Roosevelt Hotel holiday decorations include 20 birch trees reaching to the 20-foot ceiling, a canopy of white birch branches decorated with thousands of lights, along with 26 Douglas fir Christmas trees, trimmed with gold ornaments, bows and lights. 

If you start a new tradition with Reveillon Dinners, experience more history with a stay at the Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast.  There are rooms available at discounted Papa Noel Rates.

12 Inns of Christmas – December 3/4 and 10/11

There is a new exciting event added to Christmas New Orleans Style presented by the French Quarter Festivals Inc (www.neworleansonline.com/holiday).   The 12 Inns of Christmas is a free holiday home tour of historic homes that are now Bed and Breakfasts.

Bonnie Rabe, President of the Professional Innkeepers Association of New Orleans (http://www.bbnola.com/) says they are excited to be included in this year’s celebration of all the uniquely New Orleans holiday traditions.   She says the inns are pieces of authentic old New Orleans that anyone can visit and relive the charm of the past in over 200 unique rooms in the city.

There are two weekends available to take the tour:  December 3 and 4 and December 10 and 11 from 1pm to 5pm.  There are two areas of New Orleans featured on each weekend.

The homes in the Esplanade Ridge/Marigny/City Park area will be open for tours on Saturday, December 3 and Sunday, December 11.  You can get a map at the starting location-Ashton’s Bed and Breakfast at 2023 Esplanade Avenue.

Ashton’s B & B -  2023 Esplanade Ave   

Degas House - 2306 Esplanade Ave       

HH Whitney House - 1923 Esplanade Ave    

5 Continents - 1731 Esplanade Ave    

Marigny Manor House - 2125 N. Rampart St       

Elysian Fields Inn - 930 Elysian Fields Ave          

Laurel B & B - 3626 Delgado Dr        

 

The Uptown/Garden District/Mid-City/Carrollton homes are on tour Sunday, December 4 and Saturday, December 10.  The starting location and maps for Uptown is the Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast at 2727 St. Charles Avenue.

 

Grand Victorian - 2727 St. Charles Ave 

Sully Mansion - 2631 Prytania Ave    

Terrell House - 1441 Magazine St     

Avenue Inn - 4125 St. Charles Ave

Chez Ellie-Marie - 8137 Green St           

1896 O’Malley House - 120 S. Pierce St          

 

Anyone can wake up in a hotel room, but only a few get a chance to stay in a living piece of history.  Come on the tour and see some history in your home town!