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.
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.
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.