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NOLA Celebrates the Holidays

On any day of the year in New Orleans, there’s more to do than any person can accomplish. Something to see – something to celebrate! With the Christmas and New Year’s holidays almost upon us, NOLA celebrates the holidays in a style all its own. For our guests coming to stay with us, here are some of the more popular events to help you plan your itinerary, though there are many more.

One of New Orleans’ most unique events is the “Running of the Santas” which will take place December 9, 2017 and is held in the Warehouse District. Attendees are encouraged to dress like Santa. All throughout the Warehouse District, drink specials are offered. There’s even a costume contest!

Visiting City Park is often at the top of the list any time of year for both for visitors and locals alike, but during the holidays, it is one of the most popular places to enjoy the holiday spirit. “Celebration in the Oaks” in City Park is one of New Orleans’ most beloved holiday events. Live oak trees, centuries old, are trimmed with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights and create a wonderland like no other. The lighting display runs until early January.

A visit to New Orleans during the holidays just wouldn’t be complete without seeing the “Lobby Lighting at the Roosevelt Hotel”. This is one of the most popular places to experience a Christmas wonderland. Be sure to bring your camera!

Jackson Square is the location for “Caroling in Jackson Square” by candlelight on December 17, 2017. The joyous sounds of Christmas sung in front of St. Louis Cathedral is a truly inspirational event.

Don’t miss the “NOLA Christmas Fest”, an indoor festival held December 21 – 31, 2017, in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. This festival includes an ice skating rink, carnival rides and more.

The Fulton Street Mall is the scene of “Miracle on Fulton Street”, one of the city’s most popular outdoor lighting displays. This is a one block long pedestrian-only display decorated with Christmas trees, lights, mistletoe and ornaments. Music, both live and recorded, fills the air and it may be the only place in New Orleans where artificial snow falls occasionally. Santa is there for the kids.

 

On New Year’s Eve:

Head to Jackson Square for “Dick Clark’s New Years’ Rockin’ Eve and Jackson Square Celebrations” in the hours leading up to midnight for live music, and  Symphony in the Sky, a spectacular fireworks show.

For a family-friendly New Years’ celebration, make your way to “Zoo Year’s Eve” at Audubon Zoo from 10:30 am. to 12:30 pm. The event features music, games, prizes and a countdown to Noon!

It’s New Orleans – there has to be a parade somewhere! Yes, there is – the Allstate Sugar Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade at the intersection of Elysian Fields Avenue and Decatur Street at 3:30 pm on New Year’s Eve. Mardi Gras-style floats, bands and more. The parade will pass through the French Quarter and wrap up at Canal Street.

The Allstate Sugar Bowl, played at the Superdome in New Orleans on January 1, 2018, will host the Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers. This is the playoff game that leads to the title game for the college National Champions of 2017. No tickets for the game? You can still enjoy the fun at the Fan Jam tailgating party at the Dome, beginning 3 hours before kickoff.

If you have not already booked your room at Grand Victorian Bed and Breakfast, book now and enjoy the magic of Holidays in NOLA.

 

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.

New Orleans Holiday activities

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.

New Orleans holiday shopping

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.

New Orleans holiday dining

“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.

One Night, Over 30 Restaurants

The Gambit’s 2nd Annual Food Revue is scheduled for March 7 at City Park – 7pm

If you’re a foodie, buy your ticket and bring canned goods to support Second Harvest Food Bank. You’ll get to taste food from the following restaurants (so far)…

GW Fins

Redeption

Cowbell

Liberty’s Kitchen

LaPetite Grocery

Theo’s

Fat Hen Grocery

Cafe Abssinia

Brazilian Market and Cafe

Taceaux Loceaux

Lola’s

High Hat Cafe

Rib Room

Heritage Grill

Saffron nola

Grand Isle

 


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