November 16 2020 | New Orleans

Rudolph Guides Santa. Let Us Guide You.

Whether you're a child or just feel like one during the holidays, festive fun awaits in New Orleans. Enjoy traditional Réveillon dinners at your favorite restaurants and other festive events, some of which are virtual this year. And as far as shopping goes, Santa’s most unique workshop is right here in New Orleans where hundreds of artists create gifts in all price ranges. Shop, eat and get in the holiday spirit this year in NOLA.

Please note: Due to Covid-19, events are subject to cancellation. Check first before you come.

Jazz Brunch with Santa at The Court of Two Sisters, November 27

Santa is holding court this December at one of New Orleans' favorite restaurants, The Court of Two Sisters in the French Quarter. Dash to Royal Street for a full brunch buffet (there's even a special buffet for kids), live jazz, a visit with Santa, and a gift for every child (naughty or nice, we're told). Reservations are required and space will fill up quickly. Call 504-522-7261, ext. 24.

Holiday Adventures with Gray Line Tours, Select Dates in December

Gray Line has several ways to get you in the holiday spirit, including a narrated tour of Celebration in the OaksA Christmas Eve Bonfire Adventure (includes a trip to San Francisco Plantation), the Christmas Eve Bonfire Express, and Jingling through the Crescent, a motorcoach tour of the city on Christmas day. Learn more.

Virtual Holiday Concert Series

There will not be Candlelight Caroling in Jackson Square this year but there will be music! Tune in for holiday concerts from both St. Augustine Church and St. Louis Cathedral. Learn more.

Celebration in the Oaks, through January 1

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For more than 30 years, New Orleans has been heading out to City Park for one of the most popular holiday displays in America. This year, to keep you safe during Covid-19, you can drive your own vehicle through the park. Experience ancient live oak trees dripping in hundreds of thousands of lights and 25 acres of holiday displays. Learn more.  

Christmas in Lafreniere Park Run/Walk, December 12

Sign the whole family up for this festive 2-mile race through Lafreniere Park, produced by the Crescent City Classic. Don your glow-in-the-dark race shirt and run through a glittering 60-foot Sea Serpent in the lagoon, a princess and her magical castle, a gingerbread man, plus a new Hot Wheels display, a Hello Kitty figure and animal hanging ornaments. Register now. Photo courtesy of

Preservation Resource Center Holiday Home Tour, December 12 & 13

The 45th annual Preservation Resource Center Holiday Tour will be virtual this year. Take a peek inside six of the city's loveliesthomes all decked out for the holidays. Learn more and purchase tickets.  

Christmas Eve Celebration on the Riverboat City of New Orleans, December 24

Spend a glittering Christmas Eve aboard Riverboat City of New Orleans, with live music and festive cuisine. View Christmas Eve menu. Reservations are required and holiday attire recommended. Reserve now 

New Year's Eve Gala on the Riverboat City of New Orleans,  January 1

Greet Baby New Year on Old Man River from the decks of the Riverboat City of New Orleans. View New Year's Eve Menu. Learn more and reserve your space  

The Allstate Sugar Bowl & New Year's Eve Parade, December 31 & January 1 

On New Year's Day, the Allstate Sugar Bowl will kickoff in the Superdome. It's the second-oldest bowl game in the country (since 1935) and we think ti's the most fun! Learn more. 


Read: Reveillon Tradition Continues