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Whether you're a child or just feel like one during the holidays, you’ll find New Orleans a sheer delight during the Christmas season. Enjoy Réveillon dinners all over town and experience any or all of the festive Christmas New Orleans Style events. 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.
Cruising with the Clauses – Select Dates in December
Santa and the Mrs. will be joining the crew of the Steamboat NATCHEZ this month. Reservations are required. Learn more.
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 Oaks, A 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.
Celebration in the Oaks, through January 1
All aboard for a miniature train ride through Celebration in the Oaks! For more than 30 years, New Orleans has been heading out to City Park for one of the most popular holiday displays in America. Experience ancient live oak trees dripping in hundreds of thousands of lights and 25 acres of holiday displays. Learn more.
Audubon Zoo Lights, Select Dates in November & December
Come see alligators, elephants, lions, flamingos and North Pole critters at Audubon Zoo Lights at the Audubon Zoo. Enjoy the Gum Drop Hop, Santa photos, the Twinkle Tunnel, the Elves Workshop, the 30-foot Endangered Species Holiday Tree and more. Get the details.
Deanie's Candyland Christmas Featuring Vince Vance, December 7, 8 14 & 15
It's beginning to look a like Deanie’s Seafood in the French Quarter! Don't miss this fun annual event featuring a full buffet breakfast, complimentary photos with Santa, face painting, arts and crafts, a visit to Candy Land, a commemorative Christmas Sing-Along Songbook, a visit from Pincher the Crawfish, and "Rockin' Holiday Fun for the Kids" with Vince Vance and the Valianettes. Learn more.
Pirates and Princesses Cajun Holiday Tea and the Swamp, December 7
Celebrate Christmas on the bayou, cher, at the Pirates and Princesses Cajun Holiday Tea down at Jean Lafitte Swamp Tour. The party includes a Cajun feast, live entertainment, storytelling, a magic show and photos with Papa Noël. You'll also get a tour of the swamplands on a traditional flat-bottom boat. Learn more. Photo courtesy of bigeasy.com.
Merriment on Magazine, All Month Long
Shop five miles of festive fun on one of New Orleans' most popular streets. Get your holiday shopping done and support local businesses. Find out more.
Miracle on Fulton Street, November 29-December 21
Who says you can't have a White Christmas in New Orleans? Miracle on Fulton Street features simulated snow every hour on the hour between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. You'll also enjoy a 30-foot mega-tree, enchanting light displays and an awesome gingerbread display. Come hear live music and take pics with Good Saint Nick on Fridays and Saturdays from 6 to 9 p.m. Learn more.
Krewe of Jingle Parade, December 7
Get ready to yell "throw me something, Santa!" at this Mardi Gras style Christmas parade. The sleigh takes off at 1 p.m. Learn more.
Celebration in the Oaks Run/Walk, December 7
Sign the whole family up for this festive 2-mile race through New Orleans City Park during Celebration in the Oaks. Sip cocoa, take pics with St. Nick, enter the holiday costume contest and more. Register now. Photo courtesy of ccc10k.com.
Luna Fête, December 12-15
This year's Luna Fête promises to be one for the history books. Head out to Lafayette Square for illuminated installations, light projections and more. Get details.
Breakfast with Santa at Brennan's, December 14
Along with a spectacular menu, Breakfast with Santa at Brennan's includes "snow" in the Brennan's Courtyard, hot chocolate with holiday sprinkles and pink peppermint whipped cream, a cookie decorating station, holiday face painting, reindeer games, balloon twisting fun by Smiley the Magician & Clown, photo opportunities with Santa in his sleigh and more. Get details.
Preservation Resource Center Holiday Home Tour, December 14 & 15
If you’ve always wondered what New Orleans' grandest homes in the Garden District look like on the inside, here’s your chance. Tours include holiday treats, performances by local musicians and a boutique at Trinity Episcopal Church showcasing local artists and retailers. Purchase tickets and learn more about the homes here.
Candlelight Caroling in Jackson Square, December 22
Since 1946, Caroling in Jackson Square has been a gift to New Orleans from the Patio Planters of the Vieux Carré. Song sheets and candles will be provided. Come early! Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Learn more.
Jazz Brunch with Santa at The Court of Two Sisters, December 20 & 23
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. Learn more.
Dashing Through the Dome, December 20
This 2-mile race in and around the Super Dome is fun for competitive runners, families and football fans! All participants receive a t-shirt, a post-run drink and a general admission ticket to the 2019 R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. Learn more.
NOLA Christmas Fest December 20-31
NOLA Christmas Fest is, well, the best! Enjoy ice skating, ice sliding, bouncing on giant inflatables, Santa visits and more. Get details. Photo courtesy of nolachristmasfest.com.
Christmas Eve Celebration on the Steamboat NATCHEZ, December 24
Spend Christmas Eve on Old Man River aboard the Steamboat NATCHEZ. Celebration features reserved eating for a sumptuous holiday dinner buffet and live music. Reservations are required and holiday attire recommended. Reserve now.
Friends of the Cabildo Presents: Creole Christmas, December 27-29
Tour some of the French Quarter’s most cherished properties adorned in traditional Creole Christmas finery. Tours include an entertaining presentation of Reveillon traditions as well as seasonal refreshments. Learn more and buy tickets.
New Year's Eve Fireworks Cruise on the Steamboat NATCHEZ, January 1
View the “Symphony in the Sky” fireworks display from the best seats in the city – the deck of the Steamboat NATCHEZ. Learn more. Photo courtesy of Kerri McCaffety.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl & New Year's Eve Parade, December 31 & January 1
On New Year’s Day, the Allstate Sugar Bowl will pack the seats of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. It’s the second-oldest bowl game in the country (since 1935) and we think it’s the most fun! And did we mention here's also a parade? The Allstate Sugar Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade begins at the intersection of Elysian Fields Avenue and Decatur Street at 2 p.m. (subject to change) and rolls through the French Quarter, passing by AllState Fan Fest (in the parking lot of Jax Brewery) on its way to Canal Street. Learn more.
Crescent City Countdown, December 31
Times Square has nothing on New Orleans when it comes to New Year's Eve fun! Join us in the Quarter for live music, a fleur-de-lis drop at midnight, and the Symphony in the Sky fireworks show over the river. Learn more.