November 26 2018 | New Orleans

Rudolph Guides Santa. Let Us Guide You.

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. You can learn how to make traditional holiday favorites at the New Orleans School of Cooking, 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 – Sunday Brunch, December 2, 9 & 17

Santa and the Mrs. will be joining the crew of the Steamboat NATCHEZ on the 11:30 a.m. cruises on the 2nd, 9th and 17th.  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 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.

Celebration in the Oaks, through January 1

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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,  November 23-December 30

Come see alligators, elephants, lions, flamingos and North Pole critters at Audubon Zoo Lights, new at the Audubon Zoo. Enjoy live holiday music, a Gingerbread Village with candy cane lights and gumdrop trees and more. Get the details.

Antoine's Sunday Brunch with Santa, first three Sundays in December

Come see the Jolly Old Elf at Antoine's, New Orleans oldest restaurant. Turns out, Santa likes Oysters Rockefeller as much as anybody! Make reservations. Photo courtesy of Antoine's.

Deanie's Candyland Christmas Featuring Vince Vance, December 8, 9 15 & 16

It's beginning to look a like Deanie’s Seafood in the French Quarter! Don't miss this fun annual event featuring a buffet breakfast, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, fun arts & crafts for the kids, a dance train to Candyland station, and an interactive holiday performance by Vince Vance and the Valianettes. Learn more.

Cooking with Mrs. Claus, December 9

This two-hour class at the New Orleans School of Cooking includes a praline-making demonstration, snacks of chicken and waffle bites, sugar cookie decorating (including aprons for the kids), and storytelling. Get tickets.

Pirates and Princesses Cajun Holiday Tea, December 15

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. Your kids will even get to hold a gator! Book now. Photo courtesy of

Jazz Brunch with Santa at The Court of Two Sisters, December 20

Santa is holding court this December at one of New Orleans' favorite restaurants, The Court of Two Sisters in the French Quarter. Join us on 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 so hurry and call 504-522-7261. 

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 30-December 22

Who says you can't have a White Christmas in New Orleans? Miracle on Fulton Street features simulated snow, twinkling lights, a giant tree 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 1

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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.

Luna Fête, December 6-9

The Tricentennial celebration of Luna Fête promises to be one for the history books. Head out to Lafayette Square for illuminated installations, light projections and more. Get details.

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

Preservation Resource Center’s Holiday Home Tour, December 8 & 9

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.

Dashing Through the Dome, December 14

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 2018 R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. Learn more.

Candlelight Caroling in Jackson Square, December 16

This is one tradition that can't be missed. Song sheets and candles will be provided. Come early! Learn more.

NOLA Christmas Fest December 20-31

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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

Christmas Eve Celebration, December 24

Spend Christmas Eve on Old Man River aboard the Steamboat NATCHEZ with a sumptuous holiday dinner buffet and live Jazz. Reservations are required and holiday attire recommended. Reserve now.

New Year's Eve 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.


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