November 25 2022 | New Orleans
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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.
Children’s Hospital New Orleans Holiday Parade
- December 3 starting at 11 a.m.
The inaugural Children’s Hospital New Orleans Holiday Parade will roll Saturday, December 3 starting at 11 a.m. with more than 20 floats from Kern Studios, including holiday-themed floats with animatronic props, intelligent lighting systems, special effects and audio systems. The parade will also feature high-flying helium balloons, and some of our city’s most beloved marching groups and bands. Santa and his krewe from the North Pole will be tossing beads as well. A holiday experience and concert at Lafayette Square will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Learn more.
Jazz Brunch with Santa at The Court of Two Sisters
- December 19, 20, 21 & 22
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 brunch, 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.
Jingling Through the Crescent Bus Tour
- All December
Make New Orleans-style memories this year with Jingling through the Crescent, a motorcoach tour of the city. Stops include Lake Pontchartrain and the Roosevelt Hotel, all decked out for the holidays.
Photo by: Tyler Scheuemann
Candlelight Caroling in Jackson Square
- December 18
This year, the Patio Planters will once again be presenting Candlelight Caroling in Jackson Square on December 18 at 7 p.m. This is truly a moving experience. Come be part of it!
The Skivvies: Sleigh My Name
- December 20 & 21
The Christmas party of the year is taking place at Le Petit Theatre this year! Broadway's Lauren Molina and Nick Cearley perform stripped-down, mashed-up holiday renditions of your holiday favorites.
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- December 21-30
Join the festive fun at Convention Center’s 9th annual NOLA ChristmasFest indoor festival. Come experience almost 300,000 square feet of rides, giant ice slides, an ice skating rink, Santa and friends, gingerbread houses, decorated trees and more!
Celebration in the Oaks
- Through January 1
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. Enjoy unlimited rides at the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park and the outdoor bar at the Botanical Garden.
Christmas Eve Jazz Cruise
- December 24
Spend a glittering Christmas Eve with live music, festive cuisine and sunset on the Mississippi River.
New Year's Eve Gala on the Riverboat City of New Orleans
- December 31
Greet Baby New Year on Old Man River from the decks of the Riverboat City of New Orleans.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl & New Year's Eve Parade
- December 31
On New Year's Eve, the Allstate Sugar Bowl will kickoff in the Superdome. It's the second-oldest bowl game in the country (since 1935) and we think it's the most fun!
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