December 1 2021 | 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.

Jazz Brunch with Santa at The Court of Two Sisters
- December 5, 12, 19 & 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 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.

Christmas Day Jingling Through the Crescent
- December 25

Make New Orleans-style memories on the 25th with Jingling through the Crescent, a motorcoach tour of the city on Christmas day. Stops include Lake Pontchartrain and the Roosevelt Hotel, all decked out for the holidays.

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Photo by: Tyler Scheuemann

Candlelight Caroling in Jackson Square
- December 19

This year, the Patio Planters will once again be presenting Candlelight Caroling in Jackson Square on December 19 at 7 p.m. Join them or sing along virtually on WLAE or via live streaming on their website.

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Harry Shearer & Judith Owen’s – Christmas Without Tears
- December 21 & 22

The Christmas party of the year is taking place at Le Petit Theatre this year!  Join musician Judith Owen and her husband, actor and humorist Harry Shearer (The Simpsons, Spinal Tap), for a festive variety show featuring special guests in their hometown.

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NOLA ChristmasFest
- December 17-22 and 25-30

Join the festive fun at Convention Center’s 8th 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! This year, there are two sessions per day–a morning timed entry and an evening one. Space will be limited.

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Celebration in the Oaks
- Through January 2

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, you can drive your own vehicle through the park or enjoy unlimited rides at the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park and the outdoor bar at the Botanical Garden. Experience ancient live oak trees dripping in hundreds of thousands of lights and 25 acres of holiday displays.

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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, festive cuisine and sunset on the Mississippi River.

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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.

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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 it's the most fun!

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