November 15, 2023 | 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 parades, traditional Réveillon dinners at your favorite restaurants, light displays, and the Fleur de Lis Drop at the stroke of midnight in the French Quarter on New Year's Eve. 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 2 starting at 11 a.m.

The 2nd Annual Children’s Hospital New Orleans Holiday Parade will roll Saturday, December 2 starting at 11 a.m. with more than 30 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. An after-party celebration at Lafayette Square will take place at the end of the parade. 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.


"Bonfire Adventure Tour" with Gray Line
– December 23

Make Louisiana-style memories this year with the all new Christmas Eve Bonfire Adventure Tour. Includes motor coach transportation, a tour of San Francisco Plantation, a holiday meal and the bonfires. Gray Line is also offering a "Bonfire Express" Tour and a Christmas Eve "Jingling Through the Crescent Tour." 

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Photo by: Tyler Scheuemann

Candlelight Caroling in Jackson Square
– December 17

This year, the Patio Planters will once again be presenting Candlelight Caroling in Jackson Square on December 17 at 7 p.m. (Gates open at 6:30 p.m.) This is truly a moving experience. Come be part of it! To help underwrite the event, Patio Planters also offers a French Quarter Holiday Home Tour featuring 7 homes in their holiday best. 

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The Skivvies: Best In Snow
– 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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NOLA ChristmasFest
– December 21-30

Join the festive fun at Convention Center’s 10th 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! 

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Celebration in the Oaks
– Through December 30

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.

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Christmas Eve Jazz Cruise on the Steamboat NATCHEZ
– December 24

Spend a glittering Christmas Eve with live music, festive cuisine and a sunset on the Mississippi River. View menu. The Steamboat NATCHEZ is also offering several other holiday adventures. Click the link to learn about their Under the Mistletoe Party Package, their Evening Jazz Cruise Featuring Algiers Bonfires and more.

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New Year's Eve Gala on the Steamboat NATCHEZ
– December 31

Greet Baby New Year on Old Man River from the decks of the Steamboat NATCHEZ. There will be live entertainment by the local group "Lil Red and Big Bad" and a festive menu

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Fleur de Lis Drop

– December 31 

At the stroke of midnight, the Fleur de Lis will drop atop Jax Brewery in French Quarter, welcoming in the New Year. Come see the fireworks and join the fun at the river.

90th Annual Allstate Sugar Bowl and New Year's 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!  This year, No. 2 Washington will take on No. 3. Texas. Activities around the event include a Sugar Bowl Parade on New Year's Eve at 3 p.m.

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