Concierge Notes: Xmas in New Orleans
We’ve decked the halls, hung the lights, and put up plenty of mistletoe well in time for the holiday season. All around New Orleans is aglow (some places, quite literally) with Yuletide spirit, and the French Quarter is no different. Whether it’s the quaint creole cottages dressed up in tinsel and string lights or the many Bourbon Street revelers in cherry red Santa suits, things are really starting to look a lot like Christmas.
If you’re planning a trip to New Orleans or visiting family and need a few “diversions” check our list below for some fantastic NOLA todos over the Christmas Holiday.
Celebration in the Oaks:
New Orleans City Park is home to many of our most beloved events. From Voodoo Music Experience to Hogs for a Cause to The Turkey Day Foot Race, City Park knows how to throw a party. Celebration in the Oaks is no different. With dazzling displays of holiday lights on every bough and eave, the park is transformed into a true winter wonderland. Amid the sparkling trees and illuminated ponds are some of New Orleans’s best family attractions, including amusement park rides and games, and a charming train that tours the park’s decorations. Don’t worry too much about the cold, as New Orleans is usually blessed with temperate winter weather, but you may want to purchase tickets to the Celebration before you arrive.
Christmas Eve Bonfires:
Truly one of Louisiana’s most remarkable holiday traditions, the burning of bonfires on Christmas Eve is steeped in rich history and contemporary fun. All along the Mississippi River levee, residents of small, sometimes sleepy, river towns set 30 foot towers of driftwood alight in a tradition that hearkens back to the settler’s days of yore. All you need to enjoy the festivities are a will to go and maybe a lawn chair. Expect to find pots of gumbo galore and enough holiday spirit to go around the table twice.
Creole Christmas at Preservation Hall:
This is a really great one. Two of many people’s favorite things come together: Christmas and Traditional Jazz. Preservation Hall is a gem of a music venue, offering visitors a really up close view and avenues to engage with performers. You may even get to touch a trombone or hit a cymbal on the drum kit. Lar’s Edergran’s St. Peter Street All-Stars host three shows the afternoon of Christmas Eve.
Dr John and The Night Trippers play Tipitinas:
The Nite Tripper himself returns to New Orleans to play out Christmas at Tipitinas. A New Orleans Legend, for sure, Dr. John plays a show like no other. With a funky voodoo style that’s impossible to mimic and a world class backing band, Dr. John has pioneered and taken R&B and Psychedelic Funk beyond our wildest imaginations. Get your tickets here, and we’ll see you in New Orleans!
Until Real Soon,
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