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During the holiday season in New Orleans, restaurants debut lavish meals and innovative cocktails that are simply impossible to resist. Experience the magic of the season by participating in centuries-old dining traditions and indulging in our culinary scene.

The oldest of these traditions is Réveillon, which means “awakening” in French, New Orleans’ original language. The Creoles, some of the city’s earliest inhabitants, celebrated the start of Christmas in the early 1800s, with a big family meal when they returned home from midnight mass. Today, many New Orleans restaurants offer Réveillon Dinners with menus inspired by the Creole families who began the tradition. Read more about the tradition and check out the participating restaurants below.

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