The holiday season in New Orleans is filled with a special kind of twinkle and excitement. It’s a time when you can get mesmerized by the commotion of intertwining festivities all around. Whether you celebrate traditionally or in your own unique way, our city warmly welcomes you and yours. New Orleans is like a home away from home for many people, and if you haven’t experienced it yet, the holiday season is the perfect time to join us. With picturesque places, decadent dishes, and seasonal sips, we’ll make sure you’re merry and bright from sunup to sundown in the Crescent City!
One of the hallmark traditions of our city is Celebration in the Oaks. For over 35 years, this enchanting event has brought joy to the hearts of both locals and visitors. From Thanksgiving Day through the beginning of January, New Orleans City Park transforms into an illuminated oasis of jolly and merriment.
A visit to New Orleans wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the quintessential Jackson Square. Just steps away from enjoying delicious beignets at the historic Café Du Monde, you’ll find the St. Louis Cathedral and the charming shops that line the Pontalba buildings along the square. It’s a place where the history of one of the oldest cities in America comes to life. During the holiday season, your selfies here will be adorned with bright red bows on the square’s gates, horse-drawn carriages decked out in holiday flare on Decatur St., and, of course, the massive Christmas tree that overlooks the majestic Mississippi River!
Do you remember when Kevin McCallister ended up in New York City during the holidays in Home Alone 2? Well, imagine pretending you were him for just a moment… or even a few days. Miss your connecting flight to visit family and end up with us in New Orleans, where you’ll find some of the most iconic hotel lobbies dressed up in their holiday best. The Ritz Carlton New Orleans, the ever-charming Windsor Court, and the classic and stunning Roosevelt Hotel are just a few examples of the dazzling décor you’ll encounter.
Before you embark on your holiday shopping spree, take a moment to appreciate the glitz of the holiday décor at Canal Place. This luxury shopping center puts up a stunning display, complete with a 20-foot-high tree and a massive star tree topper.
If you love our city up close, from afar, or even through the comfort of your own phone, you know that nothing compares to the character, charm, and history of New Orleans’s iconic architecture. And when it’s adorned with holiday décor, it becomes even more enchanting. Start your hunt on Saint Charles Avenue, where you’ll find classic traditional displays and larger-than-life New Orleans versions too. But every neighborhood has its array of displays and their unique take on a whimsical theme.
Don’t forget to include a stop at one of our local theaters or venues, where you can find shows with holiday-specific themes. The creatives behind these performances have brought your favorite holiday characters to life in new and exciting ways. The Allways Lounge & Cabaret, Saenger Theater, Toulouse Theater, and many more venues all offer special entertainment to further enhance your holiday cheer!
So come and experience the twinkle, joy, and festive spirit that make holidays in New Orleans truly unforgettable. Our city is ready to welcome you with open arms and a celebration like no other.