New Orleans celebrates the holidays in grand fashion: there’s Celebration in the Oaks’ multi-acre driving tour, the Roosevelt’s lobby decked out with a million little lights and the decadent, multi-course Réveillon dining tradition, just to name a few. Venture off the beaten path this holiday season and you’ll find gingerbread workshops, a Hanukkah parade and Krampus lurking in the corner.
Please remember to book your tickets and reservations in advance, mask up and practice social distancing when exploring our great city. Here are a few events you can’t miss this December in New Orleans.
Partake in the seasonal tradition of gingerbread house decorating with a kit from Red Fish Grill. Tickets for the in-person workshop are available for December 13, while curbside kits are available throughout December for those who would prefer to celebrate at home. Spend time with family decorating pre-assembled gingerbread houses with handfuls of holiday candy, royal icing and celebratory sprinkles, personally procured by Santa’s elves. Order a delicious seafood dinner while you’re at it.
Head to a gingerbread decorating class at Acorn Café located within beautiful City Park. Kids will be seated at a table and receive all the gumdrops, icing and candy they need to create a miniature winter wonderland. Classes are available throughout December and will adhere to all CDC guidelines.
This year, Hanukkah begins on December 10 and ends on December 18. Celebrate the season with the Mobile Menorah Parade on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Watch as cars parade from Chabad (7037 Freret St.), down St. Charles in the CBD/French Quarter/Marigny and then back Uptown. Remember to mask up and keep your distance from others – there are plenty of spots along the route to enjoy the procession.
Chanukah at Riverwalk is an annual tradition here in New Orleans, and this year we’re celebrating virtually. Tune into Chabad of Louisiana’s Facebook Live on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 5:30 p.m. to see the menorah lighting and more. The theme is honoring our healthcare heroes and will feature representatives of the healthcare community.
This holiday season, the creators of New Orleans Nightmare Haunted House are decking the halls with a new kind of Christmas spirit. Evil Elves, Jack Frost and the legendary Krampus are coming to town to ring in the holiday a bit differently this year at Krampus: A Christmas Haunted House. Book your tickets online in advance and catch this special event this December 11 and 12 only.
Celebrate the holidays with a cocktail courtesy of Sazerac House. Upcoming seasonal events include Drink & Learn: Creole Holiday Traditions and Cheers to Cheese: Holiday Gatherings. Book your tickets online for these holiday-themed tasting experiences.
Looking for a holiday cocktail in a tropical setting? Sippin’ Santa is the place for you. The tiki pop-up will toast the season with over-the-top nostalgic holiday and Polynesian décor and a festive menu offering signature favorites such as the North Pole Punch, Runaway Sleigh, and Rum Rum Rudolph, to name a few. Visit the pop-up at Bienville House Hotel, Wednesday to Sunday from November 27 through January 1. Make a reservation before your visit.
Head to Barrel Proof for the return of Miracle Pop-Up, complete with craft cocktails and a hefty dose of holiday cheer. This year, Barrel Proof will transform into a snowglobe and serve drinks like “Christmapolitan,” “Bad Santa” and “Christmas Old Fashioned.” Service is walk-in only, on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit now through December 31 from 4-11 p.m. daily.
This time of year, various markets pop up across New Orleans, featuring local vendors who sell art, jewelry and one-of-a-kind creations. See here for our roundup of markets, then mask up and head out to show some support to small businesses and local artists this month.