Jackson Square During the Holidays

Holiday Festivities

Experience the events that make December in New Orleans so magical.

Caroling in Jackson Square

Caroling in Jackson Square is a beloved holiday tradition with a uniquely New Orleans twist held the Sunday before Christmas Day. Head to New Orleans' …
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Réveillon Dinners

Visitors to New Orleans during the holiday season may want to sample an old Crescent City tradition that dates back to the early 19th century. …
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Holiday Shopping

New Orleans culture makes for great memories and unique gifts. The holiday season is the perfect time to grab something for your loved ones or …
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Holiday Lights

Throughout the holiday season, you can visit a wide variety of light displays and shows throughout the city. There is no better way to spread …
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Holiday Home Tours

Every year, during the holidays, New Orleanians decorate their homes in the most festive seasonal décor, and some even open their doors for public viewing! …
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Holiday Concerts

Another favorite holiday tradition in New Orleans are choral concerts at the St. Louis Cathedral and St. Augustine Church. Fronting on Jackson Square in the heart …
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Bonfires on the Levees

There are many colorfully imaginative traditions dating back to the earliest Cajun settlers of the regions of southern Louisiana to the west and north of …
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NOLA ChristmasFest

At NOLA ChristmasFest, experience indoor family holiday fun featuring New Orleans’ only ice skating rink, the Kringle Carousel, carnival rides and inflatables, Santa and holiday …
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Archives: Traditions

Caroling in Jackson Square

Caroling in Jackson Square is a beloved holiday tradition with a uniquely New Orleans twist held the Sunday before Christmas Day. Head to New Orleans’ iconic Jackson Square to join in this annual celebration of music and merriment. The gates to Jackson Square typically open at 6:30 p.m. and the caroling begins at 7:00 p.m….


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Réveillon Dinners

Visitors to New Orleans during the holiday season may want to sample an old Crescent City tradition that dates back to the early 19th century. It is called a Réveillon (REV-ee-on) Dinner and here is the story behind it. In French, New Orleans’ original language, the word “réveillon” means “awakening.” The Creoles, some of the…


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Holiday Shopping

New Orleans culture makes for great memories and unique gifts. The holiday season is the perfect time to grab something for your loved ones or your friends back home–it’s the season of giving, after all! Whether it’s a locally-made product or a popular gift, we have plenty of places to get the perfect present. Here…


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Holiday Lights

Throughout the holiday season, you can visit a wide variety of light displays and shows throughout the city. There is no better way to spread holiday cheer than admiring the twinkling lights and colorful displays in City Park, hotel lobbies, and beyond. Celebration in the Oaks This special, over month-long lights show in City Park…


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Holiday Home Tours

Every year, during the holidays, New Orleanians decorate their homes in the most festive seasonal décor, and some even open their doors for public viewing! Visit New Orleans during the holidays and check out the holiday home tours to experience the magical ambiance of New Orleans homes. The Tours Two local organizations, the Preservation Resource…


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Holiday Concerts

Another favorite holiday tradition in New Orleans are choral concerts at the St. Louis Cathedral and St. Augustine Church. Fronting on Jackson Square in the heart of the French Quarter, the historic St. Louis Cathedral plays host to an annual holiday tradition of staging free concerts by prominent New Orleans musicians, church choirs, and singers…


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Bonfires on the Levees

There are many colorfully imaginative traditions dating back to the earliest Cajun settlers of the regions of southern Louisiana to the west and north of New Orleans. One of them is the lighting of the bonfires along the Mississippi River on Christmas Eve. These bonfires, erected on the river levees by the keepers of this…


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NOLA ChristmasFest

At NOLA ChristmasFest, experience indoor family holiday fun featuring New Orleans’ only ice skating rink, the Kringle Carousel, carnival rides and inflatables, Santa and holiday characters, children’s crafts, decorated trees, dazzling lights, and more! NOLA Christmas Fest 2022 will be held from December 21-30. The Ice Skating Rink During the month of December, festival-goers will…


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