Throughout the city, hundreds of spirited
events take place, including tours of
decorated 19th century homes, Chanukah and Kwanzaa activities, bonfire and
riverboat cruises, and a Christmas Day concert. Every day, famed New
Orleans chefs share culinary secrets in free cooking demonstrations, and
each evening, public concerts feature popular musicians and gospel choirs
performing sacred tunes in the majestic St. Louis Cathedral.
Restaurants serve the Reveillon, an adaptation of an old Creole dining
custom, and hotels offer attractive Papa Noel rates.
More than 100 festivities are planned during the month-long event,
showcasing the cultural diversity that adds spice to the gumbo of New
Orleans' heritage." So, come to New Orleans during December...and
celebrate the holidays New Orleans style!
Christmas Dining in New Orleans:
The Reveillon menus from area restaurants offer memories of a
sumptuous past. Traditionally, le Réveillon, or 'the awakening,' was
feast following midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. Popular with Creole
families in the mid-1800s, it is now much a part of our restaurant
scene. Réveillon was and still is something special to New Orleanians.
In the early days, most Catholics recognized Christmas Eve as a day of
fasting and abstinence. Following midnight Mass, everyone was hungry
and ready to celebrate with a Réveillon feast During December, it’s
prix fixe dinners at restaurants throughout the New Orleans area. A
typical Réveillon menu is a complete dinner of four to six courses,
chosen with the season in mind. Typical menu highlights are roasted
duck and other game birds, as well as beef, soups, meat pies, and many
unusual desserts. Local chefs tailor their individual styles to the
traditions of Christmas, and most menus offer choices in some or all
of the courses
WHERE: Throughout the City
google frenchquarterFestivals.com for Christmas
Angel Hair Lobby at the Fairmont
A block-long canopy of angel hair and 100,000 twinkling lights
recreate a beloved New Orleans tradition dating to the 1930'3. It
takes 18 workers, 10 hours a day for 5 days. Eleven tons of Angel
Hair, 10,000 pounds of steel, 100,000 twinkling lights, 800 ornaments,
54 flocked trees decorated with more than 1000 bows and 900
poinsettias are used in the extravagant wonderland.
WHEN: December just past New Year's Day
WHERE: Fairmont Hotel Lobby
Christmas Cathedral Concerts
Nightly holiday concerts at the magnificent St. Louis
Cathedral throughout December till Christmas
WHEN: December til Christmas Eve
WHERE: St. Louis Cathedral: 615 Pere Antoine Alley, New Orleans, LA
Festival of the Lights
Chanukah means "dedication," and it refers to the purifying
and re-dedication of the Temple. The
Chanukah menorah is called a HANUKIYAH. It
has nine candle holders. There are eight candles, one for each night
of Chanukah. The ninth is called the SHAMASH
WHEN: on the 25th day of the month of Kislev (Nov/Dec) for 8 days
WHERE: Riverwalk (Canal at the Mississippi River) lights the
largest Menorah in Louisiana For more information call (504)
866-5164 or visit:
Congregation Temple Sinai lights a traditional Chanukah
Menorah at an outdoor ceremony. at 6227 St. Charles Ave.,
a 20-minute St. Charles Avenue Streetcar ride from Canal St.
call (504) 861-3693 or visit:
Celebration in the Oaks
Two million lights sparkle from centuries old oak trees at City Park’s
Celebration in the Oaks ™
Drive the 2 miles or
take the walking tour of
the New Orleans
fairy tale playground, and the
amusement ride area includes nightly entertainment, refreshments, and
WHEN: Thanksgiving to New Year's
googled for Celebration+Oaks
In light-hearted song, its a Celtic Christmas with many special events
Danny O'Flaherty's French quarter Pub (called by USA Today "1 of the
10 Best Pubs in America")
WHERE: O’Flaherty’s Irish Pub on 514 Toulouse Street at (504) 529-1317
In days of yore, bonfires along the Mississippi levee lighted the way for Papa Noel.
Now the NO Fire Department hosts the biggest ritual fire East of
Nevada's Black Rock Desert
WHEN: In 2004 on December 11 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
WHERE: at Algiers Point Levee on the West Bank and Woldenberg Park on
the edge of the historic French Quarter.
Caroling in Jackson Square
Join thousands of faithful as they sing the songs of the season. Each
caroler is given a song sheet and a lighted candle. Admission to the
event is free.
WHEN: on a mid-December Sunday WHERE: in
historic Jackson Square in front of St. Louis Cathedral.
More info: call Patio Planters at (504) 524-8432 or visit:
Get update by googling site for Caroling
Some of the best Creole and Cajun chefs in New Orleans share their
secrets at free holiday afternoon cooking demonstrations.
WHERE: French Quarter
Christmas Day Concert
Greats of New Orleans music at this joyous holiday concert on
Christmas Day Concert
WHERE: Orpheum Theater on 129 University Place located on the
outskirts of the French Quarter in the Central Business District
Christmas Family Fun
decorated streetcars through the beautifully ornamented neighborhoods. The
Canal Streetcar goes all the way from the Mighty Mississippi to City Park
where you can enjoy Celebration in the Oak
Throughout the month of December there are many activities to delight
your family during Christmas New Orleans Style. Louisiana Children's
Museum, The museum has been voted New Orleans “#1 Attraction for Child
Appeal” and the “Top Rated Children’s Museum” by the 2004 Zagat Survey,
U.S. Family Travel Guide.
WHERE: 420 Julia Street in the heart of the Warehouse Arts District, a
15- minute walk from the French Quarter
Telephone: (504) 523-1357
Theatre, next to the Aquarium of the Americas.
Merry Fishmas at the
Aquarium"Teddy Bear Tea and Storytelling at the Fairmont Hotel
Santa will be on hand for photos in his sled. For information, call the
holiday desk at (504) 529-4848 or visit:
A Christmas Carol at
Ritz Calton Hotel special Christmas Tea
WHEN: every Friday, Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving until
Christmas. Tea times are at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. For reservations,
call (504) 524-1331
Historic Homes Celebrate Christmas
From ceiling high trees to lacy mantelpieces, the magnificent historic
homes of New Orleans deck the halls!
The Hermann-Grima House, located at 820 Saint Louis Street, and
Gallier House, located at 1132 Royal Street, carries on Creole
Christmas including allowing children bake 19th century holiday sweets
in an authentically restored 1830s more information, please call
(504) 525-5661 or (504) 544-7692
Longue-Vue House and Gardens, located at 7 Bamboo Road
near Metairie Road, offers a Holiday Tea and Tour every Tuesday and
Thursday afternoon in December from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. call (504)
pitothouse.org Pitot House, located at 1440 Moss
Street, on Bayou St. John is a former town plantation Guided holiday
tours are offered each Saturday in December
House, 1440 Moss Street,
one Day Art Fest with Music & 25+ artists
WHERE: Bayou St. John Holiday Art Market at the historic on the banks of
the bayou (foot of the streetcar line)
Holiday Pops Concert
the Louisiana Philharmonic’s Holiday Pops Concert, From show tunes,
spirituals, carols, Kwanzaa (heard any good ones?), holiday favorites to
Hanukah, the holiday spirit abounds.
WHERE: at the Morris F.X. Jeff Municipal Auditorium
More information, call the Louisiana Philharmonic at (504) 523-6530 or
visit: www.lpomusic.com .
New Orleans Bowl
Kick off the college bowl series early with the Wyndham New Orleans Bowl
in mid December. Wyndham New Orleans Bowl event, call (504) 525-5678 or
visit: Sun Belt Champions play a selected Conference USA Team. Game time
is 7 p.m. (CST) in the Louisiana Superdome.
Sun Belt teams
include: Arkansas State, Idaho, Univ. of Louisiana-Lafayette, Univ.
of Louisiana-Monroe, Middle Tennessee, New Mexico State, North Texas State
and Utah State.
Conference USA teams include:
Army, Cincinnati, East Carolina, Houston, Louisville, Memphis, Southern
Miss, Tulane, University of Alabama at Birmingham and the University of
New Year's Eve for Kids at Louisiana Chilcren's Museum
It's the New Year's celebration kids look forward to all year long!
New Year's Resolutions
Forget losing weight or kicking bad habits – here’s a list of New Year’s
Resolutions that will be “Big Easy” to keep all year long!
One of the great college football traditions takes place in New Orleans
during the Nokia Sugar Bowl. The Southeast Conference Champs faced off
against a top ranked opponent. Since 1995, Finland-based Nokia has been
the title sponsor of the game.
While the game is the high-point of the New Year’s Eve festivities, Sugar
Bowl events also include a prep football classic, a swimming invitational,
a sailing regatta, a basketball classic, a pep rally and more