Wherever you are, you likely have “holiday” signs everywhere. The aisles of grocery stores are lined with holiday treats, baking supplies, and gift ideas. Billboards are advertising local events, neighborhoods are starting to sparkle with lights and holiday party invites are sent and received. You have our official invitation to come visit us in New Orleans for the Christmas season! In our last blog we shared part one in our series, “Christmas New Orleans Style.” There is just so much to share so today we have part two! Check out what’s happening around NOLA this season:
Celebration in the Oaks – One of the favorites of our community is this very fun annual holiday lights festival. The towering historic oak trees in City Park are bursting with thousands of lights. The Botanical Garden, Carousel Gardens, and Storyland—13 acres of park area—are turned into a magical wonderland. Walkways are lit and decorated, local students decorate Christmas trees, amusement park rides open up, and hot chocolate and hot buttered rum are handed out. Tickets are $9 per person and children three and under get in free. This year’s dates are November 24th, 2017-January 1st, 2018. It will be closed November 27-30 and Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
ChristmasFest – This fun annual event will kick off November 22nd and go on through December 31st. It takes place at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. During this 10-day holiday extravaganza you’ll be able to visit the Hall of Trees, with over 70 beautifully decorated Christmas trees, test your skills on the indoor ice skating rink, wonder at the Gingerbread House display, take photos with holiday characters, and more.
Concerts at St. Louis Cathedral – Throughout the entire month of December this iconic 200-year old church will hold weekly concerts and special events such as theatrical performances and multicultural celebrations.
Holiday Home Tours – If you have ever wanted to take a peek inside the French Quarter and Garden District homes during the holiday season, you can take a tour! The Patio Planters (French Quarter) and the Preservation Resource Center (Garden District) are two organizations that offer holiday home tours during December. The tours are both self-guided and have varying times and ticket prices—just check each website for further information. You’ll get to view some magnificent holiday decorations, chat with the homeowners, and get an inside look that many don’t get to see.
It’s a wonderful time of year to be in New Orleans—treat yourself to a much deserved winter getaway! Book online today or contact us anytime for further information about our inn.