New Orleans

There’s no question that New Orleans has a well-earned reputation as an urban playground for foodies, tipplers, music lovers, art enthusiasts and, well, partiers. But when the temperature cools and the days get shorter, New Orleans transforms into a wonderland of twinkling lights and warm Southern traditions.

While there’s certainly no shortage of food, drink, music, art and revelry, the whole city comes together to create more than 85 magical holiday experiences, many of which are free or low-cost and perfect for everyone in the family.

We scoured the options and talked to our own hotel employees about their favorite, can’t-miss holiday events in the city to come up with the Top 5 Holiday Events in New Orleans.

Caroling in Jackson Square

Carol along with thousands of New Orleanians by candlelight in Jackson Square on December 22. Candles and song sheets provided. Come even earlier for the free St. Louis Cathedral Annual Christmas Concert at 5:30 p.m.

Caroling in Jackson Square

Celebration in the Oaks

See the bright holiday lights of New Orleans City Park featuring animated light exhibits, nightly entertainment, amusement rides and more. Plus, check out the 2-mile train ride along the oak tree lined lagoons to see pirates, mermaids, flamingos, and the Loch Ness monster! For more details:

Celebration in the Oaks

St. Louis Cathedral Concerts

Enjoy free nightly concerts at St. Louis Cathedral featuring a variety of New Orleans artists including well-known jazz, classical, and gospel musicians. Concerts start at 6 p.m. and last approximately one hour.

Historic Homes Tours

Get into the “good ol’ days” holiday spirit with a walk through festively decorated historic homes throughout the city. Tours range from single home tours to multi-stop Gray Line tours.

Historic Home

Miracle on Fulton Street & Christmas in the District

Take photos with Santa, see live reindeer, and play in the ”faux” falling snow at Miracle on Fulton Street, then head a few blocks over to take in the twinkling lights along Convention Center Boulevard with more appearances from Santa, caroling, concerts and more.

Happy Holidays!

—Loews New Orleans Team