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Plan Your Holiday in New Orleans

Experience the unique excitement of the holidays in New Orleans. Infusing unique local traditions with holiday classics, there are endless things to do during the holiday season. From festivals and feasts to winter activities and celebrations, enjoy the best things to do during your holiday in New Orleans.

Reveillon Dinner

A New Orleans holiday tradition dating back to the early 19th century, Reveillon dinners celebrate the start of Christmas with a big family meal following midnight mass. While 2am might seem like a strange time for a feast of gumbo, soups, souffles, desserts, and more, this Creole tradition is a must during a holiday visit to New Orleans. Enjoy a Reveillon dinner at the restaurants Bistreaux and Roux on Orleans throughout the month of December. 

Locations: Bistreaux and Roux on Orleans

Reveillon Dinners at Bistreaux
Reveillon Dinners at
Roux on Orleans

Brunch With Santa

A special yearly event from the Bourbon Orleans Hotel, Brunch With Santa returns once again in 2019. On select dates between December 8-22, the hotel will host this holiday brunch featuring photos with Santa, guest appearances by Mrs. Claus and Santa’s helpers, and musical entertainment by Meghan Stewart. Guests will delight in a festive menu that includes a Christmas granola parfait, holiday cupcakes, and tri-colored breakfast potatoes.

Location: Bourbon Orleans

Brunch With Santa

Ice Skating

From December 20-31, NOLA ChristmasFest will bring an extra dose of holiday cheer to the Big Easy. The event will feature a variety of festive fun, including a gingerbread house exhibit, a Christmas tree decorator showcase, and photos with Santa. Most notably, the celebration will house an ice rink, the perfect place to enjoy classic holiday fun.

Location: New Orleans Convention Center

Christmas Fest

Sippin in the Courtyard

On December 4, stop by French Quarter hotel Maison Dupuy for its festive holiday event, Sippin in the Courtyard. Open to all guests of The J Collection, this holiday celebration will feature a selection of delicious holiday cocktails and live music. 

Location: Maison Dupuy

Sippin in the Courtyard

Christmas Eve Dinner

Infuse your Christmas Eve festivities with a classic taste of New Orleans at Nottoway Plantation & Resort’s Christmas Eve buffet dinner. Held from 4-8pm, the seasonal feast promises a dinner menu filled with holiday classics and local favorites, including seafood gumbo, glazed ham, and bread pudding. Enjoy even more options for a festive meal — Bourbon Orleans will also offer special holiday menus on both Christmas Eve and Day.

Location: Nottoway Plantation and Bourbon Orleans.

Christmas Eve at Nottoway Plantation
Christmas Eve at
Bourbon Orleans

Zoo Lights

A lively and bright holiday celebration, Zoo Lights at the Audubon Zoo showcases a dazzling light display and winter dreamland filled with fun and festive activities for the whole family. Enjoy holiday events such as photos with Santa, a gum drop hop, a 30-foot tree, and more.

Location: Audubon Zoo 

Zoo Lights

Bonfire Festival

For the 10th year running, Nottoway Plantation & Resort will host its annual bonfire festival on the levee along the Mississippi River. Held from 5-9pm on December 7, the festival will feature a variety of family-friendly holiday activities, including a visit with Santa, Christmas carolers, and — of course — bonfires and fireworks along the levee. 

Location: Nottoway Plantation

Bonfire Festival