In a city that’s world-renowned for our unique culture and traditions, the holiday season in New Orleans is no different! Thousands of tourists visit us each year to dine at some of the world’s best restaurants, shop in local boutiques, and to laissez les bon temps roulez.
There are also plenty of amazing holiday traditions and opportunities for locals as well! Check out three of our favorite NOLA Holiday traditions below.
NOLA ChristmasFest Returns for Winter-time Magic
Since its launch in 2013, NOLA ChristmasFest has quickly become one of the city’s most popular holiday activities. It’s back and better than ever Dec. 21-31 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, offering ice-skating, ice slides, carnival rides and a life-size maze among others. ChristmasFest has been a proven part of building end-of-year demand for local hotels, restaurants and retail spending, while giving families the chance to experience the fun of winter activities in a safe, indoor environment.
‘Celebration in the Oaks’ Offers One of Country’s Best Holiday Lights Festivals
Marking its 31st anniversary, Celebration in the Oaks is a spectacular holiday lights display that draws tens of thousands of visitors each year. City Park is magically transformed with its famous oaks bathed in twinkling lights and breathtaking light displays throughout its 25 acres, including the Botanical Garden, Storyland and Carousel Gardens Amusement Park.
Ringin’ in the New Year NOLA Style
New Orleans puts its own mark on everything else, so why should New Year’s Eve be any different? The fleur-de-lis drop, the fireworks, the citywide parties all make for one of the nation’s best ways to ring in the new year. And it’s even more special as 2018 marks the city’s tricentennial. Check here for a great list of events, including Dick Clark’s New Years’ Rockin’ Eve, a free celebration in Jackson Square!