Christmas

Here comes Rouxdolph! Celebrating Christmas in the Crescent City

NOLA sleighs the Christmas game.

Published on Monday, Nov 26th, 2018

So the chances of it being a white Christmas might not be high, but that doesn’t mean New Orleans doesn’t get into the spirit of the season.

There are lots of ways to celebrate Christmas around town, and as the season goes on, we’re sure we’ll add to this list. In the meanwhile, here are a few ways to get your merry and bright on!

Celebration in the Oaks

One of the city’s premier events, this holiday display is celebrating its 32nd year. The lights extend over 25 acres of the park, and if the lights don’t interest you, the rides and signature carousel should do it. The display is constantly evolving, with new light displays every year. It even features a fire pit to roast marshmallows over while “sneaux” falls over you!

 

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CELEBRATION IN THE OAKS
Getting there
5 Victory Ave, New Orleans, LA 70124, USA
Opening Hours
Mon-Thu 6–10pm
Fri-Sat 5–11pm
Sun 5–10pm
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Lights at the Roosevelt Hotel Lobby

Many of the hotels in town do holiday lobby displays, but The Roosevelt is surely one of the most impressive. This year, the block-long lobby at the Roosevelt Hotel will feature a canopy of 112,000 lights, 1,610 feet of garland, 300 bows and 4,000 glass ornaments. The lights are on display until New Year’s Eve, so there’s lots of time for you to put on your best outfit and get your holiday Instagram posts in! Do it for the ‘gram!

 

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The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel
Getting there
130 Roosevelt Way, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
Open Now
Mon-Sun Open 24 hours
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Audubon Zoo Lights

A new contender to the Christmas scene, the Audubon Zoo is joining in the fun with its brand new zoo Lights exhibit. This is the first year for the display, which is open to the public until Dec.30 from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. The lights depict lots of Audubon Zoo residents, including giraffes, elephants, alligators and lions. There are also interactive exhibits, including animal encounters, fireside stories and pictures with Santa. Click here for more information.

Audubon Zoo

Reveillon Dinners

The tradition of Reveillon dinners goes back to the early 19th century. According to the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation, French colonists would fast all day and then feast on big, hearty meals following Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. Many restaurants in the area offer a Reveillon menu, including The Country Club, Galatoire’s, Upperline, and the Bombay Club. Click here for more information.

NOLA Christmas Fest

For 10 days, the Morial Convention Center will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland. NOLA Christmas Fest is complete with an indoor ice skating rink (yes it’s real ice!), an ice slide, amusement rides, space walks, an indoor maze and arts and crafts. New this year is Bouncy, ‘The World’s Tallest Snowman,’ and Snowzilla Jr., with a 90′ slide. There will also be a step-inside snowglobe for all those cool selfies. The fest starts Dec. 20 and goes until Dec. 31. Click here for more information.

New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
Getting there
900 Convention Center Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
Open Now
Mon-Sun 8am–5pm
More Info
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Santa’s North Pole Steam Train

Here’s your chance to live out your Polar Express dreams! For one day only on Dec. 15, the Louisiana Steam Train Association will operate the historic Southern Pacific steam locomotive #745 on a special route with holiday pizzaz. The train will leave from the tracks on the Fly at the back of Audubon Park and travel to Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World on the river. Once at Mardi Gras World, riders can attend a holiday pajama party including a special showing of “The Polar Express” with cookies and hot chocolate. After the party, everyone will get back on the train and continue to the Moonwalk, where Santa himself will be waiting. Tickets start at $125. Click here for more information.

Are we missing your favorite NOLA Christmas event? Email us at hellonola@verylocal.com or on social media @VeryLocalNOLA.